Dell laptop function key

Alexander Dalloz alexander.dalloz at
Mon Oct 25 16:38:37 UTC 2004

Am Mo, den 25.10.2004 schrieb Dave Close um 18:07:

> Alexandre Oliva wrote:
> >> Can anyone tell me what configuration element may need to be changed to
> >> get the keys working again?
> >You'd have to disable ACPI, or implement in the ACPI framework similar
> >functionality to what the BIOS provides when you're not using ACPI.
> Thanks. But...
>   # chkconfig acpid off
>   # reboot
> ...and the problem is still present. Could you explain further?

Disabling ACPI means to pass the kernel a parameter to do so. At boot
time press "a" while being at grub boot screen. Then add to the kernel
line "acpi=off apm=on" (all without quotes). Then boot. If this setting
helps you make it permanent to add these switches to the kernel line in


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