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Old 11-01-2008, 01:40 AM   #1
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ACPI and toshiba hotkeys


Hey guys...

So its been a while since I have really looekd into this, and I haven't been able to find any up to date information on the subject.

I am curious to know if there has been aby advancement on getting the Fn keys and more specifically the screen brightness control working on laptops running the Phoenix Bios?

I have a Toshiba Satellite PSAA8C-SK800E laptop with a Phoenix Bios and I remember the last time I looked into this there was no support for this bios and getting the Fn keys and screen brightness controls to work. Has anyone been able to get this working on their toshiba laptops?

Any help or suggestions on this topic would be amazing

thank you in advance


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Old 11-02-2008, 02:29 AM   #2
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I was enable to use those keys in my Tecra with phoenix BIOS using the omnibook module and keytouch in Debian. Since I get a new HD and was hurry to install some distro, I put FC9 in my laptop recently and could use the bright keys without touch anything.
 
Old 11-02-2008, 01:45 PM   #3
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I was enable to use those keys in my Tecra with phoenix BIOS using the omnibook module and keytouch in Debian. Since I get a new HD and was hurry to install some distro, I put FC9 in my laptop recently and could use the bright keys without touch anything.


Wow really eh? I have heard of the omnibook. Was it hard to install and get working?

And when you installed fedora 9, was this on your laptop using the phoenix bios? Was there anything special you had to do or did it work out of the box?

Maybe you could give a little more detail



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Old 11-03-2008, 03:15 AM   #4
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omnibook was not really hard to install. I got the sources from http://sourceforge.net/projects/omke/ and compiled it without problems. The trick is I was using a custom a 2.6.26 kernel, not the debian image. However didn't had any trouble, just compiled it and charged it. Then I installed keytouch and configured it with a similar keyboard config file (Satellite something) and it worked for me without any issue. I must say I tried some other packages (xhotkeys, etc) before I got this working but no one worked for me. There is also a wonderful package named Laptop mode, available for Debian that can automagically switch cpu_freq, screen brightness and a few more things if laptop is plugged to power line or not. This is a not tool for novices, I think, cause you need to edit the config files at hand to get it working properly but the files are plenty of examples and it's not to difficult to understand.

On the other hand, I recently installed FC9 on my laptop. I'm not sure why but I got the keys working after install finished. However, not all the keys works. I'm happy with it, anyway, and I have not touch any file, so I could not help you here.
 
Old 11-04-2008, 12:53 PM   #5
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omnibook was not really hard to install. I got the sources from http://sourceforge.net/projects/omke/ and compiled it without problems. The trick is I was using a custom a 2.6.26 kernel, not the debian image. However didn't had any trouble, just compiled it and charged it. Then I installed keytouch and configured it with a similar keyboard config file (Satellite something) and it worked for me without any issue. I must say I tried some other packages (xhotkeys, etc) before I got this working but no one worked for me. There is also a wonderful package named Laptop mode, available for Debian that can automagically switch cpu_freq, screen brightness and a few more things if laptop is plugged to power line or not. This is a not tool for novices, I think, cause you need to edit the config files at hand to get it working properly but the files are plenty of examples and it's not to difficult to understand.

On the other hand, I recently installed FC9 on my laptop. I'm not sure why but I got the keys working after install finished. However, not all the keys works. I'm happy with it, anyway, and I have not touch any file, so I could not help you here.
Thank you for your response...

I would definitely agree with you that it is not something for novices. I have tried many times in the past to get my hot keys working to no avail . I have all but given up at this point, I don't think I have enough knowledge at this time to get the hot keys functioning properly. It is interesting that on your toshiba and with fedora 9 that you were able to get the keys to work out of the box... I must admit I am jealous.

Thank you again for your response...



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