Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

Wrestling With Computers

I spent about ten hours today doing Day Jobbe from Fernley. After work and dinner, Lisa and I spent an hour or so chopping and clearing brush from the property. Unlike Mehama, we only have to do this about once a year. We still can't figure out where the plants are getting their water, as we're not watering them.

I had hoped to process and post the photos from UP150 this evening, but instead I got to spend several hours wrestling with trying to find keyboard drivers for the IBM UltraNav keyboard (that's a particular keyboard that's very similar to how the T series laptops are laid out, including an built-in touchpad) so that the keyboard would work on the new desktop computer we got for Lisa. Specifically, we wanted to be able to disable tapping. [Edit: see comment below from me if you don't know what touch-pad tapping means.] Lisa doesn't like tapping. (I don't either.) But the generic keyboard/mouse drivers have it turned on by default and you can't disable it without the device specific drivers.

This task turned out to be far more work than it should have been. I kept searching for drivers and kept getting different sets of them, all from Lenovo's web site. The didn't work. About the fifth set of drivers — astonishingly, the one that claims to be for PS/2 keyboards instead of USB — actually worked, at least enough to get us the advanced settings tab where we could disable tapping.
Tags: computers, fernley, lisa
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