Zach Adams Web Developer and Programmer

Bluetooth Audio Sink: Stream Setup Failed

July 2, 2014

I ran into this problem today after installing Linux Mint only to find out that I had to setup some stuff to get bluetooth working correctly. You can find the package that will allow you to connect to bluetooth devices here. After installing it and connecting successfully to my speaker however I got the weirdest error:

Result: Connection Failed: Stream Setup Failed

After searching around the internet I found how to fix it.

  1. Ensure pulse audio is installed with
    sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-module-bluetooth
  2. If it’s still not working run the command
pactl load-module module-bluetooth-discover

After running that command I was able to connect just fine with my tower stereo. Add this command to your startup and you should be good to go!


Tom says:
December 6th 2014 at 12:00am
My amatour question is how can I Add this command to my startup and save the configuration? I have 14.04.
Xijun Wang says:
January 31st 2015 at 12:00am
Man, you saved my day!
Annoymous says:
February 1st 2015 at 12:00am
Great, Thanks a lot! it really worked for me!!
Tapio says:
February 12th 2015 at 12:00am
Having updated from Xubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 the audio sink stopped working. Thank you for sparing me from a nervous break down with your apt advice.
Nadin says:
May 23rd 2015 at 12:00am
Thanks! That really helped
Michael says:
June 19th 2015 at 12:00am
Hi Zach It works!! Thank you very much for your help.
David says:
July 17th 2015 at 12:00am
I'm running linux mint 17.1 kde. This fix worked for me! thank you.
Frode Lindeijer says:
August 4th 2015 at 12:00am
That fixed it for me; H166 bluetooth receiver now works like a charm on Xubuntu. Thanks!
Martin says:
November 5th 2015 at 12:00am
This worked for me! Sennheiser MM 450-X on xubuntu 14.04.3 LTS
C J says:
January 14th 2016 at 12:00am
Nice! Thx It works with Sennheiser PX 210 BT
Steve says:
February 11th 2016 at 12:00am
it works, thanks
Scott says:
February 13th 2016 at 12:00am
Thank you! Pretty sure this was the fix I needed. Finally works.
Nasul says:
March 7th 2016 at 12:00am
Thank you! It really worked on linux mint 17!
Cecilia says:
March 29th 2016 at 12:00am
Thank you!
Miqueias Penha says:
April 12th 2016 at 12:00am
Thanks!!! =D
mehdi says:
April 14th 2016 at 12:00am
Thanks man!
Luc Roadrunner says:
June 19th 2016 at 12:00am
Excellent. Simple. It works as a charm. Thx
Jijibiji says:
July 23rd 2016 at 12:00am
Thank U. Be Happy!
Henrique says:
September 5th 2016 at 12:00am
Thanks!!!!! Your awesome! JBL flip 3 working now!
Naveen P Suthar says:
September 9th 2016 at 12:00am
After recent update on my 14.04 bluetooth audio was stopped working but your solutions worked fine and fixed the problem. Thx.
GD says:
November 28th 2016 at 12:00am
Xubuntu 16.10 on ThinkPad X200 SOLVED!!! :)
Paulo says:
December 16th 2018 at 12:00am
It works! Thank you!
fireboy says:
December 17th 2018 at 12:00am
Great job! Works for Debian Stretch 9.x.x, 12/16/18. I now have to figure out how to add to startup?
Jamie says:
January 14th 2019 at 12:00am
Sweet thanks
Dg says:
February 1st 2019 at 12:00am
It Worked! Thanks.
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Mahesh Chary says:
May 28th 2020 at 12:00am
Thanks a ton, Zach!!

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