Bluetooth headset not appearing in pavucontrol

Tanu Kaskinen tanuk at
Sun Apr 1 10:34:40 PDT 2012

On Sun, 2012-04-01 at 15:10 +0200, Fabrice DELENTE wrote:
> Hello.
> I have compiled and installed blueman and pulseaudio on a linux
> slackware 13.37 system.
> In blueman, I can pair my bluetooth headset with the computer, and
> then connect to the AudioSink (A2DP) service.
> However, in pavucontrol, I don't have the headset available to choose
> in the "Configuration" tab, as is the case in Ubuntu for example.
> I can't use the BT headset in mplayer either (with alsa as an output
> layer), because I get an error (bt_audio_service_open: connect()
> failed: Connection refused (111))
> Is this a D-BUS error?


> Any help/hint around?

The error sounds familiar. I probably had the same problem. IIRC, I
fixed (or worked around) the problem by adding "Enable=Socket"
to /etc/bluetooth/audio.conf. It's not completely clear to me what that
does and why it's not that way by default.


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