ToshibaDirect doesn't stand by their recommended Tablet accessories
I purchased this Toshiba Tecra M7 from ToshibaDirect.com. After putting the computer into my Shopping Cart, ToshibaDirect made me go through 4 pages of recommended accessories for the Tecra M7. One of the accessories was the carrying case which I returned in October because it didn't fit. At the time, they made some comment about me selecting the case from their site from a non-authorized list of accessories, but they still took the return.

Well, the other day, my wife lost the power tip to the car charger which I also purchased from the ToshibaDirect's recommended list of accessories. To clarify, these are FOUR pages that I had to go through before I could check out. These recommended accessories were specifically tied to the Tecra M7 purchase. I thought I was getting good products when I originally made the purchase.

ToshibaDirect resold the car charger from a company called Targus. To replace the power tip, I called Targus and found out that NONE of their power supply products were certified to work on the Tecra M7! Whoa... That's really bad news! If I'm using an uncertified power supply with the Tecra, then I could be voiding the warranty if something goes wrong with the computer. So now I'm off to ToshibaDirect again and I hear the same line... You purchased a product that wasn't intended for the Tecra. I SO WISH I had a printout of those 4 pages now! And the M7 is no where on ToshibaDirect anymore. I guess the computer has been discontinued only after 5 months on the market.

I hate ToshibaDirect. I am not thinking highly of Toshiba either. I'm really scared of the day when I have to ask for repairs for this thing. They'll probably say... "The extended warranty you purchased wasn't recommended for the Tecra M7."
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Can't fiigure out how to open this tablet!
As I have previously mentioned, I come from the Apple Macintosh world. I'm use to things being intuitive. When I first worked with this TabletPC, I could not figure out how to open it! I was on the phone to Toshiba when it magically opened. After a while, I found the open button. It isn't that difficult so I figured I was just indoctrinated into a different kind of world.

Just the other day, my wife starts using the computer. First question she asks... How do you open the computer? Okay, so I'm not so indoctrinated; they hide the button in plain sight.

Now that we know how to open the computer, we find that it often magically opens anytime we carry it somewhere. The open button is so easy to hit that the computer stays unlatched most of the time during transport. This is where the Genius' at Apple come in. Their open button is recessed so the computer rarely opens when being carried. Second, the open button LOOKS like a button!

I don't know... Maybe I expect too much from a piece of equipment that worth only $2800.

Rob
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The leather case sent with the 14" M7 doesn't fit!
My wife is actually using the computer now. Yeah! So I thought it was time to pull out the leather case purchased with the computer and guess what?!@#? It didn't fit the M7! ToshibaDirect insisted that this case is not intended for the M7 even though it was advertised as an accessory and sold on the same bill of sale as the M7. Fortunately, they gave me procedures to return the case to them. I've been looking for a decent case since and had no luck.

My dream portable computer case would be:
1) The case should be made with the idea of using the computer without removing the computer from the case.
2) Made of neoprene material with the top and bottom stiff. (I don't like a limp case that folds over and gets in the way when trying to hold the computer.)
3) The top of the case needs to rap around 360 degrees so that the screen can be exposed and written on while still held in the case; no sleeve computer cases.
4) The top of the case needs to have the bigger/longer sides holding the zipper coming down to bottom of the case which has shorter sides. You want the bottom sides to be shorter so that items coming out of the side of the computer have little resistance. You want the top side to be longer to create a "visor effect" on the screen when using the computer in a brightly lit location.
5) There needs to be elastic bands angled across each corner to hold the case around the computer when open.
6) The inside of the case should have a fabric that velcro can latch onto for those people who want to attach the computer to the bottem of the case but not use the elastic bands.
7) A close-able pouch across the inside top of the case would be nice to hold small items.
8) The edges of the case should be soft so that items that stick out of the side of the computer are not roughed-up or tight against the case.
9) The zipper should have an inside flap so that the zipper does not rub against items sticking out of the side of the computer or on the edges of the computer.
10) All cases I've seen has 2 pull-tabs on the zipper. I propose 4 pull-tabs on the zipper for those items that must stick out of the side of the computer.

These are my suggestions, but what do I know... I only use the products.

Rob
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Wipe the HD clean and start over.
I know how to install all the software correctly, all the hardware seems to work, and the OS seems pretty stable. Now I start all over and do it again with a clean operating system install starting with a complete wipe of the hard drive.

After doing 3 test installs of my "Microsoft Windows XP Professional Includes Service Pack 2" disk, the computer bombs for the first time on the "official OS" during the install of "Microsoft_WindowsXP_Tablet_PC_Edition_2005 and Media Center Edition 2005." Start over...

This time the OS installs worked. Now the Toshiba TBIOS drivers crapped out on the first install. I'm beginning to think this system is jinxed and consider restarting the whole install process. (I have a rule, 2 bombs while installing a new operating system and I should start over. Since this is a PC which everyone says typically bombs, I'll give it 3 or 4 chances.)

Fortunately, the computer gave no problems during the other ~30 patch and driver installs.

Rob
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Install order for OS patches and drivers.
The past two days have been spent installing OS patches and hardware drivers on this computer trying to figure out the proper order of install. Here's the install order I settled on:

