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  • charliex 8:19 pm on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: teardown, viliv x70 ex   

    Viliv X70 teardown – non 3g version 

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    Back of case

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    Back case screw arrangement (the three in the middle do not need to be removed, they just hold on the metal mounting plate)

     

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    Splanger/splunger tool or an old hotel key, gently Bentley bear, around the edges

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    All around, tabs on each side

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    Close up

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    Gently pry the plastic loop from the headphone connector and it’ll free the case, take your time.

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    First bit off

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    There are three of these, one falls out, so watch out

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    Hotel key under the screen, slice it back and forth under the two bits of clear plastic and the black plastic. the glue separates, careful not to bend the display

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    Lift up the lock and remove

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    part number

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    same as before, thin plastic underneath and remove glue

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    both sides

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    remove screw

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    remove screw

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    these things are annoyingly cheap, remove the mic one first, leave the two speakers for now

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    gps / antenna  maybe dual?

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    pita to remove

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    two more of these ( 3 altogether)

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    power switch

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    remove gps/wireless antenna

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    akward, do the next one first

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    remove this guy, flip the pcb over and then you can remove the two speakers with a lot less hassle.

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    Finally get to see what I’m after, replacing(Adding) wireless with a 4965.

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    duh ordered the 16G SSD by not paying attention to specs.

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    remove cover, uh oh.

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    3G wireless antenna,note missing connector.

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    Rats, as I feared, no connector……… What worries me though is the patch wire I saw on the other teardown with the 3G.. (and its a different rev board ) now, off to order a connector.. hmm girlfriends birthday soon, I wonder if she wants a slightly used MID, she likes those little electronic kits , I’ll just slap all this in a bag with some Chinese instructions for a lawnmower and bonus points all round…

    I’ve ordered a couple of connectors, so lets see where that goes.

     

    hmmm

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    Some tips on putting it back together

    Don’t forget

    1. The GPS module and antenna
    2. The three LED diffuser, put them on before the metal back plate
    3. Microphone goes in the metal frame, faces out towards you, wire routes through the channel in the metal plate
    4. Power Switch! before the plastic frame/metal plate, make sure it is working correctly.
    5. Test the buttons when you put the last part on before you press down on all the tabs, they’re tactile so will click.
    6. Don’t touch the webcam lense, or clean it before reassemble.

     

    Start here

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    Reconnect speakers

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    Microphone routes through this notch

     

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    Put the plastic surround on like this, this side in first then level down, don’t forget the power switch first! Check the routing of the battery wires.

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    Power Switch

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    Careful not to lose the little rubber surround on the microphone.

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    These tabs lock on the front side, two of them.

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    Microphone routes like this

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    Plastic LED diffusers, three in  total. Add them before you screw on the metal plate. The one that has the most area visible does drop out though, so watch for that.

     

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    Layout the buttons/webcam, they have small plastic mounting pegs.

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    Two screws, two corners.

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    When putting the front bezel on, don’t forget to start at the headphone socket, take your time and it’ll snap into place, watch out for the bottom side not clipping in correctly. you might want to do a power up test before snapping the front bezel into place.

     

    Charge the battery before doing all this, then when you come to switch it on and nothing happens, you won’t be thinking ‘fiddlesticks’.

     
    • Mikey 7:26 pm on August 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You, sir, are INSANE.

      I personally would not even remove a screw as I know I would end up ruining the unit somehow.

    • eufreka 4:45 pm on August 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yep, I bought the 16gig version also, and am regretting that! How hard (and expense) to upgrade that now?

    • charliex2 5:28 pm on August 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t pull the SSD off, but it does look like the typical SSD connector, so it ought to be swappable with a larger version.

      • Andrew 3:16 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Dr. T

        Just for grins I tore down my X70 today. I wanted to put a bigger disk in it.

        Anyway, turns out it has the 3G connector in it….which is a pain in the ass as now my 1.8″ HDD wont fit. Grr.

        So I thought I may as well make it 3G while its open, do you know what modem I need to do this?

        Best regards

        Andrew

    • FrankE 11:41 pm on September 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Please point out the RAM… is it in a socket?

      Was the WLAN NIC in a socket?

    • utp 5:26 pm on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, do you have photo of the RAM? thanks alot!

