HP Stream7 Not Charging

Last night, I went to charge my HP Stream 7 before bed. I plugged into the official HP charger using the official HP USB cable that came with my Stream 7. The power icon didn’t change to charging. It stayed at battery, and I didn’t have much left.

Concerned, I rebooted, but that didn’t solve the issue. What did though was a hard reset. I held down the power button for 10 seconds or so. This completely shuts down the Stream 7. After fully shutting down, I saw the large charging icon on the tablet, but couldn’t boot it up. This is normal when the battery is very low and it is charging while off. After 15 minutes of charging or so, the Stream 7 booted up and showed that it was plugged in and charging. Success!

HP Stream 7 Stuck in Safe Mode

This was a problem that I came across earlier today. I wanted to test something in Safe Mode on my Stream 7, but once the tablet rebooted, I had no touch screen to enter my password.

Safe Mode loads with basic drivers, which meant that didn’t have touch screen or Bluetooth drivers loaded. This also meant that I was stuck in safe mode with no way to load into the OS to change back to normal mode.

My Solution:

Unfortunately, Windows 8 offers no readily available solution for this problem and the solution I used requires an OTG cable and a USB keyboard.

Fortunately, I had an OTG cable in my car, and a USB keyboard at the office.

After plugging in the keyboard through the OTG cable, I could put in my password and log into windows.

From there, it’s Windows key + R to bring up MSCONFIG, and then on the Boot tab, deselecting Safe Mode and clicking OK.

Sorry there isn’t an easier solution for Stream 7 owners stuck in Safe Mode.

Dolphin Emulator on HP Stream 7? Don’t bother.

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The Dolphin Emulator project is brilliant effort by a team of programmers who have taken the Nintendo Wii and ported it to the PC, Linux, and Mac via emulation.

As someone who is interested in Stream 7 gaming, you might be tempted to download the Dolphin Emulator to your Stream 7 to try some Gamecube or Wii emulation. Well, if you did this, not only would you likely be violating some copyright laws, you would also be wasting your time.

The Stream 7 does not run games in the Dolphin Emulator at a frame rate remotely considered to be good or smooth. In fact, the whole emulation slows to a crawl and the games are not just chunky, but slow. The whole game slows down to try to allow the meager specs of the Stream 7 to process the game engine and emulator.

It may be possible to run some very light Gamecube games on the Stream 7, but a test with Luigi’s Mansion and F-Zero GX proved that the Stream 7 is not cut out for mid-grade console emulation. Should you insist on using your Stream 7 for emulating consoles, you’ll want to stick to earlier generations.

Games for HP Stream 7

There are some great games in the Windows Store that you can play on your Stream 7. Some are free and some cost money, and because the Stream 7 runs Windows 8.1 and up, you can install PC games through your Steam client or from other Digital Distributors.

Here are the games I’ve tried and how they perform:

Asphalt 8: Airborne – Gameloft

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Asphalt 8 runs pretty smooth on the Stream 7. It’s plenty responsive using the Stream 7’s touch screen and the graphics aren’t stellar, but they look good. Overall, Asphalt 8 on the Stream 7 is an excellent racing game to have loaded for on-the-go need for speed. The game has crashed on me a number of times, but it loads back in pretty fast. Continue reading Games for HP Stream 7

Stream 7 runs Skyrim…barely

For a sub hundred dollar PC, we don’t expect it to perform like a gaming desktop. Rather, we are surprised that it runs a game like Skyrim at all.

Game Stuffs has a video showing Skyrim running on the Stream 7. It averages 20-25 frames per second at a very low resolution, but this is still remarkable considering hundred-dollar hardware.

In the comments, Game Stuffs tells us that the Stream 7 will not run GTA4. The Stream 7 will run GTA3, Vice City, and San Andreas though.

Using the HP Stream 7 with Guitar Rig

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A subject near and dear to my heart. Running a super portable PC like the HP Stream 7 with a powerful software driven guitar effects processor like Native Instruments’ Guitar Rig. Now we are cooking.

One of the first things I set out to do after unboxing my new Stream 7, was fire up NI Guitar Rig and see how this little Intel Atom performed. My setup: Continue reading Using the HP Stream 7 with Guitar Rig

HP Stream 7 Known Issues

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The HP Stream 7 is a great value. It’s modest tech specs coupled with it’s very low price, make it a great value for anyone looking to have an extremely portable PC at their disposal, throw in some accessories and you have a potent little rig at your disposal for under $150.

However, the Stream 7 is not without its faults. Let’s look at some of them here. Continue reading HP Stream 7 Known Issues

Enabling OTG USB and Power Simultaneously on HP Stream 7

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The HP Stream 7 is a great little tablet PC for the money. Unfortunately, there are some limitations. One such restriction is the lack of a full sized USB port. This means that if you want to connect any “real” usb devices, you’ll need to use an USB OTG cable.

But what if you want to power a USB device, like an external hard drive, or an audio interface? Well, you’ll need to do this little trick to power your HP Stream 7 and enable the USB communication between the Stream 7 and the USB device.

Note: It seems worth mentioning that the Stream 7 won’t actually charge in this configuration, but it will power it. Whether there is very little drain to battery or no drain at all, remains to be seen. But at the very least, you will get many hours out of your Stream 7 with minimal to no drop in battery. Continue reading Enabling OTG USB and Power Simultaneously on HP Stream 7

HP Stream 7 Tech Specs

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Many of you are interested in knowing the HP Stream 7 tech specs. Here they are according to Microsoft’s website:

Tech specs

Display

7 in HD IPS touchscreen (800 x 1280), 5-finger multi-touch support

Processor

Intel Atom Z3735G quad core 1.33 GHz with Burst Technology up to 1.83 GHz

Memory

1GB DDR3L-RS 1333 MHz

Hard drive size

32GB eMMC

Operating system

Windows 8.1 with Bing, 32-bit

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