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Old 05-26-2005, 12:08 PM   #1
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Volume Up/Down/Mute keys not working


Ok, so I've searched all over the web, including this forum, and I'm stuck.

I have a Gateway 450SX Laptop running SuSE 9.2. I have everything set up exactly how I want it, except pressing fn-Home, PgUp, and PgDn doesn't result in mute, volume up, and volume down respectively.

I started with xev, of course, but while xev shows events firing for every other key on my keyboard (including other fn combos), those three simply don't register in xev. Where's the next place to look? I haven't yet looked around at the laptop specific programs, especially since I haven't found one that claims to work for Gateways yet.

Any suggestions?
 
Old 05-26-2005, 02:45 PM   #2
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In KDE

Preferences->Regional & Accessiblilty->Keyboard layout, then choose your keyboard from the list. Worked for me on my Compaq
 
Old 05-27-2005, 08:30 AM   #3
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Of course there are no gateway keyboards listed.... Thanks for the tip, has anyone actually messed with the gateways enough to see what's happening? Plenty of stuff on Compaqs and Toshibas...

The funny thing is that other than this, this laptop is very linux compatible.

Thanks again.
 
Old 05-27-2005, 08:47 PM   #4
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I had to disable pcmcia on my laptop becuase it didn't work with linux.

I believe you can use the same section mentioned above to manually set up your keys. I ahven't done it though.
 
Old 05-28-2005, 04:54 AM   #5
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Well, I tried to use the khotkeys portion of the control panel to add an action, and it simply doesn't see the keys either. In the keyboard layout section, I tried several compaq and toshiba keys, and they didn't work.
 
Old 05-28-2005, 02:42 PM   #6
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Read over these few post and see if something works. There are many ways to do this.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...18#post1483618
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...388#post536388

EDIT:
Found this one just down a few questions back. I learned another way to do it now following the the last post in it. http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=323104

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Old 05-29-2005, 02:36 PM   #7
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Ok, as I've already noted, xev doesn't see the keys at all, and neither does khotkeys. Is there some other way to grab the key codes that I'm missing?

Also, I had already found 2 out of the 3 threads you listed prior to making the original post...

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Old 05-29-2005, 05:39 PM   #8
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Only other item I have seen that could help is this.
http://lineak.sourceforge.net/index....upport%20HOWTO

If none of this works then it looks like they are not detectable with your current keyboard selection. Possible choosing another keyboard choice might work like a japenense or solivic keyboard. If any of that works then it might be possible to encode the section on the new keys to the us keyboard setup.

Good luck.
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Old 05-30-2005, 02:24 AM   #9
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i could be wrong but the fn+ keys are usualy directly connected to the hardware. such as the dual head monitor button and dim the monitor. if they dont work though then the keyboard needs a new keymap. but i dont suspect that this is the thing as i have built serveral laptops and the fn+ keys have been hardware connected. you might want to just bind a few other keys to you master volume control and piss on those keys. you should be able to make somethin like ctl + ? move the volume up a notch and stuff like that. check google for keybinding howtos
 
Old 05-30-2005, 09:30 AM   #10
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Found this link googleing around today. It talks about how some keys don't work with the 2.6 kernel scheme where xev does not see the key. It is not available yet but contact the developer to keep you informed.
http://keytouch.sourceforge.net/

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Old 06-02-2005, 10:56 AM   #11
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Some of the fn+key combination keys are directly tied to the hardware. For instance, the screen contrast works just fine. Others obviously generate key codes. Pressing fn+i is a 9 (for a quasi number pad). That shows up as a different scan code, and detected by xev. I'll take a look at the link you posted and see what happens. Thanks.
 
  


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