Windows 7 x64 on 2009 MB, step-by-step instructions and solutions

ok, after spending days on this with about 10+ clean installs on 2 different machines and searching forums about various problems, i'm going to go step by step in a flow-chart like manner to describe the steps and various pitfalls in getting windows 7 ultimate 64 bit installed correctly on a macbook (late 2009)...most of this i didn't figure out on my own, this is a compilation of solutions found by others. i'll try and link or credit anyone i can, but honestly can't remember where i saw all of this. part of this is to share my days of frustration to try and save someone some time. also, in case i have to do this again, i want a record of it so i don't have to start from scratch next time.
i don't have everything working perfectly, but i have wireless and sound, but not sure if all the drivers are up to date. i'm still working on the headphone issue, i don't have sound yet with headphones, but i got the speakers to work.
i'm going to preface this by saying that windows 7 is a horrible piece of software, i'm only helping a friend do it because she's an architect and needs autocad, but she wants a mac for daily use. also, i'm doing this from a spanish install of windows 7 (here in south america), so it's a pain to translate this cruddy convoluted OS into english as i'm not familiar with windows 7 anyway, so i'll do my best. i'm not a pc expert. also going to say that the windows 7 x86 and x64 installs i've done on a couple macbook pro 15's seems to work much better (full trackpad functionality, expose works) and without as many problems...i don't know why it doesn't seem to work as well in x64 on the macbook, i'm still investigating.
also, i want to say that a fresh (first-time) bootcamp partition with windows install after a clean mac os x install seems to produce the best results. i say this because i wasn't happy with all the hacks in my first couple attemtps, so i erased the bootcamp partitions and re-created them to re-install windows 7 again. but i started experiencing some peculiarities that never happened in the first install after a clean Mac OS X install. it's as if the computer leaves artifacts from previous installs and acts funny. also, reboots and start-up times seem to be slower now than when it was a first-time fresh install. anyway, i'll try and outline all the weirdness here, indicated by asterisks *
SO, HERE GOES:
1) Go to Bootcamp Utility > Create Bootcamp partition
2) Afterwards, this should take you to a restart into the windows install dvd....if install dvd boots fine, skip to step 3
** if you get a gray screen (happened to me after subsequent re-install attempts), you have to power off and reboot holding down "C" key to boot from the dvd...or you can hold down alt/opt key to get the icons of bootable volumes, at this point it should be mac os x and the windows dvd. the point is, force it to boot from the dvd if it hangs on re-start.
3) Windows install should start. Select language, etc....You should then get to a screen listing all the partitions (should be 3 of them). Choose the Bootcamp partition and format (erase) it to proceed with the install.
4) Windows should start installing all the files and will reboot a couple times, here's where things get weird possibly. On the first attempt at installing Windows 7, the install went smoothly on restart.
** some of you might get a blinking cursor and a black screen that goes on forever. Supposedly this is a bug in Windows 7, having to do with video drivers or something. I don't understand because my first install attempt, it rebooted just fine and the installation continued.
anyway, what you have to do here if you get the forever-black screen is power down the machine with the power button and restart holding the alt/option key. this time when you get the bootable volumes on the gray screen, choose the Windows partition, which will now appear. DON'T boot up from the DVD. upon restart into Windows, you should be back in the installation process and it will attempt to finish the install here.
it might be my imagination, but once i had to reboot into the dvd here to actually finish the install. technically Windows is not finished installing at this step, you just have to figure out how to get past the black screen to finish the install. try both.
5) Windows should go back to where it left off before the restart, then finish the install.....and restart AGAIN. On my first attempt, the restart went smoothly and started the "first time user" process...
** some of you will get the black screen YET AGAIN, this happened to me on my subsequent attempts at re-installing Windows. again, you need to power off and start up holding the alt/option key, choose the Windows partition and it should take you to the "first time user configuration" process....since at this point, windows is indeed installed.
6) Here you will fill out all your information, product key, etc...and get into Windows. Here you will have some other problems.
Problem #1: you have no drivers to run Windows on your Mac, so you will need to install Bootcamp in windows from your Mac OS X install dvd
Problem #2: you have no "right click", because you don't have drivers, so you might not be able to eject the Windows dvd to put in the Mac dvd
Solutions: you can't control-click or right click, BUT YOU CAN hover over the DVD drive ( "D:" in your computer, my PC or whatever it's called in english) and see if there's an "eject disc" option.
for some reason, my Windows dvd was spinning and not being recognized, so i just rebooted (alt/option) into Mac OS X and ejected the disc there. the point is, you need to eject the Windows disc and put in the Mac OS X install disc to access Bootcamp for Windows.
7) Reboot into Windows (if you had to boot into Mac to eject the disc). Insert Mac OS X install disc. Navigate to BootCamp setup.exe and run it.
