Since I posted the original post I have tried a bunch of Linux distros and I am now back to Ubuntu Budgie. I could not get Bluetooth working on any of the distros. (I did try Cloudready “Chrome OS” and Bluetooth worked but my machine was bogged down with some kind of bloat so it was unusable.)
FWIW this is a different laptop - should I start a new thread?
I have also tried many of the command based fixes offered on various forums but to no avail. All failed. I even started a thread here but I am starting a new thread to avoid confusion (mostly my confusion).
I got some information using a dmesg command but I really don’t know what else to share. It says ACL packet - whatever that is. I have a Broadcom BCM20702A0 Bluetooth device in a Dell E6430.
Here is what I got:
mchipeur@dell:~$ sudo dmesg | grep -i bluetooth
[sudo] password for mchipeur:
[ 18.325101] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.22
[ 18.325120] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[ 18.325124] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[ 18.325125] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
[ 18.325129] Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
[ 36.030471] Bluetooth: BNEP (Ethernet Emulation) ver 1.3
[ 36.030474] Bluetooth: BNEP filters: protocol multicast
[ 36.030481] Bluetooth: BNEP socket layer initialized
[ 58.586448] Bluetooth: RFCOMM TTY layer initialized
[ 58.586458] Bluetooth: RFCOMM socket layer initialized
[ 58.586466] Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.11
[ 131.914153] Bluetooth: hci0: corrupted ACL packet
[ 131.914190] Bluetooth: hci0: ACL packet for unknown connection handle 12
[ 157.388570] Bluetooth: hci0: corrupted ACL packet