Dont listen to these dumbasses (Advertiser and HPC user, bah). Its probably not NT, rather your Thinkpad. They use a Com port for the MWave modem which is probably initialized. It may not be the same port as the Palm but the same IRQ. Disable the modem and see if that helps. Use a terminal program like Hyperterminal to connect to the Com port the Palm is on. If you get a bunch of junk in the window, you know its working. Additionally, OS 3.3 update allows IR syncing which works fine.