Windows 7 RC on the Samsung NC10 Netbook

Monday, May 4, 2009 – 6:17 pm

Update: New version of this for the final Windows 7 release is here!

Windows 7 and Samsung NC10 Here’s an update on my Windows 7 Beta on the Samsung NC10 Netbook post from January. I’ve installed the Windows 7 Ultimate RC on my NC10.

I’ve only been running it for a few days but so far my experience has been very positive. The RC seems slightly more responsive than the Beta but otherwise seems very similar. I was amazed how solid the beta was especially after a couple of updates from Windows Update. Hopefully the RC will continue in the same vein. Details on the download page say it’s good through to June 1st 2010 so that gives you a while to play with it!

Now. On to getting things installed…

Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft and dogfood beta software a lot. If I had to reformat and rebuild the original XP install on my NC10 tomorrow it wouldn’t be a big deal. I’m not recommending everyone goes out and runs an RC of Windows 7 on their NC10 for every day use. Before continuing make sure you have backed up your data. The original post tells you how.

So now we’ve gotten that out of the way… Thus far my Windows 7 RC install has been pretty straightforward.

Next install some of the additional software that worked with the beta. This gets the hotkeys, microphone, camera and touchpad working properly:

  • Easy Display Manager 2.1.10.1 – Manages display brightness. This seems to be working better on the RC. On the Beta it had some issues and would only brighten the screen when a key was pressed (not from mouse movement etc). My install seems to brighten the screen when either the touchpad or keyboard is used. 
  • Easy Battery Manager 3 3.2.1.8 – This will install an additional power plan “Samsung Optimized” which will hopefully improve the battery life. After install right click on the battery icon in the tray and make sure the right plan is selected. You may wish to edit the plan to set the processor speed when on battery power, this is set to 750MHz (half speed) by default.
  • Synaptics touchpad Vista x86 driver this is version 12.2.11.0 (the first download on the page). It’s more recent than the one on Synaptics’ downloads site, I’m assuming its OEM specific
  • Realtek HD Sound Drivers for Vista
  • Numaga camera drivers 343.2001.4001.7 for XP
  • Play Camera 2.0.0.15 for XP 
  • Two finger scrolling tool – After installing you can right-click on the tray icon and use the Settings dialog to configure the application to start with windows.

All of these should be installed with Administrator permissions. I’m running the NC10 with 2Gb of memory. This is a relatively cheap upgrade (details here). Windows 7 Ultimate is using less than 1Gb most of the time with applications open but I’ve not tried running in less than 2Gb. 

There are additional applications you could install like Magic Keyboard. These may have unpredictanble results (Magic Keyboard effects the auto-dimming power management feature for instance). I”ve only tested what’s listed above.

I’ll update this post as I find more. Previous posts on my adventures with… NC10 and Windows 7.


Updated May 5th: Thanks to Claus for his help getting the two finger scrolling feature working (see comments below).

Updated May 7th: Added easy battery manager link (above) to install the power management profile for Windows 7. Thanks to mbsfotos and Zee (see comments below).

Updated May 11th: Added memory and Easy Display Manager details.

Updated May 12th: Added details on problems with Magic Keyboard and processor clock speed settings when on the battery power management plan. Thanks to Thomas for his help on this (see comments below).

Updated May 20th: Trying to get a modem or G3 card hooked up to your NC10? I’ve not tried this but several people have. Read the comments below for further details.

  1. 115 Responses to “Windows 7 RC on the Samsung NC10 Netbook”

  2. I have managed to get the Two finger scrolling tool to work.
    First I installed synaptic driver from here
    http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=15103 version 12.2.11.0 then I ran the two finger scrolling tool as an administrator.
    Now it works perfectly.
    Thanks for a great blog.
    Rgds,
    Claus Christiansen

    By Claus Christiansen on May 5, 2009

  3. I had problems with the bluetooth, i turned it off and had no options to turn it on again, like it disappeared. I tried uninstalling driver and installing again with same result, during the installation the bluetooth worked but after it did not anymore, well this updated widcomm driver saved me, just in case anybody else is having problems.

    http://forum.gsmhosting.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=711913

    By Kæn on May 5, 2009

  4. Nice tips Aid. I take it from your “warning” you aren’t dual booting! Definitely look forward to hearing feedback on NC10 and Win 7 issues and I’ll be pointing a few other NC10 users back to this page too no doubt.

    Hopefully I’ll get the chance to summarise some of this on our wiki sooner or later!
    http://www.sammywiki.com/wiki/NC10_Windows_7

    I won’t be installing on mine until the final version comes along but I enjoyed testing the Beta in a VM. I’m definitely very interested to hear how it performs.

    Cheers.

    By Jez - NC10 Community on May 6, 2009

  5. Jez,

    Actually I am dual booting but in the past I’ve seen dual boot installs mess up the boot table – usually Linux/Windows combinations – the result being a lot of messing around with a GRUB editor or a repave. Dual boot seems to work fine and allows you to boot your Windows 7 install off a USB drive on the NC10 which makes life simple.

