Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dell XPS M1530 Windows 8 Drivers

Dell XPS M1530 Windows 8 Drivers.
Updated 2012.12.01 - New Alps Touchpad Drivers

This is a sister article to Keyliner's popular  Dell XPS M1530 Windows 7 Drivers.

Recently, I upgraded my venerable M1530 laptop to Windows 8 and even with the default Microsoft drivers.  I am pleased with the results and the upgrade to Windows 8 was a positive experience.  In general, he machine is working as-well or better than in Windows 7.

Related article: Windows 7 vs Windows 8 Comments

This article is under development, but here are the drivers I have found so far.  These are rough notes.  I invite comments.


BIOS:

Upgrading the BIOS is required, especially for improved power-save features and because of Video driver concerns.  This is the same recommendation as Windows 7.  Note, the XPSM1530 mother board is an Intel Mobile 965PM.

Check your BIOS version during a cold-boot, looking at the bottom DELL splash screen. If you see "A12", the BIOS is current.


NVidia 8M

Download the latest video drivers. 
My machine uses NVidia; your model may be different.

NVidia GeForce Drivers for Windows 8. 
Version 306.97
2012.10.10

NVidia Download:  www.geforce.com/drivers/results/50007


Intel Chipset Device Software (INF Update Utility)

Version 9.3.0.1019
2011.11.27

Intel Chipset Download

Download:  infinst_autol.exe

The install will extract files with a significant delay.
Reboot when prompted.

There might be some argument for not installing this driver in Windows 8, and allowing the default operating system drivers to handle this.  I have installed successfully on my machine but am unsure of the benefits.



Intel Rapid Storage Technology - RST

Intel Download: Intel Rapid Storage
10.1.0.1008_PV.exe  11/29/2010
Choose the STOR-allOS version.

Important Note: Intel's newest RST SATA version 10.6 (and Windows 8 version 9.3.0) and above do not work on the M1530 -- giving a message, "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing this software".

There might be some argument for not installing this driver in Windows 8, and allowing the default operating system drivers to handle this.  I have installed successfully on my machine but am unsure of the benefits.


IDT Sigmatel Audio Drivers

The Windows 7 version of the driver installs with no errors but does not actually work.
I recommend staying with the default Windows drivers.  I will continue to research this devil of a driver.  See Dell XPS M1530 Windows 7 Drivers

By default, Windows is installing
IDT "Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher"
Version 6.10.0.6272
Date: 2010.02.26


Ricoh Memory Card Reader
Default Windows drivers are adequate. 
Do not install the Windows 7 versions.


Marvel Yukon Network Driver:
Version 12.10.10.3
Date: 10/26/2012

www.marvell.com/support/downloads

I can not take you directly to the driver-download link. Instead, open this site and search for "Windows 8 Installer".  As of 2012.11, Marvell did not show "Windows 8" as a valid operating system (platform) choice, but oddly, they had a Windows 8 installer.

Note this is a Zip file.
Open the downloaded folder, copy and paste the interior contents.
Run the setup.exe


Intel Wireless Network

4965AGN
3945ABG

As of 2012.11, use the default drivers installed by Windows 8.  Intel does not show a Windows 8-specific version for either of these network cards and I do not recommend installing the Windows 7 version of the drivers.

If you have other brands, specifically dell-branded wireless cards, I recommend spending $15 and upgrading the hardware.  It is seriously-easy to do:  See this keyliner article:  Upgrading a Wireless Network Card.



Alps Touchpad

The Toshiba Touchpad drivers, recommended for Windows 7 will not work and will cause the workstation to hang.  Instead, use these Windows 8 drivers:

Fujistu Download:  Touchpad Drivers
Version: 8.100.404.201-DR12-0831_W8-64

Steps:
1.  Download Fujistu drivers; expand by running the download exe.
2.  Run "DPinst.exe" and allow to install.
3.  Reboot when prompted
4.  In Mouse Control Panel, note new tab: "EdgeAction(TM)"

Alternate Dell Vistro drivers can be found here (not tested by keyliner):
Dell Download:  Touchpad Drivers
Date: 10/23/2012
version:  8.1200.101.209, A00


After installing these drivers, edge detection with the mouse seems improved. 
When using edge-detection with the pad, you will have to teach your fingers a new trick and begin your swipe, starting on the palm-rest.  Amazingly, it will not edge-detect if you start on the very edge of the pad; you have to start further away.


Other swipe actions, such as the inside to outside edge do not work as expected.  However, a standard mouse works well with the same gestures.


WebCam Driver:

Note: This section has not been tested yet by Keyliner, but I suspect this is correct.
The Webcam is comprised of two parts: A driver and an application; both are required.


Driver description: Creative Labs Laptop Integrated 2M CCD Webcam
Dell Download: Not available
  • Windows 8 default drivers appear to have detected this correctly.
Application Description: Creative Labs Dell Webcam Manager
This is an application and initial testing shows it works fine in Windows 7. This is safe to install. Creative Labs is not producing a 64-bit version of this program. Be aware this is a 140mb download.


