Skype over bluetooth? (yes, I have googled!)

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Tue Oct 14 18:51:13 UTC 2008

2008/10/14 H.S. <hs.samix at>:
> Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> Additionally, it looks like PulseAudio may be a problem in Kubuntu
>> 8.04. Is there a guide for using a bluetooth headset with Kubuntu 8.04
>> that is known to work? I am wary of experimenting with different
>> guides that may or may not work on this, my work machine.
>> Thanks.
> First things first. Is there any indication by the system (perhaps see
> /var/log/syslog when you plugin the headset) that it has detected your
> bluetooth headset? If yes, are you able to play any audio at all through it?

Bluetooth is a wireless technology, there is nothing to plug in. After
playing with the instructions on this thread on the ubuntu forums:

I can now _hear_ Skype over the headset. However, I cannot use the
microphone. Running arecord on the bluetooth connection returns no
voice, and Skype complains "problem with audio capture". This is the
console output:
ALSA lib control.c:909:(snd_ctl_open_noupdate) Invalid CTL bluetooth
ALSA lib pcm_bluetooth.c:632:(bluetooth_a2dp_hw_params)
BT_SETCONFIGURATION failed : Input/output error(5)

Dotan Cohen


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