    Ade

    By Ade Miller on May 6, 2009

  6. Following your other thread on installing the Battery Manager for Vista.. I am still having problems starting it up on an Admin account. It just won’t start at all.

    I need the application because it sorts out the brightness for me automatically each time I log on, however at the moment I have to adjust it manually whether it be from standby or a cold boot.

    Any suggestions? thanks!

    By Zee on May 7, 2009

  7. Having loaded the RC it works well on my NC10 and is stable. Currently it is reporting a performance index of 2.1 – slightly less than the previous Beta.
    My issue is with the HSPA modem. I have loaded connection manager, but it doesn’t see the HSPA modem even though it appears to be running ok in device manager. Running a query produces an expected result.
    Any help with a driver or later version of connection manager would be great.

    Cheers Pete
    PS – great blog!

    By Pete Fisher on May 7, 2009

  8. Have you noticed if videos stutter with the Windows 7 RC at all? I had problems with videos on YouTube skipping frames with the Windows 7 Beta. The same videos would playback just fine with Windows XP Home.

    Online research suggested that the Intel GMA 950 display adapter does not have an up-to-date display driver for Vista as it does with XP. This may be part of or the whole issue.

    Hopefully Samsung will have a Windows 7 driver section for the NC10 when Windows 7 goes retail. Otherwise I may stick with Windows XP on my NC10.

    By Nic on May 7, 2009

  9. Nic,

    I’ve not had any issues with YouTube video playback. How much memory do you have in your NC10 and are you running a lot of other applications at the same time?

    Ade

    By Ade Miller on May 7, 2009

  10. Giorgio had the following question. Has anyone else seen this?

    Ade

    “Hi guys, i have installed windows 7 rc on my samsung nc10 and i don’t get anything problem with its drivers. When i have started Win7 afterwards, i saw that i was unable to have Aero. I tried to download some mobile intel 945GMS drivers but issue is still present. I tried many solutions surfing the net, but nothing…no positive results. Seems that Windows desktop manager is unable to start itself and the graphic card is not recognised by Win. In the end i tried the microsoft drivers (by microsoft update) but Aero doesn’t work the same. Can you help me please?

    Sorry for my bad english i’m italian :D

    Byee”

    By Ade Miller on May 8, 2009

  11. Great article! thanks for the information!

    However, i’m afraid that the download link for the Synaptics touchpad driver in the link you provided is down…

    Do you have a different valid download link?

    Thanks!

    By Rotem on May 8, 2009

  12. Windows 7 automatically installed the webcam drivers. No need to install the XP drivers as mentioned in the article. Works fine with Skype, CrazyCam.
    Thanks for the article!

    By Bob de Kousemaeker on May 8, 2009

  13. I was also able to raise the Windows Experience Index to a Graphics level of 2.1 with the graphics drivers from Intel. http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Product_Filter.aspx?ProductID=2115. The Windows 7 driver was indexed at 2.0.

    By Bob de Kousemaeker on May 9, 2009

  14. Hello, I install today win7 my nc10 and working fine…but anyone know working driver for “samsung hspa modem”?

    M

    By Marwalous on May 10, 2009

  15. Hello
    You will need Easy Speedup Manager for vista or magickbd for xp to get Fn+F8 keyboard shortcut to work

    By Kæn on May 10, 2009

  16. Same issue at Pete above, HSPA on Windows 7 appears to function as a device but Communication Manager won’t talk to it… Tried to create connections manually but with no success.

    By Stuart on May 10, 2009

  17. Hi,
    I noticed an issue with samsung power scheme.
    When nc10 is UNPLUGED, perfs are half as they should be.
    In fact, you must go to samsung power scheme advanced options and find a line about processor power control (i have french version, sorry, i don’t actualy know the english term) with 3 options :
    1 – minimal state
    2 – cooling strategy
    3 – Max processor state

    The 3d line is the one interesting us.
    It has 2 options :
    On battery
    on power
    The first one, “on battery” is at a value of 50%, meening, whatever power you need, the frequency won’t cranck up to 1.6 GHZ but to a little 750 MHZ
    It’s confirmed by CPU-Z
    If you want FULL power, just put it to 100% and that’s it.
    At 100%, proc will decrease it’s frequency when no power is needed
    Compromise to have more time could be to set it to 75%.
    I’ll have to test

    By Thomas31 on May 11, 2009

  18. Rotem,

    The download link seems to be working now.

    Ade

    By Ade Miller on May 11, 2009

  19. Thomas,

    Nice tip on the power management performance settings. Thanks!

    Ade

    By Ade Miller on May 11, 2009

  20. Thanks Ade for both your articles on Win 7. I’ve installed the RC and have been very impressed with the performance and stability of this OS. My question is whether anyone else has issues with the auto dimming after installing the easy battery manager? It seems to dim the screen if I am using the mouse and requires some sort of keyboard input to get the screen to return to normal brightness. Has anyone else experienced this?

