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  1. The Viking

    Macdrive....

    Good tip, sorry about your problems! I used the Mac Disk Utility to partition & format, then reformatted my Win HD with the Windows disk. But you don't want to format the Mac HD from Windows, because that is where the EFI module that dual boots your computer lives. But for everyday tasks, I've been able to use MacDrive on my Windows partition to add my iTunes library, share documents back & forth, etc. with no problems.
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    I Feel Dirty

    That's weird, Pika. You're my Internet Hero, but I hadn't thought it was a preference thing, because to me OSX seems so much more fluid and intuitively built, and the built-in mail, media management, calendaring, etc. stuff made me renounce my MCSE, hard-core WinGeek ways, and fall in love with a well-designed, cohesive OS. Sure, they do the same thing, but for me OS X helps me do it faster, and enjoy it more. Either way, I'm grateful to ya for your extensive skills, computer hacking skills, numchuck skills, bowhunting skills...
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    Just wondering how you've partitioned your drive

    1) 77 GB partition for OS X 2) 15 GB partition for Win 3) 8 GB lost to the mathematical realities of a gigabyte not actually being, you know, a gigabyte I use MacDrive to view/edit my Mac partition, no problem, and my Mac can view/edit my Windows partition. I keep a link to the other OS desktop for easily putting files on either side. It's not virtualization, but still hells of better than carrying around 2 laptops (which I had to do until this solution was released)!
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    Could someone clear a few things up for me?

    That's what some of the other people that hosed their system (couldn't boot, couldn't format) wanted to know in another thread. The most recent post says that the CD can reinitialize the disk, and you'd be fine. This thread has been muy educational! Thanks Christoph!
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    Must XP be first partition?

    I hadn't read the instructions too carefully, and made OSX my first partition, and left a 15GB partition for Windows as my 2nd partition. The EFI module that Blanka wrote seems pretty smart, since I'm booting fine to Windows, on my 2nd partition. No matter WHAT you do, XP is going to want to reformat the FAT partition you gave it. THAT'S OKAY! But DO NOT partition it using the Windows utility. In short, XP is fine on the 2nd partition.
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    The Great Driver Hunt

    This is kind of a driver thing, but MacDrive works great. I thought about creating a 3rd partition when slicing up my HDD, but stuck with 2, and that was the right move. Now, I can see all my PC stuff (FAT32) on my Mac, and all my Mac (HFS+) stuff on my PC. I added all my iTunes songs (not copies, natch) just for the helluvit.
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    XP on an imac, up and booting (no joke this time)

    Woohoo! Thanks everybody, finally posting wirelessly from my MBP 2.0! Had one hitch, every time I reboot, I have to hit G and Enter quickly at the text loader screen a few times to boot to Windows. Is G for "G"o ahead and boot? Once I figured that out, it was gravy. 1. This OS is a battery hog! I'll be lucky to get 1:45 out of a full charge. 2. Is there any way to make it sleep without locking up?
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    Could someone clear a few things up for me?

    Here's my limited understanding: EFI is like a Lego set. EFI is a platform that lives in firmware that lets you program your own modules to load, and is highly customizable because of that. There is no such thing as an "efi partition", only EFI chipsets on motherboards. Then, the firmware looks for the EFI modules (in the case of the Mac, in /System/Library/CoreServices). The EFI in firmware is programmed to look for modules where the programmers specify. So, the firmware that is made by Apple looks for the EFI module that resides on your Mac partition, and that module is written by Apple to be nearly identical to the way a Mac booted from firmware (also sans BIOS). But lo! Thanks to Blanka and Narf, we just replace that with a cleverly written replacement EFI module. This solution actually REQUIRES a Mac OS X partition, since that's where the EFI is looking for the boot module. If you wanted to run ONLY windows, with no Mac OS X partition, you'd have to run a pretend BIOS like BAMBIOS, which doesn't exist yet. Without any partitions on the hard disk, it just loads the EFI modules it has to in order to boot to the Mac OS CD, so you can load the OS, and therefore, the permanent EFI modules. That's why every time you run System Update and move your OS up a point release (10.4.5), you'll have to copy the hacked EFI module back into /System/Library/CoreServices. Does that make sense?
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    Heat issues with WinXP on MBP?

    I've formatted my disk, partitioned it up, but I had the BRILLIANT idea of creating my slipstream CD from an upgrade CD of XP I have. Then, when it asks for a CD, I can't eject to swap out for an old Win98 CD I noticed that my fans weren't running at all. Now, I'm hearing reports on MacRumors forums that the MacBook gets set-your-house-on-fire hot while in XP, and the fans don't come on. Those temperature monitors and fan control are pretty critical pieces of the puzzle, anyone know if these reports are true or not? If this is going to melt my 12-hour-old MacBook Pro, I would just as soon skip it and wait for virtualization. Thanks for your input <3 T3h Viking
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