misc/102784: system crashes when using hardware function keys

Jason Boisvert jboisvert at gmail.com
Sat Sep 2 13:10:09 UTC 2006

>Number:         102784
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       system crashes when using hardware function keys
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Sat Sep 02 13:10:08 GMT 2006
>Originator:     Jason Boisvert
>Release:        6.1-Release
University of Colorado - Boulder
[boisvert at kailash] ~ $ uname -a
FreeBSD kailash 6.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE #8: Thu Jun 15 14:12:03 MDT 2006     root at kailash:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/KAILASH  i386
I have a 2004 model gateway 450 with intel centrino.

The laptop has a couple multi-key function keys, including volume control and screen dimming. 

If I attempt to use the dimming key, the entire system freezes. The only way to get back control is to hard kill using the power button. 

This happens every time and immediately upon use of such keys.

This was not a problem in 6.0-Release, and it may be KDE.


Jason Boisvert
Use the multi-function screen dimmer key

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