Which Window Manager are you using? LWM is not so configurable afaik.
> One thing I'm trying to get working again is the XF86AudioLowerVolume
No hardcoded stuff going on and it is scriptable with xbindkeys. But
that also depens on which WM you're using. If you can adjust the volume
by configuring your WM you save yourself from having to create a script
and run an extra daemon.