Install Order Software Install? What it does: File Name: Where to find software:
00 Microsoft Windows XP Professional includes Service Pack 2 Yes Base Windows XP install disk   Mine
01 Toshiba Gigabit Ethernet LAN Driver for Windows XP (v9.2.24; 01-12-2006; 690K) Yes Driver required to use the LAN controller. /ta6gblanx.exe Installed by Internal LAN Driver 1
02 Microsoft Windows XP Media Center & TabletPC Edition 2005 Yes Base Windows XP install disk for TabletPCs Windows XP MCE 2004 [SP2-RTM] [Media Center Edition] [Modified Tablet PC 2005 Release].iso http://www.torrentz.com/torrent_102744.html
03 Toshiba TBIOS Driver for Windows XP (v2.7; 11-18-2005; 102K) Yes Required by Toshiba utilities and applications. Must get from web site and is required for Software Updates. /tbios27.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList or Installed by TBIOS Driver V2.7.
04 Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility for Windows XP/2000 (v7.1.0.1014; 01-12-2006; 792K) Yes Necessary to optimize the performance of your computer's motherboard. /ta6chipsetix.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
06 Realtek HD Audio Driver for Windows XP (v5.10.0.5255 Logo; 05-26-2006; 23.79M) Yes Driver needed to unsure the proper operation ofthe sound device in your computer. This is required for playback of WAVE and MIDI files. /ta8audiox.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
08 Toshiba ACPI Common Modules for Windows XP (v6.05.01.TE; 06-09-2006; 2.13M) Yes This component installs the Toshiba Common Modules driver, which provide for the full functionality of the ACPI features of your machine. These work in conjunction with other Toshiba utilities and drivers. Note: Install after Realtek HD Audio Driver or else you get errors with "Audio not Supported" at boot. /common_modules_24895A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0 or Installed by TOSHIBA Common Modules.
10 Intel Calistoga GM Display Diver (v6.14.10.4436) Yes Display drivers are required for proper operation of your video display.   Installed by Display Driver 1
12 Alps Pointing Device Driver for Windows XP/2000 (v6.0.304.6; 09-17-2004; 2.45M) Maybe Not Provides a convenient way to modify setting for Alps Pointing-device. The Alps Pointing-device Driver is compatible with most standard mice and similar pointing devices. These drivers give your TouchPad extended functionality and configurability.   http://askiris.toshiba.com/ToshibaSupportSite/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=1044476xml&sliceId=&dialogID=14634379&stateId=1%200%2014630786 or Installed by ALPS Pointing Device Driver.
14 Toshiba Software Modem Driver for Windows XP/2000 (v2.1.62; 01-12-2006; 1.02M) Yes These drivers are required for your machine to be able to fully utilize the modem. /ta6modemx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
16 Intel (802.11 a/b/g, b/g) Mini PCI Driver for Windows XP/2000 (v10.1.0.13a; 01-12-2006; 1.99M) Yes Driver for the Wireless LAN controller. /ta6wlanix.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList or Installed by Integrated Wireless LAN Driver 1.
17 QFE for Windows XP SP2 Computer with Multiple Processors (KB896256) Yes      
18 Bluetooth Stack for Windows XP/2000 (v4.00.36 (T); 05-26-2006; 26.54M) Yes   /ta8btstackx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
20 TOSHIBA Hotkey Utility for Display Device (v3.4.5.5; 05-26-2006; 575K) Maybe This is a software utility to allow you to configure Toshiba hotkey features. Display Standby and Hibernation confirmations when Fn+F3 or Fn+F4 is pressed. /ta8dispchghk_24770B.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
22 Toshiba Display Device Change Utility for Windows XP (v2.5.0.0; 05-26-2006; 341K) Yes This is a utility to switch video output between LCD and TV by using the TV out button on your computer. /ta8dispchgutil_24747A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
24 Toshiba Power Saver Utility for Windows XP (v7.08.05; 06-09-2006; 6.36M) Yes This driver will provide extended support for Windows power saving features. /power_saver_24773B.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
26 Toshiba Controls for Windows XP (v3.27.3100; 06-15-2006; 5.05M) Maybe This application enables the use of the Web and Toshiba buttons. It also enables the CD/DVD control buttons. I order to install this component, you must first uninstall it, restart the computer and then install it.   http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
28 Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool for Windows XP (v3.2.2; 06-09-2006; 9.58M) Yes Display the basic information of a computer and diagnose its built-in devices. /pc_diag_24847A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
30 CD/DVD Drive Acoustic Silencer for Windows XP/2000 (v1.00.008; 05-06-2005; 1.22M) v1.00.008 Yes Reduces CD/DVD drive mechanical sound level when playing back audio or video content. /lu100cdsilence.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
32 Sonic Systems DLA (Drive Letter Access) Yes Drag and drop your files directly to a recordable CD or DVD.   On TOSHIBA Applications and Install Disk
34 SMBIOS ActiveX control (v1.3B1) Yes Installs ActiveX controls required by Toshiba applications. Better definition from http://www.pcpitstop.com/faq/smbios.asp: Your computer's System Management BIOS (SMBIOS) is responsible for reporting configuration data to diagnostic programs such as PC Pitstop. When this data has not been recorded correctly by the system maker, it can cause our reports to be incorrect.    
36 QFE for adding the Hibernate button (KB893056) Yes You are using a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. When you click Turn Off Computer on the Start menu, the Hibernate button does not appear.    
38 Support Bulletin Yes Display panel stays off when mouse is moved- the computer's display panel automatically turns off, the display panel may not turn back on again when the mouse is moved, or the touchpad is touched, or a key is pressed.   Obtained from www.csd.toshiba.com. Filename: b24896a.exe
40 Toshiba Rotation Utility for Windows XP (v4.00.00.07; 06-09-2006; 853K) Yes This utility can rotate display orientation automatically when you change to TabletPC mode from NotPC mode. You can also select display orientation when in TabletPC mode. /rotation_util_24771A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
42 Toshiba HDD Protection for Windows XP (v1.01.08g; 06-09-2006; 2.87M) Yes Automatically moves the HDD head to a safe position when vibration is detected. /HDD_protection_24845A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
44 Toshiba Tablet PC Buttons Driver for Windows XP (v1.0.1.1; 02-08-2006; 1.48M) Yes This driver enables the buttons on the side of LCD. These buttons are mainly used in TabletPC mode. /pm400btnx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
46 QFE for SD Card Driver (KB896243) Maybe ???    
48 SD Secure Module for Windows XP (v1.0.4; 01-27-2006; 2.12M) Yes Drivers required for the proper operation of the SD Card slot on this machine. /tm5sdsecurex.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
50 Toshiba Assist for Windows XP/2000 (v1.03.00upd; 01-27-2006; 1.29M) Yes Provides quick access to computer functions and allows you to customize a range of computer settings. /tm5tassistx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
52 Toshiba Utilities for Windows XP/2000 (v4.30.11; 09-27-2005; 6.26M) Yes Utilitize peatures such as customizing your computer's hardware settings, setting up otkey or accessibility short-cuts, or adding support fora Supervisor Password. /ts3utilsx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
54 Toshiba Software Upgrades for Windows XP (v3.9; 04-22-2005; 2.03M) Yes By installing Software Upgrades you will be able to check automatically for new software or driver upgrade from the Toshiba Internet server. /pr200swupdates.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
56 QFE for Cannot Add Windows Components in Win XP (KB884018) Yes When you try to add a Windows component after you first install Microsoft Windows XP, you cannot add the component.    
60 QFE for Fixing Hardware Data Execution Prevention for WinXP SP2 (KB889673) Yes Your Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer may unexpectedly stop responding or experience random memory corruption when you resume from standby or from hibernation.    
62 QFE for HyperTerminal Could Allow Code Execution (KB873339) Yes Can't tell if this is already installed.    
64 Startup->RAMASST Yes ramasst.exe is a process that get installed together with common DVD drives. It is used to disable the XP built-in CD burning functions. This process should not be removed if you do not have a problem with your CD/DVD burning applications. Copy from Windows->system32->RAMASST.exe & put a shortcut into the startup folder.    


Rob
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Windows XP Tablet PC software installed and running without errors!
For the past 4 days, I've been trying boot this TabletPC in different configurations in order to install a good OS that doesn't result in errors. I think I've figured it out:

1) Install my "Microsoft Windows XP Professional Includes Service Pack 2" disk first using one of my licenses.
2) Install the Toshiba Gigabit Ethernet LAN Driver for Windows XP (Install name Internal LAN Driver 1 from TOSHIBA's Applications & Drivers Installer)
3) Run through a procedure (such as downloading a Microsoft patch from the web) that requires the Genuine BS Software to run and verify this computer.
4) Perform an Upgrade with the "Microsoft_WindowsXP_Tablet_PC_Edition_2005 and Media Center Edition 2005.rar" disk image on top of my "Microsoft Windows XP Professional Includes Service Pack 2" install. Technically, this is an acceptable installation path.
Note: Because the Toshiba TabletPC Windows XP product key written on the bottom of the Tablet did not work with the "Microsoft_WindowsXP_Tablet_PC_Edition_2005 and Media Center Edition 2005" disk image, I used the product key I got from my $25 purchase of WindowsXPTablet.iso disk image.

Now I'm ready for all the OS patches and devices drivers that this computer needs.

Rob
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Windows XP Tablet PC software found!
There's a WindowsXPTablet.iso disk image out on BitTorrent. So I installed a BitTorrent client and started the download. The concept behind BitTorrent is pretty neat but my experience with downloading this image makes me want to stay away from it as much as possible. FOUR days after I started the download, I finally had my WindowsXPTablet.iso disk image! And guess what, the WindowsXPTablet.iso disk won't boot nor will it install on top of my "Microsoft Windows XP Professional Includes Service Pack 2" OS. Grrr!

So I BUY the WindowsXPTablet disk image from a site on the web for $25. Unlike BitTorrent, I get my disk image in hours instead of days. (It nice to have a one-to-one download.) Unforunately, I had to extract the extracting software that un-rars the file which is again encoding the disk image as 30+ files. (And I thought the Macintosh had a lot of decoding issues...) About 3 hours later, the CD is finally made. It boots the TabletPC! And I run into file errors all along the way. Grrr! Here's a link to the kinds of issues I was having:
http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-506372.php

Luckily, I found another disk image on BitTorrent named "Microsoft_WindowsXP_Tablet_PC_Edition_2005 and Media Center Edition 2005.rar". After another three days of downloading, and more extracting the extracting software to un-rar the 30+ image files, this CD won't boot either but it does provide for a RAMDisk boot methodology and it installs without error! Yeah!

Unfortunately, "Microsoft_WindowsXP_Tablet_PC_Edition_2005 and Media Center Edition 2005.rar" does not pass the stupid Genuine Software test with the serial numbers provided with the download. I'd perfer to use my Windows serial number from the bottom of the TabletPC but this number doesn't work with "Microsoft_WindowsXP_Tablet_PC_Edition_2005 and Media Center Edition 2005.rar" disk image.

