On most PC laptops, you have to use the Fn key in order to control hardware features such as screen brightness and volume.
The opposite seems to be the case (in OSX 10.4 on my 12" PowerBook, ymmv), at least by default. Some digging around on Apple's site yielded the Keyboard Control Panel (well, duh.) and the checkbox that gave me back my function keys.
This has bugged me for nearly two years, but never enough to go hunt down the setting. Sheesh.
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By Chris Snyder on October 13, 2005 at 9:20pm