$5747 (and rising) prize for booting XP on intel Mac

UberMac

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This site is offering a $5747 reward to the first person booting XP on a Mac!

Sweet mother of Lord! I wish my iMac would arrive, I need to tinker!
 

jacobj

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Damn, I wish I knew what the hell went on in the oerating systems... that'd get me my wished for plasma.
 

buryyourbrideau

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Yea and a lot of people who have been tinkering with booting into XP have ended up with dead intel macs.

No thanks, id like to keep my Macbook healthy.

Maybe in a new OSX update with the release of Vista at the same time, maybe then we will be able to dual boot without hassle.

Until then.

Eff that :mad:
 

AJ Muni

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I think its a good contest, and I'm surprised its gone up that much...IMO i would N-E-V-E-R want xp on my mac...
 

jeremy.king

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While I may not be able to do it, I donated my $9.99 to make sure someone will figure it out. I must use Windows for client work, so having one machine would just absolutely make my life...
 

balamw

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Winstonp said:
who are these idiots throwing down hundreds of dollars?
There are only 8 idiots, many of whom have links to their sites. The rest of the donations are less than $100. ;)

It is inherently worth $25 to me to be able to boot XP on my next Mac for a few legacy apps, custom apps I need for work and edutainment games for the kiddies. I would pay more than that for Crossover Office or VMWare which probably won't support DirectX for the games.

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agent76

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UberMac said:
This site is offering a $5747 reward to the first person booting XP on a Mac!

Sweet mother of Lord! I wish my iMac would arrive, I need to tinker!
I could think of nothing worse than having the ability to install one of the worst operating systems I've ever used on my brand new computer.

I can understand that there are people who have work applications and such under the windows platform (which they will no doubt work under vista, which will most likely be an easier install on an intel imac i imagine, if that OS ever comes out) but it'll be a cold day in hell before i let that OS near my mac either.
 

Spanky Deluxe

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buryyourbrideau said:
Yea and a lot of people who have been tinkering with booting into XP have ended up with dead intel macs.
Who? I've been involved in the efforts to boot Vista and I haven't heard anyone say they've fried their macs because of it.
 

trainguy77

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I was at this site back when it was at $101 when it was just opened. And when he was looking for someone to re do the site because it looked like poo on a bun.:eek:
 

katie ta achoo

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Why not people just buy a PC and a Mac....don't disgrace the Mac... I thought the saying was "Once you go Mac, you won't go back!" hahah :p
because of the extra space it'll take up, I guess.
I'd rather have one gorgeous machine boot both than one gorgeous machine boot os x and some ugly beige thing booting xp. :)
 

DrNeroCF

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Wait wait wait, what about BeOS? I know it has a boot loader on x86... can you get that to boot XP? I know it had to do some workarounds on a windows box because of protection that M$ used...?

Okay, I admit it, I know nothing about booting, but someone mentioned a linux boot-thingy, I'm just throwing something else out there...
 

janey

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DrNeroCF said:
Okay, I admit it, I know nothing about booting, but someone mentioned a linux boot-thingy, I'm just throwing something else out there...
That bootloader would be GRUB - http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/

At any rate, I would love to have a dualboot OS X/Windows machine - I'm not a switcher, I'm an adder (in fact, have more non-ppc boxen, but they're all running linux or freebsd) - i have apps and things (especially for school) that I NEED to have Windows XP for, and if you've ever even used MSIE in VirtualPC on a slow iBook G4....i mean, let alone something like vs .net or special software, whatever, jaws/window-eyes, lack of ownership of a Mac version of MATLAB...you get the idea. Plus, it's just convenient for testing & debugging my assignments for my classes while i'm not at home.

Plus, I hate PPC linux, I would love to also have the ability to use Knoppix LiveCDs on a Mac, and things like that.

edit:
I feel half of you guys are just bashing Windows for not so many good reasons...no offense, but please leave the Mac evangelism to csma, and be real. Everyone has different needs/demands, and Windows is a decent OS if it's right for your needs. Please understand that before you start flaming an OS that's frankly not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
Just my 2 cents.
 

gekko513

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When RedHat makes Linux run on the new Intel Macs, vmware should let you run Windows in Linux on a Mac at native speed. I don't think vmware supports 3D acceleration, though.
 

janey

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gekko513 said:
When RedHat makes Linux run on the new Intel Macs, vmware should let you run Windows in Linux on a Mac at native speed. I don't think vmware supports 3D acceleration, though.
is there some reason why I cant just use any plain old vanilla x86 Linux distro? (my favourite two being gentoo and ubuntu) i mean, with elilo it should be possible..

and yes, already know about vmware, use it on my PCs, :)
 

gekko513

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janey said:
is there some reason why I cant just use any plain old vanilla x86 Linux distro? (my favourite two being gentoo and ubuntu) i mean, with elilo it should be possible..

and yes, already know about vmware, use it on my PCs, :)
I don't know. I know that RedHat has made a statement that they will make their distro run on the new Macs. That seems to imply that any old distro won't run. It may be because old distros don't support EFI? Or is elilo an EFI bootloader?
 

SiliconAddict

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katie ta achoo said:
because of the extra space it'll take up, I guess.
I'd rather have one gorgeous machine boot both than one gorgeous machine boot os x and some ugly beige thing booting xp. :)

A-freaking-men. Thanks but I'd rather not carry around 12-13lbs worth of laptop hardware (two laptops.) because someone is being arrogant about their freaking platform.