Apology accepted but not necessary. I have also been looking into what the key scan codes are and how they are mapped in the registry in case I need to change something else around, so KeyTweak would be a much more elegant approach than I was planning. Thanks again for the link. Always good to have good tools in the toolbox.
For instance, on the IdeaPad S10 the [PgUp] & [PgDn] keys are unshifted and do double-duty as [Home] = [FN]+[PgUp] and [End] = [FN]+[PgDn]. Since I use [Home] and [End] much more often I am thinking of reversing them with [PgUp] and [PgDn], meaning that they won't require using the [FN] key. I know that the [FN] key does not generate a scan code by itself, but I am hoping that the combination of it plus another key sends a code I CAN remap. Hope that makes sense. (Probably what I'll discover if I can swap them is that my impression of which I use more often was not accurate and I just noticed the ones that require the extra keypress more than the ones that don't.)
One other thing I'm experimenting with is the "On-Screen Keyboard" that comes with Windows XP. It allows keyboard key presses to be accomplished with mouse clicks. The better I fine-tune the Synaptics track pad the more useful it becomes, but still a bit distracting.
The moral of the story so far is that I didn't consider carefully enough before purchasing a "netbook" how big the tradeoff between compact size and keyboard function would be in actual use. It is still a really neat little machine I would recommend to others, but only if they are sure they can live with it. Probably anyone who leans more to navigating with a mouse/trackpad than on the keyboard would not be as bothered by this as I am. But, it would be SO MUCH better if it didn't require the mental keyboard remapping with the stupid placement of the [FN] key. (WHY did they DO THAT? It looks like all the other Netbook manufactures did that part right.)
If I can not find a patched version of the BIOS code (I can't be the ONLY one annoyed by this, can I?) I might even consider hardware re-wiring of the keys, if that is possible. Everything is so miniturized these days the old approach of cutting one PC board trace with an Exacto and soldering a strap between it and another has become obsolete. I don't even own a screwdriver small enough to open the case on this thing. Pretty drastic, but then upgrading BIOS is not to be taken lightly either, I've read.
Does anyone out there know how someone would go about patching BIOS to do something like this? Or, at least, convice a manufacturer to do it? Anyone else bothered by this?