14.04: CD-ROM eject key does not work

Sajan Parikh sajan at parikh.io
Wed Apr 23 21:10:31 UTC 2014

On 04/23/2014 04:02 PM, Tobias Krais wrote:
> Hi ubuntu users,
> I have a Dell XPS M1530 notebook. This notebook has a special key on 
> top of the keyboard for ejecting a CD / DVD. But this key does not 
> work anymore. Formerly I had to add this to /etc/sysctl.conf:
> -----%<-----
> # Unlock the CDROM eject button
> dev.cdrom.lock=0
> -----%<-----
> Has somebody an idea how to fix this in 14.04?
> Greetings,
> Tobias
Wouldn't really call this a fix, but one way to "get it to work" would 
be to just create a custom keyboard shortcut.

Go to System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts and add a custom keyboard 
shortcut running the command 'eject'.  Then assign that shortcut to the 
key on your laptop.

If somehow you have multiple ejectable drives, you'll have to specify in 
the command like 'eject /dev/cdromX'.  If you've only one drive, just 
'eject' should work.

Sajan Parikh

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