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    Default Asus F8VA Montevina Mobile Platform review


    F8Va-B1



    M70VM-B1 and F8VA-B1 Video:
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    Introducing:
    The F8Va is the refresh model for F8Sv is the new Intel Montevina Mobile Platform, the new platform fetures:
    -Intel PM45 Chipset
    -1066MHz CPU FSB
    -DDR-2 800 MHz
    -ICH9-M SATA Controller.
    -E-SATA Port
    -HDMI
    -No more DVI Port

    Everything else look exactly the same like F8SV, the only different is the inside:
    -Mainboard
    -CPU
    -RAM
    -Video Card




    The new F8VA now has the HDMI and E-SATA port in the back that F8Sn does not have:





    Specification:

    F8VA-B1::
    MSRP: $1299
    14" 1440X900 WXGA+
    Chipset: Intel PM45 Montevina Mobile Platform
    Southbridge: ICH9-M SATA Controller
    GPU: ATI HD 3650 1GB VRAM DDR2
    CPU P8400 2.26 Ghz 3MB 1066 FSB
    4GB DDR2 800MHz
    250GB 5400RPM SATA
    Intel Wireless 4965 N
    DVDRW Super Multi
    1.3MB Swivel webcam
    Fingerprint Scanner
    5X USB 2.0 Ports
    1X IEEE 1394 Firewire
    Microphone in
    S/PDIF
    E-SATA
    VGA Out
    HDMI
    No DVI
    6 Cell battery
    Windows Vista Home Premium 32

    Device Manager::



    Battery life: 2 hours and 12 minutes with 6 cell battery.





    Everest:



    New features: Asus Express Gate:





    The Express Gate is the instant on OS built-on on the mainboard, it turns on almost instantly. It can be useful if Windows Vista OS is not needed and can save battery life.

    Splashtop Browser:


    Chat


    Skype



    Music Player



    Photo viewer


    Online Game


    Configuration settings


    Performance::

    WEI



    3Dmark06:


    1024X768: 4103
    1280X768: 3760
    1440X900: 3306



    1024X768


    1280X768


    1440X900





    Crysis Demo









    Game Video:


    COD4:



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    XP Drivers:




    For easy installtion press F2 at asus logo screen to enter BIOS, go to Advanced tab and IDE Controller, setup SATA mode from Enhance to Compatible, press F10 and exit.


    Below is the drivers you can install from drivers DVD:

    Always install Intel INF Update first:

    D:\SOFTWARE\INFUPDATE\SETUP.EXE

    D:\DRIVER\ATK0100\VISTA32\2KSETUP.EXE
    D:\DRIVER\KB_FILTER\VISTA32\2KSETUP.EXE

    D:\SOFTWARE\ATKHOTKEY\SETUP.EXE
    D:\SOFTWARE\ATKOSD2\SETUP.EXE

    D:\SOFTWARE\RICOH\SETUP.EXE
    D:\Software\BTOOTH\AZUREWAVE\WIN32\BRCM\DPINST.EXE
    D:\SOFTWARE\MODEM\LSI\VISTA32\Setup.exe
    D:\SOFTWARE\EXPRESSGATE\SETUP.EXE
    D:\SOFTWARE\FINGERPRINT\VISTA32_64\SETUPAIM.EXE
    D:\SOFTWARE\TOUCHPAD\VISTA32\Setup.exe
    D:\SOFTWARE\WCONSOLE\SETUP.EXE


    Drivers you need to download:

    Video Card:
    Step 1:
    Download Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

    Step 2:
    Download the ATI Catalyst Desktop driver:

    Step 3:
    Download Mobility Modder from driversheaven.net and follow the Installation guide to mod the ATI driver.




    Atheros AR928X Wireless lan (use update driver from Device Manger to install):
    http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/forum/...howtopic=14858

    Realtek Lan Driver (use update driver from Device Manger to install):
    ftp://61.56.86.122/cn/nic/Driver_5694_XP_0619.zip


    Audio
    There are 2 audio drivers you need to download:

    Realtek Audio Driver:

    [URL="http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=14&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false[/URL]


    Also the HDMI Audio driver:
    http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/...&GetDown=false


    Power4Gear:
    http://downloadmirror.intel.com/1089...16_Generic.zip


    IR Driver still not working in XP.
    Added by EBE on 2008-11-09 // User bobbdc reports the following:
    Quote Originally Posted by bobbdc View Post
    I don't know if this has ben resolved but I found a driver for WinXP that works for the infrared port. Here you go:

    http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/le...2412/1568.html
    Above IR Driver link no longer available, not sure if this one works:

    http://dl.okglb.com/consumerdl.lenov...N1CIR12WW1.exe

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    Default Re: Asus F8VA Montevina Mobile Platform review

    Thanks for the details regarding the performance of the HD 3650. Any details on how the new Montevina platform improved battery life?
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    Default Re: Asus F8VA Montevina Mobile Platform review

    thx for the review.... but now i want to exchange my f8sn

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    Default Re: Asus F8VA Montevina Mobile Platform review

    Quote Originally Posted by silly22 View Post
    thx for the review.... but now i want to exchange my f8sn
    F8Sn still a nice notebook, new platform coming out doesn't slow down your current notebook, your GPU and CPU still running at same clock speed.





    Quote Originally Posted by silly22 View Post
    thx for the review.... but now i want to exchange my f8sn


    I just started the battery test right now, one thing about the new battery saving mode is it'll automatically change Windows scheme to basic mode and disable Windows sidebar.

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    Default Re: Asus F8VA Montevina Mobile Platform review

    Nothing too exciting about this notebook, then.

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    Default Re: Asus F8VA Montevina Mobile Platform review

    Is it a 320gb HDD? On your site as well as some of the others I checked, it was a 250gb hdd standard.

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    Default Re: Asus F8VA Montevina Mobile Platform review

    Sorry, typo on the review, it's 250GB hard drive.

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    Default Re: Asus F8VA Montevina Mobile Platform review

    Do these refresh models have the "Express Gate" feature ASUS announced a couple months ago?

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    Default Re: Asus F8VA Montevina Mobile Platform review

    No it does not have Express Gate, I believe the Express Gate is only available for their desktop motherboards.

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    Default Re: Asus F8VA Montevina Mobile Platform review

    Hmm... It's mentioned here that ASUS would start rolling the feature out on their new laptops. They must've scrapped the idea...

 

 
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