Rob
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Incompatibility with Toshiba SATA and 3rd party SATA drives?
It turns out that booting a PC is one of the most difficult things to do. It seems that the M7 doesn't see the Firewire drive at all. I can't boot from a USB hard drive either without the computer throwing up some kind of error that looks like a Kernal Panic. I can only boot from the internal hard drive and with the internal hard drive OS active, it can't be erased nor reinstalled.

I got a second SATA internal hard drive made by Seagate to be used as a OS test drive. Although it worked most of the time, I would get hard drive glitches everyonce in a while. My gut says that there is something incompatible between the Seagate drive and the Toshiba SATA interface. The Seagate drive was the ONLY portable hard drive to choose from at the store. When I perform the same sequence of events on the original Toshiba hard drive, I did not have one problem or glitch.

I'm returning the Seagate drive and using only the Toshiba drive from now on.

Rob
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Where's the Windows XP TabletPC software?
Everything I read on Microsoft's web site says that the TabletPC software (i.e. Windows Journal, On Screen Keyboard, Hand Recognition Software, etc.) is installed with SP2. Since Toshiba is too cheap to send me Windows OS Tablet CDs, I will have to use an installer and a serial number that I already have. The CD I'm installing from "Microsoft Windows XP Professional Includes Service Pack 2"; that should make things easy!

But it's not. Tablet PC software was no where to be found on the computer after the OS install. Microsoft Tablet PC Support and Toshiba Technical Support does not know how to get the Tablet PC software installed nor do they know there's a Windows OS CD for Tablets. (As I found out later, there are two TabletPC OS CDs named "WindowsXPTablet.iso" and "Microsoft_WindowsXP_Tablet_PC_Edition_2005 and Media Center Edition 2005.rar". But I'm getting about a week ahead of myself.)

Rob
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What is on this computer?
I started researching, and then realized that I had already committed to redoing OS and software installed on the PC. There are 150+ pieces of software on this computer. I would probably have to install 50 Toshiba drivers and other software on top of Windows. All but the OS and one driver is on the "Applications and Drivers CDs" which were created when I backed up the OS on 9/7/5. Here are my notes that I collected while researching what I wanted to reinstall back on this computer:

Install Order Software Install? What it does: File Name: Where to find software:
           
           
Windows XP Install Disks:        
00 Microsoft Windows XP Professional includes Service Pack 2 Yes Base Windows XP install disk   Mine
  Microsoft Windows XP TabletPC Edition 2005 No Base Windows XP install disk for TabletPCs WindowsXPTablet.iso http://www.snarf-it.org/viewTorrent/511748-WindowsXPTablet.iso.html
02 Microsoft Windows XP Media Center & TabletPC Edition 2005 Yes Base Windows XP install disk for TabletPCs Windows XP MCE 2004 [SP2-RTM] [Media Center Edition] [Modified Tablet PC 2005 Release].iso http://www.torrentz.com/torrent_102744.html
           
           
           
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) includes Tablet PC Edition 2005 includes:    
  Pen Input Yes Tablet PCs include digital pens that you use to control the computer and to write text in your own handwriting.    
  Tablet PC Input Panel Yes Input Panel is an on-screen keyboard and writing pad. With Input Panel, you can type text without your standard keyboard.   http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c4eebb54-14e3-408e-8c63-0a382e8d9239&DisplayLang=en AND http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=080184dd-5e92-4464-b907-10762e9f918b&DisplayLang=en
  Microsoft Windows Journal Yes Windows Journal turns your Tablet PC into a writing pad.    
  Microsoft Sticky Notes Yes You can use Sticky Notes to create and manage short handwritten or voice notes in the same manner that you would keep a stack of paper sticky notes.    
  Handwriting Recognition and Conversion Yes You can write in your own handwriting, and then convert it to typed text.   http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=080184dd-5e92-4464-b907-10762e9f918b&DisplayLang=en
  Speech Recognition Yes Tablet PCs have built-in speech-recognition capabilities.   http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=080184dd-5e92-4464-b907-10762e9f918b&DisplayLang=en
  Document Annotation Yes You can annotate imported documents with a Tablet PC pen.    
  Reading Maybe Your Tablet PC uses Microsoft ClearType technology and a high-resolution display.    
  Screen Rotation Yes You can quickly rotate your screen for landscape or portrait viewing.    
  Gestures Yes You can use your Tablet PC pen to make "gestures." "Gestures" are movements with the pen that complete common tasks.    
           
           
           
Software or shortcuts found on the Desktop:        
  On-Screen Keyboard Yes On-screen keyboard.    
  Fax Yes      
  RealPlayer Yes Streaming media player.    
  GoBinder No Helps students by managing schedules and classwork in one place. Organize class notes and search class notes.    
  AOL No American Online service trial software.    
  Google Toolbar for IE No Google Toolbar increases your ability to find information from anywhere on the web. The toolbar appears along with the Internet Explorer toolbar. This means you can quickly and easily use Google to search from any website location, without returning to the Google home page to begin another search.    
  DVD-RAM Driver v5.0.2.5 No      
  FranklinCovey TabletPlanner v2.156 No Planning software.   www.tabletplanner.com/updateinfo
  InterVideo WinDVD (v5.0 Build 11.546-0323) No Player and driver that allows the computer to play DVD videos.   www.intervideo.com
  InterVideo WinDVD Creator 2 (v2.0B014.397C33-???) No Application for creating DVD movies.   www.intervideo.com
  MacAfee VirusScan No Anti-Virus software   http:/www.symantec.com
  Microsoft Digital Image Starter Edition 2006 Editor (v11.00.422.0) No Trial software to help you effortlessly create, organize, enhance, and share your digital photos.    
  Microsoft digital Image Starter Edition 2006 Library No      
  Microsoft Photo Story 3.1 No Create photo slides shows with music and/or voice with these fun programs   http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx
  Microsoft Education Pack for Tablet PC No Free group of applications for students.   http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9D346916-B526-487E-919D-0BCE568DEF39&displaylang=en
  Equation Writer No Handwrite a math equation, and then convert it into a neatly typewritten image to paste into a report or a presentation.    
  GoBinder Lite No Keep track of your schedule with this planner. Use your tablet pen to jot down quick reminders about class schedules, project deadlines, and extracurricular activities.    
  Hexic Deluxe No Puzzle game from MSN Games.    
  Ink Flash Cards No Create flash cards to help you learn facts or study for an exam.    
  Send to OneNote 2003 No Send web pages, pictures, and other files to OneNote, and annotate or highlight them with your tablet pen.    
  Microsoft Experience Pack for Tablet PC Yes     http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1B5BA4F3-C8E1-405F-BE61-8A48BA11CA41&displaylang=en
  Note: Requires Microsoft .NET framework to be installed first.        
  Ink Art 1.3 No Draw or paint freehand or use a digital picture as tracing paper to create a professional-looking painting.    
  Ink Crossword No Solve any of the 12 puzzles that come with Ink Crossword, or download a new puzzle every day for free.    
  Ink Desktop Yes Write down notes directly on your desktop for quick and easy access.    
  Media Transfer No Easily copy media files from your home computer (running Windows XP Home, Professional, or Media Center Edition) to your Tablet PC with Media Transfer.    
  Snipping Tool 2.0 Yes Select and capture a portion of your screen—part of a Web site, document, or application.    
  Microsoft Office Yes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.   Got license CD
  Microsoft Works No The essential home productivity tools you need, including word processor, spreadsheet, database, calendar, and e-mail/Internet tools.    
  Protector Suite Software Yes Supports fingerprint login, fast user switching, Registering form (Password Bank), My Safe, & power-on security.   Get from HD before erase if nothing better
  QuickTime Yes Video playback software.   http://www.apple.com
           
           
           
