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Dingle7 Level 1 Level 1
I just installed Boot Camp 3.0 from the Snow Leopard DVD onto my MacBook Pro 17 (Mid 09) which is running Windows 7 64bit RTM and had Boot Camp 2.1 previously installed on it.

My experiences/notes:

1. The Boot Camp 3.0 installation automatically removed the Boot Camp 2.1 drivers that it was going to update and then installed the newer 3.0 ones

2. You still can only use the GeForce 9600M GT graphics chipset, i.e. only the 9600M GT shows to windows and appears in the device manager

3. Deferred Procedure Calls (DPC) Latency issues still exist although it doesn't seem like you need to run the Bootcamp.exe on CPU 0 affinity only (Bootcamp.exe = the updated/Boot Camp 3.0 version of KbdMgr.exe)

4. You still can't fully dim the keyboard backlight with the F5 key

5. I manually updated the 'important' drivers to the very newest one, i.e.

5a. Latest Nvidia driver for GeForce 9600M GT => 186.81notebook_win7_winvista_64bit_internationalwhql.exe

5b. Latest WLAN chip driver => Broadcom (4322AG chipset) Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Windows Vista (14 May 2009) = sp43743.exe

5c. Lateset Realtek High Definition Audio Codec =>

6. Although I still have bad DPC latency, I haven't yet noticed any audio/video lag/drop-outs/screeches etc.

Best of luck to you all and I hope this helps someone, Dingle7

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MacBook Pro 17" Unibody (Mid 2009), Other OS
  • oscarbrt01 Level 1 Level 1
    Hi Dingle7,

    thanks for your post, very helpful.

    I would like to confirm whether upgrading to 10.6 will not affect my current Windows 7 64bit installation, besides the substitution of boot camp 2.1 for 3.0.

    Also, would you please advice on where to find the latest drivers for broadcom and realtek?

    I am currently using nvidia 190.56 from laptop2go, working fine.

    I read that the battery consumption is optimized in boot camp 3.0
    Let's hope someday we will have the automatic screen brightness dimming.



  • Marciano Siniscalchi Level 1 Level 1
    Unfortunately, I cannot report any improvement on the battery life front.

    Yes, tapping and two-finger tapping now works, although the trackpad is still very sensitive. But battery life is still more or less where it was with 2.1.

    More specifically, on my MBP4,1 (Early 2008), I get about 4 1/2 hours under OSX, and between 2h 45m and 3h under Win7 RC (Vista was similar), under a light load (but with wireless on).

    Anybody else wants to comment re. battery life?
  • Firebird74 Level 1 Level 1
    Bootcamp 3.0 not installing on my Macbook 4.1. OS - Windows 7 x64 RC.

    "Boot Camp x64 is unsupported on this model"

    Anyone else getting this?
  • Dingle7 Level 1 Level 1
    Hi all,

    Here are the links for the latest 'important' drivers:

    5a. Latest Nvidia driver for GeForce 9600M GT => 186.81notebook_win7_winvista_64bit_internationalwhql.exe

    5b. Latest WLAN chip driver => Broadcom (4322AG chipset) Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Windows Vista (14 May 2009) = sp43743.exe &cc=us&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=3872994&swItem=ob-71357-1&mode=5
    NOTE: You will need to manually update the drivers in the windows device manager (select 4322AG chipset) because the installer doesn't overwrite the old drivers from Boot Camp

    5c. Lateset Realtek High Definition Audio Codec =>

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  • ByronHinson Level 1 Level 1
    You need to extract the drivers to run them in 64-bit mode from the Snow Leopard DVD.
  • Firebird74 Level 1 Level 1
    Yup - I have all drivers installed. The only bit not working for me is the keyboard controls i.e brightness, volume etc. Would be nice to have this - worked ok for me on Vista SP2 x64 and Boot Camp v2.1
  • Jocelyn84 Level 1 Level 1
    Firebird, I ran into the same problem and just used the 2.1 Keyboard driver instead.
    I manually installed it(2.1 KB), then I copied the 3.0 stuff from disc to my desktop and got rid of the 3.0 KB drivers before running the setup. HTH
  • H3llHound Level 1 Level 1
    Firebird, browse into the BootCamp CD -> Drivers/Apple. Now install the "BootCamp64.exe".

    Worked like a charm for me, if it doesnt try the compability mode for the .exe
  • Firebird74 Level 1 Level 1
    Hi. It is an .msi file and not a .exe. When run itself it will give the error that it needs to be run from the .exe file. If you change the compatibility settings on the .msi installer then it will run however some items fail to install. What I am missing though is my keyboard shortcuts for brightness, pause , play etc - everything else works fine.
  • Firebird74 Level 1 Level 1
    Got it! I had upgraded from Vista SP2 x64. Don't know if this is teh issue however this is what I did to resolve it:

    Firstly I deleted the AppleControlPanel.exe under Windows\System32 folder. Then I copied the bootcamp folder from the DVD to my Desktop. I located the BootCamp64.msi under BootCamp\Drivers\Apple and right mouse clicked on it selecting 'Troubleshoot Compatibility'. It decided to skip the version test and Bootcamp installer launched this time uninstalling the previous version and installing 3.0. Now all devices are working, Boot Camp control panel auto starts and my Apple Function Keys for Brightness, sound etc are all working normally - happy days!
  • ts_zhang Level 1 Level 1
    hi, saw you had success with windows 7 installation. just wondering if i could ask you a couple of question concerning the topic.

    i have snow leopard installed now, have never used boot camp before. just subscribed to Microsoft technet, so will be able to get windows rtm soon. i saw some posts saying the iso burnt disk would not work. the 64 bit system dvd cannot be recognised and won't boot and install. it will ask to select cd room or something.

    since you are using the 64 bits. can i ask you what software did you use and how did you burn the iso? and did you get that "select cd rom" screen?

    would hightly appreciate your help! cheers!
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9
    Some Macs don't have 64-bit EFI which is why Windows 7 x64 will present the "Select" option on startup.

    Apple only supports Windows 64-bit on a few Macs, not all - but i think MacBook Pro is still listed (there is an Apple tech note on which ones).
  • ts_zhang Level 1 Level 1
    thanks for your reply Hatter!

    mine is MacBook Pro late 2009 model, 3.06 GHz. so would that work?

    i thought the "select" problem is something with how one burns the iso to dvd. is it not? i have only burnt data disk before. any good software you'd recommend?

    thanks again fro your help. cheers!
  • BlueDevilKurz Level 1 Level 1

    How much memory do you have on your system?

    I'm currently using Bootcamp, and I also use Parallels to run my bootcamp partition virtually. I just purchased and am waiting to receive my 4gb RAM units. (2x2gb).

    I obviously don't think I'll have a problem running Windows 7 64-bit through pure bootcamp. HOWEVER, I am a bit concerned about trying to run Windows 7 64-bit through parallels. I figure that once I have 4gb, I'll split it 2gb/2gb for my mac and parallels.

    Will 2GB RAM be enough to run Windows 7 64?
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