First timer here. I'm new to RPi and Python in general. I am making an RC car with my Pi, an Adafruit PCA9685, and an old OUYA bluetooth controller.

Everything works on my desk. But, I want it to move around on the floor. My next objective is to get the Pi running with no display or keyboard/mouse, and have the script run at boot. I'm okay with figuring out all of that.

Where I'm stuck? After boot, my Ouya controller won't connect unless I turn off the bluetooth, then turn it back on. After which, I hit the "OUYA" button on the controller, it connects, all works as expected.

I've spent the better part of the past day or two searching the 'bluez' documentation, but I can't find a thing.

I have been reluctant to request from the forums, as I like to try to solve the problem myself, I have to ask, need to move on.



  • Can you expand on what you mean by "I turn off the bluetooth, then turn it back on"? That might help prospective answerers to see where you are stuck a bit more clearly. Thanks!
    – MrChips
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 15:42
  • I'm using stock Raspbian on a Pi3. I have loaded the Bluetooth manager, and I turn the bluetooth off then back on via that interface. I have found if I go through 'bluetoothctl', and can get the same result. My solution below seems to be working pretty well, resetting the bluetooth via the {hciconfig} commands.
    – parsko
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 17:17

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I think I found a solution. Bluetooth runs at startup, so it's there. But, it needs to be reset before I can find it. Once it's reset, I can connect easily. Now, I'm sure there is a more elegant way to do this, but this is the Python command that solved this issue:

os.popen('sudo hciconfig hci0 reset')

If I run this after a reboot, I can just connect my OUYA controller as expected.


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