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02-28-2007, 09:58 AM
I think I have a solution for the problem the Acer C204 has when closing the lid. As it is, it simply switches off.
Go to system configuration - energy options - lefthand side - something like: "choose what happens when closing the lid of your laptop" - three options, the last is: "When closing the lid...". Change the options for both modes (AC and battery) to "Don4t do anything". Quit.
Now the closing of the lid won4t drive you crazy anymore like it did with me. Sorry about the rough translations. I am from Germany and don4t know what exactly the options say in the US. But I am sure you will succeed.
By means of installing the Acer drivers for Vista (see http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/notebook/tm_c200.html)
the buttons to change the orientation work too. Changing the orientation will blank the screen, but only that. It doesn4t turn your tablet down. Pressing it again will bring up the screen in the correct orientation you chose.
The update file of the drivers did not work with me.
Extracting and installing the drivers separately did the trick. The empowering software is useless because of "Vistas inbuilt capabilities". Leave it aside. The fingerprint drivers work, but the safe is gone (optional - whatever that means, you cannot buy the option on the UPEK side).
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bthway, I will save all posts I like or do in Onenote. I love this forum to go on. I cannot understand the continuous harassment of this beautiful site. Keep going.
02-28-2007, 04:18 PM
I also have a c204. Are you happy over all with the upgrade to Vista? Also which version did you install?
03-01-2007, 09:47 AM
Very difficult question to answer, as this is "work in progress". You might argue that many things will be no problems half a year hence and go with moving to a new OS. That is right, for sure. So what I post is preliminary at best.
I got Home Premium
Acer C204 and Vista:
I had not too many hopes that Acer would supply Vista drivers as their commitment to Tablet PCs seems to dwindle. As such, l am happy to be able to turn the mode of the screen and see all my buttons function. There is still a problem that Vista occasionally freezes which is entirely new to me. l have the notion that there might be an issue with the fan and Vista. It seems to freeze less if I turn off Aero. On the other hand: Yesterday I followed a lecture for three hours taking notes and there was no problem. So maybe Vista will somehow adjust.
For me Vista is no easy-going. The UAC tended to run on my nerves. To my feeling it somehow feels unnatural to always be asked to acknowledge that l am the administrator of my own PC.
One of the main reasons why I love the Tablet PC is the natural, easy way to input. l have the notion that I will turn the UAC off in the end.
The TIP: Sliding in and out seems natural to me. Otherwise l don't see a working improvement. The "I" is still a problem. The adjustment to handwriting is not available in my language but may be in the future. l am looking forward to that. I'd be interested to hear from other users to hear whether recognition improves when this is implemented.
Onenote 2007 (great improvement): Onenote 2007 alone is a reason to move to Vista. I followed their team's blogs (mainly Chris Pratley's) for some time and really was impressed to see how interested they were to learn and integrate the users' wishes. Respect! l seem to feel the love for their product when I use it. And l am sure that I did not even discover all of its functionality. But the beautiful thing about is that you start and feel at home. You just write and consider later. lf you want to sort you can do it whenever you have time or nerves. Nothing lost, stable. Search and find. If Windows were just Onenote I would buy it.
Speech recognition. I dropped it years ago. At that time I used "Naturally speaking". Now I stumbled on the Windows recognition and tried it out a bit. It seemed to be easy to use and I got good results! May well be worth training and using it.
Windows Mail: I never got familiar with Outlook. Too crowded. It somehow does not suit the way my brain works. l used Thunderbird under XP. Windows Mail is easy to use and feels natural to me. I like the integration to contacts. If I could force Calendar to stay on the Desktop like Desktop calendar it would even be better. I lost the configuration of Windows Contacts on the way. You have to right click on a free space in the Explorer window. Under properties you will find an option to adjust. Click "adjust" and " use this file as template for contacts" and everything looks really nice again.
Nearly all my well-used programs work thanks to the compatibility mode which is a great thing to keep things going. Even Harvard Graphics 2.0 works flawlessly. Exception: Encryption program AC Live.
Changed to True encrypt (open source). No problem. Beautiful program. Got enhanced functionality now.http://www.truecrypt.org/
Acronis True Image 10 works with Vista! Great. Windows system recovery seems to work better than under XP.
I don't like Vista as I did XP (out of the Box)
I don't appreciate that Microsoft does not supply an import-function for my XP dictionaries (Word, Onenote) out of the box. I can imagine that someone will be that much interested to programme such a thing or Microsoft will publish a Power Toy, but as a Tableteer who wants to work with his tool and is not so much interested in configuring it, this is a seriously missing option. You know, l started to search old documents to run the spelling correction to import words from old documents, hoping that they would fill the database for the TIP with adequate information. That is a rather clumsy workaround and time-consuming. It is not the elegant way in the way of functionality. Yes, that might be a good way to describe it. For me, Vista still lacks elegance of functionality in important respects..
Scanning and integrating into a Word document. Fast, easy under XP. Clumsy, work- aroundish in Word 2007.
Another: I like to create my own E-books: Reader plugin worked nicely under XP. ln Word 2007 it forces Word to crash when closing.
By now I found a third-party work-around (Reader-studio) http://www.michisoft.com/programs/readerstudio/index.htm . But that was probably not the idea behind Vista that the user would look for alternatives to Microsoft products to keep up the functionality of XP
So all in all, I got more than I expected (Acer drivers for Vista) and less in other respects. I am not enthusiastic about Vista, but I hope that some issues will be none in due time. Would I change again?
Yes, for Onenote 2007 alone (it always crashed when optimizing the cache under XP). Try to keep a second partition for XP so that you have all the options. Don't worry about the speed. Your C204 handles Vista adequately.
03-01-2007, 02:30 PM
Thanks for taking the time for a very good in depth explanation of your upgrade experience.I to am very impressed with One Note 2007. Based on your report I think I will be upgrading. I am planning a trip to Texas to visit family in a week or so, I will have lots of time to tinker then.
Again THANKS for the info
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