Enabling Wireless Display (WiDi) on Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Chances are that if you have upgraded your Wireless Display (WiDi) capable laptop or tablet (with the specs mentioned here) from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Consumer Preview, then you probably stopped being able to enjoy WiDi.

The official support for WiDi on Windows 8 will come with the Intel WiDi software v3.5, and the Intel WiFi driver v15.5. These will follow Microsoft’s requirement that all pairing with external devices is done using their new WHQL certification process, from the Devices menu as seen below:



Until this happens, you could follow the steps below to make it work.This is not an officially supported procedure by Intel or Microsoft, and should only be considered for testing purposes until the official and correct method, drivers, software, and support becomes available.

1. Make sure that your WiDi 2.0 adapter has the latest firmware which presently is 3.1.29.0. If you need to update, do so from a working Windows 7 system. We tested this on the following adapters:

    • DLink DHD131

    • Netgear PTV2000

    • Belkin F7D4501



2. On Windows 8, download and install the Beta Intel HD 3000/2000 Graphics driver for Windows 8 v9.17.10.2729:

    • 32-bit version: here

    • 64-bit version: here



3. On Windows 8, download and install the Intel® PROSet Wirless WiFi Software & Drivers incl. Intel® My WiFi Technology v15.1.1:

    • 32-bit version: here

    • 64-bit version: here
      Important Note: When you install this package,make sure to select “Custom Install”, and choose to install “My WiFi Technology”)



4. On Windows 8, download and install the Intel® Wireless Display Software 3.0.13.0:

    • 32-bit and 64-bit versions here
      Important Note: Please use this specific version! Using the newest version of the Wireless Display Software (which presently is 3.1.29.0) does not work.



With these three components, WiDi on Windows 8 should become possible again with almost the same behavior known on Windows 7



Some few comments on our personal experience of using WiDi on Windows 8 on the Samsung Series 7 Slate so far:

    • Once WiDi is connected, the tablet resolution might go down to a level which prevents metro apps from launching. If this happens, just manually set it back to 1366 x 768

    • The “duplicate” display mode duplicates everything you see on your laptop or tablet to the external screen.

    • The audio always comes out from the external screen, whatever the app. And 5.1 audio works without any problems, and so does 1080p Full HD videos, and even Adobe Flash-based Youtube videos.

    • The “extended” mode behaves just like when using an HDMI cable on Windows 8. The metro interface remains on your laptop/tablet and desktop is extended on your screen.



We really have to stress again that the procedure above uses older or Beta versions of existing Intel drivers and software. So follow these instructions at your own risk! Again, the official support for WiDi on Win8 will come with WiDi v3.5, and WiFi v15.5, which will follow Microsoft’s requirements.

 


Rami Radi and Björn Taubert

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anonymous's picture

I've been following these same steps..I've got the slate with the latest 8 build
Installed the above Intel Drivers and am also using the PTV2000
I still get the drops it's extended them out to about 60 seconds instead of every 30 seconds...
any particular order?
btw this same gear with a windows 7 laptop and WIDI from the factory works perfectly.

Aviad Sachs (Intel)'s picture

Hi all,

So just like Rami said, following these steps above WILL WORK.

I'm using Windows 8 Release Preview (Build 8400) and I've managed to CONNECT SUCCESSFULY using
the specific drivers above. Graphics, WiFi & WiDi

- Intel Graphics HD 3000 (Beta) ----> v9.17.10.2729 (64-bit version)
- Intel(R) PROSet Wirless (IMy WiFi Technology) ---> v15.1.1 (64-bit version)
- Intel(R) Wireless Display Software ---> v3.0.13.0 (64-bit version)

And I was using NETGEAR Push2Tv PTV2000 adapter and it work great!

I was trying to use the NETGEAR Push2Tv PTV1000 - and it worked once. but then didn't connect again at all.
So I was happy about that for only for a few minutes. but it is rather old hardware apparently. but I will keep
you guys posted if it i'll find a way to make it work too. If we did it once, we'll do it again!

