Windows 7 on 10.5.8

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ArcspacE, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. ArcspacE macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
    Hey fellas,

    Is it possible to run 64-bit Windows 7 on 10.5.8 via Bootcamp or would it only 'work' on 10.6.2?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
  3. ArcspacE thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
    Thanks, B.

    So do I need a Snow Leopard CD or can I simply download Bootcamp 3.1?
  4. VideoFreek macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2007
    You'll need a SL CD. The 3.1 update on Apple's website is only an update package, you need to have Boot Camp 3.0 installed before you run it.
  5. mattrics macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2010
    I use an imac, with 10.5.8 and bootcamp 2.0, and I have successfully partitioned my hard drive, and have windows 7 and mac installed. I have access to both mac and windows by holding down the 'option key' at start up(this displays 2 icons - one for windows and one for mac. I then just click what os I want to boot up with). I have already updated windows, and added several pieces of software to the windows side.

    However, Windows 7 is not FULLY operational..sound devices don't work, and parts of the keyboard (in particular shortcuts such as control +c/v etc) are not recognised. Although they do work with a windows keyboard. Unfortunately, the drivers on my Mac OS boot disk are not working...I get a 'your machine does not support 64 bit ' notice when I insert the disc into windows.

    I have access to a 10.6 snow leopard disk, and when I inserted this into windows, i got the same error message.

    So my question is, what should I do
    - Perhaps uninstall bootcamp on the windows side and reinstall it with the 10.6 disk?
    - Perhaps reinstall bootcamp on the mac side with the 10.6 disk?
    - re install os 10.6 on the make and do everything again from scratch?
    - put up with windows as it is?

    Help to sdort this out will be greatly appreciated ! I also hope this helps other people doing the same thing.
  6. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
  7. mattrics macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2010
    10.5 imac / windows 7 problems solved!

    Guys, I found this on another forum - it worked like a charm!

    Last time I wrote, I had partitioned my hard drive, installed windows 7 and mac OS 10.5.8 on my early 2008 imac, but Windows 7 was not FULLY operational. Sound devices didn't work and parts of the keyboard (in particular shortcuts such as control +c/v etc) were not recognised. Both problems have now been rectified.

    All the short cuts on windows 7 did in fact work, they just worked with the 'control key' instead of the 'apple key'. However, because the 'control key' on the apple keyboard is in an annoying location I plan on making my own custom shortcuts in windows 7.

    A friend of mine(thanks Zack) pointed me to the forum article below. This is how I got the sound devices to work / sound drivers installed. I followed it all apart from the part of uninstalling the realtek driver - my machine never installed it in the first place so there was nothing to uninstall:

    Hello everyone,

    So I'm pleased to say after over a month of trying to solve this annoying problem, it's been solved! Basically, if you have an iMac, Early 2008 edition (8,1) and Windows 7 and notice that the default microsoft driver gives very low sound and the new realtek drivers only give sound through the internal speakers... then this solution is for you!

    What you'll need:

    7-zip (
    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Disc 1 (NOT Snow Leopard!)

    Here's what you'll need to do, step by step:

    1) Uninstall the Realtek Driver (latest version currently 2.37) by going to Control Panel / Programs / Uninstall Programs.
    2) Reboot. Upon reboot, the system will automatically reinstall the default Microsoft drivers. You can check this in Device Manager (control panel / system / device manager).
    3) Insert the original Leopard Disc 1 that came with your iMac (very important, as this is the only driver I know for sure will work). Point windows explorer to the folder: D:\Boot Camp\Drivers (assuming d: is your cd-rom drive).
    4) Copy the "RealTekSetup.exe" file somewhere on your desktop. Do NOT install it!
    5) Decompress "RealTekSetup.exe" by right clicking the file and choosing "7-zip decompress". Again, you'll need to make sure you installed 7-zip from prior to doing this.
    6) Go to your Device Manager again, right click the sound device (which should be something like High Definition Audio) and choose "Update Device Software".
    7) Select "Browse my computer for driver software" and direct it to the folder that you extracted the drivers to.
    8) You now have sound through your EXTERNAL SPEAKERS!

    This works because there is a bug that RealTek/Apple does not seem to want to fix where the newer version of the RealTek control panel detects the speaker out as line in and the line in as nothing! This forces drivers normally made for Vista or Vista64 to install on Windows 7, which work 100% great.

    I promise you, if you have an Early 2008 iMac, this WILL fix your problem if you follow each step! Let me know if you have any questions!

    Brad Levicoff

    Windows is now running perfectly, and it is VERY FAST! I hope at the very least this makes an interesting read.
  8. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Yes, you need both. 3.1 is simply an update to 3.0 and won't even run without 3.0 already installed. 3.0 can be installed from a Snow Leopard DVD.
  9. hyarkandi macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2011
    problem solved!!

    I just registered myself into this forum to say THANK YOU A MILLION. it did work for me perfectly.
    I have iMac model 7.1 (early 2008)? with OSX 10.5.8 Leopard on it. I used bootcamp 2.0 to install windows 7 home premium 32 bit. intially the Leopard CD refused to install the boot camp software and there was no sound from speakers. after a few restarts and updates from windows, somehow the bootcamp software installed. the only thing that was not working was the speakers.
    I followed your step exactly like you said... and now it works.. I love you man!!
    Thanks again
    take care
  10. Micaeus macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2011
    Can you guys let me know if the headphone jack still emits sound without the leopard disc? I would like to get swtor working and dont mind if i need headphones for sound, and I cannot find a straight "leopard" install disc at my local mac dealer as I misplaced mine over the years

    any help would be great

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