...Like many, have you disabled any "Services" or UNCHECKED any items in "msconfig". The Hotkeys keyboard is usually present in "msconfig". If you've unchecked it there, it won't work.. If you haven't tinkered in those areas, check at the Toshiba website to see if they have any updated drivers for the keyboard.
As to syncing with another program on the computer, it might be possible.. Have you checked at the Toshiba site to see if they have instructions for doing so?
Hope this helps.
I have a question about the shortcut buttons on my notebook keyboard.
My notebook is a Toshiba Satellite A100 and it has these shortcut buttons on the left side, including a internet/media player button, play/pause, stop, and skip forward & back buttons(http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=6267 Half way down screen). All of these buttons worked, but now only the internet/media player one works.
Does anyone know how to get them to work again? Also, is it possible to sync these buttons with another audio player, say... Itunes??