Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Windows 8 Tablet PC

Well, I just (as in just) booted my no-name Chinese Slate PC into Windows 8 (Developer Preview) x64 and it seems to be basically working - most of the hardware was detected and seems to function.  Of course, the 3DSP BT/WLAN card didn't function and the Windows 7 drivers supplied with the tablet are only x86 drivers, however I found x64 drivers at Syntek Semiconductor site - but they also didn't do the trick.  So... back to x86 I go!  :(

The Slate PC (Tablet) I have can be found here at DinoDirect - however don't bet on it being shipped with a functional 3G device - mine's totally non-functional.  That aside, I'm pretty happy with the rest of it.  Obviously the 3DSP Bluetooth/Wi-Fi card is a bit of a pain and I may well look around and see if I can find a card with functional x64 drivers - though it works fine in x86 (as supplied with the Tablet).

As to Windows 8, well since most of the Metro style buttons are only there for show and as the older Windows 7 interface is pretty much only partially functional, I don't know how long I'll be able to run with this on my Tablet for now, but soon, no doubt, things will be picking up speed with Windows 8!  :)


The Outspoken Wookie


Julius said...

I have the same prob (PX1 W7 Ultimate). I am unable to use my hands so have to use ir mouse solution (SmartNav)which means I am stuck with Windows.

The wifi is working but BT won't turn on. I need both to use Skype. With no spare usb's I am kinda stuck.

check my blok to see a pic of my setup.

I find the card unreliable and would love to change it. Have you found a way to open up the back?

Hilton Travis said...

There's 2 screws at the bottom of the unit - and a few silly plastic clips around the inside of the frams you'll need to carefully prize open. Aside from that, you're in! :)

Julius said...

I will try this. But just to be sure (I need to find someone be my "hands") do you have any pics of the process?


This will be a great help. Thanks

Hilton Travis said...

G'day Julius,

Yeah, I understand the issues you may well have with opening this device. :)

There's no real need for pics - 2 tiny screws and carefully pry the casing open - the clips are significantly easier to open than on most other devices I've tried opening.

As to spare USBs, you could always use a small USB Hub which is what I use here and plug whatever you need into that.

Julius said...

Yeah ok I will give it a go.

Have you used the G3 option. I can't work out how to insert sim

Anonymous said...

did you find a driver for win8

Hilton Travis said...

Not yet, but I've not looked lately.