HowTo: Pair a Sony PlayStation3 DualShock controller with Ubuntu

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The ubiquitous Sony PlayStation3 DualShock controller. This controller has been around for ages now and IMO it's one of the nicest multi-button game controllers out there. One of its nicer features is that it has USB and Bluetooth connectivity.   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="320"] The Sony Dual Shock 3 controller[/caption] It's already been proven that you can connect a PS3 controller to Ubuntu using a standard USB cable, which is fine, but it'd be kinda cool to use Bluetooth as well. The thing is that the PS3 controller doesn't follow the complete Bluetooth specification with regards to pairing. The reason for this is deliberate - you don't want people being able to steal control of your PS3 controllers or your PS3 remotely, so pairing is performed manually using the USB cable.…
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HowTo: Pair your Bluetooth mobile phone with Ubuntu Jaunty for file transfers etc.

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Following up my previous article of how to pair your Bluetooth mobile phone with Ubuntu Intrepid, I present this updated article for pairing your mobile phone using the updated version of the Bluez Bluetooth stack and the newer and better Blueman applet for Jaunty which greatly simplifies the process of pairing Bluetooth devices and transferring files to your mobile phone. (more…)
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HowTo: Setup your Nokia N95 mobile phone as a Mobile Broadband Device via Bluetooth in Ubuntu Jaunty

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Following up my article of how to setup a Nokia N95 as a mobile broadband device using a USB cable, we've been waiting for the Network Manager and/or Bluetooth stack to be updated so we could do the same thing via Bluetooth - damn those pesky cables to hell! Well, it's finally happened. While Ubuntu itself hasn't been updated yet, the Bluetooth package that Ubuntu uses has been updated by the parent Blueman Project. So here's a guide on how to update your Ubuntu Jaunty installation to the latest version of the Bluez Bluetooth stack, pair your Nokia N95 and how to setup a Broadband connection to go through it. (more…)
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HowTo: Get a Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook 5000 mouse working under Ubuntu Jaunty.

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The Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook 5000 mouse is an affordable, compact mouse that worked really well under Ubuntu up until Jaunty 9.04 when the Bluetooth stack changed so drastically that the mouse would not pair or work anymore. While the Ubuntu-provided Bluetooth stack has not been updated to correct this problem yet, the Blueman Project that Ubuntu uses keeps marching on in development and the latest version of of the Bluez stack and Blueman applet finally corrects this problem. Here's how to employ it on your own setup. (more…)
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Mini-Review: Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000

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Well, it's post-Xmas sales time again and vendors everywhere are struggling to get rid of their stock in readiness for 2009. Whilst I wasn't in any specific need for something, I found JB Hi-Fi selling Microsoft's Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 series for AUD$45. This isn't the cheapest I've seen it, mind you, only a few months ago Officeworks sold them for a brief period for only $35 in conjunction with a Microsoft promo, but I digress - I decided to purchase one of these mice for my EeePC 701 since they're some 35% cheaper than its nearest rivals such as Logitech. But does that cheaper price come at a cost? (more…)
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HowTo: Pair your Bluetooth mobile phone with Ubuntu Intrepid for file transfers etc.

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While connecting a Bluetooth mobile phone to Ubuntu was not terribly difficult, Ubuntu Intrepid brings with it a new Wizard for connecting all manner of Bluetooth devices without the user having to touch the command line at all. So, to that end, here is an update to my previous HowTo for connecting a Bluetooth mobile phone to Ubuntu Gusty or Ubuntu Hardy. (more…)
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HowTo: Use a Bluetooth headset with Ubuntu Hardy

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Recently I went and bought myself a cheap Bluetooth stereo headset for using with my Nokia N95 to make calls and listen to music and it occurred to me that I could also use it to listen to music from my Ubuntu desktop, so here's a HowTo on how to hook it up to Ubuntu and redirect your music and media players to it. (more…)
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HowTo: Pair your bluetooth phone with Ubuntu Gutsy or Ubuntu Hardy for file transfers etc.

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To get my blog started, I'm duplicating my HowTo guides that I wrote on Overclockers Australia here, but updating or modifying them in the process with improvements or snapshots that I didn't have before. We'll start with my guide on how to pair your Bluetooth phone with Ubuntu Linux. Connecting your phone via Bluetooth has many advantages including basic file transfer and synchronising your phone contacts and calendar with your PIM. But how do you do it? If you've never had any idea how to do connect something via Bluetooth, then read this guide. It is based on the guide on LinuxQuestions.org, but with some minor changes to make it easier for novices. You can read the original guide here otherwise step inside my office. :) (more…)
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