Need Windows Drivers for Mac Mini 2007

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by BengalKat, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I am setting up Boot Camp (Windows XP) on my old Mac Mini 2007 (macmini2,1), and I discovered that I no longer have the original install disks. So I am missing these device-specific drivers needed for Windows (they are on the install disks). I remember throwing the disks away several years ago when I upgraded to 10.6, thinking "I'll never need these again." Silly me!

    I have scoured the internet looking for a copy of these drivers or a copy of the install disks, but I've not found them.

    Does anybody know where I can download these Mini 2007 Windows drivers, or better yet, where I can find a download of the original install disks?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    I don't know about a 2007 Mini, but OS X downloads the latest Bootcamp drivers when you set it up. I just did it on a 2009 Macbook and it worked fine. But that was running Lion.

     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your reply! Bootcamp will download the latest drivers, but first it needs its initial drivers to access the internet. Those come from the install disk, which I no longer have. That's why I'm stuck!
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    How its worked for me under Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion is that the Boot Camp wizard connects to the Internet and downloads the Windows drivers before you start that you then save to a USB key or something. Once you install Windows, you pop in the USB key and install the Windows drivers for the Mac. Maybe the older OS had the drivers on the CD. Upgrade I guess if you can't find it. :)
     
  5. macrumors 68000

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    No that's not how it works, there are no initial drivers needed. Use bootcamp to download the drivers or download them from here http://www.cafe-encounter.net/p682/download-bootcamp-drivers
     
  6. macrumors 68040

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    The Snow Leopard disc has the Boot Camp drivers on it. Just put that in after you install Windows.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK, it sounds like I've made some wrong assumptions. When I initially started Bootcamp Assistant, I did try downloading the drivers. I got an error message "Download could not continue. The Windows support software is not available." Could that mean that bootcamp on the Mini 2007 is no longer supported?

    After installing Bootcamp, I tried installing drivers from my Snow Leopard install disk, but they didn't work. And I did download the "cafe-encounter" drivers, but my XP install rejected them because they are for Windows 7/8.

    Thank you everybody! Any other ideas? Otherwise, all I can think is to wipe it clean and try it all again.
     
  8. macrumors 68040

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    What does "didn't work" mean? Errors somewhere?
     

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