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64GB ViewSonic 10.1" ViewPad 10pi Wi-Fi-enabled Windows 7 Pro Tablet $292, or Windows 7 Ready Tablet (no Win 7 Installed) EXPIRED

Vicious421 88 February 1, 2013 at 10:45 PM in Computers (3)
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Promoted 02-02-2013 at 05:11 AM View Original Post
UPDATE: Coupon code has expired.
The 10.1" ViewSonic ViewPad 10pi Wi-Fi-enabled Tablet (Win 7 Pro installed) is now $299.99 + $8 S/H

Viewsonic.com offers 64GB ViewSonic 10.1" ViewPad 10pi Wi-Fi-enabled Tablet marked down significantly. Save an additional 5% with coupon code 2012REG. Shipping is $8. Thanks Vicious421& Akarin

Price after coupon code 2012REG
Specs:
  • Intel Atom 2670 1.5GHz (Oak Trail) CPU
  • 10.1" 1280x800 IPS Display
  • 2GB DDR2
  • 64GB SSD
  • Cameras: Front 1.3MP, Back 3.2MP
  • WiFi N
  • Battery Life: up to 4 hours
  • Win 7 Pro (installed or ready)
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I have been looking for the best deal on a Windows tablet and came across these guys on Viewsonic's factory store:

Viewsonic Viewpad 10pi Windows 7 Tablet - $299
http://www.viewsonic.com/us/table...-10pi.html

Viewsonic Viewpad 10pi Windows 7 Ready Tablet - $149
http://www.viewsonic.com/us/table...no-os.html

Viewsonic must be blowing these out, because the cheapest price I could find for the $299 version with Windows 7 pre-installed is $499.99 on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Viewsonic-V...ewpad+10pi

I was able to buy that $39.99 Windows 8 upgrade special from Microsoft before it expired yesterday and was thinking about using that to do a clean install on the $149 version of this Viewsonic 10pi. That would give me a Windows 8 tablet for under $200.

What do you think? Does anyone know of a better deal out there on a Windows tablet?

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#1171
Quote from muntu View Post :
I haven't had a chance to try this yet. During my online "travels" I came across this guy's blog:

http://www.spkaa.com/5-minutes-wi...ffice-2013

I watched his corresponding video on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUmcyWNDGiY

While this may be subjective, I noticed the performance of his Dell latitude was a tiny bit more smoother than mine. I looked into it some more and he is using a more recent graphics driver than what is listed on the intel website:

Intel support driver version: 8.14.6.3077
Blog link driver version: 8.14.6.3080 (furnished by Motion Computing: http://www.motioncomputing.com/dr..._CL_RN.htm)
Tried it, didn't find much difference.
Thanks anyway.
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#1172
Quote from atrac View Post :
I also notice a clicking sound coming from where the fan is located.
I've got that same clicking noise. It doesn't always make that sound, but sometimes it clicks for a few minutes at a time (it clicks like once every 1-2 seconds when it's acting up) and it can be pretty annoying. This thing can also run pretty hot, but that's not a huge deal to me. Is anyone else finding that touching along the edges of the screen (i.e. to close tabs in your web browser or hit the X in the upper-right corner of a program) can be pretty frustrating? The edges just seem off, and I usually have to tap several times to hit the mark, but everywhere else I'm hitting the mark just fine. I did the hardware calibration method by holding the back button for 10 seconds/until the battery led blinks red, but that didn't seem to help.

Besides all that, I'm really liking this thing for what it is. I am triple booting Windows 7, Windows 8, and Android using the VHD method that was posted earlier in the thread. I like the touch interface with Windows 8 quite well, but Windows 7 seems to be working better for me. In Win 7, I am able to play 720p files very smoothly @ 23.976 FPS and pretty smooth (with the occasional hitch/jerk) at 29.970 FPS using Media Player Classic. I tried VLC, but the same videos were choppy. The same files were choppy regardless of what media player I used with Windows 8.

muntu: I just tried those drivers for Windows 8 and so far haven't noticed much/if any change. I haven't messed with them for too long though, so maybe certain apps will run better/smoother? EDIT: Just tried out the Cut the Rope, Microsoft Minesweeper, and Microsoft Solitaire Collection apps and they are still too choppy to realistically play and the graphics for Solitaire are still glitched/messed up and unplayable.
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#1173
I'm still having troubles with this thing. It will not shut down on it's own (I have to hold the power button). It will always just restart and then tell me Windows recovered from a catastrophic event (paraphrasing).

