Windows 10 Creators Upset

Yes, I titled that correctly. Upset.

So, my Lenovo all-in-one desktop is okay, so far, with the Creators Update. Haven’t broken out the Paint 3D yet to try it, but it’s there.

My Lenovo Yoga 2 in 1 tablet, on the other hand, will not rotate the screen any more. It’s landscape, in one direction, only. Since I primarily use this for documents, especially ebooks, this is not acceptable.

So, I went hunting for solutions. Turns out, Windows 10 has caused rotation problems from the beginning. The Creators Update just hit it for my 2 in 1.

I found https://www.tecklyfe.com/fix-rotation-lock-grayed-windows-10/ 

This had a list of 9 things to try. That’s right: NINE. Doesn’t sound simple, does it? Here goes:

Option #1 – Rotate to Landscape (Flipped)

The fix for me was to put my 2-in-1 laptop into tent mode, which kept the device in landscape view except flipped. Once I did this, I was able to click on the Action Center and the Rotation Lock button was clickable. Once I selected Rotation Lock, it was locked in the flipped landscape mode even after I put the laptop back into laptop mode. To fix this, I right-clicked on the desktop and went to Display Settings. Under Orientation, I changed Landscape (Flipped) to regular Landscape.

If your device doesn’t auto-rotate into Landscape Flipped mode, you can try right-clicking on the desktop and went to Display Settings. Under Orientation, and change Landscape to Landscape (Flipped), then check your Rotation Lock button.

Nope. Can flip but it won’t rotate back when the rotation lock button is set to Off. Tried several things but still not cooperating.

Option #2 – Rotate to Portrait

Using the same steps as above, try using Portrait Mode instead of Landscape (Flipped) mode.

Nope. Portrait mode stays in that mode, even with the Rotation Lock off. Leaving it in this mode is a poor alternative; sometimes I need landscape mode.

Option #3 – Reset Your Device

Users have reported that Rotation Lock function isn’t even showing in the notification area on their Microsoft Surface. You can try to reset your device. To do that, follow these steps:

  • Turn off your device.
  • When device turns off, hold Volume Up and Power button.
  • Choose reset and save option and exit.

After you’ve done that, Rotation Lock should now appear in Notification area, and it should work properly.

Not my problem; mine is not a Surface and I can get the Rotation Lock to show, just not affect anything much. Tried it anyway, but no use.

Option #4 – Disconnect Your Keyboard

If Rotation Lock is grayed out on your Surface Pro 3 or Dell XPS 2-in-1 device (or similar device), you can try disconnecting your keyboard. Users have reported that after the keyboard is disconnected that the Rotation Lock button starts working normally.

Not my problem. Disconnecting the separate ergonomic keyboard by pulling the USB link plug didn’t affect the rotation.

Option #5 – Switch To Tablet Mode

Some users claim that problems with grayed out or missing Rotation Lock button can be fixed simply by switching to Tablet Mode. If your device doesn’t switch automatically to Tablet Mode, you can do the following to access Tablet Mode manually:

  • Click the Action Center button in the Taskbar.
  • When Action Center opens, click the Tablet Mode.

-or-

  • Open Settings > System > Tablet Mode.
  • Make sure that Make Windows more touch-friendly when using your device as a tablet is turned On.

No, I have access to the Rotation Lock. It doesn’t matter, but it changes settings. I’ve tried the on-screen lock and the button on the side of the laptop; neither unlocks the rotation.

Option #6 – Change LastOrientation Registry Value

  • Press Windows Key + R and type regedit. Press Enter or click OK.
  • When Registry Editor opens, you need to navigate to the following key in the left pane:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AutoRotation
  • In the right pane, find LastOrientation and double click it.
  • In Value data box enter and click OK to save changes.
  • If you see SensorPresent DWORD available, double click it and make sure that it’s value is set to 1.

Already set this way. Changed and changed back. No effect.

Option #7 – Check Sensor Monitoring Service

Problems with Rotation Lock and rotation can be caused by certain services, so let’s check if those services are working properly. To do that, do the following:

  • Press Windows Key + R and type services.msc. Press Enter or click OK.
  • When Services window opens, locate Sensor Monitoring Service and double click it.
  • Change the Startup type to Automatic and click Start to start the service.
  • Click Apply and OK to save the changes.

Tried. No effect.

Option #8 – Disable YMC service

If you own Lenovo Yoga device and you have problems with rotation and Rotation Lock button, you can fix these problems by disabling the YMC service. To do that, you need to follow these steps:

  • Press Windows Key + R and type services.msc. Press Enter or click OK.
  • Locate YMC service.
  • Double click the service to open its properties and set Startup type to Disabled.
  • Click Apply and OK to save the changes.

Tried. No effect.

