I have an Intel-based Macbook Pro whose hard disk was formatted before I received it. It had no OS installed, and I have no OS X installation disks.
I'm trying to get the machine to run some XP-or-later version of Windows with all hardware (especially network adapters) working with proper drivers. I would like to do so legally and for the lowest price possible. How do I do this?
I have installed a copy of Windows XP SP2 onto the machine using an old CD and key I had lying around. This is the only OS installed on the machine.
The machine boots into XP without problems, but devices -- most notably, the ethernet and the wi-fi network adapters -- do not have drivers. I have tried all of the following steps to get the network adapters to work:
I have attempted to run the Boot Camp - Windows XP Drivers Update 2.1 executable. Unsurprisingly, this did not work; the documentation clearly states:
Important: Installation of Boot Camp 2.1 is required before installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
(The failure message stated that I did not have the appropriate drivers installed.)
From another Macbook, I ran the Boot Camp Assistant. I selected the option to "Download the latest Windows support software from Apple," put the download onto a USB Key, and attempted to run the executables on the XP Macbook. This too failed: "The file is not a proper executable" or somesuch. This too is unsurprising, considering 1) the hardware differences between to the MBPs, 2) the fact that the XP machine has never used any form of Boot Camp and 3) the fact that I am using a USB flash drive when the Boot Camp Assistant states that I need a FAT32-formatted external HDD. (Considering budgetary constraints, I do not have access to an external HDD.)
I have Googled like crazy.
Thanks in advance for any and all help that anyone can provide.