updated 05:15 pm EDT, Thu April 13, 2006
Boot Camp flaw found
Numerous Intel Mac owners are reporting problems on Apple's support forums with the company's Boot Camp software, and some users even say that they are stuck with Windows because their Mac OS partitions no longer boot after completing the installation. Boot Camp is a program designed to provide the new Apple systems with the ability to boot both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. More than a dozen users have said they are stuck without the ability to boot back into Mac OS X, according to Techworld.com. "It all worked fine until I wanted to start up OS X. Then the startup screen never progressed. I actually left and came back an hour later and it was still just the gear thing spinning around," wrote one user.
While Apple has said from the moment it released Boot Camp that the product was a beta release and that it would not offer support, some users are requesting that the company take action.
"This isn't a minor glitch, but a major problem. Barring erasing my drive and reinstalling OS X, I am stuck with an Apple laptop that only runs Windows," another user wrote. "I don't want solutions that entail using the command line. I would like something from Apple saying that they recognize the problem and are working on it."
Some Intel Mac owners reported being able to repair the problem using Apple utilities such as Repair Disk, or command-line tools. Still others erased their hard drives to re-install Mac OS X, restoring their data from backups, according to the report.