Control Keys Not Working

After i did the last manjaro xfce update my control keys are not working anymore

i found a xmodmap script to remap the keys:
left super key is now my control key

in my bios i can swap between control and FN

so now, i just want to make the left super as the FN key
but i didn’t find any way to remap the FN key

is there any solution please ?

here is some informations that may help:

  Kernel: 5.15.60-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.1.1
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.15-x86_64
    root=UUID=a2ba58f3-be46-42c5-91f3-cb7c0956c12a rw quiet apparmor=1
    security=apparmor resume=UUID=b7a5604d-bdd7-4f27-b9dc-7cd2533b9438
  Desktop: Xfce v: 4.16.0 tk: Gtk v: 3.24.29 info: xfce4-panel, plank,
    vala-panel wm: xfwm v: 4.16.1 vt: 7 dm: LightDM v: 1.32.0
    Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 2537KH5 v: ThinkPad T410
    serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: LENOVO model: 2537KH5 serial: <superuser required> BIOS: LENOVO
    v: 6IET65WW (1.25 ) date: 06/07/2010
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 6.0 Wh (98.4%) condition: 6.1/47.5 Wh (12.8%) volts: 12.1
    min: 10.8 model: SANYO 42T4791 type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
    status: not charging
  RAM: total: 3.63 GiB used: 2.32 GiB (63.9%)
  RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges
  Info: model: Intel Core i5 M 520 bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Westmere
    gen: core 1 level: v2 built: 2010-11 process: Intel 32nm family: 6
    model-id: 0x25 (37) stepping: 5 microcode: 0x7
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 2 tpc: 2 threads: 4 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 128 KiB desc: d-2x32 KiB; i-2x32 KiB L2: 512 KiB desc: 2x256 KiB
    L3: 3 MiB desc: 1x3 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1467 high: 1598 min/max: 1199/2400 boost: enabled
    scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: schedutil cores: 1: 1463 2: 1598
    3: 1378 4: 1429 bogomips: 19157
  Flags: acpi aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon bts clflush cmov
    constant_tsc cpuid cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts ept est
    flexpriority flush_l1d fpu fxsr ht ibpb ibrs ida lahf_lm lm mca mce mmx
    monitor msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pebs
    pge pni popcnt pse pse36 pti rdtscp rep_good sep smx ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1
    sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc vme vmx vnmi vpid
    xtopology xtpr
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT
  Type: mds status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode;
    SMT vulnerable
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: mmio_stale_data status: Not affected
  Type: retbleed status: Not affected
  Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
    prctl and seccomp
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW,
    STIBP: conditional, RSB filling, PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected
  Type: srbds status: Not affected
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
  Device-1: Intel Core Processor Integrated Graphics vendor: Lenovo
    driver: i915 v: kernel arch: Gen-5.75 process: Intel 45nm built: 2010 ports:
    active: LVDS-1 empty: DP-1, DP-2, DP-3, HDMI-A-1, HDMI-A-2, HDMI-A-3,
    VGA-1 bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:0046 class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: Lenovo Integrated Webcam [R5U877] type: USB driver: uvcvideo
    bus-ID: 1-1.6:5 chip-ID: 17ef:480f class-ID: 0e02
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.4 compositor: xfwm v: 4.16.1 driver: X:
    loaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa gpu: i915 display-ID: :0.0
    screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1280x800 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 338x211mm (13.31x8.31")
    s-diag: 398mm (15.69")
  Monitor-1: LVDS-1 model: Lenovo 0x4035 built: 2009 res: 1280x800 hz: 60
    dpi: 107 gamma: 1.2 size: 303x190mm (11.93x7.48") diag: 358mm (14.1")
    ratio: 16:10 modes: 1280x800
  Message: Unable to show GL data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
  Device-1: Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio vendor: Lenovo
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:3b56
    class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.60-1-MANJARO running: yes
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.21 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: yes
