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I am currently trying to setup a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B for my parents to use as a media center. I took an imagine of OSMC that I am using, but I want to disable certain features on boot, including the bluetooth.

I tried the firmware approach, but it doesn't seem to register. Is there a way to blacklist the bluetooth?

My firmware is up to date as of the time of this post.

Thanks in advance.

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To turn off wifi, rfkill block wifi; to turn it on, rfkill unblock wifi. For Bluetooth, rfkill block bluetooth and rfkill unblock bluetooth.

(I have not tried in OSMC.)

  • That was my initial "go to" solution, but it doesn't work. The one I posted below, however, definitely works with OSMC running on a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. – mandragoras Apr 17 '17 at 3:09
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To disable bluetooth you need to blacklist it in /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf

# Disable bluetooth
blacklist btbcm
blacklist hci_uart

Currently, there is no way to blacklist it in the firmware. You can "disable" it in the firmware, but this has no effect on osmc or openELEC. I haven't tested it on other distributions.

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Edit /boot/config.txt and append this:

# Disable internal BT
dtoverlay=pi3-disable-bt

Reboot.

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