Mac mini was ~550 once shipped. There are other 1.83 dual cores for like 475 + 25 shipping that only had 512mb of ram which isn't too bad of a deal considering they are 599 on apple's site.
This is what i'm planning to run also a MiniMAC
CarPC: Mini-MAC Coming Soon!
Is there any documentation on the XP only install out there somewhere ?
Is the only requirement for Leopard for the XP drivers ?
If that is the case would a borrowed copy of Leopard do, and no legal issues as you arent installing the os ?
From apple site ->'Boot Camp includes a PDF setup guide, so you can refer to it as you go.'
It looks like the newest version of leopard has most of the bootcamp kinks worked out, granted I haven't tried it yet.
I believe that bootcamp enables "dual-booting" on the mac rather than replacing the osx os with windows. So thinking about it there might be legal issues with using a "borrowed" leopard disk... if you get caught. The computer I have came with tiger so I might try a friends copy first, I'll let you know how it works.
Windows, then it prompts you to burn a CD with the drivers you'll need. You pop in your Windows CD and it restarts. Bam, you are in the Windows setup and proceed accordingly.
No.Is the only requirement for Leopard for the XP drivers ?
In order to work properly, Leopard has to be installed, so you have to purchase it. It's obviously designed as a secondary piece to OS X and can't be set up to run standalone. (Well...maybe it can but you'll have to prowl the hacker sites to see if it can be done).If that is the case would a borrowed copy of Leopard do, and no legal issues as you arent installing the os ?
Still, this shouldn't be a problem for you. All Macs come with the OS already installed, so if you have the hardware, you'll already have the software. If you have an older Mac without Leopard, I ran Bootcamp and Tiger (10.4) just fine with Windows and had very few problems.
Biggest issue for me was my Windows CD. It's a pre-SP2 version. You can't just download SP2 and run it. I forget the exact reason why but it has to do with restarting the computer as a Windows-only box. I had to slipstream SP2 into the version I had before I could get SP2 on it.
I just re-loaded my set up from scratch this past weekend, and I did a stand-alone XP setup on my mini.Originally Posted by coffee_mogul
Here are the steps:
1) Insert a XP SP2 disc into the CD drive
2) boot the computer
3) press a key when it asks to boot from CD
4) install XP (delete all other partitions on the drive and create a new one)
5) Once the XP install is complete and you're at the desktop, put in the Leopard install disc, and install bootcamp. That will install all the hardware drivers (bluetooth, wifi, graphics, etc)
As far as Leopard and drivers, you need the Leopard DVD for the XP drivers and technically that's it unless you want to dual boot. I can't vouch for the legality of "borrowing" a Leopard disc just for the drivers. I'm sure if you searched around the XP drivers are out there for free for each component. The nice part of installing it from the leopard disc is that it installs everything in one shot with no user effort.
mdd5148 - Good luck on your setup.
I do have a question for you seeing how you're running the Car2PC on your 6. Will you need the P.I.E. adapter if you're running the Car2PC? I'm curious because perusing through Guino's RX-8 build, he has both listed in his specs. I'm confused because I thought the Car2PC already delivers sound through the Auxillary-in.
Windows to boot the rest of the way. Guess not!
"Apple released a firmware update for Intel Macs that added a bios emulation module, thus enabling booting operating systems that used BIOS rather than the newer EFI standard that Apple had adopted."
I suppose it is as easy as putting the Windows disk in, booting to the CD and reformatting the drive. Even if it doesn't work , you can always install OS X and do it via Bootcamp, the old fashioned way.