In the meantime, I wanted to make readers aware of the following problems I've had running Vista on my MacBook:
- There have been very unpredictable freezes (mouse frozen) that require a hard power-down, i.e. press and hold the power button down until it shuts down. It may happen within 30 minutes, it may take a week (which is why I didn't notice this at first). I've been through various hardware driver versions, and it occurs both with a base system without updates, and with any and all updates.
- Under the default installation and drivers, iTunes has nearly constant audio popping. Windows Media Player works fine, but for years I have purchased music through the iTunes music store (using XP on PC hardware) and would like to continue doing so.
- Vista runs the MacBook Pro hot and there is no way to control fan speed permanently across reboots (i.e. properly) to help cool it down. For example, my PC *quad* core Vista work desktop averages maybe 30-45 degrees centigrade for CPU/GPU, my MacBook Pro running Vista: 65-80 degrees. I know this is a deficiency of Apple's fan support under Windows because if I reboot from a Vista session back into Mac OS X, the fans spin full-tilt trying to cool the laptop down!
The closest I get to a working Vista system (no freezes and no audio popping) is by doing the following:
- For freezes and iTunes audio popping: Remove the nVidia display drivers (unacceptable: no external display support).
- For iTunes audio popping: Disable KbdMgr.exe (no hot keys for display brightness, eject, etc.).
- For iTunes audio popping: Disable various network adapters (no wireless, bluetooth).
I have tried Vista SP2, which just became available to the general public, and a short test resulted in no freezes. I also had no freezes under Windows 7 RC during a short test. Neither fixes the iTunes audio popping. I have a second hard drive that I use for this testing, so I may swap it in from time to time, to see if the freezes are really gone. However, for now I need to get on with life!
As for the overall issue of running Windows on Apple hardware, I simply expect Apple to live up to its claim that Vista works on Boot Camp. They made the claim, they need to back it up.
UPDATE: I bought Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and Boot Camp 3.0 does not correct the lack of the ability to turn keyboard backlighting totally off, like you can on Mac OS. It also does not improve the DTC latency issues, and therefore iTunes behaves just as badly. Not sure about crashes because I no longer care. If I need Vista or Windows 7 I'll by a PC.