Back then in 2003, Toshiba Portege M200 Tablet PC notebook reigns as one of the most innovative and beautifully designed Tablet PC (TPC) notebooks. With black-coated magnesium chassis and the highest screen resolution (1400×1050) display housing the state of art components, the attractive-looking Portege M200 is undoubtedly a work of timeless beauty and engineering, which even today continue to attract buyers who want to own a piece of this classic.
However, like any computers, the technological marvel of today will be obsolete tomorrow. Traditionally, the notebook vendors support a computer notebook for 5 years for driver update and repair. Hence, M200 has enjoyed its heyday running Windows XP and Windows Vista. However, with Windows 7 , Toshiba no longer support M200 in term of updating compatible system software and optimized driver. With no official support, Windows 7 no longer can take full advantage of the hardware capability for performance and functionality.
The following highlights the main issues of M200 running under Windows 7
- Many of system softwares no longer works under Windows 7, at least not without trial and error. The rotation, brightness control, password utility etc are among those crucial functions render unusable in Win7. Without specific driver support, Win7 will not display those options like brightness control, rotation, screen resolution, Aero-interface.
- Performance suffers due to using un-optimized driver, particularly in graphics capability.
- Even though some third-party softwares can be used as replacement for notebook system software, some functions requires new software designed specifically for Win7. Pivot cannot rotate the screen in Win7.
Among one of bad news is the inability of Win7 to take advantage of the 1400×1050 screen resolution of M200 out of the box. However, the good news is that Win7 is in fact able to utilize the screen resolution.
Enabling 1400×1050 screen resolution of M200
– Go to Control Panel => Appearance and Personalization => Display => Screen Resolution
By default, Win7 will allow resolution up to 1280×1024 in M200.
– click on Advanced Settings (above screen), and List All Modes in popup screen, and the choose the screen resolution. Take note that the highest resolution only supports 16bit colours. Press OK and the screen will immediately switch to the desired resolution.
This is how it looks under 1280×1024 resolution.
Contrast with 1400×1050 resolution with slightly sharper smaller text.