Ubuntu / Apple :: Maverick MacbookPro6,2 Keyboard Lighting Controls?

Oct 18, 2010

Today I installed Maverick on my new MBP. I followed the instruction in this Help page:Maverick but seem to be having trouble getting the keyboard backlight hotkeys to work (LCD Brightness, Media keys, and Sound keys appear to work correctly).

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Slackware :: Alienware Lighting Controls - Alienfx

May 28, 2010

Just thought I'd give you guys a heads up incase you wern't aware, someone over on the ubuntu forums wrote a program in java that changes the lights on your alienware laptop. It may work with the desktop's as well.

I'll just post a link to my build script and you can follow it from there: [url]

Also, if you build HAL against libsmbios (from Dell) You'll get some bonus keys working as well, such as the eject key.

I love this new alienware M15X... It's a freaking beast of a laptop with 2 quad i7core procs....

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Can't Get Bluetooth Keyboard To Pair In Maverick?

Oct 13, 2010

I think my computer must be haunted, as I've so far failed at 3 different ways of installing Maverick on my 2007 aluminium imac! I've written off using a VM, and I'm currently stuck trying to make a dual boot setup.

So I've followed the guide at [URL].. and got as far as rebooting with the CD in, and selecting Ubuntu, but then when everything loads I'm left at the screen where I can select try or install, with no way of selecting either as my mouse (apple bluetooth mighty mouse) and keyboard (apple bluetooth wireless aluminium keyboard) don't seem to be connected. I've got past this point by hitting random keys after booting and selecting the CD - this takes me into a more basic looking menu where the keyboard does still work and I can select install, try etc.

So I can get as far as selecting try, and get a working Ubuntu desktop. However, when the desktop loads, my keyboard and mouse are again not working. By connecting a USB keyboard and mouse, I'm able to get my mouse to pair, using the bluetooth menu and going through the setup. However, I'm stuck trying to get my keyboard to pair.

Going into set up new device and searching initially shows up my keyboard, then it disappears. If I wait it randomly comes back and disappears again. If I click on next whilst it is available, I can get as far as putting in a pin, but when I press enter it says Failed..

Sorry for the rambling post - I basically have 2 questions: 1- Is it expected that bluetooth keyboards and mice won't work during the installation menus? Half my problem is that I don't know what should be working and when (should I have to boot into the trial installation and setup the keyboard and mouse, or should it be set up automatically?).

2- Has anyone else seen the same problem with the apple wireless keyboard failing to pair? I've searched the forums and google, and found lots of people with problems with bluetooth keyboards, but none which seem to match what I'm seeing. I don't know if there's any point in pressing on with the installation using the USB keyboard and mouse in the hope that things will work in the full install, or if they don't work in the trial install then thats my lot.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Macbook 7.1 - Get Brightness Controls To Work?

Jul 23, 2010

I looked through the wiki and for some reason I cannot get my brightness controls to work.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Gettting Apple Keyboard Function Keys To Work

May 7, 2011

Neither Ubuntu's Unity or KDE respond to the function keys on a regular Apple USB keyboard. I can plug in a non-Apple keyboard and they work just fine. What needs to be changed or configure so that F1 and company on the Apple keyboard work as on other keyboards?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Auto-load Apple Wireless Keyboard?

Apr 22, 2010

This morning I bought an Apple wireless keyboard and I got it connected through Blueman. It works like a charm, but I have on problem;

When I log out I can log back in by typing in my password. However, when I restart the computer it seems that bluetooth is not loaded yet and I cannot enter my password. So I have to log in using my wired keyboard, and then disconnect & re-connect to my wireless keyboard using blueman before I am able to use the wireless keyboard.

Is there any way that I can already auto-load bluetooth and connect to my keyboard before I log in?

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Ubuntu :: Keyboard Volume Controls (adjust Change Increment)?

May 11, 2011

Is there a way I can change the volume increase/decrees increments

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Fn Key On Apple Bluetooth Keyboard Not Working

Mar 24, 2010

I'm trying to use an Apple wireless keyboard with Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) but the fn key is not working at all. If I start up xev and hit the fn key it generates no event. What do I need to do for it to work. It seems as if it should work when viewing pages like


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General :: Running Script That Controls Mouse / Keyboard In Background

May 24, 2010

I have a script that makes several calls to xmacroplay, which controls the keyboard and mouse. I would like to run this in the background or on a separate workspace or something so I can still use my machine for other things. I suspect this is possible but I don't really know what to look for.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Macbook 2,1 Maverick ISight?

