The Onda forum is filling up with complaints of dissatisfied owners [Google Translate].
The biggest complaints:
1) CPU utilization when no software is running is too high: 30%
2) Tablet crashes after 40 minutes of gameplay (sometimes video watching too)
3) Pressing the Volume buttons at different times will cause a crash
4) There’s a memory leak causing many crashes
One person believes there’s an issue with Intel Power Management eating RAM and turning it off is the solution [Google Translate]:
In the “Device Manager” -> “System Devices” in the “Inter (R) Power Management IC Device” This device is disabled, then I flat idle memory has been stable at 32%.
Another person claims to have documented the memory leak and provides a screensnap [Google Translate]:
As if the hue and cry weren’t enough, Onda has quietly made a change on its download page without any announcement about it that I can find. The mirror of Windows 8.1 with Bing shows an update as of July 29th:
This was July 26th:
This is today, July 30th:
I can’t figure out if people need to entirely reflash Windows 8.1 with Bing and then apply the BIOS update or if the updated Windows also includes that.
The Moderator has recommended to several people that they completely reflash Windows 8.1 with Bing, dated July 29th.
All of the owners are really screaming loudly at Onda (moreso than owners of the iFive Mini 3GS did at Five) — and I suppose they’re correct to do so. But behind Onda is Intel and Microsoft. Both of them need to fix this with the kind of priority they give to patching high-level security violations.
At least one person found satisfaction just by applying the BIOS update and provided photographic proof:
Finally, a warning: Do not try to install any other version of Windows except the one provided by Onda. One fellow installed Professional Edition and now the gravity sensor doesn’t work [Google Translate]. That makes sense. Only Onda would include the special drivers for its tablet.
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