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Subject[PATCH AUTOSEL 5.10 09/36] platform/x86: hp-wmi: Disable tablet-mode reporting by default
From: Hans de Goede <>

[ Upstream commit 67fbe02a5cebc3c653610f12e3c0424e58450153 ]

Recently userspace has started making more use of SW_TABLET_MODE
(when an input-dev reports this).

Specifically recent GNOME3 versions will:

1. When SW_TABLET_MODE is reported and is reporting 0:
1.1 Disable accelerometer-based screen auto-rotation
1.2 Disable automatically showing the on-screen keyboard when a
text-input field is focussed

2. When SW_TABLET_MODE is reported and is reporting 1:
2.1 Ignore input-events from the builtin keyboard and touchpad
(this is for 360° hinges style 2-in-1s where the keyboard and
touchpads are accessible on the back of the tablet when folded
into tablet-mode)

This means that claiming to support SW_TABLET_MODE when it does not
actually work / reports correct values has bad side-effects.

The check in the hp-wmi code which is used to decide if the input-dev
should claim SW_TABLET_MODE support, only checks if the
HPWMI_HARDWARE_QUERY is supported. It does *not* check if the hardware
actually is capable of reporting SW_TABLET_MODE.

This leads to the hp-wmi input-dev claiming SW_TABLET_MODE support,
while in reality it will always report 0 as SW_TABLET_MODE value.
This has been seen on a "HP ENVY x360 Convertible 15-cp0xxx" and
this likely is the case on a whole lot of other HP models.

This problem causes both auto-rotation and on-screen keyboard
support to not work on affected x360 models.

There is no easy fix for this, but since userspace expects
SW_TABLET_MODE reporting to be reliable when advertised it is
better to not claim/report SW_TABLET_MODE support at all, then
to claim to support it while it does not work.

To avoid the mentioned problems, add a new enable_tablet_mode_sw
module-parameter which defaults to false.

Note I've made this an int using the standard -1=auto, 0=off, 1=on
triplett, with the hope that in the future we can come up with a
better way to detect SW_TABLET_MODE support. ATM the default
auto option just does the same as off.

Cc: Stefan Brüns <>
Signed-off-by: Hans de Goede <>
Acked-by: Mark Gross <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
drivers/platform/x86/hp-wmi.c | 14 ++++++++++----
1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/platform/x86/hp-wmi.c b/drivers/platform/x86/hp-wmi.c
index 18bf8aeb5f870..e94e59283ecb9 100644
--- a/drivers/platform/x86/hp-wmi.c
+++ b/drivers/platform/x86/hp-wmi.c
@@ -32,6 +32,10 @@ MODULE_LICENSE("GPL");

+static int enable_tablet_mode_sw = -1;
+module_param(enable_tablet_mode_sw, int, 0444);
+MODULE_PARM_DESC(enable_tablet_mode_sw, "Enable SW_TABLET_MODE reporting (-1=auto, 0=no, 1=yes)");
#define HPWMI_EVENT_GUID "95F24279-4D7B-4334-9387-ACCDC67EF61C"
#define HPWMI_BIOS_GUID "5FB7F034-2C63-45e9-BE91-3D44E2C707E4"

@@ -654,10 +658,12 @@ static int __init hp_wmi_input_setup(void)

/* Tablet mode */
- val = hp_wmi_hw_state(HPWMI_TABLET_MASK);
- if (!(val < 0)) {
- __set_bit(SW_TABLET_MODE, hp_wmi_input_dev->swbit);
- input_report_switch(hp_wmi_input_dev, SW_TABLET_MODE, val);
+ if (enable_tablet_mode_sw > 0) {
+ val = hp_wmi_hw_state(HPWMI_TABLET_MASK);
+ if (val >= 0) {
+ __set_bit(SW_TABLET_MODE, hp_wmi_input_dev->swbit);
+ input_report_switch(hp_wmi_input_dev, SW_TABLET_MODE, val);
+ }

err = sparse_keymap_setup(hp_wmi_input_dev, hp_wmi_keymap, NULL);
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