Oct 30, 2010

I'm new to Linux, and I tried to use my iSight camera (especially for skype). It didn't look so complicated and I saw many posts about that so I decided to do it myself, but I can't get it to work.

I got the AppleUSBVideoSupport file, but when i type ift-extract AppleUSBVideoSUpport in the terminal (using Guake), it tells me : what does that mean ? DOes anybody have the same problem ?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Can't Dual Boot Maverick?

Jan 26, 2011

I have one machine in my house which doesn't run Linux, and that is a new iMac (a few months old). It has 4GB DDR3 Ram, an intel core i3 chip @ 3.06GHz, and a ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card.I want to dual boot Ubuntu (I have a disk with Maverick on it).But I have read the wiki and I dont really understand alot of it. Right at the beginning, it says:"This information will not work for iMac (11,1) users and recent versions of Ubuntu (e.g., Maverick). The presence of the bios-grub partition that the Ubuntu installer creates by default (e.g., sda3) causes a conflict that prevents syncing the GPT and MBR partition tables."Does this mean that I can't dual boot Maverick? What does it mean by 'iMac(11,1)'?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Maverick: MacBook 5,1 (and Mac General): Mouse?

Nov 1, 2010

I've seen many (unanswered) threads about this, so I'm asking again, specifically relating to Maverick on a MacBook 5,1 (and probably others) regarding the following:

Touchpad sensitivity Horizontal tracking across multiple displays is 2-3x faster than vertical tracking. Note that vertical tracking stays the same regardless of multi-monitor orientation; horizontal tracking seems to be the only thing affected by multi-monitor placement. This problem does not exist in single-monitor mode--x and y tracking is 1:1. There are no GUIs, xinput or other parameters I can find to adjust the x tracking resolution in multi-monitor mode, unless I'm just missing something. At this point I've tweaked every available parameter in xinput to see what they did, and none of them affected only the x resolution the way I would like.

Magic Mouse scrolling I have found several unanswered threads about this problem. Magic Mouse scrolling is terrible, and can't be adjusted using any of the GUIs available, nor by xinput. The ONLY existing solution is exclusive to Firefox. As above, I tried every xinput parameter for the driver available and could not get the scroll tracking to adjust at all. It's still static, at roughly 3-5 "lines" per tick, and the tick resolution is too great (my finger slides nearly the entire length of the mouse for only three or four ticks).

I am willing to look at source and compile new drivers if someone can point me in the right direction. Google is useless here, as the top 100 or so results all refer to the same handful of threads here on this forum, all of which remain unanswered to this day. If anybody out there has any new information regarding these problems, I'd love to hear about it, even if it's tucked away in some obscure blog nobody reads (which is why it wouldn't show up in the first dozen pages of Google results).

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Magic Mouse On 10.10 Maverick Meerkat ?

Nov 3, 2010

This HOWTO was based on a fresh install of Ubuntu 10.10 on Lenovo T61.

The Bluetooh GUI detected the mouse but nothing happened so I Removed the Mouse from Bluetooth Preference.

Open up Terminal:


Copy your mouse address and enter the following:

The following tweak is optional to make the mouse scroll a little better on firefox, enter about:config in the url, search for the following:


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Ubuntu / Apple :: Make A Lightspark Deb For 10.10 Maverick PowerPC?

Mar 9, 2011

make a lightspark deb for 10.10 Maverick PowerPC can someone lock this ??

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Maverick On MacBook Pro - Won't Boot After Today's Update

Oct 13, 2010

I have Maverick on Macbook Pro 7,1. Today I installed updates and restarted. When I select Linux in rEFIt, it shows penguin for a while and then black screen with blinking cursor, no grub. What can I do?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: No Sound On Internal Speakers - IMac 27 +Maverick

Nov 9, 2010

I installed Maverick on my 27 inch iMac (core2 Duo 3 Ghz). I weas able to get the sound working through the headphonejack but not the internal speakers. I tried both alsamixer, and pulseaudio cvolume control, but neither solved my problem .

