XP on new MacBook (Pro)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by omainik, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. omainik macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2008
    Did someone try win XP on the new MacBook or MacBook Pro?
    How is the compatibility of build in hardware, heat issues, performance and fan volume?
  2. LunchBox8484 macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2006
    I just installed it on my New Macbook Pro 5,1.

    So far, none of the drivers work. I installed everything just fine, even when I put the Leopard DVD in and installed the drivers, it says it worked. When I restart, there's no audio, no wireless, no bluetooth, nothing. I even installed Boot Camp 2.1 on it, and still nothing...

    Has anyone else had this problem?
  3. PCTired macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2008
    Have installed Windows XP

    I have installed Windows XP Service Pack II on my MacBookPro using VMware Fusion and it seems to be working fine...well almost fine. I can't use the camera iSight on the MSN Messeger...so there`s no voice neither....but for the ABC....it`s all right.

    I am asking if someone has solved this problem: Getting MSN Messenger operational using the VMware Fusion...would greatly appreciate that info.
  4. omainik thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2008
    Hi LunchBox8484,

    does touchpad and keyboard work with bootcamp? is there any configuration option to do the right click?

    wlan and bluetooth is not a issue for my usage.

    thank you
  5. audiospeedwagon macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2008
    To Right Click

    To right click, use three fingers on the track pad. I don't know why it's different but it's kind of a pain when you are shifting b/w os and win.
  6. LunchBox8484 macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2006
    The trackpad/keyboard works, but right clicking doesn't. None of the drivers seem to work at all.
  7. ilkevinli macrumors 6502


    Apr 8, 2006
    I installed Vista on my new MacBook and all of the drivers work. I aslo noticed there is now an option for tap click which works nicely.
  8. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    I am having the EXACT same issue! The drivers appear to have installed, and then upon reboot, it says "Found New Hardware" and then can't locate or install any of the Boot Camp drivers.

    Nothing works; no wireless, audio, bluetooth, you name it. This really sucks :mad:
  9. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007

    Ugh... I want tap to click on my older Macbook Pro.:mad:

    I read in another thread that you cloned your copy of XP (please correct me if I'm wrong). I suggest doing a full reformat. Start from scratch. The older drivers can cause nothing but problems.

    Programs like Winclone are good for doing backups, not transfering your install of Windows from one computer to another (mainly due to driver issues).
  10. metalhawk macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2006
    Works for me. I checked a game quickly, and a few other odds and ends. It did seem like right-click wasn't working until I read this thread (as the control panel says tap with two fingers, and it's a 3 finger gesture on this generation...)

    The only problem I've had so far is that the slot-loading drive doesn't like one of my discs (brand new, just got it last month), and I have to install it using an external drive. The slot-loading drive ejects it after grinding and complaining for a while (in either windows or OSX)
  11. dujoducom macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2008
    no right click, no audio

    I'm having issues with the drivers as well. They seemed to install fine, but I'm not getting any right click functionality with two fingers (I have it setup in the bootcamp windows app to enable secondary click with two fingers...) and I'm also not getting any audio whatsoever. Is there anyone out there that isn't having an issue with either of these two problems?
  12. Maximillian macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
  13. kenhawthorn macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2008
    Need to know if I should go with XP or Vista

    I am dumping my PC habit (this was the 6th in five years) for the new Mac Book Pro (2.4GHz). I make my living in Solidworks and need to purchase either XP or Vista today or tomarrow to install it on the MacBook Pro when it arrives tomarrow. I have hated Vista ever since I got my last laptop and wanted to go back to XP. Do you think I should stay away from a XP install based on these posts or risk it and hope the driver issues will be worked out? What would you install? XP or Vista?

    I have orderd the MacBook and need to make a decison very soon on the OS for windows.

    Any help is appreciated!
    -Ken - A new apple customer
  14. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    I did this, and it worked. It was my last choice, but I ended up having to do it. The trackpad is still an issue, but everything else works fine.
  15. el.gringo macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2008
    I did this too: removed the partition entirely via the boot camp assistant, and started over. I installed XP sp3, installed the boot camp drivers off of the Leopard disk (2.0) and installed the 2.1 update. I still have no wireless, no bluetooth, etc. It said it all installed fine, and prompted me to restart, which I did. Seems very few of the drivers actually installed. I am on a new unibody MBP 2.8ghz/4gb/320gb, if that helps. Also, used an 80GB NFTS format partition.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
  16. EchoElite macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008
    Damn, will the new macbook pro work with wifi, or ethernet, and itunes, and sound? because i just ordered a new macbook pro 2.56 GhZ 15.4 inch....
    i'm gonna use bootcamp to run some windows only games...
    theyre not that processor intensive, hopefully it works...
  17. bengal85 macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2008
    NO this is crazy you get a mac or the mac os if you want win xp why did you pay a bunch of money for a apple when you could have paid like 500 bucks for a dell.

    This is just my opinion but trust me mac is the best OS ou will ever have

    Have you heard the saying
    "windows will it work today"
  18. Garethme macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2008
    OSX to VMWare to XP to Solidworks

    Ken, I am also about to attempt the same thing but am not sure whether to grab the MBP or an 8-Core Mac Pro. I use Solidworks pretty heavily and right now cannot decide between the 2 machines because the Pro's and Con's seem to balance each other dammit.

    I have NO IDEA how Solidworks will run through XP+VMWare. Have you tried this before? What is it like? I would be Multi-tasking Solidworks with multiple Adobe CS4 applications. Am I going to be cruising or walking?

    Would really appreciate some insight from anybody else too? The Mac Pro would be better of course - but i can't take that anywhere.


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