Getting Vista going on the EO

, posted: 30-Sep-2006 12:22

Today I finally got Vista running on my Eo.

I had a crack at it last weekend and ran into some problems, but after some internal discussion and addition testing by the Origami team I've now got it going (thanks guys).

So here is my step by step....

I've used build 5728 (post RC1), but these should work fine on RC1 too.

Start by attaching a USB DVD Drive with the install CD and boot from the DVD to run the installer as per any normal install.

After the install you'll find that sound and bluetooth drivers are loaded.  Vista can support the VX700 chipset, but the final drivers are not yet in Vista.

The first thing I did after the install was complete is install the WiFi drivers.  I downloaded the updated drivers from TabletKiosks website and put them on a USB key.  To install the WiFi drivers you need to run the installer with the Windows XP compatibility flag on and run as administrator.  Plug the USB key into the EO and extract the setup.exe file somewhere.  Right click on the setup.exe file and select properties.  Select the compatibility tab and tick the box to run the program in compatibility mode, then click OK.  Next right click on the setup.exe file and select "Run as Administrator".  Follow the prompts as usual to install the drivers.

Once the WiFi drivers are installed reboot.

After the reboot, you can run windows update to install touch screen drivers and a few other updates that are available on Windows Update.

Once the touch screen is functioning you'll find that the calibration is way off.  When your finger is at the top of the screen the pointer will be about 1cm below it, likewise at the bottom of the screen the pointer will be 1cm above your finger.  You can try to calibrate the screen but you wont be able to touch the crosshairs, and will get feedback to let you know you are too far away from the crosshair.

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. 

I particularly like the little mouse that allows you to right click.

To get the buttons running I used the Amtek lifestyle button drivers that came on the CD.  These installed fine.

The display driver that comes from windows update doesn't work with the lifestyle button drivers, but installing the drivers that came with the unit sorted this out and work fine on Vista.

The only minor issue is that when I use the lifestyle button to change the screen brightness I get a UAC prompt, but given I dont use it much, its not much of a problem.  Obviously the touchpack isn't installed so the touchpack driver doesn't do anything either.

So - having done all this, I now have a fully functional EO running Vista build 5728.  The device is pretty snappy - certainly no worse than XP - possibly better, but I haven't loaded any apps yet (apart from Anti-virus).

I hope this helps those of you wanting to setup Vista on your EO.  I think its well worth while :-)

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Comment by chiefie, on 30-Sep-2006 16:39

Hey Darryl, how do you find of your eo v7110? enjoying? I am thinking of getting i7210 with Pentium M and 1GB ram.

Though Samsung Q1 is out and cheaper but at Celeron M and 512MB, so would like to see/hear how you think of your v7110 and similar cpu/ram.

Author's note by darrylb, on 30-Sep-2006 16:43

Its good.  I only got Vista going this morning, but I'm enjoying it.

I've upgraded it to 1Gb of RAM and added the extended battery which have made a big difference.

Where were you the other day?  I was in Chch.

Comment by ThoughtFix, on 29-Nov-2006 08:05

JKK pointed me to this page. The only question I have is as follows: Were you able to get video scaling to work so the screen operates in 1024x600 without scrolling? Thanks!

Author's note by darrylb, on 29-Nov-2006 08:26

Yup. You need to install the graphics driver for XP and then install the AmTek button drivers and the combination of the two is what makes it work.

Comment by thoughtfix, on 11-Dec-2006 08:46

I finally had time this week to sit down and do all of this. It's SWEET - except - have you been able to get Media Center running on it? When I load the media center shell in Vista, it's nastily garbled and flickering.

Author's note by darrylb, on 11-Dec-2006 09:27

I had no problems getting it to work on my Eo.  It just worked out of the box.

Comment by thoughtfix, on 14-Dec-2006 17:35

This is what I am referring to:

You can see what problem I am having.

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