The day before Vista: still no updates for some UMPCs

Vistagami

Although some UMPCs were never branded as "Vista capable", many of us have tried to get Vista fully up and running on our own. I had success with the beta versions, but after RC2, I lost the ability to use the screen resolution switcher on the Samsung Q1 and Q1P. ctitanic notes today that folks are still waiting and hoping.

I’ve received at least a dozen reader e-mails in the past week along the same lines. Folks asking if I know when we’ll see Vista drivers from Samsung (I don’t), people wondering how to get the screen resolution working (I don’t know), readers wondering what the steps are to get Vista running, etc…all good questions.

My hope is that sometime this week to coincide with the Vista launch, I can re-write the basic steps for a Vista install on the Samsung Q1 series of devices; bear in mind that I started to do this previously, but the lack of screen resolution gave me pause. Intel has recently updated the graphics drivers for the 910/915 chipset, but alas: I just tried those and see no difference; instructions or not, I’m still without this functionality. It’s worth noting that Vista isn’t even mentioned on the updated driver page nor in the release notes.

While it’s a shame that we may never see Vista and HID drivers for the Samsung Q1, we do have to realize that the device was never advertised as "Vista capable". Should it be and is it capable? I absolutely think so and we’ve seen various videos and posts where people are running Vista. In fact, every Samsung Q1-series unit I saw at CES was running Vista. Time will tell if that was all a show for the show or if Samsung will provide the real deal. I’m hoping we get the software support that so many folks are clamoring for: it would do nothing but good for the UMPC platform as a whole.

UPDATE: some trial and error effort got the screen resolution switcher working in Vista after this post.

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