This is an extension of my last article where I discussed the usability of old MacBooks compared to the practically useless Windows XP and Windows Vista nowadays.
As I mentioned in my previous article, I’m surprised with the usability and performance of old MacBooks. I have been using a 2006 Macbook (Intel Core Duo) with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and my HP Pavilion (Intel Core I5) running Windows 8. The performance of both is similar for day to day tasks like surfing the internet, ordering pizza, checking email, phone syncing, watching movies, etc.
I’m really satisfied with the performance of my MacBook but I needed to run some programs that I bought for my old Windows computer. Therefore, I decided to try Boot Camp to run my Windows 7 in the same MacBook.
The Boot Camp process couldn’t be better. It is superior than any other “dual-boot” software that I have ever used. Once OS X is running and Boot Camp Assistant started you will be installing Windows in the blink of an eye.
Windows installation runs like in any other Intel based computer and when setup is complete the MacBook can be started in either OS X or Windows.
Most device drivers were correctly identified and installed during the setup process but Windows was unable to properly recognize the audio card and camera.
I spent quite some time searching for the appropriate drivers. I went through many websites that suggested Realtek drivers for the audio card. I found several different versions of these drivers and installed them without success.
I came across a page within Apple’s website where I read that drivers for these devices are not available for Windows 7 or above. I was about to give up but decided to give it another try.
I downloaded Boot Camp 4 Support software. I thought this wouldn’t work because I’m using Boot Camp 3, therefore I did not install the whole thing. I first tried installing the audio drivers only with no success. Then I ran the setup program for the Camera and I was surprised to see the audio card coming to life as well. Looks like the Camera setup process also includes drivers for the sound card.
The end of the story is that I have a 10 year old laptop that runs both Mac OS X and Windows 7 with similar performance as a Core i5 laptop for 1/3 of the price.