Windows XP FlipTouch incompatibility ~by Jacob Almagor

The FlipTouch Control could not provide complete functionality in Windows XP. The features which do not work are (i) the IBM High Contrast and (ii) Audio Control regardless of the order in which you install the drivers.

My inquiry into these matters revealed that the Color Scheme in W2K and Win 98, for which the Flip Touch control was originally designed, is completely different in structure to the registry structure used in WinXP. Indeed, after installation of the FlipTouch Feature and first push on the ‘High Contrast’ a pop-up window is asking you to ‘save your color scheme – however there is no ‘save color scheme’ button in XP. If you go ahead and save the ‘current theme’ (because u assume it is the same as ‘color scheme’) the the high contrast does not appear.

The FlipTouch volume control is causing the FlipTouch to crash – does not matter what you do. The Audio driver in W2K works fine.

In other words, you can have the TransNote on XP if you are willing to compromise on these two. All the rest works just fine.

BTW, you can read between ‘the lines’ on IBM website that the FlipTouch Control is W2K Compatible – not XP. This is not a mistake… they know exactly why they did not claim it works in Win XP.


How to Extract the Preinstalled Software from the Transnote Recovery CDs ~by Lester Berg

download the instruction as a Word document

This is an overview of how to extract the preinstalled applications from the Transnote Recovery CDs as installable applications. There are a number of dangers to doing this.


I can¡¦t say this enough times. Back up your data before you start, and I would recommend only doing this at a time when you have to recover your Transnote anyway.

Required tools:

Transnote Recovery CDs
CD drive suitable for booting the Transnote and running a full system recovery.

Getting Started:

Back up your data. There are several ways to do this: Windows Backup, Norton Ghost, Nero, and IBM¡¦s Rapid Restore Ultra (a free download). Back up the whole computer, for two reasons: first, if you back up the whole thing you can go back to the backup in case you missed something that you need. Secondly, once you¡¦ve extracted the preinstalled software from the Recovery CDs, you can restore your whole system to it¡¦s previous state (assuming that everything was in good working order) and just install the software that you want.

It is a good practice to create an image of your computer after a fresh install of the operating system and applications (such as an office suite, drivers, and operating system updates). This can be done with backup software, but it is generally faster to using imaging software such as Norton Ghost that can create an exact copy of your hard drive and save it on a network shared drive or to a DVD or CD burner. Saving the image to a CDR or DVD-R will likely take several CDs but not likely more than one DVD.


Turn off your Transnote and connect a CD-ROM drive that is supported by the Transnote recovery CDs.
Insert the first Transnote recovery CD and boot your Transnote. When the boot menu is displayed, press the FXX key to get to the boot menu.
Select your CD-ROM drive from the menu and press enter.
Follow the Recovery CD prompts until you are prompted to reboot your Transnote. This will prepare your Transnote to install Windows 2000 (or Windows 98, depending on which Recovery CDs you have).
Reboot from the CD a second time. This will extract the application installation files to your hard drive to a folder named ¡¥IBMWORK¡¦.
Insert the second disk and continue installing the files.
On the next reboot, you will remove the CD and boot from the hard drive and complete the installation of Windows.
When you reboot Windows after competing the installation, a DOS window that is madly copying files will appear on the desktop.
Open ¡¥My Computer¡¦ and open your C: drive (likely called IBM_PRELOAD)
Right-click the ¡¥IBMWORK¡¦ folder and select copy from the menu.
Right click in a blank area and select paste from the menu (not paste shortcut). This will create a copy of the IBMWORK folder called, appropriately enough, Copy of IBMWORK.

Remember that you have to complete these steps quickly and correctly because as soon as the DOS window is finished installing the applications, it will delete the IBMWORK folder. If you make a mistake, you will have to start over from step one.

Overview of IBMWORK:

This is a listing of the directories found in IBMWORK and what is found in each folder. Some of them are fairly easy to identify and install, but others are more cryptic. Most of the folders below will be easily used, but some should likely be left alone, such as the Sysprep related files, as they are used to modify Windows and how it is installed. My advice as an MCSE is to only use the applications and the drivers, as running some of the other things may do irreversible damage to your operating system. Known applications and drivers below are marked with an asterisk *. While the other files would likely not damage to your system, running them is part of a full reinstall, and if you want to run them, then you would be better off just running a full system recovery without interfering with it.

