Bug 833601 - Gateway lt4004u Netbook inverted function key behavior
Gateway lt4004u Netbook inverted function key behavior
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2012-06-19 16:50 EDT by Dave Kline
Modified: 2012-10-03 20:04 EDT (History)
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Description Dave Kline 2012-06-19 16:50:19 EDT
Description of problem:
Apologies for the title.  This is a tough-to-express bug.  The keyboard function keys (f1, f2, etc) will not register their label unless pressing the "Fn" button.  Without pressing the "Fn" button, the keys will issue their hardware purpose, IE, wifi kill, monitor controls, audio, etc.  

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 17 fully updated.

How reproducible:
Pressing f3 for example will disable/enable wifi.  If you'd like to issue a normal f3, you have to press "Fn+f3".  This is true in console as well as GNOME.  
Expected results:
Swap the behavior of function keys + the "Fn" button.

Additional info:
I believe this behavior is handled via the acer_wmi kernel module for this netbook. No change when booted with "acpi_osi=Linux" for this issue or BZ833597.
Comment 1 Dave Kline 2012-10-03 20:04:00 EDT
Gateway's LT40 1.08 bios enables an option to specify the behavior of the function keys.  This option toggles whether they're special or are simply function keys.

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