Fixing Bluetooth for Ubuntu and Pop Os

When I first moved over from Windows to Linux I faced a couple of connection issues, one of them being my Bluetooth connection. No matter what I tried it would not pick up my headphones or other Bluetooth connections that had previously been working fine with Windows.

I had thought that maybe the Bluetooth dongle that I had purchased was just not compatible with Linux as after checking online it did not list this compatibility.

I was going out of my mind trying to fix this and almost resulted in just purchasing another dongle that did support Linux for double the price of the one I already owned. This was until I stumbled across the below website which had a solution.

Hopefully this post helps someone else some hours of frustration!

You can find a link to the original post here or following the below instructions.

  • Download the Bluetooth driver file from https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/rtl8761b-fw/
  • Copy the downloaded file to your firmware folder by navigating into your downloads folder, right-clicking anywhere, and selecting open in terminal
  • Next type the command sudo cp rtl8761b_fw lib/firmware/rtl_bt/rtl8761b_fw.bin which will move the file into your firmware folder
  • Restart your system and your Bluetooth should now be ready to go!

Another method is to download the zip folder from the sources(1) section that you can see in the image below.

Once you have the zip folder downloaded right click and select extract here. Double clicking twice into the folders shows you the contents of the folder that we can use.

From here we can look at the Readme.txt file to take a look at what the author put together for installing the drivers or jump right to it below.

Double click into the rtkbt-firmware folder then the lib and firmware folder until you see you are at the location below.

Right click on same blank space and select open in terminal and type or copy and paste the below commands:

sudo cp rtl8761b_fw /lib/firmware/rtl_bt/rtl8761b_fw.bin

sudo cp rtl8761b_config /lib/firmware/rtl_bt/rtl8761b_config

These commands will move the driver and config file into your firmware folder for you bluetooth connection to work.

Turn off and restart your computer and when logging back on you should now see that your bluetooth connection is now working and now displaying possible devices to connect to like below.

Hope this guide has helped!

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