MB Weird Boot Up Problem (Related to Boot Camp Windows XP)

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  1. Mac'Mo macrumors 6502a

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    OMFG when i turn on my MB i get a black screen that just says
    "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key"
    WTFFF HELP!!
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    Try holding the option key when starting (called alt sometimes)

    Have you recently dropped your machine? Or damaged it in any way?

    Apple will replace/fix it unless it is clearly your fault
     
  3. Mac'Mo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Don't Panic! I know EXACTLY what has happened!

    You were half way through installing windows weren't you?

    Start the machine up, and almost straight away, press and hold the mouse clicker. This should eject the windows disk. Then restart and all should be well :)

    I saw this over the week funnily enough...
     
  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Here's what I would try.
    Insert Mac OS X instal disk 1 and restart
    after initial chime hold down "c" key until it gets to the install screen
    choose english as the language and then go to the top white bar and under utilities (I think) go to disk utility
    under disk utility go to Macintosh HD (unless you renamed it) and click repair disk
    After that's done see if you can boot

    if that fails go through the rest of the instal sequence until you get to archive and install and do that. That will save all your data and reinstall Mac OS X (you will have to reinstall all the updates using software update though)
     
  6. Mac'Mo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    YES! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD YES!
     
  7. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    you might want to change the thread title so if people have a similar problem, they can search.

    people who have problems installing windows on their macbooks aren't likely to search "OMFG Help!" but more words like macbook windows, startup, boot disk...
     
  8. phungy macrumors 68020

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    I don't know why but I found this thread hilarious. But I would have done the same...had no problems installing Windows though. Glad everything is fine now.
     
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  10. Mac'Mo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    im having immense problems installing Windows. I tried a pirated copy and then it either froze or my keyboard stopped working. Then i tried a legit version and even that didn't work.

    how do you edit the title of the thread?
     
  11. smueboy macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know - Windows always elicits things like "OMFG Help!" from me whenever i use it.

    :D
     
  12. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    When I tried to install Windows, it just BSODed every time I booted into it :rolleyes:

    Great Mac this is turning out to be. Think I'll get a G3 iBook, my G3 iMac is miles better than my MBP...
     
  13. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Bad boy! ;)

    Now that we got that out of the way, your first mistake was using a pirated copy.

    The problem is that there is residual information stored in the boot area of the Windows partition. You must get rid of this to have a successful install.

    I think that the easiest way to proceed is this:
    - Run Boot Camp again and remove the partition.
    - Run Disk Utility and erase free space.
    - Run Boot Camp and create your Windows partition.
    - Install using legitimate copy of Windows.

    Good luck! :)
     
  14. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    click the edit button on the first post, click Go Advanced, and you can edit the thread title there.
     
  15. smueboy macrumors 6502a

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    Is this a Bootcamp issue? I installed Windows XP on my girlfriends MBP using Parallels and everything went remarkably smoothly - i was impressed! (with parallels. not windows.)
    I hope you guys get it sorted.
     
  16. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    Did you use a version of windows that had Service pack 2 built in? If not, pm me and I'll give you a link to download that garbage.

    BTW using a pirated copy is no mistake :D
     
  17. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000

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    LOL!!! You guys crack me up. :)
     
  18. Mac'Mo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    wicked! i'll try that when i finally get to leave work!!!
     
  19. Mac'Mo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok i just tried the steps above and it still doesn't work. After i install the legit copy of Windows XP, it starts up i guess and i get a black screen that says


    Windows Installation Boot Menu
    [A] Restore Wizard (recommended)
    Manual Windows Installation

    Choose an option and press [Enter]: _


    and i'm trying with all of God's might to press "B" and nothing simply shows up. I don't know if the keyboard is locked or if it froze. FYI that underscore after "[Enter]:" is blinking so i dont think it froze.... of course i am most probably wrong. ANY IDEAS?! OMG WTF!!
     
  20. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Are you trying to install Windows XP SP2?

    Also, did you do all the steps above to include erasing the free space by using Disk Utility?
     

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