Linux, Bluetooth, and sound

Linux can provide a fast, secure, and modern desktop computing experience. However, Bluetooth audio on Linux sucks.

Bluetooth audio cuts out intermittently

If you experience 1 second gaps of silence approximately every 300 seconds of Bluetooth audio playback, this post may help you.

Try adding this line to the /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf file

sudo su
cd /etc/modprobe.d
nano alsa-base.conf

add this line:

options snd-hda-intel model=generic

save and exit

Can you use a wire instead?

A dear friend, of the same generation that refers to “Walkman jacks,” first helped solve this problem for audio at work from my personal laptop: by gifting a sound bar that can plug into an actual 1/8″ analog audio headphone jack.

(My friend also sent a USB-C plug to 1/8″ analog audio jack adapter, which I do not yet need, but have packed into my accessories bag, for use in the near future, when my next laptop will have even fewer ports.)

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No Bluetooth microphone support for Linux

There are technical and historical reasons for why there is no Linux driver support for Bluetooth microphones. My suggestion is to invest in a wired USB headset. Logitech is a safe choice.