Viliv X70 – Windows 7 Update, Part 2

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Viliv X70 – Windows 7 Update told you that I’d successfully installed Windows 7 RC on my Viliv X70. I also told you I’d try to document the process this weekend when I have some free time, and after I had resolved some remaining issues.

Well, I’m not there yet. Partly because work got in the way. And partly because I’m trying to hit a moving target.

Viliv X70 Drivers and Software Now Online and Viliv X70 Online Drivers and Software Update told you that Viliv’s online downloads now include drivers and software for the X70 as well as the S5.  However, these downloads didn’t resolve issues I had with Viliv Manager and the Cube. Today, Viliv posted a new download for Viliv Manager (simultaneous Bluetooth and 3G!) and the Cube. Also included are installation instructions (about time!).

I haven’t yet had a chance to try out the new software. I will soon of course, and report back. Promise!

Update: The Viliv Manager indeed now supports simultaneous Bluetooth and 3G! Near as I can tell, also simultaneous WiFi and 3G.

24 Responses to “Viliv X70 – Windows 7 Update, Part 2”


  • Thanks for your info. Now that the new driver updates are posted I’m going to update then do a full backup. And hopefully sometime this week do the W7 upgrade. BTW how well does the handwriting recognition work in 7 ? I read some interesting stuff regarding their new approach.

    • John, I haven’t played much with the handwriting recognition. My guess is two things will be required. First is to improve inking. I’ve read there are some tweaks in the Touchside software to accomplish that. Second, since the X70 isn’t a true tablet, an application like RitePen may be required.

  • Norman D. Robinson

    Hi…, Could you be so kind as to post a hands-on video of your “Windows 7” enabled Viliv X70 EX 3G for us all to see please…???

    Thanks. 🙂

  • Did you get the email i sent you about my x70 vista debacle?

    Steve

  • It did not really fit with any of your postings…

    I finally received my 128 GB Vista x70 yesterday – so much for choosing the Win7 upgrade and not loosing my place in line…

    Right out of the box, the only Viliv app that works with Vista is the Viliv manager. That means no onscreen keyboard and no automatic update feature. I could not even start the Vista set up process until I found a PS/2 to usb converter to plug in my keyboard!

    Then, of course, I went to windows update and my prize after 4 hours of downloading and installing the 69 critical updates was that the touch screen was no longer recognized!

    Nice! Right about now, I’m wishing I would have switched to XP like you did.

    Steve

    P.S. Vista is an absolute dog so far…

    • Yikes! First the shipping delay, now the drivers and software problems. Re the latter, you might want to contact Dynamism support. They are good.

      Also, I found that Touchside worked in Windows 7 RC only with an earlier driver: http://www.hantouch.com/Driver/download/E/Win2000_XP_Vista_5.0.1.5310.zip. May be the same in Vista too. But contacting Dynamism support may be the most prudent.

      The lack of Viliv support for drivers and software for the X70 is troubling.

      At least come October 22, you can put that Vista dog to sleep with Windows 7.

    • Dear All Viliv x70 Users,

      This is Adnan here from Bangladesh. My email ID is – cadnanr1@yahoo.com and web profile is on http://www.perfspot.com/cadnanr I am putting my little effort to solve all of yours problem with Viliv x70 driver finding nightmare that I have gone through since I bought my unit from “www.dynamism.com” back in September 2009. My unit is the “128GB SSD + HSPA Modem Premium Air” model. I have collected tested and assorted the full working range of driver for my unit. Here what I have to say about my work-

      Driver Link:
      http://rapidshare.com/files/315984104/VILIV_X70_WINDOWS_7_DRIVER_PACK.rar

      1. Leave XP and start using Windows 7. I am using the windows 7 RC V6.1 Build 7227.x86fre SP1 (Ultimate 32 Bit). It works fine. Just make sure to turn of the auto update feature in case you decide to use the RC version. Although I have received the free update offer with my purchase from “www. dynamism.com” with which soon I am going to update.

      2. I have split the whole driver pack into 2 parts in order to upload and download conveniently. For your convenience the drivers folders are marked/named in sequential order so that you can start installing them from no. 1 to till end.

      3. Install a fresh copy of “Windows 7” using an external USB DVD drive. Caution-Don’t upgrade from XP/ Vista. I have bought an ASUS external DVD burner for this reason because I have spent a big chunk of my saving on this so why go cheap. During the installation, wipe out all the partition from the installation window where it ask for where to install “Windows”. Then using the advance option, create a 20-30GB primary partition. After finishing the installation use the “Windows 7”’s own partition manager to create the rest of the Logical drives.

      4. At first after installing “Windows 7” unpack the driver pack in to your hard disk then go to the “Device Manager” and look for the “Unknown Device” and start installing the “eco_io_control” located at the “1-System Driver” folder

      5. For WiFi, Bluetooth and Webcam install “Viliv Manager” (11 No. Folder) first then turn on WiFi, Bluetooth and Webcam all option on then install WiFi, Bluetooth and Webcam.

