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Latitude XT3: Electrostatic Pen/Stylus Guide

Article Summary: This article provides a guide to the Electrostatic Pen supplied with your Latitude XT3 Computer

Table of Contents:
  1. Pen info
  2. Calibrating the Pen
  3. Removing / Inserting the Stylus Battery and Pen Tip
  4. Troubleshooting


Pen Info

The Latitude XT3 uses a specifically designed electrostatic pen or stylus for use in tablet PC mode.

The stylus pen kit that come with the Latitude™ XT3 contains one stylus pen, an extra pen tip, an AAAA battery and string to tie the stylus pen to the system.

1 Pen 4 Pen tip
2 Eraser pen button 5 Removable cap to replace the battery
3 Right-click pen button

In the event of a suspected digitizer failure, the pen tip should be examined. If the tip is damaged it needs to be replaced. This will often resolve problems with the digitizer.

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Calibrating the Pen

The pen can function at the default calibration or at a calibration set by you or by another user. It is recommended that you use the pen only while it is calibrated to your personal calibration settings. Calibration optimizes pen performance for each user.

To calibrate the pen:
  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Double click Tablet PC Settings
  3. On the Tablet PC Settings window, click Calibrate
  4. On the Calibrate pen or touch input screens, select Pen input
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen. The calibration markers are displayed on the screen as big plus sign (+). Tap the pen in the exact centre of each of the calibration markers.
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Removing / Inserting the Stylus Battery and Pen Tip

Removing / Inserting the Stylus Battery and Pen Tip
  1. To remove/insert the battery, un-tighten the screw cap. The battery with ‘+’ sign should be inserted into the stylus first
  2. To remove the pen tip, hold the pen tip and pull it out from the stylus. Install a new pen tip on the stylus pen head.
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The pen should be the first component to be investigated in the event of a suspected problem with the digitizer. Verify the tip is in good shape (free of chips, excessive wear, etc.) by closely examining it. If there is any doubt, you should change out the tip with a new one or one that is known to be in good condition.

You should also verify that the touch capabilities are not affected. Switch to touch mode and see if the problem still exists. If there are no symptoms present while in touch mode, the pen tip is the most likely suspect. If the problem does persist in touch mode you should run diagnostics and take the necessary steps depending on the results.

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Identificación del artículo: SLN289107

Última fecha de modificación: 01/07/2014 12:00 AM

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