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Old 01-10-2007, 01:33 PM   #1
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Dell 6400M Media Buttons

Woudl anyone tell me what i need to do to get the media buttons on the front of my DELL 6400M laptop to function in Linux?
At the moment they dont do anything, but I would like to get them working.

Any pointers appreciated.

Old 01-10-2007, 05:53 PM   #2
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Maybe you can get them working by getting the keycodes with xev and by creating a .Xmodmap file in your home directory.
Start xev from a console and type one of the keys -- does it display a keycode? If yes create a .Xmodmap file. Some sample lines of mine:

keycode 174 = XF86AudioLowerVolume
keycode 176 = XF86AudioRaiseVolume
keycode 160 = XF86AudioMute
keycode 222 = XF86PowerOff
Sorry, I don't know where I got the Names from (what is right of the "="), but Google is your friend if you need them.

EDIT: When using a graphical login manager I had to use .xprofile instead of .Xmodmap

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