Atom Powered Windows 8 Tablets Delayed Due to Driver Issue

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gamingwithnetbooks

This has nothing to do with the manufacturer; in fact, Acer/Gateway did an admirable job with Intel's hardware. A quick trip to Intel's 'Graphics' community page reveals all of the problems people are having with the GMA 36x0 series.

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gamingwithnetbooks

Oops, I intended this comment to be a reply to whr4usa. My bad!

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whr4usa

it happens to all of us!!

...and I was only speaking in general not specifically to the graphical issues but point is taken!

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gamingwithnetbooks

I was pleasantly surprised when I booted up for the first time with the stock 1 GB of RAM. The netbook was surprisingly speedy, and after removing some bloatware (not much), the first thing I installed was AssaultCube. It was all downhill from there. On the bright side, Gateway's still pumping out BIOS updates for the thing.

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whr4usa

that just means the frimware authoring company made a lot of profit off that chipset or Microsoft is maknig it worth their while to make certain it'll properly support windows 8

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burntham77

I just bought an Acer Windows 8 tablet with this exact Atom CPU this morning. It will be interesting to see if I run into this same problem. Hope not.

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memser

"The "Clover Trail" part is an energy efficient CPU that promises all-day battery life"

Copying from the press release, are you?

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whr4usa

+1

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gamingwithnetbooks

This is the exact same thing that happened with Cedar Trail netbooks and nettops. Long delays over graphics drivers and upon release, the drivers still suck. I got burned with my N2600-powered Gateway netbook. DirectX games both old and new have very low framerates, 2D acceleration is slower than Microsoft's generic software driver (especially in Cave Story), and certain OpenGL apps, an area where PowerVR GPU's should do well in Windows, don't start (AssaultCube Reloaded) or have unbearble rendering corruption (TORCS). I should be able to play Team Fortress 2 at the lowest settings with my 2 GB of RAM!

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whr4usa

you'll always get burned with Gateway considering Acer owns them...no manufacturer will allow another sub-brand they own compete with their "home brand"

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eastbayrae

There's a massive difference between the RT tabs and the Surface Pro. If someone not knowing read this they would think the Surface Pro is massively overpriced, which it isn't. Also that display on that Dell 10" is utter rubbish.

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davelray

The Surface Pro is overpriced, as is the Surface RT.

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Happy

It IS overpriced. Just look at what you can buy for thousand dollars elsewhere and then tell me it's not overpriced. Microsoft overpriced it because they didn't want to piss off their OEM partners who buy their operating system. I feel confident saying that Microsoft could have sold the Surface for significantly less.

Edit: this was supposed to be a reply to eastbayrae.

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Peanut Fox

It depends on what you're comparing it to. If it's just a typical notebook yes. The features aren't going to look good, but if we're looking at tablets and ultrabooks the price are in line with comparable devices.

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whr4usa

why?

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whr4usa

how'd RT come into this..?

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