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Thursday, March 16, 2006
Windows XP Boots On Intel Mac
7:33 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 10 comments

The contest to get Windows to boot into Windows XP on an Intel Mac has been won by a pair of hackers, according to official website. A pair of hackers have won the $14,000 cash prize for offering the first solution to get Windows XP to boot on an Intel Mac.

The contest was subject to three restrictions:

1) Instructions must boot Windows XP (at least), not Vista or any other version of Windows.

2) Windows must be able to coexist with Mac OS X and each system may not interfere with the operation of the other (basically a traditional dual boot system where one OS is running at a time)

3) Your method, upon starting the computer, must offer the user to boot either OS X or Windows XP (hint: GRUB / LILO)

The solution has been successfully tested and verified by several Intel Mac owners and will be posted on the Internet shortly.

At press time, one major obstacle remains in order to get games running on Intel Macs under Windows XP (with full 3D acceleration). So far a graphics driver that will work on the Intel Mac hardware under Windows XP has not been found. ATI at Macworld told IMG that the video chipsets in the Intel Macs use Mac firmware and are not designed to work under Windows. A plausible solution would be to flash the video card's firmware everytime you booted into Windows, but that would be extremely risky since it could render the video card useless if something went wrong during the flash. To boot back into your Mac, you would have to reflash the video card again back to the Mac version.

We'll post more information as it becomes available.


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