Bug 1645352 - Function Keys not working correctly on Dell XPS 15
Summary: Function Keys not working correctly on Dell XPS 15
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-desktop
Version: 29
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ray Strode [halfline]
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-11-02 03:02 UTC by Steevithak
Modified: 2019-11-27 20:23 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2019-11-27 20:23:00 UTC
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Description Steevithak 2018-11-02 03:02:02 UTC
Description of problem:
I installed Fedora 29 on a Dell XPS 15 laptop. The function keys are operating incorrectly. When I press a function key, I get the FN-function key operation and when I press a FN-function key combination I get the plain function key. 

For example if I press F3, I get a volume increase like I normally would if I pressed FN-F3 but when I try to increase the volume by pressing FN-F3, nothing happens. 

This is particularly troublesome when using software that requires frequent use of function keys, I have to continually add the FN key to get normal operation.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 29

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 29 on a Dell XPS 15 laptop
2. Try to use a function key

Actual results:
action will fail because the FN-function key action happens instead

Expected results:
pressing function results in function action
pressing FN-function results in FN-function action

Additional info:
I've used older version of Fedora on this laptop and I don't recall having this problem, so this seems to be a relatively recent bug. I did not use F28, so I don't know if the bug was present in that version.

Comment 1 JAlberto 2018-11-04 01:15:39 UTC
I have same issue in a XPS 9360

Comment 2 Dan Taylor 2018-11-17 03:20:59 UTC
XPS 13 2-in-1 same issue. Worked in F28.

Comment 3 Steevithak 2018-12-11 03:41:32 UTC
Has anyone found a fix or work around for this bug? It's making Fedora nearly unusable for me.

Comment 4 Steevithak 2018-12-15 23:56:14 UTC
Woo! Work-around found! If you press FN+ESC, it will reverse the current FN key lock status. I guess what's happening here is that Fedora is not setting (or resetting?) the FN lock status correctly during install on some laptops (just a guess). But the keyboard method of holding down FN and then hitting ESC seems to reverse it and the FN + Function key combos all worked normally again afterwards.

Comment 5 Ben Cotton 2019-10-31 20:18:35 UTC
This message is a reminder that Fedora 29 is nearing its end of life.
Fedora will stop maintaining and issuing updates for Fedora 29 on 2019-11-26.
It is Fedora's policy to close all bug reports from releases that are no longer
maintained. At that time this bug will be closed as EOL if it remains open with a
Fedora 'version' of '29'.

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Comment 6 Ben Cotton 2019-11-27 20:23:00 UTC
Fedora 29 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2019-11-26. Fedora 29 is
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
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