Installing XP on VirtualBox Mac

When installing XP on a Mac VirtualBox, pressing F8 to accept by the combination of ‘fn’ + F8. This is one little tip, but I get stuck at there for a while.


Change Mac Resolution

After created the virtualize of Mac OS X on my desktop, one issue is the problem of changing the resolution. Think this is because the Mac OS X isn’t sully support by the VMware, so it won’t automatically change or detect the host resolution.

The temporary and permanent method is:

Method 1: Temporary

  • When OSX is booting, tap F8 to get to the boot prompt
  • Type in "Graphics Mode"="1280x1024x32" (with quotations, replacing the resolution with the resolution you want)

Method 2: Permanent

  • Boot OS X
  • Open the TextEdit program in the Applications folder
  • With TextEdit, open the file: /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/
  • Open the file, and add these two lines (right after the <string>Yes</string> line if you are on Tiger or <string></string> line if you are on Leopard)
    <key>Graphics Mode</key>
  • Replace the 1280x1024x32 with the resolution you want
  • Then, in go to File >> Save As..
  • Save the file as on the Desktop (make sure the .plist part is there!)
  • Navigate the the /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ folder
  • Drag your file on the Desktop into the folder window
  • When a messages appears, click Authenticate and Replace and enter your password
  • You’re done! Reboot OS X to see the changes