12-15-2012 06:40 AM
Seems they have been doing some work. All of the things that I couldn't get to function in some fashion with their supplied drivers or Windows default drivers have been updated as of 9th December 2012, apart from the power management one. If they release a new version of this, I'll give installing 64-bit Windows 8 a try again and see how it goes. I could try 32-bit, but seeing as the version sold by Amazon had 4Gb of installed memory, a 32-bit OS architecture will ignore half of that...
01-14-2013 04:41 AM
I've just given it a go on my computer again. I did spend a lot of time going through the Device Manager on Windows 7 beforehand and worked out exactly what all my hardware was, which helped a lot.
Results posted on my own post "S206 Windows 8 64-bit drivers: Not a smooth install" but in summary:
The installers have mostly been fixed - The heirarchy all works but the WLAN/BT installer batch file looks in the wrong folders for the setup files afterwards. Additionally, although my adapter is a "Cbt BCM4313HMGB BGN+BT HMC WLAN", the installer finds no Bluetooth capability, only the 802.11BGN WiFi component.
Everything installed okay apart from Bluetooth (it can't find it) and Energy Management (Still doing its thing).
01-14-2013 04:47 AM
Please try the following
1 - uninstall Lenovo Energy management - reboot
2 - install win 7 Lenovo Energy Management
3 - enable Bluetooth
3 - install win 8 Lenovo Energy Management over the Win 7 one
4 - Install Bluetooth Software
Do give this a try and let us know
Hope This Helps
01-15-2013 12:47 PM
I tried the solution you proposed on my netbook, but there was no change at all. In fact, it had even less compatibility than before updating Energy Management. Whether this is right or wrong, that is what I experienced with my little S206.
I'll guess I'll just stick to the native Microsoft hotkey drivers for now. Still, a good idea worth of trying. Hope this helps fellow users.
01-21-2013 03:03 PM
My S206 came with Win7 32-bit installed, and now has Win8 64-bit installed. The old energy management software on the second HDD partition is still there, presumably 32-bit only. The S206 driver database here does not have energy management for Win7, in either flavour.
Will the 32-bit version work correctly in a 64-bit environment?
02-03-2013 09:13 AM - edited 02-03-2013 10:20 AM
I've managed to get Bluetooth to work, by adding in another workaround. This assumes you have the Broadcom WiFi card.
1 - uninstall Lenovo Energy management - reboot.
2 - install win 7 Lenovo Energy Management, note that energy management buttons won't work properly yet. Reboot.
3 - Go into power options of the control panel, change the power button function in the advanced option of the active power profile to HIBERNATE and accept all changes.
4 - Press the power button to hibernate the PC and when it powers off press it again to resume from hibernate, this will make all the energy management buttons work again until next logoff.
5 - Press F7 to open the Windows 7 wifi management window, toggle Bluetooth to "on"
6 - Install Cybertan BT (Bluetooth) Software. This will probably be in the C:\Drivers folder if you've already installed WiFi. Look in the WiFi folder, the Cybertan subfolder, and the BT sub-subfolder. Note that only the Lenovo-supplied driver will work. The generic Broadcom Bluetooth driver available from the Broadcom website doesn't support this netbook's card.
7 - install Windows 8 Lenovo Energy Management over the Windows 7 one to perform an upgrade install.
If you now go to Charm Menu-Settings-Change PC Settings-Wireless, Bluetooth should appear there. Any discoverable devices should appear if you go to Charm Menu-Settings-Change PC Settings-Devices-Add a Device section.
02-12-2013 09:02 AM
Hi, magma2050 and everyone in this thread.
I have found a solution (not definate, but works. I tried it on 32-bits version). Yesterday I was running my little S206 on Windows 7 Home Basic (old serial key I own) fuly updated with all the propers Windows 7 drivers (from recovery partition) installed. Suddenly I wondered what would happen if I updated to Windows 8 Pro ( I have a serial key as well). So I did. To my surprise the hotkeys worked okay in Windows 8. I don't know why, but it works. I assume it's because when I updated it, Windows 8 got the proper driver installed correctly: no need to hiberante-wakeup, or semi-use hotkeys.
Note: Sound hotkeys not working in Task Manager is a known issue (at least by me). Some other programs also have trouble with it (for example one of my favourite games, a visual novel, running non-unicode text and old hotkey scripts around 2004).
I hope this helps and that it works for other fellow users as well.
PD: Some drivers must be reinstalled: BT, WLAN ( I get 17% usual DL speed otherwise), AMD Graphics, I had some trouble reinstalling them in the first 2 startups but it must be because I launched 2 install programs running at the same time.