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I own a Dell Studio XPS 16.

The media keys work fine when logged in, but stop working after the screen is locked. Although I can imagine this being classified under the 'feature, not a bug' class, in some cases it could still be a very handy option to be able to to mute the sound when the screen is locked, for example.

Is there a way to use the media keys, even when the screen is locked?

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The problem and reason it's not possible is because it's considered a bit of a security problem if the locked computer can communicate with the desktop.

Might be worth a gnome bug report though.

Not currently possible.

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Just found this because I had the same question. Is there any change on the topic since it's been two years? – André Stannek Feb 10 '13 at 9:40

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