laptop key quirks

Valent Turkovic valent.turkovic at
Tue Mar 25 06:00:45 PDT 2008

On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 10:35 AM, Richard Hughes <hughsient at> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 10:44 AM, Valent Turkovic
> <valent.turkovic at> wrote:
> >  How can I find out their scancodes and how do I label them in:
>  >  /usr/share/hal/fdi/information/10freedesktop/30-keymap-hp.fdi ?
>  ...
> >  What are the names for "Next", "Previous", "Play/pause", "Stop",
>  >  "Mute", "Vol Up" and "Vol Down" buttons?
>  Have you seen
>  ?
>  Richard.

Ok let me explain what info is needed for me in order to submit my
keyboard keys and what is not clear to me.

On first [1] page you say "Other (or even the same!) vendors push keys
through the ACPI layer, which means they are not processed by X and
thus do nothing unless you have a daemon polling or catching the ACPI
events which is not setup by default. It also means having the policy
code in two or more places."

I don't see this explained in detail.
You explain in detail how to find buttons that aren't recognized by
linux and that when pressed print an error in dmesg.

Then on "Trying keymaps by editing FDI files" page [2] you say "This
will allow you to use gnome-keybindings-properties to assign an action
for the key. Please take the few extra steps to submit this data so
that keymap just works for less technical users. "

but you don't explait how to to send mapping of buttons.

I have only 2 buttons on my laptop that show up in dmesg log, others
are recognized but mapped incorrectly. Can you please give me
straightforward info how do I send mappings so that Fedora 9 users
with same laptop have these keys JustWork?

Thank you for your great page, I hope with this little extra effort it
gets usable to more people.



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