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Laptop action keys not functioning on debian

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My old laptop has 5 keys on the side. For turning on and off wifi and more. These are wired directly onto the motherboard.

I've installed Debian 5, and cant get these keys to work.

How can I:
1. Get these keys to work?
2. Remap them to somehing else? (Something that generates a java keyevent).
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by:rockiroads
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what kind of laptop is it? I don't know if you can use what is specified here http://www.linuxconfig.org/reprogram-keyboard-keys-with-xmodmap
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by:jstakk
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The laptop is old. From around 2003-04. From an unknown manufacturer.

Thanks for your tip, but it dosent seem to help me. I tried listening to key-events, but none is triggered when I pushed the spesial keys.
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by:TobiasHolm
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Hi!

Do you know anything about the keys? Are they connected as USB-devices in the computer? (lsusb / lspci / lshw).

Regards, Tobias
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I know that this is true on some newer laptops so it may be on older ones as well.   These is often a piece of "driver" software that interacts with the OS that turns on or off the functionality of these buttons.  We got in a new HP laptop a few weeks ago and I was removing all of the HP crapware that they ship these with. Somewhere along the way I deleted a piece of HP software that interacted with these buttons and none of them worked.  Once I put it back all functionality came back.  Could be that you have the same situation.
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by:jstakk
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I guess you're right. The keys are connected directly to the motherboard, so I guess some kind of driver software is needed. Probably hard to find on old hardware, especially to linux. Thanks anyway.
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