Linx and Lamina 7/8/10" tablet owners thread - drivers included!


#5

I have not measured actually. The “keep nothing” update leaves the roll-back backup files on the HD, but it should remove the recovery partition as that is no longer needed. After removing the backup files the difference should be minimal.

But of course it is perfectly OK to do a clean install as well. I have done a few upgrades myself and prefer the “keep nothing” just for the simplicity. Glad to hear you succeeded, as I bricked one Lamina T-701 (Linx 7) by doing that with the Insider pre-release .ISOs.


#6

The Wifi performance has become a serious issues with my Lamina T-701 (Linx 7). At home it is absolutely fine, with my Netgear R6250 in place, but on the road it is a problem. I have serious issues in connecting a shared Internet connection of a mobile phone - I have tried several phones (Moto G 4G, Lumias) with no significant differences. I practically have to move keep the phone within one feet radius of the tablet in order to get a working connection.

Any ideas how to improve it?


#7

Awesome… only use my linx7 for music at work but was a little annoyed after w10 upgrade to lose the rotation…

Downloaded files and followed your instructions, had to have a few goes and restart for reg to work.

All fine now.

Cheers

David


#8

My linx 7 wifi -> phone hotspot / share has always been intermittent in win 8.1 (using a lumio 930 with internet sharing)

Initially it won’t even see it in available, after a restart it might pick it up and then surfing seems fine for some time… then falls off and no longer links up before a restart… can’t help but can back you up on there being an issue… have not tested with windows 10, will take a look later.


#9

Great to hear that you succeeded in getting the orientation working! In my opinion the Windows 10 really makes the tablet experience better, and the 7" Linx / Lamina really offers great bang for the buck.

But yes, hooking up to mobile hotspots is near unusable and this is not a Lumia specific issue, as it the problems happen with the Android Moto G as well. Same Qualcomm chipsets on both manufacturers’ devices though. I have however seen a Lumia 930 phone grapping a Wifi signal from the Moto G about 100 feet away.


#10

Basic instructions for clean installing Windows 10 on Linx / Lamina tablet. This is based on my own efforts with the Lamina T-701:

Disclaimer: Screw this up and you may brick your tablet.

  1. Create USB installation media using Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
  2. Download the drivers (see 1st post) and extract them to a folder on the USB media.
  3. Make sure your tablet is 100% charged.
  4. Using a USB hub, connect the installation media, mouse and keyboard to the tablet.
  5. Boot from the USB and run through the installation procedure as usual. Use advanced/manual partitioning.
  • Do not delete the small system partitions at the top of the list.
  • You can safely remove the main Windows 8/10 partition and the recovery volume (if any).
  1. With Windows 10 up and running, check for updates and install everything that is offered.
  2. Go to Device Manager and look for items that are missing drivers (highlighted with an exclamation mark!). One by one right-click on the devices, choose to update driver, and point Windows to the folder on your USB where you extracted the drivers to.
  3. And finally update the camera driver using the same method as described in step 7.
  4. Do a bit of testing making sure that everything works as expected.

Thats it. Does not take more than 1.5…2 hours. While the task is relatively simple, I do not recommend this for anyone who does not know what one is doing. In order to avoid failure you must understand disk partitioning and Windows installation and administration in general.


#11

Spot on, worked like a charm. Thanks!


#12

Still wondering about the extremely bad WiFi-performace - was it really this bad also on Windows 8.1, or is there a regression somewhere?

I actually gave my Lamina to a close relative for her to try, as I got a Surface Pro for myself. Their household WiFi is based on a cheapest Zyxel WiFi ADSL router provided by the operator. The network performance with the Lamina is so bad it makes the device uncomfortable to use. If you have direct visual with the router, you get a decent performance, but if you go around the corner to a different room it really chokes. Mobile phones have no issues communicating via WiFi in that apartment.

Still looking for any solutions or workarounds to try!


#13

Thanks for the information on installing the rotation driver. I appear to have done something wrong as the rotation detection for me is ninety degrees out? I can’t seem to find any settings for the rotation detection either?

Any help appreciated and I’ll update if I find more myself.


#14

@Daz71, hereis some of trouble shooting guidance for you. BTW, you did not mention your Linx/Lamina model. I have 1st hand experience only with the 7" model.

  • Check Settings > System > Display for screen orientation
  • Do you have the orientation lock shortcut in your notification center? If not, then that would suggest that the orientation driver is not properly installed and/or the registry patch has not been applied.
  • Check Device Manager to make sure that there are no unidentified devices, ie. all drivers are installed.
  • Ensure that you also applied the registry patch for the orientation sensor driver. To my understanding the .reg patch contains the screen rotation coordinates.

#15

Heads up Linx & Lamina owners - I got some interesting stuff for you!

Windows 10 Fall Update (1511) is out

Microsoft has just released the 1st major update to Windows 10. It does not offer much new to the user experience, but there are some interesting changes. Also, the update was not problem free on 7" Linx/Lamina, as it seemed to remove or disable the G-sensor driver. I had to re-install the Kionix driver, re-apply the registry patch and then reboot.

