The new MacBook Pro with Vista x64

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ScrewzLuse, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. ScrewzLuse macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2006
    So, I ended up replacing my old 17" Macbook Pro with a 15" MacBook Pro (the one with 4GB of memory and the 512MB video card). So, I went ahead and installed Window XP 32 bit without thinking about it more. After spending a little time with XP, I decided I really wanted to install Vista 64 bit. Unfortunately, after installing the Boot Camp drivers, I've been getting the BSOD randomly, usually within a few minutes of loggin in. The only thing I could catch from the blue screen was that there was some sort of error with the file nvlddmkm.sys, which appears to be an nVidia file. I was wondering if anyone has any idea how to solve this?
  2. ~Wibble~ macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Firstly, what made you want to install vista? XP is far more reliable as windows goes.

  3. TheCakeIsALie macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    it's true for the x86 versions. but vista x64 is a lot more reliable than its x86 counterpart. though I agree with you in the sense that I'll install XP on my new MBP over vista.
  4. ScrewzLuse thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2006
    Ah, various reasons. Mostly because I've heard x64 Vista is more stable then x64 XP, although I'm starting to question that. ;) I've personally used Vista 32 bit with no issues before and didn't find it bad or anything so I thought "why not?" heh... Any thoughts, preferably on a solution? :D
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  6. estergiou macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2008
    Since you have the new Macbook pro, and you installed XP, I have a question for you: does the right clic work well? under mac you can right click by using 2 fingers, is it the case with XP as well? how do you right click?
    Thanks in advance.
  7. ScrewzLuse thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2006
    To be honest, I find the trackpad sucks in Windows. When you try to click, it allows your finger to slide slightly. It means I misclick ALOT. The right click works ok. I sometimes find it inconsistent with recognizing how many fingers are on the trackpad at once. Kind of annoying. All in all, I find the trackpad pretty horrendous in Windows. It's a good thing that I'm only using Windows for gaming and use an external mouse at such times.

    Also, I decided to skip Vista and XP x64 due to the driver issues. Neither wanted to work properly. Both blue screened and it doesn't seem like there's a way to solve the issue. nVidia has no place to download the drivers for the new MBP, as far as I can tell. Maybe I'll try again sometime in the future, when the drivers get an update.
  8. Brien macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    Yeah, the trackpad is a lot less accurate in Windows.

    I'm having an issue with the Boot Camp tray icon disappearing. It was there after the first reboot, but it's been gone ever since. Anyone having this issue or know the fix? It's x64 Home Premium.
  9. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Indeed. XP 32-bit is solid, but Vista 64-bit is amazing. Vista 64 is so much better for some reason, it really is like night and day. You'd think there'd be no difference because it's simply 64-bit, but it really is that much better. If you must stick with XP though, stay with the 32-bit version. Been running it (Vista64) on my MBP since Feb. and it's been nothing but awesome.

    However, the Boot Camp drivers aren't very good to begin with. Apple really needs to get on that.

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