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Asus N73JQ Owners' Lounge

Discussion in 'ASUS Reviews and Owners' Lounges' started by Cary Ader, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. Cary Ader

    Cary Ader Notebook Consultant

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    I'm glad somebody criticized the keyboard. I hated settling for it, but so many otherwise excellent laptops are using this same garbage! So there!

    I'm going to take Hatcher's suggestion and use the rubber strips--as soon as I can find them.

    Hatcher, it would be a service to the forum if you took photos of your fix. Thank you!

    On the other hand, my touchpad buttons are very quiet, and the pad itself is smooth.
     
  2. deekaysk

    deekaysk Notebook Consultant

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    So I´ve finaly got my hands on the X7B and it turns out that driver DVD says: Driver and utility: N73JQ/PRO7BJQ/X7BJQ
    So these 3 are the same with some minor differencies in config.

    I hope I´ll get the backup burned soon and then get rid of the bloatware.
    The wifi works but the switch is somewhat strange - it shows when the WIFI is disableb but not when enabled. The FN switch workes only sometimes. So I have some work cut out for the rest of today :D

    BTW Someone said that he could not fit the laptop in the laptop compartment of the bag that came with it - no problem here. Only the reversal process of taking the laptop out of the bag is a bit tricky :D
    The bag is a Targus brand and has logos of ASUS on it
     
  3. BrodyBoy

    BrodyBoy Notebook Evangelist

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    The keyboard is probably my biggest complaint about this unit. Not just that it seems pretty flimsy and low-quality compared to the rest of the machine, but the layout is poor. If they had recouped even just 3/4" of that empty space on the left, they could have vastly improved the user-experience of typing on this thing.

    A numeric keypad shouldn't just be squeezed in for the heck of it.....it should be assumed that people who choose a unit with that feature need it, and as much thought should be put into its usability as goes into the rest of the keyboard. Oh wait, I think that's exactly what Asus did here.... ;)

    I'm surprised you say your touchpad buttons are quiet. Mine are fairly stiff and have a loud click. The touchpad, in fact, is my second biggest complaint. While it's still better than all the others I looked at, and as you say, it's very smooth, I am in fact still having a hard time getting used to it. :( But I suspect the issue has more to do with the Elan software than the physical component, so I think I may experiment with alternate drivers.
     
  4. hatcher

    hatcher Notebook Consultant

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    Unfortunately i don't have a digital camera, if you remove your hdd cover and take a look at the rubber(ish) strips attached to the underside of the cover that's the exact same thickness and density you need for the keyboard "fix".

    I hear the G73 chiclet style keyboard is a direct fit and offers more rigidity though i have yet to confirm this for myself so that's a possible remedy as well.
     
  5. deekaysk

    deekaysk Notebook Consultant

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    Guys, who has a TV tuner in their N73?
    I can´t find any software to use the damn tuner. Driver is installed but I don´t know any free software.
    The winamp TV plugin I had on desktop with AVER TV card doesn´t work.
    Should I use the AVER MEDIA?
     
  6. BrodyBoy

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    The U.S. models don't have a tuner. It wouldn't be much use here, since the cable systems use pretty effective access controls (i.e., you need their tuner boxes or CableCards to access anything worth watching). I believe Windows Media Center has some basic TV/DVR functions.
     
  7. deekaysk

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    Thanks, Media center works, although it´s a bit anti-customizable in terms of fine tuning the frequency etc. but it´ll do for now.
     
  8. ionutd123

    ionutd123 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi everyone,
    First of all Happy Holiydays!!!
    I just sign up because i finaly managed to get this beautiful machine. I want to thank for all the advices in this thread.
    But I have a question. Is there on the web any disassemby guide for this notebook? Thanks again :D
     
  9. BrodyBoy

    BrodyBoy Notebook Evangelist

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    Welcome! :D I have not seen any disassembly guide or instructions beyond the basic directions for accessing the HDD/WLAN/RAM compartment. I too would like to see one, so I'll be watching and hoping someone posts something like that. Is there a particular upgrade you want to do that requires more complete disassembly?
     
  10. Harvi

    Harvi Newbie

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    How memory works on your N73JQ: dual-channel or triple-cannel mode?
    What program or game uses all from 12 Gb of memory? :)
     
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