I am in Windows 8 now and it's just not working very well. An exercise in frustration. I am thinking about doing a complete reinstall as my problems might come from using those stupid Chinese drivers originally that someone posted in the Wiki.

Do you guys think a clean install of Windows 8 is in order (vs. installing 7 first and then upgrading)?

I'm confident I can make this thing work well but it just needs a little hand holding a long the way I suppose.

Also, YES, I also have trouble clicking the top right X in both 7 and 8. Frustrating indeed!!!

My clicking noises mainly happen when I boot I believe. I do hear them every so often.
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#1174
Quote from Nealio View Post :
I've got that same clicking noise. It doesn't always make that sound, but sometimes it clicks for a few minutes at a time (it clicks like once every 1-2 seconds when it's acting up) and it can be pretty annoying. This thing can also run pretty hot, but that's not a huge deal to me. Is anyone else finding that touching along the edges of the screen (i.e. to close tabs in your web browser or hit the X in the upper-right corner of a program) can be pretty frustrating? The edges just seem off, and I usually have to tap several times to hit the mark, but everywhere else I'm hitting the mark just fine. I did the hardware calibration method by holding the back button for 10 seconds/until the battery led blinks red, but that didn't seem to help..
Yeah, same here. But I can live with this. My $1000+ Lenovo Yoga 13 has quite a few annoyances too. So I don't expect Viewsonic to be stellar.
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#1175
Quote from atrac View Post :
I'm still having troubles with this thing. It will not shut down on it's own (I have to hold the power button). It will always just restart and then tell me Windows recovered from a catastrophic event (paraphrasing).

I am in Windows 8 now and it's just not working very well. An exercise in frustration. I am thinking about doing a complete reinstall as my problems might come from using those stupid Chinese drivers originally that someone posted in the Wiki.

Do you guys think a clean install of Windows 8 is in order (vs. installing 7 first and then upgrading)?

I'm confident I can make this thing work well but it just needs a little hand holding a long the way I suppose.

Also, YES, I also have trouble clicking the top right X in both 7 and 8. Frustrating indeed!!!

My clicking noises mainly happen when I boot I believe. I do hear them every so often.
Dunno. My Win8 installation is perfect, I gave it stress test for 24 hours and it runs just fine. I used Viewsonic disk drivers mostly+Wifi hack+updated GPS Prolific driver from the Web+just installed "new" Intel GMA driver that muntu linked. "Old" Intel chipset driver from the CD too.
The only thing which does not work is SDIO card reader, and it won't work until MS/Intel address it.
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#1176
Quote from cd85233 View Post :
Tried booting with a USB to IDE cable attached to a cd/dvd drive and no joy. The device wouldn't see it.
If I understand correctly, you are using an internal cd/dvd drive connected to the tablet by a USB to IDE adapter, right?

What power source are you using for the drive? Have you tried looking at it in Android and seeing if it is detected after it boots (I have no idea if Android would see it or not because I avoid it like the plague, but if it did, that would be useful information).
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Quote from Nealio View Post :
I've got that same clicking noise. It doesn't always make that sound, but sometimes it clicks for a few minutes at a time (it clicks like once every 1-2 seconds when it's acting up) and it can be pretty annoying. This thing can also run pretty hot, but that's not a huge deal to me. Is anyone else finding that touching along the edges of the screen (i.e. to close tabs in your web browser or hit the X in the upper-right corner of a program) can be pretty frustrating? The edges just seem off, and I usually have to tap several times to hit the mark, but everywhere else I'm hitting the mark just fine. I did the hardware calibration method by holding the back button for 10 seconds/until the battery led blinks red, but that didn't seem to help.
The clicking noise is from the camera constantly focussing. I'll probably just disconnect mine if I have any reason to open it up.

