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    Cool What works & What Does NOT?

    I never cease to be amazed, at what an extensive driver store there is in Windows 8/CP.

    For instance:
    I have a USB, five port, expansion card (PCI) in my PC, that won't work at all in Win-XP without specific drivers being installed, even though it's supposed to be Plug-N-Play. (NOT!)
    I had one H*** of a time even finding those drivers for XP.

    But here I am now, in Win-8/CP/64 and that card is working like a champ.
    In fact everything on this computer is working and I've not had to install even ONE driver, not even for my two Epson printers. Windows handles it!

    So I'm curious, how others are finding the Win-8 driver store? I love it!

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    Default Re: What works & What Does NOT?

    It sucks when it comes to ATI.
    I had to try a bunch to get my vid squared away, but other than that it found everything else.

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    Default Re: What works & What Does NOT?

    I have an ATI Radeon Mobility 4650 Graphics card and Win 8 CP installed drivers that work great with this card. I have not had to update any drivers for my laptop. I have not tried the HDMI output but have tried all else with great success.

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    Well, I've got an integrated bluetooth chip and a gobi 2000 3G modem card in my Toshiba NB-205 netbook, both listed in "Other Devices" with the BT chip listed as "Unknown Device" and the gobi modem correctly identified as a "Sierra Wireless Gobi 2000" but no drivers installed (presumablly none available in this CP release). I tried installing listed BT drivers for Toshiba, Broadcomm, generic BT, others, (might be integrated Atheros chip since that is what my WiFi card is, don't really know what chip it is) but no luck.

    Windows 7 Toshiba driver stack installs and "works" with an error in one of the RFCOMM enumerations, but I don't really like Toshi's BT stack at all it's a big mess. Win 7 gobi driver also installs and appears to work with a comm manager but I don't have it activated with a wireless carrier so it's not important atm.

    I hope more Bluetooth and cellular modem support is included in the RC and retail releases because I installed this mainly to see al that new native BT & cellular support. Bit of a bummer to get "unknown devices" instead of plug & play working hardware.

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    Default Re: What works & What Does NOT?

    So far, on the 2nd install of Windows 8 CP, all is well. Everything actually works.

    And the graphics for my ATI Radeon HD 3200 has never been better! Makes it look like a new PC again.

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    Default Re: What works & What Does NOT?

    Cat, What vid driver did you use?

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    Default Re: What works & What Does NOT?

    BTW, sometime ago, I talked about virtues of W8 being overshadowed by non-issues regarding Start. 1 of the under-the-covers traits of W8 is its compatibility base. This is but, 1 of many factors that can, potentially, wow End User... and 1 of many things that can make it, actually, shine over prior OSs. Some of this may come to the surface in ppl's eyes between now & October... time will tell & que sera sera.

    As far as things working... certainly, I can't throw every imaginable software & hardware @ W8 but, so far, I, honestly, haven't encountered, even the slightest hiccup from anything w/ 8, since 29/2... not w/ any software or hardware of mine, @ any rate.

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    Default Re: What works & What Does NOT?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxx View Post
    Cat, What vid driver did you use?
    The Device Manager reports:

    ATI Raedon HD 3200 Graphics (Engineering Sample-WDDM v 1.1)
    Driver Provider:Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Driver Date:2/17/2012
    Driver Version:8.93.7.0
    Digital Signer:Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher

    It was the driver that Win 8 CP installed, looks very good on my desktop screen. Wished that Windows 7 looked that good.

    Cat

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    Quote Originally Posted by catilley1092 View Post
    The Device Manager reports:

    ATI Raedon HD 3200 Graphics (Engineering Sample-WDDM v 1.1)
    Driver Provider:Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Driver Date:2/17/2012
    Driver Version:8.93.7.0
    Digital Signer:Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher

    It was the driver that Win 8 CP installed, looks very good on my desktop screen. Wished that Windows 7 looked that good.

    Cat
    I had to use a older Vista 64 on mine.
    I suspect as time goes on something better will come along.
    After all W8 is still in Beta.

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    I suppose that you could uninstall the installed driver, reboot the computer & see what happens. Only thing is, that may be taking a chance.

    My 1st install of Win 8 CP on 02/29/12 didn't look this good. The driver may have improved over time between installs, it was close to 2 weeks ago that I formatted/deleted/wiped my Vista install to make room for this one. I wanted Windows 8 CP to be on a newer, faster HDD, and so far, it's exceeded what I expected from it.

    Hope that it stays that way.

    Cat

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