Misc software found on the computer:        
32 Sonic Systems DLA (Drive Letter Access) Yes Drag and drop your files directly to a recordable CD or DVD.   On TOSHIBA Applications and Install Disk
  Sonic Systems RecordNow! No Easily burn CDs and DVDs, exact copies of other CDs and DVDs, and disc images. Store twice the data with dual layer support.    
64 Startup->RAMASST Yes ramasst.exe is a process that get installed together with common DVD drives. It is used to disable the XP built-in CD burning functions. This process should not be removed if you do not have a problem with your CD/DVD burning applications. Copy from Windows->system32->RAMASST.exe & put a shortcut into the startup folder.    
  Infineon TPM (Trusted Platform Module)- TPM offers data protection by using secret encryption keys instead of secret encryption formula (Algorithms). In encryption based solely on software, there is a danger that the encrytion key saved in the file or read into the PC's memory could be read and deciphered. By storing the encryption key in TPM instead, the data is more securly protected. No On TOSHIAB Applications Installer CD    
38 Support Bulletin Yes Display panel stays off when mouse is moved- the computer's display panel automatically turns off, the display panel may not turn back on again when the mouse is moved, or the touchpad is touched, or a key is pressed.   Obtained from www.csd.toshiba.com. Filename: b24896a.exe
           
           
           
Other Programs in C:\"Program Files" which have not been mentioned:    
  Ltmoh No Puts the Internet connection on hold and answers/ignores an incoming voice call or places an outgoing voice call and returns back to the Internet without losing the connection.    
  MovieMaker No Makes digital home movies.   by Microsoft
  NetMeeting Yes Internet conferencing solution for all Windows users with multi-point data conferencing, text chat, whiteboard, file transfer as well as point-to-point audio and video.   by Microsoft
           
           
           
Add/Remove Programs that are installed on this computer:      
  ALPS Touch Pad Driver Maybe Not Provides a convenient way to modify setting for Alps Pointing-device. The Alps Pointing-device Driver is compatible with most standard mice and similar pointing devices.   Installed by Alps Pointing Device Driver for Windows
  Bluetooth stack for Windows by Toshiba v4.00.36(T) Yes     Installed by Bluetooth stack for windows by Toshiba
  CD/DVD Drive Acoustic Silencer v1.00.008 Yes     Installed by CD/DVD Drive Acoustic Silencer
  High Definition Audio Driver Package -KB888111 v20040219.000000 Yes     Installed by Microsoft High Definition Audio Driver Package
  Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver v6.14.10.4436 Yes     Installed by Intel Calistoga GM Display Diver
  Intel(R) PRO Network Connections Drivers Yes     Can't find what install this; may be by one of the Intel stacks
  Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Software v10.01.0000 No     Installed by Intel PROSET Utility
  J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 6 Yes     www.sun.com
  Microsoft Ink Desktop v1.0.0 Yes     Installed by Microsoft Experience Pack for Tablet PC
  Microsoft Snipping Tool v2.0 Yes     Installed by Microsoft Experience Pack for Tablet PC
  Protector Suite 5.4 Maybe     Installed by Protector Suite Software
  QuickTime Yes     www.apple.com/quicktime
  Realtek High Definition Audio Driver v2.09 Yes     Installed by Realtek HD Audio Driver
  SD Secure Module v1.0.4 Yes     Installed by SD Secure Module
  Sonic DLA v5.2.0 Yes     Installed by Sonic Systems DLA
  Sonic RecordNow! v7.31 No     Used to create writable and re-writable optical media on your machhine.
  Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515/xx12 drivers v1.16.0000 Maybe     Installed by Texas Instruments PCIxx21 FlashMedia Driver
  TOSHIBA Accelerometer Utilities v2.03.00 Yes     Installed by Toshiba Accelerometer Utilities
  TOSHIBA Assist Yes     Installed by Toshiba Assist
  TOSHIBA Controls v3.27.3100 Maybe     Installed by Toshiba Controls
  TOSHIBA Display Device Change Utility Yes     Installed by Toshiba Display Device Change Utility
  TOSHIBA HDD Protection v1.01.08g Yes     Installed by Toshiba HDD Protection
  TOSHIBA Hotkey Utility for Display Devices Yes     Installed by TOSHIBA Hotkey Utility for Display Device
  TOSHIBA Mic Effect v2.08.01 Maybe     Installed by Toshiba Mic Effect
  TOSHIBA Mobile Extension3 for Windows XP V3.82.00.XP No     Installed by Toshiba Mobile Extension 3
  TOSHIBA Password Utility v2.01.09 Maybe     Installed by Toshiba Password Utility
  TOSHIBA PC Diagnostic Tool v3.2.2 Yes     Installed by Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool
  TOSHIBA Power Saver v7.08.05 Yes     Installed by Toshiba Power Saver Utility
  TOSHIBA Rotation Utility v4.00.00.07 Yes     Installed by Toshiba Rotation Utility
  TOSHIBA SD Memory Boot Utility v1.1.0.0A No     Installed by Toshiba SD Memory Boot Utility
  TOSHIBA SD Memory Card Format v2.1.0.0A Maybe     Installed by Toshiba SD Memory Card Format Utility
  TOSHIBA Security Assist v1.1.8 Maybe Not     Installed by Toshiba Security Assist Utility
  TOSHIBA Software Modem v2.1.62 (SM2162ALD04) Yes     Installed by Toshiba Software Modem Driver
  TOSHIBA Software Upgrades Yes     Installed by Toshiba Software Upgrades
  TOSHIBA Tablet Access Code Logon Utility v1.16.00 No     Installed by Toshiba Software Upgrades
  TOSHIBA TouchPad On/Off Utility V2.05.01 No     Installed by Touch Pad Enable/Disable Utility
  TOSHIBA Utilities v4.30.11 Yes     Installed by Toshiba Utilities
  TOSHIBA Zooming Utility No     Installed by Toshiba Zooming Utility
  Viewpont Media Player No      
  WildTangent Web Driver No Allows you to play 3D games over the Internet. Although its not technically considered spyware it does have built in components to update itself and gather information about the computer system including: Operating System Version, CPU Type and Speed, Memory Amount, Video Card type and Driver Version, Sound Card type and Driver Version, DirectX Version, Location that the Web Driver was installed from.   http://www.pchell.com/support/wildtangent.shtml
  Windows Installer 3.1 (KB893803) Yes     Installed by Default
  Wireless Hotkey v2.0.0.6 Maybe     Installed by Toshiba Wireless Hotkey Utility
  Yahoo! Music Engine No      
           
           
           
