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Best practices when using BootCamp


Probably many vvvv novices owning Macs never bothered running Windows on their Macs, although it's quite easy to do so: Apple's free (being part of the OS) BootCamp let's you run Windows OSes on almost all Intel based Macs. Running vvvv via BootCamp is preferable to VM solutions, due to general performance disadvantages and some VMs lacking support for certain vvvv functionalities. Please read on if you're new to BootCamp on your Mac.


Unless you need span mode or your (Intel) Mac lacks performance, I can safely recommend Windows 7 64bit (making use of all your RAM) and the latest iteration of BootCamp (at the time of writing 4.x for X's prior to 10.8.x and 5.x for 10.8.x onwards, read this for official blurbs). The BootCamp Assistant (to be found at User/Applications/Utilities) of 10.7.x and later X's downloads the latest drivers onto a separate media (FAT32 formatted HD/USB Stick/...) provided by you. Windows 7 with said BootCamp drivers supports direct access (read only) to HFS volumes (ie. your Macintosh HD), eliminating the need of MacDrive and similar software. Make sure to update your BootCamp and graphics card driver to a recent version after completing BootCamp installation + check your settings within the BootCamp Control Panel. If you can't find it in the Task Bar or Windows Control Panels, refer to where you had BootCamp Assistant download the drivers and install manually.

It's best practice to reformat your BootCamp partition to NTFS before having Windows Installer do it's job (you'll get a chance to do so before running the installation routine), avoiding potential installation failure. You should switch from FAT32 to NTFS later on (look that one up on the net), if you succeeded anyway.

  • Having trouble when installing XP via BootCamp, getting errors like missing dlls and/or media errors? "Boot up in OS X and create a FAT32 (max. 32GB) partition of your preferred size using BootCamp Assistant. Bear in mind that FAT32's max. partition size is 32GB."
  • Current BootCamp drivers are pretty much sophisticated, enabling two-finger secondary trackpad clicks, fn-key assisted choice of F-Key mapping, a proper Mac-style keyboard mapping and IR-Remote Control activation.

Windows XP and OS Xes prior to 10.6.x

  1. Follow the instructions in Leopard's Boot Camp Assistant: insert the XP CD, reboot using BootCamp Assistant.
  2. Follow the XP installation procedure. When you get to choosing the partition, you'll notice a partition called C: BOOT CAMP. Choose it.
  3. XP installer will now ask you what to do with it. Format it. I used the full format option (as opposed to quick) and chose NTFS instead, which works fine. YOU NEED TO FORMAT THE DRIVE. OS X can't access NTFS, so why would I prefer NTFS instead of FAT32? NTFS is a superior file system, supports file sizes >4GB and can be accessed on OS X running FUSE for OS X (http://osxfuse.github.com). Said to be working with 10.7.x. NTFS partitions are resizeable using BootCamp Assistant, Winclone and diskutil (in Terminal).
  4. 10.6.x supports direct access to NTFS volumes when following this procedure. It's somewhat experimental, sometimes not supporting external devices and officially considered to be unsafe. That being said, it worked for me and internal drives. Open up Terminal, type
sudo nano /etc/fstab

then add

LABEL=name none ntfs rw

where 'name' is the name of your Win partition. Reboot to get native read/write access to your NTFS partition or external drive.

Tired of erratic vertical two-finger scrolling using the track pad?

  • Try ALT + two-fingers for smoother scrolling.

Where's my middle-click on the track pad?

  • two-fingers on the track pad + SPACE + track pad button

What to do if you dislike the standard Apple keyboard layout on BootCamp?

Backing up your BootCamp partition

How to backup your BootCamp (NTFS only) partition when Acronis reports errors or is just too cumbersome for the BootCamp novice?

  • Try WinClone (running on OS X), NTFS only though. WinClone supports (safe) resizing of BootCamp partitions too. Version 3 isn't free anymore, but it's worth the buck.

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~2h ago

joreg: @cznickesz: we're hoping this week. but depends on feedback. please test your project and let us know if it works.

~3h ago

cznickesz: @joreg: I should stop asking my questions so cryptic ;-) So right away: is final Beta39 hours, days or weeks away?

~4h ago

joreg: @cznickesz: the idea of an RC is exactly to make sure your projects will work with it. your last chance to report problems with b39.

~5h ago

cznickesz: So how "RC" is the "RC3"? I have to update an old project soon and I´m wondering if I should wait and directly update to Beta39

~6h ago

joreg: @takuma, the "one frame" issue was fixed in RC3 for beta39, see: beta39-release-candidate

~7h ago

Takuma: @joreg thank!! Ill try this. Are there a way to send video texture from vvvv to vl? fromimage node in vl somehow only sends 1 frame

~9h ago

cznickesz: @ravasquez thx, so I need to stop avoiding nuget in the end ;-)

~9h ago

joreg: Reminder: Are you teaching #vvvv or with vvvv? We're curious to hear from you: teaching-patching-a-mini-conference

~9h ago

joreg: @takuma am afraid no blackmagic in vl yet. probly possible via VL.NDI? https://discourse.vvvv.org/t/vl-ndi/16733

~10h ago

ravazquez: @cznickesz beta39: VL.Skia (shipped with installer), VL.OpenCV (needs nuget install). As for gamma, both ship with it.