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Fixing Bluetooth Audio Issue on Ubuntu 13.04 Based Distors

I’ve noticed that Ubuntu 13.04 (and all distors based on it, eg. Linux Mint 15) have some weird audio issue that basically makes impossible to connect to some audio speakers through audio sink (I had problems with mine Creative T12). After googling around and trying all possible solutions I still couldn’t get it working.

Syslog showed various errors, for example: Unable to select SEP or Endpoint replied with an error: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.UnknownMethod

Messing with /etc/bluetooth/audio.conf didn’t helped. After using option Enable=Socket I could connect to the speakers but I couldn’t select proper audio profile. I tried upgrading to different, most recent versions – still without results.

So in the end I decided to downgrade the damn bluez along with pulseaudio.

I recommend getting .deb packages – get it from here for bluez (I used version 4.96) and from here for pulseaudio (I used version 2.1-0) – and installing them with dpkg. After downgrade process everything worked like a charm. I have no idea how they could broke something like that is such a major release – hopefully they will fix it in the next one ;–).

UPDATE 23.11.2013

I see that this post got some attention, I guess I’m kind-of glad that not only I had the same problem and that I could help at least some of you folks :). krisek in comments section mentioned that it would be wise to lock version using apt-mark command (so packaged won’t get automatically upgraded or removed). It’s a very good point – and it can be done with command:

sudo apt-mark hold bluez bluez-alsa bluez-gstreamer libbluetooth3 libpulse-mainloop-glib0 libpulse0 libpulse0:i386 libpulsedsp pulseaudio pulseaudio-module-bluetooth pulseaudio-module-x11 pulseaudio-utils