Successfully running Windows 7 on the Toshiba NB100 Netbook
The NB100 may look like a brick, but I still think it’s a great Netbook – with a keyboard that is a little bit too small.
I finally found time to wipe mine and get Windows 7 running on it. Here are my key findings.
1. Absolutely do a firmware upgrade to 2.10 before installing Windows 7. This will save you trouble with the graphics card not properly working in Windows 7.
2. I erased the hard drive and installed Windows 7 as a fresh copy. This worked fine. Two devices were not recognized by Windows 7, the Bluetooth-hardware and the Ericsson F3507g Mobile Broadband adapter.
3. To get Bluetooth working, I got the latest Toshiba Bluetooth stack for Windows 7. Installing this is all that’s required, the “Bluetooth monitor” from the NB100 page is not needed.
4. To get the Ericsson F3507g Mobile Broadband adapter working, I followed the idea of the brilliant guide by Jack Ukleja, but instead of installing the Lenovo drivers, which I tried at first, but they refuse to install on the Toshiba Netbook, I got the Vista 32bit drivers for the F3507 hardware by Toshiba, offered for download for their Portege A600, Toshiba M10, Portege R600, Tecra S10, Tecra R10, Satellite Pro S300, Portege A600, Tecra M10 and Tecra A10 notebooks.
This driver installs like a charm and Windows 7 properly detects the Ericsson F3507g hardware.
Next I got the Ericsson Wireless Manager 5.2.2056.12 as suggested by Jack, extracted the ZIP file and installed it by running the “Sony Ericsson Wireless Manager 5.msi” file. This way, the drivers from this package won’t get installed, just the Wireless Manager needed to initiate the 3G connection.
In my case, the APN of my provider (Swisscom) was properly detected and configured. In case this doesn’t work, the Wireless Manager allows you to create your own profile and set the APN name, username and password if required to connect.
That’s it! It runs much faster than it did in XP and even Aero Glass is working.