My Toshiba C800 laptop (12.04lts desktop) has special function keys as follows:
F5-TOUCH PAD on/off
F6 to F11 (media player keys) work correctly, but the keys from F2 to F5 and F12 are not working.
Why would some function keys work, but not others?
I recently switched to KDE, and everthing is working fine except for the volume buttons, mute, ffw/rw, and pause/play keys. They're on the function keys, and normally you have to hold down another "fn" key at the bottom to use the function key. Thesee keys are the only way to control volume and mute. I am running Kubuntu 11.10 64bit.
With slackware 13.1 & GSB 2.30 the multimedia keys (play/pause, next, previous) worked in Rhythmbox. After upgrading to GSB-Current these keys stopped working in Rhythmbox. In Totem, Amarok they do work.
I'd like to actively work in another window and press the play/pause button at will without having to make MPC the active window just to do so.
My laptop doesn't have multimedia buttons and as I am working on translating audio file, I can't pause it while translating and I have to switch by using alt+tab to pause. I need to pause and play while it is running in the background.
This isn't Ubuntu specific, but I'm hoping someone can help me out still. It's a keyboard issue on my old Acer TravelMate. Few of the keys refuse to work properly, namely: x, v, n, and left alt. Whenever I turn the laptop on, they completely fail to respond, but after brute forcing one of the keys (holding and pressing repeatedly), all of a sudden, all of the keys are back in full order.