PKIFF - ThinkPad - 600X - Windows 98SE - Installation


This page is still being developed and it may contain errors which will screw up your installation. Please double-check any instructions against those provided on various IBM pages. The instructions provided here are intended ONLY for setting up an IBM ThinkPad 600X with Windows 98SE using an original Microsoft Windows 98SE CD. If you have an official IBM Recovery Disk, then USE IT instead and don't follow these directions! It will speed up the installation process and reduce the chances of screwing up a driver.


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Pretty much all Driver updates and Supplemental Files for Windows 98SE for the ThinkPad 600X should be available from IBM Document DSHY-3TLQ2L: TP 600 - Software and Device Drivers.


Check your hard drive using the ThinkPad Hard Drive Firmware Update Diskette

  1. Close all open applications
  2. Click the FWHD2x01.EXE link to download the file from the Web page.
  3. When prompted, save the downloaded file to c:\.
  4. Run the FWHD2x01.EXE file you downloaded to create the first bootable diskette.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to create the diskette.
  6. When the diskette has been created, place the diskette in the floppy disk drive of the ThinkPad system that has the HDD to be updated.
  7. Boot the system from the diskette. The firmware update utility will show all of the HDDs that are detected. They will be listed in the upper area of the Main Menu. A blinking mark to the left of the drive listed indicates that an update is required. No blinking mark to the left of the drive listed indicates that the HDD has latest firmware and there is no need to update, or the firmware update is not for your drive.
  8. If an update is available for your drive, it may not be present on the FWHD2x01.EXE diskette. If this is the case, the diskette name that contains the firmware will be displayed. Download that diskette and go through these steps again replacing the FWHD2x01 with the diskette name displayed on the screen.
  9. Follow the instructions on the screen to update the firmware. WARNING: Do not power off the ThinkPad system during the firmware update process, or your HDD may not be usable anymore.
  10. When the installation is complete, remove the firmware update diskette from the floppy disk drive and power off your ThinkPad system. NOTE: Do not restart the ThinkPad system using the Ctrl-Alt-Delete keys.

Copy CAB Files to Hard Drive:

Copy Supplemental Files to CABS directory:

What the APMINST.INF and APMINST.REG Files do:
APMINST.INF and APMINST.REG should both be placed in the Windows Setup directory (the CABS directory) or on a separate diskette and then APMINST.INF is added to the SETUP command to ensure the installation of Windows 98SE in APM (Advanced Power Management) mode (the recommended mode for Windows 98SE) - these are the same files as those available separately from IBM Document MIGR-4E5JF3: TP General - Updates for installation of Windows 98 SE in APM mode
(Tested using APMINST.INF (366 bytes) and APMINST.REG (166 bytes) files dated 1999-11-12, found in Supplemental File Diskette Version 1.01)

What the MONITOR.INF File does:
MONITOR.INF allows proper detection of generic laptop display -- later you will need to add colour profile and specific ThinkPad display info using the LCD display download
(Tested using MONITOR.INF (39,369 bytes = 38.4KB) file dated 1999-06-18, found in Supplemental File Diskette Version 1.01)

For further information about the Supplemental Files Diskette, consult IBM document MIGR-4FJ3SC: TP 770, 600E/X - Windows 98 Supplement File Diskette

Run Setup

During the Windows 98SE installation, Windows checks the BIOS of the machine and if the system reports a BIOS later than 1999-12-02, then Windows will try to install in ACPI mode (if the machine is ACPI ready) instead of APM mode. While the 600X is ACPI ready, IBM recommends that Windows 98SE be installed in APM mode, due to flaws in the implementation of ACPI under Windows 98SE. As a result, I think IBM have set the internal date for all 770/600 series BIOS to earlier than 1999-12-02, even though the latest BIOSes were released in 2001 or later. This means that Windows 98SE should install in APM mode on any 600X without requiring "APMINST.INF" be added to the Windows SETUP command line, but if you want to be absolutely sure of forcing Windows 98 to install in APM mode, then you should use the commands as outlined above. For more information about this APM Mode business and installing Windows 98 under APM mode, see IBM Document MIGR-48VPPW: TP General - Windows 98 Second Edition Setup Guide

Windows should now be running and should be able to boot up correctly.