    By Kieren on May 11, 2009

  21. Kieren,

    I had this problem with auto-dimming with the beta but the RC seems to return the screen to normal brightness when you touch the touchpad or keyboard. I’ve not tried with an external mouse however.

    Ade

    By Ade Miller on May 11, 2009

  22. I also have the auto dimming problem
    I had to deactivate it in mobility center
    I did not check it when computer is wired, only on battery. Maybe that’s why it works sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t
    If someone can figure …

    By Thomas31 on May 11, 2009

  23. Seems the problem came from MagicKbrd app
    I can\’t remember why, but i installed this app.
    DO NOT !
    Install latest vista drivers for battery managment and easydisplaymanager, that\’s all.
    The only thing not working is Fn+F8, but i always wondered the interest of it.
    The only interesting thing was silent mode, but this mode can be selected the same way i explained processor power managment (cooling system strategy)
    I\’m actualy testing everything to see if every thing is ok…

    By Thomas31 on May 12, 2009

  24. To make Fn+F8 work, simply install Easy Speedup Manager for vista…

    By Thomas31 on May 12, 2009

  25. Again some issues with Fn. It stops when cpu is to busy
    I found the processus in the task manager

    dmhkcore (it’s named in all letters : easy display manager )
    Killing it and restarting it again, will solve the problem of this app stopping to work
    actually, i’m trying to solve the problem by using it in admin mode (ask s confirmation on every cold boot), crancking up the priority, and using it in vista compatibility mode…we’ll see

    By Thomas31 on May 12, 2009

  26. I finally got 3G/HSDPA working with Windows 7 on the NC10 and the built-in HSPA card. I’ll describe the settings for my provider – Vodafone UK. You can substitute the user names and passwords with those from http://www.flexispy.com/Mobile%20APN%20Setting%20to%20use%20GPRS.htm

    First of all I installed the drivers from the Samsung Broadband Access CD. Then I accessed the properties for the modem (Phone and Modem > Modems tab, Select “SAMSUNG HSPA Modem” and click Properties).

    On the Advanced tab, add the following Extra initialization command:

    AT+CGDCONT=1,”IP”,”internet”

    Where “internet” is the Access Point name (apn) for your network.

    Then create a new dialup connection:

    Phone number: *99#
    User name: web
    Password: web

    Username and password are provider specific, see the list above or your provider for the details.

    All the other defaults can be left. This should then connect and register on the network correctly.

    By Stuart Preston on May 13, 2009

  27. Hi Stuart, I’m Luca from Italy, and I’ve the NC10 with embedded 3g+ modem by Vodafone.
    But my cd of Samsung Broadband Access Software, has only the setup fot the application, no driver for the modem.
    So, I can install the program, but when it starts no device is found.
    Could u be so kind to share the drivers, hoping that we have the same hardware for the 3g+ modem?
    Thank u very much
    Luca

    By LucaT on May 13, 2009

  28. Luca,

    While I’ll be happy to update the above post with additional links to drivers I have no plans to share them here.

    Ade

    By Ade Miller on May 13, 2009

  29. Luca – the drivers are installed with the application setup on the CD. There isn’t a separate driver install.

    If you look in device manager after installing the application you’ll see the SAMSUNG HSPA Modem installed under Modems (mine was installed on COM4). Then you can follow the instructions above.

    By Stuart Preston on May 13, 2009

  30. Hi,

    From the following link you’ll find the hspa driver for XP from my nc10 3G+. (sorry, no install prog, add it manually in the device mgr)

    http://wow91.site.voila.fr/NC10_3GPlus_HSPA.zip

    I use it on my french W7 RC1 with SFR (Vodafone)
    Hope this help

    By lorier on May 13, 2009

  31. Thanks for your suggestions Stuard and lorier.

    Stuart is right: After installing the Samsung software and the rebotting Windows 7, the moden was found and added to the devices (on COM like Stuart).

    So I both tried to connect using the Samsung software (comparing with the XP parameters), and trying Stuart advice to create a new connection and setting it.
    I put the same parameters on XP, but the connection still doesn’t work, neither adding the initialization string seggested by Stuart.
    In diagnostic the moden is ok and work, but when i tried to connect I get an 651 error…

    The only difference to XP parameters and settings, is that in 7 there isn’t a QoS packets planning utility service for the connection, but if I tried to add it, it ask me for a *.inf file, and I can’t find the right one on Repository or on the DVD…

    Do u have any futher suggestion?

    Thank u very much

    By LucaT on May 14, 2009

  32. Does anyone have tried the Samsung Easy Network Manager on Seven.
    If yes, is better to install the NC10 XP release (ver.4.0.2.1) or the X360 Vista release(ver.4.0.0.14)?
    Thanks, Luca

    By LucaT on May 14, 2009

  33. The battery mananger on my NC10 seems to have stopped working properly. Whichever profile I select it only ever carries out the first step i.e. turning off the monitor. The subsequent actions do not happen (turning off hard drive,standby,hibernate)it used to work no problem. I have reinstalled BM but still no joy. Any suggestions would be welcome.

