Unable to connect to bluetooth headphones

I’m trying to connect a pair of JBL headphones to an Asus BT500 Bluetooth adapter, it seems to connect but shortly after disconnects, screenshots and journalctl entries:




journalctl -u bluetooth -f output:

**src/device.c:search_cb() 6C:47:60:77:AE:24: error updating services: Input/output error (5)**

As I had a USB stick with Ubuntu LTS I booted from it and I was able to connect using that, so I’m thinking some issue with the specific version of bluetooth on OpenSUSE Tumbleweed?
I’m currently on:
Release: 20220111

There were issues with Bluetooth and earlier 5.15.x versions of the GNU/Linux kernel. There is a bug report here: https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1193124

I had a bluetooth issue with the 5.15.7 kernel kernel … but it was fixed for me in the 5.15.10 kernel.

I do not track Tumbleweed versions close enough (and frankly I suspect only a very few can off hand say) what kernel was in use in the “20220111” Tumbleweed kernel. What kernel does that Tumbleweed version have?

If the kernel in that Tumbleweed is the 5.15.10 or newer, then possibly the issue you encountered was not fully fixed in the 5.15.10 kernel, and you could be into bug reporting territory.

Thank you for replying!

The PC with OpenSUSE currently is on kernel: 5.16.0-1-default #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Jan 10 07:30:39 UTC 2022 (487d6b3) x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Should I create a separate bugreport on https://bugzilla.opensuse.org ?

I think it worth while doing so. Write the bug report on the kernel. Also note the kernel version (of Ubuntu) where it works. Good luck on this.

Done: https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1194694

To follow up with ubuntu kernel version when I’m back at the machine.

On another attempt the following seems to work:

Press the combination on the left earphone to start pairing, short then long press and hold until it says pairing.

In bluetooth manager, select the headset device and pair, after pairing put the earphones back in the case, wait until it disconnects.
Take them out again and accept all 3 pairing requests and set to automatically accept.

Starting a few versions ago (up to the current one) my openSUSE Tumbleweed installation showed all sorts of bluetooth-problems.

Operating System: openSUSE Tumbleweed 20220113
KDE Plasma Version: 5.23.5
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.90.0
Qt Version: 5.15.2
Kernel Version: 5.16.0-1-default (64-bit)
Bluetooth-Device: Intel Corp. Wireless-AC 9260 Bluetooth Adapter

Finally i decided to replace the current version of bluez and libell0 by


With those i’m “back to normal”, i.e. i can connect to my Android phone and can use my bluetooth headset without any problems.