"Official" T904 Thread

Discussion in 'Fujitsu' started by SF6, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. zxcool

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    Ok... so one person said that the viewing angles are so bad that even if you look at the screen straight-on it still looks distorted ... Is this true? because i really like the computer. Also could you comment on the hinge... Do you believe it will last? at least a year? thanks for replying.
     
  2. zxcool

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    How is the battery life on this machine? I will need it to last at least 4 hours for classes( mixed work and drawing). Thanks for all who reply! And plz include your processor type as well.
     
  3. Mesosphere

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    I easily got more than 4 hours. The only time I ever got less than that was gaming. Typical for me was 5-8 depending heavily on what I was doing. Also, it charges very fast. If you can find an hour during the day to plug it in you can add as much as ~70% to the battery. The charger is very light for a laptop.

    It may have been me who mentioned the screen. The view angle problem is very sensitive. If the laptop is sitting further away it isn't as noticeable, but when it is close I can see the display change from the middle out to the corners. My hinge is starting to show some separation, but it doesn't seem like it is about to break or anything. At this point at least, it seems mostly cosmetic. It is over a year hold. If you treat the hinge with care it should last at least a year.
     
  4. zxcool

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    Now for the toughest question...probably already asked before. Would you still recommend this computer for college (4 year program) if I could get a thinkpad yoga 12 2nd gen. with the same specs? I like that this laptop has that extra inch which really helps but the durability is questionable. Then again, the yoga has a matte screen protector on it (yuck) but it's the brightest display which kind of compensates for it. Plus the viewing angles equal a :( but that extra inch and twisting screen (no gimmicky flip going on) change my opion every time ... soooo I'm stuck between the two. Thanks for replying, if you do, and please offer an explanation as to why you recommend the one that you do. I know this is long but I would much appreciate it. Thanks!
     
  5. kirbyofthestars

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    Does anybody else have an issue where the T904 sometimes fails to resume from sleep? I'll just lift the lid and the display will turn on, but it'll be all black. Sometimes I hear a few "clicks" and the computer revs up for a bit, but nothing else. Only thing left to do at that point is a hard reset.

    I can't say anything about the ThinkPad, but if it helps to mention it I'm using this computer for college right now and hope it'll last me through pharmacy school. Battery life is generally not an issue for me; I've gone 9-2 before with heavy Facebook/OneNote/PowerPoint/Google Drive/etc. usage in power saving mode/low brightness. The only times I'd have a problem was when I'd forget to charge it in the morning or change the power plan.
    I'm probably not as picky about viewing angles as other people here. The hinge IS flimsy, but I haven't observed it getting worse ever since I got the computer a year ago. I did have to have the computer serviced, though, due to some issues; one of which was with the LED wires in the display which may or may not have to do with the hinge. Turnaround time for the repair was atrocious, though. I tried to send it in during winter break, but didn't get it back until over a month—perhaps closer to two months—later, and had to use another computer for the first two weeks of the spring semester. They took a couple of weeks to get to it (citing the holidays as the delay) and then had to order parts from Japan, which other people in this thread have noted taking a really long time.
     
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  6. Unlogic

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    Never had that happen to me.
     
  7. Kevin Freels

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    Did you ever figure this out? When I ordered I didn't think I wanted LTE capability since i Have tethering available. But after a few months of havinr a Nokia Lumia 2520 with built in LTE, I just want the added convenience. I called Fujitsu and they said this device wasn't capable of adding LTE since I didn't order it that way. If you have this working, I'd like to know what you bought and what drivers you used if you dont' mind. Thanks!
     
  8. IloveNY

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    Hello, I recovered my T904 with factory provided 3 DVDs. One boot disk, 2 recovery disks.

    But when the recovery was complete, none of the drivers came back... not even WIFI. I clicked on FUJTISU SOFTWARE AUTO INSTALLER on the desktop, it won't load and gives an error message saying I should download drivers from FUJITSU website...

    but why should I even use the recovery disks at all if I need to install drivers by myself???????

    the 16GB hidden partition is there, so I guess all drivers are there but they just don't load...

    anyone facing the same problem?

    I also recovered a LIFEBOOK E734 with factory DVDs, same problem...

    my old T902 and Q702 don't have this problem. Recovery disks just give me back the original factory image.

    any ideas?
     
  9. Kevin Freels

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    Their driver process is a complete mess. If you go to their website you can download the drivers here: http://support.fujitsupc.com/CS/Portal/support.do?srch=DOWNLOADS
    There's a readme that's supposed to be a list of the drivers in order. It's not correct. I can't remember exactly where it is off but I've done it twice now.
    There is a "Fujitsu download manager" that doesn't work worth a darn as well.
    Best you can do is follow the install order in the readme file. Start with the BIOS update, then the chipset drivers, etc. Follow the sheet but sometimes you'll get an error that another driver that's later in the list needs to be installed first. Install it, but when you get to that point in the list, install it again. Then when you're done, go out to manufacturer websites and get the last few. It's a complete joke and I've written them twice about it and neither time did I get a response.

    Once you get it right and have a stable system, create yourself a new image using AOMEI backupper free edition and then if you have to restore you can use that instead of screwing around with the drivers again.
     
  10. Mesosphere

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    Assuming the offending driver didn't have a firmware component (which survives a drive wipe).
     

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