iSeries WorkStation v5.9 on Surface Pro

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AS/400
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Surface Pro
I'm not an IT guy, just a frustrated Outside Sales Rep. I recently BYOD a Surface Pro for work. A HUGE improvement over the 15" 6# monster I had before. The company that handles our AS/400 iSeries Access had issues installing it on my Surface Pro. They rolled back the graphics driver to Intel HD3000, which broke all of the other apps on the device. MS Tech Support blew the Surface Pro install away and I had to start from scratch, at which point our support company took several weeks to get back to me only to say the AS/400 software wasn't compatible with the Surface Pro. I'm looking for a 2nd opinion. Did they screw up the install, or is it truly not possible to install it on a machine using the Intel HD4000 graphics?

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iSeries AS/400 Surface Pro

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  • TomLiotta
    I don't have an iSeries Access 7.1 available, so I don't know if version 5.9 of the emulator is supplied with it. It is part of iSeries Access 6.1, though; and 6.1 was released four and a half years before Windows 8 came out. The Surface Pro and its drivers put IBM's 6.1 release a full five years back. That's too far back to expect changes. . IBM has no plans that I'm aware of for changing version 6.1 to run on Win8, and almost certainly never for a recent 3rd-party driver on Surface Pro hardware. I haven't even seen that 7.1 will officially run on it. I have seen successful installs on Win8 of 7.1; they're just not supported by IBM and not on a Surface Pro. . Unless you actually need the extra controls included with the iSeries Access workstation program, you probably should just try a more basic emulator such as the one from Mochasoft. Other TN5250 emulators might also work. . If someone has success installing and using iSeries Access 6.1 on a Surface Pro, they might post their experience here. But stay aware that if you run into problems later, there will be little or no support from IBM. Most likely the next iSeries Access release will include Win 8 support. . Tom
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  • gwydionjhr
    Thanks so much for the answer. I'll pass this along to our IT guys and see if it prods them to come up with something that might work for me. I do have the 5.9 version running on my PC w/ Win8, but it's only using HD3000 graphics, not the HD4000.
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