      6. If you prefer that you are going to use the supplied “Cube UI Software” then my suggestion is you should try using the “Microsoft Origami Experience Pack 2”. Personally I do not prefer using OS cover up software. For me “Windows 7” is great. But for the sake of the experiment I prefer, tried, used and tested “Microsoft Origami Experience Pack 2”. I think it works even greater than the “Viliv” supplied “Cube UI Software”. “Cube UI Software” is usually non responsive time to time and the graphics is way below my acceptance level. Don’t use “Microsoft Origami Experience Pack 2” and “Cube UI Software” simultaneously otherwise it will conflict and will slow down or might even crash your OS. But in both cases you need to install “Adobe Air” and “Adobe Flash Player ”

      7. Always try to follow the numbered driver folder to install the drivers. Even inside the different device driver folder there are in some places several files to be installed and for your convenience I have renamed them sequentially so that you can install them properly.

      8. Now for the soft keyboard issue I prefer you to install the “Viliv” supplied soft keyboard as a backup plan. But for better performance I suggest “Comfort On-Screen” Software Keyboard. It is highly customizable and it has a very intuitive user interface. After installing the “Comfort On-Screen” Software Keyboard, right click on the keyboard and click “option”. Then under the advanced TAB load the pre configured setting file from the installation folder “Optimal Setting” that I have created for your convenience. After loading just uncheck both “Lock” option under the “On Screen Keyboard” and “Floating Window” TAB then adjust the keyboard on the bottom edge of the screen and the floating button with bottom right hand side corner of the screen. Then “Check” both the lock option again and you are done.

      9. Now for the 3G Modem driver software. This one gave me the most pain to resolve. It took me almost 3 weeks to find the right software for this and still it was lacking/ incomplete regarding built-in voice calling capabilities. I had to do a little bit of scripting to turn the original “Acer Timeline” laptops software to work with “Viliv”. Which include enabling voice calling feature, call record feature and also the logo of “Viliv”, sorry I could not remove the Software title which says “Acer” but working on it. After installing the modem software replace the “config” folder and “logo.png” under the “C:\Program Files\Acer 3G Connection Manager” with the provided one in the driver package folder.

      10. At last I did not tried the “Viliv X70”’s GPS capabilities at its best. But I suggest you can use “Google Earth Pro” with it for better performance, which I provided with the driver pack.

      11. Last but not least, there is always something better yet to be found. So if you can find it before I do please let me know so that I can also get benefit of it.

      Sorry if I bored you but I tried my best to make you struggle less for your beloved “Viliv X70”. Let me have your opinion emailed to my mail box.

      Driver Link:
      http://rapidshare.com/files/315984104/VILIV_X70_WINDOWS_7_DRIVER_PACK.rar

      Take care, Adnan.

  • G H,
    I heard that Win 7 support Multi-touch, will this work in Viliv X70 EX?

    • My understanding is that, in addition to the OS, the digitizer (hardware) and its associated software must support multi-touch. I don’t believe the digitizer on the X70 supports multi-touch.

  • Yes, I have contacted Dynamism and for now, the answers are, “we are working on it,” and, “your best bet is to go back to the original factory image using the recovery partition.”

    If I get time, I will try that earlier driver you suggested.

    Steve

    • By original factory image do they mean XP Home? If so, that would be strange. You did buy Vista after all. I wonder if Vista was an afterthought to qualify the unit for the Windows 7 upgrade SKU, and someone overlooked that Viliv’s drivers are for XP, not Vista.

      • no – recover to original vista – no updates or service packs

        On the vista thought, yes – I believe so. I would settle for some XP OS disks right about now. My problem is that I have a feeling that this won’t be worked out until Win 7 which isn’t until Oct 22. By that tme (assuming they will be ready to go on that day) my $1,400 will have been with Dynamism for 3 1/2 months!

        Steve

      • Steve, all I suggest is that you escalate the matter with them so they do something to make this right, even if it is store credit.

  • Thanks for sharing your experiences. I too have a Vistafied X70 and at least I know not to run Windows update until after Win7 is installed. I am very disappointed that Dynamism did not think this through. If Vista is only partly functional then we’ll definitely new drivers to make Win 7 work.

  • Have any tips on screen flickering after windows 7 is installed?

    • I haven’t experienced this issue. However, I’ve read that others have. Here’s a thread that may be of some help:
      Viliv X70 Screen Flickering…

      • Yeah, i’ve checked there as well as other places. sigh, still flickers. I’ve updated with the latest intel video and chipset drivers. no help. for kicks, i tried to restore windows xp from recovery partition, works great. Installed windows 7 again, and flckering starts even before loading any drivers.

  • what you write in this post is really good and very informative. I think it will help me in the future. Thanks for the great work

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