• Bluetooth speakers: connects but does not play


    I run Antergos Linux on a Dell XPS notebook. I have some bluetooth speakers that I used to use with Fedora 23 without problems. With Antergos + Gnome 3.18 or 3.20, bluez 5.39-1, kernel 4.4.5-1, however, I am able to pair and connect to those speakers, but they do not show up in the sound settings panel. I am unable to play sound using such speakers.

    Screenshot 1: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2171814/antergos-sound-1.png

    Screenshot 2: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2171814/antergos-sound-2.png

    Suggestions are welcome.

  • I use gdm. It seems that the problem is caused by gdm starting an instance of pulseaudio.

    ps aux | grep pulse

    gdm 703 0.0 0.1 577180 11500 ? Ssl Apr09 0:00 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --daemonize=no
    cribari 1111 0.2 0.1 578608 14200 ? S<sl Apr09 1:17 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --daemonize=no
    root 17009 0.0 0.0 10756 2252 pts/1 S+ 00:26 0:00 grep pulse

    killing it solves the problem until the next boot. Is there a way to prevent gdm of starting a pulseaudio instance?

  • I’d blacklist it with blacklist.conf

  • @LCannon In that case, wouldn’t I have to blacklist the soundcard? If not, can you give me some additional pointers? All I want to do is to prevent gdm from starting a pulseaudio instance.

    I found a solution in https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Bluetooth_headset#Gnome_with_GDM

    It consists of:

    Prevent Pulseaudio clients from automatically starting a server if one isn’t running by adding the following lines to /var/lib/gdm/.config/pulse/client.conf :

    autospawn = no
    daemon-binary = /bin/true

    Prevent systemd from starting Pulseaudio anyway with socket activation :

    sudo -ugdm mkdir -p /var/lib/gdm/.config/systemd/user
    sudo -ugdm ln -s /dev/null /var/lib/gdm/.config/systemd/user/pulseaudio.socket

    Restart, and check that there is no Pulseaudio process for the gdm user.

    I was hoping, however, for a less “invasive” solution.

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