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Old 3rd March 2017, 12:12 PM
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New Laptop/Install. Some Function keys

I just got a new, more-or-less generic laptop, installed Fedora 25 KDE spin on and am sorting out some of the issues.

One of them is that some of my function keys don't work. For example Fn-F1 doesn't turn off the touch pad. Fn-F11 doesn't put the laptop into airplane-mode.

Any tips? I don't even know how to begin debugging this to begin looking for information on where the problem might lie.

Thanks,
Oliver
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Old 4th March 2017, 10:26 AM
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Re: New Laptop/Install. Some Function keys

Hello MrSampson,
Could you provide the model and specification of the laptop?
The issue was know due to the change in the bios from vendors which also impact the power plugging with some delay of status. The fix is available on kernel 4.9 and up. Try to update to the latest stable kernel version and let know if the problem got resolved.
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Old 4th March 2017, 02:29 PM
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Re: New Laptop/Install. Some Function keys

Oh, that's interesting. It's a generic "made" by a company called TuxedoComputers here in Germany.

https://www.tuxedocomputers.com/Linu...y-Brenner.geek

Based on the stickers inside, it's actually manufactured by Foxconn. If you tell me which commands to issue, I'll be happy to supply the output here.
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Old 4th March 2017, 04:26 PM
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Re: New Laptop/Install. Some Function keys

Try,
Code:
sudo dnf install dmidecode
sudo dmidecode -t bios -t system
Of course, to update your system, including kernal..
Code:
sudo dnf upgrade
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Old 5th March 2017, 09:27 PM
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Re: New Laptop/Install. Some Function keys

[sampson@brahms ~]$ sudo dmidecode -t bios -t system
# dmidecode 3.0
Getting SMBIOS data from sysfs.
SMBIOS 3.0.0 present.

Handle 0x0000, DMI type 0, 24 bytes
BIOS Information
Vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
Version: 1.05.03
Release Date: 09/19/2016
Address: 0xF0000
Runtime Size: 64 kB
ROM Size: 5120 kB
Characteristics:
PCI is supported
BIOS is upgradeable
BIOS shadowing is allowed
Boot from CD is supported
Selectable boot is supported
BIOS ROM is socketed
EDD is supported
Print screen service is supported (int 5h)
8042 keyboard services are supported (int 9h)
Printer services are supported (int 17h)
ACPI is supported
USB legacy is supported
BIOS boot specification is supported
Targeted content distribution is supported
UEFI is supported
BIOS Revision: 5.11

Handle 0x0001, DMI type 1, 27 bytes
System Information
Manufacturer: Notebook
Product Name: W65_W67RZ1
Version: Not Applicable
Serial Number: Not Applicable
UUID: 3B5BFA80-2071-0000-0000-000000000000
Wake-up Type: Power Switch
SKU Number: Not Applicable
Family: Not Applicable

Handle 0x0011, DMI type 12, 5 bytes
System Configuration Options
Option 1: Default string

Handle 0x0012, DMI type 32, 20 bytes
System Boot Information
Status: No errors detected

Handle 0x002A, DMI type 13, 22 bytes
BIOS Language Information
Language Description Format: Long
Installable Languages: 1
en|US|iso8859-1
Currently Installed Language: en|US|iso8859-1
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Old 5th March 2017, 10:34 PM
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Re: New Laptop/Install. Some Function keys

Quote:
System Information
Manufacturer: Notebook
Product Name: W65_W67RZ
Yes, I'd say that seems rather "generic".
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Old 6th March 2017, 10:17 AM
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Re: New Laptop/Install. Some Function keys

yep it's a clevo product a lot of smaller OEMs use. It's basically an off the shelf unit that can be customised to the client's desired specification.

@MrSampson - have you tried holding down Fn at the same time as the keys you are trying to use?
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Old 6th March 2017, 12:20 PM
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Re: New Laptop/Install. Some Function keys

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Originally Posted by antikythera View Post
yep it's a clevo product a lot of smaller OEMs use. It's basically an off the shelf unit that can be customised to the client's desired specification.

@MrSampson - have you tried holding down Fn at the same time as the keys you are trying to use?
Sure have. That's how I know that only two of them don't work FnF1 and FnF11 (airplane mode.)

---------- Post added at 12:20 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:17 PM ----------

Is there a way to capture which key is being pressed? Where is the mapping actually done? I don't see anything concerning the touchpad in System Settings->Shortcuts->Global Shortcuts.
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Old 6th March 2017, 01:21 PM
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Re: New Laptop/Install. Some Function keys

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Sure have. That's how I know that only two of them don't work FnF1 and FnF11 (airplane mode.)

---------- Post added at 12:20 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:17 PM ----------

Is there a way to capture which key is being pressed? Where is the mapping actually done? I don't see anything concerning the touchpad in System Settings->Shortcuts->Global Shortcuts.
Yes but it varies by desktop environment and I'm not familiar with KDE. In MATE and Cinnamon for example the shortcuts are assignable and changeable using the keyboard options from the control centre.
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Old 7th March 2017, 12:04 PM
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Re: New Laptop/Install. Some Function keys

In a terminal, use xbindkeys -k:

Code:
[haydn@darkstar ~]$ xbindkeys -k
Press combination of keys or/and click under the window.
You can use one of the two lines after "NoCommand"
in $HOME/.xbindkeysrc to bind a key.
"NoCommand"
    m:0x0 + c:232
    XF86MonBrightnessDown
[haydn@darkstar ~]$

You can then create an entry in ~/.xbindkysrc to run whatever command you want for that key binding:

Code:
# Decrease screen brightness
"xbacklight -dec 10"
   XF86MonBrightnessDown
Edit: you will need to run "xbindkeys &" for it to work, and you'll probably want to stick xbindkeys in the correct autostart location for your chosen WindowManager to make it persist.
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