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#1 2020-07-27 20:56:45

Registered: 2020-07-19
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HOWTO: Beowulf - Connect the best bluetooth mouse - MX Anywhere 2

First, verify that your computer Bluetooth device supports Low Energy. If your Bluetooth device does not support Low Energy, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Bluetooth mouse will not pair and the instructions below will not work.

Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Bluetooth mouse

Why is the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Bluetooth mouse the best mouse?

  • Ratcheting or free wheeling scroll wheel

  • Dedicated Middle Mouse button to easily perform X windows copy and paste

  • Easily switch between up to three paired computers.

  • Most of all, tracks on almost any hard surface - including glass tables

Enough introduction. Let's get connected!

Broadcom Bluetooth chipset instructions

Become root using the su - command. Note that the dash is required since we will be using programs residing in the sbin sub-directories. Then follow the instructions here to install the firmware manually.

Important Notes

  • Firmware for individual Broadcom chipsets can be obtained here.

  • The firmware file name must match exactly what was detected missing by your kernel from the dmesg command output.

  • The required firmware (.hcd file) must be placed in directory /lib/firmware/brcm.

  • Note that the /lib/firmware/brcm directory does not exist and you will have to create it.

  • If you don't feel comfortable installing manually, a Debian package is available here. Note that I installed manually and have not tested this package.

If you installed correctly, you should have an entry in you dmesg output that looks something like this after reboot..

bluetooth hci0: firmware: direct-loading firmware brcm/BCM20702A1-0a5c-21e8.hcd
Connect the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Bluetooth mouse

Follow the instructions here. If you followed the instructions correctly and had success, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Bluetooth mouse will automagically connected to your computer every time you boot up - no initialization steps needed except to power the mouse on.


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