I tried few times to install Windows 7 on my LS800 and initially what I did, somehow failed: couldn’t make the pen work on it, the second time I used the TC1100 Wacom drivers and then the calibration went crazy no matter what…
I did then a clean install of WinXP and install all the drivers using the original recovery disks but I was not happy at all with the performance and more, the CPU was running in 600 Mhz instead and could not find a way to change it back.
I decided to give it a try again last night and use a different approach. I have a custom trimmed down version prepared from my original Windows 7 Retail disk that I use for this, which will take only 1.5 Gb disk once installed. Btw, I am using a 4 Gb Transcend 100x Industrial CF as a HDD, in a ZIF to CF adapter (my LS800 comes with ZIF connector and not the 1.8″ 50 pin ATA adapter).
It took around 30 minutes to have the base OS up. I connected the network cable and fire up the Windows Update, selecting all “important” upgrades and few of the optional ones related to hardware components. Once done, there are 4 “lemons” on the Device Manager only: audio, wireless, IR and the digitizer. Then download the LE1700 Wacom Windows 7 drivers from Motion Computing site and install it using Upgrade Driver option. Once done, you should be able to use the pen.
Place then the drivers recovery disk in the cdrom, select every device one by one and then choose Upgrade Driver, select the CD drive and let it do its job. you’ll be able to make all the problem disappeared except the IR driver which does not work.
Now, you want the dashboard back, right? But the original one is either not working or if you manage to make it work (using WindowsXP SP2 compatibility mode) will have many options unavailable. Do not give up, go back on Motion Computing website and download the Motion Dashboard for LE1700 for Windows 7 and install it instead. Reboot the machine and go and edit the properties for Motion Buttons, point the application to start when pressing HotBttn 1 to the location where the new dashboard was installed. If everything is installed correctly you should be able to access the dashboard and able to access any option in the new dashboard (there are few extra options comparing to original LS800 one).
After Windows 7 upgrade, if you need the fingerprint sensor to work, you should be able to use it either with the latest Omnipass software (not free but there is a 30 days trial, you can also try downloading the one provided for LE1700 on Motion Computing website) or just use the native one in Windows 7 instead, see the details here.
I will strongly recommend installing the RightMark CPU application that will allow you to control the CPU voltage and throttle the CPU. This will keep your tablet cooler. Of course disable all the services you do not need, use a SSD instead of HDD if possible (use a very low power consumption SLC SSD like Samsung rather then Mtron or others, which are very fast but also using a lot of power, even more then a HDD: up to 2-2.5 W, when Samsung is running in < 0.5 W in write mode). More about tuning in a separate post.
One thing that is not working is SD card reader. Can see the device, if you plug a 2 Gb card in it will detect it, will install the drivers, etc, will even come up on the Windows Explorer but when you try to access it the system will throw a blue screen and then restart. You’ll need to power off and back on to be able to start the system again. I will try to see if the SD card Vista fix can solve the issue. If I get this working then will be great! I will really need the card reader for my travels to review the pictures between the dives ;-)