Step by Step: Windows XP on Mac?

The Problems

* Macintosh uses a different MBR
* MacBooks use EFI, XP x86 uses BIOS
* The modified Darwin Bootloader is made for EFI w/ EFI supporting operating systems

OK… So step by step.

Where is the BIOS used? For what? How?

The OS sends low-level calls to the BIOS that tell it exactly how to deal with the hardware. Now I don’t have the Windows XP source code at hand.. so all I can tell you for a fact is that NTLDR uses it to access the drive at first to boot Windows, and Windows uses it at *least* once more when it is mounting the drives. Windows XP on Mac? at Ramblings of a Computer Guru

Linked by shanmuga Monday, 30th January 2006 9:20PM