    • Tempest2k8 7:20 pm on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve identified many of the chips from your photos & thanks for the hi-res shots. However, I didn’t see the RAM. Do you by chance know the part number for the RAM chip(s)?

    • Andrew 7:04 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Charlie.

      I was going to desolder the pcie socket and the 2 brass support posts to make room for the new disk this evening, but I have managed to break the tiny molex connector from the battery clip to the motherboard AND snap the little zif clip on my new 80 GB 1.8″ HDD. Grrrrrrrrr.

      I can probably get round the molex issue by soldering the leads to the clip directly but I am definitely **sed about the disk.

      So the whole thing is headed for a ziploc bag until I can summon up the interest to do more. I may even part out the X70 on ebay since I never really got into it because of the crappy touch screen, and the only reason I was upgrading the disk was so I could use it as a media player.

      Andrew

    • Kutub 11:20 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hello my friend,

      Can you please let me know what type of SSD 128Gb for my X70 3g Viliv. It is the mini zif but want to know what is the interface SATA or PATA etc. I mean specs of the SSD Hard drive. Where can I find it? Is it the same proceedure to install as you have dissected the X70?
      Please advice.

      Thanks and regards,

    • schildzilla 11:25 pm on July 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      hello,

      i’ve got the identical version without the 3g modem.
      i solderes in a perfect work a 5.2mm mini pci-e connector onto the board.
      i plugged in a brand new 3g modem but it wouldn’t be detected by windows. the drivers for the modem are already installed. maybe the socket is not powered by default?
      does someone know whats the function of the blue wire in the 3g version?
      is it possible to take a photo from a 3g-board with the modem and the tape-stips over the blue wire removed, so that i can see, what i need so solder/bridge to power up my disabled mini-pci-e socket?
      would be very interesting for many people.

      i hope someone can help me!
      thanks in advance!

  • charliex 11:48 pm on August 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: umpc, viliv x70 ex   

    Viliv X70 Ex 

     

    Included

    • Car windshield holder.
    • Atom Silverthorne 1.33GHz
    • 32 GB SSD
    • 12v cigarette lighter adapter
    • Interesting Case, its a two sided affair with an alternative stylus inside a fancy red interior (which has a rather pungent smell). It is designed by GearGuard, and tells me ‘caution’, ‘zoom’ no idea what that is all about, though I’m reminded of Kryten from Red Dwarf being surprised humans don’t have a zoom function. ‘rotate 60’CCW’ (on) ‘rotate 60′’ CW’ (off).
    • Power supply with US adapter ( can be switched out, but only has US one) 9.5V 2.84A centre positive.
    • Small manual (which has notes to refer to the detailed manual, the box looks like it was designed for a large manual but no such device, probably a PDF at Viliv/dynamism or on disk somewhere.
    • Mini USB Cable, which apparently is for connecting to a ‘terminal computer’, and I’m to refer to the detailed manual.
    • Windows XP Home edition.
    • Two stick on glossy screen protectors.
    • Battery claimed 5.5 hours.

     

    Day 1 Rambling notes…..

    My Viliv just arrived from dynamism.com, unpacked it put the protective layer on the screen, plugged it in and booted it up, first thing it does is lock up when the CubeUI appears.. Seems like the display is frozen since the power switch still works and windows will close down, but no mouse or side buttons.

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    Cube UI

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    Have to dig out a USB keyboard to see if a nerve pinch will do it. USB Keyboard connected, seems like the  touch screen doesn’t work, it did allow me to run the XP setup then no more. The WLAN doesn’t seem to be working either, and when i plugged in a USB keyboard the Bluetooth notification icon said the BT hardware had been removed.

    A couple of reboots and the touch screen seems to be working, the BT hardware keeps adding and removing though. Needs a 4 point calibration straight away as its way off out of the box. TouchSide is the name of the app that handles it, looks like the same software that goes with the Xenarc touch screens.

     

    The supplied protective film is about 2mm short of the entire width, which is a little annoying since if you’re drawing on the edge of the screen (art rage) or testing the calibration the touch pen gets stuck, not a big deal it’ll be hard to get protective screens that are an exact fit. Like the Sony Vaio TR , which has an excellent tabbed design instead of sticking it to the screen which has all sorts of issues, you can also easily change out to privacy filters.

