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    Default Attempt at (Windows 7 x64) Updated Hybrid Drivers for UL80Vt-A1 (and UL30Vt/UL50Vt)

    In the interests of (yet unproven) marginal progress, I have taken the Windows 7 x64 vga driver archive from Asus's download page for the UL80Vt-A1, mimed it with updated drivers from the newest Intel GS45 and nVidia driver releases, changed the names of the driver sets in the original proprietary .infs/.cats/.txts, and zipped the thing together in hopes of someone's bravely testing the installation on top of a fresh copy of Windows 7 x64. I'd do it myself, but my replacement "clean install" hard drive has not yet arrived.

    Experimental Updated Hybrid Graphical Driver Set for UL(3/5/8)0Vt Notebook (Windows 7 x64) (128MB .zip @Filedropper.com)

    I make no predictions on the probability of successful installation; my hope is that the new files with the old installation structure will bang into place without incident in a fresh installation. Note also that the original display driver archive provided by Asus is a little wonky to begin with--the audio folder and the setup.exe files at root go together (they are from the extraction of the file "hdaudio_1.00.00.63_xp_vista_win7.exe" inside the larger nVidia executable. The stuff in the display folder of the Asus archive is the amalgamation of files from the official Intel driver set, the official nVidia driver set, and the OEM modifications (of standard Intel/nVidia files) guiding the installation on the ULx0Vt notebooks. What I've provided above simply mirrors that structure. The text file included in my updated archive provides a little more detail on exactly what I've changed.

    And, lastly, a small plea from the needy directed to those of advanced mechanical skills and/or recherché vendor knowledge: to the extent that you have accumulated it, please provide any **detailed** information (i.e., with photo/video/schematic) regarding the manner of disassembly and the interior layout of the UL80Vt-A1 (and its siblings)--especially in the case of items like the Atheros wifi card which manifestly and negatively affect basic usage of the notebook. Speaking only for myself as an owner, I have less interest in replacing a functioning keyboard with a lighted functioning keyboard than do I in replacing a crippled wifi card with a functioning one. Any assistance advanced owners can render in this area would I think benefit the community vastly.
    Last edited by mnorris; 29th December 2009 at 12:21 AM. Reason: updated link to refined set of drivers

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    Default Re: Attempt at (Windows 7 x64) Updated Hybrid Drivers for UL80Vt-A1 (and UL30Vt/UL50Vt)

    heeyy!

    i\'m soooo glad someone else is trying to get updated drivers on their ul80vt-a1!!

    bad news however.. no success with your driver set- the installation ran properly (with the expected pop up warning of a non-signed driver) - but on reboot the resolution will default to a max of 1024x768 and the graphics switching icon disappears from the tray and the nvidia control panel is not accesible!

    one thing, i\'m not running a fresh install of Windows 7, i\'m running the default ASUS installed Win7 installation with almost no programs or settings changed from out of the box

    i don\'t know if this has anything to do with anything - but if you look at the asus download section under vga they have something called VGA patch.. do you know what thats for and if it has anything to do with updating graphics drivers?

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    Default Re: Attempt at (Windows 7 x64) Updated Hybrid Drivers for UL80Vt-A1 (and UL30Vt/UL50Vt)

    I think I might have an idea about the non-1360x768 defaulting problem. This is a "factory" registry entry added in the installation by the Asus (and hence my) driver set ("nvmvam.inf"):

    [nv_commonDisplayModes_addreg]

    HKR,, NV_Modes, %REG_MULTI_SZ%, "{*}S 720x480x8,16,32,64=1;1400x1050x32,64 1600x1024x32,64 1600x1200x32,64 1920x1200x8,16,32,64 1920x1440x8,16,32,64 2048x1536x8,16,32,64=1F;1400x1050x8,16 1600x1024x8,16 1600x1200x8,16=3F;640x480x8,16,32,64 800x600x8,16,32,64 1024x768x8,16,32,64 1152x864x8,16,32,64 1280x960x8,16,32,64 1280x1024x8,16,32,64=7F;720x576x8,16,32,64=8032;"

    Also, a variation on the following registry entry occurs ten times in the same file:

