MacBook Pro Retina with Windows 8: projector issues

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When I started my great MacBook Pro with Windows 8 via boot camp adventure, my intent was to use the machine for hosting client meetings and demonstrations while connected to a projector. Imagine my horror when the first few projectors I tried to connect to could only support a 640 x 480 screen resolution! It’s incorrect to say the projector was the limitation, as I had other laptops available to me that could output higher resolutions to the same projectors. The MacBook Pro only has HDMI, or mi…

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Life with a MacBook Pro – 2 months on

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It’s almost 2 months since I decided to purchase the new MacBook Pro with Retina display to run Windows 8. Time to take stock and see how that is working out. I am still a big fan of the hardware and think it’s a great laptop. Performance has been fantastic for me in terms of: Boot time Copying files (for example VMs) Launching and running applications  The main niggles I’ve had appear to be related to Windows 8 – although I’m sure some of it is the combination of Windows 8 and this specific ha…

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MacBook Pro, Boot Camp and Bluetooth mice in Windows

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When I bought my MacBook Pro I thought I’d treat myself to a new mouse as well, so I picked up a Logitech M555b Mouse. It worked great with OS X but under Windows 8 using boot camp it was unreliable and flaky. The cursor would lag and be jerky – this wasn’t consistent, it would usually start off OK, but then degrade after 10 or 15 minutes use. Recently I stumbled across a fix for this and now my mouse works fine in both Windows 8 and OS X. The fix involves changing an advanced setting for the wi…

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Resize Boot Camp partition for free – Windows 8

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When I originally set up my Boot Camp partition I just picked a split of 50% for each drive – 256GB for OSX Mountain Lion and 256GB for Windows 8. After settling into Windows 8 and not really being very interested in OSX I wanted to allocate more space to the boot camp partition. I thought it would be simple and in the end it was, but the first things I tried didn’t work. The following steps worked for me: In OSX shrink the ‘Macintosh HD’ volume using the native Disk Utility. Reboot into Windows…

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