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BenQ S6 Tablet PC with 4.8" Touchscreen, Wi-Fi, MicroSD Slot and Windows XP $60

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#361
Quote from xev10us View Post :
So after a full day of solving errors, I finally have a working copy of Windows XP on my Benq S6. Here

is a quick guide to getting it on yours...


Please read the whole guide first you risk Bricking your device from an improper BIOS flash and certain steps are important to avoid BSODs while installing...


First, things you will need:


- USB Keyboard
- USB 2.0 HUB with at least two ports (powered hub a plus)
- USB 2.0 Drive 2GB + (BACKUP! It will be formated soon!)


PART I: UPDATING THE BIOS

Software needed:
- FreeDOS bootable on your usb drive @ http://rufus.akeo.ie/
- https://rapidshare.com/#!download...|39391|0|0

STEP 1. Rufus will allow you to make a bootable FreeDos USB drive.
Run Rufus and select your USB drive from the "Device" drop down menu. Again, make sure it has

been cleared of any information you would life saved. Use the default settings and click start.

STEP 2. Unzip the file "XP_Driver_Release.7z" and copy the BIOS and it's self contained install file

(0303_1783_33103_Customer.exe) to the root of the flash drive. The USB drive is now ready to update

the BIOS.

STEP 3. MAKE SURE YOUR BENQ S6 IS FULLY CHARGED AND CONNECTED TO AC ADAPTOR.

STEP 4. Connect the mini USB to USB adaptor that was supplied with your BENQ S6. The connected your

USB hub to that and then connect the USB drive and USB keyboard to that.

STEP 5. Boot up the Benq S6 and let FreeDOS load. When at the command prompt (you will see the C:/ at

the bottom of the splash screen.) Run the BIOS install file by typing 0303 and pressing the tab key to

autocomplete. Press enter to run and let it finish. When it is completed, long press the power button

to turn off your S6.

PART II: INSTALLING WINDOWS XP

Software needed:
- a copy of Windows XP that has *SATA drivers*
- Wintoflash software available @ http://wintoflash.com/download/en/

STEP 1. Extract WinToFlash and the Run WinToFlash.exe

STEP 2. Go to the "Task" tab and choose task type: "Transfer Windows xp/2003 setup to USB drive" and

hit run.

STEP 3. In the "Basic Parameters" tab choose the file system to be "FAT16 LBA" This limits the space

available to the operating system but is needed to greatly increase transfer speed issues.

STEP 4. Choose the path to your copy of windows XP- It cannot be an ISO file. If it is, you must mount

the ISO using Daemon tools and choose the path to your emulated drive.

STEP 5. Choose the location of your USB drive and press "Run"

STEP 6. Wait til its finished, Safely eject the USB drive, and stick it back in the USB hub connected

to your Benq S6.

Step 7. Start up the S6 and do the first option for installation when prompted by the menu.

From here it it like any other windows install. When you are required to reboot you will go to the

second option given by the prompt to finish setting up the XP install.

Using this guide will avoid error I had using an external CD drive and some other software. The S6 has

a SATA connected SSD and SATA drivers are essential. Using the tab, alt+tab, enter and arrow keys,

there is no requirement to have a mouse durring install. However, if you have a powered Hub there is

no reason not to connect a mouse.

2GB of HDD space is enough for a XP install so if you happen to find a copy xp that contains the SATA

drivers you can always strip it down later for more space and page file.

PART III: DRIVERS

This step is well documented in "XP_Driver_Release.7z" so access the the instruction file from there for this step.

Enjoy- If this helped you please rep Smilie

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#362
what about buying this http://www.theupgradeplace.com/Tr...D10-M.html

Then installing Windows 8? This guy seems to have gotten Windows 8 to run reasonably on 800mhz and less-than minimum resolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK-1u8DIRk0

The biggest difference would be RAM - 512 vs 1GB.
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#363
Windows 8 on 512Mb of RAM would be torture... A slim Win 7 Ultimate with handwriting recognition might be good though.