     

    The car window holder seems ok except for the latching mechanism seems a bit on the loose side. I’ve got a feeling its either shonky or somehow its slipped out from where it ought to be located, as its very loose and doesn’t take much for it to move to the unlocked position at which point the Viliv would fall out, especially on a car. I’ll be finding out if RAM make a better mount or if there is something up.

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    Update: I decided this thing just can’t be as bad as it appears, so i removed the CPU, loosened, not remove, the two small screws holding the lever on the windshield adapter, rotated the lever to point up ( between the two bumps ) and retightened the screws, and voila it works properly, the lever notches itself into one of the bumps and it locks a lot more securely. So as i suspected something was up.

     

     

    Suddenly as if by magic after testing the touch screen draw tool the wireless adapter has appeared and sprung to life, however its not showing any of my networks, even though the router is about 2 meters away. After a few refreshes the router thats at the other end of the house shows up.

    Typed in the WPA2 key and it starts to connect, I’ll run it through windows update. 31+ updates, I’m not installing IE8 for now  since I’ve had issues with it being very slow on the Atom. I have been using Safari a lot recently though, its really quick. The bluetooth hardware is still switching on and off, so it might be loose or just weird.

     

    Since I’m on a glass table, I’ll use the car mount. The locking tab on the car adapter is either out of place, missing something obvious or its just simply terrible, even swinging the unit from left to right disengages.

     

    The screen with protector is very glossy, my use for this device is in car so it’ll probably have to be replaced and I’ll see if I can find a matte one,  the iPhone has them so they’re around. Screen quality wise it seems about the same as my Vaio UX180P which is OK, just a bit dull, the brightness is preset to 50% so upping it helps a bit, but I just don’t care for glossy screens.

    Power wireless, and HDD lights are on the top, facing up, so you can’t see them from the front. A small detail but could be easily fixed with a notch in the front display, or a slightly raised bump. I knocked out the power connector when inspecting the USB port and hadn’t noticed it wasn’t being charged. I’m not really sure what position you’d have to be in to see them.

    The quality of the USB connector is acceptable, it seems like the inside edge is being squished a little or it was deformed in the building process, possibly just a cheap connector. It might straighten out/loosen up during use.

     

    Construction is pretty good and seems solid enough. I’m not in love with the colour of the bezel though, makes me think circa 1987 IBM.

     

    Boot times are decently fast, as are shutdown/resumes (but it is a fresh install of XP)

    1m 23s for a full reboot after a windows update. (wireless not connected)

    32s -35s for a full shutdown (seems like something is causing a delay, maybe the wireless card ? )

    48s for switch on to CubeUI (wireless not connected)

    Standy is around 5 seconds as advertised, things get connected and disconnected the familiar USB beep, hopefully its not any of the drivers that upset software during a standby, some poorly written drivers/software don’t see the windows power message that its going into standby and disconnect.

     

    I always seem to have some issues with certain wireless cards (usually Atheros) and the Linksys N router i use, it’ll fail to connect properly the first time, disconnect and reconnect works though. My Acer aspire one A150 did this as well, until I replaced the wireless card with an Intel unit. This machine uses a Marvell sd8686. Intel cards are great… Superliminal message.

     

    The brightness level I changed from 50% to 100% didn’t seem to survive a reboot/shutdown, tried it a few times, if you set the vilivManager to auto load it sets the brightness.

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    Usual Crap

    Doesn’t have the usual plethora of crap installed, but it does have the K Lite codec  pack installed, I think codec packs are evil so that has to go. Has an Office 60 day trial, and a few oddly named viliv apps, the usual stuff, music player, settings, GPS control, shortcuts to websites. All the live stuff seems to be installed as well. Pretty happy with the level of clutter, its no where near the usual levels. I suspect that has something to do with Dynamism though, I’ve bought from them before, the superb Sony Vaio X505.

