New laptop, alt F1 is not bringing up the menus

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Mon Mar 8 04:19:43 UTC 2021

What does the start key do by itself?
In that situation, I'd also try shift-f10.
What I found with mint-cinnamon was alt-start-s at login brought up orca 
long enough to login.
Then orca died until I keyed in alt-f2 followed by orca after the chime 
letting me know I was logged in.
Normally with mate, the f4 key by itself toggles accessibility on and off.
You may have to go into menus and enable assistive technology and then 
enable orca under that though.

On Mon, 8 Mar 2021, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> Hi,
> I just got a new Lenovo Ideapad and installed Linux Mint MATE on it which works just fine on my HP.
> But on this Lenovo, alt F1 is not pulling up my menus.
> On my HP with Linux Mint, all I have to do is press alt F1 and it brings up my menus in GUI so i can get to systems or internet etc.
> On this Lenovo, when I press alt F1, it just mutes the speech.
> So then I have to press F1 again to unmute the speech.
> Its like the laptop completely ignores the input of alt and it only acknowledges F1 and mutes it.
> To be fair, even with the copy of Windows10 that it came with, even with Windows it would not acknowledge the alt F4 to close a window.
> Its like the F keys on this laptop are not doing what they are traditionally assigned to do. So now in Linux alt F1 is not pulling up my menus so I can't navigate my GUI.
> I bought the laptop locally, so if this cannot be solved, then I will return it and get a different one instead.
> Do any of you have issues with Lenovo Ideapads and the F keys?
> Any other ways to bring up the menus in GUI?
> Otherwise I'll have to return it and replace it.
> Thanks,
> SL
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