Years ago I stripped out PATA optical drive on my 2006 MP and replaced it with an external and installed an SSD. Little did I know at the time, it is impossible to install windows without it. I found this out when trying to install bootcamp the other day. Nothing works, no USB install, no external, Refit, etc. I even tried to install an internal SATA optical drive using the spare SATA ports. These read the optical fine but still cannot install Windows. I guess the EFI still sees these as external drives. The problem is that no one makes those PATA optical drives anymore so a hardware solution, though very easy, is not available. Does anyone happen to know any kind of software workaround to get my MP to recognize the sata drive as an internal optical? On a similar line, I think I have stretched this hardware as far as it can go but have been waiting for a meaningful update to the MP which may be soon.