Can't boot into XP after 10.5.3 update

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  1. Foxile macrumors regular

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    When I got my iMac, one of the first things I did was to fire up BootCamp and install XP, so I could use it for games.
    I've not been back to XP for a while, but when I tried to boot into Windows today, I hit a snag.

    If I hold down the Option key, the two boot options come up. I highlight the Windows partition and click the arrow underneath, to boot into XP, but the system just does nothing. After about five minutes, it does a 'soft reboot' and loads OS X instead.

    It's not a huge problem as I rarely use XP now, but I'd still like to be able to play a few games every now and then....

    Any ideas, please ?
     
  2. upsguy27 macrumors 65816

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    I would try deleting the Windows XP partition and repartitioning and installing again.
     
  3. Foxile thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've tried that and I'm still getting the same problem.

    I might try again with a different partition size.
     
  4. Foxile thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nope, still no joy. I tried a smaller partition ( 20Gb ) and it still refuses to boot correctly.

    In fact it took a step backward in that I had to hod down 'C' with the OS X install disc in, just to get it to boot at all. It would just hang on a grey screen.

    XP installed okay and I ran the Apple drivers update, but once it goes to re-boot, the problems begin.

    I might just have to carry out a full re-install, then try again :rolleyes:
     
  5. AlphaBoy85 macrumors regular

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    That's strange! everything seems working fine with me!
    Try installing "QuickBoot" app and try again.
     
  6. Foxile thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've never heard of QuickBoot, but I'll give it a try.

    I ran Disk Utilities and checked the drive...all appears fine, so I'm at a loss as to why it'd be causing these problems.
     
  7. Foxile thread starter macrumors regular

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    Looking at the reviews, it seems I need to rename the partition that XP is on, to Windows. Problem is that following the install, I can't boot into Windows to do that :-(
     
  8. AlphaBoy85 macrumors regular

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    Have you tried pressing alt continually while the Mac is on startup screen? I can choose Windows or Mac that way!
     
  9. Foxile thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's how I've been doing it. It bring up the two disc icons. I select the Windows icon and then click the arrow. Nothing happens. It freezes and after a few minutes re-boots into OS X.

    Might just be easier to buy a cheap machine for gaming and leave my Mac, Windows free.
     
  10. AlphaBoy85 macrumors regular

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    That's what I think I'll do! lovely idea btw.. :cool:
     

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