holy crap, it took a bit of time but last night i was able to install windows xp x64 on my mac pro. i guess the first question is why do it? well for me it was pretty simple…
i like gaming every now and then… ok maybe a little bit more now than then. sadly, a couple of the games i like are not ported over to mac so since i have rid myself of pc’s over the years i run boot camp.
well, why xp64 then?
simple prior to last night i was running boot camp with xp pro sp2. but funny thing is i never seemed to have enough ram. well come to find out that even though my mac pro has 10gigs of ram (yes i said 10) windows xp only saw 1.9gigs. this isn’t caused by the windows cap of 4gigs, it is caused by a firmware issue with boot camp. the only way to get your mac to see any more ram is to install windows xp or vista 64 bit.
so should be simple eh? one would think.
well, apple doesn’t include any 64bit drivers for windows with boot camp (well the version i have and can get anyway) so here is what i had to do…
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