Software from Toshiba's web site:        
  Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility No Some Toshiba notebook computer models include the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility, which is stored in a special partition on the hard disk drive, along with the system files used for the 'recovery' of the hard disk drive to its original just-from-the-factory default state (contents). "HDD" in the name of this utility stands for hard disk drive. This on-disk utility is an alternative to the Recovery CD or DVD included with most Toshiba notebook computer models.   http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_dtlView.jsp?soid=806477
  Intel GM Display Driver for Windows XP/2000 (v6.14.10.4543; 08-17-2006; 5.04M) No      
  Toshiba Online User's Guide for Tecra M7 (v1.1; 06-15-2006; 3.93M) No Installs an electronic version of this machines user's guide.    
26 Toshiba Controls for Windows XP (v3.27.3100; 06-15-2006; 5.05M) Maybe This application enables the use of the Web and Toshiba buttons. It also enables the CD/DVD control buttons. I order to install this component, you must first uninstall it, restart the computer and then install it.   http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
  Toshiba Mic Effect for Windows XP (v2.08.01; 06-15-2006; 6.47M) Maybe Echo canceller filters out speaker sound from microphone input to prevent echo that can occur while talking without headphone or headset.   http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
  nVidia Quadro NVS 110M Display Driver for Windows XP (v6.14.10.8452; 06-15-2006; 22.81M) No      
  Toshiba Mobile Extension 3 for Windows XP (v3.82.00.XP; 06-09-2006; 1.95M) No Enables enhanced mobility options for your computer, such as docking.    
28 Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool for Windows XP (v3.2.2; 06-09-2006; 9.58M) Yes Display the basic information of a computer and diagnose its built-in devices. /pc_diag_24847A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
24 Toshiba Power Saver Utility for Windows XP (v7.08.05; 06-09-2006; 6.36M) Yes This driver will provide extended support for Windows power saving features. /power_saver_24773B.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
40 Toshiba Rotation Utility for Windows XP (v4.00.00.07; 06-09-2006; 853K) Yes This utility can rotate display orientation automatically when you change to TabletPC mode from NotPC mode. You can also select display orientation when in TabletPC mode. /rotation_util_24771A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
  Toshiba SD Memory Card Format Utility for Windows XP (v2.1.0.0A; 06-09-2006; 1.85M) Maybe SD memory cards are sold already formatted in conformity to specific standards. if you format the SD card again, be sure to format it with the TOSHIBA SD memory card format utility, not wit the format commands provided within Windows.   http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
  Intel GM Display Driver for Windows XP (v6.14.10.4436; 06-09-2006; 5.06M) Yes   /intel_video_24769B.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0 or Intel site: http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df-external/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=N&ProductID=2301&DwnldID=11492&strOSs=83&OSFullName=Windows*%20XP%20Tablet%20PC%20Edition&lang=eng
08 Toshiba ACPI Common Modules for Windows XP (v6.05.01.TE; 06-09-2006; 2.13M) Yes This component installs the Toshiba Common Modules driver, which provide for the full functionality of the ACPI features of your machine. These work in conjunction with other Toshiba utilities and drivers. Note: Install after Realtek HD Audio Driver or else you get errors with "Audio not Supported" at boot. /common_modules_24895A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0 or Installed by TOSHIBA Common Modules.
  Toshiba Accelerometer Utilities for Windows XP (v2.03.00; 06-09-2006; 6.99M) Maybe TOSHIBA Accelerometer Utilities are a set of hardwnare utilities that work with teh motion sensors built into your machine. With the Accelerometer, your machine will be able to detect teh way you are holding it at any given moment. You can set teh machine to perform a specific function when the unit is quicly tilted to the left or right, or to the front or back. /accel_util_24774A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
42 Toshiba HDD Protection for Windows XP (v1.01.08g; 06-09-2006; 2.87M) Yes Automatically moves the HDD head to a safe position when vibration is detected. /HDD_protection_24845A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
  Toshiba Backup Utility for Windows XP (v2.0.1.95; 05-10-2006; 7.27M) No Back up data, setup an automatic backup, or export backup data    
20 TOSHIBA Hotkey Utility for Display Device (v3.4.5.5; 05-26-2006; 575K) Maybe This is a software utility to allow you to configure Toshiba hotkey features. Display Standby and Hibernation confirmations when Fn+F3 or Fn+F4 is pressed. /ta8dispchghk_24770B.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
  Toshiba Password Utility for Windows XP/2000 (v2.01.09; 05-26-2006; 5.71M) Maybe This utility lets you register a supervisor password, which allows you to restrict access to hardware setup programs when the Toshiba "user password" is enabled. Set conditions for User Password.   http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
06 Realtek HD Audio Driver for Windows XP (v5.10.0.5255 Logo; 05-26-2006; 23.79M) Yes Driver needed to unsure the proper operation ofthe sound device in your computer. This is required for playback of WAVE and MIDI files. /ta8audiox.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
  Microsoft High Definition Audio Driver Package v20040219.000000 Yes Microsoft* High Definition Audio Package (must install XP SP2 first, then kb888111.exe, and then the audio driver). /kb888111.exe http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df-external/Detail_Desc.aspx?strState=LIVE&ProductID=954&DwnldID=11036&agr=Y&lang=eng&PrdMap=954
22 Toshiba Display Device Change Utility for Windows XP (v2.5.0.0; 05-26-2006; 341K) Yes This is a utility to switch video output between LCD and TV by using the TV out button on your computer. /ta8dispchgutil_24747A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
  Toshiba Fingerprint Utility for Windows XP/2000 (v5.4.0 Build 2934; 05-26-2006; 20.93M) No This application enables login to your computer using fingerprints. /ta8fputil_24842A.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
18 Bluetooth Stack for Windows XP/2000 (v4.00.36 (T); 05-26-2006; 26.54M) Yes   /ta8btstackx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
  Atheros Mini PCI Wireless Lan (802.11a/b/g, b/g) Driver (v4.1.2.146; 05-26-2006; 2.89M) No      
  Toshiba Online User's Guide (Spanish) for Tecra M7 (v1.0; 05-31-2006; 6.02M) No      
  Toshiba Online Resource Guide for Tecra M7 (v1.2; 05-22-2006; 853K) Maybe     http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp?moid=1364134&ct=DL&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0
  Toshiba Tablet Access Code Logon Utility for Windows XP (v1.16.00; 04-11-2006; 2.03M) No The Tablet Access code Logon Utility remembers any drawing, such as a character or symbol, as a code to logon to your computer.    
  Toshiba Security Assist Utility for Windows XP (v1.1.8; 04-28-2006; 6.68M) Maybe Not Diagnoses the PC and helps you apply secure settings.   http://askiris.toshiba.com/ToshibaSupportSite/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=1366369xml&sliceId=&dialogID=14634374&stateId=1%200%2014630784
  Atheros Client Utility (802.11 a/b/g, b/g) for Windows XP (v4.1.1.231.i155; 04-17-2006; 10.14M) No      
  Texas Instruments PCIxx21 FlashMedia Driver for Windows XP/2000 (v2.0.0.4; 04-17-2006; 3.98M) No This device driver enables accessing an xD-picture card, a Memory Stick, a Memory stick PRO and MMC card. /ta6tiflashx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