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Ubuntu / Apple :: 10.10 Maverick - PowerBook G4 15" Touchpad Jumpy/useless

Nov 13, 2010

I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my PowerBook G4 (I think that's powerbook 5,6 but I could be mistaken). Most everything is fine from a function standpoint except for the touchpad/trackpad. Unlike most users who seem to be getting an insensitive touchpad, mine seems to be picking up some interference from an unknown source. The mouse frequently jumps around the screen either horizontally back and forth or sometimes vertically. If I disable the trackpad it seems to stop (at least for a few minutes). Sometimes I can lay my palm flat on the trackpad and it will cause the mouse to stand still also which makes the external mouse usable.

Are there any solutions to this? (I did install the, what is it, gpointing-devices package? The one that provides the GUI for touchpad configuration and that has not helped at all, except that I can use it to periodically disable the trackpad for a temporary fix)

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Ubuntu Installation :: Mouse And Keyboard Not Working 10.10 Maverick

Nov 5, 2010

I upgraded to 10.10 from 10.04 few weeks ago. Everything was working fine until today when I did a partial upgrade and it removed some of the lib files. Now my usb mouse and keyboard is not working. I can move the mouse around but can't click ( left or right ). I have nvidia graphics card. I tried running it under safe graphics mode and when I do that everything works fine except for the compiz obviously. I have tried reinstalling nvidia driver to see if that would make a difference but that didn't work either. I am not sure which lib files did ubuntu removed. I have searched everywhere to find a solution on the web and the only thing I think it might b iz my xconf file iz messed up. I really don't want to reinstall the whole OS and loose all my apps.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Apple Keyboard On VirtualBox Ubuntu Guest OS?

Feb 1, 2010

I had a thread about installing on a Mac and decided to go the VirtualBox route and everything is running splendidly EXCEPT for the fnmode setting in /sys/module/hid_apple.

The problem is that the directory hid_apple does not exist for me to modify the settings for the apple keyboard. I'm assuming that when installing in VB, Ubu assumed it was a PC. Anyone know of a way to get the keyboard config directories in there so I don't have to hit Fn to do Alt-F2? Also, I tried to create the directory (sudo mkdir) and it returned "Cannot create directory...no such file or directory", but not in so many words.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Maverick Mysteries - USB Keyboard / Mouse And Display

Nov 8, 2010

I have several machines which have been dual booting Ubuntu and Win for a couple years. Not much problem with setting them up, and Ubuntu has been trouble free. With this Maverick release, however, I've had quite a bit of trouble. Having trouble characterizing the flakiness, but it persists on this machine as follows ...

I did a clean install of the 10/10/10 distribution, dual booting with Win 7. Seemed to install OK and boot up once, although there might have been small problems during install, causing me to start over clean. Machine is relatively new AMD X4 940, with ATI HD 4800 video. The first flaky thing is that Sometimes (>50% of the time) the USB keyboard and/or mouse don't work (locked up). Sometimes one does, but not the other, sometimes neither work. I can't characterize why, but rebooting sometimes fixes it. The Win 7 environment is fine.

The second flaky thing is that after the initial boot to the graphical desktop, more often I boot to the black login screen. By reading this forum, I've found that "sudo service gdm start" usually starts the graphical desktop (although mostly with the mouse and or kbd frozen). This is a clean install, with the proprietary ATI driver added. I am dismayed, because this is so different from my earlier experience with Ubuntu. Don't know if these problems are somehow linked, or quite how to proceeds. Just looking for more stability.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Maverick 10.10 Gnome - Compiz - Screen Dims If Bad Keyboard Input - Ex - Del Key

Dec 14, 2010

Running 10.10 with compiz and gnome

The whole screen goes dim for any of the below examples. running "compiz --replace" fixes it until any of the below happens again. When the screen is dim, a new window opened (ex: firefox new window or a new gnome terminal) is full brightness while the rest of the screen stays dim.

Following causes the screen to go dim: In the screen saver - hit the delete key to backspace when the password field is empty. in firefox - ^f to find on a page - start typing and as soon as the find field has text that does not exist anywhere on the page "Phrase not found" the screen dims. in gnome terminal - the profile has the terminal bell checkbox ON - hit backspace on a bash input line with no text on it.

