I purchased a Logitech V470 Bluetooth mouse for use with a laptop with an internal Bluetooth radio. Setting up Bluetooth input devices in Ubuntu 8.04 is easy (there’s no command line or config files), but not entirely straightforward.
Where I got confused initially was using the
Browse Device option to pair the
mouse. This seems to be meant for file transfers only and causes the mouse to
disconnect and reconnect rapidly. Here’s the correct way to set this up:
If your system’s Bluetooth radio is working, you should have a Bluetooth icon in
your notification area. Right click on this icon and select
Services tab, and turn on
Input service if it is not already
running. Select the
Input service item from the list and click the
A new window will list all the currently visible input devices. If your mouse
isn’t visible here, then press the button that makes the mouse discoverable now.
(For the Logitech V470, that’s the
Connect button on the bottom of the mouse.)
Select the device and click
The new mouse should start working immediately. In my testing, the mouse will also automatically reconnect after a reboot.
[update] In Ubuntu 8.10, the Bluetooth utility is much easier to use. To
add a new device, left click on the Bluetooth icon in the notification area,
Setup new device, and follow the directions.