I think a mini PCIe SSD is a much better option (simpler and faster)... Something like this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/KingSpec-...519d528994

I would try it but I dont have the fund ATM. Make sure if you do get a mini PCIe SSD that its not actually an mSata because it wont work. Also, please if you do try let us know Smilie

I replaced the 3G module with a GPS which adds a lot of functionality too...
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#364
does anyone still have the links to the bios updates and the xp drivers?
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#365
http://thefiledump.org/dump/projects/BenQ%20S6/

Just found the link to everything!
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#366
Well I have to say, this is a fine device. I'm able to play low bit rate 720p and PS1 gamesyummy
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#367
For those facing the "no device detected" problem with the HSPA modem utility, follow the steps below:

1.>> Install Drivers for H10 modem:

Install .net 3.5 > Run BenQTools_V1.1.0.18_Chinese_2G3G.exe (MIDTools_V1.0.0.4.msi is an older version of the same utility) > there may be an error msg regarding file I2EC.exe, acknowledge it and restart the PC > Launch the BenQ MID Utility > Turn on Wifi/Bluetooth and locate drivers (WIFI folder) when asked > turn on the 2g/3g and locate and install drivers (H10-S WinXP 32bit) when asked > confirm in the device manager that 02 modems (H10 USB modem on com3 and H10 USB Data modem on com4 are installed under the "modems", and an unidentified "data interface" is installed under "ports" > Manually install the driver for the unidentified "data interface" using the H10 modem driver folder itself, after which it appears as "H10 diagnostics interface com5" under "ports"> Restart the MID.
Note: U must manually install the driver for "H10 diagnostics interface com5", if not, it will be impossible to perform the firmware upgrade, it will fail.

2.>> Upgrade the H10 modem firmware:

Run QDownload.exe from the folder H10_V1.03_DownloadTool > check all options and select MSM6280 > under the "phone one" window select com5 i.e select "H10 diagnostics interface com5" > start > the modem firmware will be upgraded > once the procedure is complete, close the QDownload.exe > confirm in the device manager that only 01 modem (H10 USB modem on com3) is installed under "modems", and a new device "H10 wireless ethernet adapter" appears under "Network Adapters" > also the "H10 diagnostics interface" will be changed to com7

3.>> Connect to the cellular network:

Run HSPAmodemSetup_V5.exe > open the HSPAmodem utility from the desktop and confirm that the network reception is made and the device is detected as "H10 wireless ethernet adapter" > If u perform the installation and testing of the HSPAmodem utility before upgrading the firmware, the HSPA modem utility will detect the signal but will report "no device detected" and will not be able to make connection.

Thats it !!!

Anshul
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For those facing the "no device detected" problem with the HSPA modem utility, follow the steps below:

1.>> Install Drivers for H10 modem:

Install .net 3.5 > Run BenQTools_V1.1.0.18_Chinese_2G3G.exe (MIDTools_V1.0.0.4.msi is an older version of the same utility) > there may be an error msg regarding file I2EC.exe, acknowledge it and restart the PC > Launch the BenQ MID Utility > Turn on Wifi/Bluetooth and locate drivers (WIFI folder) when asked > turn on the 2g/3g and locate and install drivers (H10-S WinXP 32bit) when asked > confirm in the device manager that 02 modems (H10 USB modem on com3 and H10 USB Data modem on com4 are installed under the "modems", and an unidentified "data interface" is installed under "ports" > Manually install the driver for the unidentified "data interface" using the H10 modem driver folder itself, after which it appears as "H10 diagnostics interface com5" under "ports"> Restart the MID.
Note: U must manually install the driver for "H10 diagnostics interface com5", if not, it will be impossible to perform the firmware upgrade, it will fail.

2.>> Upgrade the H10 modem firmware:

Run QDownload.exe from the folder H10_V1.03_DownloadTool > check all options and select MSM6280 > under the "phone one" window select com5 i.e select "H10 diagnostics interface com5" > start > the modem firmware will be upgraded > once the procedure is complete, close the QDownload.exe > confirm in the device manager that only 01 modem (H10 USB modem on com3) is installed under "modems", and a new device "H10 wireless ethernet adapter" appears under "Network Adapters" > also the "H10 diagnostics interface" will be changed to com7

3.>> Connect to the cellular network:

Run HSPAmodemSetup_V5.exe > open the HSPAmodem utility from the desktop and confirm that the network reception is made and the device is detected as "H10 wireless ethernet adapter" > If u perform the installation and testing of the HSPAmodem utility before upgrading the firmware, the HSPA modem utility will detect the signal but will report "no device detected" and will not be able to make connection.

Thats it !!!

