Was anyone able to use function keys with any Satellite A100 ? Or at least control the brightness of LCD ?
Last edited by Eragon (2007-04-16 11:07:05)
I have been having a lot of trouble with my Toshiba Satellite A50, but I have nearly got things working.
Here are some steps you should go through.
1) Update your kernel to 2.6.20-7 (sudo pacman -Sy kernel26)
2) Install acpi (sudo pacman -S acpi acpid)
3) Set the acpi daemon to run at startup (sudo nano /etc/rc.conf and add acpid to your daemons)
4) In the rc.conf file, add toshiba_acpi to the MODULES=() section.
5) Restart, OR manually sudo /etc/rc.d/acpid start and sudo modprobe toshiba_acpi
6) Download, install and configure FnFX
- acpi_listen is a good tool to use for monitoring / setting up function keys
- use dmesg if modprobing doesn't work to try and find errors
- the program 'keytouch' is good for keys (so I am told, I am trying to use it, but having difficulty doing everything I want. It looks as thought it should be easy so you may have more luck)
- there is a great guide in the gentoo wiki for setting up media keys (just googe linux media keys and you will probably find it)
- forums and the IRC are your friend. i am greatful to all the people who helped me setting up my laptop
well FnFX and toshiba_acpi won't work because this model doesn't have Toshiba BIOS but Phoenix. That's that main problem here...
I have Toshiba Satellite Pro M40X with the Phoenix BIOS and LCD brightness keys work without any software (I guess it's a hardware thing in my laptop).
If you really need it you can use omnibook kernel module (it works for many notebooks not just omibooks).
You'll need to recompile it yourself but there are PKGBUILDs for stable and svn versions in the AUR.
You'll have to experiment with module options for A100 but it should work. First read the docs.
I'm not currently using it but I tried some time ago and it seemed to work (I was able to switch LCD brightness levels by echoing some values to /proc IIRC). If you can't find A100 in the supported hardware list try some parameters for the version closest to yours.
Last edited by lanrat (2007-04-16 13:12:50)
Well I'm able to control LCD brightness at last. Omnibook doesn't support this model just yet. They are waiting for docs from Toshiba. But if anyone will have this problem use ACPI video module and u can control brightness using this command (you can change the value ofc)
echo 35 > /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCD/brightness
this could be interesting for you...
with new kernels, to get fnfx work, you should add
options toshiba_acpi hotkeys_over_acpi=0
Last edited by depp (2007-05-06 02:50:43)
No ACPI support at the moment but the omnibook project is planning to implement this when Toshiba releases documentation.
So the best you can do is use the 'video' module to control the brightness and that's all.