View Full Version : Windows xp not working properly on new macbook pro

12-12-2009, 02:20 PM
Hi everyone. I just recently purchased a Macbook pro dual core 2,53 ghz, 4 Gb ram and nvidia 9400m graphics card. I installed windows xp 32 bit through bootcamp, however games take an absurd amount of time to install and folders open with like 1 second of delay. I also get the feeling that games do not play at the levels they should with those requirements. Windows xp only recognizes 2,72 gb of ram instead of 4 btw. Any suggestions of what the problem might be?
Thx in advance

12-12-2009, 10:18 PM
First the memory problem: Since Windows XP is a 32 bit OS it can not "see" more than approximately 3.3 GB of your system memory. Remember also that your graphics card is using system memory.

Next, the speed issue: What virus software are you running and is it starting a scan upon boot up of Windows XP? If you're using AVG, get rid of it and instead use the free MS Security Essentials. (AVG bogs down the system.)

Also - Open the configuration editor and check to see what you have running upon startup of Windows. (from run: msconfig.exe)


12-12-2009, 10:57 PM
Stupid question, but you did install the Boot Camp drivers, right?

12-13-2009, 06:15 PM
Yeah I absolutely installed the bootcamp drivers and no, I haven't installed any antivirus yet, and nothing seems out of order in the configuration editor. Games definetively do not play as smoothly as they should. And everything seems so much slower than on my 3 year old iMac where windows xp works perfectly. Maybe i should try installing a newer windows? HELP!

12-13-2009, 09:59 PM
Installing a newer version of Windows (Vista or Win 7) is not going to resolve the speed problem. I don't know what games you're trying to play but you should get a decent response from the nVidia 9400m. Some things to try:

1. From RUN type in without the quotes: "dxdiag.exe" and follow the prompts. Everything should check out with no missing DX files.

2. I'm not sure if newer drivers for the nVidia 9400m exist on the nVidia site but you might give that a try. Download and install the latest Win XP drivers.

3. Make sure you install AV software ASAP! Otherwise you'll be looking at a possible infection.

Let us know.