     

    Not sure what FastWEB is yet, since its still ‘connecting…’ for about 5 minutes, aha the wireless card has disappeared, I set the default in the viliv manager looking for a way to set the brightness levels permanently and it turns off the wireless/bluetooth as default, which since i can’t see the LED, i didn’t know ( yes yes i know, the icon coral). Now that the wireless is back on again FastWeb is a clunky little mobile-ish browser, very basic and not that Fast, though to be fair they’re not specifying what aspect of the Web it is designed to make ‘Fast’, it could be that the idle loop is now 500% faster. Though I suspect it’ll take slightly more than that to fulfill my dream of real mobile internet, whatever that is. But I am intrigued with the claim that i can enjoy it wherever and whenever, perhaps there is more to this device than meets the eye, maybe that provided I/O port beams more than PowerPoint’s, I just hope the GPS is accurate. Its also been a long time since I’ve seen a browser advertised with full ActiveX functionality, if ever.

     

    FastWEB, the irony.

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    If they called it SuitableForThisFormFactorWEB it’d be a lot more accurate, but a terrible name.

     

     

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    As usual with any glossy touch screen, fingerprints are everywhere already, at least we hope they’re fingerprints.

     

    I’d like to get hold of that giant X70 that Viliv uses in the brochure, or get hold of the tiny girl operator whom i reckon to be about 8 inches tall, either works.

    The GPS switch software changes the baud rate of the GPS from 4800 to 9600 bps, basic stuff would be nice if it had the usual number of satellites, coordinates etc. I may just not have found it yet.

    The soft keyboard is a nice touch, translucent split keyboard that pops up at the press of the semi-dedicated button, the buttons light up after you touch them which seems odd to me, presumably the light is to let me know which buttons do what, but only after I’ve pressed one.  Maybe another application for the webcam ?

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    The back lighting on the buttons is a bit patchy or misaligned on some of the buttons, A is the worst. the MENU has a very bright bottom left of the M and _ of the  U , but dark in the middle. It is bright enough to be distracting. LED timeout is very short, so hopefully there is an overriding setting. Extra buttons for C and FN, the C button brings up the music player, seems like the default mode of this device is to bring up the music player.

     

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    The task bar is set to auto hide, I typically do use this setting but on a touch screen it can be easily be calibrated so you can’t get down there and activate it, something I’ve had on most of my touchscreen computers. The menu button on the right can pop up the start menu, now for FN.

     

    vilivCAM seems ok, basic stuff. The camera is on the right side, so its showing an offset picture, it’d be nice if it were tilted a tad so that its looking a bit more directly at you for video conference etc. Typically the cameras are above the screen ( and with a tilt again on the Sony TR series, which even has a mirror ), but no space here. Quality is decent enough, can’t imagine why I’d ever use it though so maybe make it double as a light sensor for setting the brightness levels in dark/light rooms ?

     

    webcam looking at an iPhone.

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    I clicked on something called i-viliv for MID and it started downloading a setup program, the install screen gives no clues, then it shows ‘error creating uninstall information’, on completion it turns out to be an update manager. There is me thinking its MIDI software. So far it is updating the graphics driver (28mb zip file @ 31KB/s rx !) and touch screen. Adobe AIR also popped up in the background with an update of its own, then asked me to close the CubeUI. So its probably a shockwave/flash application.

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    The uiCube thing seems ok, if you hit a blank button it loads the music player. Basically its just a pretty shortcut front end, you could do something similar with a grouped icon list ( and use iconid to hide them ), but its a bit more stylish.

     

     

    Nothing I’ve seen yet actually uses the GPS, only the baud rate toggle. To test it I can grab NetStumbler or Google Earth and see what happens. GE complains about the low resolution < 1024×768, then about switching to DirectX mode, it runs well enough. Though I just remembered live GPS only, since its still downloading the updates I shall hold off on NS since it might upset the wireless connection. No minimise button on the update app, so windows+d takes care of it. Playing around with GE its decent enough. The update rate is fine, the low image resolution doesn’t seem to be causing me any problems. It is of course an Intel GMA mobile chipset,  set to 32bit 1024×600/60 hertz.  I wonder if GMABooster will work ?