UPEK FingerPrint Reader

UPEK was bought by AuthenTec and the default Windows 8 drivers work correctly -- actually, they work very well and I have been pleased with the results.  The Control panel will guide you through the setup.  Details on how to do this are pending but the Windows 8 control panel wizard will guide you through the process with ease. This is an improvement over the Windows 7 drivers.

BlueTooth:
Not yet found; sorry.


Related article: Dell XPS M1530 Windows 7 Drivers
Related article: Windows 7 vs Windows 8 Comments


19 comments:

  1. HI,

    I upgraded my M1530 to Win 8 PRO 64 and dual boot it withe Win 7 Pro 32.

    Installation took forever and not it takes 5-10 Mins for Win 8 to Boot !!!!

    Cant understand whats wrong.

    Bios is A12

    Some one said that i would have to change some Boot Setting.

    Any suggestions ?

    Thanks Dennis

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    1. This is a simple mistake you done in bios settings . "QuckBoot" "Through" "Auto" ... if you select 2nd it will like that take more than 2 minutes to boot , Simple Select Auto and save

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  2. I can't find audio driver in windows 8. :(

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    1. Anon: Audio Drivers in Windows: Neither could I.

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  3. Audio is working for me - installed by windows however microphone pick up is very faint - 64bit windows 8

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  4. Hey Dennis, Does the media remote control work on the machine?

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  5. I installed Windows 8 on my M1530 and now am getting an error message saying my fingerprint reader is not connected--but its an internal fingerprint reader obviously so this is confusing. Any help?

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  6. Do you recommend upgrading to Windows 8 for the M5130? Going from Vista to 7 was fantastic. But I'm worried the jump to Windows 8 will be sluggish though since it is now 2 generations removed from the intended lifespan Dell gave for the M5130.

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  7. Greg, Yes I do recommend the upgrade. If you weren't aware, all PC's are about the same speed, and even a little bit slower (clock speed). My experience was the machine seemed snappier than in Windows 7. Upgrade the RAM and you'll have an even better experience.

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  8. ********************************************
    REGARDING: download links.


    Hi Tim,

    Maybe there is a problem with some download links...?


    The links for:


    ---
    BIOS A12

    Dell page does not show any BIOS download info.

    Maybe Dell re-arranged things or something..


    ---
    Alps Touchpad

    Also this link I have a problem with:

    Fujistu Download: Touchpad Drivers
    Version: 8.100.404.201-DR12-0831_W8-64


    When I copy the link to the clipboard it shows:
    http://www.blogger.com/:%20http://www.fujitsu.com/downloads/COMP/fpcap/drivers/Driver/Mouse/Alps/v8.100.404.201-DR12-0831_W8-64/Mouse_Alps_v8.100.404.201-DR12-0831_W8-64.exe

    Said URL will not load in browser at all.
    = Error 404


    ---
    Alps Touchpad

    Alternate Dell Vistro drivers can be found here
    (not tested by keyliner):
    Dell Download: Touchpad Drivers
    Date: 10/23/2012
    version: 8.1200.101.209, A00


    Hovering the mouse over the links show something starting with:
    mailto:

    This seems to prevent me from opening the link in a new tab by
    right clicking on it. (Firefox 22.0)


    Loading the link;
    http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails/Product/vostro-3360
    This Dell page does not show any download info.
    Seems Dell re-arranged things.

    ---
    Dell: WebCam Manager (Ver: PRC2.0, A04 2009.04.28)

    Seems Dell re-arranged this page also...


    ---

    Thanks Tim for your fantastic blogs.


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    REGARDING: Alps Touchpad - Fujistu drivers


    There are several Fujistu drivers for download at
    the following URL:
    http://www.fujitsu.com/downloads/COMP/fpcap/drivers/Driver/Mouse/Alps/


    There appears to be a newer Win8 driver available there...?
    8.100.411.105-DR12-0627_W8-64
    This EXE file is dated: 2012 October 08
    The DLL & SYS inside are dated: 2012 July 25
    http://www.fujitsu.com/downloads/COMP/fpcap/drivers/Driver/Mouse/Alps/v8.100.411.105-DR12-0627_W8-64/Mouse_Alps_v8.100.411.105-DR12-0627_W8-64.exe



    (For those interested, Win8 32-bit drivers seem to
    be there for dowwnload also.)
    (And also, for Win7, several 7.5 & 7.6 versions.)


    NOTE: all this I have NOT tested.


