Windows 10 Tablet

  • I came to this forum innocently because I have an old NuVision tablet running Windows 10. It's not a lot of use to me because it doesn't have the guts or the space for Windows 10, but I wondered if some flavour of Ubuntu would fit it yet. From what I've read so far this team is not trying for clean installs yet, you need a phone of tablet that already has a Linux kernal, so it seems an ex windows device is out.
    If anybody is interested in this area I'd be interested to hear. After all, if a Ubuntu phone/tablet project is to have a long term future it's going to have to get into new builds eventually.

  • I've very successfully used standard amd64 Ubuntu and various Ubuntu derived flavors and distros on a number of x86 tablets with Intel chips on them that formerly ran Windows 10 or 8 (e.g. Dell 7140, Dell 7275, HP Pro 608 G1 , Samsung Slate 7). The Gnome DE with a few tweaks and extension customizations can work really well for tablets with 4gB of RAM or more. XFCE can work nicely on tablets if you use some customizations and the Touchegg package to allow for multi-touch gesture controls. I recommend using the Onboard on screen package as well.

    Best regards,
    Steve Berson

  • @Bigbin NuVision, so usually an Atom tablet. You could try Ubuntu Unity Remix, UMix, or any other light distro - anything using XFCE, LXDE, LXQT or lighter. Your main issue will be driver support. For most of the cheap atom tablets, the manufacturers did not bother to build drivers other than for windows. So tinkering will likely be needed to get things mostly working.

    Manjaro or arch usually has the best driver support.

  • For Atom based tablets there is some good info here (although some of this info is out of date, and more things work just right out of the box with current releases) -

    My HP 608 G1 is Atom based, and the hardware works well on it for me, with the exception of the webcams which are not working at all on it in any of the distros I have tried.

    Best regards,
    Steve Berson

  • Hi, thanks guys. Now the bad news - I am an old git who is perfectly happy messing about with computers from a high level point of view, in fact I was doing it as a systems analyst/project manager for my whole working life, but by your standards my technical knowledge is somewhere between low and non existent. This is going to be a very steep learning curve.

    My tablet is as follows:
    Manufacturer: TMAX
    Model: TM800W610L Signature Edition
    Processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8300
    Ram: 2 GB
    Touch: 10 touch points
    Product I.D. 00325-85344-42114-AAOEM

    My first thought is to put XUbuntu on it, because it is light, and I like it. Any comments on that would be welcome.

    But the first question is how do I start. It's not like going into the bios and getting it to boot from a memory stick.

    I'm going to do this. Help will be appreciated.

  • @Bigbin This is for the Chuwi Hi 10 Air but the process is likely the same and some of the drivers are on the referenced site in the guide. Basically, you just need to replace the boot file in the windows boot folder with the one from ubuntu to get the boot to stick.

    Do not wipe the drive unless you have backed up the boot folders. You will need them! These chinese tablets are touchy. I find it's often best to install side by side , then delete windows once you have everything running.

  • Thanks for this. I'm probably going to go quiet for a bit but I'll be back. Got a trip to make and some reading to do.

    Now I know how to start the next problem is probably going to be making enough space for a side by side implementation. It's a good point though.

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