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Windows 7: [help!] windows 7 installation on macbook air?

14 Sep 2011   #1

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[help!] windows 7 installation on macbook air?

Hi all, recently I bought a Macbook Air (11-inch, 64gb) for college. I played around with it for a couple of weeks and was actually quite content with the Mac OS X until it felt a bit dull (I don't use graphic or music editing software that much). Now the Mac is new and my parents are really excited with me having a Mac (all those Apple commercials got to them) so I didn't have the heart to trade the Mac in with, perhaps a HP, that has Windows on it.

I bought a Home Premium Windows 7 instead and while people have recommended VMWare Fusion and Parallels, as I am an international student I don't have a credit card or bank account to pay for online transactions, so I thought I'd install the software via BootCamp.

The macbook air only has a capacity of 64 gb on it and the minimum to make a partition for windows 7 was 40 gb with 10 gb spare- I deleted almost everything of the mac os x, including most fonts from the Font folder, as well as iMovie and iPhoto, etc, to make space for Windows 7.

However, at the end, however much I delete there just wasn't enough space in the disk. So I put the Windows 7 installation disk in the superdrive, turned the Mac off, and when the part to choose partitions came up, I chose to delete all the existing partitions and just create a new one.

The installation process went okay, took quite a while, I got past the login page and this is where I have my problem. When I started up the Mac there is a part that shows that the Mac detected a wireless connection, but once the Windows is booted it doesn't detect any network adapter, and at 'Network and Sharings' where you 'manage adapters' it doesn't have any adapters listed. I have looked around in other sites and downloaded "Hardware Helper" from another laptop and then ran it on my Mac's Windows 7, and it shows that my Mac has a Broadcom Network Adapter. There are plenty of wifi connection here, yet the Windows 7 was not able to detect any.

I have also tried downloading and installing chipsets- but when I try to install a network adapter it says something along the lines of 'No Intel (R) Core adapters present'. I have searched with almost every combination of keywords and phrases on Google with no luck.

I am really starting to regret installing Windows 7- previously I have installed Windows XP on my older macs without this kind of issue. Also, since I am abroad, I have left my Mac OS X disks back home, so I cannot revert back to Lion OS

Sorry for the lengthy read - Please, if any of you have suggestions or solutions it will be greatly appreciated!
Cheers, Christy

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15 Sep 2011   #2

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I've run into issues with VMware where if you don't share your resources (USB ports and such), then the slave OS won't see the devices, such as a connected printer or ipod. Since you say that Windows 7 doesn't find anything at all in network adapters, but your Mac OSX network adapters works fine, then this has to be the case. I'm not familiar with BootCamp, but I know there is an option for this in VMware where you can specify what to share from the host OS (Mac). Wherever that option is, you should be able to allocate RAM, Hard drive space, USB ports, etc.... One of the options should be network adapters.
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