What's the purple button for on a Thinkpad T20?

What's the purple button for on a Thinkpad T20?

Post by Steve.eba » Sat, 08 Oct 2005 01:08:24


Hi Guys,
The title says it all really.
I just got this laptop and the previous owner didn't know what it was
for either so it's down to you guys.
In case you haven't realised which purple button I mean, it's the one
just under the 2 red mouse buttons.
Thanks,
Steve
 
 
 

What's the purple button for on a Thinkpad T20?

Post by Peter T. B » Sat, 08 Oct 2005 01:21:41


My thinkpad doesn't have one there. If you are talking about the mouse
middle button, yes, it is coloured with a blue bar on my TP, and the
mouse left and right buttons are coloured with a red bar. But the
middle buttn is ABOVE the other two, not UNDER (and it's BETWEEN them
too, of course).

Click it.

Peter

 
 
 

What's the purple button for on a Thinkpad T20?

Post by Steve.eba » Sat, 08 Oct 2005 01:38:08

Ahhhh, mine looks like this.......
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Clicking on it doesn't seem to do anything at all.
I was hoping there would be a specific driver I would need to install
to configure it to do something, maybe even be able to use it to go
back a page.
Cheers
Steve
 
 
 

What's the purple button for on a Thinkpad T20?

Post by art.shapir » Sat, 08 Oct 2005 01:44:03


If you press it, the track point (mouse nub in the center of the G/H/B keys)
will scroll web pages and other windows with vertical scroll bars. Very, very
nice feature!

Art
 
 
 

What's the purple button for on a Thinkpad T20?

Post by Steve.eba » Sat, 08 Oct 2005 02:28:14

Thanks Arthur.
That seems to work OK.
Do you happen to know if it's possible to configure the purple button
to do something alse?
Cheers,
Steve
 
 
 

What's the purple button for on a Thinkpad T20?

Post by art.shapir » Sat, 08 Oct 2005 03:32:30


Well, I imagine anything is possible if one is sophisticated enough to write
one's own drivers. But I've never heard of any modifications to the
functionality of the button in question; in fairness, I've never searched for
it.

Art
 
 
 

What's the purple button for on a Thinkpad T20?

Post by Peter T. B » Sat, 08 Oct 2005 04:29:00


Well, configure it to do something then. That's between you and your
window manager (which I suppose is some MS concoction?). Open up your
control panel, or whatever is the thing that does the job in your
setup, and associate the middle mouse button with such actions as
you feel most inclined to use with it. Mine opens a special menu and
also pastes.

Peter
 
 
 

What's the purple button for on a Thinkpad T20?

Post by TV Slu » Sat, 08 Oct 2005 23:45:25


Uh oh, you just launched the ICBM controlled by that individual machine.
IBM was contracted by the US Government to provide a method of decentralized
launch control, and the purple/blue button was their solution.
 
 
 

What's the purple button for on a Thinkpad T20?

Post by * * Cha » Sun, 09 Oct 2005 15:46:52


| Thanks Arthur.
| That seems to work OK.
| Do you happen to know if it's possible to configure the purple button
| to do something alse?
| Cheers,
| Steve
|

It's designed to work like a wheel mouse so you can scroll through pages
or web sites. It can also be configured to change into a magnifier plus
you can modify the way the scroll works.

You have to have the IBM Track Pad driver installed to use these
features. Go into Control Panel and double click on the Mouse icon. The
last tab will have the T-Pad features if the software is installed.

If the driver is missing you can get it here along with all of the other
T20 drivers:

http://www.yqcomputer.com/
age=brand&brand=IBM+ThinkPad%7CThinkPad+T20%7C2647%7C21U&family=IBM+Thin
kPad%7CThinkPad+T20&machineType=IBM+ThinkPad%7CThinkPad+T20%7C2647&model
=IBM+ThinkPad%7CThinkPad+T20%7C2647%7C21U&doctype=Hot+news&subtype=Cat&u
p=%25%25q7X9J7ZCXQ7XayTT%26ixa&ut=loginCount%3D15%26productCount%3D1%26l
astLoginDate%3D2001-01-02-21.08.50.628415%26type1%3D2647%26userID%3D%26g
reeting%3DWelcome%2Bback%252C%2BMr.%2BVerktyg%26brand%3DIBM%2BThinkPad%2
6family%3DThinkPad%2BT20%26model1%3D21U

There is another newsgroup for Thinkpads: imb.ibmpc.thinkpad

plus a very good forum at : http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Good luck,

Chas.