bluetooth stack looses connection to bluetooth devices when tlp is installed

Bug #1710978 reported by Wolf Rogner
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
bluez (Ubuntu)
tlp (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In Ubuntu Budgie bluetooth connection is lost in regular intervals (5mins).

Thus my mouse stops working, my headset stops playing music.

Reconnecting my mouse takes ages requiring a restart of bluez and reconnecting the mouse.

This issue became worse ever since installing budgie (17.04) in May.

(during writing this, the mouse stopped working again)

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.04
Package: bluez 5.43-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.10.0-32.36-generic 4.10.17
Uname: Linux 4.10.0-32-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_uvm wl nvidia_drm nvidia_modeset nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.20.4-0ubuntu4.5
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Budgie:GNOME
Date: Tue Aug 15 23:02:08 2017
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-05-25 (81 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Budgie 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Release amd64 (20170412)
InterestingModules: rfcomm bnep btusb bluetooth
MachineType: Apple Inc. MacBookPro10,1
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.10.0-32-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=873566f9-4c01-4dae-8ca9-99c95dfbe269 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: bluez
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) 12/21/2012
dmi.bios.vendor: Apple Inc.
dmi.bios.version: MBP101.88Z.00EE.B03.1212211437
dmi.board.asset.tag: Base Board Asset Tag# Mac-C3EC7CD22292981F
dmi.board.vendor: Apple Inc.
dmi.board.version: MacBookPro10,1
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: Apple Inc.
dmi.chassis.version: Mac-C3EC7CD22292981F
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAppleInc.:bvrMBP101.88Z.00EE.B03.1212211437:bd12/21/2012:svnAppleInc.:pnMacBookPro10,1:pvr1.0:rvnAppleInc.:rnMac-C3EC7CD22292981F:rvrMacBookPro10,1:cvnAppleInc.:ct10:cvrMac-C3EC7CD22292981F: MacBookPro10,1
dmi.product.version: 1.0
dmi.sys.vendor: Apple Inc.
 hci0: Type: Primary Bus: USB
  BD Address: 14:10:9F:D2:25:F8 ACL MTU: 1021:6 SCO MTU: 64:1
  RX bytes:21297526 acl:766364 sco:0 events:1617 errors:0
  TX bytes:14741 acl:474 sco:0 commands:583 errors:0

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Wolf Rogner (war-rsb) wrote :
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fossfreedom (fossfreedom) wrote :

just wondering if this is a TLP / bluetooth interaction issue

Can you have a look here -

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Wolf Rogner (war-rsb) wrote :

could be. I already had issues with TLP (related to suspend to RAM).

Must have been introduced with the latest kernel update though (as the former issue has been resolved).

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Wolf Rogner (war-rsb) wrote :

extended measures demonstrate a loss of connection every two minutes on average.

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Wolf Rogner (war-rsb) wrote :

Uninstalling tlp (+tlp-rdw, budgie-desktop-environment, ubuntu-budgie-desktop)
eliminates the issue completely

Also #1711382 does not occure any more (however, I see no relation between the two)

summary: - bluetooth stack looses connection to bluetooth devices
+ bluetooth stack looses connection to bluetooth devices when tlp is
+ installed
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Wolf Rogner (war-rsb) wrote :

I think, this should be a tlp related issue (didn't know at the time of filing it).

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Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

OK, let's make this just a tlp issue. I don't see any bluez bug here anyway.

Changed in bluez (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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linrunner (linrunner) wrote :

Did you try the workaround from #2? What was the result?

A kernel driver or bluetooth device that does not properly implement power saving cannot be fixed in TLP. Your only option is to disable power saving for the device.

Changed in tlp (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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