Handful of Mac users report Boot Camp leaves them stuck with Windows, unable to boot into Mac OS X

“Some Mac users are reporting problems with Apple’s Boot Camp, the software that lets Intel-based Macs run Windows. Ironically, some users have said been stuck with Windows, with their hardware left unable to reboot the Mac OS,” Matthew Broersma reports for Techworld. “In a discussion thread on Apple’s technical support Web site, more than a dozen users reported that Boot Camp successfully partitioned their hard drive and allowed them to install a working version of Windows, but then would no longer allow them to switch back.”

“‘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 a user from Chicago. ‘Now I’m stuck with a XP/Apple (scary!)’ wrote another user,” Broersma reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Yugo Engine in a BMW” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Public Beta. Luckily, it seems that only a dozen or so poor souls have been stuck with the nightmare of Macs that can only run the inferior of the two operating systems on their drives. Also, according to the report, some of the afflicted said “they had been able to fix the problem using command-line tools or Apple utilities such as Repair Disk [Disk Ultility].”

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45 Comments

  1. I hate windows as much as anyone. Unfortunately there are 2 programs that will not run on a Mac that I depend on. for these 2 programs I have tried Virtual PC (connectix whre are you…but it back), and will try boot camp. I don’t want to, but I am forced to….

    if these programs had Mac versions I would dump windows, and make my laptop a microsoft free zone…

    so STOP asking WHY… Ask any Real Estate Broker about running MLS on a MAC… not possible. These folks would love to run OS X, but cannnot.

    All good reasons.

  2. Any Mac user should know that installing Microsoft software will f&ck; up your Mac……I use VPC, Word and Excel, but I always Quit them right after I’m done because otherwise I end up with problems, especially if I let the Powerbook go to sleep with VPC running in the background.

    MDN word: high

    If you didn’t back up your HD before installing Boot Camp, you must have been high.

  3. I bet most of those people didn’t know which partition was the C drive and just installed it on the Mac one….

    And that would leave you with just a PC computer….cause 99.9% of the time it’s usually user error.

  4. I like what this guys said when this was brought up in a different website

    “There will always be idiots who don’t follow the simple instructions, or think they “know better” and make up their own shortcuts. Those who are “unable to boot back into OS X” are the same ones who DIDN’T choose the C: partition, and so overwrote their OS X. This is hardly the problem of the Boot Camp software…. it’s not possible to save every idiot from themselves. The instructions could not be simpler, and 99.9% of installations have had no problems- all it requires is READING THE BLOODY DIRECTIONS. Do you think these whiners are honest enough to admit that they didn’t? Heck no- it’s all Apple’s fault!”

  5. Ah well, Obviously this was the wrong place to go for any intelligent discourse. It takes real maturity to heap derision anonomously on people asking serious questions.

    Brad, thanks for your idea, though I did that. Not sure exactly what happened to that point (all the other stuff went fine – disk utility, firmware update, burning drivers disk). Its just stuck on the win install. It also only shows one partition of 130g out of the 250. Something is amiss, but not sure what. Disk utility won’t repair it either.

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