HOWTO install Windows 2000 SP4 on Intel Mac Mini I posted following procedure on forum.onmac.net about 3 weeks ago. But I got few responses. So, I post here again. Please post your installation report here. We need more reports to refine the installation procedure. ************************************************************** This procedure was originally found by a Japanese guy "intelmacmini", and was refined by several posters on BBS. This is the compilation of discussion on Japanese "2ch" BBS (http://pc7.2ch.net/test/read.cgi/mac/1144255658/) and the blog site of "intelmacmini" (http://intelmacminiw2k.blog64.fc2.com/ ). Our experience mainly comes from installation of japanese version Win2K SP4 on Intel Mac Mini CoreSolo . So, english version users and CoreDuo Mac users may have to modify the installation procedure. Try at your own risk. 1. Background If you try to install Windows 2000 sp4 on Intel Mac with the original installation CD, installation hangs at the beginning showing "Inspecting hardware configuration ..". This is caused by NTDETECT.COM. If you make a Win2K installation CD in which only NTDETECT.COM file is replaced with the one from Windows XP installation CD, installation continues up to reading of various driver files. But again installation hangs because an appropriate HAL.DLL (Hardware Abstraction Layer library) file for installation is not selected automatically. So, you have to assign HAL.DLL file manually by pressing F5 key when the message "Press F6 if you need to install ......." is showing at the bottom of the display. 2. Before you install Win2K. If you have already installed Windows XP and Macintosh Driver CD on your Intel Mac, please backup the device driver files in \Program Files\Macintosh Driver and \Program Files\SigmaTel in a USB Memory or CD-R. These driver files may be also useful for Win2K. 3. What You'll Need (1) An original Windows 2000 PRO SP4 CDROM (2) NTDETECT.COM file in i386 directory of Windows XP SP2 installation CD (3) A PC with Windows already installed. (4) Nero Burning ROM (5) A blank CD-R (6) Intel Mac with latest firmware update. 4. Creating the Win2K installation CD (1) Copy all the files in the original Windows 2000 PRO SP4 CDROM on to a appropriate directory (e.g.. C:\2K) of hard disk of PC. (2) Replace NTDETECT.COM file in i386 directory in copied Windows 2000 files directory with NTDETECT.COM file of Windows XP SP2 installation CD by copy & paste. Press yes to overwrite. (3) Burn a bootable CDROM which contains all the files in the original Windows 2000 PRO SP4 CDROM and replaced NTDETECT.COM file with Nero Burning ROM 5. Installing Win2K (1) Make a Windows 2000 partition using Boot Camp Assistant. (2) Insert modified Windows 2000 installation CD into Intel Mac and boot with C key pressed. (3)CDROM boot starts. Soon, the message "Press F6 if you need to install ......." will appear at the bottom of the display. Immediately press F5 key and hold for several seconds. F5 key, NOT F6. F5 key is for selecting a suitable HAL.DLL file. (4) After a while, the message " Setup could not determine ....." will appear. And you will be prompted for selecting PC type. Display is like bellows ----------------------------------- Standard PC Standard PC with C-Step i486 SGI mp Other ----------------------------------- (5) Press upward cursor key several times until cursor comes to "Advanced Configuration and Power Interface(ACPI) PC" and then press Return. (6) You can continue installation procedure like a standard PC after this step. (7) After installation, Win2K will boot with VGA mode. 6. Device Driver Information for Windows 2000. You cannot use Macintosh Driver CD of Boot Camp on Windows 2000. Installation aborts because the program checks installed Windows version. Some of the extracted files can be used. (1) Intel Chipset Driver http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scr...9&strOSs=19&OSFullName=Windows* 2000&lang=eng (2) Video Driver (2-1) Video Driver for MacMini and MacBook. http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scr...4&strOSs=19&OSFullName=Windows* 2000&lang=eng (2-2) Video Driver for iMac and MacBook Pro. Radeon Omega Drivers 3.8.231 (Catalyst 6.3) http://www.omegadrivers.net/ati/win2k_xp.php (3) Sound Driver Use the backuped setup utility (version 5.10.4889) in SigmaTel in Windows XP. (Program Files -> SigmaTel -> C-Major Audio -> setup.exe) (4) Ethernet Driver Marvell Yukon 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller http://www.marvell.com/drivers/driverDisplay.do?dId=118&pId=3 (5) Wireless LAN Driver (5-1) Wireless LAN Driver for iMac. Update the device driver in Device Manager with the backuped bcmwl5.inf file in Windows XP. (Program Files -> Macintosh Drivers for Windows XP -> bcmwl5 -> bcmwl5.inf) In Win2K, you need a utility to access wireless LAN access points. Use bellow program. Broadcom Wireless Utility will be installed. Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver, version 126.96.36.199 http://www.station-drivers.com/telechargement/broadcom/braodcom-wireless-4.10-47.exe (5-2) Wireless LAN Driver for MacMini, MacBook and MacBook Pro. In Japan, Apple is shipping above Intel Macs with the wireless LAN card which is different from the one for US probably because of a Japanese domestic law. We cannot use wireless LAN on Windows XP nor 2000. We don't have any information for Macs outside Japan. Maybe, try the driver files backuped in Windows XP.