    By TimH on May 14, 2009

  34. Ade,

    Thanks to the comment from Thomas31, I have fixed the flash video studdering problem. The problem had to do with the CPU set to max battery performance instead of maximum performance in the “Windows Mobility Center.” I ordered 2GB of ram and I am awaiting it. Still, performance is not too bad w/ only 1GB of ram.

    Right now I am noticing (as my laptop just came out of standby) that my function keys are no longer working. It is especially annoying because my LCD brightness is set to its lowest setting and the button to increase the brightness is not working.

    Nic

    By Nic on May 14, 2009

  35. Nic, yoou should try this :
    - Go to Task manager and select the thread coresponding to easy display manger (it’s writen in plain english) then clic on the shield at the botom of the window and right clic on the thread mentioned early.
    Select “real time” priority.
    You can do this for Easy speed manager too.
    Then, go to windows mobility center and disable auto dimmer as it seems to be causing some issues.
    If you installed easy keybord, uninstall it as i found it could cause issues.
    Normaly, things might work much better.
    I only had one crashing hot key problem at a resume sleep state since i did that.
    Hope it helped

    By Thomas31 on May 16, 2009

  36. I have a similar issue as Nic. Randomly, my Fn keys stop working. This doesn’t happen due to sleep/hibernate but as I am working.

    Restarting Easy Display Manager doesn’t work. Re-booting the computer works. As does re-installation.

    Perhaps we can manually re-create the re-installation steps? The part where it opens up a command prompt and says “Adding Display Manager to Task Scheduler”?

    By pravin on May 16, 2009

  37. Thanks for a great guide. I have been running Windows 7 on my NC10 for the last two weeks now!

    However, is anyone else having trouble with the wireless connection dropping out periodically?

    Manufacturer drivers are difficult to find to replace the Windows ones, but I found the following which seems to have resolved the problem:

    http://data.versiontracker.com/drivers/manual/fujitsu/WLAN_ATHEROS_V7.6.0.200_XPTPC_CA41534-1035.EXE

    By Ronan on May 16, 2009

  38. I have the same problem as thomas “Fn keys stop working” randomly (and this is a problem for managing display light of course)

    I have tried to set EasyDisplayManager to “real time priority” but it does not seem to work.

    Do you have any ideas?

    By pif on May 17, 2009

  39. Is easykbd installed ?
    Try uninstall then reinstall easy display manager…
    disable auto dimming

    By Thomas31 on May 17, 2009

  40. I installed win7 RC yesterday and it was flawless, except the FN key seems to be on by default. I can only type the letters by holding down FN, otherwise I get only numbers. I tried windowsupdate, and installed magickbd, easy display and easy battery apps. Nothing seems to help. Anyone else seen this issue?

    By Korey on May 18, 2009

  41. HSPDA Modem driver
    I’ve installed the newest software from the polish website (it’s multilanguage)Start the CMsetup (and do nothing with the firmware..) it works fine with T-Mobile Germany

    http://www.samsung.com/pl/consumer/detail/support.do?group=computersperipherals&type=ultramobilepc&subtype=mininotebooks&model_nm=NP-NC10&disp_nm=NP-NC10-KA04PL&language=&cate_type=all&dType=D&mType=SW&vType=&prd_ia_cd=05010100&model_cd=NP-NC10-KA04PL&menu=download

    By bakunin on May 20, 2009

  42. @Korey

    By Thomas31 on May 20, 2009

  43. Sorry for double posting…

    @Korey
    You probably locked the Fn + Numpad function
    To disable it hit Fn+F12, and Fn+F11
    Things will reverse to normal mode.
    Also, if it doesn’t work, uninstall every samsung manager, reinstall it but what ever you do, do NOT install mgick KBD, itseems to cause problems

    By Thomas31 on May 20, 2009

  44. Am i the only one who finds the Windows 7 display driver for the NC10 to be utterly useless. Flash video playback and SD video via VLC are jerky.

    I’ve been through the Windows Update process and indeed it updated me with the WDDM 1.0 Prerelease revision of the 945 chipset driver.

    Without doubt 7 is a giant step forward from XP and Vista but I’m not sure it’s viable on my NC10 until that part is improved.

    Great article BTW.

    By James Holden on May 21, 2009

  45. James,

    Are you seeing this when running off the battery or mains power? This may be due to the default power management configuration when running on battery. See posts from Thomas31 and Nic on how to set the CPU to run at full power when on battery.

    Ade

    By Ade Miller on May 21, 2009

  46. Has anyone had any issues w/ the touchpad all of a sudden going dormant? If I wait a few minutes it becomes responsive again. Sometimes, I get tired of waiting so I have to reboot. Seems like this happens at least 3 times a day. I have installed the latest synaptics drivers, but no resolve!

    please save me! thanks!

