DV8P2 (5855) working great after rebuild?!?

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  1. gregoryx

    gregoryx Scribbler - Standard Member

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    In a strange twist, I thought I'd share the latest in the DV8P saga with y'all. I damaged my Win10 install beyond repair somehow and decided to just install from scratch with Win10Pro. I updated to the latest BIOS and let it install and update itself away. Since all drivers installed and the touch was acting up, I just installed that driver - nothing else. And... weird... it's working better than ever.

    Touch is 100% reliable while laying flat (it wasn't working before).
    Stylus accuracy is as good or better than ever.
    Battery life is better than ever - and the tablet just turns off and on as it should (unlike before).

    So... wow... no idea how / when / what driver / update screwed it up but it's working great now. I may even look for a small keyboard to use with it and us it as my "away" computer again.
     
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    Oh... only complaint now is the continued lack of a Swype / Flow keyboard. Otherwise, working great.
     
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    Great to hear--congrats!
     
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    Need Swype keyboard! LOL

    Sent from my Nexus 6P
     
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    Hi, Gregoryx, can you write a detailed instruction to tell us how to do it? What driver we should install and where to get it? I'm not computer guy and need your guide.
     
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    Gregoryx, do you need usb hub for installing?
     
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    Sorry for the delay, @horn .

    Gist of it is to download Win10 from Microsoft (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/ - I used Win10Pro 64-bit since I have licenses for it) and follow their instructions to make a USB flash drive for install.

    I think I used one of my USB-C to USB-A adapters to do the install; but I can't recall for sure. Pretty sure I just used a cheap-o USB-C male to USB-A female adapter with a basic USB flash drive plugged into a cheap USB hub that also had a keyboard and mouse plugged in.

    Gotta configure the BIOS to boot from the stick. (Power up while holding volume-up key)

    I'm pretty sure I needed a keyboard and/or mouse for the setup - so need to use a hub.

    Choose the install versus repair option. Then wipe all the partitions. Then let it install.

    The latest Win10 had enough drivers to get most things working. At least the 64-bit Pro version I used - I'd expect the same of the other versions. After it finally installed, I just let it do all the updates. That got pretty much everything working. If I recall correctly, either the touch or stylus didn't work and needed the Dell driver. But that was it. So much more stable since then. Crazy.
     
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    Fresh installed Windows 10 as Gregoryx said. Didn't install any drivers just let the tablet update and everything works, performance is better. Thanks. Gregoryx.
     
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