Option #9 – Remove Intel Virtual Buttons Driver

It has been reported that Intel Virtual Buttons driver causes problems with rotation and it also makes the Rotation Lock button grayed out. So far, only solution is to uninstall the driver and to do that you need to follow these steps:

  • Open Device Manager. You can open Device Manager by pressing Windows Key + X and choosing Device Manager from the list.
  • Once Device Manager opens, locate Intel Virtual Buttons driver.
  • Right click it and choose Uninstall.

Apparently I don’t have this driver, period. Not anywhere in the list.

Okay, try elsewhere. Lenovo has something for somebody’s later model laptop:

Re: Lenovo Yoga 3 pro 1370 screen won’t auto rotate

‎03-22-2017 04:36 AM

You have to go to registry under:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AutoRotation

and change LastOrientation to 0. You have to also remove SlateEnable key.

Interesting – the LastOrientation has reset to 1. I change back to 0. Shutdown and reboot. Nope, still not rotating. Okay, try again and remove the SlateEnable this time around. Shutdown after that – whoops, wants to do an update. No idea if that will help or hinder. Nope – didn’t matter at all.

So, I am stuck with no rotation unless I do it manually any time I need to:

  1. Right-click on display
  2. Go to Display Settings
  3. Under Orientation lock the setting so the choices are available
  4. Change to Portrait
  5. Unlock the setting

Fortunately, I get by with Portrait most of the time on this laptop, but it’s a nuisance. All settings say the rotation is unlocked, but it just won’t work.

Given that I’m not going to use Paint 3D on this laptop, I certainly hope the security updates are worth it. Microsoft has a long-standing challenge of getting one operating system to run on a variety of machines (I see updates are no longer available for some of the Atom processors at this time). Lenovo ought to be popular enough to get a solution at some point, but given that we’re all trying pretty much the same list of things, it might be a long while, if ever, before I see it. It’s not crippling, just a nuisance, but it serves as a reminder that our high-tech variations can work against us.

The odd part is, it initially loads in landscape (the Lenovo logo, etc.) and then switches to portrait. It did that before this update, but it still does that. It just won’t acknowledge the position of the laptop automatically.

Ah, well.  I watched the movie Passengers this weekend. The computers on the spaceship needed human manual intervention as well, so I guess I’m glad over 5,000 people aren’t going to die if I fail to manually rotate my screen.

 

 

 

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Nook Color part 2

Now it’s time to see about an upgrade to full Android on the Nook Color.

Backup the original system

Before any tinkering with the operating system, I decided to find a way to do a  backup to restore to the original settings.  Even though I did not plan to “root” the original hardware’s operating system on the built-in hardware (which would have voided the warranty and cut me off from seeing how the “normal” version operated), I didn’t want to take a chance on losing that “normal” capability.

Backup instructions are here on AndroidTablets.net from the very detailed work of Faceman, and much appreciated.

I downloaded and installed the Win32DiskImage software.

I’d bought a 2GB microSD card when I got the Nook Color.  Since it didn’t have to be high-speed or run the operating system, just be available for imaging the original system, I could go with one of the slower cards.  Many microSD cards come with an adapter to work with regular SD card slots, so it worked in my laptop.

RapidShare made me wait to get the 2GB  image file of the 3.0.2.8 CWR file (about 6 minutes), which is just how they operate.  If you don’t want to pay for the no-wait, faster downloading, you can join and pay for the service.  Since I don’t use it often enough to justify that, I scrolled down and picked the free download option, which is slower.  Much slower.  You get what you pay for, after all.

1,887.44 MB (1.8GB) for the CWR 3.0.2.8 image file.  Walk away and do something else for a while.  And… it failed.

Okay, try downloading the compressed rar version of the file.  That also means I need freeware 7-Zip to uncompress it afterwards.  Much faster download.  Uncompressed with 7-Zip to get the image file, and used the Win32DiskImage to burn the image file to the microSD.  Faster this way even with the extra step.

Flip the Nook Color over and open the compartment in the loop corner, and then insert the microSD, as per instructions.

Get a different boot and it loads ClockworkMod Recovery v3.0.2.8, with a menu (and on the landscape orientation, where it stays, like it or not.  Not a problem.).

I used the Volume Down button to scroll down to Backup and restore and the big N (Nook) button to select Backup and again to start it.  And away it goes.  Progress bar and the file names show.

When done, it goes back to the main menu and the top option is selected, which is to reboot now.  I remove the microSD card and hit the N button.

Normal boot.  I put the microSD card in my laptop and find new directories on it and a backup in place.  Looks good.  Set that aside and save it just in case.

Setting up for Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” from a microSD card

I ordered a Sandisk 8GB class 4 microSD card after reading this info about one function on the SanDisk brand that is much faster than many others, which makes it faster for running Android on the Nook Color.  I found I can also get these through the local Radio Shack stores.  Apparently one specific crucial function is faster on this brand than many others.

