Boot Camp


Boot Camp

Today Apple fired a large cannon squarely in Microsoft’s direction.

This explosive cannon-ball takes the form of something Apple calls Boot Camp. No, it’s not a resort dedicated to helping problematic Windows users see the true light of conversion, nor is it a fancy ranch offering workshops into new Apple technologies.

This is something even more surprising. Something even more daring. Something that changes things.

Boot Camp will let you boot Windows XP onto your Intel-based Mac. Now OK, this was big news a couple of weeks ago. This has already been done, and prize money has been handed over. But this was by a bunch of hackers, and something that was only likely to have been used by the more technologically adventurous amongst us. Boot Camp is officially an Apple product, and Boot Camp will be part of OS X 10.5 (Leopard). Boot Camp is here to stay. (Although perhaps not the name).

Perhaps more importantly, Boot Camp contains a whole flock of drivers and ‘amenities’ that will make your usage of Windows even smoother than that provided by the solution to the contest. Drivers are provided for the following:

  • Graphics
  • Networking
  • Audio
  • AirPort wireless
  • Bluetooth
  • The Eject key (on Apple keyboards)
  • Brightness control for built-in displays

This suggests that Boot Camp has been in development for some time now, probably even pre-dating the contest. Apple does like to keep quiet about these things.

I’ll leave thinking about what this actually means for the future of OS X and Windows to you, but as a departing thought consider how Bill Gates might now start to interpret the following quote from George Orwell:

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face — forever.”



Does anyone know how to make the selection screen display by default without having to press Option on startup? I’ve seen this done on public-use computers. Would be good for those of us who use Windows and Mac OS equally and therefore don’t have a preference for the default OS to boot in.

Chris Riley

Just finished my install of boot camp and windows pro on my new MacBook Pro. It was easy and works great. Scary when windows run’s much better then on my PC. I did not do it for a full replacement of my day-to-day desktop, but to create a demo machine for me at the tradeshows. So far, like everything apple, it has been seemless and better then expected.

Manuel Amaral Netto


I’m a frequent PC user and I’m so sick of how slow and annoying a Personal Computer can be. Apple computer seam to give a little colour and enjoyment while working so many hours in front of a screen.

My work in mainly graphic. I have a small clothing buisness and so I wor a lot with software such as ilustrator or photoshop. But my work is industrial design and on that 3D CAD software field the windows platform wins the game. When I heard about boot camp I was really glad that now I could finally have a computer that would help my sanity and would not crash whenever I’m on a hurry. Boot camp seam perfect. I can run my 3D CAD Software such as Solidworks or AutoCad on my Windows side. And do all my graphic and rendering work on the confortable MacOs. Is this me drifting away on a idealistic and perfect enviroment for my work? Or is it just another try to seduce windows users to a more friendly and fashion way of dealing with computers?



I went to my local apple store and found the personnel there to be 100% against bootcamp. The salesperson we spoke to kept going back to the question “What do you want to run on a MAC that won’t run?” I explained video games and also some VB development.

He told me bootcamp was not supported, and could in fact damage the MAC side of the system. Then asked why I would buy a system from a vendor that didn’t support the software.

He talked me out of the purchase. I guess that I will stick to Windows where almost everything runs, and not use the enhanced graphics editing capabilities of the MAC. If Apple stock went up 10% because of this announcement, investors are very gullible.


““Today Apple fired a large cannon squarely in Microsoft’s direction” and shot itself sqarely in the foot….. Corporate IT admins are not going to buy [expensive] Macs and pay for *2* operating systems so that they can migrate to Mac. The bean counters would laugh so hard that they would pee their pants.”

Aren’t they? I’m the IT admin for a corporate network and i can’t WAIT to get one of the new 17″ apple laptops. Finally, Windows and OS X on the same machine!!! A very, very, very intelligent move for apple. HEAPS of people love OS X but unfortunately, NEED winpoos… so all those people such as myself, who love OS X but need XP, can have it, and you gotta buy a mac to get it. Very smart move. And wait till the average user gets a clue about how to use OS X. Another plus is faster hardware too =D


Looking for updated drivers….

My installtion was fairly simple but the Apple drivers for the wireless card didn’t let me join a LEAP authentication required network. So I went Hunting. The Windows system identified the hardware as an Atheros AR5006x card. Turns out to support a, b, and g networks! Don’t know if the Apple implimentation limits joining an A network or not. But I hunted for an updated driver (the included one was 4.1 something.) Sure enough there is a 4.2something. But getting it from Atheros was impossible. Gigabyte Inc. turned out to have a nice update but the Amercan download failed. I had to go to Asia to get it downloaded (the Europe one started but ultimately failed.) But to find that I had to work through an eBay web page that actually had an old link but it kind of got me there…. quite the hunt.

