I'll probably buy a used R500 with 4 GB RAM and am planning to install Windows 8.1 on it.
Has anyone had luck installing Windows 8.1 x64 on a R500? Will everything function properly? There are no drivers for Windows 8.1 available on the Lenovo R500 support site, only programs/utilities.
So, what is your experience with it?
Windows 8.1 is snappier, works a bit faster on older PCs than Windows 7, that's why I'd like to make it work on the old R500.
Anyone had any luck with it?
The only two drivers that won't work are the Fingerprint reader driver and the Display driver (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD - GMA 4500MHD).
How can I get them to work, or, better - where can I get a compatible Windows 8 drivers for those two devices?
if you have allowed your computer to look for drivers updates, go to device manager, and select the graphics adapter, and let it search online from there.
try this too:
https://communities.intel.com/thread/51 ... 0&tstart=0
and to verify that it is working, trying running 'furmark' for few seconds to verify that there is graphics drivers working
A Microsoft driver was installed with the Windows installation itself though and the native resolution of the monitor is displayed (1280x800).
Should that driver be good enough? I still have a question mark under "other devices" on the "Display Driver" though...
maybe yes,Bellzemos wrote:Should that driver be good enough? I still have a question mark under "other devices" on the "Display Driver" though...
hhhd1 wrote: trying running 'furmark' for few seconds to verify that there is graphics drivers working
All I did was I tried watching a Youtube 720p video and it played fine.
running it for few seconds should be fairly safe, just to see it working and not complaining about the non-existence of the GPU.
if you can play 720p videos, and the resolution is correct,
AND brightness control buttons are working, and you can sleep and hibernate properly,
then the graphics drivers installed now are most likely enough.
Does that mean that it can only test nVidia and ATI/AMD GPUs or is it not detecting my GPU?
I then installed GPU-Z and it displayed this:
I am able to hibernate but not sleep:
I can play 720p Youtube videos, the resolution is correct and the brightness control works.
This is how the Device Manager looks like:
I disabled the fingerprint reader in the BIOS so now it's not showing as missing anymore (I won't be using it anyway).
I have my doubts about using the full potential of the GPU though, because of the missing Video Controller driver that is seen (I have disabled the device since I can't stand the question mark/missing driver ).
If I look at the properties of the MS Basic Display Adapter it shows a driver from 2006...
I would like to keep using Windows 8.1 x64 and not go back to Windows 7 x64 but only if I will not experience any future problems regarding the missing GPU driver.
What do you think?
Also, thank you!
I tried this:
http://tachisalopex.blogspot.si/2012/04 ... river.html
And it worked.
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