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Thread: [SOLVED] Acer Laptop - delete key doesn't work in Hardy

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    Question [SOLVED] Acer Laptop - delete key doesn't work in Hardy

    Hi, I upgraded from Gutsy to Hardy last night in my Acer Extensa 5220 laptop. So far things seems to be working correctly, but somehow the delete key on the keyboard stopped working!

    Now when I press delete, it toggles my WLAN led. I press it, the led switches on, and when I press again it turns off. It doesn't seem to shutdown the WLAN though (in this model Ubuntu has the led off when the WLAN is on, and vice versa - but that isn't a problem for me)..

    Any ideas how I can get the key working again? I use it quite a lot, in normal typing as well as, you guessed it, deleting stuff.. Any help is appreciated!
    Last edited by mh114; May 18th, 2008 at 05:02 PM. Reason: Solved

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    Re: Acer Laptop - delete key doesn't work in Hardy

    Try going to the menu at the top right: System>Preferences>Keyboard and make sure you have the correct keyboard layout and model, then try testing it in the test box that is provided.

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    Re: Acer Laptop - delete key doesn't work in Hardy

    Quote Originally Posted by aaronhall555 View Post
    Try going to the menu at the top right: System>Preferences>Keyboard and make sure you have the correct keyboard layout and model, then try testing it in the test box that is provided.
    I previously had a generic keymap set, and now set it to Acer Laptop, but it made no difference.. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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    Re: Acer Laptop - delete key doesn't work in Hardy

    Any clues as to where start looking? I'd rather not go back to Gutsy..

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    Re: Acer Laptop - delete key doesn't work in Hardy

    i can confirm this in acer extensa 5620z , only in hardy

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    Re: Acer Laptop - delete key doesn't work in Hardy

    Quote Originally Posted by Whise View Post
    i can confirm this in acer extensa 5620z , only in hardy
    Interesting. Hopefully this can be fixed somehow..

    Btw, did you upgrade or do a clean install?

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    Re: Acer Laptop - delete key doesn't work in Hardy

    It's this bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/181057
    The fix is to edit the /usr/share/hal/fdi/information/10freedesktop/30-keymap-acer.fdi file, and remove line 141, which reads

    Code:
    <append key="input.keymap.data" type="strlist">e053:bluetooth</append> <!-- Bluetooth (toggle) on-to-off -->
    Take that line right out, save and restart, and the problem is fixed.
    It's fixed upstream now, so we shouldn't see it reoccur, but it totally sucks that this wasn't fixed before hardy was released

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    Re: Acer Laptop - delete key doesn't work in Hardy

    Quote Originally Posted by zombiepig View Post
    It's this bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/181057
    The fix is to edit the /usr/share/hal/fdi/information/10freedesktop/30-keymap-acer.fdi file, and remove line 141, which reads

    Code:
    <append key="input.keymap.data" type="strlist">e053:bluetooth</append> <!-- Bluetooth (toggle) on-to-off -->
    Take that line right out, save and restart, and the problem is fixed.
    It's fixed upstream now, so we shouldn't see it reoccur, but it totally sucks that this wasn't fixed before hardy was released
    That does indeed work. Thank you very much! Shame it slipped into Hardy..

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    Re: Acer Laptop - delete key doesn't work in Hardy

    No, it's not a shame.
    I tried Fedora 9 some days ago and had the same problem there.

    zombiepig's solution works here, too.

    How can the thread be marked as [SOLVED]? Maybe the creator can set it?

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    Re: Acer Laptop - delete key doesn't work in Hardy

    Quote Originally Posted by gerymate View Post
    How can the thread be marked as [SOLVED]? Maybe the creator can set it?
    Sure, I'll set it.

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