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What do you need in your notebook image?

One of the more common questions asked for us to answer or advise upon is what should be added to the image when customers are creating their own build. Now the easy answer is to just say “everything that is included in the OEM image” however, as you probably know that is not always feasible for many reasons.

We therefore started to look at what would be the absolute minimum that needed to be installed that would ensure the functionality if the notebook itself was not compromised. Initially you might think that all you needed was the bare metal INF drivers (yes, we have those available and more on where from later), but while this would get you a clean Device Manager listing it would not give you 100% functionality, nor would these lapses show up immediately.

There follows a list of software installation orders that can be implemented via a manual build or a deployment (MDT/SCCM) process so, to install a clean image look to include the following on your vanilla Windows7/8.1 OS (please note that not everything will be needed depending on your requirements – those in bold type are considered must haves:-

  1. Chipset Utility (full exe)
  2. Display Driver (full exe) (needed for Windows8.1, recommended for Windows7)
  3. Value Added Pack (full exe elements required – see below)
  4. Touchpad Driver (full exe)
  5. Remaining missing devices from Device Manager via the INF drivers
  6. Fingerprint Software (full exe if functionality wanted)
  7. Bluetooth Stack (full exe if functionality wanted)
  8. Network Device ID Registration Setting Tool (enables Fn+F8 to turn on/off wireless devices)
  9. Intel Proset (full exe if features wanted or WiDi will be used)
  10. Wireless Display (full exe if WiDi will be used)
  11. Wireless Aircard Watcher (full exe if 3G/4G unit and functionality of connection software needed)
  12. EcoMode Utility (full exe if power management profile and use of EcoMode icon on the top right of the clickpad is required).
  13. Patch Files

[Note1: the above order is for a manual build. If using deployment systems step 5 would occur after the vanilla OS load. In a manual build step 5 can be performed first if wished]

[Note2: Deploying the WiDi utility remotely and silently can prove to be problematic. This is an Intel application and it is widely reported that it does not lend itself to easy remote deployment and it is hoped that future versions will correct this with a corporate version]

Silent install of the full packaged drivers

As standard our drivers and utilities are encompassed in a TCxxxxxx.exe package. This means implementation into deployment systems is easier as the silent unattended install switch is ”-s -scm”. So the TC package command line install would be TCxxxxxxx.exe -s -scm

Components of the Value Add Package

To install the various components of the Value Added Pack it is necessary to add the relevant switches to the end of the package name. The table below shows the various switches, so to install the System Driver and the Flash Cards the command would be: TCXXXXXX\Setup.exe /S /TSD /TFC

/S This parameter has the first priority. If you don’t add the parameter, all of other parameters will become invalid; if you don’t add the other parameter, it will do nothing.
/ALL: This parameter has the second priority. If this parameter exists, all of the Sub-Components will be installed if the machine supports these Sub-Components.
/REMOVEALL This parameter has the second priority, If this parameter exists, all of the Sub-Components will be uninstalled if the machine has installed these Sub-Components.
/REMOVE If this parameter exists,you can uninstall the specified component.
/TSD TOSHIBA System Drive will be installed.
/TPU TOSHIBA Password Utility will be installed, if this machine supports this utility.
/THW TOSHIBA HWSetup will be installed, if this machine supports this utility.
/PCD TOSHIBA PC Diagnostic Tool will be installed.
/TPS TOSHIBA Power Saver and TOSHIBA Battery Manager will be installed, if this machine supports these utilities.
/TFC TOSHIBA Flash Cards will be installed.
/REMOVE /TSD TOSHIBA System Drive will be installed, if this machine installed this utility
/REMOVE /TPU TOSHIBA Password Utility will be uninstalled, ,if this machine installed this utility
/REMOVE/THW TOSHIBA HWSetup will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utility
/REMOVE /PCD TOSHIBA PC Diagnostic Tool will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utility
/REMOVE /TPS TOSHIBA Power Saver and TOSHIBA Battery Manager will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utilities.
/REMOVE /TFC TOSHIBA Flash Cards will be uninstalled, if this machine installed this utility

Now, where to get the INF files from?

Our FTP site contains all of the drivers for our B2B models in both bare metal INF and also fully packed EXE files. The FTP can be accessed via:-

FTP: ftp.tb2b.eu or www.tb2b.eu
Username: TIUB2B­_Deploy
Password: JAtq-Qdm

We are in the process of setting up a new, larger FTP site with a web interface to go alongside the tradition FTP client style access. As soon as we have this ready we will let you all know, and of course for a period of time we will run the two sites in tandem.

Hopefully the above has been helpful. Be sure to check back to this blog from time-to-time to check for latest posts, or better still register your email address to receive an alert when a new posting is available.

Until the next time,

Your Toshiba B2B Consultant Team


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