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Windows 7 compatibility "Before the end of the year."  What does that mean?

10473 Views 20 Replies Latest reply: Jan 6, 2010 8:26 AM by Wooden trees RSS
  • cunctator Calculating status...
    dembow wrote:
    Well, they didn't actually specify which year, so it might as well be 2011 or 2012.


    2012....I hope before the end of the world...
    IMAC 27 i7, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Jerome Colas Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    Could anyone explain the issue with current Vista drivers for Boot Camp when used with WIndows 7?
    One is the lack of official support by Apple.
    But except that ? What does not work?

    The only material reports I have read are about Vista drivers for Boot Camp working OK.
    Is there anything else material to add?
    MBP 17" 2.93Ghz/8GB/SSD512, Mac OS X (10.6.2), and other Macs too
  • ctthoqqua Calculating status...
    A few bugs I've identified on Windows 7 x64 and my 2008 Unibody 15" MBP:

    1. DPC Latency (Google or search this forum for details) is still unreasonably high for Bootcamp.exe. It requires you to manually set the affinity of that process-- or kill it-- at each boot.

    2. By design the NVIDIA driver (any version) causes the GPU to oscillate between multiple (two?) power states by workload. The voltage change between these power states will cause lockups, requiring RivaTuner to force a static power state in the GPU chipset.

    3. Replacing the stock SATA-150 hard drive with a WD Scorpio Black at SATA-300 causes lockups during extended drive writes (in my case, at least). These can be reduced by setting the jumper for spread-spectrum clocking on the drive.

    The recent firmware update has reduced the lockups above, but they still exist. I would surmise that these types of very esoteric issues are what Apple is currently dealing with, on a model-by-model basis. It's never been just a question of driver compatibility, I suspect that firmwares will need updating.
    Powerbook5,2: 15" Albook, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Wooden trees Calculating status...
    I'm fairly new/complete novice so please bear with me.

    I have a Macbook Pro 15" 2.66 GHz Intel core duo 4Gb 1067 MHZ DDR3 and I'm running leopard 10.5.8 (bought 22nd June 09-should it have come with snow?) and have purchased Windows 7 so i can access the autodesk student version of autocad 2010 download. Planning to do this via bootcamp as this seemed best and also bought adobe CS4 standard for windows 7 so no worries re switching between systems.

    1. Reading various forums seems a problem with bootcamp W7 and don't want to open boxes and start bootcamp and try uploading windows 7 if i actually have bought the wrong stuff and need send back. Should i simply try it or send it back get xp and then upgrade later?

    2. How much partition should i create to run autocad 2010 and adobe cs4 standard if i do install windows 7

    3. do i need to upgrade to snow leopard?

    Simple to follow advice please.
    macbook pro 2.66GHz Intel core 2 Duo 4GB 1067MHz DDR3, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Ciaronfitz Calculating status...
    Hi WoodenTrees. I'm currently running Windows 7 through bootcamp on my Macbook (early 2009). The installation worked just fine, but I would suggest upgrading to Snow Leopard before trying it as the Snow Leopard disc has Vista drivers (most of these worked fine for my macbook in Windows 7).

    However... the Snow Leopard disc will not autorun in wondows 7, and you will have to instal each driver yourself from the disk. I use a magic mouse with windows 7 on AutoCAD 2010 as the trackpad drivers don't work very well in windows 7.

    Overall, I would suggest waiting until apple releases their new drivers, especially if you are fairly new to bootcamp. But rest assured that AutoCAD will work just fine.
    iMac 2007 & Macbook 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Wooden trees Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ta for the advice Ciaronfitz.

    Have now purchased Snow, need wait for it to arrive and will see how bootcamp etc goes. Prob need to read all these threads again but hey ho
    macbook pro 2.66GHz Intel core 2 Duo 4GB 1067MHz DDR3
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