Parallels won't boot.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by pentrixter, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hey, new here. Parallels won't boot despite following directions to install. It just simply gets stuck at the boot screen. Below is a snapshot.

    Thanks in advance,
    pentrixter
     

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  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's surely pentrixter huh... interesting.

    so... nobody knows? or am i asking a question worthy of ignoring? will i get more help if i asked the parallels forums?

    surely thanks in advance,
    pentrixter
     
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    robbieduncan

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    Exactly what are you trying to boot? Parallels is trying to boot from CD. Do you have something connected to Parallels virtual CD drive?

    Have you mapped your real optical drive to it? If so what CD/DVD is in it? Is it bootable?

    Have you mapped it to a disk image? If so same questions?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm trying to boot Windows XP.

    I have a genuine Windows XP CD in my CD drive.

    No idea what a real optical drive is. But I do have a Windows XP CD, which is what parallels was asking for, so I'm guessing it should be bootable.

    apologize for my ignorance.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    I'm surprised nobody has figured it out yet :(

    This is really dumb, but did you remember to:

    1. Tell Parallels to use the built-in CD-ROM drive as the drive for the virtual machine
    2. Actually press a key when it asked you to
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes i did, 1 and 2.

    that and i have finally found a way to get past. apparently, if i don't insert a CD, it will say "failed" for booting thru CDR (duh) and then it will say press any key to continue. now if insert the CD then and press a key, parallels will register the CD.

    however, I've run into another problem. While booting, it says:

    the file ramdisk.sys is corrupted. press any key to continue.

    if i do, the whole thing starts all over again and i run into the same error. is this a flaw with the XP disk? I installed bootcamp just fine with this very same CD.

    thanks in advance,
    pentrixter
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    erm its all fixed, thanks for all those who helped. i basically cleaned by CD with fluid and crap.

    one last question: is there a task manager for parallels windows xp? ctrl alt del doesn't seem to do anything.

    thanks,
    pentrixter
     
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    robbieduncan

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    XP is XP. You are not running a special version in Parallels or anything. That said you cannot just hit the CTRL-ALT-Del on your keyboard: the host OS grabs some of the keys.

    Under the Actions menu in Parallels there is a Send Keys submenu from where you can send CTRL-ALT-Del.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    I now have the same issue. Never had any loading probs prior but now this

    [​IMG]

    I dont understand this cleaning of disc business - it runs from within so i cant clean anything??:confused:
     
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    steveza

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    I think the original poster was installing XP so clening the install disk solved his issue.

    Your virtual machine doesn't look like it is starting up. Do you get any start up messages before this blank screen?
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it scrolls though and states some text very quick, extended memory etc which would be normal and then just a blank, black screen.
    If I select the VM configuration button it claims parallel's is running
    [​IMG]
     
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    steveza

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    That's odd. Try booting your virtual machine with a XP install disk in the drive. Run a repair of the start-up files.
     
  13. macrumors 6502a

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    I found the windows disc and when i try booting from here i get ...

    [​IMG]

    on selecting recovery mode i get

    [​IMG]


    Not sure what happened but it all worked fine until this, any suggestions please?
     

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