Running Bluetooth Headset on Linux

Date January 27, 2009

As i said before in a previous blog, i got a new headset as a gift from my uncle,, mm i tried to configure it in the first day but i failed,,, today i played again and yes i got it working,, here how i configured it.

I use Fedora 8 (yes i know currently there is F10 😛 ), my headset vendor is Teac, you will need to install the following packages:

bluez-utils, bluez-utils-alsa also gnome-bluetooth if you use gnome and wanna add it to the panel.

now use hcitool to seach about the device:

[idle-boy@localhost Enigma]$ hcitool scan
Scanning …
00:1F:5C:87:95:D7 idle-BoY
00:09:DD:70:D9:AA Stereo Headset

Now set your Headset to paring mode and do the following command to connect (as root):

[root@localhost ~]# hcitool cc 00:09:DD:70:D9:AA

Add the following to your ~/.asoundrc file (a file alsa use):

pcm.bluetoothraw {
type bluetooth
device 00:09:DD:70:D9:AA
profile “auto”
}

pcm.bluetooth {
type plug
slave {
pcm “bluetoothraw”
}

}

thats all, at least for me :) ,, i use mplayer,, to play a song:

[idle-boy@localhost Enigma]$ mplayer -ao alsa:device=bluetooth */*

for more info and other players, see this Documentation: http://wiki.bluez.org/wiki/HOWTO/AudioDevices

weeeeeew so nice to move your head without cables 😛

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