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On my HP Pavilion laptop I have to press an additional fn key and the corresponding function key to get a function key, e.g. fn+f3 works as f3, f3 alone only increases the brightness of the screen.

Is there any way to swap the key behaviour, like described here for Function keys in Apple Keyboard don't work as expected

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That is not a problem, it's an option in your laptop BIOS. There is an option in your BIOS that enables FN everytime you press an F key, for quick access. As soon as you enter your bios it won't be a big trouble until you find the option. Hope it helped.

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Works like promised. –  Ingolf Schaefer Jan 17 '12 at 20:30

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