3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2010 4:56 AM by jean-Luc Evrard
jean-Luc Evrard Level 1 (45 points)
I have a MacPro Nehalem octocore 2.26 with ATI4870. I have two 1 Tb drives set in RAID0 for Mac OS X and one 640 Gb for Windows 7 64 bits Pro.
I can install and upgrade 7 without problem but as soon as I install BootCamp 3.1 and I reboot, 7 crashes in minute... (blue screen or patchwork colored screen and automatic reboot).
If I manually install most of BootCamp drivers, 7 works and I feel I have access to the MacPro hardware resources but in that case I have not the Apple keyboard layout and the BootCamp control panel... Keyboard layout is the most annoying part...
I am not a Windows expert and have no idea of what part of BootCamp is messing up Windows.
So, ideas welcome or a solution to have access to the Appel Keyboard layout.

PS1: I have the same system on a MacBook Pro i7 and it works like a breeze...
PS2: My 7 64bits Pro is a genuine system...

MacPro Nehalem 2.26/6 Gb/2 Tb+640 Gb, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)
    Blame it on poorly written and tested drivers in Boot Camp, most likely the HFS feature. Rename to disable and you are more likely to be okay.

    Also update your graphic driver directly, too.
    And RealTek for audio.

    Rename AppleHFS.sys and AppleMNT.sys

    By doing the following you will disable HFS mount / read mode on windows XP, Vista, 7.

    Navigate to c:/windows/system32/drivers/AppleMNT.sys, rename the AppleMNT.sys file to something like AppleMNT_keep.sys or something of your likings.

    The faulty HFS driver is a valid concern. It seems to happen on many systems.
    You find it in Windows/system32/drivers/AppleHFS.sys

    Renaming to AppleHFS_disabled.sys will avoid the blue screens until you have found another solution or Apple updates Bootcamp 3

    After renaming both myself because they are no longer "*.sys" or something? they are gone. In my case AppleHFS prevented Windows Backup from running to end and was causing error "some files skipped" and while some might find reading convenient, I prefer Windows not have even read-only access.

    You can probably do better with MacDrive8.
  • jean-Luc Evrard Level 1 (45 points)
    Thanks. I will try ASAP. I have think about this HFS driver and have removed the entry in bootcamp64 XML file for installer but maybe it's not sufficient or effective during install of bootcamp.
  • jean-Luc Evrard Level 1 (45 points)
    Hi The Hatter,

    after name modifications and and a double reboot (?) your solution works and now my 7 is pretty stable... or at least does not crash in a minute ;o)

    Thanks !!!

    PS: Dear Mr. Apple, it would be nice to have the option to choose what we want to install in the BootCamp package if you don't want to make effort for robust drivers...