any of my normal disks/USB devices.
I can foresee pushing out an image to a set of these being a PITA.
Apart from that, from my very limited time with the device, it seems a bit more solid than I was expecting. As widely reported, a 64GB micro-SD seems to work (Sandisk Ultra Class 10) - though I haven't tried filling it up yet. Wish the people on the support forums had better English, as I had a heck of a job booting to BIOS until I found the official manual because the guys on the forums have appalling grammar.
Imaging is certainly a PITA. It took me about a week just to get it working and officially they are unsupported by Microsoft due to 32bit UEFI with no legacy BIOS support. M$ only support 64bit UEFI deployments. Using WDS it requires a USB hub with USB NIC, imaging media with copied UEFI files from the W8 DVD, mouse and keyboard for windows PE since the keyboard dock and touchscreen do not work in that. Not to mention you need new Win PE 4.0 capture and discover images and new answer file to bypass the new menu screens.
@BHMS: how the heck did you get it to boot from anything apart from the SSD? I've tried Clonezilla (optical and usb disc) - it once started to boot but gave up after the splash screen, W8 on a key (no boot) and I can't even get it to boot from a recovery disc made using the Acer Recovery Manager (booted once, but failed to use the recovery disc when instructed, not got it to boot since. Beginning to wonder if I have a duff unit.
I have added an admin BIOS password and turned off secure boot (though I'm not sure that setting has done anything).
Unfortunately this is due to UEFI and the lack of BIOS legacy support. You will need the UEFI boot files from a 32bit Windows 8 DVD. You want bootmgr.efi from root and the EFI folder, copy those to your Windows 8 key and it should boot assuming its above the SSD in boot priority under the boot order. I have only used these to boot Windows 8 media so I doubt they work with other software like Clonezilla. I'm using WDS for deployment so Windows 8 media is all I need.
LeMarchand (19th March 2013)
Cheers, but I can't even get it to boot from a burnt ISO of W8 (in a mains powered device).
Do you know if it will PXE boot with an adapter? I'd be happy to use WDS to pull an image if it does (but would need to buy an adapter!). Clonezilla was just to image it in case it all went pear shaped (and the latest version should be EFI compliant).
Are you booting from the dock USB port? You must use the tablet USB port I think. PXE boot is not supported. I had to create capture and discover keys. USB NICs will work using that media which is how I'm imaging them. I had to add the NIC driver but I'm using a USB 3.0 NIC, USB 2.0 NIC is probably supported out of the box under Win PE.
Last edited by BHMS; 19th March 2013 at 12:47 PM.
Your burnt ISO should boot without issue. Is it 32bit? Have you changed the boot order in the UEFI settings?
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