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Vista on TabletKiosk eo i7210

, posted: 8-Jun-2007 08:55

Right... many weeks have passed and after a bit of trouble with my UMPC (it broke but repaired now...), I finally had the time to use it again. And life couldn't be better this week when I noticed TabletKiosk has released the beta BIOS and beta Vista drivers. *mysteriously the BIOS has gone 404. So I tried (once again) to see how useful i7210 can be with Vista installed. As with many other UMPC users, good 80% of us have our UMPC preinstalled with Windows XP Pro with Tablet PC and Touch Pak. And most are badged with "Windows Vista Capable", or worse, some may not ever badged with such luxury. Anyhow, my i7210 has "Window Vista Capable" badge, and thinking that "it should support a fair bit of Vista...", with my ready-made 20GB partition which I last reside for Windows Vista installation, I went ahead reinstalling Windows Vista Ultimate without product key (I can't be bother with activation at this stage as I'm testing it out to see whether it will install and run as I hope for or not). The installation went smooth as expected, and I distinctively advice Windows Vista installer to get the latest copy of setup information from the Internet, to make sure I got all up to date setup script I can get for my UMPC. 30mins and a handful of restarts, UMPC is now able to start up in Windows Vista Ultimate. Albeit a bit slow, without Aero/Aero Glass, it is largely usable. At this stage, the touchscreen/stylus use can be erratic as I need to calibrate the touchpanel. Using Darryl Burling's advice in his blog post [Getting Vista going on the EO]
To fix that, you'll need to run a command prompt as administrator. Right click on the desktop and choose new -> shortcut. Enter cmd.exe as the location and name it as CMD or something similar. Close the wizard. Then right click on the command prompt and choose "Run as Administrator". In the elevated command prompt type "tabcal novalidate", and run through the calibration as normal. Once done your touch will be precise.
This works fine on your own log-in but when you get back to the "Welcome Screen" the calibration is all out of alignment and I can't seem to find a way to calibrate that "environment" or have the calibration data be populated across to all area/environment. Anyhow, using the previous (lucky) download of TabletKiosk beta Vista driver, I make sure they're handy and ready for installation if the Windows Vista installer has not yet update all identified devices. Fortunately, I don't have to do much installation of any device drivers (per-se). What I discovered with this particular re-installation, Windows Vista managed to identify the Bluetooth radio, the eMPIA webcam, SD Host Controller, USB 801.11B/G WLAN, Marvel-Yukon LAN chipset. The eMPIA webcam driver needed to be downloaded using Windows Update, and it seems a bit flaky at start to install but it will get installed. However, I'd advice using beta Vista webcam driver, which has the webcam software and make use of the "camera" button. After the installation, Windows Vista also detected two Mass Storage Controller, which took me a while to track down what it is trying to refer to. the VEN_1050 is Winbond, and the DEV_8480 and DEV_8482 are MMC and MS/Pro controller/cardreader respectively. Since the Vista drivers were not included, I tried using the Windows XP drivers, by pointing the driver update to look at C:\Drivers\CardReader (on the default Windows XP partition). If you don't have the Windows XP drivers handy, you can download them from TabletKiosk's site. Well so far all seem honky-dory, but that's not the whole truth... the system still pretty much suffer the SHRS (Sleep/Hibernation/Restart/Shutdown) issue. And from my previous experience, I knew it is either the webcam device, or the MMC/MS Mass Storage Controllers issue. Without taking any chance at all, I decided to disable the Bluetooth radio (which I don't really use - proved too much to muck around to get anything to work at all!), Webcam (not too hurry to do lonelygirl15) and MMC/MS and SD host controller (as I have a SD/MMC usb card reader and I don't use any MS). Don't get me wrong though... MMC and MS are working and can read SD/MMC but they are part of "known problem" that causes SHRS issue. That works fine, except the Sleep and Hibernation issue with touchscreen calibration. The problem here is, whenever you wake up from Sleep or coming out of Hibernation, the touchscreen calibration will be out of service, and gone into serious misalignment. I can only disable Hibernation by using CMD and Run As Administrator, and do "powercfg -h off". However with Sleep... I need to go to the Power Option, to change anything Sleep to Do Nothing or whatever. So now I got a usable Windows Vista i7210, which I can't Sleep it, can't webcam, can't MMC/MS/SD and I have to shut it down after all use. How is it perform in terms of speed and battery? Well speed is alright and usable, in some cases it is noticeably faster, in some cases, slower, averagely acceptable. Battery life? Well i7210 has never been well received for more than 1.5hrs usage, and I mainly stay very very close to power outlet with my power brick... (and this was on Windows XP)... I'm not about to venture to the brave new world with my Windows Vista i7210 without power outlet nearby, I'm too scared to get caught short (of power). So in summary... Windows Vista can install and run on i7210 in an "usable" state. It detects and install driver for all but 2 devices. Some devices are best installed with Windows XP drivers to get some functionality. It will have SHRS issue unless further steps to reduce/sacrifice/forgo more functionality to make sure the system can shutdown. Battery life is still a huge disappointment but this exist before Windows Vista. The think I like about Windows Vista on i7210 is better TIP, bigger onscreen TIP keyboard, better touch-and-hold-right-click. Anyhow, your experience may be different from mine... I hope this blog help you prepared for what to come, and good luck with your journey! p/s: Due to the weird screen resolution all UMPC suffers (800x480) many dialog windows are still not able to refit themselves dynamically to cater such small screen... to help alleviate such pain, use Vikram Madan's UMPCScrollbar (there's also an XP version)





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Comment by Ctitanic, on 8-Jun-2007 13:44

The Bios was pulled out because people are reporting problems installing it.

http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=23949348&postID=4749256062716735099


Comment by Ctitanic, on 8-Jun-2007 13:47

Btw, the problem with Hibernation and sleep mode can be fixed if you install the HID drivers from eGalax that I have linked at my blog.


Author's note by chiefie, on 8-Jun-2007 23:41

hey the CTitanic where to get eGalax driver?


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