Boot Camp, tentatively named, is a collection of technologies made available by Apple Inc. that assists users in installing BIOS-based operating systems on Intel-based Macintosh computers. Boot Camp currently consists of a non-destructive partitioning tool and a CD image with device drivers for Windows. In addition to device drivers for the hardware, the CD includes a Windows control panel for setting the primary operating system. Boot Camp is not a virtualization tool, which would allow the Windows and Mac OS X operating systems to run concurrently; instead, the computer must be restarted to use either operating system. A boot manager allows for selection of operating systems.
Boot Camp requires that users upgrade the firmware on their Intel-based Macintosh to the latest version, which includes the boot-loader and BIOS compatibility module required to get the EFI based machines to boot legacy operating systems.
Apple does not officially support Boot Camp or Windows at this time nor does it sell copies of Windows XP at its stores.
The technology is currently final and included in Mac OS X v10.5, "Leopard". Bootcamp downloads have been removed from the Apple site for tiger users making Leopard a prerequisite for running it.
Apple promises no support for this software, as it is in beta. In many instances, Mac OS X can simply be reinstalled to fix issues that may arise.
- Mac OS X 10.4.6
- 10GB free hard disk space
- An Intel-based Mac with up-to-date firmware
- An available writeable CD or DVD
- A BIOS operating system (Linux, Windows, etc.)
While the driver disk created by Boot Camp allows Windows XP hardware support for the majority but not all of a Mac's system components, it does not currently support the following:
- Bluetooth Apple wireless keyboard or mouse and coupling with bluetooth devices
- Apple USB Modem
- Keyboard backlighting on MacBook Pro
Sources and References
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- Boot Camp
- Boot Camp Beta: Requirements, installation, and frequently asked questions
- 3DMark Benchmarks early 3DMark benchmarks from Macologist
- Boot Camp Turns Your Mac Into a Reliable Windows PC - Walter Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal
- BBC Article Summarizing Boot Camp
- Summary of the Windows XP Install process and video of an iMac running Half Life 2
- PC World Article On Boot Camp Beta