Multimedia keyboards and Linux

Doing a bit of research on Multimedia keyboards in Linux. I have a Microsoft Natural Wireless Multimedia keyboard, and as this guy says they make “excellent peripheral hardware”. He’s got some other interesting comments about Linux hardware, but that’s another story.

Anyway, I constantly get this warning message: “kernel: keyboard: unknown scancode e0 59”, on the console while installing new systems when I’m using this keyboard. Damn annoying. Couple times I’ve broken the keyboard input using random keycodes with setkeycodes, and had to hard reset. Damn stupid. So I decided to get a little smart, and while in the process of installing Debian on my new colo machine to go do some hunting for a quick fire solution.

No luck yet, mostly stuff for KDE, but a list of some interesting sites to conduct further investigation.

* Some comments about Kernel 2.6 and Extended Keyboard Codes. Nothing completely informative.
* The lineak project seems quite interesting for using extra keys in KDE.
* Although I’m not sure exactly how well it compares to the hot keys method.
* This article though has a very useful indepth discussion about unknown keys in kernel 2.6.x.


  1. Danx Said,

    February 13, 2005 @ 12:30 pm

    Use the same keyboard and I get this too… damn annoying and as yet no solution.

  2. Christopher TruLove Said,

    April 1, 2005 @ 11:46 am

    dmesg -n 6

    This takes care of it in the short term… the problem doesn’t go away, it just isn’t reported to the screen…

    As expected, I’ve found the hooded monk community is more interested in berating you for having a MSMM keyboard than acknowledging and resolving a problem… the core of my distaste for my own kin: Geeks really do suck some times… agh… Agh… Rant alert… better go home to my own blog!

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