Windows on Mac Mini: Could you do me a favour ?

May 20, 2006 at 1:44pm

Windows on Mac Mini: Could you do me a favour ?

In another thread, Windows users have told me that it depends on the motherboard whether or not a Windows machine can boot without monitor or keyboard.

My intention is, however, to run MSP on Windows on a Mac Mini, so I can’t choose the board.

If anyone could try it out (an mp3 in login items should do it) I’d be enormously grateful.

If yes, I’m off to the shops, if no, it’s back to the drawing board.

Thanks,

Stuart

#26084
May 20, 2006 at 2:22pm

hello!

i’m a PC user and i’ll tell you some history.

the first pc board have only one buil-in hardware suport… the keyboard. other hardware features came as ISA cards…

the time has pass and the bords came with more and more hardware buil-in it!

but the keyboard has the same “bug”… if not present the board stops at the booting.

some new board, with the USB tech. had correct that ’cause the keyboard is on longer ps2 conector… so they have the “halt on errors” bios option to ignore ps2 keyb.

as you can see, the mini MAC does not have any ps2 conector… all conentions from keyb and mouse and other things are made by USB.

probably, the detection of keybord is an task to the Operative System, so if you do not have keybord, the hardware do not stop you to boot…

you have to try to boot your MAC without keyb, and if it brings up some error message, try to find some config menu that allow to disable that message (on SO).

i don’t know MAC and how it works but i think, (logical), that is possible to boot a Mini Mac with no keyboard, ’cause is a USB keyb.!

#77514
May 20, 2006 at 7:08pm

I don’t know about the Intel MacMini, but my PPC MacMini will indeed
boot totally headless (I didn’t do the mp3-trick, rather, I opened up
some networked shared folders).

hth –raf.

#77515
May 20, 2006 at 8:34pm

Quote: dyslexius wrote on Sat, 20 May 2006 13:08
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> I don’t know about the Intel MacMini, but my PPC MacMini will indeed
> boot totally headless

your PPC does not boot into windows at all

#77516
May 20, 2006 at 9:00pm

Of course it doesn’t — I was merely trying to offer some hope.

(If Apple chose to make it possible with PPC/OSX, I’m suggesting that
bootcamp, bios, the HAL; or whatever under IntelMac is the appropriate
term, would be similarly equipped. We know from earlier posts that it’s
not the Win-XP kernel itself that enforces the presence of certain
peripherals, right?)

–raf.

#77517
May 21, 2006 at 11:15am

I already use an OSX system to do just that, which I mentioned in the original thread, but not in this one – silly me – so thanks dyslexius (may I call you dys ?).

Has nobody installed Windows yet ? If it were me, I’d be dying of curiosity – if only to find out if a Mac does the start-bong under Windows (and I bet it does).

Cheers,

Stuart

#77518
May 21, 2006 at 9:38pm

Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful
(worse yet, potentially promulgating false hope).

Stuart Grimshaw wrote:

> I already use an OSX system to do just that, which I mentioned in the original thread, but not in this one – silly me – so thanks dyslexius (may I call you dys ?).

‘DysCal’ has been used (I get dates backwards:
zeggz.com/raf/dyslexius.html) so has ‘dys’,
but feel free to be creative.

> Has nobody installed Windows yet ? If it were me, I’d be dying of curiosity – if only to find out if a Mac does the start-bong under Windows (and I bet it does).

May the gods please default it
to a 12-tone row, not a bong…

–raf.

#77519
May 22, 2006 at 1:13pm

#77520
May 22, 2006 at 10:48pm

It’s good to know there’s someone on this list in a position to help,
willing or not :)

–raf

#77521
May 24, 2006 at 9:06am

Okay nice idea :-) but let’s forget the bong (yes I know I started it).

Has anybody, ANYBODY got five minutes on their hands to try it out ?

#77522

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