Running Microsoft’s Windows XP won’t melt your Mac (but the fan may never stop running)

“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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Related article:
Meltdown Warning: Windows XP on Intel-based Macs lacks fan driver – March 20, 2006


  1. Dank: “not to mention this won’t be a problem if you own a fan-less apple model g4 cube, etc.”

    Welcome back from your Antartic vacation. Just to catch you up on the news of the last few months, Apple is now shipping Intel based Macintoshes and someone managed to get Windows to run on them. No word yet on the status of the rumored Intel G4 Cube yet though.

  2. Sounds like a pane to me. I’ll bet that the Open Sores Community can fix this.

    Dank: Not everyone. I live for good sarcasm!

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  3. Remember how Steve said that a version of OS X has been able to run on intel since the beginning?

    What he didn’t mention is that each chip has been able to run windows since the beginning too… even back to the Motorola years.

    It has been the plan to switch windows all along! Like you guys say, Steve isn’t stupid, and he knows a better software system when he sees one.

    I have a g3, g4, and a g5 all running windows. And you know what? With the vastly superior windows OS, the macs aren’t actually that bad. Their costumer support really sucks though. Thats why I prefer my Dells.

  4. Well, it is true that there was a version of Windows NT for the PowerPC, way back when. It would be quite a job to run that on any Mac, though.

    As far as I know, no version of Windows ran natively on any 68000 series processor.

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