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Old 05-20-2005, 05:35 PM   #1
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Ottawa, ON
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Multimedia keys

I've been having a nasty time getting my multimedia keys on my laptop working. They don't work on my desktop, either, but that doesn't really bother me as much, becuase I control the volume at the external amplifier, and can live without the easy internet button.

Anyway, on the laptop, I'm dealing with a Compaq EVO N115, which has the same internet keyboard as all of the early EVO computers and all of the 700-series Presario laptops. Does anybody else have this keyboard, and has been able to get it working?

I've already tried unsuccessfully with hotkeys (no surprise there, it's been dead for 3 years), and with lineak (which looked promising, but didn't work). If you've been able to get the keyboard working with one of these projects, how did you do it?

Old 05-20-2005, 07:01 PM   #2
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I wish I could say: "Hey, I've got one of those, and it works like this ... "

But the best I can offer is this little nugget I found for integrating keymaps straight into the raw X config files:

Basically if you can use xev to retrieve your scancodes, then this method should work - and work without any external programs. I don't know what affects the scancode retrieval, but xev will quickly reveal whether or not X is getting the button calls.

It says it's for XFree86, but works fine for xorg (no suprise there) and I've tested it with Slack 9.1, 10.1 and Slamd64.

All the best,
- Piete.
Old 05-20-2005, 09:21 PM   #3
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It gave me an idea of where to start, and I was able to find the answer in the Gentoo docs.

I then discovered I needed to add my user to the audio group so that aumix would work properly....

After getting the mapping working right and showing up in xev, it was a short trip in XFCE to bind the volume keys to "aumix -v+5" and "aumix -v-5". Too bad even xev doesn't see the other multimedia keys, but that's good enough.


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