Ultimate guide to installing Windows 7 64-Bit(x64) in your Macbook White and solutions to Bootcamp driver problems!

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Problem #1: Help Me! How do I install Windows 7 in my macbook while retaining Mac OSX.

Problem #2: Driver issues! I can’t install my 64 bit bootcamp drivers in Windows 7!

Problem #3: Sound: My Macbook sounds very tinny and awful in Windows 7

Problem #4: Right Clicking: How do I right click in Windows 7 using macbook?

Problem #5: How do I disable my trackpad if my mouse is present in Windows 7?

Problem #6: How do I rebind some of my macbook keys in Windows 7?

_Introduction_: This guide will help you install Windows 7 to your Macbook and also solve the Mac driver issues in Windows 7. Although the case sounds like Bootcamp Drivers doesn’t support Windows 7 64 bit on some macs(Core 2 duo), this is not exactly true as you can still install the 64 bit drivers(Scroll down to the “Windows 64-bit drivers installation” section to see more details). Another solution is to use a virtual machine like VMWare Fusion and Parallels. They basically put Windows and OSX side-by-side and it works wonderfully (Great for web developers and those who want to have that coolness factor added to OSX)

How To Install Windows 7 while retaining your current OSX Installation:

Step 1. Start OSX (Leopard / Snow Leopard), Run Bootcamp Migration Assistant (type “bootcamp” in your finder)

Step 2. During the Bootcamp Migration Wizard, create a partition with around 30gb+ of disk space. After completing the wizard, OSX will prompt you to restart with the Windows 7 CD in your drive.

If OSX is complaining about being unable to continue with bootcamp, you probably need to defrag your Macintosh Drive. To do this, download a defragger software such as “iDefrag” and do a complete defrag on your primary hard disk, unfortunately you can’t really do a complete defrag on the hard disk you are currently running OSX in so you will need an external hard disk to boot from in order to do this. Please see step 1 of “How to backup your OSX and do a Fresh Install of Windows 7 and Leopard / Snow Leopard in your Macbook” below to find out how to run OSX from an external hard disk. Once you’re running OSX in your external drive, run “iDefrag” and defrag your primary hard-drive. Once defragged, restart macbook and you should be able to complete Bootcamp now.

Step 3. After restarting, you’ll be greeted by the Windows 7 setup, complete each steps until Windows 7 asks you where to install it, simply select the drive that is labeled: “BootCamp” and format it(it is disabled until you format it, don’t worry it’s safe.).

Step 4. Congratulations! Windows 7 has been installed, now insert your Leopard / Snow Leopard Installation Disk and Navigate to your CD Drive Folder —> Boot Camp —> Drivers —> Apple and open “BootCamp64”. If an alert window is informing you that your current OS is not supported, don’t worry as it’s easy to fix that. Please scroll down until you get to the Windows 7 64 bit Driver Installation for Macbook section.

How to backup your OSX and do a Fresh Install of Windows 7 and Leopard / Snow Leopard in your Macbook:

Step 1: Backup your system to an external hard disk: Connect an external hard disk to your macbook and run this awesome software called SuperDuper to backup your files. Once backed up restart your macbook and hold Alt/Option until your see a boot selection menu, select the external hard disk with the backup you made in SuperDuper, if all goes well you should be running OSX, only this time, you’re running it in your external hard-drive(your backup). If you are comfortable with how the backup looks, proceed with the following steps:

Step 2. Run Disk Utility (type “disk” in finder to see it from the list of Applications)

Step 3. Format your Macbook’s Hard-drive(Take care that you don’t select the external one.).

Step 4. Insert your Leopard / Snow Leopard Installation CD, while restarting hold ALT/Option to get to the boot menu. Select your Leopard / Snow Leopard CD and complete your OSX installation.

Step 5. After Installation, boot your newly installed OSX and run Bootcamp Migration Assistant (type “bootcamp” in your finder), complete the Bootcamp Migration Wizard and insert your Windows 7 CD before proceeding to restart:

Step 6. After restarting, proceed to install your Windows 7, when Windows 7 ask you where to install it, simply select the drive that is labeled: “BootCamp” and press the format button(don’t worry it’s safe).

Step 7. Congratulations! Windows 7 has been installed, now insert your Leopard / Snow Leopard Installation Disk and Navigate to your CD Drive —> Boot Camp —> Drivers —> Apple and open “BootCamp64”. If an alert window is informing you that your current OS is not supported, don’t worry as it’s easy to fix that in the next section.

Installing your macbook’s Windows 7 64 Bit Drivers. Important: The following is only required if you can’t install the 64bit drivers that’s included in your Leopard/Snow Leopard Installation Disk.

