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I do not understand how to pair my new pantech impact with my ubuntu laptop so that I can send pictures and files back and forth.

Can anyone provide instructions?

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Right-click on the Bluetooth icon in the system tray and pick Set up new device..., then hit the Forward button. Put the phone in discoverable/announce state. Pick the device when it shows up. The computer will give you a PIN to enter. Enter said PIN into the phone. Phone is now paired with the computer.

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there was no bluetooth icon in my tray, and when i manually start the bluetooth app in ubuntu there is no adapter detected, so it doesn't show the icon unless i set it to. how do i enable the built in adapter? –  Alex Apr 29 '10 at 0:04
    
First make sure that it's not disabled by a killswitch or similar. Then... well, on Fedora there's a bluetooth service that has to be running in order for it to work, but I'm not sure if Ubuntu has something similar. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Apr 29 '10 at 1:31
    
all killswitches disengaged, and I'm not sure how to tell if that service is running. –  Alex Apr 30 '10 at 5:30
    
You can use ps for that purpose. –  Matthieu Cartier Jan 26 '11 at 12:16
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