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Access IBM button not working

Absolutely nothing happens when I press the Access button...What could the problem be

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  • genie55 Oct 04, 2008

    Absolutely nothing happens when I press the Access IBM button

  • Twinx145 Dec 29, 2008

    I have the X41 and it was just reformatted today with windows vista. I removed it from the loading dock, and it went black with this little pic of a lock and a 1 above something that looked like a cup to the left of the lock. When i start it, it says hit the Access IBM button, but nothing happens. I cant download anything cause it wont start up all the way. HELP

  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2009

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You need to download the driver available at the website for this software. go to this link.

the driver is available there.

The first application file is 1with41us.exe .....this is the file that you have to download.
The second 1with41us.txt(just below the first one ) is a guideline.

you can follow those to get your Access IBM button work.

I hope it helps...if any query contact me at


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you are missing the hot-key diver. For the thinkpad R50e, you can download it here

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