intel macs cant run xp but will be able to run vista

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  1. inamorata

    inamorata New Member

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    the reason has something to do with something that i dont understand
     
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    XP not supporting EFI but Vista will?
     
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    newsroom_can Canada eh?

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    but why would you want to run Vista?
     
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    FlyNReeLow Elite Member #200

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    honestly.. people buy a mac to get rid of windows... dont currupt your G5 with this bullshit....
     
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    mac users won't care about this as much but windows users who want to "kinda switch" will love this idea. they've wanted such a thing since the idea of dual booting came up.
     
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    Games is the only reason I can think of. Would be nice to have a dual boot so you can hope into Vista to play a game or two if you wanted.
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    :werd: probably that, though I bet a workaround for xp will be found soon enough, probably something like getting grub to talk to EFI and bootloading win xp from there ftw (except running xp is never ftw) :cool:
     
  8. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    remember that x86 linux is as impossible to boot as well, until either bootstrap partition workarounds are created, or the existing bootloaders are written to interface with EFI.
     
  9. agent0068

    agent0068 OT Supporter

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    for those who don't understand why, it has to do with the BIOS if that rings any bells. Basically, to really over simplify it, it's the small but essential piece of the OS that kicks in just when you turn the computer on. It's responsible for loading the "bigger" OS (i.e. OS X, Windows, etc).

    The intel macs use a thing called EFI whereas Windows (and many other intel friendly OS'es) doesn't support this loader.
     
  10. manchild

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    isnt there a weird linux that works on EFI? It was mentioned in the other thread, let me find it...

    And I'd want windows on a mac for games.
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    I wouldn't be surprised if there is EFI support out there on some flavor of linux, but for most intents and purposes, you're not gonna find it just yet. Hardware / software support for it will probably ramp up for it as vista approaches, or as more EFI enabled machines come on the market, but right now that's only apple bcause no consumer PC vendor will sell a machine that won't boot XP :hs:

    it's like we're back to being on the PPC in a smaller way, only that this "hardware incompatibility," so to speak, will be ironed out as beigebox hardware catches up to EFI.
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    p.s. would love to see what linux it is that supports EFI, could be time to take a trip to the apple store with a burned CD :embd:
     
  13. Rev. Johnny Vegas

    Rev. Johnny Vegas Rectal Ventriloquist

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    So we need one of the early adopers among us to "acquire" an early release of Vista (they're out there) and load it.
     

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