44 Toshiba Tablet PC Buttons Driver for Windows XP (v1.0.1.1; 02-08-2006; 1.48M) Yes This driver enables the buttons on the side of LCD. These buttons are mainly used in TabletPC mode. /pm400btnx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
  Toshiba Zooming Utility for Windows XP (v2.0.0.23t; 02-08-2006; 1.08M) Maybe Allows you to Zoom applications in and out. You can also zoom the deskop icons in and out.   http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
48 SD Secure Module for Windows XP (v1.0.4; 01-27-2006; 2.12M) Yes Drivers required for the proper operation of the SD Card slot on this machine. /tm5sdsecurex.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
50 Toshiba Assist for Windows XP/2000 (v1.03.00upd; 01-27-2006; 1.29M) Yes Provides quick access to computer functions and allows you to customize a range of computer settings. /tm5tassistx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
  Toshiba SD Memory Boot Utility for Windows XP (v1.1.0.0A; 01-27-2006; 4.54M) No TOSHIBA SD Memory Boot Utility let you choose betweeen floppy drive or a IMG/VFD/FLP image file as boot image to put on SD card. None of the IMG and VFD files have known to work. From:http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/jive3/profile.jspa?userID=537839517    
  Toshiba Wireless Hotkey Utility for Windows XP/2000 (v2.0.0.6; 01-18-2006; 2.07M) No This application gives you the ability to control your wireless device with key strokes from teh keyboard.   http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
  Intel PROSET Utility (802.11 a/b/g, b/g) for Windows XP (v10.1.0.2.w61; 01-12-2006; 37.47M) No Utility to control the driver for the Wireless LAN controller.   http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
  Toshiba ConfigFree Utility for Windows XP/2000 (v5.90.05; 01-12-2006; 14.28M) No A suite of utilities to allow easy control of communication devices and network connections. Allows you to find communication problems and create profiles for easy switching between location and communication networks. Install Ethernet and WiFiLAN drivers first.    
14 Toshiba Software Modem Driver for Windows XP/2000 (v2.1.62; 01-12-2006; 1.02M) Yes These drivers are required for your machine to be able to fully utilize the modem. /ta6modemx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
  Toshiba Fast Ethernet LAN Adapter Driver for Windows XP/2000 (v8.0.21.101; 01-12-2006; 683K) No   /ta6lanx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
01 Toshiba Gigabit Ethernet LAN Driver for Windows XP (v9.2.24; 01-12-2006; 690K) Yes Driver required to use the LAN controller. /ta6gblanx.exe Installed by Internal LAN Driver 1
16 Intel (802.11 a/b/g, b/g) Mini PCI Driver for Windows XP/2000 (v10.1.0.13a; 01-12-2006; 1.99M) Yes Driver for the Wireless LAN controller. /ta6wlanix.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList or Installed by Integrated Wireless LAN Driver 1.
04 Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility for Windows XP/2000 (v7.1.0.1014; 01-12-2006; 792K) Yes Necessary to optimize the performance of your computer's motherboard. /ta6chipsetix.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
  DVD RAM Driver Software for Windows XP/2000 (v5.0.2.5; 01-12-2006; 64.79M) No Support for the optional DVD-Multidrive for back-up and data storage.    
  Bluetooth Monitor for Windows XP/2000 (v2.12.00; 01-12-2006; 1.57M) No This utility enables users to operate Bluetooth using Wondows Native driver with SP2 installed. If using this version, do not install Bluetooth Stack from Toshiba.   http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
  Touch Pad Enable/Disable Utility for Windows XP/2000 (v2.5.1.0; 11-18-2005; 1.14M) No Gives you the option of manually enabling/disabling the machine's touchpad using FN+F9.    
03 Toshiba TBIOS Driver for Windows XP (v2.7; 11-18-2005; 102K) Yes Required by Toshiba utilities and applications. Must get from web site and is required for Software Updates. /tbios27.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList or Installed by TBIOS Driver V2.7.
52 Toshiba Utilities for Windows XP/2000 (v4.30.11; 09-27-2005; 6.26M) Yes Utilitize peatures such as customizing your computer's hardware settings, setting up otkey or accessibility short-cuts, or adding support fora Supervisor Password. /ts3utilsx.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
30 CD/DVD Drive Acoustic Silencer for Windows XP/2000 (v1.00.008; 05-06-2005; 1.22M) v1.00.008 Yes Reduces CD/DVD drive mechanical sound level when playing back audio or video content. /lu100cdsilence.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
54 Toshiba Software Upgrades for Windows XP (v3.9; 04-22-2005; 2.03M) Yes By installing Software Upgrades you will be able to check automatically for new software or driver upgrade from the Toshiba Internet server. /pr200swupdates.exe http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modItemList.jsp#PublicList
  Toshiba PC Health Customization for Windows XP (v1.6; 02-24-2005; 104K) No Adds TOSHIBA information to Help and Support.    
12 Alps Pointing Device Driver for Windows XP/2000 (v6.0.304.6; 09-17-2004; 2.45M) Maybe Not Provides a convenient way to modify setting for Alps Pointing-device. The Alps Pointing-device Driver is compatible with most standard mice and similar pointing devices. These drivers give your TouchPad extended functionality and configurability.   http://askiris.toshiba.com/ToshibaSupportSite/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=1044476xml&sliceId=&dialogID=14634379&stateId=1%200%2014630786 or Installed by ALPS Pointing Device Driver.
  Toshiba Skins for Windows Media Player for Win98SE/WinXP/2000 (v1.00.1121-RC4; 09-09-2003; 781K) No      
  Toshiba Internal Modem Manual for V.90 56K Internal Modems (v 12-04-2002; 424K) No      
  Toshiba Modem Manual for V.92 internal modems (v 08-19-2002; 899K) No      
  Toshiba Skins for Windows Media Player 7 / Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 (v1.00.1121; 01-19-2001; 3.61M) No    
  Intel Network Drivers for Microsoft Windows OS No     http://support.intel.com/support/network/adapter/onlineguide/proinfo/PRO100/DOCS/SERVER/drivers.htm
  UPEK protector Suite v5.4 Maybe for MySafe Eliminates the need to remember passwords and PINs and Complements existing forms of authentication including tokens and smartcards   http://www.upek.com/products/protector.asp
  Pure Network Port Magic v1.2.1393.0 No Optimized SE software; automatically configures most in-home Internet gateways, improving access and performance for applications such as instant messaging, online gaming. Not Required, often infrequently run tasks that can be run manually.    
  Toshiba Game Console No Free program that allows you to download and play all the latest, best-selling games that will work with your computer system.    
  Toshiba Registration No This application assists you in registering your computer with Toshiba.    
  ViewPoint Media Player No A browser plug-in able to display interactive 3D models, Macromedia Flash animations and interfaces, as well as streaming video. VMP, installed on over 60% of US computers, is widely used to present product tours for the Automotive, Consumer Electronics, and Aerospace industries.    
  Bluetooth stack for windows by Toshiba (v4.00.36) Yes Toshiba Bluetooth stack for Windows enables users to operate Bluetooth using Toshiba Stack with SP2 installed. If using this version, do not install Bluetooth Monitor for MS Stack.   http://askiris.toshiba.com/ToshibaSupportSite/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=1474469xml&sliceId=&dialogID=14634315&stateId=1%200%2014630751
  Intel® Viiv™ Technology Test Utility v1.5 Yes Inspects a system for a list of requirements that enable the system to meet the Intel Viiv technology brand requirements. /ctvenu06.msi http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df-external/Product_Filter.aspx?ProductID=2266&lang=eng
           