     

    IE7 with the SSD is plenty fast enough, it feels sluggish on my Aspire one A150 HD version, but snappy on the Viliv, lets see GMABooster, Intel 950, downloading 2.0c, run, install, click, agree, click, click, click, GMABooster thinks my hardware might not be supported! Check specs, dynamism, nope, myviliv, lots of surprised and odd looking girls, pleasure of 5.5 hours, joyful multimedia, some more odd direction, yes just smile like that, and finally the tech specs, its WSVGA with a touch screen… ok off to windows control panel which is severely lacking in surprised marketing girls but it has the required capabilities for 5.5 hours of pleasure..

    So it is an Intel GMA 500. 8086 / 8108, blah, therefore GMABooster doesn’t support it, yet.

    The on screen keyboard generates some hum when you use it, now i could just be wrong and its actually a ‘beep’, but otherwise it does work well. Aha, coming back to this, is this the ‘haptic’ keyboard that i just read about from the odd smiles in the brochure, hah yes it is, it’s actually vibrating, maybe a teeny mobile phone motor or sound ?

    Oh dear, that may upset someone, “Did you like the new joyful experience of the haptic  keyboard”, or did you just think it was electrical noise.

     

    So far it seems like a decent device, most of the negative comments above are simply just setting up, marginal wireless cards and getting to know it, nothing really stands out as bad (unless the windshield mount is really meant to be like that) , I didn’t read a manual, nor did i see one beyond the quick start.

    Once its all setup and in the car I’ll take some sunlight readability pictures. Presuming the thing doesn’t fall of the mount, which I’m convinced is something that I missed or its just misaligned.

     

    Note that dynamism are really excellent at spotting a lot of these things, they mention things like the wireless card (and driver versions to use), default wifi/bt off etc.

     

    They seem pretty hip to what people want to use this device for, Hulu, StreetDeck and Google Earth are all mentioned. Instant on, (5 seconds) , long battery life, size and 3G (Premium only) are the big selling points.

    Xmas will be around before the i-viliv update* thing is completed, so I shall come back to this later and apparently I’ve just won the “Spanish Online Cyber Lottery award program”, so I’m guessing they’re too busy spamming to watch Futurama , or are they ?

     

    *Fabulous the updater failed, and no resume, time to Google for that filename.

     

    Day 2

    I’ve discovered the following things, the power cord seems to be really tight but twice now I’ve found its disconnected itself, so the battery ran down and instead of windows going into standby its just switched off. The power settings are correct, maybe the alarm level has to be pushed up a bit. Hibernation is off since it needs 1.5Gb of disk space and standby is supposed to be really good on this device.

     

    StreetDeck is annoying, the GPS is awkward to setup up ( i left the unit outside for 40 minutes! ) so i downloaded a couple of GPS tools until i found EarthBridge which gives Google Earth free edition a real-time GPS of sorts, but more importantly just tells you if the GPS is working, number of satellites etc. The GPS unit seems pretty good, it’d get a lock from inside the house near a window too, even with the GPS having a verified fix StreetDeck still whined, their installer does a self verify and at 1.2GB that takes a long long time, especially doing it over the wireless connection (hours), plus i could never actually get it to show me the map nav screen, presumably it needs to be licensed and not the demo? Anyway I gave up with it as it honestly doesn’t seem that great an application, a NAV system that has so much problems setting up a simple GPS connection sets off warning bells, I did do the ‘Not Set’ and left it for plenty of time to auto detect and nada, plugged in EarthBridge and it fired up immediately.

     

    EarthBridge with Google Earth, no lock since I’m inside or there’s been a terrible disaster and Las Vegas is now underwater. Very useful for checking the GPS though.

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    Somehow I’ve broken Cube, I refused Adobe Air to update and since then it won’t load, not a huge loss. I’m sure if i update Air, though it hasn’t asked me again, it’ll work. (Its alive again, though I don’t know why)

     

    There is a 4.98GB EISA partition, no doubt with the windows recovery , but 5GB ? Time to break out an XP setup disk or Partition Magic and delete that. Especially since you only get 9.93GB and I’ve only got about 3GB usable, which has me wondering where a lot is, no doubt a 1.5GB pagefile at least and Windows. I may turn off the pagefile altogether. Ahh how i miss CD’s, yes i know the device has no CD drive but I’d rather have that 5GB of space thanks. How about a bootable USB stick for recovery instead of an EISA partition, no doubt someone could think up of all sorts of nefarious ways to lock down that USB stick so that it can only do recovery, even 16GB sticks are cheap.