One interesting new feature what the 1511 delivers is the memory compression. This is a completely new memory management feature (has been available in Linux for ages and is used in Android phones), which applies a compresison algorithm (like. zip file) to portion of the RAM memory, if it is running low. The idea of this approach is that the compression should be faster than swapping data from the RAM to the mass storage drive. Memory compression could potentially be very good for Linx/Lamina tablets, as they have low 1GB RAM, slow mass memory, but plenty of CPU horse power, thanks to the Intel Atom. In theory your tablet after the update should perform better under heavy memory load.

Use HP Stream 7 drivers on Linx/Lamina 7"

Unlike the vendor of Linx/Lamina, the Hewlett Packard company is officially supporting WIndows 10 for their low end Stream 7 tablet. What is interesting that the Stream 7 is apparently based on the same board as Linx/Lamina 7 is. You have the Goodix touch, Kionix G-sensor, Realtek WiFi and so forth. So now we have drivers that should actually be tested by HP.

Download HP Stream 7 drivers

I have not had the chance to extensively test these, but here are couple of findings:

  • The Kionix G-sensor driver is 90-degrees off. Applying the .reg patch from the old driver pack did not help. I believe the orientation could be corrected by registry parameters, so if anyone has them please post here!
  • The Realtek RTL8723BS driver is at version 3008.11.515.2015

So check them our and give me your comments/feedback on these? It would be easy to make a new driver pack out of these HP versions and currently that even seems like a good idea. Only the G-sensor coordinates need fixing.


#16

Okay guys, here is an alternative driver pack for Linx/Lamina 7" tablets. These are the HP Stream drivers. WARNING: I take absolutely no responsibility whether these work or not on your device. These drivers are provided by Hewlett-Packard for the Stream 7.

I am making these available because at least these are from a verfied and trustworthy source:
Download HP Stream 7 driver pack

I just did a clean install, by using a new installation media (Windows 10, 1511 update) and things seem to work. However I have not found anything to work better (or worse) than before.

  1. Create a new installation media USB by using the Media Creation Tool.
  2. Extract the HP Stream 7 driver pack to the USB.
  3. Run through the installation process as before
  4. Open device manager and update all missing drivers pointing Windows to the HP Stream directory on your USB
  5. Install the kionix G-sensor driver by launching the .exe file
  6. Run regedit and find the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\ROOT\SENSOR\0000\Device Parameters\kxfusion
  7. Modify the orientation value to: “Orientation”=hex:01,00,00,01,01,00,02
  8. Reboot

Now you have your Linx/Lamina 7" running on the HP drivers. Note: The Intel chipset and Realtek wireless drivers are installed by they Windows installer itself. Therefore they are not appearing on the list of missing drivers, and as a result you are not running HP prodided drivers, but the Microsoft defaults. If you wish to run 100% HP drivers, run the installer executables from the driver pack folder on your USB media.


#17

I wanted to install the Fall Update, but had insufficient disk space. So to clean my C: drive I tried to factory reset the Lamina, which I’ve done many times in the past. This time something went wrong and it always booted to a black screen that did respond to touch by quickly flashing the cursor, but otherwise was unusable.

I created a Fall Update install USB and did a clean install. Although the Advanced boot menu (Power+Volume Down boot) did support touch, it didn’t work while running the Windows 10 setup from the USB. I had to connect an external keyboard using a USB hub. Windows 10 installed just fine. The graphics works, the Wi-Fi works. But still no touch and not orientation sensor. I tried installing the Stream 7 touch driver, but that failed. The Kionix driver did install, but the screen still doesn’t rotate. I’ve installed that driver succesfully in the past, so no idea why it fail now.

Anyway, there seems to be a clear difference between doing an actual upgrade install and a complete reinstall. I wish Lamina would just release official drivers or a recovery image for Windows 10…


#18

Just to check two things:

  • You have the Lamina T-701, the 7-inch model?
  • You did follow the instructions to the letter?

I have done this on my Lamina several times, using the older driver pack and most recently with the Stream 7 drivers. Only major unresolved issue is the Realtek WLAN, which performs poorly and seems to die when device goes to sleep mode.


Windows 10 - should you upgrade now?
#19

This doesnt seem to work for me, mate.

I changed the regedit values, they’re the same as you posted, but the orientation is still wrong.


#20

@Doc_152 Well, works here so would need some details to figure out what might be the difference:

  • Which Linx/Lamina model?
  • Did the driver install correctly - I presume you are using the HP drivers.
  • Screenshot of the registry editor which shows the values you have there
  • Any other information that might help.

Note: You can always try the original driver pack documented in the 1st post.


#21

I’m using the the Lamina 7, (Lamina T-701) running Windows 10 Fall update with the HP Stream drivers.

Drivers all installed correctly. The reg edit from the old drivers did not work with the HP drivers.

The old drivers didn’t really want to work at all for some reason, never bothered with them. Instead i installed the backuped Windows 8.1 drivers, which worked, but were, shall we say, less than optimal.


#22

Hi,

I have a problem with the Lamina t-701 Tablet.
When I try to boot the tablet it goes on and only shows a black screen.
The lock button works normally, but when I hit it, it shows a black screen again …
I tried to reset, but it didnt help. it’s also charged.

Can someone help me?

Thanks,
Wesley


#23

Thats probably the platform driver. Reinstalling the intel atom z3700 series driver fixed it for me…


#24

Thanks for your reply,

But how do I install those ? I tried to open the boot menu ( Power + volume down ) and nothing happend.
Tried to connect with a laptop but it didnt recognize the tablet. Also tried to boot from usb, again nothing.