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Holly_G
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L380 - Swap FN - Ctrl Key - BIOS Option not working (Linux)

Hello all,

 

I just got a new L380 and installed Linux (Arch). 

Unfortunately the BIOS Option to swap the FN/CTRL Key is not working.

I´ve seen, that there is a new BIOS-Firmware (still on 1.07) available, but the description "just" mentions a security update, no bug fixes.

 

Anyone else got the same problem and maybe a solution?

 

As the FN Key is kinda special, it is not possible to remap the key using keymodmap under Linux.

 

Greetings

S

Holly_G
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Re: L380 - Swap FN - Ctrl Key - BIOS Option not working (Linux)

Short update: I updated the BIOS to 1.09 and the problem remains. I also found out that the FN key is not managed by the operating system (which is why I can´t swap them using xmodmap under Linux) so I doubt it is a Linux problem at all.

 

Can anyone confirm that it works under Windows?

 

Greetings

S

i-am-root
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Re: L380 - Swap FN - Ctrl Key - BIOS Option not working (Linux)

T470 windows 10/KDE Neon linux dual boot here.. Have you tried pressing Fn + Esc? At least on my thinkpad that enables the function lock and in essence, it does the exact same thing as the bios option.
Holly_G
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Re: L380 - Swap FN - Ctrl Key - BIOS Option not working (Linux)

Thanks for the answer. But I am not talking about FN-Lock, I want to wap FN and CTRL keys.

Holly_G
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Re: L380 - Swap FN - Ctrl Key - BIOS Option not working (Linux)

Update: Problem persists with BIOS 1.10

D_Dan
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Re: L380 - Swap FN - Ctrl Key - BIOS Option not working (Linux)

I am having the exact same problem with Ubuntu installed. Also updated BIOS to 1.10 but the problem persists.

i-am-root
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Re: L380 - Swap FN - Ctrl Key - BIOS Option not working (Linux)

I thought about switching my Fn key too when I first bought my thinkpad but now after a couple months of having it I dont even think about it anymore. Although when I use my old dell laptop Im always hitting the Fn key when im trying to enter a ctrl+ whatever command lol

D_Dan
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Re: L380 - Swap FN - Ctrl Key - BIOS Option not working (Linux)

I opened a ticket and Lenovo said they put it on their list, but cannot garantee that it will be implemented soon. The swap option is primarily designed for windows, so it might not work on all linux variations.

Holly_G
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Re: L380 - Swap FN - Ctrl Key - BIOS Option not working (Linux)

Thanks D_Dan. Would be nice if it works in a future update! So far its the only thing that really annoys me on the L380....

Lenovo Employee joefoxK
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Re: L380 - Swap FN - Ctrl Key - BIOS Option not working (Linux)

you can update BIOS to v1.12 after several days,v1.12 BIOS should be posted in website in next week