On Thu, 1 Nov 2007 23:02:08 -0600, "Robert Barker"
>Just bought a new laptop at microCenter the other day. Picked up a Lenovo
>3000 N200 widescreen. It was one of very few still offered with WIn XP and
>not Vista. Had something interesting happen with it, though. One of the
>things that always annoys me with laptops is that the default for the touch
>pad is to have "tapping" enabled. I realize lots of people like it, but it
>drives me nuts. Anyway, I went in to the Mouse Properties panel to turn the
>thing off. When the panel opened, it identified the device as a normal PS2
>Mouse. Even had the picture of the mouse on it. That was in the "Buttons"
>tab. Went to the "Device Settings" tab and it also said I had a mouse, not
>a Synaptics device. Clicking on "Settings" in that tab only showed the
>options for the "Buttons". Fine, I'd seen that before and it usually
>indicates that the wrong driver was installed. Downloaded and installed the
>driver from the Lenovo site but nothing changed. Went into the "Hardware"
>tab and it showed that the device was a Synaptic device and gave the date
>for the current driver. Nothing I did made the thing realize I had a
>touchpad and not a mouse. Today, I finally gave up and went back to the
>shop. The first tech support guy couldn't do any more than I did.
>Curious, I went over to the display unit. This one displayed what I
>expected! It showed a touchpad everywhere, and gave me the right options in
>the Settings tab. The drivers and the dates were the same on my machine and
>the display. Brought the tech guy over and showed him the difference
>between the 2 machines. Nothing he tried could get mine to display the
>right options. Nothing could get it to recognize it had a touchpad and not
>a mouse. Pulling at straws, he pulled the drive out of the demo box and put
>it in my box. It STILL showed that it had a mouse, not a touchpad! Put my
>drive in the demo box and it the demo machine displayed properly! They got
>2 different machines out of stock and they both displayed mice, not
>touchpads! After spending nearly a day messing with the things, they didn't
>manage to get any farther. I understand they even called Lenovo and their
>tech support knew of no problems. (I would have called but they wanted $100
>for an "after sale" service phone call!) Anyway, I told the shop I'd take
>the demo box as it had only been on display for a couple weeks. They moved
>my drive into it and I went on my way.
>But I'm still curious. Does anyone know what was going on? The tech guys
>figured some sort of hardware problem since swapping drives around and
>changing drivers didn't make any difference. It's a great box otherwise,
>but I beat on this problem for 2 days! I've been around for a while and
>built lots of computers having built my first PC from Heathkit. I probably
>still have a CPM cassette tape around here somewhere. The paper tapes
>disintegrated some time ago! Seen tons of weird stuff but this had me
I'm thinking different BIOS in demo unit,
or different setting(s) in BIOS in demo unit.