Bluetooth Fix In Linux Mint 11/Ubuntu 11.04

In the video in my last post on the Dell Vostro V130 with Linux Mint 11 I mentioned that everything worked except for Bluetooth. Well, apparently this was a known bug and was fixed back in April. Here is a direct link to the bug (#714862):

The section to pay attention to is comment #10 here:

Be sure to download and install both packages attached to the bug list on the right side. I will also provide direct links to the downloads below.

Atheros dkms driver

Dell dkms driver

Here are the simple steps from the bug link:

1. install the latest kernel image and kernel header
sudo apt-get install linux-image-2.6.38-8-generic linux-headers-2.6.38-8
2. download dkms packages from the right column and install them  (after downloaded ar3011-dkms_1.1ryu2.3_all.deb and dell-laptop-dkms_1.4_all.deb)
sudo dpkg -i ar3011-dkms_1.1ryu2.3_all.deb dell-laptop-dkms_1.4_all.deb
3. run "dkms status" to see if there are the following info(or just paste the result here)
dell-laptop, 1.4, 2.6.38-8-generic, x86_64: installed  ar3011-dkms, 1.1ryu2.3, 2.6.38-8-generic, x86_64: installed
4. you don't need this step if you have the info that step 3 describes  (paste the result of the following commands here)
1. cat /proc/version_signature
2. dpkg -l | grep linux- | grep ^ii
3. ls /usr/src

The steps worked for me without needing to proceed to step 4 and I was able to connect to my OG Droid and transfer files.

Good luck.

I should also give credit to Joe who posted the link in my last post in the comments.

15 thoughts on “Bluetooth Fix In Linux Mint 11/Ubuntu 11.04

  1. u make may life easier , befor i get ur magic solution , i have to run windows evry time i wan to use bluetooth on ubuntu 11.04 , now i can drop microsoft , many thanks to u ^_^

  2. Ed,
    I am using the same model laptop Dell Vostro V130 and have installed Ubuntu 11.10 on it….facing the same problem with bluetooth! Also I’m a new user to Linux so I’m not quite familiar with the technical details you’ve given in your post. Can you suggest how to fix this problem with regard to 11.10 version.

  3. I have downloaded both the drivers but when I am running the first step in the terminal this is the result I’m getting..not able to understand why this is happening..could you help?

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package linux-image-2.6.38-8-generic
    E: Couldn’t find any package by regex ‘linux-image-2.6.38-8-generic’
    E: Unable to locate package linux-headers-2.6.38-8
    E: Couldn’t find any package by regex ‘linux-headers-2.6.38-8’

  4. You may already have a more recent kernel than what is needed in the first step. I’m still learning Linux myself so based upon the original instructions being meant for 11.04 and you are at a more current version at 11.10 that is what I deduct.
    At the terminal type ‘dkms status’ (without the single quotes) and post the output here. You may be able to just install the drivers without updating the kernel for it to work.

  5. this is the output i got for running the ‘dkms status’ command

    ar3011, 1.1ryu2.3, 3.0.0-13-generic, x86_64: installed
    dell-laptop, 1.4: added

  6. My apologies. This is beyond my technical expertise. I would suggest either posting to that bug link or on the Ubuntu forums at There are tons of people who know tons more about Linux and Ubuntu than I do.
    Sorry I couldn’t help you further.

  7. For almost six months I have been trying to get bluetooth working on my Dell N5110 with no success until now.

    Thank you very much for publishing this. Works flawlessly. Is there any way of telling Dell about it, I wonder.

  8. i have acer aspire one happy 2 notebook…i removed windows 7 starter and installed windows 7 ultimate 64 bit. after the operating system was installed the fn+bluetooth and wifi key were not working .pls help me:(

  9. You need help with Ubuntu or Linux Mint?
    This post is regarding Linux, not Windows. If you need assistance with that you will need to contact Acer support.

  10. Hi Ed,

    I’ve followed your steps, but when i dpkg the dell-laptop-dkms_1.4_all.deb i get an error:

    Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 3.0.0-30-generic (i386)
    Consult /var/lib/dkms/dell-laptop/1.4/build/make.log for more information.

    make: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.0.0-30-generic’
    LD /var/lib/dkms/dell-laptop/1.4/build/built-in.o
    CC [M] /var/lib/dkms/dell-laptop/1.4/build/dell-laptop.o
    /var/lib/dkms/dell-laptop/1.4/build/dell-laptop.c:569:13: warning: function declaration isn’t a prototype [-Wstrict-prototypes]
    /var/lib/dkms/dell-laptop/1.4/build/dell-laptop.c: In function ‘dell_touchpadled_on’:
    /var/lib/dkms/dell-laptop/1.4/build/dell-laptop.c:572:3: error: implicit declaration of function ‘msleep’ [-Werror=implicit-function-declaration]
    /var/lib/dkms/dell-laptop/1.4/build/dell-laptop.c: At top level:
    /var/lib/dkms/dell-laptop/1.4/build/dell-laptop.c:582:13: warning: function declaration isn’t a prototype [-Wstrict-prototypes]
    /var/lib/dkms/dell-laptop/1.4/build/dell-laptop.c:636:13: warning: function declaration isn’t a prototype [-Wstrict-prototypes]
    cc1: some warnings being treated as errors

    make[1]: *** [/var/lib/dkms/dell-laptop/1.4/build/dell-laptop.o] Error 1
    make: *** [_module_/var/lib/dkms/dell-laptop/1.4/build] Error 2
    make: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.0.0-30-generic’

    I hope you can help me with this!

    thanks already;)

  11. Unfortunately, I would not be able to help you. Sorry. I would say post your issue over at the bug launchpad site from the links in the post. Maybe someone there will be able to help you.

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