Thanks a lot for the help and welcome to Linux Questions my friend. I think there's a little bug in a gnome application. I use a keyboard with swedish layout. To enable it under gnome, the only way I've found so far is clicking in the panel, then >> add to panel >> utility >> keyboard layout switch.
As long as this is on into my panel, it won't let me use those keys. If I remove it, then everything is normal again. Hmmmm... the problem is, if I remove that, my keyboard layout turns again into gnome's default. Wonder if we can set as swedish layout without that application.
Anyway, I'm on Redhat 9.0 now in another machine. As soon as I boot the other box into Slackware 9.0 I will try right away and post here. Thanks a lot once again for the tips