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.56 running: yes
  Device-1: Intel 82577LM Gigabit Network vendor: Lenovo driver: e1000e
    v: kernel port: 1820 bus-ID: 00:19.0 chip-ID: 8086:10ea class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel pcie:
    gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:4239
    class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global
    broadcast: <filter>
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
  WAN IP: <filter>
  Device-1: Broadcom BCM2045B (BDC-2.1) type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
    bus-ID: 1-1.4:4 chip-ID: 0a5c:217f class-ID: fe01 serial: <filter>
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 2 state: up address: see --recommends
  Message: No logical block device data found.
  Message: No RAID data found.
  Local Storage: total: 149.05 GiB used: 58.29 GiB (39.1%)
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Hitachi model: HTS725016A9A364
    size: 149.05 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s
    type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial: <filter> rev: C70F scheme: MBR
  Optical-1: /dev/sr0 vendor: Optiarc model: DVD RW AD-7930H rev: 1.D0
    dev-links: cdrom
  Features: speed: 24 multisession: yes audio: yes dvd: yes
    rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running
  ID-1: / raw-size: 141.05 GiB size: 137.78 GiB (97.68%) used: 57.89 GiB
    (42.0%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 label: N/A
    uuid: a2ba58f3-be46-42c5-91f3-cb7c0956c12a
  Kernel: swappiness: 30 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 8 GiB used: 400.2 MiB (4.9%)
    priority: -2 dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2 label: swap
    uuid: b7a5604d-bdd7-4f27-b9dc-7cd2533b9438
  Message: No unmounted partitions found.
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Full speed or root hub ports: 3 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s
    chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
  Hub-2: 1-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 6 rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 8087:0020 class-ID: 0900
  Device-1: 1-1.3:3 info: Upek Biometric Touchchip/Touchstrip Fingerprint
    Sensor type: <vendor specific> driver: N/A interfaces: 1 rev: 1.0
    speed: 12 Mb/s power: 100mA chip-ID: 147e:2016 class-ID: 0000
  Device-2: 1-1.4:4 info: Broadcom BCM2045B (BDC-2.1) type: Bluetooth
    driver: btusb interfaces: 4 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s chip-ID: 0a5c:217f
    class-ID: fe01 serial: <filter>
  Device-3: 1-1.6:5 info: Lenovo Integrated Webcam [R5U877] type: Video
    driver: uvcvideo interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s power: 200mA
    chip-ID: 17ef:480f class-ID: 0e02
  Hub-3: 2-0:1 info: Full speed or root hub ports: 3 rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
  Hub-4: 2-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 8 rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 8087:0020 class-ID: 0900
  System Temperatures: cpu: 58.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (RPM): fan-1: 4510
  Processes: 228 Uptime: 1h 47m wakeups: 3 Init: systemd v: 251
  default: graphical tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 12.1.1 clang: 14.0.6
  Packages: 1396 pm: pacman pkgs: 1379 libs: 351 tools: pamac,yay pm: flatpak
  pkgs: 5 pm: snap pkgs: 12 Shell: Zsh v: 5.9 default: Bash v: 5.1.16
  running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.21

Hi @Zaki, and welcome!

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OK, I have no idea why something like this would happen, nor how how one would go about fixing it.

Have you tested in a live environment, perhaps? Or with another kernel?

Have you tested in a live environment, perhaps?

no i did not

Or with another kernel?

i am with the newest LTS version, i am affraid if i try another version something more important than a key will stop working

my solution for now is:
i swapped the fn and control key in the bios now the fn key works as a control key

and the most used functions with FN (like the led light, brightness)
i made some commande to use them

i hope the next update for manjaro will fix everything
and thanks .

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Use this to check how your keys are identified: Keyboard input - ArchWiki

AFAIK Fn is controlled by hardware, so i doubt you can remap that one.

yes, you are right
i found that it cannot be remapped by a software

thanks for your answer

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