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    Booted Ubuntu into my g74sx a few questions.

    Hello peeps!
    I wanted to know if it is possible to get the fn+f1-f12 keys to work on ubuntu ( I have Quantal Quetzal upgrade(12.10))
    so that I can light up my keyboard and go volume up/down, or just use brightness options.

    Is there a way to disable the trackpad when I connect a mouse, just like on windows? Is there a trackpad driver to allow gestures?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yisera View Post
    Hello peeps!
    I wanted to know if it is possible to get the fn+f1-f12 keys to work on ubuntu ( I have Quantal Quetzal upgrade(12.10))
    so that I can light up my keyboard and go volume up/down, or just use brightness options.
    I use Debian on my G74, and a generic debian distro kernel 3.2, which has the ASUS ACPI features compiled in (see http://acpi4asus.sourceforge.net/). I can control the KB backlight, volume, screen brightness, WIFI enable/disable, etc at the GDM screen before logging into X and running a window manager, but once I am running a WM the Fn- keys don't seem to work anymore, so the WM has probably remapped them for its own uses.
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    Bodhi here (Ubuntu 10.04 ofshoot), I remapped fn+... using the key mapping utility.
    If you google around you should find a generic way to remap keys, then you can just remap them as you please.

    For example on my netbook I remapped fn+up to amixer -q sset Master 3%+

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorman View Post
    Bodhi here (Ubuntu 10.04 ofshoot), I remapped fn+... using the key mapping utility.
    If you google around you should find a generic way to remap keys, then you can just remap them as you please.

    For example on my netbook I remapped fn+up to amixer -q sset Master 3%+
    A little late to the party here, but how/where were you able to get the particular command strings for the function key, well, functions? I'm planning on dual booting Ubuntu myself so I can yutz around with it, and would like to retain their functionality there too.
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    good,google around you should find a generic way to remap keys, then you can just remap them as you please

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    Quote Originally Posted by danavsbelly View Post
    good,google around you should find a generic way to remap keys, then you can just remap them as you please
    I already had. Found plenty of guides detailing HOW to remap keys, but no luck finding the actual command strings that would result in the intended functions of the ASUS function keys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fostert View Post
    I use Debian on my G74, and a generic debian distro kernel 3.2, which has the ASUS ACPI features compiled in (see http://acpi4asus.sourceforge.net/). I can control the KB backlight, volume, screen brightness, WIFI enable/disable, etc at the GDM screen before logging into X and running a window manager, but once I am running a WM the Fn- keys don't seem to work anymore, so the WM has probably remapped them for its own uses.
    Thanks, @fostert, I will look into getting them running on my OpenSUSE installation so that I can change the keyboard brightness. On my system, the following work by default:
    fn+f2 : wireless
    fn+f5 : screen brightness up (not with nVidia driver though)
    fn+f6 : screen brightness down (not with nVidia driver though)
    fn+f7 : boss key - screen off
    fn+f10 : mute
    fn+f11 : volume down
    fn+f12 : volume up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook50 View Post
    A little late to the party here, but how/where were you able to get the particular command strings for the function key, well, functions? I'm planning on dual booting Ubuntu myself so I can yutz around with it, and would like to retain their functionality there too.
    Well Bodhi has a keyremapping utility which I use.

    If you google "How to remap keys <Insert distro here>" then it should come up. Or go to command line and type "key" then try tab complete it and you might get lucky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorman View Post
    Well Bodhi has a keyremapping utility which I use.

    If you google "How to remap keys <Insert distro here>" then it should come up. Or go to command line and type "key" then try tab complete it and you might get lucky
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorman View Post
    Well Bodhi has a keyremapping utility which I use.

    If you google "How to remap keys <Insert distro here>" then it should come up. Or go to command line and type "key" then try tab complete it and you might get lucky
    Hrmm, maybe I just wasn't looking closely enough. I got plenty of hits on Google for the actual process to remap keys, but nothing that I saw that showed what exact strings (ie, "amixer -q sset Master 3%+" for the Volume Up function) to actually remap the Function keys too. Obviously I haven't installed Ubuntu yet either, so I haven't been able to nose around in there.
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