Ah, slight confusing set of words selected incorrectly in order where I needed to differently.
I have given up trying to fix the laptop hardware. I blew away Windows and installed it back at the factory installation - which I find is raw Windows and not even including the IBM Thinkpad stuff. Now I am in the process of reinstalling all the software - all of it. It seems this needs to be done every 9 months or so based on the things I do - which includes trying a lot of software and then trying to uninstall it.