Step 1. In Windows, press Start —> Select “Run” — Type “Cmd”, from the Programs List, right click on “cmd.exe” and select “Run as Administrator”

Step 2. In Windows Command Prompt, enter the following command: net user administrator /active:yes

Step 3. Press Start —> Logout and re-login, select the “Administrator” Account from the selection.

Step 4. Navigate to your Leopard CD Drive Folder —> Boot Camp —> Drivers —> Apple and open “BootCamp64”, complete the installation and you’re all set!

Step 5. Remove the administrator account from showing up by going to Start —> Run —> Cmd —> press enter. Type the following command from the command prompt: net user administrator /active:no

After the installation of these drivers, you may notice your macbook sounding really tinny or pitchy, this is easily fixed by installing the sound driver from Realtek.

Step 6. Download Realtek HD Audio Drivers here.

Step 7. That’s it! Perhaps the final step is to tweak your keyboard/trackpad settings by accessing the Bootcamp Control Panel (This can be seen in your system tray — lower right portion of your task bar, click the arrow besides the date if you can’t see it. If you still can’t see it, simply press Start and type “boot camp” to find it.)

To right click in Windows 7 using your trackpad, touch your trackpad with 2 fingers and click on the button. If you are like me, you may prefer to do a 2 finger tap to do a right click, you can do this by going to Boot Camp Control Panel(Press start and type “Boot Camp” to find it), go to the trackpad tab and click on One Finger Tap to Click and secondary click below Two Fingers.
There’s a nice software called Trackpad Magic, it’s a very handy tool that allows you to disable your trackpad easily via the system tray. It also have a nifty option that automatically disables your trackpad when a mouse is present/plugged in. For the best effect, add a shortcut of the Trackpad Magic program to your startup folder.
If you are uncomfortable with how some of your keyboard keys are setup, you may want to rebind them using the Remapkey software. Remapkey is included with the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools. You can find it in the c:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools directory called remapkey.exe respectively.

Well, that should cover it! Don’t forget to share this in stumbleupon to help those who are looking for a similar solution.


How to Fix: I’m unable or can’t copy, move or delete files in MAC because of insufficient privileges or permissions

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Problem: My Mac OSX is complaining that the files im about to copy or move doesn’t have sufficient privileges or permissions!

Solution: Simply use the CHMOD trick here to recursively set all your files and directories permissions. After these are set, you will now be able to copy, move or delete these files.

You need to have administrative privileges for the following to work.

1. Open Terminal by typing Terminal in your spotlight(click the magnifying glass on the top right or press CMD+Spacebar on your keyboard). You can also open terminal from your Applications folder. 2. Type cd <Type the directory you want to give yourself permissions to here...>  3. Type the following commands(enter your password when it asks): sudo find . -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \; sudo find . -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

That’s it! You can now backup, copy, move or delete these files.


Unix Super Tip: How to CHMOD all your files recursively

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Problem: How do I set permissions to my files and/or directories without manually setting them up individually?

Note: You may need administrator privileges for these to work, if that’s the case simply add a sudo before typing the commands below.

If you want to chmod all your directories:

find . -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;

and for files:

find . -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

That’s it!


Unix Super Tip: Easy Access to your files and directories by creating symbolic links(shortcuts)

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The directory structure of Mac and Linux(both are UNIX) tends to get really _really_ long. But don’t worry, by using the ln -s, or Symbolic Link command in the terminal(unix shell), creating “shortcuts” to your folders or files is now a breeze.

ln -s   Here’s an example: ln -s /Library/Python/2.5/ /shortcuts/PYTHON  

The effect: cd /shortcuts/PYTHON is now the same as cd /Library/Python/2.5/, removing a shortcut is similar to removing a file: rm /shortcuts/PYTHONthat’s it!


How to: Fix Adium can’t connect to Yahoo Messenger

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Help: Adium can’t connect or is unable to connect to Yahoo! even after restarting the application or the whole OS.

__UPDATE__(6/24/09), Important!

Adium’s latest update includes a fix for this bug so please do download the update and after installation please make sure your connection’s login server is back to the default: scs.msg.yahoo.com, and ports: 5050, that should fix it.

Here’s a quick fix to this problem

  1. Disconnect(or Cancel) if your account is currently connecting.
  2. Change your connection’s login server from scs.msg.yahoo.com to 66.163.181.106, leave port 5050 unchanged. (You can do this by going to File -> (Select your Yahoo! Account) -> Edit Account, you can also do this in the File -> Preferences -> Accounts -> Edit
  3. Try Connecting Again.

That’s It! The steps above should be done to _each_ of your yahoo accounts.

__UPDATE__: This solution works for Pidgin as well so you may want to share this with your pidgin buddies who are experiencing the same problem.

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