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Q: VGA drivers for thinkpad T20 ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: VGA drivers for thinkpad T20
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: benbio-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 24 Apr 2004 08:19 PDT
Expires: 24 May 2004 08:19 PDT
Question ID: 335444
what company gives IBM thinkpad T20 VGA drivers?

Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 24 Apr 2004 12:37 PDT

The install files are available from the IBM website, and
bear the IBM company name on the file. I can't determine
if the actual drivers bear a different company name without
actually installing them. Would a link to the download page
suit your needs, or are you needing something else?


Clarification of Question by benbio-ga on 26 Apr 2004 14:13 PDT
well, i want to know the company that made the VGA/GRAPHICS CARD FOR
Subject: Re: VGA drivers for thinkpad T20
Answered By: aht-ga on 26 Apr 2004 15:39 PDT

I am writing this Answer to you on an IBM Thinkpad T22, which shares
the same graphics chip as the T20.

The on-board graphics are powered by an S3 Savage IX (8 MB) graphics
processor, capable of driving the 1024x768 LCD panel at a setting of
up to 32-bit color depth (True Color), or an external display at up to
1600x1200 @ 64k colors, 85Hz.

Specifications for the display performance can be seen about halfway
down this page:

The drivers for Windows 2000 for this processor can be found on IBM's
website at the following page:

Video drivers for Windows 2000 in particular can be found here:

Download the self-extracting driver file, 'vftpiy2k.exe', and run it
to deposit the driver installation files onto your hard drive.
Instructions for installing this driver are provided on the webpage,
as well as in a text file downloadable from there. Please make sure
that you attempt the installation from an account with Administrator

If you are upgrading from the original Windows 98 SE operating system
to Windows 2000, you may wish to review the information found on the
first page I referenced above to see if your BIOS needs updating as
well. There have been several BIOS fixes since the T20 was first
released, some of which address video-related issues.

Please also make sure you download the Windows INF Supplement for
Windows 2000 so that Windows 2000 can properly identify all of the
on-board components to enable proper power management and port access.
Finally, please also download and install the Windows 2000 versions of
the System Utilities so that you can tweak the system settings easily
using the Thinkpad Configuration utility:

Related to my comment about the BIOS updates, if ever you power up the
computer and there is no image on the LCD panel, try holding down the
Function key (the blue 'Fn' key in the lower left corner of the
keyboard) and hit the F7 key, so that the laptop will toggle between
display modes (LCD only/external only/both). Before IBM fixed the bug
in their BIOS, they and every corporate IT person supporting the
T-series received countless calls from users claiming that their
screens were dead, because the display setting was set to 'external',
when no external monitor was attached. The latest version of the BIOS
fixed the bug; it is still possible to recreate this situation if you
use a docking station and Sleep mode, but if you remember the Fn-F7
toggle, you'll be fine.

Please let me know, using the Request Answer Clarification button
above, if any part of this answer is unclear, so that I can help you
get your display working properly.

Hope this helps!

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Subject: Re: VGA drivers for thinkpad T20
From: corwin02-ga on 25 Apr 2004 12:28 PDT
Turn on your PC and let Windows load
Click on the START button
Select RUN
In the OPEN field, type in "DXDIAG" and then press the OK button
This will bring up the Direct X Diagnostics tool. 
Click on the Display tab. 
This will display the name and model of your graphics card in the left top box.

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