Blank screen when trying to install XP SP2 on mac mini

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Divine Aurora, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Divine Aurora macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2009
    Hi, I am trying to set up boot camp on my new mac mini. The primary reason is that 10.6 intel macs don't support my version of mac photoshop (Photoshop 7). I have an XP version of photoshop installed on my old laptop, and want to boot XP on my mac and move it over. However, when I tried to install Boot Camp, and re-started with the windows CD in from Boot Camp, I had a gray screen for a bit, then a blank screen.

    I have a brand new Mac Mini, with OS X 10.6, and I set up the boot camp partition successfully. My windows CD is XP with SP2 as apple claims is required.

    Additionally, I have an external hard drive with a .bkf file on it from a backup of my old PC laptop that has photoshop in it, but I can't extract that to my BOOTCAMP drive, at least without windows already installed on it.

    I tried some other windows CD's, and a windows DVD that are supposed to be bootable borrowed from friends, using the boot camp application, with the CD in, at least XP SP 2, and I still got a blank screen as it re-started, and thus have been unable to install windows.

    Is there another way I could install windows? Perhaps from my .BKF file? Is there something I might be doing wrong? I do have an older monitor, a viewsonic 17 inch, and I'm using an apple adapter. Could it be that windows install CD's don't support my graphics card? If so, how am I supposed to install windows? Also, my keyboard doesn't seem to be recognized either. It is a macally ikey extended keyboard, and I can't even get the caps lock light to turn on while it is trying to load of the windows XP disk with boot camp.

  2. Divine Aurora thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2009
    I'm not sure if this is appropriate, but I'm bumping this thread since I haven't gotten any responses.

    While I'm at it I might as well ask if it is likely that I wouldn't have these problems if I used some other install method or Vista or the new Windows 7, and if the windows version of Photoshop 7 works on Vista or Windows 7.

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