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Enabling Bluetooth headset support in Lubuntu 13.10.

posted Mar 15, 2014, 4:47 AM by Warren Howard   [ updated May 10, 2016, 7:43 AM ]
This was tested using Lubuntu, but may have some relevance for Ubuntu users.

The section on sound in the Lubuntu setup guide explains that PulseAudio is not installed by default in Lubuntu. The PulseAudio section of the Ubuntu Wiki explains that PulseAudio provides advanced audio capabilities for "POSIX and Win32 systems".

This command:

sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-module-bluetooth

Will install the necessary bluetooth module for PulseAudio, but it will also install the required packages to install PulseAudio if it is not already installed:

The following extra packages will be installed:
  gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio libpulsedsp pulseaudio pulseaudio-module-x11 pulseaudio-utils rtkit
Suggested packages:
  pavumeter paman pavucontrol paprefs pulseaudio-module-raop pulseaudio-esound-compat
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio libpulsedsp pulseaudio pulseaudio-module-bluetooth pulseaudio-module-x11 pulseaudio-utils rtkit
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Note the package pavucontrol is listed as "Suggested". I found that I needed to install this package in order to get working the Bluetooth headset:

sudo apt-get install pavucontrol

With the required packages now installed the steps to enabling the Bluetooth headset are:
  1. Pair the headset with the computer.
  2. Then use "PulseAudio Volume Control" (pavucontrol) to playback using Bluetooth headset output device.