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Author Topic: How to run bluetooth on VL7.0 gold (xfce) ?  (Read 1598 times)
demigaucher
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« on: September 16, 2012, 02:17:42 am »

Hi all

I want to transfer photos from an old mobile phone (Nokia 2630) to my
deskop computer, which runs both Vector Linux gold 6 and 7 (Xfce).

Apparently, Nokia offers only the connection via bluetooth (no "official"
cable sold). I purchased a cheap dongle usb bluetooth (trendnet 107UB) and,
as usual, only the use with windows is offered  Angry

I am desperately trying to make it work under Vector Linux 7 Xfce, without
success.

Since I had doubts about the hardware compatibility, I installed Kubuntu,
and could succesfully transfer the photos in a pair of clicks: so the harware
is compatible, at least partly. But it is ridiculous to use a dedicated partition
just for that.

As a transition attempt, I installed VL7.0 SOHO, since it runs with KDE and
is more similar to Kubuntu than the Xfce versions of Vector. I could not even
obtain a bluetooth icon somewhere on the screen (as with Kubuntu) and did not
know what to do. Moreover, my goal is to have bluetooth on Xfce: I have an old
hardware upon which KDE is unbearably slow.

The only recent doc I found with some clues (thanks pierce.jason) is at:

http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=15712

in which is told to install the kernel again (wow ! this is for specialists), but the doc
stopped before success was reported.

Did somebody succesfully make run bluetooth on VL7.0 Xfce ? or even VL6.0 Xfce ?
and if yes, how ?

Demigaucher
Old shuttle (Athlon XP1900+ @1.4GHz, 512MB ram)
VL6.0 gold and VL7.0 gold
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Metodej
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 12:10:01 pm »

Yes, I got it work. It is simple (Depend if yours bluetooth module is recognized ... if it is usb module - command lsusb should give you answer).

At first you need to install package bluez - you can find it in official repository,so you can use slapget/gslapt for install (notice there are also others two packages firmware and cidump.. So if you have problems with you module, installing firmware maybe can help you)
After go to /etc/rc.d - you should find here "rc.bluetooth", make it runnable and run it
Code:
chmod a+x rc.bluetooth
rc.bluetooth start

After install some graphical front-end (I prefer blueman - also in repository). After run
Code:
blueman-applet
and you should see program in you panel (there is bluetooth sign)...

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demigaucher
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 02:36:43 am »

Thank you Metodej, I'll try that this evening and then post the result here.

Demigaucher
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demigaucher
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 08:20:16 am »

Hi again

Well, the command:
/etc/rc/d/bluetooth start
worked fine (under root).

But I could not find blueman in the repository. I'll search the web for the package and post again later.

Demigaucher
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demigaucher
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 11:46:45 am »

Well, I correct my previous post: blueman IS in the repository, but only for VL7,
and I was running VL6.

So I did the same on VL7:

- install bluez, bluez-firmware, bluez-cidump and blueman with gslapt

- start (as root) bluetooth: /etc/rc.d/rc.bluetooth start
  a small icon appears on the toolbar, but with a red cross: I suspect something wrong

- execute (as root) blueman-applet

then clicking the icon launches a window, in which I could detect the mobile phone,
but so far impossible to browse it, not to speak of transfering files.
Probably a stupid problem of protocol I am not familiar with (pairing devices ?).

Carrying on attempts... patience.

Demigaucher
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Metodej
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2012, 11:06:16 am »

So check the output in console ( from where you run the blueman) and post it here.

I used the bluetooth just to send some picture from mobile phone to PC. Right now, I am not on my laptop, so I cant try it.

 I remember some problem long time ago (I was using Archlinux that time) with obex-ftp (or somehow like this) with browsing phone...

Just for surance, you can try some other front-end .. There is one fro KDE - BlueDevil
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