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Updated Windows 8 N-trig drivers – SOON!

June 8, 2012 34 comments

I just got word from N-trig support that updated Windows 8 N-trig drivers that include the calibration tool/utility will be released this month.

Keep your eye out for them.

N-trig Download Site

http://www.ntrig.com/Content.aspx?Page=Downloads_Drivers

UPDATE (7/1)

I just received email from N-trig support that they hope to have updated W8 beta drivers released in two weeks.

Sigh!!!

UPDATE (8/13)

I just checked this morning and updated drivers are out there dated 8/13.  In the process of downloading and testing.

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Installing Windows 8 Release Preview on HP Slate 500 Part 2

June 3, 2012 171 comments

In my previous post I installed Windows 8 Release Preview on the HP Slate 500.  Now I am going to continue where I left on and install some additional drivers.

The first thing is to check to see what is missing in the device manager. This is the same as in previous version of Windows 8.

1. Click on the Desktop Metro Tile to get to the Desktop
2. Right Click on the Desktop and select Personalize
3. Click on the Change desktop icons link in the upper left.
4. Put a check for Computer and Control Panel.
5. Click Apply and Ok
6. Double click Control Panel
7. Click on the the Hardware and Sound link.
8. Under Devices and Printers click on Device Manager.

This is a list of the drivers that Windows is unable to find.

HP500 - Device Manager (Missing) W8R

Then configure the Wireless and connect to your home network.  The Windows 8 installation installs the Wireless card drivers.  Then run Windows Update and get the latest Windows 8 Release Preview and any other hardware.  As of 06/03/2012.

SOFTWARE UPDATES

Windows Updates

HARDWARE UPDATES

Windows Updates (HW)

Unfortunately, Windows Updates does not resolve any of the missing devices in the Device Manager.

1. Create a folder on the C Drive name SWSETUP and then go out to HP’s web site (here) and download the following drivers.  Install using W7 compatibility Mode (see note).

SP50501 – Broadcom Crystal HD Video Decoder Driver (2010-10-22) [DM – Multimedia Controller]
SP50503 – Intel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver (2010-10-22)
SP50504 – Intel High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver (2010-10-22)
SP51650 – HP Quick Launch Software (2011-01-24) [SEE INSTALLATION NOTE BELOW]
SP50480 – IDT High-Def (HD) Audio (2010-10-22)

[DM] = These are the specific drivers that will resolve the missing drivers above.

NOTE: When I say to install in W7 Compatibility mode = To install these drivers you will need to right click on the file, select Properties, click on the Compatibility tab. Put a check in the Compatibility Mode (Select Windows 7), Click ok and then double click on the file to install.

SP51650 – HP Quick Launch Software (To get the Auto rotate to work)
Before installing the driver you need to enable/install .NET Framework 3.5.  Open the Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program and then select “Turn Windows features on or off”. Put a check in “.NET Framework 3.5” and click OK. This will also connect to Windows Update to install software.  Then execute SP51650 (in W7 Compatibility mode). Once completed browse out to “C:\Program Files\Hewlett Packard\HP Quick Launch”, and execute HPWMISVC.EXE (in W7 Compatibility mode).  May require a restart for the Auto-rotate to start working.

UPDATE:
To fix the Metro Tile choppy video you need to install the latest Intel GMA 500 Video Driver v8.14.10.2030.  This was kindly brought to my attention by Vala on one of the comments on this post.  Thanks Vala…

You can download this driver.

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=3180&DwnldID=19155&ProductFamily=Graphics&ProductLine=Laptop+graphics+drivers&ProductProduct=Intel%c2%ae+Graphics+Media+Accelerator+500&DownloadType=Drivers&lang=eng

The other missing device in the Device Manager the “Duosence”, I am going to skip for now.  This will require a separate blog post.

Installing Windows 8 Release Preview on HP Slate 500 Part 1

June 3, 2012 3 comments

The installation of Windows 8 Release Preview is identical to the Windows 8 Developers Preview and the Consumer Preview process that I have outlined in previous posts.

Pre-Steps:

1. Download the Windows 8 Release Preview 32-bit here (2.5GB)

*Note: Be sure to grab the Product Key from the download page. Key is required for installation.

2. Create a bootable USB Stick. Download Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool here. This allows you to create a bootable USB stick with the downloaded iso file. This makes the process so easy. Click, click, walk away and boom, you have a bootable Windows 8 USB drive. I used a 8 GB USB stick that you can get for $10 at Walmart. Note: A 4 GB will work for both 32-bit and 64-bit.

