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Join Date: Dec 2011
03-14-2012, 02:23 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Chartres, France
05-18-2012, 04:35 PM
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Manchester UK
05-26-2012, 12:38 PM
It's sort of good yet sort of bad, I really hope it changes when the full version comes out. It does have a lot of great features, but a lot of weird ones too.
Dealing with the shallow aspects first...
Cosmetically it's ugly- if it had the customisation features of the Thinix touch I would probably warmed to it more, but when you are greated by those blocky uninspiring looking buttons on start up, as well as that fish thing on the preload it doesn't make you think you are using a serious OS. I'm sure this will change, I hope this will change.
Everything boots up really fast from cold, and the splash screen swipe up/ log on bit is great, with all its info add-ons, clocks etc, very stylish. Shame it fall flat when you see the start menu.
It is a big change from windows 7, I do like the ability to swipe currently running programs/pages so they run simultaneously side by side on screen. I can see this being fantastic on bigger machines, but a bit fiddly on the duo's small screen, but still a great feature.
Internet explorer is nice- but no flash, not a big deal really even though I work in the Flash industry - so here's my mini rant- apologies in advance.
It's a shame flash is missing and this seems to be the current trend. Most rich young boys seem to dictate most of the bad ideas and views on the internet, review forums and social sites these days [thankfully not this one], and are classed as the core users, instead of what they actually are, bored little vicious people with other people's views demanding the moon on a stick.
For some reason they are listened to by developers. These little technology stiflers seem to believe that stuff spouted by apple as well as confusing the product Flash with adverts, such lack of thought is staggering, it's like blaming drink driving accidents on the car manufacturers. Just think in a few years time we will have the same monkeys saying the same thing about the drastically overated HTML5 because it will be the new platform for advertising.
So yes, flash works on the normal desktop browser anyway, so no biggy. It's always been quite slow on the duo, but at least there is the option to see the whole web.
The video player is sort of nice, I hope you can change the white border because it looks a bit odd. I suppose it ties into the xbox branding and theme (which is worrying)
The mini play function is pretty nice though, and it has the benefit of a built in pause/resume function when you open another app or screen- slightly annoying you have to put everything in the video folder though for them to show up- a browse function would have been useful. Also it does take a long time to render the main movie interface because it has to render screen shots and info etc- again I'm sure that would be fine on a faster machine, but the duo is lacking a bit.
Email is ok- but I'm not to keen on the continual nagging to add facebook, twitter, google accounts etc and link everything up to one big database of guff. That's just my personal taste though, I like to keep computers work related.
The store is quite good fun, and I can see an apple app sort of thing going on- very promising. Any new way of giving new developers a platform I'm all for.
Navigation takes a bit of getting used to, knowing shortcut keys is really essential. It will take a while to de-program yourself from trying to do things the old way like simply selecting from a drop down menu-
now you just ... select, swipe up/down, drag across, right click the tick box, pause on a spot on the screen for a few seconds until a square appears, bend your knees, rotate your parts, touch ok, touch base, touch cloth, dry clean only, hunt for the red october, whistle the theme tune from Robocop the TV series, and select... and then verify your selection...twice. I'm not quite sure why it's such a problem not to have a quit button on these metro apps. Hopefully that will change.
So- I think I've waffled on enough (sorry about that) There are way more things I could talk about windows 8 consumer, but this is too long already. To sum it up, I have had 8 since the first time it came out- I am currently about to do a clean install of windows 7- I won't be putting 8 back on. The novelty factor has wore off. I think that's the problem really. It all feels gimmicky instead of productive.
But it was a good choice from Microsoft to try something new, and it is unfair of me to judge this while they are still sorting out the bugs and methodology.
I'll just add, the onscreen keyboard is much better that 7, the weather app is very well done, the scrolling in metro internet explorer is smooth, updates are done in the background without hassling you, the settings menu is thoughtful.
Warning- don't use a registry cleaner like CCleaner- the store icon and a few others disappear on the next reboot. Also many programs are not compatible at this time- so if you want to try it do it by dual boot.
