Mac mini Core Duo running Windows XP

by Todd Ogasawara

Mac mini core duo running Windows XP

Mac mini Core duo running Microsoft Windows XP

A friend brought over a dual-booting Mac mini Pro Duo with 2GB RAM to show me. An Intel-based Mac running Microsoft Windows XP is not quite the sensation it might have been a couple of weeks ago. But, this was still the first time I saw a Mac mini Core Duo dual booting Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows XP and I have to admit I was impressed at the boot speed for both Mac OS X and Windows XP.


2006-03-23 06:42:57
What sort of keyboard is that you are using? it looks very interesting.
2006-03-23 06:44:27
Todd, What's that keyboard? And what does that rectangle on the left side of it do?
2006-03-23 07:58:38
It's a defibrilator. The keyboard was specifically made for Dick Cheney :-)
Todd Ogasawara
2006-03-23 08:24:04
My friend brought the keyboard with him. I recalled he mentioned he got it from CompUSA. So, I searched for it and found it: Grandtec USA-The Mini-Virtually Indestructible Keyboard, USB. The rectangle on the left apparently houses the keyboards electronics and attaches to its USB cable.
2006-03-23 08:34:38
does not the mini duo have 2 times+ the video ram and 2 times + the processors both at a faster speed and 2 GB ram vs 256mb, it had better be faser than a 1.25GHZ G4.
now if it was compared to a dual 1.66 G4 with 2MB L2 cache 2GB ram and similar video card and still was a lot faster, than we would be amazed.
Todd Ogasawara
2006-03-23 09:03:42
David: Interestingly, the G4 version had 32MB dedicated graphics RAM while the new (solo and duo) one uses shared system RAM. So, it depends how you count. The original G4 started at 256MB RAM but could be upped to 1G (mine has 512MB). I think the other big difference (that adds to speed) is the switch to a serial ATA hard drive. Processor speed differences between a PowerPC and Intel chip is a bit tricky (and Intel and AMD will tell you it is tricky even with similar architectures). But, it is pretty clear that faster CPU helps (implied in my comments which I guess you missed),
2006-03-23 09:39:00
Soon we'll have reports of the first Mac with an actual virus.
2006-04-14 09:42:02
O what fun, at last - dual booting macs will actually be useful. I'm just thinking about all those people who don't use mac just because it simply doesn't do games for example, but now even that's mainly bullshit as you can boot Window$ on a Mac computer, along with OS ButtseX.
2006-11-02 00:31:27
If you choose to run XP and Microsoft programs do you now need anti virus software for the Microsoft system/programs?
Todd Ogasawara
2006-11-04 00:09:15
Tezza: Yes, if you run Windows XP on an Intel-Mac using either Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop for Mac (or VMware Fusion in 2007), you need to protect it the same way you would on a regular PC running Windows XP. I have a devoted a section of the Short Cuts booklet Windows for Intel Macs discussing Windows XP security.