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The contest is now officially over

So it's official. A programmer named Blanka was able to get past all of the EFI issues and has provided a working solution to natively run Windows XP on an a Mac. The programmer can now claim the $13,854 prize thanks to his video of the installation and booting of Microsoft's ubiquitous OS on an Intel-based iMac. posted this on its site:

Contest has been won - updates to follow shortly. All further donations will go into an account to sustain the open source project that will be launched with the initial solution.

You can head on over to Engadget to see a 7.7MB video of Windows XP on a Mac.

For those of you unfamiliar with the contest, here were the rules for $13k prize:
  1. Instructions must boot Windows XP (at least), not Vista or any other version of Windows.
  2. Windows must be able to coexist with Mac OS X and each system may not interfere with the operation of the other (basically a traditional dual boot system where one OS is running at a time)
  3. Your method, upon starting the computer, must offer the user to boot either OS X or Windows XP (hint: GRUB / LILO)
Update 03/16/2006: OnMac has now posted the solution and have included a few mirrors to handle all of the traffic. Included is a bootloader and a "how to" guide in zip format.

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Before you run out and buy an Intel-based Mac...
By Bonrock on 3/16/2006 12:47:48 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a quote of the creator of this contest (taken from the Macworld article on this subject):

Nederkoorn notes that with this process in place, all three current Intel-based Mac models can run Windows with the exception of the 20-inch iMac, but he suggests a fix will be ready by the time a download is available. He also offers a variety of caveats — native graphics drivers aren’t in place yet, for example, so there is limited video performance — a blow to Mac gamers who had hoped for a solution that would let them play Windows games on their new Mac hardware.

“There is no chance you could play a game using this solution, aside from minesweeper,” said Nederkoorn. “It looks like a fix for this may be a ways off yet.”

So if you're about to run out and buy a Mac with the intention of dual-booting to Windows for games... You can't (at least yet).

By ksherman on 3/16/2006 3:45:19 PM , Rating: 2
Thats funny to me... That is exactly the reason I hardly ever use the OSx86 drive in my compy was because of Video drivers (for nVidia)... really makes an OS run very slow and severely limits the things you can do...

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