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MacBook freezes on Windows Vista on battery

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pscheven Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 7, 2008 11:58 PM
Hello.

I have a MacBook where I installed Bootcamp and Windows Vista Professional.

I have a strange problem : The MacBook frequently freezes for 10 or 20 seconds (or sometimes more) when I use Windows Vista on battery (there's no problem when I run Vista with the AC adapter plugged).

When I use Mac OS X, it doesn't freeze even when it runs on battery.

Does someone have a solution please ?

Thank you.

Patrick Schevenels.
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • I love my macbook!!!! Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
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    Aug 8, 2008 1:07 AM (in response to pscheven)
    Go to Disk Utility and select the HD partition Vista is running on. After that, click on repair disk and wait for it to finish. Boot back into Vista and see if it did the trick.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • eacarr78 Calculating status...
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    Sep 7, 2008 3:47 PM (in response to pscheven)
    I am having the same issue. I am running windows vista ultimate through bootcamp on a new macbook. When the ac adapter is plugged in i have no problems. However when running on just the battery windows will randomly freeze. Sometimes it will come back after a few seconds. Other times it won't and I have to hold down the power button to reboot, can't even ctrlaltdelete. Any recommendations would be appreciated as this is my first apple computer.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.4), bootcamp with windows vista ultimate
  • proee Calculating status...
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    Sep 7, 2008 7:14 PM (in response to eacarr78)
    I've been having the exact same problem. Here's a good link to find a possible solution. I changed my idle cpu setting to 30% and it's seemed to go away. This will likely affect battery life, but it's better than dealing with freezes. If someone knows of a better solution please reply!

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=7982081
    macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • proee Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 7, 2008 8:50 PM (in response to proee)
    i'm still having some issues. I update bootcamp to 2.1 but it's still freezing at times... Please advise people of the internet
    macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • eacarr78 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 7, 2008 10:10 PM (in response to proee)
    ok, I think i figured out the solution. From the recommendation of the other post listed above. I installed the latest graphics driver from intel, www.intel.com. I have the latest macbook so my Intel chipset is GM965. I also have bootcamp 2.1 installed so I went to (control panel->programs and features)and then attempted to "Repair" the Boot Camp Services. However, I received a fatal error message. Well it turns out something to do with the "User Account Control" was getting in the way. (That's the thing that asks you to cancel or allow a program in vista.) Even Though I was clicking on allow. So I turned that off (control panel->user accounts->Turn user account control on of off). I then was able to "repair" Boot Camp Services. After the restart I then turned the user account control back on. So far things appear to be working smoothly, no freezes while on the battery. Also the I still have my cpu minimum at 5% in power options. If it starts to freeze again I will reply, but right now it looks like this solved the issue.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.4), bootcamp with windows vista ultimate
  • proee Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 8, 2008 8:13 PM (in response to eacarr78)
    Ok update for all the internet surfer who land on this page. I finally fixed my freezing problem by updating my intel chipset drivers to the latest version from intels website. Even though i've been using microsoft updater and it says i have all the latest and greatest drivers - I did not. My chipset driver was dated '07 and there is a new version for '08. Best of luck peoples...
    macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • blayzeit Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2008 3:26 AM (in response to proee)
    Yes, this problem is easily fixed by the following steps:

    1) Download and install the LATEST Bootcamp update for Vista

    2) Download and install the LATEST Intel Chipset Drivers
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Product_Filter.aspx?ProductID=2800&lang=eng

    3) Go to Program and Features, Click on "Repair" Boot Camp Services

    This should completely fix all your horrible "freezing" problems!
    MacBook, Windows Vista, 4GB RAM : Windows Vista Business 32 Bit
  • Damballa Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 4, 2008 11:35 PM (in response to blayzeit)
    Ive tried this and it says that I dont meet the minimum requirements and closes. So how can I update my drivers?
    MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 2.8 (8X)...10GB Ram...640GB HDD/VISTA 32...10GB Ram...320 GB HDD
  • Damballa Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 5, 2008 12:01 PM (in response to Damballa)
    How can I find out what chipset I have?
    MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 2.8 (8X)...10GB Ram...640GB HDD/VISTA 32...10GB Ram...320 GB HDD
  • wheelieking Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2008 10:25 AM (in response to Damballa)
    I'm running into this too. I'm basically just trying to update to Bootcamp 2.1. I had to uninstall XP SP3, but now I'm basically stuck. I can't uninstall or repair bookcamp services, can't update chipset drivers, or update bootcamp. I F*ing hate fricken windows. What a joke.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)

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