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Maumelle, a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas
Ambient Light Sensor?? Pulling my hair out! - 06-04-2012, 09:01 PM
My name is Mike and I am new to this forum, but I'm very happy to be here and be a part of this awesome community
I am an IT administrator by trade and I work for a large company, where I specialize in IT and network administration. As such, I always love the newest thing coming down the pike....
So, when Windows 8 came along, I was in heaven! At first, I purchased a Samsung Series 7 Slate, and Windows 7 FLIES on that device - but over $1200 bucks? OUCH - so I got an RMA and returned the device, and I opted for the Dell Inspiron Duo 1090.
I love the device! It is the best of all worlds!
**SIDE NOTE - I have seen several of you have difficulty with restoring your systems, or drivers, etc. - and as my contribution to the group I will gladly offer anyone who needs them the original factory restore discs, and I also have a directory of all of the original drivers for all devices too - just let me know!**
OK - so now on to my particular problem. I was so overjoyed with this little device, that I also purchased THREE of the JBL Audio Docks. They are really convenient. I have one on my desk at work, one by my easy chair at home, and one next to the bed on my night table.
I currently have installed the LATEST release - the Windows 8 Release Preview which was released just last Friday.
I did a completely clean (from boot) install of Windows 8 Release Preview, 32-bit.
I installed any drivers needed for any devices which were not recognized or working.
Everything works VERY fast, smoothly, and quite nicely. HOWEVER - I AM HOPING THAT SOMEONE MAY HAVE SOME ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS......
Question #1 - After doing the install, the OS is pre-loaded with DirectX 11. When trying to run one particularly beautiful artist painting app from the Microsoft app store, the app says it cannot run because it needs DirectX over 9.3. However, again, 11 is already on the system as part of the OS.
Question #2 - BIGGEST ISSUE - even though all devices under device manager show that they are working perfectly, and that all devices are updated with the newest drivers, the Light Sensor has an issue. I notice that when I flip open the notebook, and I use the F5 key, I can make the screen nice and bright. Then I flip it into tablet mode. Then, as soon as I place it on the Sound Dock, the screen dims! And the on-screen controls built-in to Windows 8 have no effect - you can slide the on-screen control to the brightest, and it is still dim! So, I remove it from the dock, flip it open, press F5 a couple of times, and the screen is nice and bright again. But then dock it again and PRESTO - the screen goes dim. THIS IS DRIVING ME INSANE!
***UPDATE - this ALSO happens after rebooting, whether I have docked or not! It just seems the Windows 8 screen brightness control has no effect on the device....
Dell says in Windows 7 under control panel, there is a sensor control to be able to switch the Ambient Light Sensor off - however, in Windows 8 Control Panel, that control has been changed with something else. I can find NO WHERE - NOT EVEN IN THE BIOS to just disable the STUPID AMBIENT LIGHT SENSOR! This is about to give me a coronary.... LOL
Does ANYONE know what to do? The sensor DOES work - because when I am holding the device in my hands and the room light goes up or down, the light adjusts like it is supposed to - however when you dock it there is no choice - it just goes dim. GRRRRRRR.....
Any ideas are GREATLY appreciated! Also, once again, IF ANYONE NEEDS THE DISCS for COMPLETE Factory Restore, or if you want a zipped file with ALL of the drivers, just let me know!
Thanks so much everyone - I really appreciate your input!
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Maumelle, a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas
06-04-2012, 11:09 PM
***ANOTHER UPDATE - EUREKA!!!! I am so FREAKING HAPPY! I never, EVER use the stupid ambient light sensor, because I like to control my OWN screen brightness! Stupid sensor LL - SO - I just followed the instructions located here to just UNPLUG the sensor cable from the motherboard - and VOILA - no more dimming! PLUS - the Windows 8 dimming on-screen controls WORKS GREAT - I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY!!!!! LOL - I know you must think I have no life, but I have been struggling with a solution for a few days. I love happy endings!
Thanks again for just listening, and again - my offer STILL STANDS if anyone needs recovery discs or drivers
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