Mouse scrolling the opposite of what you are used to?

After I upgraded my “new” Lenovo X140e to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1+”classic shell”(to give it the look and feel of Windows 7) I discovered the scrolling on the mouse pad was “backward” to what I was used to.

For instance, when I use two fingers to go “down” the mouse pad I expect the screen to roll down the page.  It wasn’t, it was moving the screen in the same direction I dragged my fingers.  So if I drag my fingers down, the screen rolls “up” the page.  While this sounds counter-intuitive according to my Chromebook (Aus C-300) this is called “Australian” scrolling.  In the Windows 10 Mouse settings menu, they call it “reverse scrolling.”  Somehow my “default” got set for reverse scrolling.

What if you want your Windows 10 machine to return to “regular” scrolling?  There is a fix.  I searched the internet… and it appears that if you dig far enough down into the mouse settings you can change the 2 finger behavior to “normal”.

First, you use the Cortana search box to find “mouse settings” and it offers you “Mouse and touchpad.”

Second, you click on the “additional mouse options.”

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Third, you click on the “enable touchpad” settings button.

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Fourth, you click on the scrolling listing on the “tree.”

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Fifth, you select the “two finger scrolling”.

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Sixth, you make sure the “reverse scrolling” box is un-checked.

Then start clicking, “apply” and “ok” until all the menus are closed. You should then discover that Windows 10 now scrolls like previous versions. eg. If you move you two fingers down the mouse pad, the screen scrolls down, just like it does when you use a mouse.

Want more than a Chromebook with a turnkey installation?

If you have tried CloudReady, the excellent software only clone of a Chromebook and it either won’t install or you need the flexibility of a user-friendly Linux as well as features of the Chromebook, I would like to suggest CUB – Linux.  CUB – Linux was previously known as Chromixium but Google asked them to change the name.

The goal is the same.  To provide a near Chromebook look alike, with easy access to Linux features.  If you have used the Chrome browser in Windows but mostly not anything else in Windows, you will get the same general feeling except that CUB – Linux will run on older intel hardware that won’t run Windows 10 or CloudReady.

CUB – Linux will co-exist with Windows as well as another Linux installation.  If you have XP/Pro and want to upgrade but Windows 7/10 etc are not usable choices you should try CUB – Linux.

If you have very old intel hardware that won’t run CUB – Linux fast enough, then you may find that Puppy Linux will run on it.

HTH,

Tom

Turn your older laptop or desktop into a Chromebook clone

Recently I received great news.  “CloudReady has a Chrome OS platform ready for your non-chromebook hardware”  If that link to the article on Tech Republic doesn’t work, here is the website.  You are probably interested in an individual copy of the Chromebook clone product.  It is free for individual use.

If you have an Intel PC hardware platform (usually a windows laptop) that is 8 years old or younger that you would like to run a fast, robust operating system on but it isn’t up to running say  Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, then this is a turnkey solution.  I have successfully installed it on 2 out of 3 laptops and a desktop I tried.  It failed on a non-standard old SSD netbook.  They have a list of tested hardware that is quite extensive on the website.

The User Interface is exactly like my ASUS Chromebook.  You will experience the Chromebook exactly except for two things.  1) If you are used to the 7 second boot time for many Chromebooks, you won’t get that.  It will boot exactly as fast as a Linux distribution would on the same hardware (around 30 seconds on mine).  2) The hardware-based security features are mostly not present.   For most people, School districts or Companies neither of the above will be deal breakers.

You will need a 8 GB Flash drive to install the Chromebook clone OS from.  The native setup only supports standalone booting and UEFI “dual booting”.  If you choose, standalone booting, all the previous information on the hard disk is deleted during the install.  With UEFI “dual booting” the previous operating system remains and is also bootable.  You will need either a fairly fast internet connection or quite abit of patience to download the operating system.

If you have a Chromebook or a Chrome browser and sign in with a Google id, CloudReady will download/clone all your extensions, applications and allow you to access your Google Drive-based data on your “new” cloned Chromebook.

Because I have an ultra-thin Chromebook I have not been motivated to move over and use this product full time.  I have one very slow (1 GHz) sub-notebook that “barely” runs Windows 10.  I may turn it into a CloudReady notebook again.  I have turned a Dell Optiplex 760 (desktop) into a Chromebook.

If you have been wanting to experiment with a Chromebook or have wanted a Chromebook but couldn’t afford a couple hundred bucks for a new/used on on E-Bay this is your path.  Educational and Commercial licenses and support are available.

