Windows 8 customer preview

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  1. c69k

    c69k Notebook Deity

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    Hi everyone, did dual boot, Win7+Win8 all went fine, Win8 with its super fast load times (really!!!), nice and useful interface.
    Loaded drivers (chipset, USB3) and saw that Win8 has its own and fresh in-built IGP driver (Dec 2011). Next thing was to install Nvidia Driver and try some games.

    I installed this Nvidia driver without a problem Graphics Driver - Verde 295.73 Driver - GeForce
    for Win8 BUT after clicking on Nvidia control panel the Win8 system crashed. I restarted a few times, and there were no more Win8 boots possible at all, I even tried Win8 in-built repair. After Trying to boot into Win8, right after Bios post, all I could see was a white one-second flash of my screen then my screen went dark with a mouse cursor which I could move around the black screen lol...that was it. Soooo I guess I am not the only one here with similar experience.

    For installing Win8, I followed the links below, installed from USB 3 stick through USB 3 port (unzipped the Win8 image on the stick and booted from it) and installed on 25Gig partition on my SSD, hoping my Win7 start-up issues would be gone (or at least I get a work-around). Yes, no more start-up issues with Win8 until this Nvidia fiasco. I enjoyed Win8 for two hours lol

    Anyone more successful?

    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview download now available - TechSpot News

    Oh, after this fiasco I deleted the 25 Gig partition, and extended my SSD volume to previous (full) capacity without a problem. And Win7 is working as it worked before.
     
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    BigwaveMx Notebook Enthusiast

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    i just made a VMWare virtual machine of Windows 8 with 16Gb HD, 1Gb RAM annd works really nice. Actually the virtual machine works with the nvidia card and all graphics things works flawless. The only things doesn't work is all the live id services because my account is from a country without support.

    Edit: Here is a video made it for me of the virtual machine running Pinball FX2.
     
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    flybass Notebook Consultant

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    i also ran it in a vmware. i really don't like the switch between desktop mode and metro.
     
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    vicky6672 Notebook Guru

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    I have installed it and its running just fine, no crashes or anything, i have dual booth, windows 7 and windows 8. everything works, command centre and al.
     
  5. c69k

    c69k Notebook Deity

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    Ok, thanks for replies guys, but let me ask again. Has anyone successfully installed newest Nvidia driver on Win8 and it actually worked? Like games etc...

    Sorry if I was not clear enough. And yes, without the Nvidia driver I had no issues whatsoever.

    Any answers are appreciated.

    p.s. On Win7 the same driver works no problems.
     
  6. jgibo1

    jgibo1 Newbie

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    I had same issue. Did a clean install and then made several restore checkpoints. Found out it would crash when I clicked on the 3d settings in Nvidia control panel. I found if I click on set PhysX Configuration it lets me set my GeForce as default. Now if it crashes when I click on 3d it atleast reboots correctly. Unfortunately I can't play Battlefield 3. Keeps using the integrated card and I can't remember where to change it.
     
  7. 2GStyle

    2GStyle Notebook Geek

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    Currently the CP does not have Optimus support with the latest Nvidia drivers. Either run W8 with Intel or stick with W7 for Nvidia is the only option til Nvidia offers a W8 driver. This is information pulled from Windows - Microsoft Answers. You can see for yourself that you are not alone with the Optimus problem.

    I personal love W8 but with ME3 jsut comign out I had to jump back to W7 til Nvidia steps their game up... or does what ATI did and releases Alpha drivers that work some of the time haha.

    Anyway hope this helped some.
     
  8. CGSDR

    CGSDR Alien Master Race

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    Where did you get that Windows 8 VMWare iso file from?
     
  9. icecoldkilla

    icecoldkilla Newbie

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    I have install the nivdia card and got mass effect 3 working haven't tried other games. Here the Steps

    1.Downgrade your Intel HD 3000 Graphic (Go to M14x dells drivers and download and install your Intel HD 3000 from there)

    2.After you have downgrade your HD 3000 driver, u'll have both on tray and context menu "Graphic Properties", clicking it wont open the Intel control center, but will bring you new box asking you to download and install .NET Framework 3.5..just download and install it and restart.

    3.Install latest Nvidia 295.73 driver, let is finish, and restart, now u'll have both Nvidia and Intel Control Center on tray and context menu, dont click Nvidia Control panel yet, restart again... Everything should be working
     
  10. c69k

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    icecoldkilla thanx +rep

    I will try this soon.
     
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