HP Elitebook 2740p Tablets: fixing screen rotation and turning off finger-touch

25Mar11

I understand that some of the recipients of HP Elitebook tablets from the 2011 Tablet Initiative are running into problems with screen rotation when attached to a projector and with their hands/fingers interfering with pen input, so here are some instructions for fixing those things:

Screen rotation:
First off, if the rotation button on the underside of your screen isn’t functioning at all, you can download a driver from the manufacturer that will make it active (just download it, double-click the installer and keep clicking ‘next;’ the default options are fine):
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=4145567&prodNameId=4145452&swEnvOID=4060&swLang=13&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=ob-87706-1

Now, if your button works, but doesn’t want to rotate (or gives you a black screen) when you have a projector cable attached, you can:
1.      Click on your start menu in the bottom-left corner of your screen, then select “Control Panel” from the list.

2.      Once the Control Panel window is open, look in the upper-right corner where it says “View by:” and, if it says “Category,” click on it and change it to either “Large icons” or “Small icons” (it doesn’t matter which you choose):

3.      Now, look for an item labeled “Intel® Graphics and Media” and right-click on it. Choose “Create Shortcut” and it will place a shortcut to this control panel on your Desktop for easy access in the future:

4.      Now, connect to your projector and double-click the link you just created on the Desktop. When the window opens, look for Display > General Settings (it should have opened up to that by default):

5.      In the right-hand pane, look for a section labeled “Rotation.” It should say “Rotate To Normal” by default, but if you choose “Rotate To 180 Degrees” and click “Apply” in the bottom-right corner, it should flip around to where the VGA connection is pointing away from you (i.e., in a more convenient, ergonomic location):

Turn off finger-touch but leave the pen functions:
1.      Click on your start menu in the bottom-left corner of your screen, then select “Control Panel” from the list.

2.      Once the Control Panel window is open, look in the upper-right corner where it says “View by:” and, if it says “Category,” click on it and change it to either “Large icons” or “Small icons” (it doesn’t matter which you choose):

3.      Look for an item labeled “Touch Settings” and click on it:

4.      Once the window opens, look for a checkbox labeled “Enable Touch,” and uncheck it. Click “Apply” and you’re done!

If you have any questions about these instructions or anything else regarding your new tablet, don’t hesitate to contact Stacey or me (Hunter) at x3675.

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One Response to “HP Elitebook 2740p Tablets: fixing screen rotation and turning off finger-touch”

  1. 1 Jennifer

    My elite book does not allow you to choose a rotate 180 degrees. Help, I hate having all of my cords coming out the bottom of my computer when I am in tablet mode.


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