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Acer TM8210 Running Windows 7

Acer TM8210 Running Windows 7

Purchased in Oct 2006, my Acer TM8210-6880 came with Windows XP SP2. I tried installing Vista 64-bit and 32 bit on it, but the performance just wasn’t as good as it was on XP with ATI (now AMD)’s MobilityRadeon X1600 driver. Now that Windows 7 is officially out, I decided to give it another try.

Since I wasn’t able to find a 64-bit optimized graphics driver, I decided to installed Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit.  I gotta say that after additional drivers (for OrbiCam, SmartCard Reader, etc) have been installed, Windows 7 certainly runs pretty smoothly with the polished Aero look.  Here are some screen shots:

Screenshot of Windows 7 Ultimate on Acer TM8210
Screen shot of Windows 7 Ultimate on Acer TM8210, screen resolution at 1680x1050.
TM8210 on Windows 7
TM8210 on Windows 7
TM8210 Windows 7 Performance Index
TM8210 Windows 7 Performance Index
Tether Sprint Mogul with Windows 7

Tether Sprint Mogul with Windows 7

*Updated Nov 4, 2009
Forgot to mention that you may need change your Mogul’s registry setting in order for tethering to be allowed by WinMo 6.1.  Please see my earlier post on that.

Yeah, it was only a matter of time before I tried to tether my slightly beat-up Mogul with recently-upgraded Windows 7.

Since I am an 1L these days with much diminished leisure time tinkering around with pet projects, I’ll have to make this post very brief, at least before I find more time to revisit.

So, like many others out there, I had trouble tethering my Toshiba NB-205-312BL after upgrading it to Windows 7 (Windows 7 Ultimate to be exact).  To make the story short.  Win7 didn’t recognize my Mogul, and wouldn’t install RNDIS needed for the network layer.  Windows Mobility Center which came with Win7 was no help, but Windows Mobile Device Center(WMDC) 6.1, which is an additional download, solves the problem.  WMDC’s site even says that it’s compatible with Windows 7.  My question is, why didn’t MS just put WMDC in Win7 to begin with?

Anyway, despite the additional foot work, I’m pretty impressed with Windows 7 so far, even before the first Service Pack comes out.

Now back to reading criminal law….

Tether Your Sprint Mogul with Windows XP

Tether Your Sprint Mogul with Windows XP

I wrote a short article previously about how to tether the Sprint Mogul/HTC PPC-6800 with Ubuntu.  I’ve had to switch back to Windows XP Pro with SP3 sometimes, and this weekend, while at a Marriott I found that I was having difficulty tethering.

A bit more background info.  I have ROM version 3.56.651.0, and have recently done a hard-reset to restore the device to default settings.  When I tried to tether it with Windows XP, my Mogul’s “Internet Sharing” program would stop at “Waiting for Connections” and that’s it.  At this point, my Mogul has assigned a valid dynamic IP (192.168.0.2), and I can ping from my WinXP to my Mogul, but can’t get packets flowing through Sprint’s network.

I looked back at the aforementioned article, and remembered that I did read somewhere a while ago that Sprint has made it difficult for the average user to simply tether and surf using their wireless network without purchasing one of their mobile broadband plans.  It is actually pretty easy to take care of this minor problem by changing a registry setting on the Mogul.  This change is the same as outlined in step 2 in the article, and I’ll repeat it here for your convenience.

There are couple of ways to modify your Mogul’s registry.  I downloaded a free WM program called PHM Registry Editor (v0.70) from here. Once the app is installed on your Mogul, fire it up and browse to My Device->HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->Comm->Internet Sharing->Setings.  There is a registry key named “ForceCellConnection” which is currently set to “Phone as Modem”.  Change it to “Sprint PCS”.  Save your registry settings and quit the program.  You may need to soft-reset your Mogul, too.

Of course, if your network isn’t Sprint, “ForceCellConnection” should not be set to “Sprint PCS”.  When I was in Taiwan earlier this year, I was able to tether and surf with a HTC Touch Cruise on Chunghwa Telecom’s 3.5G HSDPA without any modifications to the ROM downloaded from the carrier’s website.  I don’t know about other carriers in Europe, where I suspect many users are interested in tethering their PPC-6800 (which I believe is essentially the same phone).  Please leave a feedback if you have questions or comments.