Windows 7 RC to RTM – Overcoming 2 Hurdles reported two hurdles in installing Windows 7 RTM as an upgrade on my Viliv X70. However, I didn’t expect any problems after the install completed. After all, the compatibility report during the install didn’t report any incompatibilities.
However, after installing Windows 7 RTM, I had issues. I’m not talking about my personal ones; this isn’t a psychiatric blog. Rather, for example, touching the screen did nothing. And touch wasn’t the only thing that didn’t work.
Fortunately, the issues could be solved easily enough. But apparently the siren song of an upgrade install preserving your settings isn’t always true.
Touching the screen did nothing. The solution was to uninstall and reinstall the touch software. The X70 comes with “Touchside” touch drivers available on the Viliv support site. However, that driver version doesn’t appear to work in Windows 7, RC anyway. Initially I reverted to an older version which for whatever reason did work in Windows 7 RC. Later I upgraded (?) to the eGalax Windows 7 beta driver. Frank Garcia aka CTitanic of UMPC Tips has posted extensively on the eGalax touch screens (see eGalax Touch Screens are not always USB-HID Compliant among other recent articles). Excellent and very useful reading.
But back to my troubles. I uninstalled and reinstalled the eGalax Windows 7 beta driver. Problem solved.
GPS didn’t work either. Reinstallation once again was necessary. Fortunately I had to get GPS working initially so I already knew what to do. I followed the advice in this Pocketable forum thread. The only difference is the COM port is 2 on the X70, instead of 1 as it is in the Viliv S5 that was the subject of the forum thread.
Sleep of Death
I had a lot of trouble resuming my X70 from sleep in Windows 7. Moving the switch to the left sometimes turned it back on. And sometimes it didn’t, even though the HDD indicator seemed active. Also, when I did get the X70 to resume, it took a seemingly long time to get back to my desktop.
By contrast, my S5, which still has XP Home, resumes from standby reliably, and very fast.
I wasn’t sure if this was an XP standby vs. Windows 7 sleep issue? Or an X70 vs. S5 issue? But first I took the tack that it might be a so-called USB sleep of death issue. So In Device Manager, USB controllers, some entries have a Power Management tab. I unchecked "Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power." Problem solved.
Or it was until I upgraded. “Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power” was magically re-checked in a number of USB entries. Of course, I unchecked them.
I dunno. I have to go to work to support my gadget addiction. So I haven’t checked everything yet. However, if there are other issues, I anticipate re-installing will resolve it. If not, you’ll hear from me.