Disable Geforce 330M on MacBook Pro Mid 2010 under Windows 7?

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  1. MY5TCrimson macrumors newbie

    MY5TCrimson

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    Okay, this one is wrecking my brain for a while now.

    So, I've a 2010 MacBook Pro A1286 - with the dreaded GeForce 330M and Intel HD Graphics (eg; kernel panics everywhere when the machine tries to do anything remotely GPU intensive.)

    Problem is: macOS High Sierra runs great without panics, thanks to the tool 'MBPMid2010-GPU-Fix', which modifies the kext responsible for the faulty voltage control that makes the kernel panics happen in the first place.

    But, I wish to run Windows 7 also, which seems to only detect the NVIDIA GPU and results in crashes/BSODs on that OS as a result.

    Is there a way to disable the NVIDIA GPU under Windows and use only the Intel GPU?

    Thanks in advance for any help!
     
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    I dont know of any way to do that, However as someone who used a mid 2010 15 inch macbook pro with that exact issue for years and dealing with its problems, I can tell you it is very much worth it to just replace the failed capacitor. Replaced mine a few years ago and still daily drive the machine to this day with no problems. As for wanting to run Windows 7 on it in its current state, I dont know. I'm sure there is some way to disable the nvidia GPU in command propt in safe mode maybe?
     
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    I'd certainly like to replace the capacitor, but I'm not confident enough in my soldering skills just yet sadly. And unfortunately, in Ireland, I'm not sure of who I could reach out to that has the skill for it.

    Since it was possible to mitigate the issue with a modified kext in MacOS, it'd be great if a similar fix for Windows was available. As my performance in Parallels has decreased since updating to High Sierra and after exhausting all my efforts to fix performance there, I think VMs are out of the question unfortunately.
     

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