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Multiple shocking issues with Windows Support

1609 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 18, 2012 8:28 PM by Boon Hong Wong RSS
Boon Hong Wong Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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Feb 17, 2012 5:08 PM

I just purchased a Mac Mini and immediately split my harddisk into 3 partitions:

1. 100GB as Mac OS Extended

2. 100GB as NTFS (for installing Windows 7)

3. 300GB as FAT32 (for sharing document and media files between 2 OSes)


1. Was shock to discover that Bootcamp cannot function once we split a harddisk into 2 or more partitions! Since my FAT32 partition is already filled with full data, I do not want to transfer 300GB out and back again, so I proceed to install Windows without Bootcamp. I do have WindowSupport drivers downloaded in thumbdrive to install after Windows installation is completed.


2. Was shock to discover that Mac Disk Utility formatted NTFS is not recognized by Windows and I have to reformat it to install Windows 7. Was no longer shock when I also realize that Mac Disk Utility formmatted FAT32 is not recognized by Windows as well. Must I transfer that 300GB of data out and reformat my 3rd partition under Windows again so that both OSes can see this partition???


3. Was shock to discover that my HDMI display is underscan in Windows. All the adjustment for the display is disabled for HDMI connect, so my full screen is much smaller in Windows than in MacOSX. Any solution to overcome this? I tried scan frequency of 50hz, 59hz and 60hz but the display size remain the same. It does not expand to 100%.


4. Was shock to discover that my WiFi that has near 100% signal under MacOSX was very weak in Windows. I checked the setting in Device Manager and it was already at 100% power. Any solution to improve this? I understand that Bluetooth, being on the same frequency of 2.4khz may interfere with the WiFi signal. How can I disable it under Windows without having to completely disable this in Device Manager? There is no bluetooth setup provided in the Control Panel.


5. Trackpad was not working under Windows at all. Do I need to install a separate driver or is it not supported in Windows at all?


Does Apple intentionally sabotage their own Windows drivers to give a flaw impression that MacOSX is superior over Windows??? I know Apple used to do this in the past such as intentionally provide the worst codec for AVI video to give a flaw impression that Quicktime video is superior to Windows Video, despite the fact that Windows Video has far superior codec (Intel Indeo) than Quicktime but was intentionally not supported on Mac.

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Feb 17, 2012 5:19 PM (in response to Boon Hong Wong)

    Well, next time read the Boot Camp documentation prior to installing, every point is well covered. You didn't mention downloading the Windows Support Software, or installng it. Did you? Without the software most things won't work right.


    Read This:


    And FYI .... Macs can not format a partition as NTFS, you must have used a 3rd party utility!

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)
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    Feb 17, 2012 6:09 PM (in response to Boon Hong Wong)

    Was "shock" you did not read the documentation prior to proceeding. You need the video, audio, network, wifi, and system drivers downloaded and installed during the process. You need a single partition in order to install using Boot Camp Assistant.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Feb 18, 2012 7:27 AM (in response to Boon Hong Wong)

    Boon Hong Wong wrote:




    I have mentioned quite clearly that I do have Windows Support installed, else these things won't even work at all right? My issue is not that they won't work, but they didn't work quite well under Windows.


    Anyone actually encounter these issues and manage to resolve them???


    Hi Csound1, if Apple Disk Utility cannot format a partition as NTFS, why is NTFS partition an option that user can configure in it? Maybe Lion now support this? Anyway, both NTFS and FAT32 partition that Lion created cannot be read by Windows. What could be the possible cause?


    Hi Bob, I didn't expect BootCamp to be so restrictive and inflexible. If I had knew, I would have use it first before doing partition. I also read that bootcamp will fail if we add a 3rd partition later anyway.

    It is not an option, it never has been, it is another error on your part.


    As to the cause, you will find it in any mirror.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)
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    Feb 18, 2012 7:38 AM (in response to Csound1)

    Sounds like 'stuck in PC-Land" trying to make a Mac behave like one; it is not.


    If you want get a Mac Pro (tower) and it can with 4 internal drives jump through hoops. You can just have one hard drive dedicated to Windows and slice it up with partitions, or have one drive for OS and one for data (that is how I do all of mine, same for OS X as well).


    But can't teach a new trick until you stop beating a dead horse into ground. Almost 50 yrs ago I first set eyes on a computer and having to re-learn Windows Metro or Mountain Lion (or Ubuntu)?


    You are trying to manage an OS the way Linux was decades ago (root, usr, swap, etc).


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