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Boot Camp 2.0: Video issues with Windows Vista or XP

  • Last Modified on: November 26, 2007
  • Article: 306891

Issue or symptom

External displays are detected using Microsoft Windows Vista but may display a black screen. Or, other video issues may occur when using Windows Vista or XP via Boot Camp 2.0.

Products affected

  • Intel-based Mac that uses NVidia graphics
  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
  • Boot Camp 2.0


This solution only applies to Macs using NVidia graphics. Updating your NVidia graphics driver in Windows may address the issue. If you're not sure what kind of graphics your Mac uses, see "What kind of graphics does my Mac use?" below.

  1. While started up in Windows, download and install the following NVidia driver to address this issue:

    If you use Windows XP:
    If you use Windows Vista:

  2. After downloading, double-click the installer file to start the installation, then follow the onscreen instructions.

What kind of graphics does my Mac use?

If you're not sure what kind of graphics your Mac uses, in Mac OS X:

  1. Open System Profiler (in /Applications/Utilties).
  2. In the Hardware section of the System Profiler, click on Graphics/Display.

Information about your display hardware should appear to the right.

Or, in Windows, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click on Control Panel
  3. Double click Display
  4. Click the Settings tab

Your display model should appear in the Display field. If you need more information click on Advanced, which will provide more detail on your display.



Important: Apple does not provide technical phone support for installing, using, or recovering Microsoft Windows. Support is available for using Boot Camp Setup Assistant, as well as installing or restoring Boot Camp software while booted into Windows. Support articles and discussions may also be available on Apple's support website.

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