Asus UX31A Touchpad Tweaks

For those with an Asus UX31A laptop and Windows 8 – you’ve probably been either extremely happy with your touchpad so far, or extremely disappointed – and for good reason! I’ve installed countless different touchpad drivers for this laptop – each one with such drastically polarizing results.

Either way, regardless if you’re in the happy or sad camp with your current touchpad drivers – this post should still be useful to you. My specific laptop model is the Asus UX31A-BHI5T11. This is the touchscreen version of the Asus Zenbook UX31A. I believe this post only applies to the UX31A laptops with the Elan touchpad.

  1. Sad Campers – let’s get your drivers updated to the best ones out there! From my experience, the best ones are the GENERIC Elan touchpad drivers provided by Asus. They can be found here: http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Touchpad&p=3&s=110
  2. Choose your OS version an download! I’m personally using the version 11.5.12.1. The filename for the download was Touchpad_Elantech_Win81_64_VER115121.zip.
  3. To confirm you have good drivers installed – try moving the cursor around and try two-finger scroll on the start screen or in a web browser. It should be smooth and fluid. Now that you have a usable touchpad, let’s continue on to some tweaks.
  4. Happy Campers – since you’re probably already using good touchpad drivers, you probably just want to tweak your touchpad a bit to get the best touchpad out there. How? Registry editing!
  5. Hit CTRL+R, then type “regedit” and click OK.
  6. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Elantech\SmartPad
  7. At this point, you can start editing keys that you want by using this handy guide: http://pastebin.com/m51ekHCp – this guide shows you all the “functions” you can assign to a gesture or tap.
  8. For example, if you want to make a three-finger-upward-gesture maximize the current window, you would edit:
    1. ThreeFingerMoveUp_Enable – set this to “1” to enable this gesture
    2. ThreeFingerMoveUp_Func – set this to “5” to assign the Maximize Window function to it.
    3. Note – make sure you switch the Base to Decimal instead of He when editing functions.
  9. After you make the edits you want, reboot your computer and it should be active!

For those who want an easy way out, I have mine customized as the following:

  • Three-Finger Click is set to “Middle Click”
  • Three-Finger Up gesture is “Maximize Window”
  • Three-Finger Left/Right is “Forward/Back”
  • Four-Finger Down gesture is “Show/Hide Start screen”

If you like my settings, you can just import my registry keys from here.

 

Not bad, Seattle. (Sunsets are beautiful!)

Beautiful sunset overlooking Seattle & the Space Needle

Driving home from downtown Seattle and spotted this beautiful sunset to left. Had no choice but to pull over and find a spot to take a photo! Unfortunately I didn’t have my S90 with me, so I had to take the photo using my Samsung Focus – which ended up being pretty fantastic! A bit of post processing and we have one gorgeous sunset and that iconic little space needle.

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No sir, this is MY Windows Phone (and it’s damn beautiful).

Epic Tokyo & Floating Torii in Miyajima

So as it turns out, like everyone at Microsoft has a Windows Phone. I guess that’s what happens when you give them to all employees for free. Or maybe, just *maybe* they all actually love the phone and are actually proud of the product their company produced! I mean – hey, that was a close second reason for me. 😉

Anyway, to make matters worse, there are only about 10 different Windows Phone models out there, and something like 3 different GSM ones. WHICH MEANS, everyone picked the same god darn phone because there was really only one good one: the Samung Focus.

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’nuff said.

Steve Jobs & his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs

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Creating an awesome platform, not just an awesome product.

https://plus.google.com/112678702228711889851/posts/eVeouesvaVX

And just in case it gets removed, hit the break for the entire post.

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Unboxing… FORZA Motorsport 4 Limited Collector’s Edition!!!

Forza Motorsport 4 Limited Collector's Edition

Okay, I’m not gonna lie – I’ve only had an Xbox 360 for like 1.5 months. And well… Forza 3 for even less time. But ohmygod FORZA 4 IS OUT!! Unboxing time!

Unfortunately, I spent all evening playing the game and didn’t really leave any time to write a real blog post about the game – so that’ll come another time. Anyway, click below to see all the photos.

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Zune, the most beautiful music player

Zune, the most beautiful music player

And so it begins. Both – my trek back to regular blogging and the start of my never-ending list of just plain *gorgeous* things in life. I have a rather nagging feeling that my list will probably revolve more around beautiful *digital* items – but I’ll do my best to keep it worldy. And yes, I realize that beautiful has a rather feminine connotation, and, well, I wouldn’t have it any other way! Let me explain…

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compromising on my coffee addiction

Hi everyone. My name is Frankie, and I’m a coffeeholic. My last drink was.. well, an hour ago.

My fellow coffee addicts! Ohhh the things we’d do for a cup o’ coffee. Back in elementary school, coffee was off-bounds since it could apparently stunt my growth, and I wanted to a giant like my homie, BFG. I still don’t know if that’s true. Anyway, I think I stopped growing sometime in high-school… long enough to cause me wandering into a Starbucks. And from that day forward, White-Chocolate Mocha was my coffee standard. No wonder those parents had been holding me back! This **** was off the hook! Anyway, my white-chocolate mocha love lasted just long enough for me to realize my bank account was empty from buying $5 drinks a few times a week. What a bummer.

Then came university. Oh god, where-the-heck-did-all-my-sleep-go University. Blame it on engineering (study study study study, exam, party party, study …) or “university-life” if you will, but by second year, I couldn’t last a lecture without my eyes closing on me. So then, with head hung low, I made my way back to the big green circle of addiction (read: Starbucks). Ensuring myself I wouldn’t be spending $5 a drink again, I looked through the menu for the cheapest item with caffeine: drip coffee. And then the addiction began.

Oh my god, Pike Place Roast. If I still had dreams, I swear you’d be in at least half of them. This medium coffee roast is simply ravishing! It makes my heart beat, while calming my mind. It increases agility and clarity my eyes and fingers. All this for just $2? steal! I could buy almost 3 cups of coffee for the same price as the mocha.

But alas, even $2 a cup is too much for a poor, full-time tech entrepreneur at a non-funded startup. And so, for the past few months, I have settled for something even cheaper: Nescafe Taster’s Choice Gourmet House Blend. Don’t get me wrong – it’s no pike place roast. But at $8 for 150g, which stirs up about 50+ “starbucks-tall” cups – I can’t complain. The only thing I add is a bit of honey and 1% milk and I’m set for the day. I think it works out to less than 50 cents a cup. Thankfully I never figured this out in high-school or I may never have hit 5’10!