23 06 2009

They say condemn the sin and not the sinner and then I haven’t had much disgrunts about Windows if I think back of the days when I was purely a Windows dudette. I do prefer OS X over Windows but not so much so that I’d let bashing Win XP dominate my days here on this earth. But why did I do this one?

I’ve gone back to dual booting as you may well know. I’ve no idea what went wrong but PC_EFI alone wouldn’t do the dual boot trick for which I turned to chain0.

Setting it couldn’t be easier, and in XP too:

1) Download and unzip chain0 to C:\ – or whatever drive your XP installation currently resides.

2) Go to My Computer > Properties > Advanced tab > Settings. And from the System startup section, click on Edit:

3) Notepad should open boot.ini file with texts similar to the ff:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

4) Add the ff. line:

C:\chain0=”Mac OS X”

5) Close and save the file when prompted.

You can make some changes to make things a little more interesting. Here’s what I did on mine not because I hate Windows but just for kicks:



5 responses

23 06 2009
ubi de feo


I was looking for a way to get in touch with you.
wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did.

I was able to install OSx on my new Compaq Mini 700.

I love how well it runs.
I was a former EEE owner and tried that but it works awfully on that netbook.
the touchpad is the main issue and the keyboard too.
the mini keyb is just amazing.

here’s a pic of my baby


24 06 2009

You’re welcome and I’m glad you’re finding this blog useful ; although of course, not all the work here is my doing – I’ve had lots of ideas and help coming from myhpmini, insanelymac, and msiwind and of course – google 😀
I too once owned an Eee – from the original 701 to the 900. I still own an MSI Wind but I agree with you that the Mini is just a beautiful machine 🙂
Oh and btw, I posted your baby’s pic on the blog.

27 06 2009
ubi de feo

I re-installed everything and now I have chameleon 2.0rc1 with xp/osx dual boot.
everything works fine, but i think you should adjust your latest tutorial which includes 10.5.7 update.
basically the section where you say to apply the kexts in sequence can easily break your startup.
I solved starting with -s and manually deleting the video kexts.

the only files I used from your archives are the ones in

I just applied the kexts (all together).
DSDT (I have 2 GB and couldn’t have the sleep funct work well).

works like a charm now. 🙂

here’s the screenshots for chameleon 2.0rc1 multi-boot (no chain0 needed)


ps: I also removed the little film behind the camera bezel.
sooooooo much better.

27 06 2009

Removing that film really does a lot good for the Mini’s webcam.
So you’re on Chameleon 2.0 right now; I actually haven’t upgraded to 2.0rc for fear of breaking sleep/resume (I think I’d read somewhere about having 2.0rc but no sleep – then again I may be wrong.)

But if I understood right, you’re saying you’ve got sleep/resume sorted out even on chameleon 2.0rc and with 2 gigs ram as well?

Also thanks for the feedback on the update how-to post, I think I’ll write a new one including the point you stated in a new post when I wipe-out-reinstall (for the Nth time): I wanna try chameleon 2.0rc.

I wonder how boot time fares with it compared to the older version. 😀


29 06 2009

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