Internet Woes - Boot Camp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ksavorate, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. ksavorate macrumors newbie


    May 16, 2008
    For some reason, in Boot Camp, I cannot connect to the Internet.
    I use an Airport Extreme network to connect over the Mac side.
    I also have an Ethernet cable, but when I plug that in, nothing happens.
    I am new to Windows, how can I connect to the internet using my Airport
    Wireless network or my Ethernet cable?

    I have a MacBook Pro, 15 inch, 2.6GHz, 4GB RAM


  2. vistafanboi macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2007

    Ok, let's start.

    1) Get this correct right off the bat: When Windows is running, Boot Camp assistant is NOT. This is because BCA is an OS X application, not a Windows application, and as such, will NOT run under Windows. So, what you SHOULD be saying is "When I am in Windows on my Mac, I do not have internet connectivity." IT is NOT possible to "run windows under BootCamp Assistant". Windows must have EXCLUSIVE CONTROL of the machine in order to run. This means that when Windows is running, OS X (for all intents and purposes) does NOT EXIST!!! You can't even SEE the HPF+ folders when you are in Windows. You can't access them without third-party utilities like MacDrive 7/8 (a WINDOWS application). ALL BootCamp Assistant does is
    a) It enables one to carve out a Windows partition on his Mac drive
    b) It can then be used to hand over control to the Windows installer (though it is NOT necessary to do it from within Boot Camp Assistant.)
    c) After control of the machine is handed off to Windows, Boot Camp Assistant does NOTHING for Windows, since once Widows starts, OS X (and Boot Camp Assistant) are NO LONGER RUNNING. PERIOD.

    2) Second, as in OS X, Windows needs drivers for your Ethernet card, or for your Wireless card. Windows does NOT always install Ethernet and Wireless drivers automatically, especially if one was not provided by the cards' manufacturers. These necessary WINDOWS drivers are provided on the Leopard Install Disk #1. After Windows is installed, you ABSOLUTELY MUST put it in the drive (UNDER WINDOWS, NOT OS X) and let it install the necessary Apple drivers for Microsoft Windows. You will find that after they are installed, your Mac will work MUCH BETTER when Windows is running, rather than OS X.

    3) Third, and most important, WHICH version of Windows do you have installed on your Mac? This is very important, since you cannot use video/audio drivers for Windows XP on Windows Vista.

    Once we have that, we can give more specific help.

    Also, I do apologize for my extensive use of capitalization for emphasis, but I believe it is absolutely necessary, for the purposes of education. Too many folks are under the assumption that since BootCamp "creates a Windows partition", it also RUNS Windows. This is definitely NOT the case.
    As I said, the OS X programs (like BCA) and Microsoft Windows are mutually exclusive, since OS X and Windows use DIFFERENT code-bases.

    ANY software provided by OS X to allow one to run Windows on an Apple Intel-based machine are strictly OS X programs, and have absolutely NOTHING to do with the ability of Windows to run on the machine.

    In fact, it isn't even necessary to have OS X installed on your machine to install and use Windows on it.

    Apple does NOT tell you about this. NEITHER do long-time Apple users. IN fact, NO ONE appears to be saying anything about it but me.

    If you want directions to accomplish exactly that, let me know, and I will email them to you. It will require NO HACKS to EITHER OS. It WILL require a LOT of courage, to put up with the Apple afficianados who will attempt to brand you some kind of idiot for doing it. That is THEIR opinions, however, and absolutely nothing but lies and intimidation.

    Donald L McDaniel;)
  3. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    That's because you can't install firmware updates without having an OS X partition - so many of us don't recommend it. Seriously what's with all your boot camp rants in this forum? They add no value... :rolleyes:

    KSavorate, did you install all of the Windows drivers that can be found on your Leopard disc? If so, what IP address are you picking up. You can find this by opening up a Command prompt window (Start > Programs > Accessories) and type the following command and then hit enter:

  4. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    Firmware updates should be a rarity. I've run many
    machines for years without any firmware updates.

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