Build your own robot car with the Raspberry Pi!

Build your own robot car with the Raspberry Pi!

On my search for a little travel notebook I found the Lenovo X121e. It is the ideal notebook for my road trips. The last few years I traveled with my Acer Aspire One D250 which I bought on my road trip 2009 from New York to Denver and back. But the Acer is now an old and slow netbook and it was time for a new powerful travel notebook.

Lenovo X121e - Notebook

Lenovo X121e – Notebook

I tried last month the Asus Transformer Infinity TF700T tablet. It is a very cool and powerful tablet with a mobile dock and keyboard but it is not a full-fledged notebook as I need. The Asus Transformer TF700T uses Android as OS. But I released that android is not a full replacement for e.g. Windows7. Android is very cool for smartphones but I need a graphics program like gimp to edit pictures for my blogs. But a program like gimp is not available for Android now. This was the reason why I send back the Asus Transformer Infinity TF700T and why I searched for a travel notebook.

Lenovo X121e equipment

I bought the notebook with additional 4GB ram online. Now the notebook has 8 GB ram installed. I installed Windows7 64BIT on the X121e.  The display is very good and the integrated cardreader is perfect for my needs.

  • Intel® Core™ i3-2367M Processor with 3 MB Cache and 2x 1.40 GHz
  • 8 GB PC3-10600 1333MHz DDR3 ram 
  • 320 GB SATA 3.0Gb/s (2.5″) hard drive with 5.400 upm and Active Protection System™
  • 11.6″ HD AntiGlare LED 16:9 (1.366 x 768) Display and Intel® HD Grafik 3000
  • case colot is Midnight Black Smooth
  • Gigabit Ethernet (LAN), Intel® Wi-Fi 1000 bgn and UMTS-Ready
  • Bluetooth 3.0, Webcam, 6 cells accu (up to 9.3 hour) and 4in1 Cardreader (SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro)
  • 3x USB2.0 (1x with power supply), 1x VGA, 1x HDMI™ (HDCP), 1x mic- headphones


The only problem I had come from the touchpad. The usage was very bad. If the notebook went into the standby mode and I reactivated the notebook the touchpad didn’t worked at all. I had to reboot the notebook to get the touchpad working. I solved the problem by uninstalling the Lenovo touchpad driver and installing the Synaptics driver for the tochpad.

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The next picture shows the Lenovo driver I installed first. But this driver is buggy.

Lenovo X121e - Lenovo Touchpad Treiber

Lenovo X121e – Lenovo Touchpad Treiber

These “ThinkPad UltraNav Pointing Device” I uninstalled and installed the Synaptics driver. I installed the Synaptics driver for Windows7 64 bit.

Lenovo X121e Synaptics Touchpad Driver

Lenovo X121e Synaptics Touchpad Driver

Now the problems with the touchpad are gone. The Lenovo X121e is now ready for the road trip through Canada. I will blog from the road trip on my blog


I will write a test report about the Lenovo X121e after my road trip through Canada. The notebook is very good processed and very stable. With the total 8 GB ram Windows 7 runs very good. Only the van is very loud for office usage. I think the van could be quieter for office usages.


Ich lebe in Bayern nahe München. In meinem Kopf habe ich immer viele Themen und probiert gerade im Bereich Internet neue Medien viel in meiner Freizeit aus. Ich schreibe an dem Blog da es mir Spaß macht über die Dinge zu berichten die mich begeistern. Ich freue mich über jeden Kommentar, über Anregung aber auch über Fragen.

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