Fn keys work with Cin/Mate, but not with Xfce.

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Fn keys work with Cin/Mate, but not with Xfce.

Postby Wouter_db on Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:04 pm

Hello folks.

After a period of distro hopping I am now settling on Mint13 Xfce for my Asus R051DX netbook, and Mate for my HP pav. dv6000 laptop.
A very happy penguin so far, and 80% of the problems I can solve using this forum or the main Ubuntu forums.

This problem however keeps confounding me.. As I said I have Mint Xfce installed on my netbook, and all hardware works but for most of the FN function keys(well, also the known suspend/hibernate problem, which is also a pain but this is high on the 'to-fix' list yes??). Oddly enough, they work perfectly on Cinnamon and Mate. I don't really understand why, aren't they using the same base? It's some kind of ACPI problem.

Fn+F1 = Suspend. DOESN'T work, but then the suspend function is broken in Mint anyway
Fn+F2 = Wireless/Bluetooth Toggle. WORKS, but no pop-up message
Fn+F3 = Disable touchpad DOESN'T work.
Fn+F4 = Change resolution DOESN'T work
Fn+F5 = Decrease Brightness. WORKS
Fn+F6 = Increase Brightness. WORKS
Fn+F7 = Turn off screen DOESN'T work
Fn+F8 = Toggle monitor. DOESN'T work
Fn+F9 = Task manager. DOESN'T work
Fn+F10 = Disable sound. WORKS, but no pop-up message
Fn+F11/12 = Increase/lower sound DOESN'T work

What I've tried so far:
Add the line 'acpi_osi=Linux' to GRUB. No success.
Add the line 'acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor' to GRUB. No success

Now there is another method, described by a guy on the Ubuntu forums. He grabbed the eeepc-acpi.local file from his eeebuntu 3.0 live cd and copied it to his nbr 10.04 install, and all FN keys worked. Now can I do the same on my Xfce install? I tried to find eeepc-acpi.local on my Xfce install, but no luck as I suspected.

I hope you guys have another idea, because I'd hate to replace my neat Xfce install with Mate.. Let me know if system information is required.
Fresh happy penguin since mid juli 2012. Running Mint14 XFCE on my Asus R051DX, and Mate on my HP pav dv6000.
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Re: Fn keys work with Cin/Mate, but not with Xfce.

Postby jjaythomas on Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:18 pm

1st things I would check would be...

1) start gnome ( :shock: ) services on setting>session and startup advance-tab then reboot and check keys.
if not
2) use a run-level editor to check if laptop multimedia keys service running (I like using BUM, it's in repos)
or (if all else fail)
3) make your own keyboard shortcuts settings>keyboard application Shortcuts tab use task manager 'Fn-F9, mixer Fn-F11 &12, ect.
P.S. install mint-input, lxrandr ect for lite/easy clicking type applets.

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Re: Fn keys work with Cin/Mate, but not with Xfce.

Postby Wouter_db on Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:17 pm

Thank you, I will try these things on a new Xfce install. For the netbook in question, I already switched to Mate to get the Fn keys working, but I hope to come back to Xfce because it felt much faster.
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