HP Elitebook Volume Function Keys not working; Chrome Media Handling Fix

For the last 6 months, I’ve been swearing at the Function [Fn] Volume shortcut keys on my G3 Elitebook not working.

There’s a lot of people on the web with similar issues over the last few years, and both HP and Windows updates have been blamed equally:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Elitebook+function+volume+keys+not+working&rlz=1C1GCEA_enAG745AG745&oq=Elitebook+function+volume+keys+not+working&aqs=chrome..69i57.10995j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

There were a bunch of fixes listed on different sites, none of which worked for me. I suspected HP hotkey drivers being incompatible with recent Win 10 build updates after a lot of driver updates recently. So I had kind of given up and was hoping the next Windows update release cycle might fix

Then recently, this new large OSD volume control started appearing:

Are you a Windows 10 screen display feature, or something else being invasive..?

With it continually getting in the way, I went in search of a fix to disable this new annoyance, and found it here:

https://www.tenforums.com/sound-audio/134123-windows-10-volume-bar-top-left-huge-4.html

Turns out this is a new feature in Chrome enabled by default, and it can be turned off by entering the following flag in the address bar and using the drop-down to disable:

chrome://flags/#hardware-media-key-handling

Lo and behold!

It’s back!!

My function volume keys started working again! So I suspect my issue all along was Chrome and this, or previous incarnations of this OSD, tying into my OS in a way I had most certainly not asked it to.

Published by boma23

Support manager for an IT Solutions provider in the BVI. Likes IT, tech, MMA, cars, bikes, machines with wheels, boats, sailing, sun, water and everything in between.

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