boot camp wont work help asap please

Discussion in 'iMac' started by harry454, May 13, 2008.

  1. harry454 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    Hey I used the bootcamp assistant to make a windows partition, put my xp disc in the drive let the computer reboot and all that shows is a black screen with a dash on the top left, any help please on how to install xp?
  2. nanoage macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2008
    I am having this same exact problem on my new 24inch iMac 3.06 with the 8800gs. I tried 2 vista discs and a windows xp sp2 disc and still no go. Anyone else had any luck with this problem?
  3. vansouza macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2006
    West Plains, MO USA Earth
    Make sure that you have a copy of XP that has SP2 included in it; and be sure you format the partition from inside of the xp install; you can not install if you work on the assumption that Boot Camp formatted the partition. Good luck.
  4. nanoage macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2008
    The XP disc wont even boot the computer, that is where it goes to the black screen.
  5. I am Sampson macrumors 6502

    I am Sampson

    Sep 16, 2007
    Plymouth, UK
    I've been having the same issue (and more) but now it is fixed.
    Basically it seems the new iMac is too fast for its own good, that flashing black line appears after the message "press a key to boot from cd" but that message goes so fast you can't see it. What you want to do it when booting keep pressing keys very quickly to make sure one is pressed during the short moment in time the iMac waits for a key.

    As reference, a further issue I had was a message along the lines of "invalid disk" wasn't that, but similar. This happened after the does based windows install (initial blue screen part before it reboots into a more graphical install). This can happen if you select the "leave file system intact" option rather than formating (not quick) to NTFS. From what I've read I'm lead to believe that this is only relevant if you make your bootcamp partition more than 32Gb (as if its 32Gb or less you can leave it as FAT32 which is better really as you can write to it from OSX)
  6. harry454 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    anyways I got it to work, I called applecare and he told me tomake partition reboot, restore the windows partition back to osx and then remake partition with the same size you picked first time. :D Also does anyone have wireless airport drivers for xp 64bit? Thanks again :)
  7. nanoage macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2008
    Wow, Nice catch Sampson mine is currently booting off my vista disk right now. Thank you so much for your help.
  8. JINN macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2008
    I had the same problem too but fixed! I almost gave up..

    imac bootcamp problem...

    I almost gave up after I heard the following ...

    >Some iMac (Late 2006 24-inch) computers may display a black screen when booting from the Windows XP installer CD, instead of the standard blue installation screen. The computer will respond to the correct setup key presses and continue the installation even though the built-in display has no video.

    If you experience this issue, download and install the iMac MXM Update 1.0 update from Apple Support Downloads.


    but this didn't work for me.

    so I called APPLE customer service and told me to shut down the computer and unplug the power cable and internet cable (LAN) leaving just USB mouse and Keyboard.

    when shut down count 20 seconds turn it on
    then do the BOOTCAMP again!

    this worked for me.

    p.s I actually called from Japan desperately to USA customer service since the japanese customer service was closed for the day!

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