Installing a New OS on a Samsung Series 7 Slate

8/19/2012

Overview

Installing a new OS on the Series 7 Slate requires a USB keyboard and an external DVD drive, or a USB stick. The USB keyboard is required to change the boot order of the tablet in the BIOS setup utility. However, the tablet doesn’t recognise USB keyboards until legacy USB support is enabled in the BIOS setup, so the tablet hardware keys must be used to enable USB support.

  • The first section describes the tablet hardware keys and key combinations to enable legacy USB support.
  • The second section describes how to enable legacy USB support in the BIOS.
  • The third section describes how to change the boot order of the tablet to boot from a DVD drive or USB memory stick.

Drivers are available from Samsung UK. The best community support I’ve found so far is the Samsung Forum on the Tablet PC Review web site.

Hardware Key Cominations

  • Load BIOS configuration pages – Press and hold the Windows key, and then power on the slate.
  • Navigate between BIOS tab pages – Press and hold Rotation Lock, and then press Volume Up or Volume Down.
  • Navigate between tab page items [UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW] – Press Volume Up or Volume Down.
  • Select a tab page item’s sub menu [ENTER] – Press Rotaion Lock.
  • Select a tab page item [ENTER] – Press Rotation Lock.

Enabling Legacy USB Support

  1. Restart tablet.
  2. Enter BIOS setup utility.
  3. Navigate to Advanced tab.
  4. Enable “Legacy USB Support” option.
  5. Connect USB keyboard.

Changing the Boot Order

  1. Restart tablet.
  2. Enter BIOS setup utility.
  3. Navigate to Boot tab.
  4. Change boot order to boot from CD or USB using “Boot Device Priority” option, using the keyboard.
  5. Connect DVD drive or insert USB stick.
  6. Restart tablet and, when prompted, press any key to boot from CD or USB to install new OS.

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