OS X Mavericks Bootcamp Gaming Issues?

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  1. Huntn macrumors G5

    Huntn

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    If anyone is having gaming issues with Bootcamp since installing Mavericks, I'd like to hear about it.

    This thread: Mavericks Destroyed Bootcamp Partition and some of Apple Community Discussion indicate that if installing Mavericks with an existing Bootcamp partition, Windows functionality may be lost.

    I'm not an expert at this, but I'd try to make a backup of your Windows install before upgrading to Mavericks.
     
  2. elgrecomac, Oct 30, 2013
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    elgrecomac macrumors 65816

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    No problem here

    I have a Win7 bootcamp partition and i did a clean install, not an upgrade. I made a bootable ram stick and installed from there. I did erase my old mac partition and after the install, booted into my win7 instance with NO problems what so ever.

    BTW for everyone who is using bootcamp, you should be using WinClone for your backups. If there is a problem with your win partition or you need to reformat your drive, restoring the Window bootcamp partition is really easy.
     
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    Getting Windows 8.1 set up on my 2011 MBP was an exercise in frustration, but it ultimately came together. I ran through the process in this post. The key aspect to getting everything working correctly was to remove the sound and video drivers supplied by Apple. The stock MS audio drivers are fine, but you'll want the latest beta video driver supplied by AMD, if your Mac is so equipped.
     
  4. Velin macrumors 65816

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    So do you mean one should install AMD's windows-version driver while you are using Win 8.1 via bootcamp?
     
  5. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    You can do it that way. I installed it before upgrading to 8.1. Just make sure you are not running the Apple Windows support software driver before you install 8.1. The default MS driver is fine to start with, but you will want to make sure you have the latest AMD ones for optimal performance.
     
  6. pcfarrar macrumors member

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    Much better to run Windows on an external Thunderbolt SSD and just leave it disconnected when using OS X.
     
  7. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    I did an upgrade install with an existing Windows 7 bootcamp partition in place and had zero problems. I've been gaming in bootcamp since and have no issues at all.
     
  8. yabot macrumors regular

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    Yeah after Mavericks i took about a 10fps hit in BF3 on Windows 7 for some reason, seems to have gotten a little better now but it was still wierd.
     
  9. Huntn thread starter macrumors G5

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    You made no partition changes, left the Windows install alone, but performed a clean install of MacOSX. Was your Mac backed up with Time Machine?


    What were your symptoms before replacing the video and audio drivers? Just to verify, the drivers Apple provided for Windows 8 were inadequate?
     
  10. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    The issue was a freeze at the Windows boot/loading screen. It wasn't so much a problem with the video drivers as it was the audio ones. The step of uninstalling/updating the display drivers is more a "best practices" reminder since the ones provided by Apple are hopelessly out of date. The latest betas from AMD are pretty good quality and include support/fixes for recent titles as well as access to the full Catalyst Control Panel, which the Apple-supplied software lacks.

    The Windows support software is exactly the same whether you're installing it on Windows 7 or 8. This is why to even get it to install at all, I had to run the setup.exe in compatibility mode for Windows 7. Apple should provide a separate download of drivers specifically for Windows 8/8.1, which I think would avoid a lot of headaches.
     
  11. elgrecomac macrumors 65816

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    Not quite

    See abovr
     

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