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guess what stopped working again on Windows?
on April 20, 2011
Am using this on a Thinkpad x200T running Windows 7. I googled and found Windows drivers that sometimes work, along with a free program that lets you choose which options you want to enable, by setting a reg key. there's a low cost program that gives a nice UI to do the same thing, if you need it.
Note that for Windows I get a subset of the fancy features. I can scroll and pan, with two fingers, but I don't get more than that. oh well.
I use this product either when I'm out in a cafe and I want to save my wrist, or if I'm at home and need a change from the mouse.
I hadn't done much trackpadding before, but now that I am, I note that:
* most of the time it works great, for email and browsing.
* for dragging and dropping, it's clumsy
* it takes getting used to overall
Apple has tried a few things to make dragging and dropping easier. There are a few features to help, although they take time to learn and I'm still not thrilled with them. But frankly I don't do a ton of drag and drop, and when I do, I can always reach for the mouse or the "nipple" button on my thinkpad.
Update: starting a few months ago, the trackpad became quite temperamental. It has good weeks and bad weeks. A strange thing is that I had one week where it turned out to be a low battery, but there either wasn't a low battery indicator or it didn't come on. The trackpad would work for 10 minutes and then disconnect. Outside of the battery life issue, I've seen this trackpad get squirrely with Win 7. Generally a reboot will do the trick, but not always. It's tempermental--wouldn't recommend it for a "must always work" piece of hardware, or for a novice w/o access to a friend's support.
Stopped working again. The green light comes on but then it doesn't connect.
Basically don't assume you can use this reliably on Windows.
Alternatively, if you like troubleshooting your configuration, you'll LOVE this product on Windows.
Dropped it from a low height and it broke in several places. I think it'll still work but naturally I can't get it to connect to Windows--again.
OK it connects to windows again for reasons I don't understand. and the larger cracked area that showed up mysteriously still has touch control. The dropped on corner doesn't, but it's not a big area. I can use this once again... for now.