VirtualBox: Fedora Core 5 Guest with Windows XP Host on Macbook

Recently, I got a loan from my friend a Macbook laptop with Windows XP installed already. Just a day chance to investigate what is beneath under a pure of Macintosh PowerPC architecture machine inside & no doubt… I was impressed. The shiny-white Macbook case has elegance looks, even with it’s 13” wide screen display. It has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 512MB of RAM & 60GB storage – it’s a standard tech spec of value notebook of the day. Anyway, I’d like to test the behaviors of the VirtualBox environment under Windows XP since it’s interesting me too much. The VirtualBox under Mac OSX article you can also find here.

By the way, the dual boot Mac OS & Windows XP on her machine didn’t handled by other 3rd party software such as Parallel Desktop or Apple Bootcamp but natively an Option key pressed in a boot sequence which showing up the menu what OS will run - CMIIW. By then, It seems pretty difficult to understand why Apple machine doesn’t have an interactive BIOS module but a static one called EMI. For more, there is no differences when Windows XP loaded in Macbook machine rather than common PC. I though that the Apple designer had great succeeded to bunch the Intel processor & other things inside.

The minimal installation of Fedora Core 5 Linux guest OS set up with 3.5GB storage space in VirtualBox (2.3GB of Ext3 main partition & the rest is swap partition). Nothing weird things happened during installation until it’s finished for about less than an hour.

The hardware detection are smooth since it’s treat the same way as Intel machine & so on including the sound board also detected properly.

A weird fact explains that Apple built-in keyboard using USB link connected through the notebook. The question is, is that true? Didn’t have any idea why it so.

I didn’t have much time to test both OS interconnection with networking but I guess it will work 100%. Read here for the reverse side (Windows XP Guest with Fedora 7 Host). Anyway, thank’s to Mira Ferulia for her tested Macbook & the photograph she had taken also.



Eko Wahyudiharto
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  1. Anonymous Anonymous said,

    Monday, September 15, 2008 8:25:00 PM

    Have u tried networking Fedora and Win XP using Host Interface provided by Virtual Box?
    I tried but i cant ping from one to another OS.
    Can u?

  2. Blogger Eko Wahyudiharto said,

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008 9:44:00 AM

    @anonymous: Here's a link from my previous article ->

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