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Re: os x on windows question
Hi there The answer to your question is yes and no.
You cannot run OS X on a PC but you can run a windows OS on the new intel macs.
With the new macs you can run it either from boot up in a windows environment (Boot Camp. I would recommend XP not Vista) or you can install an application call 'Parallels' where you can run both systems side by side.
I have both on my portable. There are some windows app's that work better from 'Boot Camp' the only problem with that is you have to shut the mac down and boot to which system you want to use. Where as with Parallels you can drag files and folders from the mac desk top onto the windows. And the switch is really cool.
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restart the computer. hold down the option key on the keyboard on reboot.
it will show a couple of icons select the Macintosh HD (ie the Mac operating system)
it should booting the Mac operating system.
once you are up and running within the Mac OS go to
Apple menu (apple icon, top left) > System Preferences > Startup Disk
Select the Macintosh Hard drive. this makes sure that after you reboot that it will boot into the Mac OS.
Yes, The printer drivers are determined by the operation system therefore it does not matter what brand of computer. If you have the disk that came with the printer you can load the drivers on your HP computer. If not you can go to the link below and select your operating system and download the current driver. Printer Driver Link
you can hold down the option key while you start up the computer. It will give you a grey screen and give you choices of startup systems... Choose the Mac OS and see if the start up is quicker. Sounds like the windows xp setup isn't working properly. I'd think elimination of the existing pc partition on the hard drive while running in mac mode and then running Boot Camp according to apple's instructions. Boot camp is on the Leopard OS disc and will get your computer ready to instal windows xp with an authorized xp disc. After it's up and running in windows xp, you can reinsert the mac os disc while running windows and the drivers will be installed for you...it works great... Plus you can download a copy of apple's bonjuer software and it will help you set up your printers to work on your mac as well.... Good luck and let me know if you need more help... KEN
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