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Enhance a Lenovo Thinkpad T440p with physical TrackPoint buttons

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The Thinkpad T440p is a real nice device… if there wouldn’t be the missing physical mouse buttons when working with the trackpoint.
Lenovo/Synaptics tried to sacrifice the buttons in favor of a bigger touchpad… and failed gloriously!
Fortunately, they realized it (with the help of thousands of users…) pretty quick. The successor of the T440 series, the 450 had the buttons back on it!
And even better: Those T450 Touchpad-Buttons-Combo is compatible with the T440 series.
And yes, they are sold for € 20-30 on ebay. I bought one from here.
To actually do the work, you need the maintenance manual. Lenovo has it online for most of their products. You can get it here.
Unfortunately it is not quite accurate, when it comes to the removal of the keyboard bezel, which houses the trackpad.
There are a lot of unnecessary steps listed. You only need to remove the battery, the big door and the optical drive to detach the bezel!
Be careful with the removal of the old touchpad! There are 2 cables! One ribbon cable which is clearly seen. And a second, black one with 3 leads on the right side (when looking at the screws)! The new Pad did not have this second cable anymore.
After the assembly a first test… a disappointing one: The buttons had no signs of life! at least, the touchpad was working.
That led me to the assumption, that there must be a configuration problem.
Some googleing later, it slowly appeared, that there must be a configuration problem in the Win10 – Synaptics-driver – BIOS (PCIID) triangle.
It looks like, that the touchpad itself does not have any intelligence on it. That means, even when you change the pad, the PCIID stays the same.
The blog of Cameron Gray was a big help in this findings. And down in comments of his blog, there is a guy, nicknamed “flyoil”, who outlines a possible solution. However, for this to work, one has to break driver signing and disable automatic Updates for drivers, because he changes the drivers INF file, to connect the existing PCIID with the new touchpad.
That led me to the idea, to look for the differences between the installations for the old and the new pad. After a (longer) look at the INF-file, i was left with only 12 registry keys, which where different! In detail:
The PCIID of the Touchpad on my T440p is ACPI\LEN0039
The PCIID of the Touchpad on an T450s is ACPI\LEN200E
So, I installed the latest Synaptics driver from the T450s driver page (jbg211ww.exe), which installed the driver group 12 (see SynPD.inf for details). After that, i searched the x64/SynPD.inf file for differences between

The following registry entries sets the right configuration for the new pad:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Put this into a REG-file and apply it with admin rights and after a reboot, the buttons are in full business!
Good luck,

Written by heim

January 2nd, 2017 at 2:47 pm

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6 Responses to 'Enhance a Lenovo Thinkpad T440p with physical TrackPoint buttons'

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  1. Looking good 🙂

    Hurdler Kenning

    25 May 18 at 10:53

  2. Running Windows 8.1 64-bit on T440p. This got the buttons working, but don’t seem to be able to drag or resize dialogs/application windows. Can’t drag items with the tracpoint and left mouse button combo.

    Dick Rempfer

    7 Sep 18 at 0:30

  3. Nick, please ignore my previous comment. Evidently something had updated the driver or the registry. When I re-did both, drag and drop / window resizing started working. Thank you for publishing this fix!

    Dick Rempfer

    7 Sep 18 at 0:42

  4. Nick, you are a lifesaver!! I’ve been looking for solution to this problem for more then a year and now i’ve found it! Thank you again so much.

    Андрей Краснощеков

    2 Nov 18 at 15:30

  5. Thank you so much!!! This was the only solution that worked for me after several hours!


    23 Feb 19 at 21:45

  6. Thank you for this information! Previous guides i went through suggested editing the SynPD.inf file but for the LEN0036 entry, but i never got it to work. I’m running windows 10, version 20H2. It was not until i noticed that the PCIID of the touchpad on my T440p is ACPI\LEN0039, not ACPI\LEN0036 that i found this page.
    Also it is much easier to edit registry keys instead of breaking the signature of the drivers by tampering with the files.


    4 Jan 22 at 11:41

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