Wow. You covered every suggestion I thought of. I'm not sure what else you could do. I would of thought changing the power saving options would of fixed the problem. Keep us posted if you find a solution.
Originally Posted by Hambone
Also ratpads or silmilar mousepads are the best for optical mice IMO.
Clue me in. Is a "ratpad" some "type" of mouse pad that is better for optical mice? I must be out of touch.
Originally Posted by darrel
the only possible complain i'd have about my m505x is the slow hard drive, so i replaced it with a 7200rpm one, and now i'm happy with every aspect of it...
What make drive did you put in it? Did the noise level of the laptop increase? How about the heat?
I'm thinking of doing this to mine.
Originally Posted by deltawalkerl
XP Amp looks great, but I like my current visualStyle better...I like the taskbar as one sleek line with no borders around tasks.
So what is your current visual style that gives you the sleek task bar?
You can't configure an Emachine or a Gateway m505. What you see is what you get. One of the reasons they're more of a bargain is because of this. They're not "made to order", hence it keeps costs down.