5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 12, 2009 5:24 AM by Mac Admin
Mac Admin Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
I stayed at a hotel in San Francisco and in their lobby were two iMacs for the guests to use, which I thought was definitely different but cool. The iMacs had an option on the screen for guest to choose whether they want to use Mac OS X or Windows XP. This startup option that I am referring to was not the regular hold down the option key and see the startup disks but more like a software or boot loader on the computer. Once you picked your platform of choice, the iMac would boot in that platform - literally boot and not a virtual boot in that platform. So, I knew the iMac was using Boot Camp but I did not know how or what software was used for the startup option.

My question to you is do you know of a setting in the Mac OS or a boot loader software that will allow this?

MacPro 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 5GB RAM
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
  • Mac Admin Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    bootpicker is really nice and i like how it works... but i have an issue

    i want to auto-login to an account when i click on the mac os choice

    when i set auto-login right now, the mac boots straight into that account and skips the bootpicker screen completely

    any thoughts?
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    Sorry, I don't use BootPicker so I'm not sure, though from what I remember, that seems to be the way it works; you have to disable auto-login. The developer deliberately avoided getting into driver-level issues so, I believe, it's basically a sort of login hook and so won't work with autologin enabled.

    Perhaps refit would work with auto-login enabled.
  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
    Mac Admin wrote:
    I stayed at a hotel in San Francisco and in their lobby were two iMacs for the guests to use, which I thought was definitely different but cool. The iMacs had an option on the screen for guest to choose whether they want to use Mac OS X or Windows XP. This startup option that I am referring to was not the regular hold down the option key and see the startup disks but more like a software or boot loader on the computer. Once you picked your platform of choice, the iMac would boot in that platform - literally boot and not a virtual boot in that platform. So, I knew the iMac was using Boot Camp but I did not know how or what software was used for the startup option.

    My question to you is do you know of a setting in the Mac OS or a boot loader software that will allow this?


    As an aside, I would wonder if these machines had key loggers or other software that "monitored" use's moves. I would never use them for anything other than simple browsing, and never anything that required entering a user name, id or password. If they are public computers, anyone with proper knowledge could install anything on them.
  • Mac Admin Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Thank you guys for responding to my post. I am in the process of trying them both and will make a decision as to which one I will use. There are pros and cons to both of them.

    This computer that I am setting up will be strictly a work computer used only for company employees. We will not be tracking the movements of a user but thanks for your opinion on using public computers.

    Thanks and have a great day!