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#1 2013-11-05 13:57:56

alejandro.perez
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Registered: 2012-12-18
Posts: 11

bluez5 and brcm_pathram_plus issues (SOLVED)

Hi there!

a month ago I managed to finally get my bluez working. It is a BCM43142 combo card, and you have to upload the firmware to make it work. Thanks to the fantastic package brcm_pathram_plus-git in AUR (https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/brcm … m_plus-git) I made it work.

Sadly, with the deprecation of bluez4 it does not work anymore. Maybe its a matter of device initialization, but when I try to path the firmware, it gets stuck at the first write:
writing
01 03 0c 00
writing
01 03 0c 00
writing
01 03 0c 00
writing
...

Besides, I have to "power on" the device to make hci0 interface to show up. Conversely, using bluez4 I didn't need to do such a thing.

As the creator of the AUR package has a different card than mine, and it still works for him (lucky you!), I would really appreciate if anyone could enlighten me here, because I'm swimming in the dark right now :S

Regards

Last edited by alejandro.perez (2013-11-05 16:50:03)

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#2 2013-11-05 15:59:05

Harey
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From: Bavaria, Germany
Registered: 2007-03-24
Posts: 292

Re: bluez5 and brcm_pathram_plus issues (SOLVED)

Now let's see what we can do wink

I need more input - type of hardware (brand, manufacturer a.s.o.)
Also the output of

lsusb -vv

for the device would be interesting (I guess it's an usb one because you use brcm_pathram_plus_usb)
Just to be sure: it is enabled in the BIOS setup? Did you update to the latest Bluez in the testing repo? My setup is now:

harvey@obelix ~ $ pacman -Qs blue
local/bluedevil 2.0-0.1
    KDE bluetooth framework
local/bluez 5.10-2
    Daemons for the bluetooth protocol stack
local/bluez-libs 5.10-2
    Deprecated libraries for the bluetooth protocol stack
local/bluez-utils 5.10-2
    Development and debugging utilities for the bluetooth protocol stack
local/libbluedevil 2.0-0.1
    A Qt4 wrapper for bluez used in the new KDE bluetooth stack
local/sbc 1.1-1
    Bluetooth Subband Codec (SBC) library

The 'power on' defect is a different thing, I have this on different adapters also the ones natively supported.

Harvey

Last edited by Harey (2013-11-05 16:00:07)


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#3 2013-11-05 16:51:29

alejandro.perez
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Registered: 2012-12-18
Posts: 11

Re: bluez5 and brcm_pathram_plus issues (SOLVED)

Oh my!

I just discovered the problem, thanks to Dropbox. It happens that I had, somehow, modified the firmware file yikes!!!!
I restored it and everything works!

What I don't know is how to set tethering now that pand is gone :S

Regards

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#4 2013-11-05 17:05:31

Harey
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From: Bavaria, Germany
Registered: 2007-03-24
Posts: 292

Re: bluez5 and brcm_pathram_plus issues (SOLVED)

Glad you found out that I am not to blame tongue
IMHO Bluetooth is not really usable with bluez5 ATM. Maybe hcitool is your friend? It seems to be the new bluetooth swiss army knife for the console.

Harvey


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#5 2013-11-05 17:13:16

alejandro.perez
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Registered: 2012-12-18
Posts: 11

Re: bluez5 and brcm_pathram_plus issues (SOLVED)

I was unable to find out how to make a decent tethering with hcitool / bluetoothctl without pand (which was removed in bluez5). I just reverted to bluez4 (again) and to the previous blueman release, which used bluez4. Now I can use bluetooth again!

I will include them in my ignore list, and pray for not making my system unstable smile

Thanks for everything!

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