Originally Posted by Chucker
Apple had a perfect opportunity to innovate by not using technology that's close to three decades old, and they chose to, and it's easy to see why.
Let's see.. they're based on UNIX which is that old.. wait, but you say all old technology is bad... how can we turn this around in Apple's favor..
You're also wrong about 'convoluted boot menus' being a product of BIOS. Yes, it's text based, but they could have volume labels and drive types if they wanted to.
I test PC motherboards for a LIVING. I deal with boot menus almost daily from tons of different manufacturers. There ARE some that are easy to read and intuitive. It's not like text somehow makes things 50 times more complicated. I saw an HP laptop the other day which gathered the volume labels and gave you a list of valid boot partitions (not just drives!)
And last time I checked, NTFS boot volumes are all labeled "WINDOWS" in the option menu.. OMG COUNTER INTUITIVE! It's amazing, if I had 2 windows partitions, I'd have a better chance of knowing which is which on *gasp* A PC!
Oh no! 256 colors! 640x480! Cry me a river.
A 3rd option would be to have the motherboard detect the ROM on the card and see if it supports full color boot menus or not. If so, use purdy icons, if not, use text.
BIOS itself may not be necessary, but neither is the 128kbyte ROMs on all the Apple video cards just to show some full-color boot menu.
And say what you want about 'pc's and their decades-old 'BIOS', if you put a 6800 Ultra FOR MAC into a G5 without the driver installed, you'll get a kernel panic on bootup!
So great! we get full color graphics! ... unless the driver isn't installed, in which case we get pwnt.
Originally Posted by sunilraman
Heh. "Evil graphics card hording ways"
Apple to graphics cards: "My precioussss.."