ctrl/fct/alt key adjustment?

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http://forums.opensuse.org – Both the ctrl and alt keys conspire to activate the "special" keys (screen brightness, sound, etc.) rather than targeting the f1, f2, etc., keys. Is there a setting in KDE (default 11.3 install on a pavilion dv7t x86_64 intel i7) that can adjust this? The ctrl key is used a lot by KDE, so I'd like it to target the function keys, not the "special" keys. On my laptop there is also "fn" and 'windows' keys but they do not seem to do anything at this point, at least in KDE. TIA!!! PattiMichelle (Distributions)