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02 July 2009 @ 04:46 pm
New computer blues  
Okay, so I'm not actually all that sad. But I have a new computer, and a couple of things about it confuse me, so I'm hoping someone out there can answer.

- Dell, in its infinite wisdom, thinks I don't need to be able to page-down or page-up one-handed. I'm sure there's a way to remap the keys so that I can just use, say, [RightCtrl][DownArrow] instead of [Fn][DownArrow] to page down, but I haven't been able to find anywhere that explains it in very simple language. If I'm going to be editing the registry -- which I suspect I am -- I need really clear instructions.

- Why does Dell tell me I was given a 60GB hard drive but Windows tell me the drive's total size is 46GB? Is that a normal thing, or did I get cheated?

Dell also seems to think I wouldn't normally need the comma, period, slash, or question mark keys to be easy to use, but that's one of those mysteries for the ages rather than something I think anyone can help me fix. Pfeh.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Nomignomi on July 2nd, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
Pssst! You got recommended!

Oh, and. In answer to at least one of your actual questions. I think the 60 vs. 46 GB is standard -- there's stuff on the drive that is required; when we got our 250 GB drives, the actual usable space was something around 240 GB or so.

Edited at 2009-07-02 10:38 pm (UTC)
michelel72: Cat-Gonzo-Roundmichelel72 on July 2nd, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
I am all aflutter. Thanks!

Yeah, I am suspecting that the drive size thing is one of those oddities -- I expected to lose plenty of space to OS stuff and the like, but I figured that would be the difference between "total" and "free", and having 14GB difference in "total" kind of surprised me. Bleh.
pheonixelement on July 3rd, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
it's completely normal. Dell puts a recovery partition on the hard drive so that's why it's a bit short (that and Vista takes up a good portion of the hard drive)
michelel72: DW-Donna-Spookymichelel72 on July 3rd, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Re: dell
Recovery partition! That didn't even occur to me. That makes perfect sense -- though it does make me a little sad that I didn't account for that and get the larger hard drive on offer. Well, so it goes. Thanks for solving the mystery!
pheonixelement on July 3rd, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Re: dell
No worries I only know cause I work as a technician all the time and tend to look at some weird stuff :)

You can always buy an external if you are running low on hard drive space (I <3 my 320 gig external)
Amy- ninja extraordinaire, bad monkeyninjamonkey73 on July 3rd, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Key mapping
I found a guy recommending software to save you the manual registry edits. I can't vouch for the software myself, so caveat emptor.


I would expect your touchpad to have regions and gestures, though. On mine, I can scroll by sliding along the right edge, and can set the right or left corners for page up/down tap areas. I'd go into mouse on the control panel and see what kinds of settings you have, if you don't have touchpad app running in the tray.

Why on green Earth would they make punctuation inconvenient?! The l33ting of America...
michelel72: Out of itmichelel72 on July 3rd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Key mapping
Thanks for the link. I'll consider it if I can't find how to do this. It's just one key! Feh.

My touchpad does, yeah, but it doesn't really fit into the way I usually surf. I've used it, and I got cranky when touchpad scrolling broke on my last laptop (and I had to upload drivers that were less useful but at least worked), but I want page-down too! ::stomps::

The punctuation is inconvenient so that they can arrange the arrow keys in a visually logical but functionally stupid pattern. I don't need an inverted T shape at the expense of page up/page down and six punctuation keys compressed so much I can't hit them consistently. Feh again!