OSX BootCamp and Windows

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OSX BootCamp and Windows

Like any other gamer, after switching all my computers to Apples, I had an itch to play some of games in my free time. With that in mind, I instantly setup OSX BootCamp on my iMac with my Leopard discs in hand, ready to install drivers. While it wasn’t that complicated, there were a few hang-ups that came with the native install on Windows.

The Initial OSX BootCamp Setup

First off, I made a 80GB partition on my main drive, leaving more than enough for my OSX partition. Now, remember, OSX BootCamp wants a legit copy of Windows XP SP2, Vista, and a few others. To start off, I tried to use an old copy of Windows XP SP1, and it instantly rejected it. Since I didn’t have a SP2 disc anywhere, I want on to search for any other copy of Windows I had that would work. I later found a copy of Windows Vista Business, which Boot Camp took.

After installing Vista, it was time for the drivers. I put the first Leopard Disc in, and ran the setup. It then installed the drivers that were missing, and after the restart, I started installing updates. If you look, you’ll see some of the drivers being replaced, mainly the broadcom drivers. When they are updated, you will notice a huge decrease in speed. So much of a decrease that you really can’t do much on the internet at all. To fix this, after you’ve done your updates, reinstall the drivers from the Leopard CD. Another option is to upgrade to the latest Broadcom drivers from this link.

After getting the network drivers set, it was time to install a game, and give it a shot. So, after installing Hellgate : London, I realized a slow frame rate, and missing textures. So, out of curiosity, I decided to try the new ATI 2600 HD drivers. After the install for the normal Vista 32-bit drivers, everything went great. My game had a great frame rate, and the textures back where they were.


Overall BootCamp was a great alternative to a Windows system. I was hesitant at first, especially after several nightmare experiences with PPC virtualization. Still, the experience was quite pleasant, and having to experiment with drivers is a commonality with Windows, it’s a shame it was still a necessity with Bootcamp. Overall, I would recommend OSX Bootcamp installations.

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