    By Brenden on May 21, 2009

  47. Hello, I tried the software for HSPA modem that bakunin linked, but id did’t work. “Can’t find the modem”. Any solutions? I am begining to think about reverting to XP, netbook without 3G modem is useless in my case.

    Please help !

    By M.G. on May 22, 2009

  48. I’ve just installed Windows 7 RC on my NC10 with just 1GB of ram, it runs fine with no performance problems.

    I followed the instructions above except I didn’t install the Camera apps/drivers as its detected and works fine.

    These are my issues so far:-

    1/ The Easy Battery app doesn’t start
    2/ Autodim doesn’t respond to the touchpad or or external mouse, only brightens when a key is pressed.
    3/ NetBeans Jave IDE just won’t install, it worked fine with Vista. There were GUI issues on the installer and I had to use a -silent switch to get it to install. It also couldn’t find my documents to store configuration information and so I cannot start the progrom as it doesn’t know where its configuration information is stored. Anyone know what’s fundermentally changed with the way profiles work?

    By Geedoubleu on May 23, 2009

  49. Changed the power settings to balanced as the autodimming was impossible to work with.

    Fixed my Netbeans 4.1. First the Installer couldn’t handle Windows 7 graphics and the silent switch wasn’t installing the user data so the app failed to start.

    I opened the compatibility on the installer, chose “Windows Vista SP1″ and selected all the graphics based issues, it then disabled aero and all the themes and installed perfectly.

    Then I set the app to “Windows Vista SP1″ and to run as administrator, job done.

    By Geedoubleu on May 24, 2009

  50. Hi Ade,

    Thanks for the great post. I have installed the Battery Manager. However, each time I boot up my little NC10, it always say “You cannot run the program because you are not an administrator.” I checked my account and it has admin right. Any clue?

    thanks for helping out.

    Tony

    By Tony on May 25, 2009

  51. First thanks for a great guide!

    The autodimming was annoying ended up experimenting in general and then reinstall win7RC. I go by “less is more” so ended up with only installing:
    - the network and intel display driver from win update. Works great for me. Autodetect when plugging in extra display better than under winxp.
    - the sound drivers. I needed the mic, so was necessary.
    - Easy display manager. Configured the power saving options myself without installing easy battery manager. Was necessary to get fn to work. Removed autodim. Only annoying thing is that it always boots up with screen set to lowest setting. If anybody knows how to make windows remember the last setting (also on battery) please write.
    - play camera just to test that it works. Not necessary to install. Ditto drivers.

    Working without the touchpad drivers for now. Like to have a bigger touchpad without scroll for now and just using PgUp/Dn. Will see how it goes.

    SRS audio soundbox works great for better audio in the speakers and CCCP means that .srt files load with all media players. Good picture also. Just made it run at 1.6 GHz also on battery. I’m still getting app. 5 hours of heavier usage which is ok.

    Boots up in 35 sec. 40-45 before everything loaded incl. wireless access.

    I tried avg but that made the boot to app. 2 min. (black screen for long time) so no anti-vir for now. Anybody know of an antivirus package that doesn’t have that behaviour? Ideally one where one can set it not to load anything a startup. ESET online scanner works fine but I would prefer to have something installed just in case. Using the windows firewall.

    It’s a keeper. Again thanks for the guide and the many comments. Was a big time saver!

    @Korey: also check to make sure that num lock is not activated in the bios. It was on mine from the factory…

    By Hal on May 25, 2009

  52. How can I get the Imagine Digital Freedom – Samsung Screen Saver to work in Windows 7 RC?

    Cheers,

    Gene

    By Eugene Pinero on May 25, 2009

  53. I’ve managed to get my 3g working in Windows 7 now…

    I used the polish drivers shown by Korey above, but his initialization command did not work for me…

    My initialization command = +CGDCONT=,,”Internet”

    Seems to have done the trick tho.

    Still can’t get the samsung connection manager to work, but hey… progress none the less!

    By Jahmon on May 27, 2009

  54. Hello, I found the solution for connection menager “can’t find modem” problem, right click on the icon and trouble shoot the compatibility – set to Vista SP1 – modem works fine, only problem is, in my case, that I can’t go to SMS or contacts windows ( they open but in backgroud and I can’t switch to it ).

    By M.G. on May 27, 2009

  55. Like most, I have had issues with the Fn keys for adjusting brightness, adjusting volume, showing battery level etc. stopping working periodically. Sometimes the LCD dims heavily and wont brighten without a reboot.

    I figured out it was the dmhkcore (Easy Display Manager) process hanging which was to blame (then discovered one of the guys posting on here (Thomas) had also discovered this).

    Because this happens fairly frequently (although a little less since the priority was tweaked to realtime), I have come up with a small batch file to kill and restart the process.

    Code follows (assuming Samsung EDM is installed in default location of course):

    tskill dmhkcore
    cd “C:\Program Files\Samsung\Easy Display Manager”
    DMLauncher_Vista.exe

    Stick this in a notepad file and save it on your desktop as something like “RefreshEDM.bat” and run it any time EDM starts misbehaving.

