Advice from the Bootcamp Trenches

by Erica Sadun

I spent a torturous day yesterday installing Bootcamp on my new dual core mini. Some lessons that I learned along the way:

  • Reformat your partition. Although the bootcamp utility creates a FAT partition for Windows before you begin the XP install process, you must reformat that partition during Windows setup or you will get Bad Disk errors. I personally went with FAT for the reformat.

  • Pick the right partition. It's so easy to gloss over Apple's instructions that you might miss the part about having to search for C: on the partition list. Fortunately, I caught myself right before I almost reformatted my OS X partition.

  • Check your sounds. On my Intel core duo, the Realtek drivers would not install. I ended up spending hours trying to figure out why the "Microsoft Bus Driver" wasn't working. In the end, I had to update my PCI devices as follows: Right-click My Computer. Choose Properties -> Hardware -> Device Manager -> System Devices. There was an incorrectly installed PCI Device (with a yellow caution symbol next to it). Double-clicking that let me re-install that driver. (At this point, Windows complained that I had overwritten original Win XP SP2 files, but I cancelled its complaint and kept the ones that had been installed on the Mac drivers CD.) The Realtek driver can be found on your C: (local disk) drive, in Program Files : Macintosh Drivers for Windows XP 1.1.2 : realtek. Double-click Setup.exe to install.


2006-11-16 11:06:36
All that reminds me why I use a Mac in the first place!
2006-11-16 20:28:59
I have Boot Camp installed for games and occasional coding, but I use it as infrequently as possible.
2006-12-02 07:58:05
Parallels now supprts using the BootCamp partition!

2006-12-27 16:24:14
thank you for this site,
Dylan jutt
2007-01-12 12:27:20
i'm having trouble tyring to figure out how to reformat my now corrupt and virus ridden windows partition..anyone have suggestions? i called apple care and they don't offer any support.. anyone having a similar problem?
2007-01-22 08:34:14
Hi Erica;
Just want to say thank you for your wonderful posting, it really help me a lot and i mean a lot...:)
2007-01-22 08:36:41
Hi Erica;
I want to use parallels for windows but i have read a lot of comments that isight doesnt work on it and sometimes its a hassle to go back and forth,( i only use my windows for games). is there anyway of solving this?