Boot Camp Miracles

Boot Camp Miracles

Miracles, black boxes, voodoo, whatever you want to call it, I hate it. I want to know why it works and why it doesn’t work. I don’t think it’s asking a lot.

When Boot Camp was first released, I gave it a spin. The installation was smooth, but everything went south when I installed the drivers Boot Camp created. The whole system froze and the only thing I could do was power it off. Afterwards, Windows would always freeze after booting, requiring me to completely reinstall the OS. So I ditched the idea. I don’t really need to run Windows in order to support it.

But I’ve recently discovered that I’ll be out of town for a while with no access to a PC, which equates to no access to FFXI. That’s not gonna happen. I’ve got to get Boot Camp working.

I downloaded the latest version and reinstalled. Again, everything went smoothly until I installed the drivers Boot Camp created. Again, the whole system froze, etc. I googled for all I was worth and found about five different solutions, none of which sounded too convincing. Intermixed among the googling, I reinstalled Windows approximately three times. Finally, I came across one post where a guy said something along the lines of Be patient. Give it time. The system isn’t frozen. If you’re patient, it’ll work. Okay, fair enough. I reinstalled Windows, booted to OS X, and went to bed.

During lunch today I went home and started the driver install, figuring that I’d get it to the point where the system “freezes” and then go back to the office. When I return home in the evening, the install would either have worked or failed. At the very least, I’d be able to claim that I’d been patient.

But this time the install worked. No freeze. No powering off the system. It just worked. From start to finish. After I rebooted, the wireless came online, the bluetooth was working, the video looked awesome. Everything worked. And I’ve changed nothing. I’m even using the same driver CD.

WTF.

As near as I can tell, the process can be best described as follows:

  1. Install Boot Camp;
  2. Install Windows;
  3. A miracle happens;
  4. It all works.

I don’t like miracles. Why was it failing before? What happened that caused it to work this time when all the other times failed? If I have to reinstall the drivers later, will I be faced with the same problems? What do I do then?

Gah. It’s working. I guess that’s good enough for now.

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