Switch Pro Controller has to re-pair each use

EDIT: Doing some tangential research is leading me to order and try a BT4.0 dongle instead of the built-in 5.0 bluetooth on the laptop. It appears that the controllers do not work properly, or at least do not reconnect properly, with BT5.0 adapters. I’ll update when the new dongle gets here and can test it.

Hi Everyone,

I’m having an issue where every time I turn off my Switch Pro Controller I have to re-pair it in order for it to work (it pairs, but does not show up in /dev/js0-4 or evtest).

This does NOT happen with my XBox Series S|X Controller (using xpad-neo), it works as expected each time.

I’m not sure what information is needed so here is a bunch of what I suspect is needed:

output of lsmod when the controller is connected showing the hid-nintendo module:

Module                  Size  Used by
hid_nintendo           49152  0

output of bluetoothctl info when the device is connected:

Device E4:17:D8:B5:CF:0B (public)
        Name: Pro Controller
        Alias: Pro Controller
        Class: 0x00002508
        Icon: input-gaming
        Paired: yes
        Bonded: yes
        Trusted: yes
        Blocked: no
        Connected: yes
        WakeAllowed: yes
        LegacyPairing: no
        UUID: Human Interface Device... (00001124-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        UUID: PnP Information           (00001200-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        Modalias: usb:v057Ep2009d0001

Output of inxi -Fxxx:

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    chip-ID: 1002:731f class-ID: 0380
  Device-2: AMD Renoir vendor: Dell driver: amdgpu v: kernel arch: GCN-5
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  Device-3: Microdia Integrated_Webcam_HD driver: uvcvideo type: USB
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  Device-2: AMD Renoir Radeon High Definition Audio vendor: Dell
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16
    bus-ID: 08:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:1637 class-ID: 0403
  Device-3: AMD ACP/ACP3X/ACP6x Audio Coprocessor vendor: Dell
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  Device-4: AMD Family 17h/19h HD Audio vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel
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  System Temperatures: cpu: 50.0 C mobo: 38.0 C
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  GPU: device: amdgpu temp: 50.0 C device: amdgpu temp: 51.0 C mem: 52.0 C
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