Leopard: How-to update the BootCamp drivers on your Windows partition

Yesterday i wrote that i’m missing the option to burn a driver CD in Leopards BootCamp Assistant.

Turns out that the Leopard DVD IS ALREADY THE DRIVER CD. So another example of Apple thinking ahead and making things simple (at least for first time installers of Boot Camp).

Unfortunately people like me that already installed Bootcamp beta, aren’t told that they just have to boot into windows and drop the Leopard DVD into the drive. It is then recognized as a 401MB CD and immediately starts setup.exe which in turn is a BootCamp driver installer.

But my suggestion is to cancel this immediate install and doe a little bit of spring cleaning first. Go to the software section in the SystemPreferences Application and first delete all the old driver versions installed by the Bootcamp Beta. This includes the RealTek and SigmaTel audio drivers as well as BootCamp Services. I had plenty of these, starting with 1.3.x.x versions (in total approx 4 version of each driver needed).

After tha, startt the BootCamp application on the CD. Deleting the drivers not only gave me some more space on my drive, it also fixed a problem with non working audio on my Vista Home Premium installation.

PS.: Did the same for the XP BootCamp partition on my wife’s MBP, which also worked flawlessly.

Apple install day, Composite color with AppleTV

Yesterday was apple install day. Installed Leopard on a external drive attached to the mac mini as well as on my MBP. While waiting i also took the opportunity to have a second look at my AppleTV.

Leopard Install

Here are my (minor complaints) with Leopard installation:

  1. The various installation options ( e.g. archive and install etc. ) should be placed more prominently. They should have a separate screen and not be hidden behind an options button. I missed the options buttonwith my first install. (I know RTFM)
  2. While Archive & Install preserves the /Library/Frameworks (thought they would be cleansweeped) , /usr/local wasn’t (took my some time to find that this was the reson for Postgres not being available)
  3. Couldn’t find the burn driver CD from BootCamp Assistant ( Guess i have to google a bit)

Now i just have to find out how to:

  1. Make the Postgres user a restricted user that doesn’t show up at the login screen
  2. Find some decent fanless FW-800 3,5” drives for Time machine. Right G-Drives look like the thing to go for. Are there any alternatives?


While waiting for the backup and install procedures to complete , i finally found the time to have a second look at my AppleTV.

Since the end of June it is packed away and unused. The reason being, that i’m unable to hook it up to my flat screen TV, although that same TV works perfectly with the mac mini, our MBPs and an iBook, via DVI. Unfortunately, it’s not HDMI and has no component input. (Since the other macs work flawlessly via DVI, and the AppleTV works perfectly with other LCDs via DVI, i figured that it also should work with my TV. Although since i tried everything i could imagine, the best picture i got was unusable (see here).

So yesterday i decided to take the composite video approach. Having read about a composite color hack it thought it would be worth the time spending. To my surprise i learned that there is also a software only version available for enabling color composite video via this Wiki page on awkwardtv.org. This was definitely something to try.

So i (re-)figured how to ssh to my ATV, copied the files ansd to my astonishment, it worked. Unfortunately, running the commands in /etc/rc.local doesn’t work (see here) . So i’m going to try to put them into .bash_profile today.