           
           
Software from TOSHIBA's Applications & Drivers Installer (not already mentioned elsewhere on this page):    
  Browser Address Errors Auto Fix (v1.0.02) No This component will attempt to fix the addres a user types in incorrectly in IE.    
  Config Free Demo Screen Saver (v1.00.07) No Screensaver that shows the features of ConfigFree.    
10 Intel Calistoga GM Display Diver (v6.14.10.4436) Yes Display drivers are required for proper operation of your video display.   Installed by Display Driver 1
  Infineon TPM Installation Guide (v1.2) No Tools that takes advantage of the TPM embedded in your TCG compliant system. This solution provides services to easily create digital certificates using the TPM and to manage these certificates. After install, users have to enable TPM using the BIOS Setup.    
  Infineon TPM Software Professional Package (v2.00.0594.04) No Manages the Infineon TPM security controller chip.    
  McAfee Internet Security 060503-7654) No Protection form software viruses.    
  Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 SP1 (v11.6360.63 SP1) No Program that lets you take, organize and reuse electronic notes on your tabletPC.    
34 SMBIOS ActiveX control (v1.3B1) Yes Installs ActiveX controls required by Toshiba applications. Better definition from http://www.pcpitstop.com/faq/smbios.asp: Your computer's System Management BIOS (SMBIOS) is responsible for reporting configuration data to diagnostic programs such as PC Pitstop. When this data has not been recorded correctly by the system maker, it can cause our reports to be incorrect.    
  Sun Java 2 Runtime Environment (v1.5.0_06) No Allows you to run applications written in the Java programming language.    
  TOSHIBA management Console (v3.5.5) No This application provide workgroup-level simplied remote management.    
  TOSHIBA MyConnect Special Offer (v1.1) No Adds desktop icon for promotional offer to MyConnect Internet Access service.    
  WindowsXP Tablet PC 2005 Tutorial 1.7.2600.21 No Learn the essentials of using the tablet pen and entering text. Also, take an interactive tour of TabletPC and its accessories.    
17 QFE for Windows XP SP2 Computer with Multiple Processors (KB896256) Yes      
  QFE for Availablity of WinXP COM+ Hotfix Rollup Package 9 (KB895200) No This article lists the COM+ bugs that are fixed in the Windows XP post-Service Pack 2 (SP2) COM+ Hotfix Rollup Package 9. Each package contains all the fixes that were released in the earlier Windows XP post-Service Pack 2 (SP2) COM+ hotfix rollup packages.    
56 QFE for Cannot Add Windows Components in Win XP (KB884018) Yes When you try to add a Windows component after you first install Microsoft Windows XP, you cannot add the component.    
  QFE for Cumulative Security Update for IE (KB905915) No This update addresses the vulnerability discussed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-054. Installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for DBCS File Names Are Not Displayed (KB894391) No Install this update to address an issue that may cause a "Generic Host Process" error message to be displayed after you install security update MS05-012, or cause attachment file names not to be displayed in Rich Text e-mail messages. Installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for DHTML editing component ActiveX Control Could Allow Code Execution (KB891781) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Dirctshow Could Allow Remote Code Execution (KB904706) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
36 QFE for adding the Hibernate button (KB893056) Yes You are using a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. When you click Turn Off Computer on the Start menu, the Hibernate button does not appear.    
60 QFE for Fixing Hardware Data Execution Prevention for WinXP SP2 (KB889673) Yes Your Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer may unexpectedly stop responding or experience random memory corruption when you resume from standby or from hibernation.    
  QFE for High Hit Count Watson Crash in WU Client (KB910437) No When Windows Automatic Updates tries to download updates on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based or Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, an access violation error may occur in the Esent.dll file.    
  QFE for Hyperlink Object Library Could Allow Remote Code Execution (KB888113) No Should be installed by Software Update.    
62 QFE for HyperTerminal Could Allow Code Execution (KB873339) Yes Can't tell if this is already installed.    
  QFE for IE ActiveX Supplement (KB912945) No This update includes minor changes to how Internet Explorer handles some web pages that use Microsoft ActiveX controls. Certain webpages will require users to manually activate Active X controls by clicking on it or using the TAB key and ENTER key. This update contains all previously released security updates. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.    
  QFE for Issue in Graphics Rendering Engine (KB912919) No A remote code execution security issue has been identified in the Graphics Rendering Engine that could allow an attacker to remotely compromise your Windows-based system and gain control over it. Intalled by Software Update.    
  QFE for HTML Help Could Allow Code Execution (KB890175) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for HTML Help Could Allow Remote Code Execution (KB896358) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Issue in Windows Shell that Could Allow Remote Code (KB893086) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Issure in MS Color Managament Module Could Allow Remote Code Execution (KB901214) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Issures in TCP/IP Could Allow Remote Code execution and Denial of Service (KB893066) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for LibPNG May Lead to Elevation of Privilege (KB887472) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for MS Agent Colud Allow Spoofing (KB890046) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for MS Windows Installer 3.1 (KB893803) No Windows Installer 3.1 is a minor update to Windows Installer 3.0 that was released in September 2004. Windows Installer 3.1 contains new and enhanced functionality. Additionally, Windows Installer 3.1 addresses some issues that were found in Windows Installer 3.0. Installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Multisession Recordable DVD (KB888622) No After you record data of the 100th session to a multisession recordable DVD in Microsoft Windows XP, you cannot read all the data that was recorded to the DVD. You can read only the data that was recorded during the first session.    
  QFE for OLE and COM Could Allow Remote Code Execution (KB873333) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for OneNate2003 SP2 (KB887619) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Remove the Energy Star Emblem from Display Properties Screen Saver Tab (KB910728) No      
46 QFE for SD Card Driver (KB896243) Maybe ???    
  QFE for Server Message Block Could Allow Remote Code Execution (KB896422) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Server Message Block Could Allow Remote Code Execution (KB885250) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for the Welcome Music and Video Do Not Play during the OOBE Experience Wizard (KB894871) No When you use the System Preparation tool (Sysprep.exe) and the Sysprep.inf file to update drivers on a Microsoft Windows XP image, and then you use the File Signature Verification tool (Sigverif.exe) to verify that the system files on the computer are digitally signed, Sigverif.exe may report that some drivers are not digitally signed. This problem may sometimes cause driver-related problems during startup.    
  QFE for Vulnerability in Kerberos (KB899587) No Vulnerabilities in Kerberos could allow denial of service, information disclosure, and spoofing. Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Vulnerability in Plug and Play (KB899588) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Vulnerability in Print Spooler Service (KB896423) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Vulnerability in Remote Desktop Protocol (KB899591) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Vulnerability in Telnet Client (KB896428) No A security issue in Telnet has been identified that could allow an attacker to learn information about your Windows-based system. Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Vulnerability in Windows Media Player Could Allow Remote Code Execution (KB911565) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 WPA2 (KB893357) No This update to Windows XP provides support for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), which is the latest standards-based wireless security solution derived from the IEEE 802.11i standard. It also contains Wireless Provisioning Services (WPS) Information Element support, which enables improvements in wireless network discoverability.    
  QFE for WinXP Based Portable Computer with Dual Core Processor Does Not Resume from Standby or Hibernation when ReOpen the Lid (KB917332)        
  QFE for Windows Could Allow Information Disclosure (KB888302) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Windows Firewall My Network (Subnet) Only (KB886185) No This update helps narrow the definition of the My network, or local subnet, restriction option in the Windows Firewall. This is helpful in situations where the Windows Firewall would consider a large network to be on the local subnet because of how the dial-up software configured the route tables. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Windows Kernel and LSASS Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (KB885835) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for Windows Telephony Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (KB893756) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
  QFE for WorkPad Could Allow Code Execution (KB885836) No Looks like it should be installed by Software Update.    
           
           
           
Verify that this software is installed after Bluetooth installation:
  Bluetooth Information Exchanger Yes      
  Bluetooth Settings Yes      
  Remote Camera No      
  Wireless File Transfer No      
           
Verify that this is installed at Start->Programs->TOSHIBA->TabletPC->
  Advanced Instant Security No      
  Setup for Accelerometer Utilities No      
  CrossMenu No Toshiba CrossMenu allows you quick access to Tablet PC configuration and options.    
  Rotation Utility Yes     http://askiris.toshiba.com/ToshibaSupportSite/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=1399174xml&sliceId=&dialogID=14634331&stateId=1%200%2014630761
  Tablet Access Code Login Utility No      
           
Verify that this is installed at Start->Programs->TOSHIBA->Utilities->
  Accessibility No Use Fn-StickyKey if you want to creat Fn key combinations by pressing one key at a time.    
  Fn-esse No Tool to launch other applications, and documents associatiod weth applicaitons, jsing the special Toshiba extended function key, Fn, in combination with another key on your keyboard, or by simple clicking an assigned key with the pointing device; also allows for switching between your open applications and documents.    



Notes:
Get Microsoft Validation Code: 8YPKMNK3 DJPD48PR
During installation of Realteb High Definition Audio Drivers, the hardware "Modem Device on High Definition Audio Bus" could not be installed because the software/drivers could not be found because I unzipped it to a folder OTHER THAN the default location.
Order of software installation: http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/jive3/thread.jspa?threadID=13683
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Toshiba loaded so much crap on this computer.
I'm new to Windows. I've always been a Mac guy. I can create and maintain a Macintosh OS, made for the desktop, that will bomb less than 3 times during the year with normal use. I've been told that Windows is nortorously unstable and my wife's desktop Windows OS rarely stays running for more than 4 days without bombing.

Looking at the OS installed on this M7, I can't figure out what Toshiba engineers were thinking. (I know, I shouldn't second-guess the "experts.") There is so much software installed on this computer that it is actually SLOW! It takes 3 minutes for everything to load into memory. Then, I'm constantly bombarded by pop-up dialog boxes and sounds for, what I consider, useless software. (Who needs or could hear an MP3 player when different software is constantly beeping at you.)

I LIKE to redo my computer's OS. I never leave a Macintosh factory installed OS in place. Although I'm not real knowledgeable about Windows, all this crappy software makes a real strong case to redo the OS. Problem is, do I really want to learn this much about Windows and will the gain be reasonable?

Rob
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The computer bombs coming out of hibernation with Toshiba's OS.
While looking around the computer, I'm noticing that the computer bombs quite often. They say that bombing is the nature of Windows but this seems to be a bit too often. After 2 hours, I've narrowed the problem down to bombing when coming out of hiberation. After another 2 hours of research on the web, I find that other Toshiba customer's are having the same problem. Here's the link to the thread:
http://hardware.mcse.ms/message322756.html

Around 4 am, I find than article on Toshiba's support page about this problem. Unfortunately, I can't update the thread above because "I don't have permission to do that"... Here's what I was going to say:

Issue: If the computer is placed into the Standby or Hibernation state by closing the display lid, and then the computer's display panel automatically turns off, the display panel may not turn back on again when the mouse is moved, or the touchpad is touched, or a key is pressed.

The Monitor Power OFF setting in the Toshiba Power Saver utility controls when the display is automatically turned off. Once the display is turned off, either moving the mouse, touching the touchpad, or pressing a key on the keyboard should turn it back on again.

http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_dtlView.jsp?soid=1461853&BV_SessionID=@@@@1127026448.1158135784@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccceaddikljjledcgfkceghdgngdgnn.0

After installing this patch, the computer seems to hiberate and wake correctly.

Rob
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My critique of the M7 hardware.
When I first started looking for a TabletPC, I really considered a Slate computer. They should be the lightest of all portables and with Bluetooth built-in, it shouldn't have to have a keyboard, modem, printer, nor speakers. These are all devices that you use (well, maybe speakers excluded) while at a fixed location. If you really need a modem, use a CDMA card from your wireless phone service or connect to the Internet via your Bluetooth phone. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a current Slate computer that seems acceptable. So I settled with the M7 mainly because the M4, it's predecessor, has such good consumer reviews.