After your system is running and you've checked that it boots correctly:


Customize Some Windows Settings

Apply APM2APM.reg information onto Windows 98

Change Graphics Adapter / Video

  1. Start Windows 98.
  2. Extract the drivers to the hard disk drive.
  3. Click Start, then select Settings, then click Control Panel.
  4. Double-click the Display icon.
  5. Select the Settings tab.
  6. Click the Advanced button.
  7. Select the Adapter tab.
  8. Click the Change button. Update Device Driver Wizard runs.
  9. Click the Next button.
  10. Select the Display a list of all the drivers in a specific location, so you can select the driver you want and click the Next button.
  11. Click the Have Disk button.
  12. Specify the directory where the driver files are extracted and click the OK button. The video driver list appears. Default path is C:\DRIVERS\W9X\DISPLAY.
  13. Windows 98 finds NeoMagic MagicMedia 256ZX then click the OK button. [If Windows 98 displays two identical choices, then select either one, it won't matter which.] If Windows 98 displays Update Driver Warning message box, click the Yes button to continue to install. [The Warning is "Windows detects that your current driver may be a closer match...Are you sure you want to use the driver you selected?" Yes, you are sure.]
  14. Make sure the location is same one that you specified above then click the Next button. Windows 98 copies all driver files to your system.
  15. After driver files are copied, click the Finish button.
  16. Click the Close button to close the Adapter tab.
  17. Select color depth and resolution. [Windows may not offer you all possible options at this point. Don't worry, after you restart you should be able to adjust the display again with all options available.]
  18. Click the Close button to close Display Properties.
  19. Click the Yes button to restart Windows 98.

Change Screen Resolution

Apply IBM LCD Color Profile

[this also corrects the name of the monitor as well from the installed "Default monitor"]

  1. Click right button on desktop to open Display Properties tab.
  2. Select Settings tab.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Select Monitor tab and Change.
  5. Click Have Disk.
  6. Specify the directory where ibm_tp.inf and ibm_tp.icm files exist and then OK.
  7. Select ibm_tp.inf and then OK.
  8. Select one panel in the list you are using now. [Recommended selection: IBM ThinkPad LCD 1024x768]
  9. Click Apply.
  10. Select Color Management tab to make sure ibm_tp.icm file is loaded.
  11. (Tested using IBM_TP.ICM (7,227 bytes) dated 1999-10-14 and IBM_TP.INF (1,765 bytes) dated 1999-10-26 found in the Supplementary File Diskette version 1.01)

Install IBM ThinkPad Configuration Utility

Instructions apply to version A-1.30 or later

  1. Start Windows 95/98/98 SE/Me/2000/XP. For Windows 2000/XP, logon with a User ID of Administrator.
  2. Extract this package onto the hard drive.
  3. Click Start and then Run....
  4. Type [Program Path]\SETUP, and click OK. Program Path is the full path name where you extracted the package in the step 2, and click OK.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  6. (Tested using "uttpcw32.exe" file (9,033,890 bytes = 8.61MB) version A-1.35 also referred to simply as version 1.35 released 2003-12-17)

Install Battery Maximizer and Power Management Features

Instructions apply to version 1.35 or later. Note that Battery Maximizer is actually not supported on the 600X, so all this will do is install a specialized ThinkPad Fuel Gauge program. This little utility is still useful, however, and it is possible that some other power management improvements are installed along with it, I am not sure.

  1. Start Windows 95/98/Me. For Windows NT 4.0, 2000, XP, logon with a User ID with administrator privileges.
  2. Extract this package onto the hard disk drive.
  3. Click Start and then click Run.
  4. In the Run dialog window, type C:\DRIVERS\WIN\BMMPM\SETUP, and click OK. If you extracted the files to a different location, specify that location instead.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  6. (Tested using "tpbmpm1k.exe" file (2,575,872 bytes = 2.45MB) version 1.35 with a release date of 2003-12-24)

Install Audio Features

This should fix one of the two remaining question marks in the "Other Devices" section of Device Manager.

After the installation, you should find the following drivers installed under Sound, Video, and game controllers in Device Manager. Joystick and MPU-401 may be missing depending upon system support:

Install/Update the Modem Driver if Applicable

This should clear up the last question mark in your Device Manager.

  1. Start Windows.
  2. Extract this package onto the hard disk drive.
  3. Click Start and then click Run.
  4. In the Run dialog window, specify C:\DRIVERS\MDMLUC\SETUP.EXE and click OK. If you extracted the files to a different location, then specify that location instead.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  6. Restart the system for the driver to be effective.

