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Enterprise Software Thread, Ghost Woes with Dell Latitude ST Tablet in Technical; Originally Posted by Arthur Not sure if it helps, but you can add WiFi support to Windows PE quite easily... ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Not sure if it helps, but you can add WiFi support to Windows PE quite easily...

    Unified Windows PE builder script for WAIK, with Wi-Fi support
    If only we had a wireless network.

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    Just checking back in to report that my problems with WDS on the Latitude ST pretty much went away after upgrading from BIOS version A01 to A04, despite none of the newer BIOS versions having any PXE fixes listed.

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    Im not sure what bios ours are on. Is A04 a new release?

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    Released 17/05/2012: Dell System BIOS A04

    Curiously, the driver page for ours only lists A03, but when you click on that, the newer A04 is listed under 'Other versions'.

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    cheers ill get them to install it next week.

    we are still having major issues with our slates, hopefully this will fix up some of them

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    I'm not terribly impressed with ours - to be honest I think the ST was a bit of a misstep by Dell. I won't be buying any more of them, and I hope they've learned some lessons when it comes to designing Windows 8 slates in the near future.

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    we only bought ours as a pilot scheme and also to jump onto the tablet bandwagon.

    IVe given a USB with todays windows 8 preview release to be installed onto them but will see how it goes. I couldnt get the consumer install to work when trying the windows 7 drivers for it so hoefully its got some proper windows 8 drivers. I saw the windows 8 dell slate spec on the register and it didnt look much different to these.

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    Installed win8 release preview but cant seem to get any wireless driver working? Which did you use @AngryTechnician?

    ALso, i tried to install that BIOS A04 within win8 but it didnt work. Does it need to run from w7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    tried to install BIOS A04 within win8 but it didn't work.
    What happens if you update the BIOS from an elevated Command Prompt? e.g.

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    PEJUA04.exe /forceit /nvram

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    I'm not terribly impressed with ours - to be honest I think the ST was a bit of a misstep by Dell. I won't be buying any more of them, and I hope they've learned some lessons when it comes to designing Windows 8 slates in the near future.
    @AngryTechnician - What kinds of hassels have you had with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Installed win8 release preview but cant seem to get any wireless driver working? Which did you use @AngryTechnician?

    ALso, i tried to install that BIOS A04 within win8 but it didnt work. Does it need to run from w7?
    I used the driver from the Dell site. It's horrible because it doesn't have an .inf installer that works, so you are stuck with the rubbish Atheros client utilities, but it does provide connectivity.

    I was able to flash to A04 from within Windows 8. I don't recall issuing command line params, but I may have launched the utility from an elevated prompt.

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    @AngryTechnician - What kinds of hassels have you had with them?
    P***-poor performance, basically. The Atom processor does it no favours whatsoever and even the SSD doesn't seem to help - suspect they used a cheap one with poor read/write speeds. As a standalone device it is fine, but as a domain-joined workstation it struggles.

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    Ive managed to go to A04, got all the devices working.

    Then I tried to clone the disk using ShadowProtect to another slate. It seemed to work, however wireless and audio had a Red X next to them.

    Investigating, it seems that 99% of the services are stopped, and I cannot start them, eg the AudoSrvc try to start it manually and get
    The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.
    Very strange and I cant figure it ouyt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Ive managed to go to A04, got all the devices working.

    Then I tried to clone the disk using ShadowProtect to another slate. It seemed to work, however wireless and audio had a Red X next to them.

    Investigating, it seems that 99% of the services are stopped, and I cannot start them, eg the AudoSrvc try to start it manually and get

    Very strange and I cant figure it ouyt.
    msconfig -> normal startup will fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    P***-poor performance, basically. The Atom processor does it no favours whatsoever and even the SSD doesn't seem to help - suspect they used a cheap one with poor read/write speeds. As a standalone device it is fine, but as a domain-joined workstation it struggles.
    How did you find it with W8, the Acer I installed it on gave it a huge boost from 7Pro and W8 includes AV so it could actually make them much better. It changed the Acer from a maybe to a definatly.

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    These seem good with win8 Ive just rolled out all 60 with win8 for the new term. Figured it was better to have something at least a bit useable.

    The OSK is 100x better, but opening the start menu from the desktop is tricky even with the stylus, and most apps are still desktop aps that drop to the desktop to run.

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