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Guide for pairing and connecting Bluetooth LE devices when using Linux and Windows dual boot

Bluetooth LE Dual Boot Connecting guide

  1. Pair and connect on Linux

  2. Pair and connect on Windows

  3. Shut down Bluetooth device

  4. Boot to Linux

  5. Mount Windows partition

  6. Go to <windows-mount>/Windows/System32/config

  7. Run command chntpw -e SYSTEM

    • Install chntpw if it is not available
  8. Go to the keys ControlSet001\Services\BTHPORT\Parameters1\Keys\<computer-bluetooth-mac>\<device-bluetooth-mac>

    • Rename the device's bluetooth mac in Linux /var/lib/bluetooth directory to the one found in the Windows registry. (Usually just one byte changes in the Mac when pairing is done)
  9. Replace values in Linux device's directory info file:

    • IRK into Key in IdentityResolvingKey
    • CSRK into Key in LocalSignatureKey
    • LTK into Key in LongTermKey
    • ERand into Rand: Take the hex value ab cd ef, byte reverse it (ef cd ab) and convert it into decimal (e.g. using the Programming mode of the calculator application)
    • EDIV into EDiv: Just take the hex value and convert it normally or use the decimal value directly if it is displayed (chntpw displays it)
  10. Restart bluetooth service

    • systemctl restart bluetooth
  11. Power on bluetooth device

Connection should work now seamlessly in Linux and Windows

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