How to find Windows 7 drivers for Fujistu LifeBook P1610


As Windows 7 P1610 drivers are common search terms of readers coming to my site I briefly share this info with you:

Windows 7 is NOT listed when you go to the US Fujitsu site walking through the default steps.

So, use this way (either blindly with or with Google Translation enabled):

Go to German Fujitsu download site

Enter your P1610’s serial number in the empty box in the middle or click through the dropdown menus below.

Choose Notebooks – LifeBook – LifeBook P – P1610. See screenshot below:

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There you get drivers for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Click to expand the Windows 7 entry and you automatically get a list of drivers, tools and BIOS. Click on „Alle Treiber anzeigen“ (show all drivers) to expand the list.

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Click on Download of the needed driver and on the next page check the empty box of „Ich habe die AGB gelesen…“ (I have read the TOS), then the „Download software“ button is no longer greyed out.

From my experience with P1620 I would recommend not to install the Authentec drivers, not from Fujitsu nor from Windows Update.

And make sure you have the latest BIOS 1.15 installed before you install Windows 7.

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Infinite Problems with Authentec Biometric Fingerprint Reader AES2501 on Windows 7 SP1 and Fujitsu Lifebook P1620 Tablet PC


In case you use slipstream media to install Windows 7 SP1 integrated for a fresh new start on your Fujitsu (Siemens) Lifebook P1620, read this warning: Do NOT install the Authentec driver from Windows Update (better hover the mouse over the update, right click, choose hide update) or Fujitsu, deactivate the device in the device manager.
The longer story:

I have created a bootable USB thumb stick with Windows 7 Ultimate German x86 with integrated Service Pack 1 (using the USB/DVD Download Tool and the official ISO download from MSDN) and right after the flawless installation I visited Windows Update to update newer and install missing drivers. Among them was Authentec’s Fingerprint driver.

I installed it and the drama began, CPU went up to 100%, the system got unresponsive and the speakers started (and never stopped) to play an annoying song called “device plugged in, device removed”. After a while (remember, 100% CPU) the device manager opened and I saw an ongoing “Biometric device” being discovered and removed – even after a reboot.

I went to add/remove programs, removed Authentec’s suite, rebooted, no change.

I went to System Restore, restored the system to it’s previous state, after the successful restore and reboot – silence!

So I went to Fujitsu’s website for the P1620 (links below) and manually installed the Authentec suite for Windows 7 – that song started playing again Trauriges Smiley. Again, System Restore helped to get back to a working state.

Note that the situation has gotten worse with SP1: As reported here previously for Windows 7 RTM the drivers never worked (at least for me on my *German* Windows 7): The finger print reader simply didn’t recognize any sliding finger but at least there was no endless plug in/removal.

Drop a comment if you got your fingerprint device to work with Windows 7.

Drivers for Fujitsu Lifebook P1620

German (Notebooks – Lifebook –Lifebook P)
US (Go to Notebooks – P Series – P1620)

Authentec drivers for P1620 for Windows XP, Vista and 7 German

Update on Windows 7 support for Fujitsu (Siemens) tablets


Fujitsu will not offer updated BIOS versions for some Tablet PCs, other than stated before (see previous blog post).

This change is reflected in this PDF document about Windows 7 support, version 3, (dated Nov. 19th 2009).

Wording has changed from “supported” to “limited support” for following Lifebooks: P1610, P1620, T4220.

Full support is still true for T1010, T5010, STYLISTIC ST6012.

To get Windows 7 drivers for your Lifebook or Stylistic you should go to Windows Update from within Windows 7. For remaining yellow banged out devices you visit the support site (links below) and choose Windows 7 as your OS. Note that if you want to run Windows 7 x64 (which makes no sense as long as you have less than 4 GB of RAM), you have to remove the mark of the checkbox for “Show only supported operating systemes”. If there is no driver for Windows 7, try the Windows Vista driver.

I have succesefully installed all device drivers for Windows 7 x86 on Lifebook P1620 – but the Authentec fingerprint device is not working. It is detected and the driver is installed, but it is not recognized as a biometric device so that I cannot log in with a finger swipe. I guess that is what “limited support” is about :(

Driver support sites:

Fujitsu US Fujitsu German

Fujitsu to add Windows 7 support for P1610 and P1620 Tablets


((Update March 2011: Please check my article regarding compatibility of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Authentec fingerprint driver))

Perhaps you’re already running Windows 7 on your Fujitsu (Siemens) P1610 or P1620 Tablet PC. I for example have succesfully installed the x64-Bit version, but as RAM is limited to 2 GB, I see no value it that and will go back to x86 (32 bit) version these days as I want to reinstall to get a clean system ready for next Beta of Office 2010.

