Wednesday, November 19, 2008


My mother-in-law likes to buy tricked out computers. I think its just easier for her to select the maximum option in each category when customizing her computer. This way she knows she isn't getting a slow/non-functional computer.

I recently aquired one of her laptops after it was knocked off the table by one of her dogs. When she booted it up, even over the phone I could tell the hard drive was toast. Wether anything else was wrong, I don't know.

By the time I had it in my hands, she had already bought a new laptop. So if I could get it working, it was mine.

So one new hard drive later, I have a HP Pavilion widescreen tablet laptop with an AMD Turion 64 X2 2Ghz, 2Ghz ram, and a nVidia GeForce Go 6150. It even has a webcam, Lightscribe DVD-R burner, and a fingerprint reader.

It's sweet but the key word there is TABLET. It's tablet in that you can rotate the screen around and fold it down, coverting up the keyboard and mouse. What it CAN'T do is take input via a stylus or finger. Trust me, i've tried. For whatever reason, it doesn't have the touchscreen option installed. I don't even know why it would be an option NOT to get the touchscreen. What am I supposed to do wit this thing once I've folded it over?

Now there are 4 buttons on the screen for some functionality. They are: a refresh button, a cog, a repeat button, and a DVD button. Unfortunatly, these buttons don't work in tablet mode or otherwise but maybe I'm missing some software.

Assuming they did, here's what I would be able to do in tablet mode:

1. Start a DVD.
2. Put the DVD into repeat mode.
3. Refresh whatever window I'm looking at.
4. Bring up the properties of the window I'm looking at.
5. Swipe my fingerprint.
6. Stare at the webcam wishing it was working.
7. Eject the DVD.
8. Tap on the screen wishing it were a touchscreen.
9. Turn the computer off.



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