Archos 9, gma500 drivers
I have an Archos 9 but I'm having trouble finding decent Windows 7 drivers for it.
I'm trying to run Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic but I just cant get it to work and it need OpenGL 2.0. I have tried around 10 different drivers so far and whilst some do have OpenGL 2.0 extensions, they break other thing, for example 720p playback becomes choppy!
I'll post my results later.
It's been a while since I have used my u820. I am not sure if it will work properly for the Archos 9, but if its any help a user named 'mmmsheen' on the notebook review forum has been developing his own GMA 500 driver for the Sony Vaio X series. While his driver isn't perfect by any means and can break some fundamental things, (such as fn hot key functionality) it's the best trade off. What makes his driver so great is the fact that it utilizes the GMA 500's HW acceleration, something the official drivers don't do at all.
I don't remember where the post is (there are a couple versions about) but you can find one of the drivers here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/sony...hread-104.html
It also seems he has posted a video(s) of his version vs the old here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge3h2t7Wwow
He uses the IEMGD kit by intel to build it. I used a version of his driver installing the binary bit (through device manager). The Vaio X is VERY VERY similar to the u820, so the driver installed correctly without any need of any serious changes (if anything, some of the required driver info can be changed or expressed differently through the .ini file). When I installed Mac OS X on the u820, I used a Vaio X driver some users on the insanely mac forum had made. I modified the .kext file using a similar fashion. (this time changing the deviceID /displayEDID in the .plist file to match that of the u820) Not much else really needed, it was very lucky the Vaio X's specifications and hardware was so fitting.
Good luck with it, and I hope you can rig it up to work for you.
Yeah I've tried some of his drivers and they do work on the Archos 9, and they do have the 2.0 OpenGL extensions but for somereason they dont like playing back 720p or 1080p films!