Meta key not working from USB keyboard

This is kind of a weird random issue. Meta key works from the laptop's keyboard; but not from an external USB keyboard!? Meta doesn't open the start menu, and none of the Meta shortcuts work. Unless using the laptop keyboard.

Any fix for this?

System:
Kernel: 5.15.12-zen1-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=58203bda-e2e2-4c32-a006-c91d933cad4e rw [email protected]
quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3
Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.23.5 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11
vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Predator PH315-53 v: V1.01
serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: CML model: QX50_CMS v: V1.01 serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: Insyde v: 1.01 date: 04/27/2020
Battery:
ID-1: BAT1 charge: 42.0 Wh (95.9%) condition: 43.8/58.8 Wh (74.5%)
volts: 16.6 min: 15.4 model: SMP AP18E7M type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
status: Charging
CPU:
Info: model: Intel Core i7-10750H bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Comet Lake
family: 6 model-id: 0xA5 (165) stepping: 2 microcode: 0xEA
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 1.5 MiB desc: 6x256 KiB
L3: 12 MiB desc: 1x12 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 4330 high: 4696 min/max: 800/5000 scaling:
driver: intel_pstate governor: performance cores: 1: 2575 2: 4531 3: 4543
4: 3743 5: 4601 6: 4600 7: 4595 8: 4580 9: 4696 10: 4613 11: 4288
12: 4601 bogomips: 62399
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Vulnerabilities:
Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
Type: l1tf status: Not affected
Type: mds status: Not affected
Type: meltdown status: Not affected
Type: spec_store_bypass
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2
mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling
Type: srbds status: Not affected
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel CometLake-H GT2 [UHD Graphics]
vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: i915 v: kernel bus-ID: 00:02.0
chip-ID: 8086:9bc4 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: NVIDIA TU106M [GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile]
vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: nvidia v: 495.46
alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1f15
class-ID: 0300
Device-3: Quanta HD User Facing type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-5:4
chip-ID: 0408:a061 class-ID: 0e02
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.21.1.3 compositor: kwin_x11 driver:
loaded: modesetting,nvidia display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.0x11.2")
s-diag: 582mm (22.9")
Monitor-1: HDMI-1-0 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 40
size: 1210x680mm (47.6x26.8") diag: 1388mm (54.6")
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics (CML GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 21.3.3
direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: Intel Comet Lake PCH cAVS vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
chip-ID: 8086:06c8 class-ID: 0403
Device-2: NVIDIA TU106 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f9 class-ID: 0403
Device-3: Texas Instruments PCM2900B Audio CODEC type: USB
driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 1-3:6 chip-ID: 08bb:29b0
class-ID: 0300
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.12-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.43 running: yes
Network:
Device-1: Intel Comet Lake PCH CNVi WiFi vendor: Rivet Networks
driver: iwlwifi v: kernel bus-ID: 00:14.3 chip-ID: 8086:06f0 class-ID: 0280
IF: wlp0s20f3 state: up mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: r8169 v: kernel
port: 3000 bus-ID: 07:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:2600 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp7s0 state: down mac: <filter>
IF-ID-1: anbox0 state: down mac: <filter>
Bluetooth:
Device-1: Intel AX201 Bluetooth type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
bus-ID: 1-14:5 chip-ID: 8087:0026 class-ID: e001
Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: down
bt-service: enabled,running rfk-block: hardware: no software: yes
address: <filter>
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 1.63 TiB used: 1.41 TiB (86.5%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Western Digital
model: PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512G-1014 size: 476.94 GiB block-size:
physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD
serial: <filter> rev: 11101100 temp: 24.9 C scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: HGST (Hitachi) model: HTS721010A9E630
size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B
speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial: <filter> rev: A3J0
scheme: GPT
ID-3: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Crucial model: CT275MX300SSD4
size: 256.17 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: R060 scheme: GPT
Partition:
ID-1: / raw-size: 112.61 GiB size: 112.61 GiB (100.00%)
used: 62.75 GiB (55.7%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 100 MiB size: 96 MiB (96.00%)
used: 51.2 MiB (53.4%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
ID-3: /home raw-size: 112.61 GiB size: 112.61 GiB (100.00%)
used: 62.75 GiB (55.7%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 112.61 GiB size: 112.61 GiB (100.00%)
used: 62.75 GiB (55.7%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 112.61 GiB size: 112.61 GiB (100.00%)
used: 62.75 GiB (55.7%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
Swap:
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.46 GiB used: 1.9 MiB (0.0%)
priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 68.0 C pch: 64.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
Processes: 362 Uptime: 1h 55m wakeups: 2 Memory: 15.46 GiB
used: 3.69 GiB (23.9%) Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers:
gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 13.0.0 Packages: pacman: 1645 lib: 469 Shell: fish
v: 3.3.1 default: Bash v: 5.1.12 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.11

No.

Which model?

Have you looked in the manual?
There are keyboards that do not work with Linux, the best is to write to the support and ask.

My old Logitech G15 had a hardware switch that disabled the Windows key. Non-functioning keys were a feature. :rofl:

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All other special keys (volume, media) work, and the Meta key works under Zorin OS.

Keyboards like that typically have a "game mode" where the meta key is completely disabled. This feature is useful for machines that run Windows, because pressing meta will shut down your game and open the start menu in order to respond to pressing the meta key.

It looks like your "game mode" is toggled with a special button that looks like this:

Give it a press and see if it helps.

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It's just that button LOL.

I shouldn't be too quick to judge Logitech or Linux.

Everything works as intended. Thanks guys :smiley:

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