** the first time i did this, it ran no problem. but in subsequent attempts, it gave me the "x64 not supported by this computer" message that everyone seems to encounter. there is a bypass for this outlined here:
http://www.techulous.com/hardware/how-to-apple-boot-camp-64-bit-for-windows-7-on -unsupported-macs.html
8) Ok, so now you should have Bootcamp 3.0 installed. Now you need to update it with Bootcamp 3.1 update. Download it here and run it. This is required for 64 bit support, I believe this is the link:
http://support.apple.com/kb/dl979
** hopefully you don't have problems, i didn't, so you might have to search the forums since i can't anticipate what might happen here, it worked for me every time.
9) Ok, i think it might reboot after the update install. Now you have Bootcamp installed and most of the drivers you need, however not everything works. Some of the drivers will be out of date.
Problem #1: you may or may not have updated nvidia drivers. mine are ok, but check nvidia website if you have doubts. most of their drivers are for PC hardware, however, so the ones on the bootcamp disk and update should be fine.
Problem #2: almost everyone has wi-fi connectivity problems. it has to do with the wrong/outdated broadcom drivers from bootcamp. i will outline how i got it to work (based on someone else's solution i found in some forum or other).
Problem #3: almost everyone is having sound issues. i'll explain what i did. i still have no sound coming out of the headphone jack, i'm working on that next. but i have speaker sound and no red light coming out of the headphone jack.
** first of all, you should probably download firefox from internet explorer in windows, then update adobe flash, it's a pain....i used another computer to download the drivers, then transfered them by USB drive, but you can do it however u want.
Solution to wi-fi: ok, not sure where i got this information, but i downloaded HP drivers in a file called "sp45524.exe"....here's the link:
http://www.wireless-driver.com/download/hp/hp-broadcom-wireless-lan-windows7-dri ver-v560188.htm
apparently the broadcom drivers in Bootcamp 3.0 and 3.1 update won't install on Windows 7 x64 for some reason, lot of people are getting "code 10".
what i did is this:
9a) run the .exe file, it will create a folder called SWSetup\SP45524 that will house the drivers. there's a setup file in that folder, i didn't try it. perhaps it will install from there, but everything i read suggested a different step. ** if you run the set up file, you may have to run as administrator, or use the "troubleshoot compatibility" trick to get it to work.
9b) Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Device Manager > Network adapters
you should uninstall or deactivate any drivers you have. if it's not showing any wi-fi adapter, right click and "check for new hardware" (not sure how it's translated into english from spanish)....you should have an unknown device pop up with the yellow icon and exclamation mark. double click on that, assign it as a network adapter.
when you get to the driver tabs, you can install it from there. this is where it gets tricky. click "install driver", "check drivers on this computer", "choose from a list of drivers on this computer", "use disc", and in the dialogue box ("install from disc" that says "copy manufacturers files from", navigate to the C: SWSetup|SP45524 folder and click until you can accept. this will load up a different list of drivers.
(sorry, i'm translating the Windows from spanish to english, and i'm not familiar with exactly what they say in english, so you'll just have to use your imagination)
you should now have a small list of drivers. personally, i chose the first one on the list "Wi-Fi adapter Broadcom 43224AG 802.11a/b/g/draft-n", but the second one worked also. again, i'm doing this on a late 2009 white macbook (6.1) and it works. according to the date of the driver, it seems like it might not even be the most current and might be older than the one that's on the MAC OS X install disc, but none of the ones on the disc work. this one does. (thanks to whoever found this out, i can't find the original link of the post with this driver reference).
Solutions to sound: ok, there are multiple posts on this, everything from updating realtek to sigmatel...personally what worked for me was to download the most current Cirrus Logic drivers.
everyone has been pointing to this post:
http://www.stuffedcow.net/macbook_audio
it doesn't really tell you what to do exactly. i'm not even sure what to do, but here's what i did. actually, i downloaded what was supposed to be the CS4207 driver here:
http://www.cirrus.com/en/products/pro/detail/P1233.html
then i followed the same procedure as before with the network adapter driver...."install driver", "check drivers on this computer", "choose from a list of drivers on this computer", "use disc", and in the dialogue box ("install from disc" that says "copy manufacturers files from", navigate to the folder you just downloaded from the above link.
you should have an updated list of drivers. what i don't understand is that the Cirrus site lists the most current driver as CS4207, but the only thing that has 4207 in it starts with CDB. in any case, i chose the last one on the list, CS4206A (AB 99).
i have no idea why i chose that, it just seemed to be the most current. in any case, sound works now.
Ok, i tested all this stuff in skype. wifi, microphone and speakers work, isight works. however, still no headphone sound. so if anyone knows how to fix that, please let me know. i haven't gotten to that part yet. but i've spent like over a week trying to figure this out. windows 7 is so horrible that there seems to be so many steps to getting it just right, and i just found myself starting all over (i didn't mention the nightmare with license breaks with AutoCad due to windows reading the clock differently...that's another hack that i had to deal with...and failure meant re-installing everything).
ok, off to bed now....
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Windows 7 x64 all updates
Just doublechecking. Does that include the recent chkdsk hotfixes?
[The Chkdsk.exe program does not start correctly on a Windows 7-based computer|http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975778]