Anyway - wih the Netgear PTV2000 it works great. no drops! steady & fluid connection.

Hope it will help anyone out there. Thanks alot for Rami and his group.
Aviad.

anonymous's picture

Hi all,

So just like Rami said, following these steps above WILL WORK.

I'm using Windows 8 Release Preview (Build 8400) and I've managed to CONNECT SUCCESSFULY using
the specific drivers above. Graphics, WiFi & WiDi

- Intel Graphics HD 3000 (Beta) ----> v9.17.10.2729 (64-bit version)
- Intel(R) PROSet Wirless (IMy WiFi Technology) ---> v15.1.1 (64-bit version)
- Intel(R) Wireless Display Software ---> v3.0.13.0 (64-bit version)

And I was using NETGEAR Push2Tv PTV2000 adapter and it work great!

I was trying to use the NETGEAR Push2Tv PTV1000 - and it worked once. but then didn't connect again at all.
So I was happy about that for only for a few minutes. but it is rather old hardware apparently. but I will keep
you guys posted if it i'll find a way to make it work too. If we did it once, we'll do it again!

Anyway - wih the Netgear PTV2000 it works great. no drops! steady & fluid connection.

Hope it will help anyone out there. Thanks alot for Rami and his group.
Aviad.

anonymous's picture

I confirm: this is working !!
Thank you guys :)

Rami R. (Intel)'s picture

Hi everyone.

So here is the summary: The original blog post still applies, but only for adapter firmware v3.0.9.0. If you have updated your adapter firmware to later versions like the latest v3.1.29.0, that’s when you get the 30s disconnection. Apparently something broke with regards to this unofficial Win 8 support workaround.

Solution:
1) Reset your firmware to its original factory firmware (v2.x) by doing the following: Turn off the adapter, turn it upside down to expose the reset button and then using a paper Clip to hold the reset button down and holding the Power button Down simultaneously for about 10sec. The LED on the adapter will start to flash, at that time you can release both the reset and power button and the adapter will revert to the manufacturing version of the FW.

2) Make sure you have the exact versions of the WiDi software, Graphics, and WiFi mentioned in the original post. if you have newer ones, uninstall them, and reinstall the ones from the links in the original post.

3) Connect your WiDi supported device to the newly reset adapter, and when it prompts you to update the firmware, do so. This will update the firmware to the version that corresponds to the WiDi software version you have. This is why using any newer version will not work.

We tested this for our Belkin adapter, and it worked perfectly, so we confident it will work for you too. Tell us your experiences please.

Remember, this is a workaround only to get WiDi working on Windows 8 working for testing purposes. We still encourage you to wait for the latest official drivers and software support which should come out very soon, as well as the latest adapter firmware in order to have the latest products like the Intel-powered Android phone from Orange (http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2012/07/25/intel-wireless-display-on-an-intel-powered-san-diego-android-phone-from-orange/) working with your adapter.

anonymous's picture

I did exactly as original post mentioned, and it worked for me on my tablet with adapter firmware 3.0.9.0. Only when i updated my adapter firmware to 3.1.29 did i experience the 30 second disconnection problem. I guess there is no way to roll back, right?

anonymous's picture

Hi,

Here is a thread on the same issue. Not resolved yet.

http://communities.intel.com/thread/30455?wapkw=35+seconds

majdeb's picture

Any update on this issue, facing the same can't find the old driver v9.17.10.2729

anonymous's picture

I have also re-installed windows 8 with partition format before installing widi software.
Same disconnection after about 30s.
I hope it will help.

Regards.

anonymous's picture

Hi
This is still not working. Systematically disconnected after about 30s. I have done more than 20 tries.

Driver/firmware used:
- Intel HD 3000/2000 Beta Graphics driver for Windows 8 v9.17.10.2792
Couldn't find version v9.17.10.2729
- Intel(R) PROSet Wirless WiFi Software & Drivers incl. Intel(R) My WiFi Technology v15.1.1.0
- Intel Widi Software 3.1.29.0
- Firmware belkin 3.1.29

Thank you for your help

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