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I think it's a bit more complicated than just using the menu editor.
First, you need to run xev from a terminal window, press one of the keys to display the keycode, make a note of the keycode value and repeat for each key. (Note: some keys don't return a code and I haven't found a solution for them yet.)
Next, edit a file in your home directory called .Xmodmap, creating it if necessary. Add a new line for each key, such as
keycode 169 = F13
Note: I just made up 169 and F13 is arbitrary. There are some reserved XF names you can apply, such as XF86WWW, XF86VolumeUp
Now to make it run on startup. I'm making this up as I type: Copy these two lines into a new empty file in your home dir called NewKeys and save.
Now go to ~/.kde/Autostart and type
ln -s ~/NewKeys
Finally, restart KDE to load the new keycodes, then go to Control Center and open the Regional/Accessibility section. (I believe that's where the Hotkeys section is) and open the Hotkeys. Browse the lists to find what you want to apply a new shortcut to and tell it to use a Custom shortcut.
Sorry if I left anything out as I'm writing this from a Win machine.
Go to Control Center -> Regional & Accessibility -> Keyboard Layout and choose your Keyboard model - several hp laptop keyboards are listed, try them first.
if still not acceptable, then follow the directions that dracolich left you above
For Gnome Go to System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts. Make sure the Sound category in the Actions column is expanded, then click on the desired action. The Shortcut column will change to "New accelerator...."
Press the key you want mapped and the shortcut is set.