Toshiba ACPI not enabled, fnfxd not works

Bug #127611 reported by dll on 2007-07-22
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: fnfxd

i use Kubuntu Tribe 3 with kernel 2.6.22-8-generic. I haw Toshiba notebook. i use fnfxd for LCD nad sound in notebook.

/etc/init.d/fnfxd start
Starting Toshiba hotkeys utils: FnFX Daemon v0.3 (c) 2003, 2004 Timo Hoenig <email address hidden>

fatal error: Could not open /proc/acpi/toshiba/keys.
Please make sure that your kernel has enabled the Toshiba option in the ACPI section.
For more information read the documentation and/or http://fnfx.sf.net/index.php?section=doc#kernel.

but in .config file its
CONFIG_ACPI_TOSHIBA=m

modprobe -l |grep toshiba
/lib/modules/2.6.22-8-generic/kernel/drivers/char/toshiba.ko
/lib/modules/2.6.22-8-generic/kernel/drivers/acpi/toshiba_acpi.ko

modprobe toshiba_acpi
FATAL: Error inserting toshiba_acpi (/lib/modules/2.6.22-8-generic/kernel/drivers/acpi/toshiba_acpi.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)

toddwbucy (toddwbucy-grandecom) wrote :

I am having the same exact problem. My Toshiba model # is A105-S4164.

all errors noted above are exactly the same as mine.

Thank you
Todd

ppedrok (ppedrok) wrote :

Same problem. I have Toshiba Satellite 2430-201. Looking at the BIOS, I found Phoenix!!! :-(
http://fnfx.sourceforge.net/index.php?section=doc#kernel : "There are a few laptops which do not have a Toshiba (e.g. Satellite P25-S520) but a Phoenix BIOS. These machines will fail on loading the Toshiba ACPI driver and hence will not be supported by FnFX."
So, not for me...
What else can I do?

I have a Toshiba A105-s4164 and have been dealing with the same problem
for a while. What I have figured out so far is that fnfx works only
with APM not ACPI. Toshiba in the last couple of years has transitioned
away from APM so the fnfx will only work with older non-phoenix based
laptops. I have noticed though that since I have upgraded to Ubuntu
gutsy there is more support for newer Toshiba laptops.
about the only thing that I have found to do is to suck it up and
remember to never buy Toshiba again until they offer better linux
support.

Sorry
Todd
On Thu, 2007-11-08 at 23:01 +0000, ppedrok wrote:
> Same problem. I have Toshiba Satellite 2430-201. Looking at the BIOS, I found Phoenix!!! :-(
> http://fnfx.sourceforge.net/index.php?section=doc#kernel : "There are a few laptops which do not have a Toshiba (e.g. Satellite P25-S520) but a Phoenix BIOS. These machines will fail on loading the Toshiba ACPI driver and hence will not be supported by FnFX."
> So, not for me...
> What else can I do?
>

toddwbucy (toddwbucy-grandecom) wrote :

I just remembered this site. Its for Ubuntu 7.10 but it might give you
some clues.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=3695290

todd

On Thu, 2007-11-08 at 23:01 +0000, ppedrok wrote:
> Same problem. I have Toshiba Satellite 2430-201. Looking at the BIOS, I found Phoenix!!! :-(
> http://fnfx.sourceforge.net/index.php?section=doc#kernel : "There are a few laptops which do not have a Toshiba (e.g. Satellite P25-S520) but a Phoenix BIOS. These machines will fail on loading the Toshiba ACPI driver and hence will not be supported by FnFX."
> So, not for me...
> What else can I do?
>

Tyler (grapecomputer) wrote :

We are launching a line of PCs with Ubuntu preinstalled. We ordered several of them from clevo/sager, and they came with the "vista-limited" phoenix bios, which disables ACPI/APIC in linux. After plenty of hell raising, we determined that the manufacturer can actually go into their "special" bios configuration and change a change a minor setting that fixes this problem entirely. All ACPI functions are fully operational now, on the EXACT SAME BIOS. We discovered the fix which they would like to keep secret when we started asking how they could offer XP preinstalled on the same hardware as vista, when this same problem manifests when trying to install xp. So, I don't know how they do it, but they can. Hope this helps. Contact me directly if you need any further information. Like I said, I don't know how, but it IS POSSIBLE TO FIX IT.

Valient Gough (vgough) wrote :

I get the same error message from fnfxd when booting on my Toshiba Satellite, and the brightness hotkeys don't work. However I can change brightness manually by echoing values to /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCD/brightness .

Note that this works out of the box on Fedora 9. I booted up a live-cd, and it all just works, brightness keys do something, suspend-resume doesn't hang, etc.

Josh (majik) wrote :

Hi, this bug has been open since 2007. Maybe someone could provide some useful input?

There are an awful lot of Toshiba users waiting for an answer.

greg24 (legionnaire24) wrote :

I have the same problem with Laptop Toshiba L350-20Q
FnFX don't work because Toshiba inclue " H2o insYde" BIOS ( It is an implementation of the Intel's Platform Innovation Framework for UEFI /EFI )

http://www.insydesw.com/press/2006/Insyde_H2O_FAQ.pdf

I can't use Fn Key for regulate my contrast

Rykel from Singapore (rykel98) wrote :

I am using a Toshiba Satellite M40 with Ubuntu Jaunty, but I get the same problem... I cannot seem to get fnfxd to work at all.

Clint Byrum (clint-fewbar) wrote :

Hi! Can someone please confirm that this still affects a supported release of Ubuntu (currently 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04, 11.10)? Marking Incomplete pending response.

Changed in fnfx (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for fnfx (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in fnfx (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
Dakota Schneider (dakota-5) wrote :

Toshiba laptops with Phoenix BIOS are still a no-go for special ACPI functions, for the record.

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