Saturday, December 3, 2011

Get Your ThinkPad's Green Volume Bar Back

This post is mostly for my own reference, but since I had nigh-impossible time Googling this up, there may be other people with the same problem. Hopefully they'll find this post instead of poking fruitlessly at half a dozen forums like I had to.

If your ThinkPad's on-screen volume indicator bar has disappeared (or has never shown up), then you probably just need to download the Hotkey driver from Lenovo.

Run Setup from the installation destination folder
Rejoice at having an on-screen volume indicator bar.


Hotkey driver for Windows 98/Me/NT 4.0/2000/XP - ThinkPad
The following ThinkPad systems are supported:

- A20m, A20p, A21m, A21p, A22m, A22p
- A30, A30p, A31, A31p
- G40(*5), G41(*4)
- R30, R31, R32
- R40, R40e(*2)
- R50(*4), R50e(*4), R50p(*4), R51(*4), R51e(*4), R52(*4)
- s31(*2)
- T20, T21, T22, T23
- T30(*3)
- T40(*1), T40p(*4), T41(*1), T41p(*4), T42(*1), T42p(*4)
- T43(*6), T43p(*4)
- X22, X23, X24
- X30(*1), X31(*1), X32(*6)
- Z60m(*4), Z60t(*4)

(Note) *1: Windows Me is not supported.
*2: Windows XP is supported.
*3: Windows Me is supported on 2366/2367-x1x, x2x, x3x, x4x,
x5x, A6x and A7x except for M1x, M2x, M3x, M4x and M5x
*4: Windows 2000 and XP are supported.
*5: Windows 98SE, 2000 and XP are supported.
*6: Windows NT4, 2000 and XP are supported.
*7: Only Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 is supported.


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