After yesterday’s initial success with Boot Camp, here’s some things that people have asked about:

Q: How did you install Media Center onto the Macbook, when Apple’s documentation says it isn’t supported?
A: I used a single Media Center 2005 DVD to install from, rather than 2 CD’s. Basically, I copied the bits from both CD’s to a folder and used Nero to make a bootable DVD. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep MCE on it though, because I would like to join a domain (which MCE doesn’t support) and use this as my primary laptop.

Q: How on earth do you right-click in Windows, since the Macbook has a single button?
A: Install the Apple Mouse Utility. This small (15k) .exe enables ctrl-click as the right button. Priceless.

Q: Try Vista yet?
A: Nope, not yet. Looks like it should work, but I’m concerned about LDDM video drivers. I think i’ll hold off until I see some "official" driver support.

Q: Crash yet?
A: Yup. On the Macbook under Windows XP, do not click on the USB Camera. It blue-screened for me.

Q: How fast is it?
A: I ran 3dMark05 on my 2ghz/2gb RAM Macbook and received a 3DMark Score of 2872. To compare some other notebooks, check out the chart in this review for other dual core notebooks. Initial results show that it’s faster than the T60 which received a score of 2092 and the Asus V6Va which got a 2530.  The Acer Travelmate 8204 kicked the snot out of everyone though with a whopping score of 4157 (which is interesting, because it has the same X1600 256MB that the Macbook has).

So all in all, I’m pretty happy with the setup.


    Mike Moore (April 6, 2006 @ 8:19 am)

    Thanks for the 3D Mark scores. Did you load any games?

    Steve (April 6, 2006 @ 8:35 am)

    Not yet.

    Brandon (April 6, 2006 @ 10:18 am)

    Here’s a Digg post about loading Half-Life 2 on a Boot Camp XP install. From the video, it appears it runs fairly smoothly.

    Sean McLeod (April 6, 2006 @ 12:57 pm)

    MCE2005 does support joining a domain 2 options to do so:

    1. Upgrading from MCE2004 if currently joined to a domain. Not really relevant in your case since you can’t install MCE2004 on your Mac.

    2. During the initial install you have a one time option to join a domain as long as you have working in-the-box network drivers.

    In the MacBook Pro case if the MCE2005 installation media doesn’t have the relevant ethernet driver already then you’ll need to slipstream the version that you download from Apple.

    The issue with MCE2005 joined to a domain though is that it can’t act as a server to Media Center Extender devices since the domain stuff disables Fast User Switching/Terminal Services which is used for MCXs.


    ken partridge (April 7, 2006 @ 10:41 am)

    Sigh, i wish the dualboot utility supported my mac wireless keyboardand mouse. Also i had trouble getting Windows to recognize my Mac Wireless keyboard / mouse.

    Lane (April 19, 2006 @ 12:42 am)

    You can add full Windows XP Pro functionality to MCE 2005 (The installation source of MCE 2005 cannot include Rollup 1) if you follow this quick hack.
    01 – Insert Windows XP CD.

    02 – Start > Run > X:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

    03 – (replace X: with the appropiate drive letter)

    04 – Acknowledge prompt by clicking ‘Yes’.

    05 – Skip updating process by clicking ‘Cancel’ or by pressing ‘Esc’

    06 – After installation, acknowledge success msg. by clicking ‘Ok’

    07 – Start > Shutdown > Restart

    08 – At boot menu, select ‘Microsoft Windows Recovery Console’

    09 – Select proper installation to log onto (default: 1) and press ‘Enter’

    10 – (If prompted, enter Administrator password and press ‘Enter’)

    11 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘cd system32\config’

    12 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘copy SYSTEM C:\’

    13 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: exit

    14 – At boot menu, select ‘Windows XP Media Center Edition’

    15 – Start > Run > Type: ‘regedit’ and press enter

    16 – Click on ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’.

    17 – File > Load Hive…

    18 – Browse and select C:\SYSTEM

    19 – Specify key name ‘BANANA’ and click OK

    20 – Expand: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > BANANA > WPA > MedCtrUpg

    21 – On the right-hand side, double-click IsLegacyMCE value

    22 – Change selected value to 1 and click Ok. (THAT IS NOT AN L!)

    23 – Click on BANANA subkey (under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE).

    24 – File > Unload Hive. Confirm.

    25 – Start > Shutdown > Restart

    26 – At boot menu, select ‘Microsoft Windows Recovery Console’

    27 – Select proper installation to log onto (default: 1) and press ‘Enter’

    28 – (If prompted, enter Administrator password and press ‘Enter’)

    29 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘cd \’

    30 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘copy SYSTEM C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM’

    31 – (Yes, you want to overwrite – Go ahead and do it)

    32 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘del SYSTEM’

    33 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘exit’

    34 – At boot menu, select ‘Windows XP Media Center Edition’

    35 – Join domain.


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