XP symbol turns upside down?!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by samm-c, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Ok so I got through the first section of the XP install, it copied al of the files and it restarted my computer. Then when I go press down for the windows start that works but when I press "enter" on windows the symbol turns upside down and nothing happens. Anyone else have this happen? I fee like I am so close.
     
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    jaw04005

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    That symbol means your disc is not bootable. Reburn a new CD. Make sure you follow every step precisely.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok so then maybe it is because I made my CD from a Dell XP install CD? it did have some extra files besides "docs" "i386" and "support." The thing is I heard of someone installing using a Dell XP Windows CD. Shoot :(
     
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    Sharewaredemon

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    You have to use a commercial copy of a Windows XP SP2 disk.

    The Dell disk won't work.
     
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    jaw04005

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    Some have gotten other versions (corporate, MCE, etc) to work. However, it jsut depends. Does your Dell have SP2 on it?
     
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  7. macrumors member

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    i had thi sproblem too- its not your CD

    first time you boot from CD and install the second partition has no number (part 1, fat partition, part2, etc) so you choose that partition inbetween 1 & 2.. it formats it (must be NTFS- i have had zero success with FAT)... then restart, at this point if you disable cdbooting or remove it the icon WILL flip upside down (in my case) so just let the cd boot again and run the install again.. now your NTFS partition ins partition 2 and you do the process over.. next time restart it with c d disabled and it should be good to go


    i hate when people just randomly choose a solution and don't know what they're talking about... ((saying the disc is bad)).. I could see, however, if it lacks SP2 that some issue could arise, but if you google there are ways of downloading SP2 and adding it to the disc in the same fashion you added narf's stuff
     
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    iEdd

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    If you legally have the dell disk and are not using it in any computer, than there should be nothing wrong with downloading a rip of an XP disk and using your licence code.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    You cant do that anymore. They've changed the security.

    But if you push shift+F10 you can bring up the dos prompt and edit the registry and your sorted;)
     
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    ReanimationLP

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    It's illegal.

    OEM copies that are included with computers are owned and licensed to the OEM, not the end-user.
     
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    iEdd

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    Ahh okay, I didn't realise it wasn't a full licence supplied with it.
     
  12. macrumors member

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    i had that problem too, just boot from the cd again, and restart the windows instalation u have to reformat the partition you prepared for windows under the windows instalation, i had the same problem too....
     

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