My New Old LS800 Tablet Part 2

I ran my first wave of Windows Performance Toolkit and copied the generated ETL files to a folder for later processing. The files I am interested in have a naming convention of boot_BASE+CSWITCH_ and are numbered 1 thru 5 for the iterations of each boot. For all ETL files created throughout this test, I will process them and add their individual summary charts to my blog to show performance increases or decreases.

So, the first Windows PC tune-up software I am going to run with on my tablet for my case study is a product called System Mechanic made by iolo technologies, currently in version 10 (10.1.2.1 to be more exact). They update their product on a regular basis both as an entire application and what they call, what I’ve seen been called within their software anyways, Tune-Up Definitions. Might talk more about that later at some point but if at any time I update their software I will duely make note of it along the way.

So I had previously downloaded System Mechanic 10 (and I’ll plainly use SM or SM10 at times) from their website and installed it. I do like how quickly it installs and how it generally presents itself as a no-nonsense lets get it going application.

SM10 has a few automatic options that I chose to disable for any possibility of interference with my first round of this case study so under the Options menu I went to the ActiveCare tab, Edit Advanced Options and changed the Frequency to ever 24 hours, Exceptions to not start between 12 AM and 12 AM and then went back to the Boot-Time tab and also selected to not strat between 12 AM and 12 AM.

I saved the settings, exited SM10 and then ran Windows Performance Toolkit. This will give a measurement of the system performance after simply installing the product but not running any of its tools.

Windows Performance Toolkit has finished so I copied the generated ETL files to later process.
Disabled automatic options
Exited SM
Running WPT
Finished. Copied files to X:LabsLS800Test 1Step 2 installsm_no updates

Running SM Deep analysis
Repairing all problems found
Repaired. Restart required. Restarting tablet.
Running WPT

LS800 running MeeGo

Just wanted to take a side road here as I had been experimenting with MeeGo (www.meego.com), an open source Linux project which brings together the technologies of the former Moblin project (Intel) and Maemo (Nokia). You can read more about MeeGo for handsets, Netbooks and in-vehicle devices on their website.

I wrote the latest releases of MeeGo to a 4GB USB drive using the Universal USB Installer found on PendriveLinux.com . I didn’t need that much space, a 2GB flash drive would have been fine but its all I had laying around.

I did make an attempt at installing the latest version of the in-vehicle infotainment to a USB falsh drive, and it did write successfully, but it would not run on the LS800 stating that something was not supported by the processor. Oh well, would have liked to but a no-go. I wrote MeeGo 1.1 for Netbooks to the USB using the Universal USB Installer utility and was able to boot from it just fine as seen in the pic.

MeeGo on LS800

The downside is that 1) there is no support for the LS800 device although (since it is a Wacom compatible device) there are Wacom drivers available from the fine team of the Linux Wacom Project over at http://linuxwacom.sourceforge.net/ but I didnt feel like putting any time into Sudo-ing in, installing and blah blah blah. Mouse and/or keyboard work great.

A few quirks I noticed were:

1. No Wacom support for the pen (already explained)
2. For some reason MeeGo states that no battery is installed
3. Several of the applications would not start, could be an aspect of running it from the USB flashdrive though

Otherwise, Meego was blazingly fast. Unfortunately I do not have any performance software to run on Linux so I could measure the time between Windows and Linux. I’ve been leaving some posts on the MeeGo forums so we’ll see how this progresses. I may set up the LS800 to multi-boot a couple of different operating systems as I plan to at least run Windows and Ubuntu 10.10 (I love the Unity concept). I’ll upload a video as well soon of me running through the MeeGo menus.