    [nv_miscBase_addreg__01]
    HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\TMM",TMMRestrictionOverride,%REG_DWORD%,1
    HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\TMM",UseIViewHelper,%REG_DWORD%,1
    HKLM,"Software\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\Hybrid",BacklightControlPolicy,%REG_DWORD%,1
    HKLM,"Software\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NVTweak",NoPages,%REG_DWORD%,0x40120558
    HKLM,"Software\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NVTweak",NvCplDisableSmartDimmerPage,%REG_DWORD%,1
    HKR,,AslmCfg,%REG_DWORD%,0
    HKR,,DefaultSettings.BitsPerPel,%REG_DWORD%,16
    HKR,,DefaultSettings.XResolution,%REG_DWORD%,800
    HKR,,DefaultSettings.YResolution,%REG_DWORD%,600

    HKR,,DevSwitchSuppressMask,%REG_DWORD%,5
    HKR,,HdmiColorDepthPolicy,%REG_DWORD%,0x00000003
    HKR,,HdmiColorDepthPriority,%REG_DWORD%,0x00000004
    HKR,,RMDisablePteCoalesce,%REG_DWORD%,1
    HKR,,RMIncreaseReservedHeap,%REG_DWORD%,7
    HKR,,RMMaintainDevs,%REG_DWORD%,1
    HKR,,RMMaintainTVStandard,%REG_DWORD%,1
    HKR,,RotateFlag,%REG_DWORD%,0x40

    It could as well have something to do with the settings for the CUIDeviceIndependentKey added in the registry for the Intel portion of the installation:

    [CUI.AddReg]
    ;Add INTEL/CUI keys
    HKLM,"Software\INTEL"
    HKLM,%DisplayKey%
    HKLM,%CUIDeviceIndependentKey%

    ;HKLM,"%CUIDeviceIndependentKey%\igfxdev","MaxSuppXX",%REG_DWORD%,800

    ;HKLM,"%CUIDeviceIndependentKey%\igfxdev","MaxSuppYY",%REG_DWORD%,480

    ; Device Independent registry location
    HKCR,"CLSID\{280A8F40-E382-11D2-B561-00A0C92E6848}",,,%CUIDeviceIndependentKey%

    It seems that a modification is order somewhere here to add/substitute for the undesired dimensions the 1360x768 resolution we need. Some relevant information, although explanatory in scope only for Intel graphics setups, I've run across at the Intel website: http://software.intel.com/en-us/arti...ntel-graphics/.

    Oh, and here's the content of "VGA_Patch . . .": 1x "RemoveDevice.exe," 1x "silent.bat." And here's the content of "silent.bat":

    @ECHO OFF
    RemoveDevice.exe /id "PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2A42&SUBSYS_1BC21043&REV_07" /del /rescan
    IF ERRORLEVEL == 1 GOTO SUCCESS
    IF ERRORLEVEL == 0 GOTO EXCEPTION1
    IF ERRORLEVEL == -1 GOTO EXCEPTION2
    GOTO END

    :SUCCESS
    echo yes~
    Reg.exe ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\ASUS\VGA Patch" /v DisplayVersion /t REG_SZ /d 1.0.0.1 /f
    goto END

    :EXCEPTION1
    echo fail to remove driver~
    goto END

    :EXCEPTION2
    echo cannot find this hardware ID~
    goto END

    :END

    I'll keep hammering away at it.
    Last edited by mnorris; 19th December 2009 at 11:17 AM. Reason: added more sites for change

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    Default Re: Attempt at (Windows 7 x64) Updated Hybrid Drivers for UL80Vt-A1 (and UL30Vt/UL50Vt)

    I've included images of the main registry entries (0000 and 0001 under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}) built by the default installation of the Asus drivers produced at initial boot. One can see places where changes could be instituted (presumably) to overcome the 800x600 problem after installation of the updated driver set. Do you think you could upload some screen shots of your registry settings after installation of the updated driver set? Maybe comparison could enlighten us as to a solution.
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    Default Re: Attempt at (Windows 7 x64) Updated Hybrid Drivers for UL80Vt-A1 (and UL30Vt/UL50Vt)

    sadly i think the problem is larger than the res not being just set

    what i get when i install the driver set is not just a limited resolution, but an inability to access the nvidia control panel, the intel control panel, and loss of the switchable graphics feature

    basically its defaulting to the 'base windows display driver'

    this is the same thing that happens when trying to install the latest notebook driver set from nvidia

    i really wish asus could give some feedback on this.. they gave us that vgapatch tool... but why?

