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Inside Apple Software Update for Windows

I was wondering whether Apple Software Update might search for and upgrade the various Boot Camp supplied tools and possibly drivers.

I did a little digging and couldn’t find the answer but did spot that the Software Update sends a few interesting machine details to Apple’s web server….

	<string>Apple Computer, Inc.</string>
	<string>Genuine Intel(R) CPU           T2500  @ 2.00GHz</string>
	<string>ATI Mobility Radeon X1600</string>
	<string>Microsoft Win32s</string>

The software versions are fair enough but why it needs to report the Apple model, amount of RAM, video card, CPU details and whether you are running on battery is another matter.

It also adds a task to Scheduled Tasks to be able to check for updates at regular intervals – much preferred over a permanent background process.


Supplementing Boot Camp 1.1

This article is now out of date. Check Apple’s Boot Camp page for up-to-date information.

Boot Camp, for those that don’t already know, is a set of tools and drivers for getting Windows XP up on your Mac. The various components are:

  • BIOS compatibility module for the EFI firmware (supplied as part of the Firmware update on older Mac’s)
  • Boot Camp Assistant – Mac OS X app you download providing partitioning and the XP drivers/tools
  • Drivers for various parts of the hardware normally OEM brand bar the iSight driver
  • AppleTime.exe to adjust the system clock because OS X stores GMT whilst XP stores local time
  • AppleKeys to provide the much needed Fn-key compatibility for brightness/delete etc.
  • Brightness to provide OS X-like screen brightness adjustment
  • Control Panel extension to choose the start-up disk

Which is all well and good but there are still a couple of drivers missing – notably for the infra-red/remote, back-lit keyboard on MacBook/Pro and some of the hardware monitoring etc.

Back-lit keyboard for MacBook & MacBook Pro

Loosing the back-lit keyboard can be more than an annoyance if you often have to work in darkened conditions. There are two tools available you can try, both sit in the system tray and let you configure the lighting parameters whilst also displaying the movement sensors details.

As the sensor information is used under Mac OS X to park the hard drive before impact I wonder if that means the hard drive is currently more vulnerable under Windows until Apple provide a driver.

Updated ATI drivers for MacBook

Until Apple loosens up and provides their tools separately from the OEM drivers we’re stuck with the big downloads but all is not lost.

Whilst most of ATI’s Mobility drivers seem to be locked the latest Mobile Catalyst drivers (5.8 at time of writing) work just great with no third-party hacks/workarounds required to make them operational.

Hibernation on systems with > 1GB of RAM

If you receive the dreaded ‘Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API.’ when trying to hibernate head over to the Microsoft Knowledge Base to grab the hot fix that is now available to download.

Until Apple extend their keyboard tools to emulate these check out Thom Sannon’s AppleKeys.

File-system access

Until either Apple add NTFS write support or provide a HFS+ driver for Windows then either using FAT32 partitioned iPods or flash memory is about as good as the file transfer gets short of using online upload/download tools.

I certainly wouldn’t recommend running Windows XP on a FAT32 drive unless you don’t care about security, compression, encryption and sub-block allocation (a space saving technique).

Until somebody takes the HFS+ file-system code from Apple’s Darwin project and transplants in into a Windows file-system module the only option is Mediafour’s MacDrive which at $49.95 seems a little too expensive even given the current state of the US dollar.


Apple releases Boot Camp 1.1

This article is now out of date. Check Apple’s Boot Camp page for up-to-date information.

Apple have released Boot Camp 1.1 which, at a whopping 202MB, adds:

  • New Intel Mac (Mac Pro and presumably Xserve) support
  • Nvidia graphics drivers (in addition to the existing ATI ones)
  • iSight camera driver (at last)
  • Keyboard mapping tools (fn-F-keys now produces expect results, eject and UK keyboard fixes!)
  • Sound driver updated (headphones mute speakers, no more optical light on etc.)
  • Clock shifting between Windows and Mac OS X fixed (via start-up programs according to MysticOS)

Get drivers without burning a CD-R

  1. Grab something you can write to from OS X and read from Windows – a FAT formatted USB key or iPod will do
  2. In Finder navigate to Applications > Utilities and single-click Boot Camp Assistant
  3. Choose Show Package Contents from the context menu (the cog button in the finder tool bar or right mouse click)
  4. Go into the Contents and then Resources folder
  5. Double-click on DiskImage.dsk and wait for it to mount
  6. Drag Install Macintosh Drivers for Windows XP.exe to your USB key/iPod
  7. Reboot into Windows, access the device and enjoy

Art points out in the comments you can launch Boot Camp Assistant and then choose Utilities > Save Macintosh drivers to folder. Much easier, thanks Art.

Getting the Bluetooth drivers re-installed

It seems that once again Windows like to use it’s own signed drivers over whatever a third-party provide even if it’s own drivers are useless for the scenario…

If you find Bluetooth missing the following procedure should help.