Rather than “root” the Nook Color, I wanted to just boot from the microSD with a full Android operating system.  That would not affect my warranty or the normal function.  Card in, boot from that.  Card out, boot to normal Nook system.

So, I went to the next set of instructions.  My thanks for that post to glasskeys.com, by the way.  This is for the 2.3 “Gingerbread” version of Android.

The Google Apps download link was broken at the time (there was a hard drive crash notice) so I used the “found via” link instead for that and the mirror site.

The instructions given are mostly for Macs, but I just used the Properties function on the microSD card (which was my “H” drive) and found it was Fat32 format with 7.39 GB available.

I used the Win32 Disk Imager to burn the generic-sdcard.img to the microSD card (my “H” drive).

Then I copied the update-cm-7.0.3-encore-signed.zip and gapps-gb-20110307-signed.zip files to the card, leaving them — as per instructions — still zipped.

Inserting the card starts the normal Nook system, so I shut that down and then turn it back on.

And boot.  There’s the penguin.  Lots of work being done, inflating files and such.  Finally it shuts itself down.  That’s supposed to happen.

I turn it on again.  We got Android!  And it circles around and around the little Android logo. Finally a menu option to use the Setup Wizard.

Can’t connect yet — have to set up the wireless and type that long password for my network in again.

And now I have the Android Market offering apps to install.  These are basics like GMail, YouTube, Google Maps.  I pick some.

Gmail app comes up, I okay it.  Google Maps, Street View on Google Maps, YouTube.  I okay the location data since it won’t be especially precise without GPS.  And it says my Google Account is now linked to this phone.  (Okay, 2.3 is not entirely up to date on tablets…)

Set the time/date stuff.

The manual for 2.3 is here.

Android 3.0 “Honeycomb”

Manual for 3.0 is here.

The Gingerbread version went so well I decided to check out the same thing for the later version, 3.0 “Honeycomb” Android.

Found another article on How to Run HoneyComb for use with the Nook Color.

That worked… up to a point.  I got to where I needed to enter my long password to get to my home wireless network and it got complicated.

The only way to put in this long password was to turn on the feature to make the password visible.  However, I found I could only access that option when holding the Nook Color in Portrait mode.  Following that, to actually enter the password and get it all in while remaining visible, I found I had to then turn it to Landscape mode.   Sounds simple now, but took a while to figure out the necessity while trying to do it.  7″ screens are not optimum for this particular activity, it would seem.

The automatic time/date did not work correctly.  Have to play with that some more.

Ended up finding 3.0 is much slower than 2.3.3, and a higher learning curve at this point.  Think I’ll wait for 3.2 or later to come to the NC.

Backup the card

Now, if I lose the card, or it fails, or whatever…  I wanted to backup the 2.3 version.

Win32 Disk Imager loaded.  Insert the card to be copied, and read the card to a file on my laptop.

Swap in a blank identical microSD card and write the image to it.

Tested it.  Now I have two identical microSD cards with 2.3.3, which is the more stable of the later versions.  By making changes on one, then backing up to the other every so often, I can keep them in close sync.

Gingerbread (2.3.x) on the Nook Color

I’ve gotten a few apps on this.  The Kindle app works fine, although not in as much detail as the version on my laptop (such as letting me easily sort to groups, for example).  I got some Kindle books to test and they work well, although I notice that the bottom line of the page on some books tends to be partially hidden behind the task bar — not illegibly, but a minor annoyance.  The sync with online Kindle works fine when I have the network on — I got these on my laptop, and they automatically synced and downloaded onto the NC next time I ran Kindle on it.  Ebooks are available offline although the placekeeping function is restricted to the NC.

The Nook ereader software also loads on here, so I have those eBooks via that if I want.  I’m thinking about the Aldiko ereader for general use, though.

I got the Dolphin browser, which I saw highly recommended for Android.  You can use gestures instead of a toolbar or key/mouse for the more common actions (if I can use them enough to remember them).  Here’s an example (based on iOS):

Dolphin gestures

Firefox has a beta version for Android, but I ran into a problem getting that.  The Firefox installer thinks I have a standard Nook Color, and so won’t install as it expects the limited standard version of Android.  I have no idea how to tell it that I’m running off a full Android version.    Turns out, checking around with other users posts, that even if I could get the apk file and install manually, it probably wouldn’t open.  So, no Firefox add-ons.  Nuts — I wanted my LastPass and XMarks, especially.

Of course, I could get some of my add-ons such as Xmarks in the Android version, but I have to pay for Xmarks on Android.  I’m not sufficiently committed to Android at this point to do that, but for Xmarks, I might give in later.

Instead, I have the regular system and the 2.3 system browsers set up to go to Symbaloo, where I have my more common links in several tabs, including one specific tab for Android.

And I haven’t even gotten Angry Birds yet….