Just wondering if anyone can tell me why there is no planned driver CAB support for the T3600 series for Windows 8.1? It's just one generation behind the current model, and these are not cheap workstations...
We're a Microsoft Partner and so we always have to be on the latest OS. All our software developers are running Precision workstations and it's putting a wrench into the Win 8.1 rollout, based on MDT/WDS.
I was able to install 8.1 manually on one of these units, but had problems with the SAS drive RAID. I could only get it working by breaking the RAID and physically disconnecting one of the drives. Otherwise, Windows would install the OS on drive 0 but put the boot partition on drive 1. Still, a number of devices were not functional in device manager.
It's different from some of our older T3400s, where Win 8.1 installed no problem and device manager showed no problem devices. =\
the platform teams would be best to answer that and escalating through your Dell account team would be the best avenue. I can *guess* that it would have to do with the fact that Precision systems are certified for specific software (AutoCAD, 3D modelling, Video editing, etc.) which limits the OSes that can be certified for that software.
This has recently put a thorn in my team's side as well. We are in a Microsoft developer program requiring the 8.1 drivers for USB 3.0. I was able to install on a Mobile Precision but none of the T3600's.
I have Windows 8.1 running on a number of T3600's, but I didn't rely on Dell to provide the drivers for anything except the PERC H310 and the Intel Management Engine Interface. I just used the Windows 8 driver for those...worked without any problems. For the network and chipset drivers, I went direct to Intel. For the graphics card(s) I went direct to NVIDIA. And finally, for the integrated audio I went straight to Realtek. The system I'm typing this on is a T3600 that's been running Windows 8.1 for over a year.
We use SCCM for deployment so I just imported the drivers and went from there.