BootCamp Questions

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by kevbo111, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. kevbo111 macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2006
    Hey all. I've been reading some stuff about BootCamp running XP and how things like the iSight camera don't work. Since I plan to use Windows via BootCamp (virtual options like Parallels won't cut it) for a good chunk of time when/if I get a Mac, I want to be sure Windows under BootCamp will fulfill all my needs. I was wondering if any BootCamp users out there have experienced any other shortcomings of the utility (inactive ports, missing keyboard functions, etc.), and if these problems also result when using Parallels. Additionally, I wanted to know if Windows XP on the Mac is the full-fledged version I'm used to using with all the capabilities I've grown accustomed to. Thanks!
  2. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
    Yes its still susceptible to viruses, spyware and all those other goodies.
  3. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    Yes you will have to buy a XP license for it like any other computer. It has all the same features. As the hardware is the same, it can do anything a PC can do. Bootcamp actually only helps you install and gives you correct drivers. Thats all it does. After that its a normal PC.:eek:
  4. w7ox macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2006
    See the list/thread here:

    I'm still waiting for my MacBook (shipped from China last night) and I have both Parallels and Boot Camp on hand (and a new WinXP SP-2) on hand.

    Right now I'm tending to favor use of Boot Camp. I believe Parallels will not now let me burn CD/DVDs on the WinXP side nor support USB ports above usb1.1 speeds. I'm thinking I will devote 30GB (of 120GB total) to WinXP and format it in FAT32 so I can read it from the OS X side.

    But I'm about two weeks away from making final decisions. First I need to get the OS X side installed (apps, into my Win-based network, and running my Laserjet 6P printer .. all of which took me several days with this iBook).

  5. kevbo111 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2006
    Awesome, thanks for the responses. I have another questions about filesharing issues and stuff. w7ox said that if you setup Windows as FAT32 you can read it from OS X. Is there any way to read OS X stuff from Windows? If not, that's a bummer, but I guess I can deal. I'm planning on getting an external hard drive for some extra storage anyway, and I assume I can access it from both OS's, right?
  6. dollarsai macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2006
    Yes, I have an external hard disk and I can access it from both Windows and OS X. But I am unable to access OS X iles from Windows; don't know if there's a work around to make it possible.
  7. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    Just make sure its FAT32. :) But macdrive is the other option However make sure that you have AV on the windows side as it can change os x files(ie delete) :eek:
  8. 4God macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
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    I don't use BootCamp yet, Parallels is good but restrictive. I'll be moving to BootCamp and a full version of XP soon.
  9. iCeQuBe macrumors regular

    May 19, 2005
    Correct on the burning, Parallels doesn't support it right now but should in the future. Not sure about the speed of USB ports but everything I have plugged in via USB works fine and I have not gotten the "you device can perform faster message" OS X will be able to see and read your NTFS partition it just won't be able to write to it for that you will need MacDrive. But be careful if you do since it can write files it can also alter or delete them!
  10. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    If you format your XP to NTFS you won't be able to file share of course, however NTFS is more secure than FAT32 and allows for longer files names. I guess the thing that concerned me about formatting my XP to FAT32 was the possibility of an unknown virus in OS X migrating over to the XP partition or vice versa, this theory hasn't been proven or disproved and I guess only time will tell. Also with NTFS you can create secure (password protected) and encrypted folders whereas you can't with FAT32.

    So I just use a thumb drive to transfer between my Mac and XP partitions, or for larger files my external.
  11. kevbo111 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2006
    Great. Transferring files doesn't sound like it'll be too much of a hassel. Whatever files I have in Windows I'll probably just leave there, since they'll mostly be the files I couldn't read in OS X, or that open with programs that aren't yet supported by OS X (why else would I need to use Windows :p).
  12. w7ox macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2006
    Not a bad idea, actually.

  13. Ladybug macrumors 65816


    Apr 13, 2006
    Copying files from the XP NTFS partition isn't a problem, you just can't write or save to the XP partition from within OSX. Of course this only works one way, as XP can't even see the OSX partition.

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