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Ubuntu Installation :: No Back-lighting In 11.04?

Apr 1, 2011

I've upgraded from 10.10 to 11.04 and now the backlighting is completely gone. I actually am forced to shine a very bright flashlight on the screen just to write this. I've gotten xubuntu to install with 11.04 fine but I don't really like it and I've noticed that weather I use a USB, DVD, or upgrade I have no backlighting with regular ubuntu. Oh and it also puzzles me because I upgraded to the alpha 2 a few weeks ago and everything was fine but now the beta 1 is giving me problems.. I really don't want to reinstall and lose all of my stuff!

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Ubuntu :: Lighting Extension Is No Longer Compatible

Mar 23, 2011

I don't know why, but the Lighting extension for Thunderbird has been a complete PINA. The package manager version didn't work (Tbird claimed it was incompatible), and I had to get a working plugin from some obscure section of some obscure unofficial site in order to get a version that was compatible with my Thunderbird. I don't remember where I got it or why the official version doesn't work, but somehow I got it working.

I recently updated my system (including tbird) using apt-get update, and the lighting extension is no longer compatible (again). The "find update" option in Tbird finds one, but it isn't compatible either. Where do I go to get a Tbird plug-in that actually works?

I'm using Tbird 3.1.8 on 64 Bit 10.04.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Cannot Use Keyboard When Booting Up From 10.04 CD

Jun 2, 2010

I've tried Ubuntu awhile ago. I popped the CD then restarted my Mac. Upon restarting I usually pressed the C key. The system boots to the Ubuntu CD but when I get to the language selection thing, I cannot use my keyboard. I had to snag my PC's keyboard from the other room to make it pass through the said window.

Is it normal? I selected the "Try Ubuntu" first to get my feet wet.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: No Keyboard Control After EFI Boot?

Nov 10, 2010

Machine: 2008 Mac ProKeyboard: Aluminum/wired/numeric keypad/US layoutKernel: 2.6.35-22-generic x64 (maverick)Bootloader: GRUB 1.99 BetaI have been trying to EFI boot Ubuntu since June - without success. My goal, for now, is to boot into an initramfs environment succesfully. I'm booting with these grub commands:

insmod efi_uga
linux (hd1,gpt1)/ubuntu/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic video=efifb noefi
initrd (hd1,gpt1)/ubuntu/initramfs-2.6.35-22-generic


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Ubuntu / Apple :: How To Remap Macbook Keyboard

Mar 13, 2011

I have been running ubuntu on my macbook for a while, and have been using a USB keyboard as the R F and V keys on my laptop are broken. In windows i had:

F5 > R
F6 > F
F7 > v

I would like to be able to keep the configuration - how would i go about doing this? BTW, graphical interface would be nice.

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Ubuntu :: How To Change Key-mapping For Apple Keyboard

Jul 21, 2011

I have Ubuntu 10.04 (Netbook Remix) installed on Asus EeePC 1000. Sometimes I use Apple Wired Aluminum keyboard for comfortable typing. There is no problem for me with netbook's keyboard, but i want to change the keys for the Apple one. For example: make F1-F12 keys really work like F-keys, not control keys; make Fn key to work like Insert key, and swap Cmd/Alt keys.

So, the main question - is it possible to change the layout of apple keyboard without changing the behavior of netbook keyboard? If not, then maybe there are some "switchers" that can constantly change mappings from one to another and back? And, at last, if there is no such tools, then what is the easiest way to do it manually?

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General :: Lighting LEDS Using Parallel Ports?

Oct 1, 2010

I would like to add a driver to /dev which can light the LEDS using the parallel port. Where I should start from. I am trying to learn device driver programming, which is quite difficult for me now.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Fn Key On Apple Bluetooth Keyboard Not Working

Mar 23, 2010

I'm trying to use an Apple wireless keyboard with Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) but the fn key is not working at all. If I start up xev and hit the fn key it generates no event. What do I need to do for it to work. It seems as if it should work when viewing pages like URL...

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Fn Keys Not Working On Aluminum Keyboard?

Mar 28, 2010

I've noticed that my field keys don't work on my iMac. The eject key works, but if I try ALT+F2 I get nothing. I there something I need to reconfigure to get my keyboard full functioning?

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