Random crashes on i5 17" running Windows 7

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SonicEarth, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. SonicEarth macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Is anyone else having problems with random crashes in Windows 7 on the i5 17" MBP's? It seems to be a hardware or driver issue.
  2. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    90% are going to say it's Windows what do you expect, but likely it's a driver/ hardware issue.

    So any blue screen if so please jot down the numbers and let us know.
  3. ttran88 macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2009

  4. daniel123 macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2010
    I'm still waiting for my MacBook Pro 17" to arrive. I've already bought Windows 7 for my Mac. I will report any similar bugs in this thread as soon as i have it.
  5. SonicEarth thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2010
    There's no BSOD. The screen just goes blank or freezes altogether. And it's most certainly a hardware or driver issue. Windows 7 should not do this under normal circumstances.
  6. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Hmm don't want to say it , but I bet graphics issues either driver or hardware.:eek:
  7. Lambros macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
  8. SonicEarth thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Tried to install the nvidia drivers. It said it could not find any compatible hardware.
  9. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2010
  10. bolmsted macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2010
    VMWare/Parallels or BootCamp? You would need to use the drivers from the BootCamp disk would you not?
  11. oHai macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2010
    I had some freezes when I put Win7 on my 13", too. A few rounds of updates seemed to take care of it, though. Make sure you've installed the drivers from the Mac OSX CD and run the Apple/Windows updates. It might help.
  12. SonicEarth thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Everything is up to date and I am still getting crashes. I even reinstalled the boot camp drivers. I was also unable to reproduce the error in OSX, which leads me to believe it's a Windows driver issue and not faulty hardware.
  13. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    Windows works just fine on computers designed for Windows. MBPs are not such devices. When buying Apple computer to run Windows one is at the mercy of Apple to provide decent drivers. NVIDIA might be involved as well. But guess what, NVIDIA's first priority is drivers for native Windows not drivers for Apple-specific cards.
  14. jupp0r macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2009
    Well, it's certainly not a hardware issue given the fact that it occurs specifically on Windows.

    A cynical person would advise you to boot OS X instead.
  15. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    Or to replace the computer with PC ;)
  16. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Fixed it for you.

    OP: If you got a mac and expected to run Windows as well as it runs on a Dell or HP, you're going to be in for a very nasty shock!
  17. Sandford macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Mantova, Italy
    I'm gonna paying 2000+ € and I can't run a decent Windows if I want? Ridicolous... C'mon.. If the Mac can also run Windows, Steve tells it is an amazing feature, if the Mac has troubles running Windows Steve tells it is a Windows' fault (and Windows 7 is really rock solid). Definitely NOT FAIR!

    @Who tells that if you buy a Mac you can't expect to run Windows fine: We are talking about a PRO use, and often PROs need to run some applications only available for Windows environment, while having a wonderful OS X for all the other stuff. That's why Intel Macs have been so successful!
    If this feature is not well supported, it's just a fraud!

    Hope they'll fix it soon!
  18. SonicEarth thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2010
    The fact is that there is no difference internally between a MacBook and any other Windows machine. Also, it's the video driver that's the problem and apple certainly did not write the nvidia drivers. I'm still at a loss as to why it won't let me install the newest nvidia drivers.

    I should also note that this never happened on my 15" before I traded it for a 17".
  19. SonicEarth thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2010
    I tried to install the boot camp 3.1 drivers, but they are already up to date.
  20. gagaliya macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2010
    That's complete BS, macbook pro hardware is no different than any other pc laptop where it matters. The only difference is the apple look and price premium. It never cease to amaze me how stupid some of you mac people truly are.

    Most people run windows 7 perfectly fine on mbp, to the OP did you do any customization? if after all the driver updates you still have the same issue, run a full scan on your hdd to see if there are any bad sectors or issues.
  21. Eric S. macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

    Feb 1, 2008
    Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    Just a guess, but as I understand it Apple did not use Nvidia's Optimus technology for the on-the-fly graphics switching, but instead rolled their own solution which may or may not be based on Optimus. Given that Windows support probably isn't Apple's top priority it wouldn't surprise me if that had not been fully tested under Windows. Is there any way to keep it from switching modes by setting it permanently to one or other, and see if the problem goes away?

    On the larger question of Windows support, Apple does advertise that their products run Windows. In my opinion they ought to stand behind that if they're going to claim it. On my late 2008 Macbook it took months to get a halfway decent trackpad driver for XP, and it's still pretty crappy really.

    That is just one reason why I would not want to buy a new Mac architecture as it rolls off the production line; better to give it several months and let them shake out these corner cases.
  22. gagaliya macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2010
    under windows 7, it just uses the 330m discreet video card all the time, there is no switching i believe.
  23. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    Has anyone gotten Windows running smoothly on a 2010 MBP?
  24. SonicEarth thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2010
    It does use the 330M all the time. I tried reinstalling the boot camp drivers. We'll see how that fares.
  25. itpro98052 macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2010
    On the contrary . MBPs were voted by one of the leading PC Mags as the best windows laptop (2008) i believe. MacPro is also the best Desktop Windows machine you can buy.

Share This Page