While looking for new drivers I found this document (PDF, 149 KB) which lists all the models Fujitsu is going to support if you install Windows 7 on it.

Good news: Following Tablet PCs are “supported”:

P1610, P1620, T4220.

Following Tablets are “fully supported”:

T1010, T5010, STYLISTIC ST6012

Being supported means, no yellow banged out devices with inbox drivers, drivers from Windows Update or drivers for Vista from Fujitsu website. Windows 7 x64 is “unsupported”, but it works, too. Even Sierra Wireless 3G on P1620. But using it with less than 4 GB of RAM makes no sense.

Being “fully supported” means systems are WHQL certified for Windows 7 and a complete set of drivers for Windows 7 is available.

Fujitsu promises BIOS updates for P1610, P1620 and T4220 for end of November. Stay tuned.

HP 2730p coming early September – First Montevina Tablet – HP 2370p stabiles 12-Zoll-Tablet für 1400 Euro ab Oktober auch in Deutschland (U)


(Updated with German launch date and price)

[English]

Just a day ago HP has announced (press release) the launch of the first Montevina based Tablet PC, named 2730p, a 12 inch display Convertible (1.280 x 800 Pixel),  “coming early September”. HP Germany will deliver in October. The first? Well, Fujitsu Siemens has already announced its new 13 inch Montevina convertibles Lifebook T1010 (in white, to compete with HP TX2500 as it will cost around the same, touchscreen) and Lifebook T5010 (active digitizer, integrated 3G, US PDF spec sheet here), weighing around 2 kilo, 300 gramm more than the 2730p – but they are not yet available. Not sure for how long the 44 WHr 6-zell-battery lasts.

Attractive Pricing (U)

The price should be around 1670 US-$, depending on your configuration. NICE: Other than e.g. Toshiba normally does with its European customers, the EURO price will not be significantly higher compare to US-Dollar. We will see very, very affordable 1.399 Euro in Germany (incl. tax), as HP tells today in the new German press release. I’ll write a seperate article on Tablet pricing soon (yes, really soon).

Specs

As you knew from my news report back in June, HP had to wait for availability of the Montevina (ultra) light version processors. Indeed, in the US you have three (Ultra) Low Voltage CPU choices: the ULV SU9300 (1.2 GHz ULV CPU, TDP 10 Watt) and the more powerful and more power consuming SL9300 and SL9400 running at 1.60 resp. 1.83 GHz, TDP 17 Watt). Display is an "Illumi-Lite LED" anti-glare 12-inch. , n-WLAN (optional) and Bluetooth on board. An integrated 2 Megapixel web cam is optional. Downside: only two USB 2.0 ports. Specs here (PDF).

At least the SL9400 support support VT-x features which significantly improves speed of virtual machines.

Notebooks.com has already posted a video which shows the 2730p in action.

“Toughbook light”

You will see a lot of reports saying that the 2730p would be kind of "ruggedized" and fullfill the military standard MIL-STD 810F. Well, HP puts their Elitebook series (the 2730p belongs to that family) into a "full magnesium alloy chassis". Also, the chassis and keyboard should resist water splashes and dust. Unfortunatly there is no official certification for that standard, only guidelines. So, until we see a review testing the dust, humidity and shock resistence, we simply have to believe HP, which, of course, we do :-). Or, to put it into HP’s words: The 2730p "has been tested and meets the military standard MIL-STD 810F for tests including dust, altitude and high temperature. Testing was not intended to demonstrate fitness for DOD contracts requirements or for military use" (from the spec sheet). All in all it seems like a Toughbook light or midi.

Benefits

– Accessories from previous model 2710p are compatible (no need to buy a new docking station if you want to upgrade);

– up to 8 Gig of RAM officially supported by the Montevina chipset, though HP does not officially support 64-Bit Windows, according to the spec sheed.;

– free to downgrade from Vista Business to XP Tablet 2005 if you need it for compatibility reasons. Not sure if the XP Tablet CD is delivered together (FSC does that with P1620 so that you can freely choose and later change your mind and switch to the other OS);

– SSD as a choice, or faster hard drive with 5.400 instead of 4200 rpm with a capacity of 120 or 80 GB (SATA).

Downloads

Specsheet (PDF) US and German

Drivers for Vista 32bit, Vista x64 bit, XP 32bit (to be added when available)