View Full Version : How is Boot Camp achieved?

6th April 2006, 11:44 PM
I notice that Boot Camp involves/requires a firmware update. Does anyone know whether Apple has written a CSM for their Intel based machines to achieve this dual boot environment?

If so, does this now make other BIOS dependent operating systems easier to install on an Intel Mac?

6th April 2006, 11:46 PM
According to macrumors (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2006/04/20060405144257.shtml): "Along with Boot Camp, Apple has posted firmware updates to all their Intel Macs today. These firmware updates provide EFI with BIOS support, allowing all Intel Macs to boot operating systems such as Windows XP and Linux. This should also allow the Intel Macs to boot upcoming operating systems, such as Windows Vista. "

So essentially, they've just enabled bios on the intel macs.

6th April 2006, 11:48 PM
Firmware gives BIOS support under EFI I believe.

EDIT: Yeah, what Ivestach said

6th April 2006, 11:57 PM
Thanks, guys.

Sorry, I should have looked harder but my brain has turned to mush. Time for me to sleep... -_-

7th April 2006, 12:41 AM
So funny.

Apple : "We won't stop users running Windows if they can"
Users : "It won't run :( , but Vista will!"
M$ : "No it won't, we're not supporting EFI... ner ner!"
Apple : "Ok, let's enable BIOS support"
M$ : "BUGGER :angry: "

Check mate.

7th April 2006, 01:06 AM
Are there any GNU/Linux distro's that run natively on EFI and not BIOS? Without "EFI with BIOS support"? I'm thinking Debian might be ported soon, seeing as it's on every other architecture.

7th April 2006, 07:46 AM
Some guys ported Knoppix, which is Debian based, soon after the release of the Intel Macs.