So, after the ranting in my previous post, I got Windows 8 to work the way I like it… yeah baby, yeah! The installation went like a dream, installed the necessary drivers up to the point where I need to fix the Dell Broadband card and thanks to Ren Baskura’s post, I got the broadband card installed in no time whatsoever. And once that was done, the Vodafone software installed seamlessly and it just connected out and made me a happy chappy!
Since Dell decided to release their drivers for Windows 8 for my Dell XPS L502X as per my previous post, I figured that it would be a good thing to install these and resolve the final “Unknown device” in my Device Manager. Everything *should* be fine, right? RIGHT!
So, firstly half of the installers doesn’t want to launch and then complains, but maybe it was just me being a silly billy and installing them in the wrong order – no worries! It was always my intention to rebuild it in any case when the drivers became available – so after a lot of clicking and installing and rebooting, all my devices were perfectly happy. Great… This time around I put a little sticky note in my head that maybe it would be a good idea to capture the list of devices inside of a Visual N++ (Notepad for the non-programmers out there) file – just to be sure; rather safe than sorry, right? Damn straight!
So… after a reboot and installation of the Operating System, the silly willy Dell Wireless device is giving me the finger; yes, installing the broadband driver from Windows 7 does fix it, but then they want me to use the broadband manager that shipped with Dell – hey, I’m in the new Windows 8 UI (whatever the okes feel like calling it this week) and would want to use one of the apps from there… like the one directly shipped by Vodafone, considering that I am using a Vodafone SIM card… Lets just say it ended up with me uttering a few words and deciding to show it the finger on Saturday night and rather spending a relaxing Sunday out in the winelands.
And here I am, back on Sunday night retracing my steps on the installation – this time around, I did become a bit more sneaky; pulled out all network connectivity first and install from the Windows 8 media only. The initial installation ran very smoothly and then the network cable was plugged in and the 1st 500MB of updates installed without a breeze. Now onwards and seeing how everything pans out – one thing that I am just very happy about is that I have an uncapped broadband connection; else I would’ve climbed out the walls already!
So, I’ve logged a call with Dell Support during the week and was expecting a response back from them regarding the driver downloads that was unavailable. Pity that I never got a reply back from them, but I figured to try the links out tonight and they made my drivers available. Such a wonderful surprise – and a download queue of almost 600MB, but what the heck – its worth every single bit!
Now that I have the drivers, I can finally see what I’ve been missing on my laptop!
The lesson I’ve learned from all this? I am definitely downloading the drivers for the desktops before trying to run the installation on the desktops!
After the driver installation issues with Windows 8, I opted to try and take a look at the Dell Support Centre – and lo and behold, they have published the updated Windows 8 drivers for my laptop on the 26th of October.
Unfortunately the files are unavailable on their servers! I really hope they get their act together very soon!