I installed ubuntu 13.04 64bit on my lenovo idea pad z470. My problem is when I press any of the hardware one-touch short-cut keys for volume control, heat control, etc., my keyboard gets stuck, and I'm no more able to type anything there on.


I had the same problem, I was close to commit suicide, there was no solution, but ...

There's a simple "fix" :D

For UBUNTU 13.10:

  1. Open your Terminal.
  2. $ sudo nano /lib/udev/hwdb.d/60-keyboard.hwdb
  3. In nano editor look for "lenovo" section (CTRL + w).
  4. Add this section (Copy and Paste):

    # IdeaPad Z470
  5. Save changes and exit nano.

  6. sudo udevadm hwdb --update
  7. restart.

Original Threat: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/udev/+question/237756

For UBUNTU 12.04 and 13.04:

  1. $ sudo nano /lib/udev/rules.d/95-keyboard-force-release.rules
  2. Add the following line at the end of the file (but before the LABEL="force_release_end" line.)

    ENV{DMI_VENDOR}=="LENOVO", ATTR{[dmi/id]product_name}=="IdeaPad Z470", RUN+="keyboard-force-release.sh $devpath common-volume-keys"
  3. Save and exit nano.

  4. Restart.

And that's all.

  • 1
    For people wondering, this is the solution for Lenovo Ideapad users. The first solution works well with Ubuntu 15.04
    – Nahuel
    Jun 17 '15 at 0:45
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    This no longer works in Ubuntu 15.10. Read my answer for a fix.
    – Nahuel
    Nov 16 '15 at 1:46

Just upgraded to Ubuntu 15.10 and this doesn't work anymore.

Follow the steps in Marcelodata's answer (first method), but use this fix:

# IdeaPad Z470

Note the change from keyboard:dmi to evdev:atkbd:dmi


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