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Gigabyte fixes Windows 7 iPhone bug for some users

updated 03:35 pm EST, Mon November 9, 2009

ASUS, MSI motherboards remain troublesome

Gigabyte has released a new beta BIOS for its GA-P55-UD4P motherboard, addressing problems with iPhone sync on certain Windows 7 systems. Issues are said to remain with ASUS and MSI motherboards, for which no patched software is available. People may nevertheless be able to solve errors by upgrading to the latest available BIOS and chipset drivers, or running Windows in Vista SP2 compatibility mode.

The bug is only triggered by motherboards based on Intel's P55 design, and predominantly affects systems running the 64-bit version of Windows 7. When connecting an iPhone to a vulnerable PC, both Windows and iTunes 9 may detect the device, but subsequently refuse to sync. Intel has suggested that the problem indeed lies with BIOS or system configurations; likely as a result, Microsoft has yet to comment on any relationship between troubles and Windows 7's codebase.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And now working without a hitch. No problems at all. Kudos to Gigabyte for a speedy release of its firmware

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...that this needs the BIOS developer to make updates.

    This is exactly the reason why Apple doesn't want MacOS X on clone machines - an OS upgrade breaks functionality, and every would naturally assume it is Apple's problem, since the hardware worked just fine with the previous OS. But Apple would be powerless to fix this but yet take all the blame.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Interesting

    This is exactly the reason why Apple doesn't want MacOS X on clone machines

    And yet, what you say doesn't apply. Most users would be blaming iTunes or the iPhone (or both). I seriously doubt many would be saying "Damn Apple for the crappy OS they made!". So Apple still gets the blame, the phone calls, etc. BTW, I don't notice too many people blaming Windows on this. Why not?

    And this is only what apple SAYS about OS X on clone machines. The reason they don't want to run it on clones is that they make all their money from Macs, not from OS X. And since they've got the loyal fanbase, they know they can do whatever they want and not worry about it.

    As proof, just look at the clones from 10 years ago. They nearly destroyed apple, not because they had to support all that different hardware (since all the hardware came from Apple or was pre-approved by them), it was because they offered better systems that were cheaper than what Apple made, even though they were paying Apple around $500 a system in licensing fees. Apple can't compete on just looks, so they go the extra effort to make their OS only work on their hardware.

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