I Feel Dirty. Dirty And Ashamed. Stupid, Too.

Bootcamp logoSo Apple released a little piece of beta software called Bootcamp today. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but it allows Intel Mac owners to install Windows onto their new Macs. Being the tinkerer that I am, I couldn’t resist downloading Bootcamp and giving it a go on my MacBook Pro; after all, others seemed to be meeting with success in getting it installed on their MBPs.
So I pulled BC down, updated my firmware as per Apple’s instructionsdire warnings, started the BC installer, repartitioned my hard drive, threw the Windows XP Pro install disk into the Superdrive and then fired up the WinXP installer. The computer restarted and I was soon greeted by the “soothing” blue DOS screen of the XP installer – now that was a weird sight. After a brief “Copying files locally…” interval, I was prompted to strike the ‘Enter’ key, which I did. Nothing happened. I tried again. Still nothing. Figuring something may have gone wrong, I tapped the power button, hoping to come back up in OS X and continue on my merry way. The computer booted back onto the XP disk – it never gave me a chance to do otherwise! “Oh. Crap.“, thought I. Going for the trifecta, I rebooted a second time. Skunked again. In a last-ditch effort to salvage the affair, I plugged a USB keyboard into the MBP and restarted again. As per usual computer methodology, this actually allowed me to strike the ‘Enter’ key. Hooray.
I’m now in the middle of an XP install – it appears to have frozen after the initial GUI setup. The XP disc is still in the drive. This may take a while.
Why, oh why didn’t I take the blue pill?