Volume in drive C is MACHIN-SHIN

Volume Serial Number is 1553-1503

Directory of C:\Copy of IBMWORK


01/10/2005 08:55a

ATPATCH ATPatch file (unknown purpose)01/10/2005 08:55a

QVIDEO Video identifier (used by installer)01/10/2005 08:55a

3LVEG1A ATPatch batch file (unknown purpose)01/10/2005 08:55a

3GXAVWA *Access ThinkPad01/10/2005 08:56a

3GRWV0A Lotus Customer Support link creator01/10/2005 08:56a

3GEON8A *Lotus SmartSuite01/10/2005 09:03a

3LZJZ8A *TrackPoint drivers (Win2000?)01/10/2005 09:03a

3LSGD1A *Intel Pro/100 MiniPCI LAN drivers01/10/2005 09:03a

3LQTJ0A *TouchBase drivers (touch screen)01/10/2005 09:03a

3LQMV2A *IBM/3COM mini PCI LAN drivers01/10/2005 09:03a

BMAP *ThinkPad Windows backgrounds01/10/2005 09:03a

3LOXU1A *Lucent Modem divers for Win9x,NT,2K01/10/2005 09:03a

3LOMC1A ATI Rage Mobility video driver Win200001/10/2005 09:04a

3LMXT2A *Crystal Fusion Sound drivers Win98/200001/10/2005 09:04a

3LKWY2A *IBM LCD Color Management profile01/10/2005 09:04a

3LJYP1A *IBM Power Management drivers01/10/2005 09:04a

3LJCI2A *3COM MiniPCI Modem drivers01/10/2005 09:04a

3LFEN1A *Xircom modem drivers for Win 9x,NT,2K01/10/2005 09:04a

3LONQ1A *IDE DMA registry key01/10/2005 09:04a

POWER ThinkPad Language scheme batch file01/10/2005 09:04a

3LLMT0A Windows 2000 DDK driver (unknown)01/10/2005 09:04a

3LFRK0A Audit file for Sysprep01/10/2005 09:04a

3LCVS0A Sysdiff inf file01/10/2005 09:04a

3LCOG0A Easy to Use tour installer01/10/2005 09:04a

DESKTOP Desktop Font Schemes01/10/2005 09:04a

3LAGE2A QVideo FM batch file for FModify.exe01/10/2005 09:04a

URL *ThinkPad Internet Explorer Links01/10/2005 09:04a

SYSPREP Sysprep unattended Windows installation02/15/2005 03:57p 0 dir.txt

259 File(s) 514,607 bytes

30 Dir(s) 4,365,828,096 bytes free

If you have corrections or contributions to the file (and ultimately to the Transnote community) please send them to obsidian[at] (replace [at] with @ to send an email) and I will follow up with a revision to this list.

Lester Berg

Transnote system recover without CD-ROM (connect HD to desktop) ~by Jim Stiles

I recently had my Transnote hard disk fail. It was an IBM 10g Travelstar. Here is how I reinstalled Windows 2000 (W2K) without access to a bootable CD.

I first put a new hard disk into the Transnote and booted into MSDOS from a floppy disk formatted as a system disk under Windows 98se. I had to use the fdisk and format utilities to set up and format the new hard disk. All the DOS utilities you need are located on the 3.5 inch IBM

(official) Thinkpad Recovery CDROM Boot Diskette that came with my Transnote. Directions on using fdisk and format are widely available on the internet.

Now that I could boot my Transnote, into MSDOS, I had to find a way to put Windows 2000 on the hard disk. To do this, I used my desktop PC that runs (I blush) Windows 98SE. I found that Newegg sold, for just $2.99, an adapter that would permit me to connect my Transnote hard disk to the slave IDE channel on my desktop. It is part 12-203-012 called the Kinamax ADP-IDE23 Laptop 2.5 to desktop 3.5 ide hard drive adapter. I just checked the price again and they increased it to $6.99. Guess they know how to make a buck off of a hot seller.

This connector comes with a connector to a 12v power socket in a desktop. There are usually lots of unused sockets popping from the usual power supply in a desktop. The hard disk will have to be mounted in the slave position of the IDE drive cable. That is the last of the two drive connectors. Also, the drive will need a small circle of wire around the first two vertical pins in the drive since the drive has to be electrically a slave. I cut a short piece of silver wire, copper would work fine, made it into a little loop, and put it over the first set of pins. The pins you want to connect are up and down (not side by side).

There is a diagram on the drive.

Now I turned off the desktop. I have a slave hard disk in there that I disconnected. Then I connected the new hard drive to the connector and the connector to the last connector on the IDE cable. There is a number

1 on one end of the Kanamax adapter. It needs to connect to the 1 pin of the hard disk and the 1 edge of the IDE cable. There is a red line running down the IDE cable that identifies the 1 side. 1 to 1 to 1. The red and black wires of the power connector are connected to the R and B pins of the Kanamax. Also the red and black wires of the 12v power plug you found in the desktop.

Once everything is connected, you can reboot and see the new drive in windows. If not, check the BIOS setup screen to be sure it recognizes the new drive. You might have to do this manually. Now you can copy the

i386 folder from any Windows 2000 install disk, but the restore disks that IBM furnished do not work. I had to find one elsewhere. Also, the Windows 2000 license number on the back of the Transnote (flip the plastic of the notepad assembly) did not work.

While you are at it, you will need to put files from the IBM Transnote floppy into the root folder of the new drive. These are emm386.exe, smartdrv.exe,, and himem.sys. You can use the DOS text editor on the floppy,, to create two necessary text files: config.sys and autoexec.bat (remember these?) Put them into the root directory folder of the hard disk you wish to install in the Transnote.

CONFIG.SYS should contain these lines with spaces where there is a ^


AUTOEXEC.BAT needs just this line


Here the files are with the spaces in place.


device=c:\himem.sys /testmem:off
device=c:\emm386.exe noems x=D000-D7FF
SHELL=c:\ /p /e:512

AUTOEXEC.BAT needs just this line

smartdrv.exe 2048 c+ /u

Now all you have to do is remove the drive from the adapter, remove the slave jumper from the drive pins (!!!), mount the drive in the Transnote, boot the notebook into MSDOS and run the install with this line:

c:\i386\winnt.ext /s:c:\i386

Note that the first part before the space after ext is the location of the DOS program that installs W2K. After the /s: is, again, the location of the folder that holds all the installation files. Don’t know why this is needed, but it is.

Now you can sit back ready to answer the nag screens that Windows includes free with all installations.

So there you have the secret of how to install W2K, or XP for that matter, on a new hard disk. I tried the 4 disk bootable W2K install disks and they did not work. I tried putting the non-boot IBM recovery file folder onto the hard disk and it failed to recognize the Transnote as an IBM product. I was left with installing by copying the install folder from a W2K disk to the hard drive and performing a HD/Network installation. The critical parts were the 2.5 to 3.5 hard disk adapter and that little circle of wire needed to make the drive into a slave.