Windows 7 boot camp question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ronel129, May 15, 2009.

  1. ronel129 macrumors newbie

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    Hey i installed windows 7 RC1 on a iMac 2009 with the 4850. For the most part windows did a good job recognizing all my hardware and installing the appropriate drivers ( I did have to install sound driver ). My problem is every time i try boot camp from the Leopard DVD i get a BSOD and the drivers wont install so I am missing out on certain drivers like the keyboard special function keys. In order to get the keyboard to work properly for volume keys brightness keys etc which driver can i install manually from the leopard dvd?
     
  2. tdgrn macrumors 6502

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    You probably won't like this answer, but its the best advice I can give you.
    I have a unibody MBP that I have installed the w7 rc1 on 64 bit about 3 times now. The first time, major problems with networking drivers... blah blah blah, so I decided to re-install. Everything was going smooth, downloaded all my steam games, and then problems... finally resulting in BSOD's.:mad: Finally, reinstalled again, downloaded all drivers, updates etc and I have had no problems. People have to keep in mind that this is a RC, not a finished OS, so you are going to have problems and sometimes the best thing to do is just reinstall everything. Good luck!
     
  3. Drewsky87 macrumors 6502

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    Win7 RC1 doesn't even include all the PC drivers so It's not surprising that it didn't recognize all your hardware, and I would expect to have problems with it on a mac. I was fortunate enough that it recognized everything on the PC I just built so I've had nothing but good experiences with Win7 thus far.
     
  4. jdryyz macrumors regular

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    I installed Win 7 RC-1 on my 2009 Mac Mini. Everything with the exception of my Apple Bluetooth keyboard works flawlessly. I installed the Windows "boot camp" drivers from my Mac Mini's 10.5.6 install disc.

    I would think the iMacs would be just as smooth going with Win 7.
     
  5. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

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    Installed Windows 7 RC1 64 on the computer in my sig. Everything went very smooth and seems to be working well.
     
  6. itommyboy macrumors 6502a

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    I had the same issue and that was so far my only issue otherwise Win 7 RC running flawlessly on 24 " 3.06 4850 8GB RAM. I hate to say it but I'm blown away by Win 7 so far and I've been throwing much at it. As for the keyboard I simply went to the OEM site and installed my keyboard drivers from them (Logitech) and all is well.
     
  7. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    If you want to install the Boot Camp 2.1 drivers, download it from the Apple Download site, save it to a USB drive and install in Windows.
     
  8. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    I have Win-7 RC1 x64 running on my 4850 iMac and everything is running great. The volume keys for the keyboard work, and I think the eject key works, but I don't believe the brightness keys work, and I'm not sure that they are supposed to.

    You want to make sure the drivers you are loading is the 2.1 ones mentioned earlier. If you do a google search someone wrote an article about putting RC1 Win7 on a Macbook with 64 bit and how to download Cydia to get Boot Camp fooled into loading the 64 bit Boot Camp drivers, , where to download them from, etc.
     
  9. ronel129 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just went back to XP since everythign seems to work fine there. Windows 7 was very nice an i would say the performance is equal to XP so far it might be even a tad better in certain games.
     
  10. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    The principal reason to run Windows 7 over XP is that Windows 7 x64 can address all 4GB of the RAM in your Mac, which is a factor in certain gaming titles, as well as a few other select applications.

    Additionally Windows 7 has a few other features which make it a real upgrade, such as the built in behavior of driver repair, running apps in their own sandbox and debugging them if they crash, and then self-modifying to run those apps without crashing again, etc.

    XP is fine, but it's an OS that's going to be 8 years old this year. It's simply out of date. Windows 7 is a much better choice if you are looking at something that will have support for the next 5 years.
     

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