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    Wireless

    The wireless speed isn’t great, on speedtest.net i get

    2.04Mb/s / 1.42Mb/s @ 48Mbps

    My desktop is

    23.08Mbps / 2.57s wired

    12.48Mbps / 2.39Mbps wireless using the onboard RTL8187 , disabled wired connection, same distance from router.

    Later I’ll test one of my USB wireless adapters and see what it does, sometimes the speedtest apps are a test of the CPU/disk much as as the internet connection.

     

    Back to this and the wireless speed seems very wrong, popped the alfa 500mW usb on there instead, a quick windows update and its alive, already its quicker just on showing me the available wireless stations. Connection is quicker too. Back to speedtest after disabling the onboard wireless.

    Alfa AUS036H

    2.50Mb/s and 2.99Mbps which is odd, checking the connection speed it says 11Mbps, so it could be the usb hub i had to use since the X70 only has one regular USB slot (though its still an improvement even though its a lower reported speed)

    With the Alfa connected directly to the X70, the speeds are different. 4.94Mb/s and 0.64Mb/s…. which only goes to show that (A) Radio The Shack hub’s suck, (B) Speedtests are dependant on network load(duh), but almost 5Mb’/s is the best I’ve seen on wireless download so far, and whoops the adapter connected to the neighbours’ open wireless connection, so that is why speedtest was showing Embarq…

     

    A quick retest and we’re at 8.06Mb/s and 2.42Mb/s, so mystery over, the onboard wireless of the X70 just isn’t that good, and when you switch USB ports in windows for a wireless adapter, make sure its connected to the right access point before running tests and yelling at other people to get off the network while you run said tests.

     

    For reference my Acer Aspire One A150 with the Intel card does 13.85Mb/s and 1.90Mb/s , but it is a 4965AGN so its bound to be better, though I do not have the 3rd antennae connected.

     

    Remarks

    I did finally get the Viliv update tool to download the Touch app update for 6Mb @1-10Kb a second, which is really really slow, Amiga modem slow. Perhaps all the new X70 owners are downloading the update, or they’re running the update servers off the X70 itself.

    The windows tooltip balloons drive me nuts, especially on a touch screen. Do I care if my wired network connection is disconnected , when its never been connected. Especially for 60+ seconds. Now I can run Microsoft’s FixIt application at 636KB or the < 100 byte registry file which oddly MS doesn’t give you in the fix it yourself section, HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced add DWORD of

    EnableBalloonTips 0 

    Which has always struck me as odd, a setting that typically doesn’t exist is called Enable, how about DisableBalloonTips with a value of Anything at all. I think TweakUI handles this one too. Needs a restart to enable the disable.

    This reminds me of another issue, not sure if its related just to Safari but typing in with the virtual keyboard in the Google Search box in Safari gets Google to list out the things it thinks you’re going to be looking for, and it works pretty well, however it blocks the virtual keyboard ! I also could never select one of the suggestions, it’d just search for the partial phrase already typed in (probably that last bit is Safari). Now it is allowing the keyboard to stay at the top level, this seems like a recurring theme.

    Changed the power setting to switch to standby when the power button is pushed, we’ll see how that works out.

    Since I updated the touch screen software apparently there are two instances running, so two icons in the coral. Maybe one for each screen of the one screen I have ? Task manager shows two of xTouchMon.exe

    Otherwise I’m pretty happy with it, the screen is nice and clear, the resolution is good, its a snappy loader ( SSD ) the keyboard is useable, form factor is ok. Be nice to be able to see the leds and switches though, might be a design decision for less clutter but at least have a hint of the colour. Lots of bleed on the wireless/HDD LED, a simple separator would have cured that.

    The pungent case smell has diminished a fair bit, so its either a manufacturing process or material that just needs to off gas.

    This form factor you just accept there are going to be things that you just have to live with, though I’m pretty happy. Its like a big Nokia 8xx with Windows.

    Its a lot more useable than the Sony UX180 due to the size, that is why I waited on the 7” version.

    There is an interesting looking plastic cover under the battery…. How long before the warranty gets voided I wonder? 3G slot perhaps, since I didn’t get the premium edition.

