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Windows7_h_rgb_thumb As soon as I got my mitts on the M3 build of Windows7 at the PDC last year, the first thing I tried was to run it in Fusion on my 15 inch MacBook Pro. It ran just fine sans one little thing – I could never get it to recognize the Marvell Ethernet adapter. Wireless worked fine, but for what I do at work wireless means a constant VPN connection and that was a pain. I did some searching, found one person that had it working on an older MacBook with a different Ethernet chipset.

Once the new beta 1 build was released yesterday I decided to give it another go. And boy was I happy. Not only did the Ethernet and wireless adapters work just fine, they did so without the need to install all the Apple Boot Camp drivers. Of course, nothing else worked and so I popped in the Boot Camp 2.1 driver package. I am now running the newer unibody MacBook Pro and so the need for the v2.1 drivers. I also installed the Vista update for the gestures trackpad.

So far, Windows 7 b1 has been running like a champ! it’s only fail has been an inability to pair with Apple’s aluminum Bluetooth keyboard. However, the Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 works just great. I am running Office 2007, Visio 2007, the new Live suite and MOC 2005 all without issue. I need to get the company anti-virus on here as well and see how that plays.

It is most certainly faster and snappier than Vista although I have no scientific data to back that up with. But they say perception is reality and this OS undoubtedly seems faster. I have had the odd GUI glitch like frame remnants when moving windows and such, but nothing that you wouldn't expect from a beta OS.

More later.

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2009 4:41 PM Apple , Mac OS X | Back to top


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Thx, I am going to try on new the new macbook too
Left by Matt on Jan 09, 2009 11:48 PM

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Did you installed the Windows 7 b1 32 or 64 bits?

The video driver issue for NVidia 9600M GT is crashing the system?

Because when I tried to install windows vista 32 bit with bootcamp driver when log in the system, it crashes with BSOD..

Which version did you use of bootcamp 2.1, vista 32/64 or XP?

Thanks
Left by Fabio on Jan 10, 2009 11:29 AM

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did you install windows 7 in 32 or 64 bits?
Left by thinkboy on Jan 10, 2009 7:13 PM

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Same question as above. Should I install the 32-bit or 64-bit version?

Also, have you tested compatibility with any games?
Left by Nick Pettit on Jan 10, 2009 9:04 PM

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Got windows 7 and ati drivers up and running through bootcamp on mac os tiger on macbook pro. But for the life of me i can't get the darn audio to work.

Any suggestions?
Left by Shaun on Jan 11, 2009 2:07 AM

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Hello,

How did you get Windows 7 to pair wth your Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000. Mine will not pair properly.

Also, how did you run Boot Camp 2.1. The setup.exe fails to run as it says it needs XP or Vista. I've installed individual drivers but things like the Boot Camp control panel and keyboard controls are not installed.
Left by Nick on Jan 11, 2009 6:55 AM

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I installed Windows 7 no problems, sound works, bluetooth, internet, everything cept the darn video card, so the resolution sucks and it won't let me run anything extensive. I have a 2.4 ghz mbp, with 10.5.6, any ideas?
Left by Joe on Jan 11, 2009 2:48 PM

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Go to windows update, i found my video crad drivers for macbook pro there
Left by Shaun on Jan 11, 2009 3:26 PM

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@Nick I can't install Bootcamp either on my Macbook...
Left by Fyre Vortex on Jan 11, 2009 6:06 PM

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On my MacBook Pro it shows this some sort of VGA adapter thing... So stupid. Any help?
Left by James on Jan 12, 2009 5:27 AM

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Fabio - I used the 32-bit version of Windows7 b1. I wasnt going to complicate things further by using the 64-bit version. I used the Vista 32-bit version of the bootcamp 2.1 drivers. I installed the versions that were on the Mac OS X install DVD that came with my laptop. Then I rebooted and installed the trackpad update. Then I rebooted and installed the 2.1 bootcamp update for Vista 32-bit downloaded from the Apple Support website. I wasnt sure what version was on the install DVD. I was given the option to remove or repair (which shows it was the same version) so I repaired anyway and then rebooted. No video issues or BSOD so far (knock on wood).
Left by Chris Haaker on Jan 12, 2009 8:36 AM

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Thinkboy - 32 bit version.

Nick - nope, I haven't tested any games. I am not much of a PC gamer. When I do get the chance to play I head to my XBox.

Nick #2 - The mouse paired up just fine the first time. It asked if I wanted to enter the mouse pairing code or pair automatically and I chose enter mouse pairing code. Entered the 0000 and it worked great. As for the BC drivers, I could not get them to install when I downloaded them from the Apple website. I would click Allow on the UAC prompt but the setup would never launch. I had to finally run them from the Mac OS X install DVD that came with my MacBook. Once I did that, the one I downloaded from the web would then work.
Left by Chris Haaker on Jan 12, 2009 8:42 AM

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if you got ATI card gaming will be easier, the drivers are more mature for the win7 but the nvidia drivers you might have issues with 3d mode using opengl. Some of the directx games worked good, some didnt. opengl was like a strobe light. I am sure it is just drivers though. give it some time to iron out. win7 is still 10+ gb in size though which is just crazy. Can't they come out with the plain stripped down fast version? Especially for gaming??
Left by techdeuce on Feb 17, 2009 11:47 PM

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Hi I can't get bootcamp from the DVD to work on MacBook fall 2007! Help
Left by markf on May 26, 2009 12:02 PM

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hello! i'm having issues with Windows 7 and boot camp. everything works fine, but the macbook starts to overheat immediately after Windows starts running... what could be the problem?
Left by diego on Jul 31, 2009 12:05 PM

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