Install TrackPoint Driver

These instructions based on Version 3.11 (Certified only for Windows Me)

INSTALL FOR Windows 98/98 SE:

  1. Start Windows 98/98 SE.
  2. Extract the driver onto the hard drive.
  3. Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel
  4. Double-click the System icon.
  5. Click the Device Manager tab at the top of the System Properties window.
  6. Double-click Mouse.
  7. Double-click either PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port or IBM PS/2 TrackPoint whichever choice appears in the list.
  8. Click the Driver tab.
  9. Click the Update Driver. The Update Device Driver Wizard runs.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Click Display a list of all the drivers in a specific location, so you can select the driver you want.
  12. Click Next.
  13. Click Have Disk.
  14. Specify the directory where the driver files are extracted. Then click OK. Then driver list appears.
  15. Click PS/2 TrackPoint in the list.
  16. Click Next.
  17. Click Next.
  18. Click Finish in the Update Device Driver Wizard window.
  19. Restart your computer to make the new settings effective.

Install Bayswap driver

  1. Start Windows 95/98
  2. Extract the drivers onto the hard drive.
  3. Click 'Start', point to 'Settings', then click 'Control Panel'.
  4. open the 'Add New Hardware' icon.
  5. At the 'Begin installing your new hardware window, Select Next.
  6. When prompted 'Do you want Windows to search for your new hardware?' choose 'No, I want to select the hardware from a list' and click Next.
  7. Under Hardware types, select 'Other devices' and click Next.
  8. At the 'Select the manufacturer' window, click the Have Disk button.
  9. Specify the directory where the driver files are extracted. Default path is C:\DRIVERS\W9X\BAYSWAP\. Then click the 'OK' button. The driver list will appear.
  10. Select 'ThinkPad UltraBay Hot/Warm Swap Driver' and click Next.
  11. Click the Finish button.
  12. Restart the operating system.

Install Intel SpeedStep Applet if Desired

Version 1.10

  1. Start Windows 95/98/Me/NT 4.0/2000. if using Windows NT or 2000, logon with administrative privileges.
  2. Extract the package to the hard disk drive.
  3. Click Start, then clck Run.
  4. In the Run dialog window, type C:\DRIVERS\WIN\SPDSTP\SETUP.EXE to install the utility. Click the OK button to start the installation process. If you extracted the files to a different location, specify that location instead.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Enable DMA on Main Hard Drive

Not all hard drives will necessarily be compatible with DMA, but you should enable it for your main hard drive on C: if possible. If you are using a Docking Station with a variety of PCI devices installed, then you may not want to enable DMA on a hard drive in your docking station, even if that option is available. I have experienced unreliable data transfers using a drive in the device bay with DMA enabled.

Install Internet Connection: Network Card/Modem/PCMCIA/etc.

At this point, get your Internet connection working using whatever method applies.

Update Windows System Files with Windows Update Feature or Some Other Method

Windows Update may allow you to update your Windows 98SE installation, upgrade your Internet Explorer version, and fix all the security holes that have been identified with Windows 98 so far. But Microsoft has officially ceased to support Windows 98 and I do not know if Windows Update still functions for new installs of Windows 98 or not.

Rather than using Windows Update, however, I would recommend instead using the Unofficial Windows 98SE Service Pack from exuberant software. This package will update your Windows 98SE install in one fell swoop and it includes a number of other invaluable updates that would not be offered through Microsoft's Windows Update service. I cannot say enough good things about the use of Unofficial Service Pack and if nothing else, it is an incredible time saver as it updates everything all at once. Note, however, that it only updates system files, not Internet Explorer or Microsoft Office files, so you will have to update those yourself (either using Windows Update or using manual downloads).

If you are trying to create the tiniest possible Windows 98SE install, then you might want to pick and choose which updates to install. For this purpose, I would recommend consulting ERPMan's Windows 98 & ME System Updates Page, alongside the Microsoft Windows Update site.

Install Hardware and Programs

Once your Windows installation has been updated and is running smoothly, then begin installing whatever additional hardware you want, and any software you want to use.

Other Notes

For additional information about Windows 98 on ThinkPad 600X, consult IBM Document LWIK-3VJLL8: TP General - Windows 98 on ThinkPad systems and IBM Document LWIK-3VKLST: TP 600,770/E/ED - Considerations for Windows 98.

Page created: 2003-11-28