Vista RTM vs. Vista RC2 on the Samsung Q1


Vista_desktop_basic_3If you’ve been waiting for a full instruction set on getting Vista running on the Samsung Q1, I haven’t forgotten. No, I’ve been working diligently on the process and have the documented steps and screen caps in a Microsoft Word document for you. "So where is it?" Glad you asked because I’ve actually gone through the process three times!

Here’s the holdup: there’s actually one important function that worked perfectly in the Vista RC2 beta build that I just can’t get working with the final Vista release: the screen resolution switching application. Try as I might, I’ve been close, but just haven’t gotten it right and it’s the only feature that I don’t have working. The closest I’ve come is to have it switch the screen resolution in a panning mode, not in a mode that fits the 7-inch touchscreen. I’ll likely give it one last go and may even install the RC2 build again as I recall three specific Intel driver files that required Admin access; I believe I’ve found two of them in the final build of Vista, the third one escapes my mind!

In the end, I think I’ll put Windows XP Tablet Edition back on Sammy and use my one copy of Vista on my current Windows Media Center desktop simply because I can get more functionality out of the operating system on that workhorse. Thanks again for your comments and suggestions on where to put Vista! Now, back to Sammy for another re-image and rebuild….


John Gibson

Have you had any luck w/the screen resolution change issue on the Q1?



My Toshiba Tecra M2 used to dock properly with RC2 so that when i would insert the laptop into the dock the internal monitor would turn off and the external one would turn on. but in RTM they both turn off!


Jesus, I’m dying to install Vista in my Q1. I have RC2 installed in my eo in a second partition but I would like the final release installed in my Q1. The main difference is that I’ll go with the update route and see what happens.

Dave Z

I sent an email to Samsung several days ago asking what their stance was on Vista support for the Q1 and when/if we would see drivers any time soon. No answer yet, and frankly I’ll be surprised if I get a reply at all.

Patrick Santry

I downloaded the drivers from Intels site, I installed the file and it worked. I wouldn’t download the drivers for the Q1b, I think it uses a different chipset (Via?). Just go to the Intel site and download the drivers. I did have to install them twice for some reason. I think the first time I extracted the zip and went to the device manager to install the driver directly. The second time, I downloaded the zip and executed the setup program, and the res switcher is now working. There is a bit of a lag when you switch resolution though.

Lorie Ghamy


Did you send a mail to Samsung to know about Vista Drivers availability ?

First thing to do…

Mike Cane

Does this mean the FINAL Vista won’t work on the Q? Or does it mean it’s up to Samsung to provide the driver update?

Kevin C. Tofel

Thanks for the heads up Steve! I’ll check the Q1B software but this did work with the orignal Q1 software, so I’m not sure why it doesn’t. Still, I’ll give it a go over the next few days.

Dave Z

Crap. I was hoping you’d figure it out so I could give Vista another go on my Q1. I loaded RTM on my Averatec 2100 last night, and it runs beautifully with Aero enabled – sucks to be stuck with XP on my Q1.

Unfortunately the resolution switcher is something I can’t live without. I’ve been using my Q1 as my primary work PC for about a month and a half now, and have to bump the resolution at least a dozen times a day (why, why, why did MS do pick such a stupidly low resolution for the UMPC when so many of their own @#$@! dialog boxes and apps require at least 800×600???). As much as I love my Q1, I might end up switching to a P1610 just for the higher res screen.

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