    I have not been able to get into the BIOS screen with the menu/bios logo combination, regardless of how i try it.. So it might be a tricky one.

    A few people have already come across this entry by looking for x70 wireless disconnect and the like, check out the FAQ page at dynamism x70 page for the recommended driver to use. (4/25/07 (version 8.75.706.701).)  http://www.dynamism.com/#Product=viliv_x70 FAQ , near the bottom.

     
    • mAGIC00 10:26 pm on August 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      charliex2,

      If you haven’t figured it out already, to get Streetdeck to work on the X70 you have to use Viliv’s GPSSwitch application the change the GPS baud rate to 4800 and in Streetdeck you have to manually set the com port setting to 2.

      Cheers!!!

    • Mike 3:47 am on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have a Viliv EX70, but the machine seems not to be recognizing the GPS. I keep getting a “SetGPS Fail !!” when trying to set the baud rate to 4800 in the GPSSwitch program. I can get into the BIOS, but I don’t see the GPS there or under the hardware tab in Computer Properties. Obviously, StreetDeck doesn’t see a GPS signal.
      Ouch ! Suggestions or ideas ?

      • Ehab 8:42 am on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        hallo Mike
        I have the same problem did u find a solution to this problem please help me I’m afraid it could be a unit failure and it need to be replaced

    • Fresnele 11:08 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi there. First of all, THANKS for this great hands-on, practical and objective review. I’m expecting my X70 to arrive anytime now and am anxious to read anything I can find about it. Your review is probably the most complete I’ve found so far, and I always like to read something that is not biased. So great stuff, keep it coming!

      I have a question that I hope you may shine some light on. One of the thing’s I’m worried about is the power supply (not in car, since I’m getting the car kit, but from the wall outlet). I live in Spain, so using the US one is out of the question. You mention this in your review:

      “Power supply with US adapter ( can be switched out, but only has US one) 9.5V 2.84A centre positive. ”

      So, can you recommend one in particular, one that is not too bulky and easy to put in a transport bag? Or did you just browse around on the web for one with the right voltage output and polarity and went for that one?

      Many thanks in advance, I’ll be looking out for any replies.

    • Fresnele 12:04 am on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, sorry, I forgot my other question…. did you find out anything about a RAM mount for this device? I visited the RAM webste and couldn’t find any specific ones, and since I don’t have the device yet I don’t know which one might fit the x70?

      I’ve read in a couple of places that the factory mount is not too sturdy and I’m a little concerned, since off-road GPS navigation with the X70 is my main intended use – what are your thoughts on this?

      Thanks once again!

    • charliex2 9:48 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t find a RAM mount, the stock one has been working for me the trips i used it for, a couple of times ot LA and back.

      Any PSU that matches those specs will work, 9.5V 2.84A positive centre, right sized connector. I don’t know if radio shack/tandy exist in spain, but they have an adapter set you can go in and try out for the sizing.

    • cadnanr 3:50 am on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dear All Viliv x70 Users,

      This is Adnan here from Bangladesh. My email ID is – cadnanr1@yahoo.com and web profile is on http://www.perfspot.com/cadnanr I am putting my little effort to solve all of yours problem with Viliv x70 driver finding nightmare that I have gone through since I bought my unit from “www.dynamism.com” back in September 2009. My unit is the “128GB SSD + HSPA Modem Premium Air” model. I have collected tested and assorted the full working range of driver for my unit. Here what I have to say about my work-

      Driver Link:
      http://rapidshare.com/files/315984104/VILIV_X70_WINDOWS_7_DRIVER_PACK.rar

      1. Leave XP and start using Windows 7. I am using the windows 7 RC V6.1 Build 7227.x86fre SP1 (Ultimate 32 Bit). It works fine. Just make sure to turn of the auto update feature in case you decide to use the RC version. Although I have received the free update offer with my purchase from “www. dynamism.com” with which soon I am going to update.

      2. I have put the whole driver pack into a single .rar file in order to upload and download conveniently. For your convenience the drivers folders are marked/named in sequential order so that you can start installing them from no. 1 to till end.

