Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Windows 7 and ThinkPad X100e

I've made good use of my Asus Eee PC 1000H. Recently upgraded to Windows 7, it has been my "in the car" laptop for months.

But it's still not a ThinkPad. Lenovo recently came out with several new models that piqued my interest, the Edge and the X100e. I started lurking around Lenovo's outlet site and finally found a deal on an X100e.

The specifications for the refurbished X100e that I got are:

ProcessorAMD® Athlon™ Neo MV-40 (1.60GHz, 512KB L2)
Operating SystemGenuine Windows 7 Professional 32 - English
Keyboard/Pointing DeviceUltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad)
Total Memory2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM SODIMM Memory
Hard Drive250GB, 5400RPM Serial ATA 2.5" Hard Drive
Display11.6” WXGA HD (1366 X 768) LED, W/ 0.3 MP Camera
GraphicsATI™ Radeon™ HD 3200
Ethernet/Wireless11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless
Integrated CameraYes

The outlet price was 50% of list and since it was very slow to ship, Lenovo gave me an 10% "sales concession" (credit) so the price was very good.

Although Lenovo doesn't put a lot of crapware on their PCs, I wanted it running Windows 7 64-bit so I reformated and loaded Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. I had let Windows Update install all the drivers it had and then went to Lenovo to get all the rest of the drivers.

The only issue I had after the reload was that when running Google Documents using the new document format, highlighted text was barely discernible when on battery power. As you can imagine, that took a while to figure out what all the conditions were.

I turned to my favorite problem solver Google and came up with a solution. What had happened was that Windows Update installed a standard ATI driver but the Lenovo driver had the Catalyst Control Center included. This solution uses the Catalyst Control Center to turn off the Vari-Bright feature. With this off, the contrast is back to normal.

Just for fun, I installed Office 2010 64-bit as well.

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