I like this Microsoft “Mobile Mouse” 3600. It connects to my laptop via bluetooth so there’s no need to add a dongle.
It works with Linux but it’s a bit finicky. In this post I’m addressing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. This might seem like moot point because 18.04 LTS is literally right around the corner. However, there a chance it’s meticulous connection procedure will still need to be followed. So here’s how to consistently get it to connect to your computer.
I’ve highlighted all the commands you’ll need to type in bold. The other text is the output you’ll be seeing. The device ID will be different for your 3600 mouse, and it will be different every time you try to pair it. Just be careful to copy and paste off of your screen and not mine 😉
Put your mouse into pairing mode by holding the bottom button down for more than 5 seconds. Then launch the bluetooth control tool from the terminal, and start a scan. Note the ID of
BluetoothMouse3600, you’ll use it for the commands
$ sudo bluetoothctl [bluetooth]# scan on Discovery started [CHG] Controller 28:B2:BD:5A:33:17 Discovering: yes ... [NEW] Device EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 BluetoothMouse3600 [CHG] Device EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 RSSI: -42 [bluetooth]# pair EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 Attempting to pair with EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 ... [CHG] Device EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 Paired: yes Pairing successful [BluetoothMouse3600]# trust EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 [CHG] Device EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 Trusted: yes Changing EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 trust succeeded [BluetoothMouse3600]# connect EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 Attempting to connect to EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 Connection successful
Sweet we’re connected! But your mouse probably won’t (yet) work. We need to
disconnect first (I’ll explain why in a bit).
[BluetoothMouse3600]# disconnect EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 Attempting to disconnect from EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 Successful disconnected [CHG] Device EF:E5:F1:8D:EA:24 Connected: no
Why am I doing this again?!?
I’m not exactly sure why this needs to be done twice, but somewhere along the way I believe I saw some bluetooth debugging information show that the first device is for BLE (bluetooth low energy) and the second is the actual HID (human interface device). Comment if you can confirm or deny, but for now, let’s keep truckin’…
Put the mouse into pairing mode again. Then
pair/trust/connect again . You may notice the number in the 4th section of the device ID is one number higher than it was when we first paired.
[NEW] Device EF:E5:F1:8E:EA:24 BluetoothMouse3600 [bluetooth]# pair EF:E5:F1:8E:EA:24 Attempting to pair with EF:E5:F1:8E:EA:24 [CHG] Device EF:E5:F1:8E:EA:24 Connected: yes [BluetoothMouse3600]# trust EF:E5:F1:8E:EA:24 [CHG] Device EF:E5:F1:8E:EA:24 Trusted: yes Changing EF:E5:F1:8E:EA:24 trust succeeded ... Pairing successful [CHG] Device EF:E5:F1:8E:EA:24 Modalias: usb:v045Ep0916d0100 [BluetoothMouse3600]# connect EF:E5:F1:8E:EA:24 Attempting to connect to EF:E5:F1:8E:EA:24 Connection successful
Now your mouse should work!
If you find it not reconnecting on occasion, turning the mouse off/on with a quick press of the bottom button sometimes does the trick. Otherwise, remove both of the bluetooth devices that are paired and start from the top. I’ve done this several times and this is the only consistent way I’ve been able to get it working again.
absolutely unbelivable. I have been messing with this for half a year. There is no reason to this. It just sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t. Goddamn linux. And now when googling again, i see that in Ubuntu 18 people STILL mess around with this stuff. It never ends.
Anyway, thanks for showing bluetoothctl commands. Randomly pairing/unpairing eventually worked
Yeah, it’s frustrating. I’m not sure who to blame on this one, but the 3600 had some odd behaviors in OSX as well. Hopefully this helps someone besides myself.
I did it here and it worked, but when restarting the system I always have to do the process again.
That was always a worry – for me it would only work on reboot half of the time. For what it’s worth, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS has been perfectly stable with the Microsoft 3600 mouse. I’ve only had to connect it once.
I use Linux Mint 19, and here it is not working.
I can’t speak for Mint 19, but the version of the `bluez` package I’m currently using is 5.48.
run this command –
Then connect the mouse again. It should work. Found the solution here – https://oldforum.puppylinux.com/viewtopic.php?p=1041452&sid=bfd95ca5af836e6c0ac10c8df77cb720#p1041452
Nice find @charsi
Will this work with linux Mint?? I haven’t been able to use this mouse for almost 2 years and have given up hope on it completely!!
Possibly, I noticed when I upgraded my bluetooth subsystem (bluez) to 5.48 it worked much more predictably.
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