But it worked great when done and rebooting and using the network seemed stable enough!

Here’s where the driver was ultimately listed:

I picked the 1.01 version which is the 4.2something version (versions of versions!?) and I used the Asia (not Asia(China)) and it installed and ran well. Yes I even had a virus checker check it!

So what else can be updated??

Bill D.

“Today Apple fired a large cannon squarely in Microsoft’s direction” and shot itself sqarely in the foot.

I’ve given this a lot of thought and I think it’s going to benefit MS more than Apple.

1. Very few PC owners are about to trash $1000 in hardware to switch to Mac.

2. If they do, they will still have to install a new version of Windows and will have to pay $100 for it.

3. Many Mac users will be more than willing to spend $100-200 for Windows so that they can play PC games – long a sore point for Mac owners.

4. Corporate IT admins are not going to buy [expensive] Macs and pay for *2* operating systems so that they can migrate to Mac. The bean counters would laugh so hard that they would pee their pants.

In short, I see only some cross-pollination sales which mostly benefit MS. Granted, Apple will make some sales of Leopard that they might otherwise get – to existing owners of Tiger who would like to try Windows XP.

I don’t see where there’s so much benefit to Apple that their stock should shoot up like it has. Do these analysts really believe that hundreds of millions of dollars in PC hardware is going to suddenly end up in landfills with the owners scrambling for new Macs? I don’t see it. These switchers would have to be retarded to spend that sort of money to continue to run XP. Maybe when they upgrade, they can consider spending more money on Macs. Once that happens, you have to convince long-time Windows users to boot Leopard (or it’s successor) and try it ot Apple would risk a reverse migration.

Now – if only Apple would offer Mac for PCs (very do-able), they would have a reason to w00t it up.


“exposed to the versatility and expansive software selection of Windows”

by that you mean “exposed to the versatility and expansive malware selection of Windows” right? Or perhaps “exposed to the overgrown, bloated mess of bad and broken software selection of Windows”? Or perhaps “exposed to the large number of games…” oops you got me there.

I dont know about you but I switched about 6 months ago and I haven’t ever had a single problem doing some work because I couldn’t find software for it. Safari is better, Mail is better, Colloquy is better, iTunes is better, iPhoto is better, Textmate is better, Xcode is better, Transmit is better, the list of osx native softare that murders it’s (millions of) windows counterparts goes on and on.


Ok now we sorted out which disk had SP2 on its all running so so well.

Frankly it is awesome!!


It’s entirely possible that after being exposed to the versatility and expansive software selection of Window, the users switching may well be Mac users. Suppose “Apple’s big cannon” backfires when the Mac faithful find themselves spending less time in OSX, and more time in Windows..


Fantastico… I can now use SPSS and those apps which doesn´t really work on OS X.


Ok well it is very very simple to install but will try and do some sort of video walkthrough tomorrow.

Dual boot is very simple… just hold down the alt key while the machine boots and you get a selection screen that allows you to booth either OS X or XP. You can select which start up disk you want , either OS X or XP in OS X.


Ok will try and do a video tomorrow (using my phone). What do you want to see the video of? The OS X side or the Windows install?

Bob Weitz

With a slew of “Boot Camps” under investigation for sadistic and in one case lethal practices, shouldn’t Apple reconsider the name…sure us Geeks understand it is about booting Windows in the Mac hardware environment, but in the real world the connotation is militaristic and dark.


I think it is a good thing. But it doesnt quite work yet. We tried it out on two machines this afternoon (UK Time) and it doesnt want to ‘play’ nice just yet. It wasn’t happy installing the network drivers so wouldn’t get on our net connection or the servers. On an iMac it didn’t want to install the ATI driver first off and the Mac Driver app gave a fatal error. The installation of the Boot Camp App and the partitioning is a dream though. Just make sure you update your machines firmware first.
You can read more and see some pictures of the install process at my site

Sam Aaron

Yes you’re right, in the short term the Windows hardware makers will probably feel the brunt of the move, but I feel that the real long-term losers will be Microsoft. I think that the more that OS X is exposed to the consumer market, the faster its market-share will grow. By allowing Windows to boot on OS X it removes one of the major hurdles people faced when they consider switching. In fact people don’t even need to switch now, they can have both :-)

Oh and it’s a dupe because I didn’t see the other posting whist I wrote it. But hey, both postings are pretty much complimentary.

John Vogel

Why is this “a large cannon squarely in Microsoft’s direction”. Seems that MSFT still sells a full price copy of XP with each mac user that uses Boot Camp. It might hurt sales of Virtual PC but I’ll bet MSFT makes more profit on XP than VPC.

Seems like the cannon is aimed at Windows hardware makers (Dell, HP, etc) rather than MSFT.

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