Samsung Ativ Book downgrade
Has anyone bought a Samsung Ativ Book 9 (lite) recently? We bought one intending to use Windows 8 but need to downgrade to 7 for various reasons, but I can't find drivers anywhere for this model! Samsung seem to only support 8 on this, and don't offer driver downloads at all!
Cloned 900x Disk with Linux Boot Disk
Just cloned a running Win7 Samsung 900x disk (similar system, older, same size disk) using System Restore CD (but any old Slackware boot disk will do). Worked beautifully. I mainly needed to update the network and video drivers afterward, and that looks like all it needs.
Essentially: - This link: LinuxQuestions.org - Samsung 13.3" ATIV Book 9 Lite 128GB SSD NP905S3G shows the BIOS settings that get you out of nanny-state mode to do some real system maintenance. - Boot Linux from external USB DVD drive , mount big external USB drive to source system. - cd to where you want your image to sit ... /mnt1/exthd1/images/ - dd if= of= - .... wait about 2-3 hours ... (My external drive is older, USB 2.0 so YMMV) - Because I didn't know how this was going to turn out, and because I mistakenly set up Win8 for the client before finding out he wanted Win 7 cloned, I saved a clone of Win8 just in case this didn't work. Another 2+ hours ... - Restored the Win7 clone to the new system. Another 2+ hours ... - Booted beautifully. Here are the net and vid driver links: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sea...14&ProdId=3714 https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sea...20&ProdId=3720 Samsung's only driver link was for some piece of software that let you install drivers (ugh), so I just got them directly. Good luck and please post back if I'm missing anything. If you've ever used dd for cloning (of course there are many other choices), then this should be a breeze, save the long waits. Hopefully it'll help for a fresh Win7 or Linux install as well. Best wishes. -mz