The inital installs of Windows on the Mac Pro was successful. Unfortunately the Windows XP installation only recognized 2 of the 5GB installed. Apparently this is a known issue in Windows XP. Other than that issue Windows XP recognizes most of the hardware on the Mac Pro including all the Windows readable partitions on the harddrives attached to the system. The video, keyboard, DVD burner, and all connections; network, USB, and FW are supported.
Since the goal here is to create a full multi-boot system, the next step was to look for the next generation of OSes. The Mac Pro is now running OS X (10.4) and Windows XP (SP2). So what’s next …. Vista and Leopard
So while I’m in Windows XP, I thought it would be fun to run the Vista Upgrade Advisor.
The upgrade advisor didn’t have much to say about my hardware, as much of it didn’t seem to be recognized. It complained about Nero but the rest was viewed as okay.
Again the upgrade advisor (like XP) only sees the 2GB of memory. But even under Vista my 5GB of RAM is wasted
From http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us Title: The system memory that is reported in the System Information dialog box in Windows Vista is less than you expect if 4 GB of RAM is installed
“The reduction in available system memory depends on the devices that are installed in the computer. However, to avoid potential driver compatibility issues, the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista limit the total available memory to 3.12 GB.”
Next …. installing the next cat