Boot Camp Hell
September 18, 2010 8:14 PM Subscribe
Mac OS X 10.6.3 and Windows 7 not getting along in Boot Camp.
posted by bad grammar to computers & internet (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I installed Snow Leopard on my older (2006) MacBook (from 10.4.11), then used Boot Camp to install Windows 7 Home Edition, 32-bit. I have a 2 GHz Intel processor and plenty of free disk space, I thought. Windows seemed to install smoothly, but when I returned to Mac OS X, there is something very wrong with it.
The wait cursor (aka the "spinning beach ball of death") appears with almost every action and hangs for as long as several minutes, though most applications eventually work, it is impossible to do anything. The clock is also off.
I tried logging back into Windows and shutting down to make sure that was not still running, then restarting in Mac OS X. The beach ball problem persists.
Since I had been running upgrades and installations for hours, I wondered if letting the hardware cool for awhile would help; I'll see how Mac OS X is feeling in the morning.
Should I (a) quit processes that are still running, and how can I find them? (b) use Disk Utility to adjust the size of the partition and repair the HD? (c) start up from the Snow Leopard DVD and repair the HD from there? (d) wipe everything and reinstall both Snow Leopard and Windows 7? I have backed up all my files on flash drives.
Since the MacBook is 4 years old it may be time for a new one, but I am not happy with that outcome, my wallet being already dented by +$350 worth of OS software (I had to buy Mac Box, not having upgraded to Leopard, and I did not own a previous version of Windows).
If I buy a shiny new MacBook computer with Snow Leopard all ready to go, can I expect to have this much trouble installing Windows 7 in Boot Camp?