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claptonman

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If its anything like my HP laptop,It was very hard to come across an ISO of Windows 8 OEM..i couldn't just use a regular Windows 8 ISO then use the serial key that was built into the laptops bios..it wouldn't work.

Thankfully i was able to get a hold of a OEM ISO.
That is odd. All the computers I've reimaged with win8 and used the key from the BIOS worked just fine.
 

salvage-this

Active Member
The new HPs have this as their new COA sticker. You need to use the OEM CD to install Windows or it won't activate. Key is in the bios, but not visible. Dumb.
 

FuryRosewood

Active Member
The new HPs have this as their new COA sticker. You need to use the OEM CD to install Windows or it won't activate. Key is in the bios, but not visible. Dumb.
Yep, and its another shot in the foot for M$ allowing OEMs to do that...makes it a pain to get a machine restaged at work while keeping the licensing key intact...
 

spirit

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ThinkPad L540. :)

I took these photos for a review which I am writing on this laptop but I've not had the chance to write anything on it for weeks now.

I had to take some these are quite high ISO (800) so there may be some grain on some of them. Retaking some of these tomorrow earlier in the day and with a flashgun.

I also posted a video on YouTube of Windows 8.1 Pro booting, shutting down and resuming from sleep with the Seagate 1TB SSHD which is installed in this laptop. You can see the video below:

[UT]ZMe_-SqreHI[/UT]

Skip to 0:36 to see the boot.

My first install of 8.1 on this machine was a clone from the HDD to the SSHD and didn't work well. I did a fresh install of 8.1 Pro which I got from school last weekend and now it's a lot quicker. You have to do a lot of restarts and get Windows to boot quickly since the SSHD firmware 'learns' which files to cache to boot Windows quickly.

**EDIT: Pics temporarily removed whilst I transfer them to a new Flickr account.**
 
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PCunicorn

Active Member
Jesus, Jason...

lol, seriously man wouldn't it of been better if you of just linked to album? Thankfully I have fast Internet... :D
 

spirit

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Staff member
Well I did take these photos for the purpose of a review, hence for all the angles. I pretty much copied and pasted my post on forum.thinkpads.com to here.

This page even loads fine on my phone, so you lot should be OK.
 

Geoff

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Well I did take these photos for the purpose of a review, hence for all the angles. I pretty much copied and pasted my post on forum.thinkpads.com to here.

This page even loads fine on my phone, so you lot should be OK.
It's okay, he's just on dial-up :p
 

spirit

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It's okay, he's just on dial-up :p
Haha. :D

I'll be removing the pics in a sec because I am deleting them from my Flickr account and transferring them to a new account I'm about to make, just for ThinkPad pics. Obviously all the links would die anyway.
 

Virssagòn

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ThinkPad L540. :)

I took these photos for a review which I am writing on this laptop but I've not had the chance to write anything on it for weeks now.

I had to take some these are quite high ISO (800) so there may be some grain on some of them. Retaking some of these tomorrow earlier in the day and with a flashgun.

I also posted a video on YouTube of Windows 8.1 Pro booting, shutting down and resuming from sleep with the Seagate 1TB SSHD which is installed in this laptop. You can see the video below:

[UT]ZMe_-SqreHI[/UT]

Skip to 0:36 to see the boot.

My first install of 8.1 on this machine was a clone from the HDD to the SSHD and didn't work well. I did a fresh install of 8.1 Pro which I got from school last weekend and now it's a lot quicker. You have to do a lot of restarts and get Windows to boot quickly since the SSHD firmware 'learns' which files to cache to boot Windows quickly.

**EDIT: Pics temporarily removed whilst I transfer them to a new Flickr account.**
That's fast! I think I'll go for one with such a drive as well.
 

spirit

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Staff member
That's fast! I think I'll go for one with such a drive as well.
Yes, it is good.

Just a few things to note though:

Whilst it does boot and shut down as quick as an SSD, programs and transfer speeds operate at the same speed as a 5400 RPM HDD of course, since they're not in the cache buffer.

I recommend doing a fresh install of Windows onto it. I originally cloned the HDD and it all got messed up and none of the files would cache, so I was not seeing any speed benefits. Once I did a clean install it worked much better.

Just install Windows like you would on an HDD - nothing new to report there.

Once you have installed Windows and got everything set up, keep shutting the machine down and then starting it from cold again. After about 10 times, the SSHD will have learned which files to cache to make Windows boot and shut down quickly.

And you'll be good to go. :)
 

Virssagòn

VIP Member
Yes, it is good.

Just a few things to note though:

Whilst it does boot and shut down as quick as an SSD, programs and transfer speeds operate at the same speed as a 5400 RPM HDD of course, since they're not in the cache buffer.

I recommend doing a fresh install of Windows onto it. I originally cloned the HDD and it all got messed up and none of the files would cache, so I was not seeing any speed benefits. Once I did a clean install it worked much better.

Just install Windows like you would on an HDD - nothing new to report there.

Once you have installed Windows and got everything set up, keep shutting the machine down and then starting it from cold again. After about 10 times, the SSHD will have learned which files to cache to make Windows boot and shut down quickly.

And you'll be good to go. :)
Thanks for the information! :p Anyway, if I find a laptop with just an SSD and no HDD, I'll go with that. I don't need a laptop with gaming specs or much storage, just to do some basic work for school, browsing and maybe some streaming over the net.
That said, I still got this Samsung 840 EVO 250gb that I could use in a laptop :p. Currently using it for test setups, like now the i7 4790 (from which is posted up a score in the black hole thread.)
 

spirit

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If you don't need a lot of storage I'd just go with a 250GB SSD unless you don't have the money for one, but since you've got an SSD already I'd use that.
 
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