Windows 2000 Pen Driver for Fujitsu Stylistic 2300
have a bunch of Fujitsu Stylistic 2300s with a problem that I can't seem to
resolve. Originally these machines were used in an NT4 environment and this
was fine. Now I have a new use for the machines and I needed to enable the
USB port to support memory stick use. The history is that NT4 does not support
USB sticks and there is no workaround available other than to upgrade to Windows
2000. Now that I have Windows 2000 loaded onto an ST-2300 I find that the
driver to support the pen function in Windows 2000 was never created by Fujitsu
and they are not helpful in supporting this. I was wondering if you know
of any other manufacturer that may have used similar pen technology as the
ST-2300 that did upgrade their driver to Windows 2000? Any help would be
Technology Editor Geoff Walker answers:
first of all, thanks for the trip down memory lane! I led the creation of
the Stylistic 2300 at Fujitsu Personal Systems during 1998 (it was called
"Project 640" internally). Looking back at the sales literature,
I chuckle at the verbiage we used such as "massive 4.1 GB hard disk".
Nobody had even heard the word "terabyte" in 1998.
pen digitizer used in the ST-2300 was made by Kurta, now called FinePoint
Innovations. While there were one or two other manufacturers using Kurta,
the chances of a pen driver from any other system working on the ST-2300 would
be exactly zero. The pen driver is much too machine-specific to be portable.
ST-2300 shipped in the first half of 1999 (before Windows 2000 was completed).
Once a product shipped, all of the development resources were focused on the
next generation. It simply wasn't possible to add support for a new OS on
an existing product -- except if a major customer (someone who bought 5,000+
units) demanded it, and that didn't happen.
see only two possible solutions for you -- Windows 98 Second Edition, or a
custom pen driver. Windows 98SE supports USB reasonably well, and it's fully
supported on the ST-2300. USB memory sticks require a driver on Win 98SE,
but those are widely available. Of course Win 98SE isn't an "IT-grade"
OS like NT4 or Windows 2000, but a very large number of Fujitsu's enterprise
customers used it in successful field automation projects. Whether this is
actually a possible solution or not probably depends on whether your application
software can run on Win 98SE.
a custom pen driver written for Windows 2000 would probably cost in the vicinity
of $15K. While I know a couple of people who could probably do it, the main
problem would be finding sufficient documentation to enable the project.
Whether this approach is realistic or not depends on size of your "bunch".
For example, $15K amortized over 75 units is $200 per unit, which might be
tolerable if the ROI on your new project is sufficient. On the other hand,
the market value of an ST-2300 (based on eBay) appears to be about $200, so
maybe it's not such a good idea.
Based in Silicon Valley, Geoff Walker is Global Director of Product Management at Elo TouchSystems. Prior, he was a consultant
with Walker Mobile, LLC (www.walkermobile.com).
Geoff has worked on the engineering and marketing of mobile computers
since 1982 at GRiD Systems, Fujitsu Personal Systems (now Fujitsu
Computer Systems) and Handspring. In addition to mobile computers,
Geoff's areas of particular expertise include displays and digitizers.