Anshul
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#369
Hi folks, it's me again. I've done some customizations that really make the BenQ S6 shine, and I wanted to share it with everyone:
http://themangatron.blogspot.com/...-umpc.html

There's some interesting stuff I posted, such as making right-clicking less frustrating. It's a very good read, and I think it would be very helpful sharing this info with everyone who bought this S6 too. I don't like seeing people say they wasted money on this device, it's a very pocketable PC that really, would have never been this cheap in a perfect world, but it was and I'm glad to be a part of it.
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Quote from einsteinecker View Post :
Hi folks, it's me again. I've done some customizations that really make the BenQ S6 shine, and I wanted to share it with everyone:
http://themangatron.blogspot.com/...-umpc.html

There's some interesting stuff I posted, such as making right-clicking less frustrating. It's a very good read, and I think it would be very helpful sharing this info with everyone who bought this S6 too. I don't like seeing people say they wasted money on this device, it's a very pocketable PC that really, would have never been this cheap in a perfect world, but it was and I'm glad to be a part of it.
Can you install Windows 8 on this?
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Quote from idongivadamn View Post :
Can you install Windows 8 on this?
You can put windows 8 [youtube.com], but tiles only work in 1024x768, which is slow because it is not the BenQ's native resolution and the graphics chip (u11L) does not support the higher resolution natively.
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Quote from einsteinecker View Post :
You can put windows 8 [youtube.com], but tiles only work in 1024x768, which is slow because it is not the BenQ's native resolution and the graphics chip (u11L) does not support the higher resolution natively.
I've been on the lookout for a cheap HTC Shift X9500. Sadly, the starting price is $200 on eBay.
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#373
Wireless card on mine died, won't turn on in the Linux load, and in XP I get an error code when the driver loads despite being turned on by the tool. Looks like this will just be a music player for the card without wifi...
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Wireless card on mine died, won't turn on in the Linux load, and in XP I get an error code when the driver loads despite being turned on by the tool. Looks like this will just be a music player for the card without wifi...
I think that's because the drivers didn't have power-saving enabled. I noticed that when I installed the drivers that were recommended on here and in the BenQ S6 driver pack from their taiwanese site. Without power-saving features enabled, it really felt like it was running in full power mode, and if used for an extended period of time, it will kill the wifi card (too hot). I've seen a report from another user who said their's died after having left the wifi on for many hours. I myself ran into a problem with my HSPA card, it was running for seveal hours, and the heat was too much, I got a blue-screen on XP. Now I keep a small fan on it if I'm connected for a long period of time. Probably too late to give you the newer wifi drivers Frown

Were you on Linux before it died? If so, the kernel probably wasn't even optimized.
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I accidentally bought 2 instead of 1 of these things. I got the first one working awhile back and gave it to my nephew.

I finally got around to opening the 2nd one recently and THANK YOU einsteinecker for your wonderful blog/info on the display drivers. Your other suggestions are great too! The Virtual Keyboard program you suggested works great with this device.

He posted the link once before, but if you haven't taken a look go to it NOW! Lots of good info. on software/installs to make this a GREAT device and renew your interest/win you over. Smilie
http://themangatron.blogspot.com/...-umpc.html

I'm also thinking of buying a Logitech K400 wireless keyboard (I use one for my PC hooked to my TV) and when I hooked it up to this device it works great.

For me Windows Personal Edition (small torrent) did the trick and using the net framework cleanup program frees up a lot of space. This distribution didn't have themes enabled, but after some Googling I found out you can turn on the theme services from "disabled to automatic" through msconfig. I downloaded the default Windows XP theme and it looks great. Smilie

On a different note is there a way of enabling power saving through the control panel to prevent the wireless or 3G modem drivers from burning out? I currently don't use the 3G modem so I have it turned off. Maybe I should use MID tools and turn off wireless until I'm ready to surf the web.

Seriously, give this device a 2nd chance. I originally wasn't sure what to make of it when I received it, but I've been very happy with my latest Windows XP PE install (using a USB CD Rom Drive). Right after running the Framework cleanup utility I still had about 700 mb of space left which is pretty good. Haven't bought one yet, but am going to pick up a cheap 16gb MicroSD card to run most stuff of of that.

The screen is beautiful and great for running for me one of my favorite remakes/upgrades Loderunner: The Legend Returns/Online 95 (which the author released for free on his website). U have to run it in 640x480 Windows 95 compatibility mode, but it's super cool to easily take this with me. The author released it for free, always impressed by his tweaking of the game:
http://www.daggert.net/Folio/Prog...unner1.htm

I will probably also try a Genesis emulator and maybe the old game Brix (which I love) and maybe some of the old windowed Asteroids or Dig Dug from the old Microsoft entertainment pack. Smilie

Thanks again Slickdeals. This website/forum rocks! I'm bought so many cool deals through it. Even typing this post on my Cowboom Samsung I3 laptop I picked up thanks to Slickdeals. Smilie
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