Install Process

1. Plug USB into HP Slate 500. I have my Slate in the docking station so I have additional USB slots for my USB Mouse and Keyboard.

2. Power on the Slate.

3. Click “-“ to get into the Start Menu.

4. Click “-“ and select Boot Device and click the Home Button to select.

5. Click “-“ and select USB Stick and click the Home Button to select.

6. Go through the usual installation options. I selected fresh Install (not an upgrade) and left all the other partitions intact (SYSTEM and HP_TOOLS), I just installed over the primary partition.  (Using a screen shot from previous blog post, same setting though).

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This is the lock screen.

HP500 W8RP Lock Screen

This is the main start screen.

HP500 W8RP Start Screen

In my next post I will go through getting drivers installed and configured.

Installing Windows 8 Release Preview on Asus B121 Part 2

June 3, 2012 13 comments

In my previous post I installed Windows 8 Release Preview on the Asus B121. Now I am going to continue where we left off and install any missing drivers.

Open Device Manager to see what is missing.

1. From the new Windows 8 Start Screen, click on the Desktop icon.
2. Right click on the desktop and select Personalize.
3. Click the link in the upper left named “Change desktop icons”
4. Put a check under Control Panel and click Apply and then OK.
5. Double click Control Panel
6. Click on the the Hardware and Sound link.
7. Under Devices and Printers click on Device Manager.

This is a list of the drivers that Windows is unable to find.

B121 W8RP Device Manger

After connecting to Windows Update this is what was left.

Windows 8 RP Device Manager - BT

Missing: Bluetooth Peripheral Device
Resolve: Download the Bluetooth Driver under Utilities. Extract and Install.

Download all the Asus B121 Drivers from here.

Please note, Screen Rotation, Keyboard Button (Hardware), and the Keyboard input are still not working in Windows 8 Release Preview.

In Part 3 I will go over configuring the Volume button.

Other Tips and Tricks:
Be sure to disable Defrag here.
New Windows 8 Shortcut Keys here.
Who needs a Start Button here.

 

UPDATE 7/29:
A recent Windows Update enabled the Hardware Buttons and Enabled the Screen Rotation.  AWESOME!!!

Installing Windows 8 Release Preview on Asus B121 Part 1

June 2, 2012 3 comments

On May 31st Microsoft released the next iteration of Windows 8.  This version called the Release Preview (RP).  Looks like this will be the last beta of Windows 8 that will be released until the RTM in the Fall of 2012 (October-ish).

In previous post I installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview (CP) here.  The installation of Windows 8 RP is identical.

Pre-Steps:

1. Download the Windows 8 Release Preview (RP) 64-bit here (3.3GB).

*Note: Be sure to grab the Product Key (located just below the download links. Key is required for installation.

2. Create a bootable USB Stick. Download Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool here. This allows you to create a bootable USB stick with the downloaded iso file. This makes the process so easy. Click, click, walk away and boom, you have a bootable Windows 8 USB drive. I used a 8 GB USB stick that you can get for $10 at Walmart. Note: A 4 GB will work for both 32-bit and 64-bit.

Backup

1. If you feel it necessary, backup your machine.  Run Windows Image Backup and take a backup of your Windows 7 system so you can restore back if you want.

Install Process

1. Plug USB into Slate and start. The Slate will automatically recognize the USB stick and boot from it. No need to get into BIOS. I am also using a USB hub so I can run USB Mouse, Keyboard, and USB Stick.

Note: If it doesn’t boot to the USB stick automatically, you will need to go into the BIOS and change it.  You will need USB Keyboard and hit DEL key at boot up.

2. Go through the usual installation options. I selected fresh Install (not an upgrade).  You can select an upgrade, but it looks like you won’t be able to keep your files, applications, settings.  So really not worth upgrading.

Windows 8 Release Preview FAQ here.

3. Once complete this is the lock screen. Love the new login/start screen.

B121 W8RP Logon Screen

This is the new start screen.

B121 W8RP Start Button Desktop

Look for my next post Part 2 where I will go through getting drivers installed.

Windows 8 Release Preview is now available

May 31, 2012 4 comments

Windows 8 Release Preview is now available.  Product Key is required for installation.  Located just beneath the ISO images.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso

Have Fun!

Install W8RP using USB Stick: https://cameronmergel.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/install-w8cp-using-usb-stick/

Windows 8 Release Preview maybe available tomorrow 5/31

May 30, 2012 3 comments

Looks like Microsoft may have leaked the release of Windows 8 Release Preview for May 31st on their Windows 8 Hardware and Driver blog.  It has since been pulled.  Ooops…

I will be checking it out tomorrow morning…