    Hope it’s as much use to someone else as it has been to me. Great work Ade!

    By Dave W on May 30, 2009

  56. Hal, try this:

    Have you gone into the BIOS and set the “Brightness Mode Control” from “Auto” to “User Control”

    By Yufina on May 30, 2009

  57. Hi -

    Still having problems with Easy Display Manager not always working correctly. It wouldn’t be a big deal, but I’m not sure how to change the LCD brightness without the brightness function keys working properly. I have tried re-installed it and also turning off the “auto-dimming” feature in the mobility options. Doing this makes the lock-up less frequent but it still occurs non-the-less.

    Does anyone know of a way to reset Easy Display Manager w/o rebooting or an alternative way to adjust the lcd brightness? The lock-up seems to occur when coming out of hibernation or standby.

    Like Hal, I have also been displeased with AVG performance on my netbook. I’ve noticed longer boot times and longer waking up out of hibernate times since I’ve installed it. Any (free) alternatives that would be considered “light weight” would be greatly appreciated.

    By Nic on May 31, 2009

  58. Thanks MG … works like a dream on T Mobile UK.

    I had to remove the additional initiation codes that Simon recommended (May 13th) on his earlier workaround.
    Cheers

    Pete

    By Pete Fisher on Jun 3, 2009

  59. @Yufina: Thanks a lot! That fixed it.

    By Hal on Jun 4, 2009

  60. Hi,

    M.G. is right.

    Setting Connection Manager working compatibility with Vista, and run as administrator, works great with the 3G Modem!

    For me, no more string initailization required, on Vodafone Italy it connetcts right without any further workaround!

    Thanks

    By LucaT on Jun 8, 2009

  61. Hey, how can I upgrade my NC10 to have a HSPA modem??

    Thanks for all the download stuff for windows 7 really easy that its all in one place!

    By Daniel on Jun 15, 2009

  62. Question for users with 3G modem, especially from Italy (LucaT?). Is the Italian NC10 from Vodafone (MiniPC) simlocked to the vodafone network? How can I check if my NC10 is simlocked or not? Can somebody from Italy try it with a card from another operator? Thank you!

    By ptodic on Jun 16, 2009

  63. Hey,
    Thinking about installing W7, can anyone tell me how the battery life compairs to XP?

    Whats the maximun anyone has got?

    Manythanks!

    By Thomasc on Jun 19, 2009

  64. Great post and comments…thanks.

    I’m running Win7RC (Build 7100) with memory upgrade to 2Gb (Crucial) and have had terrible BSOD problems. It periodically blue-screens with the message, “Hardware Malfunction NMI – Parity Check/Memory Parity Error” I’ve tried swapping out the memory to no avail. I’ve seen this issue posted elsewhere on the web and it seems to point to Windows 7 as those who have switched back to XP no longer have the problem.

    I’d be very grateful for any ideas, advice on this.

    By David on Jun 26, 2009

  65. I’m sorry I can’t really help David; other than to say I am running Windows 7 daily on my NC10 and have done an identical upgrade (2Gb Crucial RAM). Are you running a vanilla install? The issue must be caused by something that is different between your setup and the rest of ours. I would initially suspect 3rd party drivers or software as you seem to have ruled out hardware and if it was caused by Windows 7 then one would assume we would all be experiencing it…

    By Dave W on Jun 27, 2009

  66. Dave,

    Many thanks for your prompt reply.

    Just to double-check on the hardware: I had initially installed Crucial 2GB 667 Mhz CT25664AC667 DDR2 200-Pin SODIMM Memory Module. I replaced that with Crucial CT25664AC800 2GB 200-pin SODIMM DDR2 PC2-6400 Memory Module. I’ve experienced the BSOD error using each. Are you using the same module as one of these?

    In terms of whether I’m “vanilla” or not, four installs are worth noting:

    1. at&t Communications Manager (For use with 3G networking USB stick; this program has rarely been open when the system crashed)

    2. Skype (latest version, 4.0.0.226 (This program has often/always? been open when the system crashed)

    3. Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware (This program has always been open when the system crashed

    4. NeatWorks (Formerly known as “NeatReceipts” for scanning, managing receipts; this program has rarely/never? been open when the system crashed)

    Interested in your (or anyone’s) thoughts on this. Other than the BSOD crashes, Win7RC runs beautifully on the NC10. Again, thanks.

    …David

    By David on Jun 28, 2009

  67. Hi David.

    Mr receipt for my memory upgrades reads: “CT909595 2GB, 200-pin SODIMM Upgrade for a Samsung NC10-14G System”. I suspect this is the same as your most recent purchase as it is PC2-6400.

    Antivirus is usually my first point of call when dealing with intermittent errors, especially when it is running on a pre-release OS; because of the way it integrates and entwines itself with so many aspects of the system.

    Personally, I’m running Comodo Internet Security and have had no problems with it so far and would highly recommend it (although I suggest we leave the “what’s the best antivirus” discussions for a more appropriate forum folks!)

