I am running 11 GM on my T61. I use the Fn+brightness keys to adjust brightness and they don’t work correctly. I’ll press up on brightness and the OSD shows it going down and vice-versa. Also, when plugging back into a dock after going mobile, the brightness doesnt’ go back up to 100% as expected.
Anyone know of fixes for this or do I need to open a bug? Seems like a pretty large issue to have made it through the Alphas and Betas.
There was an ongoing problem with thinkpad Fn keys & buttons on the T60/61 and related Lenovo laptops in the betas & RC1 (see bug 382855). While there was some improvement in the thinkpad buttons issue (e.g., volume & mute were fixed in RC1), a number of the Fn buttons were left unfixed before the public release of 11.0 since they were probably deemed not to be show stoppers. The good news is that there is already an open bug on this, so the devs know about it. You can update the bug as not working in 11.0 and add yourself to the e-mail list to follow the problem (the log-in for bugzilla is the same as for this forum btw).
There have been a number of these types of bugs in testing beta 3 & RC1 on my T60 that have lead me to at least wait a bit for some fixes as updates before jumping from 10.3.
On my Inspiron 1525, with 11.0 the brightness keys and some other FN-Keys don’t work.
I installed a 10.3 system in parallel, and all the FN keys work. I double checked that the same keyboard layout is used.
So I think it’s a 11.0 bug.
On my Thinkpad T61p, the LCD dims and brightens depending on whether it is active or not (in both Gnome and KDE4,running on AC or battery).This is done automatically by the powersave software.I have not used all the function keys, though I know that Fn(F4) does suspend and resume. I have another problem, not related to the functions keys, but the wireless antenna button. It does not come come on when connected to a wireless network. This used to work on Fedora 9. I wish I could get it working, though it is not a big deal, it would be nice to have it.
I’m still looking for the perfect distribution for my laptop, but I like Suse and know that its developers are constantly working on making it the best distribution for laptops, so I’ll wait.
That’s really confusing. Maybe to be a bit more specific. The brightness keys does work somehow, but they produce only a flickering that sometimes dims or brightens the display but not in a very steady way or it jumps back to the previous setting.
Can you give me some details about your installation?
Which keyboard do you have chosen in SaX2?
Which kernel do you have installed?
Or do you remember anything else what you have done in addition to the standard installation?
I have a Sony Vaio and I had the same problem. My fn button never worked.
Go into terminal and type the following: (Don’t forget the little slash before “set”)
xbacklight -set ## <-----percentage you want your brightness to be
This should work.
OK - The function keys are now working. The reason is not a bug, but a change in way the FN keys are handled. Before 11.0, openSUSE shipped package hotkey-setup. But with 11.0, they switched to HAL to enable the keys. (Details in a bug-ticket at openSUSE: Login). You still can install hotkey-setup for 11.0 from the PackMan repository. But you can also enhance the keymapping file in /usr/share/fdi/information/10freedesktop/. For each manufacturer you can find an XML file containing the keymappings of their models. unfortunately this is not yet complete. I added an entry in 30-keymap-dell.fdi for my Dell Inspiron 1525. You can find my file in new bug http://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=410174.
For the problem with the not properly working brightness keys: Try setting module video to the blacklist in /etc/modprobe/blacklist. At best, restart your system after changing this file.