Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Laptop and Netbook
User Name
Linux - Laptop and Netbook Having a problem installing or configuring Linux on your laptop? Need help running Linux on your netbook? This forum is for you. This forum is for any topics relating to Linux and either traditional laptops or netbooks (such as the Asus EEE PC, Everex CloudBook or MSI Wind).


  Search this Thread
Old 07-29-2004, 02:00 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2004
Posts: 8

Rep: Reputation: 0
Volume control and internet keys

Ok folks I need some more help I am about 99% there on the laptop install. I have a Compaq/HP Presario 2175us and after installing Redhat, mandrake and finally getting every thing (mostly) working with Suse 9.1. Here what I need some advice on. My system has internet/mutlimedia keys that I cant seem to get working. The Fn keys work with out any issues and with ACPI got the power button to work correctly. I know that the internet keys arent really that important in the grand scheme of things but I would really like to have the volume and mute buttons working. It this a keyboard mapping issue or is it some device that I need to find drivers for. Does anyone out there have these working on a 21xx systems or know how to make this work?

Thanks all,

Old 07-30-2004, 03:47 PM   #2
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2004
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Update on mutlimedia keys

Ok all here is what I have managed to find out so far.

after searching nearly every forum and an extensive google search I have come across several options and with these options found even more problems.

I have decided to use OMKE which the best that I can figure is a kernel patch that allows the use of the easy internet buttons and volue control for HP omnibooks it has been used successfully on other laptops and supposedly works with presario 21xx systems. Unfortunately the documentation and forums dont seem to have a lot of information.

It can be found at :

The problem with this is that I am using Suse 9.1 personal and anyone familiar with this knows that its a bastradized version of linux, CPP GCC and Make are not installed ( along with tons of other stuff I am sure). After installing these RPM's I keep getting the error:

The present kernel configuration has modules disabled.
Type 'make config' and enable loadable module support.
Then build a kernel with module support enabled.

I have even tried recompiling the kernel but after following some of the howto's online I am still stuck with the module error thus I can't even change the kernel til I get this problem fixed. This may be a straight forward easy fix but I have no idea how to go about it. Has any one out there got past this problem.
Old 08-02-2004, 10:51 AM   #3
Registered: Jan 2004
Location: Trinidad & Tobago
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 317

Rep: Reputation: 30
OK I'll get back to you on vol controls as soon as I get back notebook, lol.
In the meantime check here

Last edited by Mr_C; 08-02-2004 at 10:55 AM.
Old 08-02-2004, 02:14 PM   #4
The Bad Penny
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Distribution: Slackware 10
Posts: 78

Rep: Reputation: 15
Hi there,

I have an HP Pavilion ze5354ea notebook which also has the onetouch keys, below is an extract from my webpage from linux on laptops showing how I got OMKE running, as you know HP & Compaq are now the same company so you should (hopefully) find this will work for you as well as it has for me.



HP One touch buttons (Including volume controls)

Download the latest omnibook module from
Unpack it, anywhere you like.
**NOTE** Any commands issued and answers given are in bold

I opened a terminal in the unpacked directory,(which was on my desktop) and I gave these commands:

root@silver:~/Desktop/omnibook-2004-01-20# make
root@silver:~/Desktop/omnibook-2004-01-20# make install

That's it the modules are installed, now its time to start them up.
But because I read the accompanying docs I knew my model wasn't on the supported hardware list and as
such they wouldn't start properly, however I had read the supported list in /docs/readme and at the bottom of
the page the developer suggest trying to load different firmware, so I picked the closest model to mine which
was in group 7.

The command I gave to load the module was:

root@silver:~/Desktop/omnibook-2004-01-20# insmod omnibook ectype=7

If you want to verify that the module loaded simply enter lsmod at the terminal,
as I recieved no errors when I gave the command I know it's ok.

Now you will want this to load and work after every boot,
to do this simply edit the /etc/rc.d/rc.local file and add

insmod omnibook ectype=7

to a new line at the bottom of the page.

Now for the best bit, assigning the one touch keys to applications.
Lets assume you want to assign the one touch mail button to open KMail.

Open the K menu and select the "Menu Editor" from the "Settings" section.
Or right click the K menu and choose "Menu Editor" from the pop up.

what you will see of the left hand side is a copy of your Kmenu click on the + beside the Internet section it will
open up and you can see KMail about 1/3 of the way down the list,

Click KMail and the right hand side suddenly becomes active, at the bottom there is a buttom called
"Current shortcut key" with the word "None" in it, click it and when the popup opens press the one touch button
and the popup disappears now in the box that said "None" it now says "XF86Mail" or something similar.

You have successfully assigned the One touch Mail button to KMail, carry on and assign the rest of the
keys to whichever functions or applications you require, and then "Save" your choices in the "File" menu.
Old 08-13-2004, 08:10 AM   #5
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
This is now supported in Gnome > v2.6. You can assign keys very easily.

In Gnome (startx), for Fedora users Select RedHat| Select Preferences| Keyboard Shortcuts
Select the task you like, such as webbrowser then press the button you wish to use. That's it.

Volume up| press the onetouch key of your choice - that's it. etc.

For HP laptop users:
The only key that can't be assigned is the wireless up/down key. Perhaps this can be added in future versions. You still need a script for the wireless LED.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Volume Up/Down/Mute keys not working Blargity Linux - Laptop and Netbook 10 06-02-2005 10:56 AM
Volume +/- Keys Poetics Linux - Laptop and Netbook 3 05-22-2005 05:37 PM
New keyboard with Volume keys, etc. vbguru12000 Debian 6 02-02-2005 10:13 AM
Volume control keys? mrurmil Linux - Laptop and Netbook 0 01-24-2005 09:32 PM
Adjusting how much volume jumps with volume keys vrillusions Linux - Laptop and Netbook 2 10-17-2003 09:11 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Laptop and Netbook

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:36 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration