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Old 05-06-2012, 10:38 AM
Ron Leach
Default Bluetooth PAN not 'connecting';

List, good morning,

Experiencing difficulty in connecting from a netbook to a mobile phone
using Bluetooth PAN. And may I say - up front - before people waste
time they cannot spare, the netbooks are running F13 and F14; I do
realise these are out of date and I understand if folks choose not to
reply - if at all - in anything other than fairly general terms.

Objective is to connect to internet through a mobile phone using PAN
connection over Bluetooth. Bluetooth - generally - is working on both
netbooks, ie, under F13 and F14. Previously used Bluetooth in 'Dial
Up Networking' style of connection which has worked fine. (The phone
and Bluetooth works in PAN mode with this netbook (and with other
devices) using different OS, so the mobile side is - probably - ok.)
Network Manager sees the phone, and lists (on its menu) it as a device
that it could 'connect' to; everything seems to be 'paired' properly.
(During pairing, I selected the 'connect using PAN' checkbox - I
imagine this is 'how' Network Manager 'knows' that the device is

When I click the NM menu item to connect to this phone, one or two
seconds later the netbook reports - in a pop-up message - that the
network connection has been 'disconnected'. On the phone, the
Bluetooth icon changes from idle to 'connected', then a second or so
later reverts to idle, so some kind of communication attempt is being
made from the netbook to the phone, but the PAN connection is not

Honestly, the best advice I could hope for - if anyone can help - is
to advise where I could find a log just to see what's going on. I'm
pretty sure that once I have a clue from the log, there'll be various
posts in various places where people have encountered this before, and
solved it; initial searches haven't thrown anything up for me and I
need to search using more specific keywords, I think.

I'm also wondering whether some base configuration information is
missing from a file in /etc/bluetooth. On the F14 netbook, there are
only two conf files:


and neither contain entries describing the PAN service.

Thanks for reading this; I wouldn't expect anyone to recall what the
F13/F14 Bluetooth configurations were, but if anyone could point me
towards a log file that might show what didn't work, I'd be very grateful,

regards, Ron

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