[xorg-bugzilla-noise] [Bug 1536] New: no events for extra keys on Dell Internet keyboard

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           Summary: no events for extra keys on Dell Internet keyboard
           Product: xorg
           Version: 6.7.0
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Input/Keyboard
        AssignedTo: xorg-bugzilla-noise at freedesktop.org
        ReportedBy: liblit at acm.org

I recently upgraded from Fedora Core 1 to Fedora Core 2.  This means that my X
Window System changed from XFree86-4.3.0 to xorg-x11-6.7.0.

I have a Dell Internet keyboard with four extra keys: Sleep, Mail, Home, and
Search.  Under XFree86-4.3.0, all four of these keys were visible to the X
server and would generate proper keysyms when used with the following configuration:

	Section "InputDevice"
		Identifier  "Keyboard0"
		Driver      "kbd"
		Option	    "XkbModel" "dell"
		Option	    "XkbLayout" "us"

Note the use of XKbModel dell above.  This is critical to getting the right
keysyms, and in fact that model was created in response to a bug report sent by
me to XFree86 a few years ago.

Under xorg-x11-6.7.0, the Sleep key still works but the Mail, Home, and Search
keys do not.  Event tracing with "xev" reveals that no KeyPress/KeyRelease
events are being generated at all for these events.  So it's not just a matter
of getting the right keysyms for each keycode.  There are no keycodes here at all!

I've tried changing the driver from "kbd" to "keyboard", and the problem remains
as described above.

If it matters, my keyboard is connected using the PS/2 keyboard jack, not USB. 
Nothing about the hardware or its connections has changed during the FC1 --> FC2
transition.  This is a hardware configuration that worked fine under
XFree86-4.3.0 but has regressed to a non-working state under xorg-x11-6.7.0.        
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