Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I need my icons!

Looking for the Teacher Workstation or Help Request Icons?

After you login, look for a little white box with a red stripe on top by the clock on the desktop (bottom right of your screen).

RIGHT CLICK that and choose "WORK ONLINE" . When you do, the Teacher Workstation and Help Request icons should push to the desktop.
Good luck!

Friday, September 18, 2009

I must change the sensitivity of my netbook's mousepad!

I love my netbook!!! The one thing that is driving me bananas is I'll be typing and just accidentally brush the mousepad. Next thing I know the cursor has been placed somewhere else on the screen, and I'm typing there! Arggh!!! Up until now, there hasn't been a way to change the setting of the mousepad, but Dell has a driver update that will allow you to change the touchpad sensitivity- Hooray!! As always, pictures will follow when I feel like it- Enjoy!

Start by clicking the following link:

You will be asked if you want to save the file

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Save the file to your Desktop

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Run the file when the download is complete
Click Continue
Click OK to unzip the files- do not change the location
Let the unzip do it's thing until it is done
Next the driver will install itself
Accept the agreement
Click Finish when done
Restart the computer when prompted
Once restarted, Click Start,
Control Panel
Click the category Printers and Other Hardware
Then click Mouse
The Touchpad Control Panel will open
Click Touchpad Settings

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Drag the glider under Touch Sensitivity to change the sensitivity of the touchpad

DO NOT use the setting "Disable Touchpad if USB mouse is detected". Your SmartBoard will not work.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Not Again!

Alright, so I am totally LOVING the netbook, but I am tired of always having to log back in when I've walked away from my netbook, for seems like just a minute!

By default, (for security reasons and power conservation), The netbook goes to screen saver after 10 minutes and requires a password to get back in. After 20 minutes, it will power down. To change the settings, just follow these instructions (again, pictures will follow for all you visual learners when I feel like it!)

Right click desktop, and choose Properties

Click on the Screen Saver tab

UNCHECK On Resume password protect to avoid re-logging in. You can also extend the length of time before the netbook goes to screen saver.

To change the length of time before the netbook powers itself off, press the Power button in the bottom right.

That's it! Good luck!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Get Your Own Bag!

I don't know about you, but I've spent my entire morning (and still have 32% of this awesome battery life left) shopping for a bag for my netbook. There are so many bags to choose from and the prices range from $19.99 to $1499.99 (I think Steve would kill me, but I really like the one in bronze best).

Ebags.com has a great selection, plus they will donate 10% of the retail price of any pink product to Susan G. Komen.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Netbook Baby!

Guess who got a netbook today? We all did- Hooray! I don't know about you, but I am loving it! I just got home and connected it to our wireless. Need help?

Connecting your netbook to a wireless network (not at school):

Go to Start, Programs, Dell Wireless, Dell Wireless WLAN Card Utility

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Click the Add button

Wireless networks that are in range will appear

Choose your home network and click Next

Enter your WEP key, and then again to confirm, click Next (your WEP key can be found on your wireless router)

Click Connect at the next screen

Click OK to exit the Wireless Utility.

That's it!

Good luck!