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I remember when I had the original Eee PC that folks were asking me about the eBook reading experience was. Specifically, folks wanted to know if I rotated the display orientation from landscape to portrait so I could hold the netbook like a regular book. I […]

V6615I remember when I had the original Eee PC that folks were asking me about the eBook reading experience was. Specifically, folks wanted to know if I rotated the display orientation from landscape to portrait so I could hold the netbook like a regular book. I never found the need to do that but for those that do on an Eee running Windows XP, you should be able to rotate the display using the Intel graphics software. Unfortunately, that solution doesn’t rotate anything else, meaning that your touchpad is still configured for standard, landscape usage.

EeeRotate is a bit of freeware that tackles both issues as it handles rotation for the screen and the trackpad. Ideally, I’d love to see it handle remaping of the arrow keys as well, but for now, it’s strictly the trackpad from what I see. Since so many of today’s netbook components are the same or similar, there’s a good chance this will work on non-Eee devices as well. In fact, TeleRead found a related article showing how EeeRotate works just fine on a Lenovo S10 as well. I still have Windows 7 on my MSI Wind so once I finish with that and get XP running again, I’ll give this a try. I’m not sure I personally have many use-cases for it, but if you, this freeware is right up your alley.

(via TeleRead)

  1. im not sure if thats silly, or clever…

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  2. Intel graphics drivers have long been able to rotate displays so I’m not sure what this adds other than the trackpad rotation. I sure can’t imagine why I’d want to do this. Not even “because I can”. :)

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  3. This has been covered for the better part of a year; from reports on the EeeUser forums, it looks like EeeRotate has some issues on current hardware. However, as was pointed out the graphics drivers have this function natively, so the only real issue is trackpad rotation – which is actually provided by SakasaMouse behind the scenes.

    There’s some good discussion here:
    http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=41162

    Personally, I use this for reading “scanlations” of Japanese manga. It ends up being about the same size on-screen as the books, and no scrolling!

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  4. I’ve just installed it on my Samsung NC10 running Windows Vista and it works just great.

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  5. Clamwin just detected EeeRotate as a virus???
    C:Program FilesEeeRotateEeeRotate.exe Trojan.Mybot-10773 FOUND
    is this a false positive?

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  6. It’s not a false-positive unfortunately. I had to completely clean my system from a virus after using EeeRotate, and I can’t see what else could have infected it. SakasaMouse should be safe, however.

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