Status Update


Status

Coming in these days: Hybrid HD from Seagate. Goal: Updgrade old Tablet PC HP TC 4400 from 7200 SATA HD to hybrid HD and SSD to compare performance and recommend (or not) to upgrade a five year old Tablet PC (which actually is running Windows 7 SP1 x64 and Windows 8 Developer Preview with 4 GB RAM just fine)

On site: Fujitsu Q550 Tablet with Windows 8 Developer Preview. Lack of decent CPU leads little use. External display with low resolution.

Sent back: Acer Iconia Tab W500. Tried it with Windows 7 and Windows 8 (Dev Preview), good concept, needs better hardware (case must become smaller and lighter, needs Windows 8 to be released, docked scenario not standing stable on table).

How to find Windows 7 drivers for Fujistu LifeBook P1610


As Windows 7 P1610 drivers are common search terms of readers coming to my site I briefly share this info with you:

Windows 7 is NOT listed when you go to the US Fujitsu site walking through the default steps.

So, use this way (either blindly with or with Google Translation enabled):

Go to German Fujitsu download site

Enter your P1610’s serial number in the empty box in the middle or click through the dropdown menus below.

Choose Notebooks – LifeBook – LifeBook P – P1610. See screenshot below:

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There you get drivers for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Click to expand the Windows 7 entry and you automatically get a list of drivers, tools and BIOS. Click on „Alle Treiber anzeigen“ (show all drivers) to expand the list.

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Click on Download of the needed driver and on the next page check the empty box of „Ich habe die AGB gelesen…“ (I have read the TOS), then the „Download software“ button is no longer greyed out.

From my experience with P1620 I would recommend not to install the Authentec drivers, not from Fujitsu nor from Windows Update.

And make sure you have the latest BIOS 1.15 installed before you install Windows 7.

Lenovo: Sales of Convertible Tablet PC ThinkPad X220t Core i5/7 may start as early as next week, April 19th


Via its US Twitter account Lenovo kind of announced that availability of the long awaited Sandy Bridge Core i5/7 Tablet PC ThinkPad X220t could be given as early as next week’s Tuesday:

“This is subject to change, but we hear the #thinkpad X220 & X220 Tablet will go on sale April 19th! #lenovo the tweet says. My question if the tweet refers to a worldwide start remains unanswered.

The X220t product homepage (links and datasheet below) still does not say when the 12.5 inch Windows 7 Tablet PC will be available. German online price comparison portals list several models but most state “Liefertermin unbekannt” (delivery unknown), though some claim to deliver within 1-2 weeks.

I’ve summarized the feature set in this German article. Most impressing are up to 16 hours of battery life, most annoying is that the promised USB 3.0 port is limited to the Core i7 model. The other X220t models have three USB 2.0 ports.

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Homepage Lenovo ThinkPad X220t German US

Datasheet Lenovo ThinkPad X220t German

Infinite Problems with Authentec Biometric Fingerprint Reader AES2501 on Windows 7 SP1 and Fujitsu Lifebook P1620 Tablet PC


In case you use slipstream media to install Windows 7 SP1 integrated for a fresh new start on your Fujitsu (Siemens) Lifebook P1620, read this warning: Do NOT install the Authentec driver from Windows Update (better hover the mouse over the update, right click, choose hide update) or Fujitsu, deactivate the device in the device manager.
The longer story:

I have created a bootable USB thumb stick with Windows 7 Ultimate German x86 with integrated Service Pack 1 (using the USB/DVD Download Tool and the official ISO download from MSDN) and right after the flawless installation I visited Windows Update to update newer and install missing drivers. Among them was Authentec’s Fingerprint driver.

I installed it and the drama began, CPU went up to 100%, the system got unresponsive and the speakers started (and never stopped) to play an annoying song called “device plugged in, device removed”. After a while (remember, 100% CPU) the device manager opened and I saw an ongoing “Biometric device” being discovered and removed – even after a reboot.

I went to add/remove programs, removed Authentec’s suite, rebooted, no change.

I went to System Restore, restored the system to it’s previous state, after the successful restore and reboot – silence!

So I went to Fujitsu’s website for the P1620 (links below) and manually installed the Authentec suite for Windows 7 – that song started playing again Trauriges Smiley. Again, System Restore helped to get back to a working state.

