The Linux distro Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat, also known as edition 10.10, has improved its connectivity abilities over 10.04. A Bluetooth mouse can be connected to your computer via its integrated Bluetooth card. If you computer doesn’t have integrated Bluetooth, you can add the feature using a small USB receiver that slides into one of the USB ports on your computer.
If you are using a third-party Bluetooth dongle, be sure to install its drivers on your computer before continuing, otherwise your Ubuntu install will not be able to recognize the device. You’ll need Linux drivers for the device; Windows drivers will not work. If the device doesn’t come with Linux drivers, look online for a .deb third-party driver.
Put new batteries into your Bluetooth mouse. Because the mouse will be on for long periods at a time, consider purchasing rechargeable AA batteries and a battery charger. Placing the batteries on the charger once a week should be adequate for keeping them charged, and will save you money on batteries in the long run.
Weak batteries may cause connectivity problems, or cause the signal to be lost intermittently. Nickel-metal Hydride batteries will last longer than alkaline if you choose to use disposable batteries instead of rechargeables. Never try to recharge disposable batteries using a battery charger.
Start your computer. Wait for Ubuntu to launch. Click the Bluetooth icon that appears in the menu toolbar on the right-hand side; it looks like an angular “B”. Choose “Turn On Bluetooth” from the menu. Click on the Bluetooth icon again, then choose “Set up new device…” from the menu.
If your install doesn’t have a “B” icon, click “System”, then “Preferences”, and then “Bluetooth” from the menu.
A box will appear that automatically searches for Bluetooth devices. Make sure that your mouse is turned on. Click the “Forward” button. Choose “Mouse” from the drop-down menu. Wait for Ubuntu to find your Bluetooth mouse, then click the “PIN” button. Choose “0000” from the list. Ubuntu will automatically connect to the mouse.
If Ubuntu can’t find your mouse, make sure that it is turned on and close to your computer. Put fresh batteries into the device if you haven’t already. Press the “Reset” button on the bottom of your mouse and try searching for the device again under the “Bluetooth” menu.