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Fn keys and Thinkvantage keys not working post system update XP R61

Hi. Got a new R61 with XP Pro last week. Did Systems Update and updated essentially all Thinkvantage stuff (mistake in hindsight). After this my Fn + F3,F7,F8,F9 keys and Thinkvantage keys no longer do anything though all the apps like Presentation Manager or Productivity Center still work if launched directly from Start menu. No luck with reinstalling Hotkey drivers. Not a big deal but annoying, from searches not a unique problem -  ( wonder if anyone can help. In future will be careful with updates.

Update history from System Update.... stuff on April 2 was attempts to fix.

 Name                                                                                            Version         Date                        Status
 ThinkPad EasyEject Utility                                                        2.33            02/04/2008 10:07:44 PM      Installed
 ThinkPad Power Manager                                                           1.30            02/04/2008 10:07:09 PM      Installed
 ThinkPad Power Management Driver                                                                1.44            02/04/2008 10:06:41 PM      Installed
 WinDVD 5 Update                                                              01/04/2008 11:50:33 PM      Installed
 ThinkPad Audio Features XII for Windows 2000 / XP        01/04/2008 11:49:38 PM      Installed
 Adobe Flash Player ActiveX                                                  01/04/2008 11:48:11 PM      Installed

 Adobe Flash Player Plugin                                                      01/04/2008 11:47:47 PM      Installed
 ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery (English)                          4.20.0511.00    01/04/2008 11:43:43 PM      Installed
 ThinkVantage Fingerprint software for Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP and Windows 2000      01/04/2008 11:42:35 PM      Installed
 Client Security Solution 8.1 patch for Mozilla Firefox                                1.00            01/04/2008 11:33:21 PM      Installed
 ThinkVantage Client Security Solution XP/2K                               8.10.0006.00    01/04/2008 11:20:08 PM      Installed
 ThinkPad UltraNav Utility                                                               1.06            01/04/2008 11:19:46 PM      Installed
 ThinkPad UltraNav Driver                                                          01/04/2008 11:19:12 PM      Installed
 Help Center                                                                                     2.00f           01/04/2008 11:18:43 PM      Installed
 ThinkPad Keyboard Customizer Utility                                         01/04/2008 11:18:20 PM      Installed
 Presentation Director                                                                    3.05            01/04/2008 11:17:40 PM      Installed
 ThinkVantage Productivity Center for ThinkPad                              2.21            01/04/2008 10:29:02 PM      Installed
 ThinkPad Modem Software                                                     01/04/2008 10:27:18 PM      Installed
 Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver for Windows XP/Vista 32bit      01/04/2008 10:26:57 PM      Installed

 PC-Doctor 5 for Windows                                                                         5.00.4755.11    01/04/2008 10:23:27 PM      Installed
 Intel PRO/1000 LAN adapter software for Windows 2000 and XP                                  01/04/2008 10:22:59 PM      Installed
 Enable Wake On LAN from Sleep for Energy Star V4                                                1.03            01/04/2008 10:22:39 PM      Installed
 ThinkPad Hotkey Features Setup                                                                  2.07.1003       01/04/2008 10:20:51 PM      Installed
 ThinkPad Video Features(Intel 945GM GM965)                                                01/04/2008 10:19:19 PM      Installed
 Rescue and Recovery patch to optimize space allocation of backups                               1.3             27/03/2008 4:16:56 AM       Installed
Moderator Note; shortened the blank space under post

Message Edited by andyP on 04-03-2008 10:24 PM
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Re: Fn keys and Thinkvantage keys not working post system update XP R61

When you ran System Update and selected ThinkPad Power Manager 1.30, it should have also selected THinkPad Power Manager Driver 1.44 (which you have) AND ThinkPad Hotkeys Features Setup 2.07.1003.
Try running System Update again and see if this package is available, it should be. Install it and see if this helps.
If not, ge **bleep** by manual download and install -->
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Re: Fn keys and Thinkvantage keys not working post system update XP R61

Thanks, but if you look again at the list you'll see Hotkey Features setup was already on the list of installed updates in that version. In addition I had already manually downloaded the package you suggest and tried installing again, several times in fact with removal and then reinstall. I even tried installing an older version but that generated error messages and was worse than current situation. Appreciate your help, any ideas on other things to try?
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Re: Fn keys and Thinkvantage keys not working post system update XP R61

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Re: Fn keys and Thinkvantage keys not working post system update XP R61

I guess you should try to uninstall and re-install the hotkey.

I was in the same situation as you, trying to get the Fn working. Installed that Hotkey package, got some combinations to work but then again the Fn-F9 and Fn-12 still doing nothing. I wanted to do Fn shortcut for hibernation so I switched it with Fn-F3 and that works for me.

R61i, 15.4"
core 2 duo, 1.66GHz t5450, 2GB RAM, 100GB 7200RPM, Vista Home SP1
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Re: Fn keys and Thinkvantage keys not working post system update XP R61

Hi ! I have a z61p. It was a really expensive, ment-to-be-pro computer, with M$ -s brand new "new generation" operating system... I find it VERY annoying in my everyday work / family businness, that i have to reboot 5 times a day to make my function keys work. They sometimes work... but they usually dont. Fn + f3 f5 f7 f8 f9 dont work. I dont understand.. lenovo.. so unprofessional.. so lol
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Re: Fn keys and Thinkvantage keys not working post system update XP R61

Hi, there.


Just to say I have also seen this behaviour and I have an SL400, so this doesn't seem to be an issue specific to the hardware, but to the driver.  I'm running Windows 7 x64 now, and also happened with Windows Vista x64.  Hence I'll post on ThinkVantage technologies forum.



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