Pressing the Access IBM Button at system boot can either launch the Predesktop Area (HPA) or the Rescue and Recovery partition. This depends on a specific setting of the BIOS Setup Utility and the availability of either a Host Protected Area or a bootable diagnostics partition. See the linked pages for details.
Under Linux, the IBM ThinkPad(tm) special keys can be enabled using tpb.
I.e., to make pressing the Access IBM Button launch ntpctl, add the following line /etc/tpbrc file:
THINKPAD /usr/bin/X11/xterm -T ntpctl -e ntpctl
To make pressing the Access IBM Button launch the ThinkWiki homepage, add the following line:
THINKPAD /usr/bin/firefox http://www.thinkwiki.org
Windows support (2000 or XP)
If you want to customize the program that is launched when the Access IBM button is pressed while the machine is running Windows (2000 or XP) you can change the following registry entry:
Here are the default values:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\IBM\TPHOTKEY\8001] "File"="C:\\Program Files\\IBM\\Access IBM\\\\aibm.exe" "DispName"="Access IBM"
Models featuring this Technology
- ThinkPad A20m, A20p, A21e, A21m, A21p, A22e, A22m, A22p, A30, A30p, A31, A31p
- ThinkPad G40, G41, G50
- ThinkPad R30, R31, R32, R40, R40e, R50, R50e, R50p, R51, R51e, R52, R60, R60e, R60i, R61, R61e, R61i, R400, R500
- ThinkPad T20, T21, T22, T23, T30, T40, T40p, T41, T41p, T42, T42p, T43, T43p, T60, T60p, T61, T61p, T400, T400s, T410, T410i, T410s, T410si, T420, T420i, T420s, T420si, T430, T430i, T430s, T430si, T430u, T431s, T440, T440s, T440p, T450, T450s, T460, T460s, Template:T460p, T470, Template:T470s, Template:T470p, T480, T480s, Template:T490, Template:T490s, Template:T495, Template:T495s, T500, T510, T510i, T520, T520i, T530, T530i, T540p, Template:T550, T560, T570, T580, Template:T590
- ThinkPad X1, X1 Hybrid, X1 Carbon, X1 Carbon 2nd, Template:X1 Carbon G3, Template:X1 Carbon G4, Template:X1 Carbon G5, Template:X1 Carbon G6, Template:X1 Carbon G7, X1 Yoga, Template:X1 Yoga G2, Template:X1 Yoga G3, Template:X1 Yoga G4, Template:X1 Extreme, Template:X1 Extreme G2, X20, X21, X22, X23, X24, X30, X31, X32, X40, X41, X41 Tablet, X60, X60s, X60 Tablet, X61, X61s, X61 Tablet, X100e, X120e, X121e, X130e, X131e, X140e, X200, X200s, X200 Tablet, X201, X201i, X201s, Template:X201si, X201 Tablet, Template:X201i Tablet, X220, Template:X220i, X220 Tablet, Template:X220i Tablet, X230, X230i, X230s, X230 Tablet, X230i Tablet, X240, X240s, X250, X260, Template:X270, Template:X280, X300, X301, Template:X380 Yoga, Template:X390, Template:X390 Yoga, Template:X395