If you are a school with obsolete laptops available this is an excellent, very low-cost way to repurpose them into Chromebooks.  Both Educational and Commercial licenses and support are available.

Any questions?  Post a comment.

Thanks.
Tom M

Should I buy a Chromebook as my primary machine?

If you spend 99% of your time online using a Web browser, sending/receiving e-mail, printing out coupons etc then the answer is “Yes.”

If you have windows or macintosh specific programs running on your machine at home or in the office which has fulltime Internet connectivity then the answer is “Yes.” (The remote desktop option will let you run those windows specific applications on the machine “back there” and get the results wherever you are tied into the Internet at).

If you are out in the middle of know-where (pun intended) with no Internet Connectivity (not even a mobile hot spot) then the answer is “maybe.”  In the last year the Chromebook applications for doing writing and reading/creating Gmail offline have improved significantly. Since these run on any Chromebook it doesn’t matter if you have a brand new one or an older one.

So if you want a low-cost, fast booting, highly transportable laptop I commend the entire Chromebook line to you.  If you have specific needs like 10 hour battery time then you will need to read the reviews to find what you want.

I will say that an Asus c200 (smaller screen) or Aus c300 (larger screen) which has a 10+ hour unplugged from the wall time may be an excellent choice.  I like the quick/ease of use of my Aus c300.  Its running as low as $199 new and $118 used as I write this.

I will convert your old/slow Laptop/Netbook into a faster Chromebook-look-alike

Have an old Laptop/Netbook that you aren’t using because it would be too small/slow to upgrade to Windows 7?

I am offering a “Turn on your Netbook/Laptop into a Chromebook-look-alike” service. The results will boot significantly faster than XP or Windows 7. Be more responsive than XP/Windows 7 and be more secure than XP/Windows 7. And be menu driven for ease of access.

You need a functioning/bootable machine (doesn’t need an operating system though) with a battery that provides you with at least some un-plug time and a charger. Generally any 1 Megabyte memory machine with some kind of hard disk (can be VERY small) or even a really small/slow SSD (like the original Netbooks had) will work. Ask me before you send it.

You pay the shipping and handling and a $50 upgrade charge.

What you will be getting is an open source Linux distribution that a) Runs on the Chromebook (Chromium OS), b) an open source Linux distribution with a Chromebook look-alike desktop or c) an open source Linux distribution that looks like Windows 7 that will start up the Chrome browser (or possibly the Fire Fox browser if there are issues) as soon as you logon.

The reason for the 3 pronged approach is Chromium OS will not run or even startup on all hardware.  And Chromixium in conjunction even with the commercial Chrome browser has shown one decided specific machine hickup.  The result will be a faster, secure user-friendly netbook/laptop with a menu driven interface.

 

Speeding up your Personal Computer

The first question that comes to mind is “why” do you want to speed up your computer?

  1. I want to play games on it.
    1. You need to look at the minimum and recommended hardware for that game.  It may either be cheaper to buy a newer computer or it may not be possible to upgrade your current computer to play that game (for example trying to upgrade the video on most laptops).
  2.  It is slower than it used to be.
    1. There are several things you can try to speed up your computer.
      1. Un-install any programs you are not using regularly.
      2. Disable as many programs that normally “startup” while the computer is starting up.  In windows 7 try running the “system configuration” program from search box or help menu.  You can also get “Autorun for Windows” from Microsoft.com to help you with this.
      3. Run the “cleanup temporary files” under system tools.
      4. Run the hard disk defrag after iii.
    2. If the above do not speed up your computer sufficiently you have 3 other choices:
      1. Back up all your data and personal preferences and do a “clean” re-install of your operating system.  Then re-install your anti-virus, run all the service pack updates, re-install your applications/programs and then re-load your data/preferences.
      2. Increase the available memory on your system.  If your running less than 2 Gigabytes of memory on a Windows computer increasing it to 4-8 Gigabytes will make a big difference.  The reason it will make a big difference has to do with what operating systems do when they run out of memory.  They write copies of part of the memory out to the hard disk into what is called “Virtual Memory” or the Paging file.  Anytime a computer has to read or write to the Virtual Memory the whole system is slowed down on the order of 100 times.  The only time this is not true is if you are using what is called a “ram drive” or the SSD hard disks that use memory modules in place of “regular hard drive” media.
      3. Replace your computer if it is a laptop.  Or try to do a motherboard upgrade if you have a pretty standard (ATX) desktop machine.