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Old 02-02-2013, 01:38 PM
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Default Toshiba Libretto U100 -Windows 8 installation, good news!

I just thought to give a shot at Windows 8 Pro and try it on my old but still kickin' Libretto U100. I decided to install it in dual boot, beside the original Windows XP Pro.

My U100 has a 1GB RAM module and it has been "upgraded" with a 128GB Crucial M4 mSATA SSD, connected through a mSATA to zif adapter board + ide zif to 50pin adapter (yeah, quite a long line of adapters, but working very good so far, both with XP and Win 8 or linux)

I installed Win 8 with a 16GB USB stick using the F12 key at startup, no problems with this method, one could even try using an SD card, since it's one of the boot options (although not sur if SDHC cards are supported in boot mode). Of course I installed Classic Shell to have the start button and start menu on the "standard" Windows side.

Good news is, intel 82852/855GM graphic adapter is now supported by win 8 as a "basic Microsoft video card" with up to 247 Mo shared memory. So shading and "Aero" IS supported an working now, with all of the themes effects!

Bad news is: no way (yet) to change the brightness of the screen or use the hotkeys (beside external monitor switch)...

Wifi works out of the box and you can download the latest Bluetooth software 8.00.22 + Bluetooth monitor from the Toshiba support page.

Here is what I installed from the Toshiba drivers page:

Installation order for Windows 8:



1 acoustic silencer V1.00.008
(2 acrobat reader V7.0_BASIC)
3 assist V1.03.00
(4 atheros client utility V3.1.2.45I132)
5 bluetooth monitor V2.1(B20050307)
6 bluetooth stack V8.00.22
(7 cardbus driver V208.2)
(8 intel chipset driver (intel ich6m) 6.1.0.1008(LOGO))
9 common modules V6.02.04 -> one driver not usable in win 8!
(10 toshiba configfree V5.50.11)
11 controls V3.18.2500 - This tool allows you to customize and preset TOSHIBA special button settings -> not fully compatible with win 8
12 display device change utility V1.7.0.0
(13 vga driver (intel 915gms) V6.14.10.3937(LOGO))
14 display service for ext monitor V1.02.03
(15 dla V4.95BUILD490B69B)
(16 intervideo windvd 5.0B11.475-I0203)
17 dvd-ram driver software V4.0.5.0 -> didn't try this one as I have no need for it now
(18 toshiba fingerprint utility V3.50.32) -> not supported by Win 8
(19 hdd protection V1.01.08) Win 8 installs latest version - I have no need for it as I have a mSATA SSD with converter board
20 hotkey for display devices V2.9.0.0-00-XP -> not sure if it installed correctly, but Fn key for external monitor works (but no icons appear onscreen)
(21 toshiba management console V3.5.4) -> didn't try, no need for it
(22 warranty booklet V8.02.05)
(23 manuals V5.17)
(24 to 39 hotfix for Win XP)
(40 toshiba software modem SM2151ALD02)
(41 intel(r) pro/100 ve network connection V7.1)
(42 password utility V2.00.08) -> not supported by Win 8 - can't access BIOS during installation
(43 pc diagnostic tool V3.1.1) -> no need for it
(44 power saver V7.05.06) -> not supported by Win 8
45 quick launcher V1.0.0.0
(46 record now V7.22 BUILD720B80V)
(47 sd memory boot utility V1.0.3.0)
(48 sd memory card format V2.0.3.0)
(49 sd secure module V1.0.2) Win 8 installs its own driver for the SD card module - I tested with a 64GB SDXC exFAT, working perfectely!
(50 soundmax integrated digital audio V5.12.01.5240U2) win 8 installs its own driver
(51 sun java 2 runtime environment V1.5.0_01)
52 utilities V4.30.09) -> -> not supported by Win 8 - can't access BIOS during installation
(53 virtual sound V1.00.07) didn't try, no need for it
(54 intervideo windvd creator 2 platinum V2.0B014.339C33-SE001)
(55 wireless hotkey V2.0.0.5) -> not supported by Win 8 - too bad, I nned this one, will try with a Vista or Win 7 Toshiba Laptop version if it works
(56 atheros ar5001x mini pci wireless network adapter V3.1.2.45.I120) Win 8 installs its own driver for it
(57 zooming utility V2.0.0.21C) didn't try, no need for it and probably incompatible

If anyone has a tip for the hotkeys, brightness, and thus also for the common modules and the rest that doesn't seem to be compatible, would appreciate. I already tryed the compatibility mode. (Hint: there is in the device manager a video adapter that doesn't have a driver; it must be linked to the graphic card, as the intel XP original driver begins to install for it, but gives an error at the end -> probably linked to the brightness)

Enjoy!
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:22 PM
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Interesting....

