Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fix for Accelerometer issue on Dell Inspiron Duo running Windows 8 Consumer Preview

FINALLY!!!! There is a solution to the accelerometer/magnetometer issue with the Dell Inspiron Duo running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  Basically when the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (or Developer's Preview) was installed on the Dell Inspiron Duo, the ST Microelectronic ST DL303DLH Sensor driver available wouldn't allow you to rotate the device to change the orientation to landscape or portrait as you would any other tablets. Unfortunately, Dell only provides the initial driver that was released with the Duo on their website that works with Windows 7.

While doing some digging online, I noticed that Samsung had a page for installing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC. One of the available downloads was for the ST Micro Rotation Sensor Driver. Figured that I didn't have anything to lose trying it on my Duo and to my surprise it worked!  No error messages. So far I have not encountered any issues since installing it.

Portrait Mode

Landscape Mode

This link will take you to the page to download it. Remember to uninstall the Dell driver before installing the driver from Samsung.