Boot Camp resolution problems fixed with graphics driver reinstallation.

There may be times when booting into Windows via Boot Camp may not display the desired screen resolution. In some instances this might happen after attempting to customize the hardware or driver setups in windows, but in other instances may happen from

There may be times when booting into Windows via Boot Camp may not display the desired screen resolution. In some instances this might happen after attempting to customize the hardware or driver setups in windows, but in other instances may happen from the first time that Boot Camp is used.

Apple discussion poster "Wiktor Kidziak1" writes:

"I have installed Vista Home Premium under boot camp (OS X 10.5.7) but in preferences I can only get the maximum of 1280x960 while my screen resolution on SyncMaster P2250 in OS X is 1920x1080. (I am using new Mac mini with NVIDIA GeForce 9400).

I have inserted Leopard disc in Vista and installed boot camp but still I can't make the resolution higher."

This problem generally happens because you have the improper drivers installed for Boot Camp, and need to reinstall them from the disks that came with your system. The following procedure will do this:

  1. Restart the computer and insert the OS X  installation DVD that came with your computer (not any other Leopard DVD).
  2. Open the "Boot Camp" drivers and remove them, confirm, and reboot the system.
  3. When the system starts up, cancel any "Found New Hardware" wizards that may start
  4. Open the "Windows Support" disk (The Leopard DVD) and start the Boot Camp installer.
  5. Run the installer, then reboot the system.

If you have multiple OS installation disks, be sure to use the drivers on the disks that is the most recent release of OS X. In some instances this might be the grey CD that came with your computer, but could also be a Leopard installation DVD so be sure to check the version on the disk. To ensure compatibility, however, the grey disks that came with your computer will work best.

If you need to update your Windows graphics drivers, use Apple's software update to ensure you have drivers that are most compatible with Boot Camp. There are, however, times where you may wish to have the latest drivers for your graphics hardware and the ones that come with Boot Camp are missing required features or otherwise will not work. In this case the latest drivers for your specific hardware can be found at Nvidia or ATI/AMD's driver websites:

ATI drivers page: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx (Has a "Boot Camp" section).

In addition to the official drivers on those sites, you can find the latest, unreleased, and modified drivers for Nvidia hardware at this website: http://laptopvideo2go.com/drivers

The drivers on the laptopvideo2go website may be buggy so do be cautioned that they are pre-release drivers and might not function correctly.

You cannot harm your system by installing improper drivers. At the very most the system will have problems like stuck resolutions, so if after any driver update you are having problems with your system then you can always revert the drivers to those on the Leopard installation DVD.

Resources
  • Wiktor Kidziak1
  • http://www.nvidia.com/Down...
  • http://support.amd.com/us/...
  • http://laptopvideo2go.com/...
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