Similar to Raspberry Pi 3 Bluetooth "No default controller available" however that fix doesn't work (already have that package installed)

Running latest Raspbian and have run rpi-update, apt-get update, upgrade and dist-upgrade (in all possible combinations). All the packages that setup guides are requiring are installed (bluez, pi-bluetooth, etc...)

~$ uname -r
~$ systemctl status bluetooth
Active: active (running)
~$ rfkill list all
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
~$ bluetoothctl
[bluetooth]# list
[bluetooth]# power on
No default controller available

I have RetroPie installed over Raspbian with a piTFT from Adafruit. Not sure if the driver installer for the tft would cause any problems or not...

Is there some configuration/setup I am missing? My Pi is acting like the bluetooth hardware is nonexistent. And before anyone asks, yes this IS a RPi version 3 B, the builtin wireless works flawlessly and my CPU is reported as a22082 (3 Model B, Embest) I am also a member of the bluetooth group Update: firmware-brcm80211 is already installed.

  • Edit in the output from uname -r.
    – goldilocks
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 18:44
  • I had success on minibian by running apt-get install firmware-brcm80211 pi-bluetooth wpasupplicant. since you already have installed pi-bluetooth can you try installing only the firmware ? Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 18:57
  • thanks for the suggestion, I just checked and it's already installed Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 19:24
  • I just noticed that hciuart service fails during boot (calls hciattach on /dev/serial1) I will try to track the issue further and post my findings Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 21:22

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Figured it out! I had the line dtoverlay=pi3-miniuart-bt In /boot/config.txt, which disables the bluetooth, additionally, my bluetoothd was not marked executable (is it supposed to be that way?) Which stopped its service from running.

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