Bootcamp: "Thou shalt not install Windows"

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  1. Shwappy macrumors newbie

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    Greetings everyone,

    I've got some trouble installing Windows XP.
    So I go through all of Bootcamp's instructions and at the end it asks me to install Windows.
    I leave my computer to restart and I'm greeted with a black screen. Btw when I press Alt to show the drives, my windows partition doesn't even show up.

    My Specs:
    Mac Os X 10.5.8
    2 x 2.26 Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    6 GB RAM 1066 MHz DDR3

    Please be my night on a white horse, and let me know any kind of solution you have.
    Thank you !
     
  2. haralds macrumors 6502

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    Only the drives with installed operating systems will show up on Boot/Option. Your Windows partition will not show, since it is empty. You should see your inserted CD/DEV or USB Drive labeled as Windows, which holds the installer.
     
  3. Shwappy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But even when I start the cd from the Boot/Option menu. The screen is black.
     
  4. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    What graphics card do you have in the machine?
     
  5. IowaLynn macrumors 6502a

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    Boot Camp is not really needed when using a drive just for Windows, but has to have all paretitions wiped - format as Windows MBR.

    XP has not been supported from Apple and BCA since BCA 3.x
     
  6. Shwappy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nvidia Geforce GT 120
     
  7. Synchro3 macrumors 65816

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    If your graphics card exceeds 1 GB Video-RAM, you will have ~ 3.5 GB RAM (what Windows XP 32 Bit can support) minus the Video-RAM, what can result in hassles.

    Install a 64 Bit Windows, e.g. Windows 7.
     
  8. orph macrumors 6502a

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    might be worth looking at wine or parallels etc, may be less hassle.
     
  9. Shwappy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But What I don't understand is that it has always worked before, on the same computer.
     
  10. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    did you change monitors? or using the same one? maybe its not getting a signal on boot?
    At any point did you install an OS X version newer than 10.5.8? Did you update software on 10.5.8 particularly bootcamp software.
     
  11. Synchro3 macrumors 65816

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    Ok, which is the graphics card you are using?
     
  12. chrismac2 macrumors regular

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    Have you plugged in any external hard drives lately? I don't have a Mac Pro, but once on my iMac, there was an incompatibility between boot camp and an external hard drive I had.

    The only way I could boot into Windows was to unplug the hard drive.
     
  13. Shwappy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm using bootcamp 2.0 so that can't be the problem. And no external drives are plugged in.
     
  14. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    Can you see any other boot partitions i.e.; Apple OS X partitions? And I ask about any newer OS' 10.9 and 10.10 at any point if they were installed then reverted since they chance efi settings on some machines.

    Next step is to try another hard drive or partition, use BC to prepare the drive for Windows and try the process again.
     
  15. Shwappy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope I can't see my Windows Partition. The Os has always been 10.5.8.
     
  16. lowendlinux Contributor

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    On a short tangent.

    I hope this computer is not on the internet, Leopard hasn't been supported in years, and XP hasn't been supported since April.
     

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