Installing Windows XP on your Intel-based Mac can cause problems and not just the Karmic kind:
“According to a thread on MacRumors, the current XP install doesn’t include a fan driver, which means your Mac’s fan never goes on. That may not be a big issue if you’re using an iMac for limited periods in a well-ventilated space, but if you’re planning on running XP on a MacBookPro, you may find things getting mighty hot. We’re not dissing narf and blanka here; they won the contest and deserve their $13,000. But you may want to be a little careful before trying out their solution at home,” Marc Perton reports for Engadget.
[UPDATE: 3/21, 1:35pm: “It appears that the fans in Macs do indeed go on regardless of which OS is running, though there is apparently some concern about how the fans are regulated by software over time. Several commenters have pointed out that even in some earlier Mac models, running non-Apple OSes (i.e., Linux) could result in the fans running constantly, due to a lack of Apple power-management software. So, the good news seems to be that, no, XP won’t melt your Mac. The bad news? Your fans may whirr constantly, causing a bit of noise pollution, and possibly draining your batteries before their time if you’re using a MacBookPro,” Engadget’s Marc Perton reports. Full article here.]
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