Startup processes on a Toshiba M400

Or, “What is all this stuff doing on my computer”, part II. I’ve just finished switching my portable life over to a new Toshiba M400 Tablet PC. Gig of memory, Centrino Core Duo, life is good. At least, it was good until I looked at the process list in task manager. Then it was that…

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Patch for tcserver.exe memory leak on Tablet PC - at last!

In August 2004, I mentioned that the Tablet PC uses managed code for parts of its inking support. Specifically, tabtip.exe and tcserver.exe. Buried wayyy down at the end of the comments you’ll see my acknowledgement that there was a “known issue” with a memory leak in tcserver.exe. I’d actually reported this bug to the Tablet…

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MaxiVista just got even better

MaxiVista is a software application that lets you use another PC – your laptop, for example – as an extra screen for your main computer. Since more screen real estate is always better, this is a Good Thing. It’s especially sexy with a Tablet PC, because you can rotate the keyboard out of the way,…

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New Tablet PC feature on Channel 9 - ink-enabled posts!

Charles and the gang just showed off a new feature for the first birthday of the Channel 9 community site – readers can now post handwritten comments using a Tablet PC! Or a mouse, plus sufficient determination 🙂 Here’s the first of many ink posts in that thread:

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Diagnosing laptop hangs - and using a tablet pc because I WANT to

The solution to my hanging tablet pc turns out to be a simple case of “don’t change the defaults, stupid”. While using the Toshiba Portge 3500 at home, I had been experimenting with decreasing the wifi speed from 11 Mbps to 2 Mbps in an effort to increase its reliable range. Under SP2, the choice…

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Using a tablet pc because you HAVE to (or, life is too short for 3 minute tasks)

Laptop woes have been conspiring recently to keep me from blogging. Initially it was just a couple of keys on my tablet pc that seemed to need several hits to register. The next day, however, the whole keyboard was dead. Worse yet, our tech support guys didn’t have a hot-swap machine to offer, and Toshiba…

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The problem with MaxiVista…

…is that once you’ve used it you can never go back. For those who missed my earlier review, MaxiVista is a networked virtual display driver that lets you extend your Windows desktop onto the screen of a second computer. What this means is that every morning I put my Tablet PC next to my desktop’s…

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Debugging SP2 on the Tablet PC - managed code, tabtip.exe, and procexp

If you’ve got a Tablet PC and you’re running SP2 (and you should be!) you might have noticed a couple of processes hanging around called TabTip.exe and TCServer.exe. And right after noticing them, you probably wondered why they seemed to be taking up so much memory. Luckily, autoruns is not the only cool tool from…

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Jittery digitizer on a Toshiba Portege 3500 Tablet PC? Pen stopped working? Try this

I just fixed an annoying problem on my old Toshiba Tablet PC – the pen stopped working. To be precise, when I tried to use it the mouse pointer would flicker madly along the top and left edges of the screen, totally unable to track the real position of the pen. And the issue is…

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What do you map your Tablet PC buttons to?

All Tablet PCs have extra buttons next to the screen, to give the user non-pen-based input options when in tablet mode. And of course these buttons can be remapped by the user – the question is what to map the buttons to, and why? Here’s my current setup and the reasoning behind it: Right button…

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