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[ubuntu] FN Laptop keys Software problem?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hi, I have an ADVENT 8117 laptop with Ubuntu 10.04 The problem is, if i use the fn + F5 and F6 to turn volume up and down, the volume either goes max or mute, and the notification bar seems to jump and flash until the laptop is restarted. When this happens, i also cannot use any applet icons eg; sound, network. It also stops me from using the applications menu. The brightness control with the FN keys work fine, its only the volume. This laptop works great with ubuntu other than that, no problems what so ever. Just wondering if anyone els (Hardware)