      3. Install a fresh copy of “Windows 7” using an external USB DVD drive. Caution-Don’t upgrade from XP/ Vista. I have bought an ASUS external DVD burner for this reason because I have spent a big chunk of my saving on this so why go cheap. During the installation, wipe out all the partition from the installation window where it ask for where to install “Windows”. Then using the advance option, create a 20-30GB primary partition. After finishing the installation use the “Windows 7”’s own partition manager to create the rest of the Logical drives.

      4. At first after installing “Windows 7” unpack the driver pack in to your hard disk then go to the “Device Manager” and look for the “Unknown Device” and start installing the “eco_io_control” located at the “1-System Driver” folder

      5. For WiFi, Bluetooth and Webcam install “Viliv Manager” (11 No. Folder) first then turn on WiFi, Bluetooth and Webcam all option “ON” in the “Viliv Manager” then install WiFi, Bluetooth and Webcam.

      6. If you prefer that you are going to use the supplied “Cube UI Software” then my suggestion is you should try using the “Microsoft Origami Experience Pack 2”. Personally I do not prefer using OS cover up software. For me “Windows 7” is great. But for the sake of the experiment I prefer, tried, used and tested “Microsoft Origami Experience Pack 2”. I think it works even greater than the “Viliv” supplied “Cube UI Software”. “Cube UI Software” is usually non responsive time to time and the graphics is way below my acceptance level. Don’t use “Microsoft Origami Experience Pack 2” and “Cube UI Software” simultaneously otherwise it will conflict and will slow down or might even crash your OS. But in both cases you need to install “Adobe Air” and “Adobe Flash Player ”

      7. Always try to follow the numbered driver folder to install the drivers. Even inside the different device driver folder there are in some places several files to be installed and for your convenience I have renamed them sequentially so that you can install them properly.

      8. Now for the soft keyboard issue I prefer you to install the “Viliv” supplied soft keyboard as a backup plan. But for better performance I suggest “Comfort On-Screen” Software Keyboard. It is highly customizable and it has a very intuitive user interface. After installing the “Comfort On-Screen” Software Keyboard, right click on the keyboard and click “option”. Then under the advanced TAB load the pre configured setting file from the installation folder “Optimal Setting” that I have created for your convenience. After loading just uncheck both “Lock” option under the “On Screen Keyboard” and “Floating Window” TAB then adjust the keyboard on the bottom edge of the screen and the floating button with bottom right hand side corner of the screen. Then “Check” both the lock option again and you are done.

      9. Now for the 3G Modem driver software. This one gave me the most pain to resolve. It took me almost 3 weeks to find the right software for this and still it was lacking/ incomplete regarding built-in voice calling capabilities. I had to do a little bit of scripting to turn the original “Acer Timeline” laptops software to work with “Viliv”. Which include enabling voice calling feature, call record feature and also the logo of “Viliv”, sorry I could not remove the Software title which says “Acer” but working on it. After installing the modem software replace the “config” folder and “logo.png” under the “C:\Program Files\Acer 3G Connection Manager” with the provided one in the driver package folder.

      10. At last I did not tried the “Viliv X70”’s GPS capabilities at its best. But I suggest you can use “Google Earth Pro” with it for better performance, which I provided with the driver pack.

      11. Last but not least, there is always something better yet to be found. So if you can find it before I do please let me know so that I can also get benefit of it.

      Sorry if I bored you but I tried my best to make you struggle less for your beloved “Viliv X70”. Let me have your opinion emailed to my mail box.

      Driver Link:
      http://rapidshare.com/files/315984104/VILIV_X70_WINDOWS_7_DRIVER_PACK.rar

      Take care, Adnan.

    • juan carlos 7:42 am on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hola: muy interesante el informe, pero lamentablemente estan rotos los links para bajar de rapidsahre, agradeceria si me los puede enviar nuevamente.
      Estoy a la espera de una viliv x70 ex y estoy almacenando informacion para poder camiar el sistema operativo windows xp home que viene preinstalado por windows 7.
      muchas gracias

    • juan carlos 7:44 am on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      en ingles:
      Hello, very interesting report, but unfortunately the links are broken to lose rapidsahre, appreciate if you can send them again.
      I am waiting for an X70 viliv ex and am storing information cami to the Windows XP Home operating system that comes preinstalled on Windows 7.
      thank you very much

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