BootCamp and Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by comboy, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. comboy macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2009
    hi guys
    I tried to install winXP SP2 on my Macbook Pro 15" 2.5
    but I got an error says "Press any key to boot from CD. Disk Error. Press any key to restart."
    I need your help guys
  2. backwardsK126 macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2009
    It could be a bad disk, or you just didn't press a key when it prompted you to do so. It only gives you 5 seconds to press a key.
  3. justyncuk macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2009
    This sounds similar to the issue I had, I started installing it loaded all the files onto the bootcamp partition but failed after the reboot. The issue turned out to be the bootcamp formatting, when you start the install and it asks which partition to use and you can reformat, choose to do a complete NTFS or FAT32 format. This worked for me, although for some reason it won't complete the SP3 install. Hope this is useful.
  4. bcsarmaa macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2009
    Same problem - I have some suggestions but need help too

    I have a similar, if not the exact same problem as you seem to have...

    I purchased a copy of XP Pro via eBay (yep, that's how these things usually start). It is a full OEM version and includes the license key.

    I went through the bootcamp installation proces, one important thing - I nevr was shown a screen where I should select between FAT32,NTFS, or to keep the current file system. I had chosen a partition size of 70 GB so NTFS is required, but I assumed the install automatically chose it for me. Went through the copying files process, recieved several errors on drivers related to WMPlayer - finally got through those. On restart I got the dreaded disk error problem.

    After much research I've concluded that I have a couple of problems on my hand:
    1) There are some versions of XP discs that will never let you choose the file system that you want to setup for your partition. Because this never happens the partition is never properly formatted and thus the OS does not install properly. If this happens its probably because of the disc you are using. You can try another disc (but who wants to pay money after you already LEGALLY purchased a license that didn't work?).

    The other solution is to basically recreate the windows install disc by copying the contents to your hard drive, removing one specific file and then creating a bootable disc. Note this is a lengthy process and somewhat technical - the full instructions are here... Follow the instructions that make up the third bullet point on the linekd article - you'll need access to a Windows machine with Roxio Easy CD Creator on it for this to work properly.

    I followed these instructions and restarted the bootcamp install process - this time I could select between the files system formats (EXCELLENT - I thought). When it went into the actual install I still had errors with dll files that could not be found - but I got to the windows logo and the time zone setup. After going through all of that (1.5 hours into everything) I suddenly got an error saying that internet could not be configured because of a missing file. The system reboots but it is basically in safemode (no background - just blue color). I put the Mac OS disc in to update the drivers, and the disc is unable to install anything because important .dll files are missing.

    Thus I have a half-baked install of Windows with no functionality. If you are unlucky as me it is because of my second problem:
    #2 - the disk I have is also corrupted or there is some defect. Important system files are not readable and are not able to be copied durning install.

    So my final option is to try and catalog each system file error, find the .dll files and create a new bootable disc - if anyone has an easier way around this or could offer advice on how to get past this I would really appreciate it.
  5. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Generally it's due to the disk being formatted wrong to the correct file system. By formatting as FAT32 or NTFS should fix the problem. Any other problems usually result in a bad installation disc.

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