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Intel GMA3600 - Metro Crashing in Windows 8: Any Solutions Out There?

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    Intel GMA3600 - Metro Crashing in Windows 8: Any Solutions Out There?

    Hi everyone,

    I see that many Cedar Trail devices (Intel Atom N2600 with Intel GMA 3600/Power SGX545) run Windows 8 quite well due to its dual core architecture. However, when using the Intel's currently supplied GMA 3600 driver (dated 1/2012), all Windows 8 Metro apps crash when attempting to run them. I cold use Microsoft's default display driver, but with that one, I'm limited to 1024 x 768 and sleep won't work.

    So far, there is no word from Intel on whether new GMA 3600 drivers for Windows 8 will emerge. Asus thinks that new drivers will never be possible. However, it appears that some Atom Z2760 devices like Acer's W510 may be powered by GMA 3600 / SGX545 after all. Of note, Samsung's Z2760-powered Series 5 tablet has some Intel GMA drivers available for Windows 8 via this link.

    I figured I'd try them on a Fujitsu Q552, which has GMA 3600. However, no luck -- the error message I get with Windows 8 Pro RTM is "this driver does not support this version of Windows" which seems weird given that I'm running Windows 8 Pro.

    I'm not sure if the INF can be modified to support Cedar Trail devices, particularly since the GPU appears to be the same, albeit at a different clock speed (just like GMA500 vs. GMA600). Does anyone have experience with this? I remember seeing this forum about some modded drivers that XDleader555 made for GMA500/600 -- interestingly, some versions of EMGD drivers (like 1.10) seem to work well with GMA500 devices like Fujitsu's UH900 with Windows 8, in my experience.

    There's an ongoing forum about this over at Intel, via this link and this one, too. Are there any GMA 3600 users looking for better Windows 8 drivers?

    Summary of Links:
    Intel's GMA 3600 Driver for Windows 7: Link
    Samsung Series 5 Slate GMA Driver for Windows 8: Link
    Last edited by bunnyfish; 28 Oct 2012 at 18:11.

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    This tablet is powered by an N2600 w/GMA 3600 GPU so it appears that W8 drivers are available. (BBEN) 9.7 IPS Screen Windows 8 Intel Dual-core 32GB Tablet PC L-141629 - TinyDeal
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Intel GMA3600 - Metro Crashing in Windows 8: Any Solutions Out There?

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