    By Dave W on Jun 29, 2009

  68. Hi David,

    I’ve also been getting the blue screen parity error on both Windows 7 and Vista. I’ve swapped the RAM. I originally had 2GB of Kensington memory and then changed to Corsair which hasnt made any difference. Samsung have released a new BIOS for NC10 a couple of days ago. Maybe this will solve the issue?

    By Ben on Jul 1, 2009

  69. Dave: Many thanks for you reply and advice. The Webroot site states that it’s “Windows 7 and Vista® 64-bit compatible” but it’s certainly worth a try to try something different.

    Ben: Thanks for chiming in. The problem has been better lately, but I have no idea why. This makes it even more difficult to troubleshoot. Very interested to hear your results with the new BIOS. Thanks for the heads-up. By the way, have you noticed any pattern to the blue screen, e.g., when you’re running video, Skype, etc. ?

    By David on Jul 2, 2009

  70. Hi David,

    I’ve experienced the blue screen crashes often when using the webcam. I’ve just updated the BIOS and will monitor for a while.

    By Ben on Jul 2, 2009

  71. Does anyone have issues with connecting to Skype? I’ve got the UK Vodafone version (embedded 3G) and cannot get Skype to connect either under XP or Win 7. Everything else works fine. I’m wondering if Vodafone’s put a special port block or something.

    By Charles on Jul 3, 2009

  72. Hi there,

    I was wondering if anyone else was experiencing that when they run the netbook off the battery the screen automatically dims to lowest brightness every couple of minutes, which is now starting to become highly frustrating. This however doesn’t happen when I run off the charger, and I don’t want to run off the charger all the time.

    Other than that ive had the mystical blue screen of death only twice and that has been when I tried to use the mic in live messenger.

    So far I’m happy with windows 7 and I think its run pretty well and smoothly.

    Cheers

    Matt

    By Matt Seymour on Jul 11, 2009

  73. M.G. I must have missed something basic about the Connection Manager.

    How do I configure the Network Settings (e.g. the APN)?

    By Who on Jul 12, 2009

  74. I found that if I run the Connection Manager in Vista SP2 compatibility mode I can access the network configurations (e.g. APN).

    I can connect to the Internet but the connection is dropped after a short time (a few minutes and MB).

    One step in the right direction but still not a full working solution (yet)…

    By Who on Jul 14, 2009

  75. Samsung Connection Manager works even better if you besides Vista Compatibility mode disable visual themes and disable desktop composition (also under Compability tab). Now messages and phonebook works without a problem.

    By mauritsius on Jul 18, 2009

  76. I have similar problem with Connection manager, it hangs itself for short periods of time esp. when I am sharing internet connection( usually works great ). The only sign is that the message: Connection to the internet has been established ( or something like that ) blinks and the counters stops.
    When I move the mouse over connection menager it seems to stops blinking ( or maybe less intensive ) and internet works again. I use NC10 with 1 GB of RAM and for me it works very good. I don’t think I had a blue screen at all.
    I use Kaspersky internet sec.

    By M.G. on Jul 20, 2009

  77. Just a quick warning to all NC-10 owners, I flashed the BIOS to the newest version on Samsung’s website and bricked it. I would recommend flashing the BIOS prior to installing Windows 7. I know of at least one other person who has suffered the same fate.

    Read all about it here…

    http://www.sammynetbook.com/plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?30177

    By Stripe on Jul 20, 2009

  78. Hi Guys,

    I’m a recent owner of Samsung NC10 and am wanting to update BIOS. Can someone guide me as to how. The reason why I ask is that its telling me that its “too big to fit into memory” when i run the executable.

    Any ideas?

    Imran

    By Imran on Jul 22, 2009

  79. hey guys, got my NC10 a week ago and am just running video playback battery life tests. comparing running off a drive, versus a flash card etc in windows 7.

    i just started a test in XP (dual boot) and the screen went dimmer. i hadn’t noticed till then that it doesn’t happen in win7. from the comments i read earlier, i need magic keyboard for that right?

    i’m curious as to how even the battery life would be between XP and win7 on a fairer playing field.

    thanks

    Tom.

    By tom on Jul 24, 2009

  80. Tom,

    To make any sort of comparison you need the screen dimming feature. My estimate it that XP gives you at least an hour more battery than Win7 RC, largely because Samsung hasn’t released drivers for Win7 yet.

    Ade

    By Ade Miller on Jul 24, 2009

  81. Imran,

    Is this when running Win7 or just on the NC10 in general? If it’s a general NC10 question you’d probably be better of on one of the Samsung NC10 owners boards. I’ve not run into this myself.

    For Win7 read Stripe’s comment below. You may brick your NC10 doing this!

    Ade

    By Ade Miller on Jul 24, 2009

  82. I think I figured out how to fix the dimming problem.

    First set dimming in the BIOS from auto to user control.

