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Default General Mac question, MacBook Air in specific - 01-06-2010, 11:59 PM

So at work we're setting up our CEO with a new laptop, as seen in this thread:
11z, thoughts, impressions, likes and dislikes?
Started off looking at an 11z, moved onto a Latitude E4200, then our CEO tossed out, after me showing him my HacBook to get an idea of the size of the 11z and E6400, what about getting a MacBook Air and installing Windows 7. No dual boot, just pure Windows. I imagine it's feasible, but I'm not entirely sure driver wise etc, or how dual boot with Windows is set up on a Mac and if that influences how it runs.
Sorry to be off brand here, but there are a lot of Macologists here and I didn't want to join a new forum lol.
So any thoughts, words of wisdom etc would be much appreciated. The Air price wise will be about the same as the E4200 we priced out, and similarly sized. I would say go Dell, but I'm getting a little giddy at the prospect of having an Air to play with for a few days and installing W7 on it.


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Default 01-07-2010, 12:47 AM

I think you would need Boot Camp for that, and Apple says they won't support that for a while. The big problem is that the Macbook uses EFI and I don't think Windows 7 is quite ready for that, though I may be mistaken.


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Default 01-07-2010, 01:05 AM

Eh, after looking at what can be configured with the MacBooks, I don't see any WWAN options so this will probably turn him off to the Mac as he wants to get away from the USB Sprint card he uses now.


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Default 01-07-2010, 10:08 PM

Okay, well my supervisor wants me to look into it anyway, so anymore input on Mac hardware running Windows only would be appreciated


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Default 01-08-2010, 02:32 PM

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Okay, well my supervisor wants me to look into it anyway, so anymore input on Mac hardware running Windows only would be appreciated
Bootcamp or parallels

mac's do not have a "bios" they use EFI, Bootcamp tricks the system into thinking it has a bios. The only way to get windows only would to create a bootloader like bootcamp to create the bios.


I actually have a MB air sitting on my desk now that I am working on and I'm not really a fan of it. No ethernet port, no analog video out (Means no projector usage without a bunch of adapters, small HDD, only 1 USB port)


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Default 01-08-2010, 03:40 PM

Windows 7 x64 does support EFI, but it may not like Apple's implementation. The Air is 32-bit only, isn't it?


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Default 01-08-2010, 03:49 PM

they come with core 2 duo's so they should be 64bit.


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Default 01-08-2010, 05:45 PM

I am running a bootcamp W7 32b on my Macbook (black, 2007) with no issues to speak of. Everything installed fine, Windows update sorted the drivers out.
I have a colleague running it on his new 13" MB Pro, so I imagine the Air would work.

You need to use Bootcamp though, so you need that osx partition, but you can set the startup disk to the Windows partition and your boss need never know OSX is on there.

I imagine Apples upcoming W7 drivers will improve things re: battery life and trackpad, but I am happy as they are.
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