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Aser Aspire One

For the sake of public posting, I bought an Acer Aspire One. It weighs 2.1 pounds (less than my Lenovo ThinkPad) and has an 8.9" screen. The two preceeding voice posts feature the opening of the package. This should make me extremely portable: the thing will likely fit nicely in a purse!

The Acer now has JAWS installed. I had to de-install McAfee in order to settle some security blocks that were preventing JAWS activation from running. Volume was set fairly low (37 percent). 100 percent is quite manageable for my needs in a laptop. It comes with a 60 day trial of Office 2007. I'm hoping I can just type in my own key and be up and running--that will save me time. This machine does not have an optical drive; so if I want anything on it that installs from CD I will have to copy the image to an external drive from another machine or else purchase an external DVD drive.

The machine uses Intel graphics, which posed the same problems for me that I had with the ThinkPad. I got things fixed easily enough--I've had to do this so many times that I am finally remembering what to do: disable hot keys, set the screen type in the graphics profile, restart the computer.

Tonight I'll give the battery a run for its money. I'll be doing a child care run at a friend's house, and most of the time the kids will be asleep. So I'm taking my new treasure and some homework.

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momof3bbp
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
WHERE'D YOU GET THAT?
nihilistech
Nov. 26th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
(Found this post through a Google search.)
What settings did you use to get the graphics to play nice with Jaws?
3kitties
Nov. 27th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
I had to go into the registry and change the key for the video drivers--one of them was not set to the JAWS driver. I'm still working at figuring out some of this--in some cases it seems that some additional steps are needed. These machines that use Intel graphics (Acer is just one of many) have two drivers installed, and it sometimes helps to disable one.

If you have one of these machines and need help with this, feel free to email me. My email address is in my profile.
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