Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 236573
Microsoft Natural 4000 Keyboard broken in 2.6.20 kernel
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:12:02 EST
Description of problem:
In the latest kernel, 2.6.20-1.2944.fc6, my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard
4000 has been broken. Like Chris in Bug #234549, I am seeing that the NumLock
and CapsLock keys no longer light up when I press them. Moreover, I also get a
crash upon trying to use any multimedia keys.
With the 2.6.19 and lower kernels, I was able to use the multimedia keys on my
4000 with this Xorg setup:
Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
along with some shortcuts mapping, say, XF86Calculator to the correct events in
my Xfce configuration. But, as of the 2.6.20 kernels, I get crashes upon a
I know there is a kernel patch for the MS Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 that
was developed by a Gentoo user:
But, I don't really know how to build patches against the Fedora kernels anymore
since it's all kind of changed. Li Yu
(who seems to be the one running the 4000 kernel patches) has been active on
this Ubuntu forum here:
One telling quote is this:
The hid core is split from USB since kernel 2.6.20. So we can not port this
driver to it easier.
I already have ported it to 2.6.21-rc2. see this URL:
version 0.5.0 http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/3/5/18
Well, I think it also can use it in 2.6.20 kernel, however it may need some
little changes ( adjust the offset of some
I'm guessing this split of hid from USB is the reason for the new problems.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start X
2. Press NumLock -> No light
3. Press multimedia key -> crash
Either no LED response for NumLock or a crash from a multimedia key.
The NumLock light to light up or the multimedia key not to crash my X.
It turns out the multimedia key crashes were due to some bad evdev mojo on my
part. The kernel was reading the wrong event for the mouse and going nuts.
That said the NumLock/CapsLock indicator problem is still there, but I'm
knocking this to a low severity since the Num Lock still works...I just can't
tell if it's on or not.
Please look at BZ 234549, comment #5.
As I mistakenly said on the other thread, I only have USB ports on my box. No
legacy ports, I'm afraid.
Welp, it looks like this was fixed in 2.6.20-1.2952.fc6. I now see NumLock and
CapsLock lit up. Our long national nightmare is over. Thanks all.