Note that the situation has gotten worse with SP1: As reported here previously for Windows 7 RTM the drivers never worked (at least for me on my *German* Windows 7): The finger print reader simply didn’t recognize any sliding finger but at least there was no endless plug in/removal.

Drop a comment if you got your fingerprint device to work with Windows 7.

Drivers for Fujitsu Lifebook P1620

German (Notebooks – Lifebook –Lifebook P)
US (Go to Notebooks – P Series – P1620)

Authentec drivers for P1620 for Windows XP, Vista and 7 German

Panasonic introduces thick and light Core i5 ToughBook CF-C1 with Multi-touch option – hands on at CeBIT


Panasonic isn’t exhibiting at Cebit fair for the first time for years but wanted to show something new and just announced: The thick and lightest ruggedized convertible Tablet PC ToughBook CF-C1 with bright non glare 12 inch screen and a weight of only 1.46 kilo with one, 1.69 kilo with two batteries, giving claimed 5 to 10 hours of battery life.

The C1 has been announced very early, it will be released in July and September and cost about 2500 US-$ or 1800-2200 Euro, depending on the screen and chosen input technology.

3G modem is an option, CPU is not, the C1 will be offered with a fast and power saving Core i5 520M (2.40 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz). Powerful enough that you normally would not need another desktop PC. Windows 7 performance rating is 3.6. Touch input supports two fingers.

Tablet-profi.com had the opportunity to sit together with Stephen Yeo at Cebit in Hannover this week. Panasonic’s European Marketing Director put a “hand made prototype” on the table. First thing me thought: Wow, yes, indeed very light given the size and appearance. Perhaps this is a new category: thick and light, very light and comfortable to hold thanks to a ribbon stripe. After an hour of little work the CPU had to do (typical scenario for data input) the case was still very cool, on top where your palm sits when typing as well on the bottom where you hold the ToughBook when entering data on the go. Very well done.

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Another nice and useful detail regarding durability and stability: There are two hinges, one for turning the display up and down, the other one enabling rotation. The latter may be manually locked by the user. Advantage according to Panasonic: There is a much better pressure distribution when you move the display back and forth, the hinges last longer.

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There were some drawbacks due to the prototype state so that there is no need to dig deeper (case fit and finish, non final keyboard, touch screen responsiveness, view angle) or to comment as that would be unfair.

The round touchpad has always been disputed, my issue is that it is small: with default mouse settings you cannot move the pointer from the right to the left side of the display with just one swipe.

Interestingly in the press release Panasonic claims the thick convertible to “look great”. While we will not comment on this we recommend to take a look at the pictures we took. The two main thickeners are the two pedestals and the batteries.

ToughBook CF-C1 top view 

ToughBook CF-C1 Back view battery and HD slots toughBook CF-C1 Bottom and front ToughBook CF-C1 left side

Pictures from 2010, not 1999 (OK, you might take that as a comment).

The digitizer looks and feels cheap, this will hopefully change until mass production. Some ruggedized notebook companies always claim their devices would survive when dropped from a height of 76 cm. We’re not sure why we would always bend before we drop something. For future models we’d wish: 76 cm is not enough.

Enhancing the market

Panasonic is aware that convertible Business Tablet PCs are a niche market. But they want to enhance the market to assure growth (as prices are going down due to competition and indirect influence from the netbook market).

Advantages: Stability, two battery slots for “hot swap”, case not getting warm, low noise, endures pressure of 100 kilo , spill protected keyboard

Disadvantages: Cannot free HD from cage without loosing guarantee, little touchpad, new docking stations, thickness, no USB 3.0.

Specifications

CPU Intel Core i5 520M (2.40 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz)

RAM 2 Gig + 1 free accessible slot

HD 250 GB

Display 12.1’’ (1280×800 pixel), bright (350 cd/m2), capacitive screen for finger and digitizer input (available in July for 2000 Euro) or with resistive touch (available in September for 1800 Euro)

Connectivity 56k modem, WLAN 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1, Gigabit LAN, 3G (optional)

Multimedia optional webcam, slot for SDcards

Battery 2x 43 Wh LiOn for “up to 10 hours” with separate slots for same time use and hot swap

Ports: 3x USB 2.0, VGA, Audio in/out

Special: Switch for WLAN on/off

You can find a good German hands-on here at Golem.de.