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Re: Vista hardware
- Subject: Re: Vista hardware
- From: "Patricia M. Godfrey" priscamg@xxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2007 01:08:00 -0500
Huh? Every system I've seen in the last--what? five years?--has had
boot from CD as a BIOS option. No drivers involved. And anyway, aren't
drivers opsys-specific? I keep hearing about finding Linux drivers,
esp. for network cards.
But does that mean you've got Xy working under Linux? Emulation? What?
Please do tell, because I have had it with proprietary systems.
I bought an Acer tower with XP on it; I told the store I wanted the HD
reformated to take Linux; that is, XP off, just enough drivers installed
so the boot loader recognized its own CD-ROM drive. They kindly did so,
but charged me for the work.
Well, Harry's going to accuse me of paranoia and Socialist tendencies
(please!), but Virtual PC is owned by the bully of Redmond, and I
don't trust them not to disable something down the road.
As for the keyboard issue, was that DOS in general or just Xy? Because
Xy evidently does make direct keyboard calls. I wonder...can you use a
PC keyboard with a Mac? Maybe on a switch (a là KVM) so you could
switch back when running Mac native?
In case anyone chooses to go down another road, I recently installed
virtual pc v.7.0.1 on my Mac G4 running OS X. I chose to install virtual
w2k because I'm familiar with w2k, but you can install most any virtual
Windon't version including XP. This is far and away the best of the
three solutions I have tried on the Mac (I gave up on DOSBox and
iEmulator). The keyboard file loads and functions without errors
(neither DOSBox nor iEmulator did).
Patricia M. Godfrey