Neither this tip nor myself can help with other Bluetooth problems such as detecting or pairing devices once Bluetooth is available. Try Apple Discussions for further help.

  1. Fire up Device Manager (right-click My Computer, choose Properties then select the Hardware tab and press the Device Manager button)
  2. Find the right device to correct which depending on your model…
    • MacBook Pro
      1. Select the View menu then Devices by connection
      2. Expand Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller – 27CB followed by USB Root Hub
      3. Right click on the USB Composite Device (or USB Human Interface Device if that’s listed instead) and choose Properties and click the Details tab
      4. This device should have an entry that starts USB\VID_05ac&PID_1000
    • Other models
      1. For each USB Composite Device or USB Human Interface Device right click and choose Properties
      2. Select the Details tab and see if it has an entry that starts _USB\VID_05ac&PID_1000
      3. If it does proceed to the next step, if not repeat these steps until you do
  3. Select the Drivers tab for this device
  4. Press the Update Drivers… button and then select No, not this time and press Next >
  5. Choose Install from a list of specific location (Advanced) and Next > again
  6. Choose Don’t search. I will chose the driver to install and Next > yet again
  7. Do you have the option Apple Bluetooth kicker?
    • Yes: Select Apple Bluetooth kicker and press Next >
    • No: Press the Have Disk… button then choose the directory C:\Program Files\Macintosh Drivers for Windows XP\BthKicker and press OK
  8. Agree to Microsoft that you don’t care it’s not signed
  9. Wait a while whilst it detects the radio and enumerator
  10. If it asks for bthub.sys or fkicker.exe
    • If you had Bluetooth before: You can find them in your windows\system32\drivers and windows\system32 directories respectively
    • If you didn’t have Bluetooth before: You can find them on your Windows XP CD-ROM in the i386 directory

Suggestions to Apple…

Remove the Windows drivers from the Boot Camp Assistant and make them separate download.

Personally I’d provide a Windows download that checked the Apple site for the latest drivers for your hardware and just downloaded whats needed. Downloading a 202MB package that includes drivers for graphics cards, network cards and other devices you don’t have is just a real pain – especially when even the drivers you do use haven’t been updated (ATI’s driver between 1.01 and 1.1 haven’t changed).

Now, how about the last missing few drivers… Infra-red/Apple Remote, the backlit keyboard and the Intel hardware monitoring.


MacBook Pro the ultimate developer machine?

I’ve been using my MacBook Pro now for about a month and think it’s the ultimate developer machine. You really are spoiled for choice and everything you might want is at your fingertips.

Mac OS X + Cocoa

Every Mac ships with the Xcode developer tool set. This gives you the native preferred Mac development platform called Cocoa which uses Objective-C at it’s core. The actual tools are based around the GCC 4 compiler and GDB debugger with a rather nice Xcode IDE and Interface Builder GUI designer from it’s NextStep origins.

Out of the box these developer tools include compiling for both Intel and cross-compiling for PowerPC and support C, C++, Objective-C and Java.

Windows + Visual Studio / .NET

Windows is at your fingertips either via Apple’s Boot Camp dual-boot solution or the virtualization through Parallels Workstation 2.1 for OS X or VMware’s forthcoming MacIntel solution. Both virtualization products are helped by Intel’s Core chips having hardware virtualization features.

This gives you the ability to install whatever Windows developer tools you want such as the heavyweight Visual Studio 2005 or freebie Visual Studio 2005 Express C# Edition.

Linux + GCC

While I’m not a fan of Linux these individuals have a live boot Linux CD for the MacBook or you can run Linux under Windows or OS X using your favorite virtual machine.

Mono’s .NET

The Mono project support many platforms but their recommended IDE, MonoDevelop, is still quite far off being able to run on Windows. Either way you can test your app on Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.

Mac OS X + *nix command-line

It’s no secret that OS X is built on various BSD technologies and Apple include a bunch of the developer tools. For those tools that are missing grab Fink which will let you add everything important that’s missing as well as providing newer updated versions of the tools Apple include.

If what you’re looking for isn’t covered by Fink as default, try switching to the unstable packages. If that fails then try downloading the tarball then ./configure and make.

Mac OS X + X11

Apple provide an X11 implementation as an optional installation with appropriate library headers. Another base covered.

Web development with *AMP

OS X ships with Apache installed as default and you can add the MySQL and PHP elements if you so desire. Then you can choose between LAMP or MacAMP ;-)

Web testing

For testing web applications the Mac has you spoiled for choice.

On OS X you can test in Safari to exert your app against the KHTML+WebKit engine, Firefox or Camino to test compatibility with the Gecko engine, IE for Mac or Opera’s Macintosh offering to name but a few.

Switch to Windows and you’ll have your IE6/IE7 engines at your fingertips as well as checking with the Windows versions of Opera and Firefox.

For running stress or penetration testing Mac OS X means you can get your hands on Nessus, NMap, Snort, Hydra and other Linux based tools.