So, how is performance compared to XPP?
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:09 AM
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Well, it's working pretty good so far. I think the idle state, when nothing is running, is managed differently, as the vent isn't blowing at all.

The cons after a few days of use:
-Opera freezed the whole system twice already (many tabs opened and vent running hot). I guess the toshiba power management is doing a better job on the XP side, too bad it doesn't work with win 8)

-As I said before, brigtness isn't working, and the backlight of the screen doesn't switch off when the screen goes in standby state.

I'll continue testing and post if I find tweaks or solutions.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:21 AM
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Thanks for the input.....

Assume it's mainly an issue of needing updated drivers.....
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Any further updates FlyP
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:41 AM
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Well, I have tried different VGA drivers, but none gives me the possibility to to change the brightness leven (always full) with Aero working and switch the led off when screen goes in standby mode... If only Intel would release an official driver for the GMA855 vga card under win7-8..!

And The Libretto still freezes from time to time when it's getting too hot, which i not very cool when you didn't have time to save your work. I'll try to allow the processor only to go to 90% of it's capabilities under the power properties to see if it helps.

That's about it.

Since I use my Libretto mainly for work, doing pdf, word, powerpoint and video presentations, I think I'll go back to only original XP Pro and Linux Mint for safety. The only real thing I'll miss from win7-8 beside the look, is the possibility to read SDXC cards, since I never managed to update the driver to support those high capacity cards.
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Thanks for the update info.....

I agree that it would be great if Intel would support the GMA855 vga card, but realistically, I would not expect them to do it, since it is so old now...they would rather we buy some table or ultrabook, etc...right?

FWIW, the U100 I have is running XPP and it does run quite well. Also, dual booting Debian with it too.

Upgraded to 1GB RAM was helpful....
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:59 AM
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Yeah, they want us to buy some not-really-so "ultrabooks", but none of the ones you can find nowadays is close to what was built a few years back: Sony Picturebook, Fujitsu P, Sharp D4, Flybook, OQO, Flipstart, HTC Shift, Sony UX and P and, of course, Libretto U100 and W100. As I can read, you also own(-ed) some of these devices (and a Streak 5, like me! Still hoping for some developers to manage to build us a nice ICS or JB for it)

To me, size is what matters. I just ordered a Samsung Tablet XE700T, but I think it's gonna be too large for me. I'll give it to my other half as her eyes aren't as good as mine and she needs larger screen sizes. Her "old" 11 inches acer netbook is getting really slow, it's time to give it away before she destroys it out of anger!
I think the new acer iconia w510 is the largest size I would use, with a keyboard, but they should put a decent processor in it.

I tried last night to find some driver for that damn sd card reader, able to read SDHC/SDXC cards on XP but no luck yet. I have SP3 and I installed the exFAT hotfix, but it's not enough, my U100 still freezes when I put my 64GB card in the internal reader... It was working under Win7 and Win8, so the problem shouldn't be on the card reader's side.

Since I did a fresh installation of XP on it, my next step will be Linux Mint on a second partition. At least I'll be able to read my sd card content within the Linux system.
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Yep, had a bunch of them.....

Pros and cons for each of them although very good devices overall....

Windows 7

So, did you have Win7 installed on your U100?

Would actually like Win7 for a variety of reasons if it works OK.....


SSD Upgrade

Haven't opened up U100 yet....other than removing little RAM cover to upgrade RAM to 1GB....

So, wondering about doing SSD upgrade like you did.

But wondering is it possible to do it without having to get 2 adapters?
ie, get one SSD with eith no adapter or just one adapter?
Or is only way to put in a SSD is to use the 2 adapters?
Just trying to keep it simple if possible or makes sense.....

Hope you get the idea....

Thanks!

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Hi FlyP......

Any chance you can reply to my previous post...

Would greatly appreciate your input!

Thanks!
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Update...

Just found a 64GB Samsung UDMA66/ZIF 1.8-inch SLC Mini for sale....

Model number MMCOE64GEMPP--01A

Would this work in the U100 ?

Thanks.
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