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    1. UPDATE

      The driver dates of 8.100.404.201-DR12-0831_W8-64
      and of 8.100.411.105-DR12-0627_W8-64 are more or
      lesss similar, or the same. (2012 July)

      But e.g their INF files differ in size...
      32 KB vs 45KB

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  10. LAN, Marvell Yukon 88E8040

    Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Marvell LAN Driver
    12.10.14.3 for Win7 Win8
    = Marvell Yukon 88E8040 LAN Driver 12.10.14.3

    For Win8 & Win7

    Identifies internally in Device Manager as:
    Marvell - 12.10.14.3 - 2013 Jan 08

    The actual driver file installed is dated: 2013 Jan 21.
    (yk62x64.sys or yk63x64.sys or yk62x86.sys or
    yk63x86.sys)


    Official Lenovo download link:
    http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/thinkcentre_drivers/d6etn01us17.exe


    NOTE: I have NOT tested this on Windows 8.
    But should work fine...
    I HAVE tested this on Win7 32-bit, WORKS perfect.

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    1. Download link was obtained via www.softpedia.com.

      Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Marvell LAN Driver
      12.10.14.3 for Windows 7/Windows 8:
      http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/NETWORK-CARD/Marvell/Lenovo-ThinkCentre-M93-Marvell-LAN-Driver-1210143-for-Windows-7-Windows-8.shtml

      or

      Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Marvell LAN Driver
      12.10.14.3 for Windows 7/Windows 8:
      http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/NETWORK-CARD/Marvell/Lenovo-ThinkCentre-M93p-Marvell-LAN-Driver-1210143-for-Windows-7-Windows-8.shtml

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  11. Alps Touchpad

    Newer driver available from Dell.

    Dell driver 8.1200.101.214, A02 - 2013 Feb 08

    Link to Dell website:
    http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails/Product/vostro-3360?driverId=FGG85&fileId=3080389995


    Official Dell download link:
    http://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER01255426M/1/Input_Driver_FGG85_WN_8.1200.101.214_A02.EXE

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    1. If in the future one wants to check if a newer
      version is available, then go to the Dell
      Vostro 3360 website linked above.
      Then click on: Previous Versions.
      This will not only show previous versions but also
      all newer versions available.
      (That's how I found the version above.)

      OS compatibility as per Dell's info:
      Windows 8 64-bit
      Windows 7 32-bit
      Windows 7 64-bit

      Compatible Dell Laptops are listed below.
      So, for future touchpad driver updates one can
      browse the Dell support pages of these:
      Inspiron 5323
      Inspiron 5420
      Inspiron 5425
      Inspiron 5720
      Inspiron 7420
      Inspiron 7720
      Vostro Notebook 3360
      Vostro Notebook 3460

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    2. Dell's info on OS compatibility is a bit inconsistent
      it seems.

      If one goes to the page of 8.1200.101.209, A00
      compatibility = Win8 32bit, Win8 64bit

      http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails/Product/vostro-3360?driverId=1JW07&fileId=3080251554#OldVersion

      ------

      If one goes to the page of 8.1200.101.214, A02
      compatibility = Win8 64bit, Win7 32bit, Win7 64bit

      http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails/Product/vostro-3360?driverId=FGG85&fileId=3080389995#OldVersion

      Also here Dell talks about UPDATE package...

      Dell's description:
      Dell UPDATE packages in Microsoft Windows 32-bit
      format can be deployed on Microsoft 64-bit
      operating systems by implementing the WOW64
      emulation applications.
      WOW64 is a standard feature on most Microsoft
      operating systems.

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  12. ********************************************
    REGARDING: download links.


    Hi Tim,

    Maybe there is a problem with some download links...?

    (Tim, this is some info for you, no need to publish this...)


    The links for:


    ---
    BIOS A12

    Dell page does not show any BIOS download info.

    Maybe Dell re-arranged things or something..


    ---
    Alps Touchpad

    Also this link I have a problem with:

    Fujistu Download: Touchpad Drivers
    Version: 8.100.404.201-DR12-0831_W8-64


    When I copy the link to the clipboard it shows:
    http://www.blogger.com/:%20http://www.fujitsu.com/downloads/COMP/fpcap/drivers/Driver/Mouse/Alps/v8.100.404.201-DR12-0831_W8-64/Mouse_Alps_v8.100.404.201-DR12-0831_W8-64.exe

    Said URL will not load in browser at all.
    = Error 404

    Hovering the mouse over the link show something starting with:
    blogger.com


    ---
    Alps Touchpad

    Alternate Dell Vistro drivers can be found here
    (not tested by keyliner):
    Dell Download: Touchpad Drivers
    Date: 10/23/2012
    version: 8.1200.101.209, A00


    Hovering the mouse over the link show something starting with:
    mailto:

    This seems to prevent me from opening the link in a
    new tab by right clicking on it. (Firefox 22.0)
    (I can open the link in a new tab by right clicking on it using SRWare Iron.)

    Left clicking on the link results in a blank page.

    Loading the Dell page of the link;
    http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails/Product/vostro-3360
    This Dell page does not show any download info.
    Seems Dell re-arranged things.

    ---
    Dell: WebCam Manager (Ver: PRC2.0, A04 2009.04.28)

    Seems Dell re-arranged this page also...


    ---

    Also there is a typo under Alps Touchpad:

    Vistro instead of Vostro.

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    Thanks Tim for your fantastic blogs.

    Very nice.


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