How to use Bios Extender?

inuman

Member
Hi!

I have Windows XP installed on my laptop and I installed MacOSX on an external hard drive.
I would like to boot MacOSX from the external hard drive (my laptop's BIOS doesn't have this option) and I see that EasyBCD has a Bios Extender option. Could someone please tell me how to use it, cause I hit the install button for Bios Extender and it says it's installed, but when I restart there isn't any option of booting the Bios Extender.

Thanks in advance!
 

inuman

Member
There are a total of 2 entries listed in the bootloader.
Path: C:\Program Files\NeoSmart Technologies\EasyBCD\profiles\NeoSmart.bcd

Default: Microsoft Windows XP
Timeout: 10 seconds
EasyBCD Boot Device: C:\

Entry #1
Name: EasyBCD BIOS Extender
BCD ID: {5ca0d856-911b-11df-a1a3-001b24a3f135}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \NST\AutoNeoGrub0.mbr

Entry #2
Name: Microsoft Windows XP
BCD ID: {default}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \NST\ntldr
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Why are you modifying C:\Program Files\NeoSmart Technologies\EasyBCD\profiles\NeoSmart.bcd ??????

OH...

EasyBCD doesn't support Windows XP-only systems.
 

inuman

Member
You mean I have to also install Win 7 for it to work?...
What am I doing wrong about the bcd file?

Thanks for your patience!
 

Terry60

Telephone Sanitizer (2nd Class)
Staff member
There is no BCD in XP. It was invented with Vista.
You're playing with the proto-BCD inside EasyBCD
It's not an active part of your system and can't be used as any part of your boot.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
EasyBCD modifies the Windows Vista/7 bootloader. Windows XP uses an old bootloader that is not supported by EasyBCD.

Addendum:

...And that's what I get for opening a tab and taking too long to reply. Terry beat me to it :smile:
 
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