I have hardware "volume up" and "volume down" on my Lenovo Thinkpad W530. They used to work to increase and decrease volume. A day or two ago, they stopped working. xev sees them, in settings>keyboard>shortcuts, they are correctly assigned, I can assign other key combinations to change volume and that works, I can also assign the hardware keys to different actions and that does not work. It works for a guest account. Reboot does not help. I am at a loss what might be causing it. Any ideas where to look for causes? This is on 14.04.

  • Oddly enough, they work in mpv (but only change the internal mpv volume setting). And they also work in vlc. – sup Aug 15 '14 at 21:46

I had exactly the same symptoms with 14.04.

I imagined that VLC had 'grabbed' the media keys so I removed VLC. The problem persisted ...

I followed a reset suggestion that I found on the web:

Open a terminal and enter,

 gsettings reset org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys volume-up
 gsettings reset org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys volume-mute
 gsettings reset org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys volume-down

This didn't seem to have any effect (which is why I closed the page and lost the link!). So I reinstalled VLC. But the next time I used an audio application I discovered that the media keys were working.

Maybe it was just luck and the keys will stop working again, but for now I'm a happy bunny :-)

  • Can you add the source to those commands please? – Kaz Wolfe Aug 28 '14 at 20:44
  • 'Fraid that I lost the link when it didn't seem to fix the problem straight away. – user321476 Aug 28 '14 at 20:48
  • Well, the commands can be found in the bug I linked in my answer. It indeed fixes the problem. – sup Aug 29 '14 at 0:06
  • Yeah, this is what happens. Expect it to randomly not work after rebooting. – doug65536 Apr 6 '16 at 8:39

Turns out this is a known bug.


Go to

keyboard>shortcuts>sound and media>

Then, redefine volume shortcuts (using those volume keys of your keyboard)

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