Finally, something as simple as installing a new driver in Windows XP may render XP unbootable, and recovering from that may require starting over again—including formatting the drive and installing both OS X and Windows XP. In short, this is very new technology, and things can still go very wrong with the process.
If you have but one Mac, and you rely on it to make a living, I would not recommend installing Windows XP on it just yet. The last thing I did prior to starting was to attach a FireWire drive and make a clone of my perfectly-functional mini setup using SuperDuper. That way, if everything went horrendously, terribly wrong, recovery would be a simple process.
I strongly recommend a similar plan if you attempt this project.
Might as well make it a full clone, and then—and this is very important—verify that the clone is working before you start. Here are just a few examples of such things:. With that out of the way, how is the actual installation of Windows XP? The first step, after installing a fresh copy of OS X, is to install the boot loader on your mini.
The boot loader is a tiny program that lets you choose whether to boot Windows or OS X at startup, simply by tapping on the arrow key. Choose the Windows logo with your customized XP installer CD in the drive, and the install process starts.
Boot Camp - Windows XP Drivers Update Boot Camp Software Update for Windows 64 bit Canon Laser Printer Drivers for OS X. Joe Wilcox says Windows XP delivers all the features you'd ever expect from an operating system. But Mac OS X, despite flaws, gets the early.
Well, it eventually starts. The instructions warn you that fully three minutes will pass before anything at all happens.
At some point, the installer will reboot the machine,, and you then have to press F2 repeatedly, to be sure to make Windows boot from the hard drive, not the CD. The second part of the install then runs, and seems to run fine.
This is normal. Just turn it off manually.
When my machine finally reached this point, many many hours after starting details on why it took so long follow , I was simply amazed—this is Windows on an Apple system. Bluetooth, Ethernet, AirPort, and audio are all missing in action after the initial installation. So what you have on that first boot of Windows XP on your Intel Mac is a very functional, but not very useful, operating system.
The most important driver to get working, of course, is Ethernet. Without it, getting anything into the mini means using USB or some other storage medium you can transfer between machines. They worked great on the first try, once I recalled the convoluted steps I had to follow to enter my IP address information.
Once that was running, I was able to then download and install the remaining drivers. The Bluetooth drivers, for instance, have notes that indicate you have to re-run a small program on every reboot, and that they still may not work with Apple keyboards or mice.
In fact, to even get them working at all, you have to edit a file in the Windows directory and add two lines to specify some Apple-related info for the Bluetooth chipset. And this info differs between the iMac and the mini! After doing that, and running the small program, you then cross your fingers, plug in your Bluetooth stuff, and see what happens. In my case, I got a very pleasant surprise—my Macally mouse and Apple keyboard work just fine, though I do need to re-run one executable file each restart.
What really surprised me is that the Bluetooth keyboard works immediately after power-up; early enough that it can be used to choose which OS to boot. I believe we have Apple to thank for that one. Join Login.
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