Re: X450LCP lost abillity to turn the screen off

From: Marcos Paulo de Souza
Date: Mon Feb 11 2019 - 21:31:10 EST

Hello JoÃo,

On 2/11/19 5:14 PM, JoÃo Paulo Rechi Vita wrote:
> Hello Marcos,
> On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 5:05 PM Marcos Paulo de Souza
> <> wrote:
>> On 2/10/19 9:45 PM, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
>>> On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 9:24 PM Marcos Paulo de Souza
>>> <> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> Since 5.0.0-rc4 I vefiried that my ASUS laptop
>>> Can you be more specific, what model, BIOS version, etc (also would be
>>> nice to have dmi strings from it, I guess dmidecode tool would help).
>> dmidecode attached.
>>>> cannot turn the screen of
>>>> anymore. There were several commits in 5.0 merge window touching this
>>>> functionality like:
>>>> 71b12beaf12f platform/x86: asus-nb-wmi: Drop mapping of 0x33 and 0x34 scan codes
>>>> b3f2f3799a97 platform/x86: asus-nb-wmi: Map 0x35 to KEY_SCREENLOCK
>>>> 78f3ac76d9e5 platform/x86: asus-wmi: Tell the EC the OS will handle the display off hotkey
>>> Can you bisect or just try to revert one-by-one from above and see
>>> which one is a culprit?
>> I already did some primary analysis, and it seems the commit 3f2f3799a97
>> maps the x035 (which is Alt+f7 in my laptop) to SCREENLOCK, which is
>> wrong because alt+f7 should be Screen Toggle. I will try to revert this
>> commit, or remap to KEY_DISPLAYTOGGLE or KEY_DISPLAY_OFF, and test if it
>> works.
> User-space does not act on KEY_DISPLAYTOGGLE / KEY_DISPLAY_OFF, these
> values should be used when the hardware is turning the screen
> back-light ON and OFF. According to Asus BIOS engineers, the
> back-light used to be driven by the hardware, but they have changed to
> the this new approach of telling the OS to drive the back-light for a
> while now (no specific dates or BIOS / windows driver versions were
> shared). They we actually surprised when we told the that some
> machines still have a working implementation (and selected by default
> unless told otherwise) of the old behavior, which sounds like it is
> the case for the machine you have at hand.
> The new behavior, as defined in their spec is to only notify the OS of
> the keypress with 0x35, and have the OS "close" the screen, with the
> screen being "opened" on mouse or keyboard activity. This closely
> matches the screen lock behavior on Linux platforms, so we are mapping
> it to KEY_SCREENLOCK in the kernel, and it then gets mapped to
> XF86ScreenSaver by xkeyboard-config, and finally gnome-settings-daemon
> uses it as a lock screen shortcut (look for "screensaver" in
> plugins/media-keys/shortcuts-list.h on the gnome-settings-daemon
> repository).


>> But yes, I'll do my best to track the problem ASAP at my side. Please
>> let me know if I can provide any additional information.
> You can check what is being sent by the kernel with evtest, and what
> is being sent by X with "xinput test <device id>" (and you can find
> the device id with "xinput list"). And you can re-map it without
> having to rebuild the kernel using udev's hwdb. But simply re-mapping
> should not change anything, since userspace does not act on
> KEY_DISPLAYTOGGLE / KEY_DISPLAY_OFF. If you want to switch back to the
> old behavior you need to revert "78f3ac76d9e5 platform/x86: asus-wmi:
> Tell the EC the OS will handle the display off hotkey".

I tried reverting the patch and only recompiling/reinstalling the
platform/x86 modules, but the problem still happens. My next step will
be testing agains't 4.20, since my machine was working with 4.12, so I
might try the major releases first.

> That being said, I believe it would be more productive to figure out
> why your userspace stack is not reacting to 0x35 / XF86ScreenSaver and
> fix that. Which window manager / graphical desktop environment are you
> using?

Well, I'm using KDE Plasma 5 Desktop Environment (20170319-lp150.7.1) of
openSUSE Leap 15.0.

> As a final note, from your dmidecode output I see you are on BIOS
> version X450LCP.207, and there is version 208 available for download
> on Asus website. I'm curious to know if it changes the old behavior
> (with the patches you listed reverted), but I'm not responsible if a
> BIOS update breaks your machine in any way, so just do it if you this
> is something you are comfortable with and understand and assume all
> the risks yourself. We have been reporting machines with the old
> behavior back to Asus, but I don't know what they are doing with that
> information, if anything. I'm adding your machine with the old BIOS
> version to the list, so if you test the new BIOS let me know so I can
> add that as well. But please don't feel any pressure to update the
> BIOS if this is something you would not do otherwise.

For now I would like to skip this upgrade, since it is nothing that I
can play with now (I use this machine at work). I really hope that Asus
could join fwupd, making such upgrades easier to apply on Linux machines.

Let me know if I can provide more info. I may have news in the next day
about testing other kernels...


> Best regards,
> --
> JoÃo Paulo Rechi Vita

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