Solution: All drivers (inc. video) on MBP i7 17" w/ nvidia 330m

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nathangudmunson, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. nathangudmunson macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2010
    I had a lot of trouble getting my new macbook pro i7 17" to work with Windows 7 x64 in Bootcamp. I especially had issues getting the video drivers to work, so I thought I would document my steps here to help others out.

    The first problem is that after installation of win7 x64, when you put in the snow leopard disc, it says that it can't install the drivers. To get around this, locate the command prompt in the Accessories folder of the start menu and right click on it, selecting "run as administrator." Once you've done this, browse to your drive and run the program:

    msiexec /i BootCamp64.msi

    This should allow you to install most things that you need. The install still had some issues, so I tried downloading the newest bootcamp 3.1 drivers from This got everything working except the video.

    My first attempt at getting video working was to download the newest nVidia drivers for the 330m series from their website. These drivers (version 197.16) didn't install, saying they were "unable to find any supported adapters." After poking around on the web, I was able to find some drivers to install from here: These drivers are paired with a modified .inf file which will allow you to install drivers on machines that aren't officially supported yet, such as the core i7 macbook pro w/ nvidia 330m.

    Once you've downloaded these, extract the driver to a directory on your desktop such as nvidia. Then, go into that directory and delete the file nv_disp.inf. Then, go back to the page you downloaded the drivers from and click on the "INF Modified" link, and download that file. Simply copy that file into the nvidia folder on your desktop, and run setup.

    By completing these steps, I was able to get a fully functional Windows 7 x64 build working on a 2 day old MacBook Pro core i7 17" machine. I hope this helps somebody out there...
  2. gonzaload1987 macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    Thx very much for your contribution, i'm going to receive on the next days my 17'' mbp and i was hoping to install W7 without issues :D
  3. nathangudmunson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2010
    Well, I know I had these issues with win7 x64. I'm not sure about the 32-bit version-you should either have to do this or have an easier time installing it :)
  4. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    Very kind of you to post your findings. I know someone will find this helpful down the road. :)
  5. Tokend macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2007

    Although I browse this forum frequently, I'm one who signs in and posts something about once every three years, or so. So, now, I just wanted to sign in and let you know that someone truly appreciates that you took the time to write this helpful post. Thank You.

    I am going to be ordering a new 17-inch MBP soon. This will be my first Mac. I have lots of Windows software that I need to keep using, so I, too, am looking to install Win7-64. I'm generally tech-capable, but mostly Mac-ignorant, so your post will help ease the stumbling and frustration.

    Thanks again.

    p.s. How big did you make your Win7 partition ?
  6. nathangudmunson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2010
    Sure, I figured that since I had such a hard time, others would as well.

    My MBP came with a 500 gb HD. While I will be using OSX for most of my work activity, I wanted to install outlook, visual studio and maybe a couple games on the Win partition, so I made it 100 gb to allow ample room for whatever I need. I keep all my media on the 400GB OSX partition, since I can browse through it easily through the Windows 7 side.

    Honestly, though, it depends on your use. Heavy Windows users will obviously want more space on that partition.
  7. Balaamsdonkey macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2008
    I noticed you said you got at 17". Do you think your process would be the same for a 15" i7?
  8. sth macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    The old world
    Hmm... strange. I installed Win7 Home Premium 64bit on my 17" i7 yesterday and everything went smoothly. All drivers installed absolutely fine from the included Snow Leopard DVD, without any manual interaction.

    Maybe Apple already fixed the problem on newer DVDs.
  9. bugout macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    is everything!
    Just got done installing win 7 64 on my 15" i7 and there were no driver installation issues
  10. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    try this thread

    I wrote a guide on how to modify your own inf.

  11. intheclear12 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2010
    Thank you!

    Thank you for posting this! I had the same exact issue and followed your steps, and it worked perfectly! I appreciate the help! :)

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