I absolutely love how the pen is used to interact with the computer. Believe it or not, I don't have ANY complaints about the Microsoft software shipped with the computer. I am very impressed with the "handwriting to text"; it gets about 1 out of 100 words wrong when reading my bad handwriting.

The keyboard seems fine. No complains here.

I give the pen an overall B grade. The pen holder in the computer seems to be a little close to the bottom of the computer and makes it hard to grasp the pen once it has been partially ejected. The actual pen is long enough to hold it and not be bothered by clip at the top. There is a button on the side of the pen that seems to get in the way and unexpectedly pushed; all Tablet pens have this button so I guess this is a universal problem.

Since this computer is intended to be highly mobile, the DVD drive is excessive weight. I will probably take the drive out of the computer when it goes on road with my wife. However, Toshiba should have provided an easy method to remove the DVD drive and provided an insert to cover the drive bay.

The screen is very nice. The hand glides across smoothly as you write on the screen. In the house, the screen is easy to see. Quite a few of my wife's patients don't have electricity so they sit on their porch all day to stay cool. I'm curious to know how well the screen can be seen sitting outside with indirect sunlight.

I don't know why this annoys me but the latch on the computer, when in Tablet mode, doesn't seem to be tight. I often find that the top unlatches too easily either by itself or because the button is too accessible. Also, the male end of the latch rarely goes directly into the female latch; instead, the male always bounces off the edge and sides into the female latch. It's just annoying but not a real problem.

I ordered a secondary battery for the TablePC, PA3510U TOSHIBA SLICE EXPANSION 6CELL. I expected to just swap out batteries when one ran down. Instead, this battery attaches to the bottom of the computer and makes the computer tilt an an angle. It adds about a pound to the computer and makes the whole computer not sit comfortably in the arm. I think you would also have to remove the battery to dock the computer, but I didn't buy a dock so don't hold me to this. My suggestion is that Toshiba should have made a bay where the DVD drive could be removed and an extra battery inserted. (Note: ToshibaDirect is swapping the Expansion Slice for a battery that fits in the battery bay; and I'm paying the shipping.)

The one item I'm most displeased about is the trackpad and trackpad buttons. (This is probably a personal preference since I use Macintosh portables all day long...)

The buttons are set off about one quarter of an inch from the trackpad. I'm use to the button butting up against the trackpad so that the lip I feel with my thumb IS the button. It's gets frustrating to push the button median and not get a response from the computer. My wife will probably not care since she's not been accustomed to anything else.

My issue with the trackpad is that small movements are not noticed when I move my finger across the pad. If the pointer just missed a target zone by a few pixels, then I'm use to just rolling my finger a bit to move the mouse to the target. With the M7 trackpad, the pointer doesn't seem to move until my finger has travelled at LEAST an 1/8th of an inch. (The maximum seems to be about 3/4 of an inch and occurs only 2 or 3 times a day.) In that 1/8th of an inch, my mind tells my finger that it must move faster to get the point to respond, thus the pointer misses the target zone. OR, if I'm rolling my finger, the pointer begins to move only after my finger is fulling rotated and thus, I'm not yet in the target zone. Grrr...

So far, we're happy with the Tecra M7 (considering that we haven't had a chance to use any other TabletPC) and I'd recommend it to others.
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The computer is still on my porch!
The computer is here and it boots!

That's all the time I have for this computer for now. I gotta pack for BM.

Rob
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Delayed flight and early computer!
It seems that AirTrans messed up our flight. So we're sleeping in the airport tonight and hope the computer is there tomorrow.

Rob
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The computer arrived...
An email showed up in my mailbox today saying that the computer arrived. Unfortunately, I'm in New York City but I do head back home this evening. The shipping note says "Left on front porch." Great... Why don't they also leave a $2000 bill on the porch for all to see! Hope it there in 6 hours.

Rob
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Whoa... All the accessories arrived today!
I called Toshiba to verify that the computer would not arrive while I'm out of town and that the order was cancelled. They informed me that an order can't be rerouted, delayed, and probably not cancelled because the place where computers are in built Asia runs only by paperwork. "Once a shipping label has been printed, it can't be intercepted."

I told them that it was irresponsible to ship a $2000 computer without requiring a signature at the destination. I spoke with at least two people and their response can be sumed up into... "So?" I guess I shouldn't expect them to care as these people only take phone orders. If the computer is not on the porch or is soaked from rain, I'll have to again deal with Toshiba's total lack of responsibility.

Rob
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The Tecra M7 is arriving while I'm at Burning Man!
Today, Toshiba told me that the computer would be shipped on 8/30/6. I asked them to hold off on the shipment of the computer for a week but suggested that I contact the shipping carrier and have the package rerouted. I can't do that! There are NO PHONES in the desert!

So I cancelled the order. I repurchase when I get back.

Rob
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Credit won't go through.
Toshiba calls up and tells me that my card won't go through. Information between what I gave on the web site and what I have on my credit card doesn't match up. It seems that Toshiba verifies my phone number as well as my billing address and my phone number was not on my credit card account. In otherwords, they were asking my a trick question that delayed the build of the computer. Now, the lastest ship date is 8/25/6. The day I'm heading to The Playa and I'll be gone a week and a half.

Toshiba sales tells me that I can call back on 8/15/6 to get my actual ship date.

Rob
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I finally purchased the new Toshiba Tecra M7!
My wife is a registered Family Nurse Practioner and her job is going to see homebound patients throughout the southern part of Dallas, Tx. The biggest waste of time for her job is collecting, sorting, and returning customer's charts to the office; basically, paperwork. I see that a minimum of 45 minutes a day can be saved by scanning her charts, putting them on a computer, and allowing it to do the sorting work.

I am not a fan of waiting for a computer or piece of technology to be released. I believe that if you wait, something else will come along and you won't every commit to the purchase; thus, you delay your time savings that the computer affords. Well, I originally identified a Gateway TabletPC CX200X so I waited for it's release. I don't remember the reason, but just before purchase, I didn't like something on the Gateway computer and decided to wait for the Toshiba Techra M7. Because of my waits, it been 7 months before the purchase actually occured.

Here's what I purchased:
Tecra M7-ST4013 Tablet PC - Toshiba Laptop
Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2600 (2.16GHz, 2MB L2 Cache,
667MHz FSB), Genuine Windows® XP Tablet Edition 2005, 1024MB =
1024MBx1 DDR2 533MHz, 14.1" Diagonal WXGA+ Display (1440 x
900) with High Brightness and Wide View Angle, Intel® Graphics
Media Accelerator 950 with 8MB-128MB dynamically allocated shared
graphics memory, 40GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial-ATA), CD-RW/DVDROM
Multifunction drive, Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g),
Bluetooth (v.2.0) + EDR, 1 Year Standard Limited Warranty

Toshiba 3-Year SystemGuard + 2nd/3rd Year Extended Service Plan
Computrace® LoJack® for Laptops - 3 Year Recovery Service
Toshiba 14.1 inch 3-in-1 Tablet PC Leather Portfolio and Tablet Digital Pen Bundle
Targus Mobile 70 Universal Combo AC and Auto/Air Adapter
Toshiba Slice Expansion 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery Pack

Some comments about Toshiba's configuration process.
* There is no generic configuration with Bluetooth! This means that if this computer doesn't work out for her, I have to fork over $450 to return it to Toshiba. Toshiba will only take generic configurations as a return! With Bluetooth built-in to phones, cameras, PDAs, and printers, I can't imagine anyone purchasing a portable computer in today's environments without it.
* The Toshiba website wants you to purchase the 3-year, same as 1-year, warranty. If you purchase a SystemGuard warranty, be sure to deselect 3-year so your not ripped off.
* I chose to pay the higher price for 1 stick of RAM, 1024MBx1 DDR2 533MHz. I did this because the computer has only 2 RAM slots; if/when I chose to upgrade memory in the future, I won't have to throw away a memory stick.

The web site estimates that I'll receive the computer around 8/22/6. I'll be looking for it!

Rob
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