New "Apple Wireless Keyboard" (2009) not supported

Bug #499013 reported by Christian Schürer-Waldheim on 2009-12-21
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Jaunty by Andrei Andreyanau
Nominated for Karmic by Andrei Andreyanau

Bug Description

Apple sells a new make of the "Apple Wireless Keyboard" (starting in November 2009). This model can be recognized that it has only two batteries. The device IDs changed, so the Apple HID driver does not recognize it. I've added the new ID to a local copy of the current kernel in karmic and compiled it. Additionally, I added the module to /etc/modules so that it is loaded at boot time. Loading this module later did not work for me.

The device ID for the European model (ISO) is: 0x023a. The ANSI device ID should be 0x0239 (see The device ID for the JIS version could probably be 0x023b, assuming apple follows the scheme of previous makes.

I'll post a diff later (have to clean up my changes first), but basically I did what Andrei Andreyanau described in

I checked the source of the latest kernel version on and they all do not have this additional IDs in the source files, so please also push the changes upstream.

Andrei Andreyanau (hatsumeka) wrote :

Hi, Christian!
Thanks for your attention and for your message about this problem. Honestly I must say that yesterday I have rebuilt the core and tried to fix this thing again without success. I added a line into /etc/modules to load hid_apple module before system starts and modified /etc/modprobe.d/hid_apple.conf with the following line:
options hid_apple fnmode=2
with giving configuration file following rights:
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 428 2009-12-09 22:13 hid_apple.conf

After all I rebooted the system and tried to re-configure keyboard shortcuts, but nothing changed at all (hid_apple module is loaded and stays in the memory according to lsmod). Did you make anything else in addition to those modifications I described in

Andrei Andreyanau (hatsumeka) wrote :

O.k. so the answer was close to the surface. Here is the recipe:

/usr/src/linux-source/drivers/hid/hid-ids.h: added following line describing my keyboard

/usr/src/linux-source/drivers/hid/hid-core.c: inserted into static const struct hid_device_id hid_blacklist[]:

/usr/src/linux-source/drivers/hid/hid-apple.c: inserted into static const struct hid_device_id apple_devices[]:

After all: make oldconfig && make

Then! Do backup of following modules in the current kernel modules derictories:
/lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/hid/hid-apple.ko
/lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/hid/usbhid/usbhid.ko
and replace them with freshly build ones.

Then edit and add into /etc/modules new line with 'hid_apple' and create hid_apple.conf under directory /etc/modprobe.d/ with root previleges and following contents:
# 0 = disabled : Disable the 'fn' key. Pressing 'fn'+'F8' will behave
# like you only press 'F8' 1 = fkeyslast : Function keys are used as
# last key. Pressing 'F8' key will act as a special key. Pressing
# 'fn'+'F8' will behave like a F8. 2 = fkeysfirst : Function keys are
# used as first key. Pressing 'F8' key will behave like a F8. Pressing
# 'fn'+'F8' will act as special key (play/pause).
options hid_apple fnmode=2

Then simply reboot and it will definitely work.
I think (and hope) that the question is solved. Merry coming X-Mas and Happy New Year to everyone!

Andrei Andreyanau (hatsumeka) wrote :

Forgot to add. Before making backup of `hid-apple.ko` and `usbhid.ko`, make sure you did unload them from the memory (rmmod hid_apple && rmmod usbhid under root privileges).

Patch for vanilla kernel

Patch for vanilla kernel

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Andy Whitcroft (apw) on 2010-01-13
tags: added: kernel-series-unknown

My patch got merged into the vanilla kernel 2.6.32, which is now in Ubuntu.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
tags: removed: kernel-series-unknown
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