Below is a partial list of computers that J.D. has used over the years:


  • Dell E5530
  • Samsung Chromebook
  • ASUS S200E


  • Lenovo Yoga 13 – returned shortly after purchasing, due to defective fan
  • Dell E6530 – was my primary work laptop for a number of months, retired in 2013


  • Lenovo Thinkpad X220
  • Dell M6500
  • Acer AO722 – sold in late 2011


  • Acer D250 netbook – my wife got this for me for Christmas and I absolutely loved the present 🙂
  • iPod Touch 64GB – again, a wonderful present from my wife and I used this iPod to develop my first iOS apps 🙂


  • Dell M4400
  • Sony VAIO Z Series VGN-Z540, P8600 CPU 2.4GHz Notebook upgraded w/Intel SSD
    • One of my favorite screens ever, eventually sold it in 2010 because it ran too hot and felt too fragile


  • Vostro 1400


  • Panasonic CF72


  • BeBox – one of the coolest computers I have ever owned, and one of the few that I sold for more than I paid for it 😉


To be sorted:

Compaq 486C

Libretto 50





  • Michelle Tremblay


    I am not sure where to go to ask my question. I have been looking for a way to disable the touchpad on my computer (Acer Aspire One 725). I never use it and it is overly sensitive. Any ideas?

    Many thanks,


  • Michelle Tremblay

    Hi JD,

    I’m back with a serious problem with my Acer Aspire One 725-0670. You helped me upgrade the memory this summer to 8 GB.

    I worked on battery for a few hours, then plugged the computer to the charger and went to do some dishes. When I came back, the computer was down and I couldn’t get it started again. It works when there is no battery installed, but will not even boot up when the battery is in. I have tried the following procedure suggested in various forums but it doesn’t help: “First of all, shutdown the notebook, unplug the AC Adapter, remove the battery, and then hold down the Power button for a full minute.
    Now, plug in the AC Adapter without the battery inserted, start the notebook, open windows Control Panel, open Device Manager, expand the entry for Batteries, right click on and the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery and select Uninstall – do not uninstall anything else here. When the uninstall is complete, shut the PC down, unplug the AC Adapter, re-insert the battery and then start the PC on just the battery. Windows will automatically reinstall the driver – leave Windows running for a few minutes. Shutdown the PC again. Now plug in the AC Adapter (with the battery still inserted ) and start the notebook to see if this has helped the issue at all.”

    I took it to repair shop where a new battery was ordered, but it still doesn’t work. The technician suggested an update of the BIOS but he couldn’t find one. I’ve spent hours searching the Web but can’t find any solution.

    Any ideas?

    Michelle (desperate)

  • Michelle Tremblay


    I forgot to mention that I read in a forum about someone else who had this problem. He inserted the battery while the computer was running on AC and the problem was solved. I don’t dare do this unless you recommend it.

    Thanks again,


    • Hi Michelle,
      I see you have done your research, good work! That was going to be my last ditch suggestion and these steps are adapted from that post:
      1. Turn Acer Aspire One OFF and disconnect the AC charger
      2. Take the battery out
      3. Hold the power switch down for 60 seconds
      4. Plug AC charger back in
      5. Turn Acer Aspire One ON
      6. Let the Acer Aspire One boot fully before putting the battery back in, while unit is still on

      If absolutely nothing else work, I would recommend trying those steps.

      Other than that, I wonder if the repair shop might have also had a problematic battery? I know that seems unlikely, but I have just not seen this type of behavior when a new battery was used. 🙁

      Keep me posted!

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