Shift/Ctrl/Alt on Rocketfish (RF-BTKB4) bluetooth keyboard do not work.

Bug #601950 reported by Nathan Fearnley on 2010-07-05
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
bluez (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: bluez

I purchased at RF-BTKB4 Rocketfish bluetooth keyboard in a keyboard/dongle/mouse set. The keyboard pairs fine. Linux detects the keypresses of Shift/Ctrl/Alt, but doesn't recognize when they are held down. Here are links to forum topics about the problem:

The workaround of enabling "Simulate Simultaneous Keypresses" works, but needs to be reset everytime the keyboard comes out of sleep mode.

I have a USB Logitech illuminated keyboard, and a PS3 bluetooth keyboard that both work without the previous problem.

Attached are logs of me pressing 1-2-3-4-5, Holding Shift, pressing 1-2-3-4-5, Releasing Shift

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: bluetooth 4.60-0ubuntu8
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-22.36-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-22-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Jul 5 11:48:05 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release i386 (20091028.5)
InterestingModules: rfcomm sco bnep l2cap btusb bluetooth
MachineType: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. M6V
PackageArchitecture: all
 Socket 0:
   no product info available
 Socket 0:
   no card
ProcCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-22-generic root=UUID=c6267273-5d19-4cb7-97ea-7dacbc2ee34a ro quiet splash
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: bluez 10/13/2005
dmi.bios.vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
dmi.bios.version: 0207 M6V
dmi.board.vendor: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
dmi.board.version: 1.0
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: ATN12345678901234567
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
dmi.chassis.version: 1.0
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAmericanMegatrendsInc.:bvr0207:bd10/13/2005:svnASUSTeKComputerInc.:pnM6V:pvr1.0:rvnASUSTeKComputerInc.:rnM6V:rvr1.0:cvnASUSTeKComputerInc.:ct10:cvr1.0: M6V
dmi.product.version: 1.0
dmi.sys.vendor: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
 hci0: Type: USB
  BD Address: 00:02:76:18:BF:E9 ACL MTU: 1021:7 SCO MTU: 64:1
  RX bytes:13452436 acl:776359 sco:0 events:24463 errors:0
  TX bytes:41020 acl:1998 sco:0 commands:616 errors:0
 0: hci0: Bluetooth
  Soft blocked: no
  Hard blocked: no

Nathan Fearnley (nfearnley) wrote :
Nathan Fearnley (nfearnley) wrote :
  • xev Edit (7.3 KiB, application/octet-stream)
Nathan Fearnley (nfearnley) wrote :

Also, this keyboard works completely fine under Windows 7 Ultimate, dual-booting on the same computer with the same dongle using the only the drivers that come with Windows. I did not have to install anything extra to get it work with windows.

D. Hartman (daniel-hartman) wrote :

This bug also affects the Bluetooth keyboard that ships with the Lenovo A300 IdeaCentre running Ubuntu 10.04. However, I have a custom desktop using an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard Model A1255 running Ubuntu 10.10 with no troubles.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in bluez (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Mephisto (mephisto-82) on 2012-06-19
no longer affects: bluez (Arch Linux)

A have Lenovo Ideacentre A320 and same problems with keyboard.

I wrote linux driver and it works good in ubuntu 12.04
Here is driver source code and install instructions
It may help you to solve problem just now

This is reported against an old version of Ubuntu and many things has changed since then. Because of that we won't fix this issue however if this behavior repeats on a modern version please fill a bug report against it and we will take it from there.

Changed in bluez (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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