    Next set Compatability for DMLauncher_Vista.exe, dmhkcore.exe and EasyBatteryManager.exe to Vista SP2

    Now each time you bootup it should keep the last brightness settings. Stability may be improved also. I am still testing.

    The only caveat is that you lose dimming during bootup which may lose slight battery life.

    By DeadMan on Aug 1, 2009

  83. OK it still goes into auto dimming mode and will not come out of it when using the touchpad. I uninstalled easy battery manager for Vista and have installed the XP version and set it to XP compatability mode. It works thus far and auto dimming works. Lets see if it dies on the touchpad though after some use.

    By DeadMan on Aug 1, 2009

  84. ok, got drivers for vista on there and now the auto dimming works in win7. pluggin and unplugging the cord makes it clear that it works

    on my test (mpc-hc playing dvd rips off an SDHC card) i got 5 hours 40 continuous playback with it.

    trying to get games installed now. HL2 at low res etc runs ok till it crashes. going to try it under XP and see if it fares any better.

    By tom on Aug 5, 2009

  85. Hey I’m on Vista SP2 and get the NMI / parity errors, particularly when i resume the computer from being on standby for hours when on battery. Have any of you 7ers fixed this issue?

    By Van on Aug 7, 2009

  86. Hi guys,

    I was having big problems with the EDM function keys working whenever my NC10 came out of standby, but was able to fix this by downloading Magic Keyboard. The function keys are now working perfectly all of the time.

    However…

    In the past few days, UAC has starting prompting me on startup (asking me whether or not I authorise dmhkcore.exe to make changes to my computer), and it’s proving to be a real pain. The strange thing is that these prompts seem to have started for no particular reason (weeks after I made any program changes).

    Anyone any ideas (that don’t involve me turning UAC off)?

    n.b. In a desperate attempt to stop this I removed Magic Keyboard and the Fn keys still work perfectly.

    By Paul on Aug 10, 2009

  87. Has anyone been able to get the “Hide modes that this monitor cannot display” to not be greyed out in Windows 7? This was something I used quite a bit in WinXP for a specific piece of software. I’ve tried changing the monitor drivers and have the latest intel graphics drivers. Any help?

    By Nuno on Aug 13, 2009

  88. Deadman: Did you happen to get easy battery manager for xp working fine in win7? I took your advice and installed it, but for some reason it won’t startup on login. It’s in msconfig and I even tossed it into the startup folder but it fails to start. No error msg etc.. just won’t start. I’ve change compatibility to xp, have it set to run as admin, but nothing works. Any advice? Thanks.

    By Nuno on Aug 14, 2009

  89. BIOS update 11CA dated 15/09/2009 is available now.

    By skeetboy on Sep 23, 2009

  90. I just installed the Final build (7600) of Windows 7 on my NC-10.
    Works great out of the box. No additional driver neccesary.

    To get the built in 3G modem (Samsung HSPA) working, just install the Samsung Connection Manager (NP-NC10 SAMSUNG Connection Manager (ver.1.6.8.0501) from the Polish Samsung site (as mentioned by bakunin):

    http://www.samsung.com/pl/consumer/detail/support.do?group=computersperipherals&type=ultramobilepc&subtype=mininotebooks&model_nm=NP-NC10&disp_nm=NP-NC10-KA04PL&language=&cate_type=all&dType=D&mType=SW&vType=&prd_ia_cd=05010100&model_cd=NP-NC10-KA04PL&menu=download

    For Vodafone, make a custom Dialup connection to number *99**1*1# (for Netherlands) and username/password: vodafone/vodafone.
    3G works then.
    You could find out your dialup number by checking the dialup in a WinXP install.

    By Ivo on Sep 26, 2009

  91. I installed Win7 on my NC10 and installed all the samsung apps. But one problem is that the Easy Display Manager is keep bugging me when I start up the computer. I have to keep press the “OK” button. Can I change the setting so that I don’t need to click the button every time I start up?

    -Justin

    By Justin on Oct 17, 2009

  92. Found this link from BBC, thanks :)

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8317005.stm

    By Daffyd K Jones on Oct 22, 2009

  93. Samsung has just released official Windows 7 drivers & software for the NC10. The Connection Manager (1.6.9.0101) works great with the internal HSPA modem.

    http://www.samsung.com/download/Model_Select.aspx?type=Computer&typecode=11&subtype=Notebook&subtypecode=1102&model=NP-NC10&filetype=SW&language=

    By Jonas on Oct 22, 2009

  94. Just curious to know if you are all installing the 32 bit version, or whether anyone has installed the 64 bit version on an NC10

    By Paul on Oct 22, 2009

  95. Paul,

    Unless you have more than 4Gb of memory in your NC10 you’re unlikely to see any gains by going 64 bit.

    Ade

    By Ade Miller on Oct 22, 2009

  96. I’m closing comments on this thread. If you are trying to install Windows 7 Released Version on the NC10 please see my new post and comment there.

    Thanks,

    Ade

    By Ade Miller on Oct 22, 2009

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