The first day I had the computer I was very impressed with it. I tested
it out at home and tried connecting various periphials to it to see how
well things worked. I was pleasently surprised when the PCMCIA wireless
card, my camera, mouse, pen drives all were recognized and worked
without me having to provide drivers (I felt like I was using a mac or
something). However, the second time I plugged in my camera (after
sucessfully using it the first time) I got blue screens whenever I
plugged it in again after that -- un-recoverable blue screens. I
tried downloading and re-installing the drivers to no avail, so I
figured this was a good opportunity to try the rapid restore features
IBM raved about. Oops, not installed -- not sure why.... So I used
the reset to factory instead.
This process took almost an hour. After this I promptly got the Welcia
worm... within 5 minutes of going on the network, but that is not IBM's
- Though I have heard complaints about IBM screens, this one has not
caused me any problems.
- I had this computer at home for several days and noticed that the
standard microsoft games were left out. This is ok for business
machines, but my college roommate would have been particularly unhappy
if she didn't have Hearts on her laptop. Is this the case for the IBM
student machines we sold?
Perhaps Merely Personal Preferences
- Much heavier than my PowerBook. I'm glad I don't lug this around
all the time.
- The hard plastic feet on the bottom of the computer are not lap
friendly -- though for IBM's credit, the bottom of this machine is less
lumpy that other IBM models I've had the displeasure of using.
- When using the "eraser" mouse pointer, it often floats away from
what I'm trying to point it to, or continues to move after I let go of
it. It is also my experience that though I don't have to move my
fingers from the keyboard, the eraser causes more strain on my finger
since more pressure is required to move the mouse(carpal tunnel here we
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