Bluetooth Working on Linpus & Aspire One A150

After some hunting around I found a useful website for getting things working on the Acer Aspire One that is installed with Linpus Lite Linux.  I got a cheap USB bluetooth dongle which when plugged into the Aspire would simply see the USB device:

$ lsusb
 ID 1131:1004 Integrated System Solution Corp.

What is needed are the appropriate programs and drivers to communicate with the bluetooth dongle and their devices.

So first; I got the required packages.  The easiest way is to use ‘yum’ which required

$ sudo yum install bluez-gnome bluez-hcidump bluez-lib bluez-utils gnome-bluetooth

The second part is slightly harder.  This is because kernel modules are required.  These are small bits of the core operating system that need to exist for bluetooth (or anything that needs to work with hardware).

There are two files required: (see comments below for recent versions of these files)

Download the kernel modules pack bluetooth.tgz (compiled using a vanilla kernel), extract the files and copy them to the folder /lib/modules/

Now download bluetooth2.tgz, extract and copy the drivers to /lib/modules/

Note: Each tgz file expands into its own ‘bluetooth‘ folder so the simplest way to install these files is to copy them into the …/drivers/net and …/kernel/drivers folder (one per location as per the above instructions) and then issue the command tar xvfz <filename>. If you get an error during the copy or extraction, make sure you are using sudo.

$ cd /lib/modules/
$ sudo tar xvfz /home/user/Downloads/bluetooth2.tgz
$ cd net
$ sudo tar xvfz /home/user/Downloads/bluetooth.tgz


$ sudo depmod
$ sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth start


$ /usr/bin/bluetooth-applet

And I had the Bluetooth icon on the taskbar and I could connect to a phone with the appropriate PassKey, etc. and transfer files.

Acer Aspire One

Got myself an Acer Aspire One today from Amazon. AOA 150 – Ab

It is a linux machine so it works really well straight out of the box. The plan is to simply use it for web and email usage and some older games that I never finished playing like some old Bioware RPGs and Civilisation. I’m going to install XP onto Virtualbox to do this.

I also plan to install a bluetooth USB adapter (£8) and use my mobile phone as a modem to connect to the web when I’m out and about!

I should also be able to blog and twitter a bit more too.

Given what I’ve been trying to achieve on this blog so far, I’ll also use it for simple programming for games and robots.

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