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October 8, 2008

Dell Inspiron 1525 hotkeys in KDE 4.1.1 Debian

Filed under: computer, linux, Software — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — guilleml @ 7:57 am

In Kubuntu 8.04 my laptop multimedia keys worked fine but in KDE 4.1.1 under Debian they didn’t, I couldn’t assign them to actions in system preferences.

To solve it I’ve used xbindkeys, it works pretty nice and now I can control the volume with the volume keys. To do so, type:

#aptitude install xbindkeys xbindkeys-config

Now you can use xbindkeys-config to configure using a graphical interface or you can configure in ~/.xbindkeysrc.

To configure volume keys under kde 4.1.1 you will need to assign some actions to each key in order to increase, decrease or mute the volume, I’ve used qdbus and kmix to do that, for example, if you want to  mute the audio:

$qdbus org.kde.kmix /Mixer0 org.kde.KMix.toggleMute Master:0

So you need to assign that to the mute key. To increase the volume:

$qdbus org.kde.kmix /Mixer0 org.kde.KMix.increaseVolume Master:0

And to decrease the volume:

$qdbus org.kde.kmix /Mixer0 org.kde.KMix.decreaseVolume Master:0

So the xbindkeysrc file will be:

“qdbus org.kde.kmix /Mixer0 org.kde.KMix.toggleMute Master:0”
m:0x0 + c:160

“qdbus org.kde.kmix /Mixer0 org.kde.KMix.increaseVolume Master:0”
m:0x0 + c:176

“qdbus org.kde.kmix /Mixer0 org.kde.KMix.decreaseVolume Master:0”
m:0x0 + c:174

After that you want to run xbindkeys daemon every time you login with your user, so add it to ~/.xinitrc, ~/.kde4/Autostart or any way you know to do so.



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    Comment by Jewi — January 24, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

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    Comment by guilleml — February 4, 2009 @ 9:55 am

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