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Off shopping for a Windows8 laptop

February 23, 2013

While I’m loving Windows8 via Fusion on my Macbook Air, my daughters HP tx2 has finally bitten the dust (two batteries, two chargers, a strip down to repair the fan) but it’s done a good 4 years of daily (and pretty unforgiving) use.

So it was time to go shopping.

Her requirements were pretty simple – about the same size as the tx2, a decent keyboard, WiFi and bluetooth (for the mouse) and good graphics capabilities.


BootCamp and Blank Screens

December 10, 2010

I have my MacBook Pro running BootCamp and a 64 bit Windows 7 (so I can use all of the 4GB RAM). I also have a DynaDock so I can drive a total of three screens (the MacBook Pro screen, one via the Apple connector and the third via the DynaDock connector, which I also use for all my USB connections, wired Ethernet and speakers)

The problem is that when the laptop goes to sleep sometimes I don’t get all my screens coming back to life – they stubbornly sit there showing nothing. Just stay black.

I’d made sure that I had the latest DynaDock DisplayLink drivers and checked Windows Update and BootCamp to make sure everything was the latest and greatest… but I’d not thought to check that the Nvidia drivers themselves were up to date.

Luckily Nvidia have a smart detection page which works out what display hardware you’re using and lets you quickly and easily install the latest drivers. Turns out form my GeForce 9400M BootCamp had installed version 527.79 of the driver, when the latest “Verde Notebook Release” was 260.99.

A few minutes to download and install, a reboot and … so far not a black screen to be seen.