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23.06.2005

Entwickler Power Mac mit Pentium 4 unter der Lupe [Update]

Think Secret hat einen Blick auf das Developer Transition System (aka Power Mac G5-Gehäuse mit Intel inside, trifft momentan bei den ersten Entwicklern ein) geworfen und entdeckt dabei wenig Spannendes. Windows XP ließ sich angeblich weitestgehend problemfrei auf dem Mactel installieren, während die OS X x86 Version auf einer Dell- und einer weiteren Kiste nicht zum Laufen zu bewegen war. "The message states that the hardware configuration is not supported by Darwin x86. Sources have indicated that Apple will employ an EDID chip on the motherboard of Intel-based Macs that Mac OS X will look for and must handshake with first in order to boot. Such an approach, similar to hardware dongles, could theoretically be defeated, although it's unknown what level of sophistication Apple will employ."
Update: AppleInsider ergänzt: "Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the development systems is their PCI layout, which implies that Apple will likely adopt the PCI-Express interface by the time it ships its first Intel Macs. In addition to two vacant 33 MHz, 32-bit PCI slots, the systems pack a single 1X PCI-Express slot and a single 16X PCI-Express slot -- the latter of which comes occupied by a Silicon Image Orion ADD2 card offering DVI-D compatibility."

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