Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Intel Macs, no open firmware, no Windows XP installs.

The new Macs based on Intel Core Duo processors (the iMac Core Duo and MacBook Pro) will no longer make use of Open Firmware, which has been standard on all shipping Macs in recent memory.

Instead, the new Macs make use of Intel's Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI), which proviedes an interface between Mac OS X and the computer firmware.

Traditionally, booting into Open Firmware has allowed users to reset PRAM, NVRAM and other boot variables.

What this also means is that Windows XP or any other version of Windows can not be booted on the new Macs as a stand alone operating system. Microsoft is said to be adding support for the EFI boot up in Windows Vista, although support for the new macs is unknown.

Firewire boot and startup commands

FireWire target disk mode is available on both the new iMac Core Duo and MacBook Pro, eclipsing earlier speculation that this boot option would no longer be available.

Holding C to startup from the optical drive, and holding option to pick the startup device at boot -- have been retained with the switch to Intel architecture.

Free Windows Media plugin for Quicktime.

Microsoft has discontinued Windows Media player for Mac and in it's place is the free plugin (was $10) Flip4mac plugin for quicktime.

Get it while it is hot

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/flip4mac.mspx

Monday, January 09, 2006

New MacWorld Keynote on Tuesday!

We are waiting impatiently for the latest news from Steve Jobs tomorrow!

A couple of good sites to check out for the early reports are:
www.thinksecret.com and www.appleinsider.com

To get an early start on the rumours you can check here:
http://www.applematters.com/index.php/section/comments/rumor_roundup/