The touchscreen sensitivity around the edge is my main problem. Especially at the top edge (near the camera). I am strongly considering sending this back to viewsonic to address it, but afraid they won't be able to replace it if I do. If anyone comes up with a solution, please post!
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#1178
Quote from muntu View Post :
Has anyone managed to run a successful windows experience index. It seems to crap out and blue screen during the "Tuning Windows Media Decoding" stage for me.

:: Windows 7
Quote from trebb View Post :
Same with Windows 8
Here you go. SD doesn't like xps files so I rendered the detail report into a jpg.
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#1179
Has anyone else noticed that touch and hold for the context menu in Windows 8 "metro" doesn't work? I am trying to delete some tiles off of it and it just won't bring up the menu. It works fine on the Classic desktop, though.
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#1180
Quote from Bagira View Post :
Tried it, didn't find much difference.
Thanks anyway.
Quote from Nealio View Post :
muntu: I just tried those drivers for Windows 8 and so far haven't noticed much/if any change. I haven't messed with them for too long though, so maybe certain apps will run better/smoother? EDIT: Just tried out the Cut the Rope, Microsoft Minesweeper, and Microsoft Solitaire Collection apps and they are still too choppy to realistically play and the graphics for Solitaire are still glitched/messed up and unplayable.
Yeah, I didn't notice anything earth shattering either.

Quote from travfar View Post :
Here you go. SD doesn't like xps files so I rendered the detail report into a jpg.
Wow. How did u get that to go to completion? What graphics driver version are you using out of curiosity. Thanks for the stats.
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#1181
Quote from amorget View Post :
Has anyone else noticed that touch and hold for the context menu in Windows 8 "metro" doesn't work? I am trying to delete some tiles off of it and it just won't bring up the menu. It works fine on the Classic desktop, though.
I figured it out, it isn't Touch and Hold, it's Touch and Drag Down a little, then everything works fine.
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#1182
Quote from Bagira View Post :
Dunno. My Win8 installation is perfect, I gave it stress test for 24 hours and it runs just fine. I used Viewsonic disk drivers mostly+Wifi hack+updated GPS Prolific driver from the Web+just installed "new" Intel GMA driver that muntu linked. "Old" Intel chipset driver from the CD too.
The only thing which does not work is SDIO card reader, and it won't work until MS/Intel address it.
OK, that's good to know. Did you do a clean install of Windows 8 or start with 7 first?

There's hope for mine yet!!! Smilie
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#1183
Quote from atrac View Post :
OK, that's good to know. Did you do a clean install of Windows 8 or start with 7 first?

There's hope for mine yet!!! Smilie
Clean install, no W7.
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#1184
Quote from tatiana30241 View Post :
If I understand correctly, you are using an internal cd/dvd drive connected to the tablet by a USB to IDE adapter, right?

What power source are you using for the drive? Have you tried looking at it in Android and seeing if it is detected after it boots (I have no idea if Android would see it or not because I avoid it like the plague, but if it did, that would be useful information).
It's a kit for IDE/SATA to usb drives so I'm guessing 12V to the drive. Not powering of USB, if that's what you are asking.

I got rid of Android, but it works in 8 so I know it's working properly. The BIOS just can't see the drive. I may try to use unetbootin to put the image on the flash drive tonight. That helped when I tried Debian.
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#1185
Quote from muntu View Post :
Yeah, I didn't notice anything earth shattering either.



Wow. How did u get that to go to completion? What graphics driver version are you using out of curiosity. Thanks for the stats.
I am pretty sure if you don't install or uninstall your Intel GMA600 driver and then run Windows Update to find and install VGA driver for you, you'll be able to finish WEI.
But I am too lazy to test it myself, besides, WEI doesn't make much sense anyway.

Edit: And of course I was right. Screenshot is attached. Quite different results from Mrs. Troll Big Grin
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