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FS#5608 - Toshiba bluetooth

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Michael Dominic K. (mdk) - Tuesday, 17 October 2006, 21:58 GMT
Last edited by Thomas B├Ąchler (brain0) - Tuesday, 17 October 2006, 23:23 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category Kernel
Status Closed
Assigned To Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Architecture not specified
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version 0.7.2 Gimmick
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


In certain toshiba laptops (Portege series, and possibly others) the bluetooth antenna (on/off) is controlled by software (there is no hw-switch). Unfortunately, it's turned off by default. It's a shame, since the toshiba bluetooth device (a standard usb dongle it seems) works 100% fine with linux drivers/kernel.

There is a patch against toshiba_acpi module in the kernel ( that adds a device node /proc/acpi/toshiba/bluetooth that can be used to activate the antenna. It can be done manually (echoing into the node) or by some toshiba helper software (ie. fnfx keys -
This task depends upon

Closed by  Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Thursday, 14 December 2006, 19:37 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Sunday, 03 December 2006, 12:03 GMT
added to 2.6.19-2 package can you confirm if it works?
Comment by Michael Dominic K. (mdk) - Monday, 11 December 2006, 23:11 GMT
Sorry for the delay.

[mdk@altair ~]$ cat /proc/acpi/toshiba/bluetooth
present: 1
power: 0
attach: 0
wireless: 1

I confirm it works cool! Thanks.