[pulseaudio-discuss] Help needed configuring Bluetooth speaker with system mode

Georg Chini georg at chini.tk
Sat May 30 02:33:44 PDT 2015

On 30.05.2015 00:47, Northern Lights Info wrote:
> Thanks for the response.  If it’s a kernel module issue, which module 
> is needed?  I haven’t seen any reference to kernel modules on this 
> subject.
>     Do you have the required kernel modules installed? "Protocol not
>     available" sounds like
>     a kernel message. Modules can be found under networking in the
>     kernel configuration.
> Okay, I suppose this makes sense
>     You don't need to load module-bluez5-device directly.
>     module-bluetooth-discover is the only
>     module you need to load. module-bluetooth-discover loads then
>     module-bluez4-discover or
>     module-bluez5-discover depending on your bluez version and that
>     module automatically loads
>     module-bluez4-device or module-bluez5-device as soon as a
>     bluetooth device turns up.
> As to your follow-up of whether or not things work when not logged in 
> as root, well, I can’t tell because if I create a user and log into 
> it, while PulseAudio launches fine, when I try to run bluetoothctl, I 
> get its prompt but then it’s dead in the water and doesn’t respond to 
> me typing.  Before I learned of the system mode option, I tried 
> pulseaudio —start –D when logged in as root.  If I quickly run the 
> bluetoothctl command sequence, I can connect to the speaker and then 
> do pacmd list-sinks and see it.  I just doesn’t do the same thing in 
> system mode. I get that error.  I did try copying my default.pa to 
> system.pa but that didn’t help.
If you get it working as a user, it is no kernel issue. Did you follow 
the steps here
for system mode? Are you allowed to load pulse modules when logged in?
Is there any output in the pulseaudio log when you try to connect your 

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