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    Default Re: Attempt at (Windows 7 x64) Updated Hybrid Drivers for UL80Vt-A1 (and UL30Vt/UL50Vt)

    I'm drafting off you in the ASUS forum, too; hopefully, we can get answers in some fashion or another.

    My spare hard drive arrived, so I'll get to work with a fresh installation of Win7 x64, then I'll try to put the ASUS-provided driver set on top to see how it is applied out-of-the-box. If I gain any insight from that, I'll see if I can just replace *only* the basic driver files (.sys's and .dll's) enumerated in the ASUS-modified .inf without changing any (or few) of the descriptive/directive files.

    One thing I don't know is what exactly happens when one clicks on the root setup.exe in the ASUS set. How does the process direct the installation to pull information from the modified "nvmvam.inf" instead of from the stock nVidia "nvam.inf"? If I can figure that out, I might make some headway to integrating the newer files. As I mentioned, the way the factory ASUS driver set is structured is strange to begin with: the audio files in the "Hdaudio" folder are the extracted output of the "hdaudio" .exe present within the official nVidia executable--but there's no line of code in the modified .inf directing the installation to do anything with them. There's an "nvmvam_template.txt" in there that is different from the "nvmvam.inf"; what's that doing there? You can't, according to later sections of the "nvmvam.inf," manually direct a driver update of the nVidia graphics hardware in Device Manager by pointing to the .inf, because certain critical Intel files and registry entries will be placed correctly. There are registry entries added by the .inf for the installation of both the 3D and PhysiX components (HKLM,"Software\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer",3DVisionInstall,%REG_DWORD%,1
    HKLM,"Software\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer",PhysXInstall,%REG_DWORD%,1), but none of the files are included in the driver set for either of those features.

    I've run into other forum posts by people who've created modified versions of the hybrid graphics drivers on Sony notebooks; I'll have a look through those as well to see what's of use to the Asus crowd.

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    Default Re: Attempt at (Windows 7 x64) Updated Hybrid Drivers for UL80Vt-A1 (and UL30Vt/UL50Vt)

    Hello all,

    While I don't think I can help much I would like to place my vote of support. I have UL30VT-X1 and I currently have the G210M. I have attempted drivers from LaptopVideo2Go without success for now. If anyone needs anything say the word and I'll see if my system has it.

    Man for the love of anything I'd like flash optimization.

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    Default Re: Attempt at (Windows 7 x64) Updated Hybrid Drivers for UL80Vt-A1 (and UL30Vt/UL50Vt)

    Quote Originally Posted by hewlett123 View Post
    Hello all,

    While I don't think I can help much I would like to place my vote of support. I have UL30VT-X1 and I currently have the G210M. I have attempted drivers from LaptopVideo2Go without success for now. If anyone needs anything say the word and I'll see if my system has it.

    Man for the love of anything I'd like flash optimization.
    Tried also the LaptopVideo2Go drivers and I can confirm that they don't work.

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    Default Re: Attempt at (Windows 7 x64) Updated Hybrid Drivers for UL80Vt-A1 (and UL30Vt/UL50Vt)

    So, uh, here's another problem (maybe the root problem?) to add into the mix: unsigned (meaning actually unsigned as well as "tampered with") drivers cannot be installed in 64-bit Windows systems (I'm paraphrasing a Windows 7 help file). The modified set I'm working on now will *install* successfully, but upon reboot defaults to 800 x 600 (even though registry entries are created with 1366x768x32 values) because (I think) the updated driver files in the old installation structure appear to Windows as "tampered with" and therefore unacceptable. Both graphics cards in Device Manager list the drivers as installed but problematic (and thus offline) because unsigned.

    Ideas?

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    Default Re: Attempt at (Windows 7 x64) Updated Hybrid Drivers for UL80Vt-A1 (and UL30Vt/UL50Vt)

    Yes, one in particular actually.

    Lets see if your drivers are working first. Upon reboot hit F8 before windows starts up. Presented there will be many options specifically most deals with starting the system in safe mode or a mode of restoration but there is an option near the botton the second to last if I remember right that specifically allows the installation and use of UNSIGNED drivers.

    Check that and allow windows to start. Is your driver set working?
    Last edited by hewlett123; 24th December 2009 at 01:16 AM.

 

 
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