Can't boot mac after installing Boot Camp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by markw10, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. markw10 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    I posted an earlier question about Boot Camp and fortunately got the help to fix it. Well now I went in to set up bootcamp. It rebooted my computer then to start a install of Windows XP Pro w/ SP2. Of course it asked to format the drive and I did do that with NTFS and made sure it was the new partition I created which was 28 gigs. Well for some reason during this my screen went black like my computer was not on. I had it plugged in so unless something was loose I'm sure the power didn't go dead.
    Well now when I turn it on it gets to a grey screen with no writing, then a black screen, and simply says "Press any key to boot from CD" and I don't press anything and then it says "Missing operating system" I have tried pressing a key as well with no luck. The thing is even with the CD eject button I'm unable to remove the CD (windows xp) which is in the computer and what scares me is I can't even get into the Mac side. I'm completely locked out and have no idea what to do. Any suggestions? Would boot camp have somehow wiped my entire hard drive including the mac side?
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Try holding down the mouse when booting.

    If that doesn't work press the option (alt) key when booting.
  3. Deputy-Dawg macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Welcome to the wonderous world of windows (aka WWOW). I suspect that you have a damaged or improper Windows XP disk and it doesn't know what to do. Assuming that you have not overwritten your Mac OS partition, and easy mistake to to make, there are number of things to try. The easist is to simply force a reboot and hold done the mouse button which should force the CD to eject and boot from the HD. This, however, does not always work with Windows CD's and we have to get a bit more vigorous. Boot holding down the "option key" which should bring you to a screen were you can select what disk to boot from (and what OS it contains) and one of the options will be the Mac OS partition on your HDD. Boot from it and eject the Windows XP cd with ethier the eject key or by draging its image to the trash.

    If, however, you have overwritten your Mac OS partition and now have no Mac OS on your computer you will have to some how eject the XP cd and then use your Mac OS restore disks to restore your Mac OS. Ejecting the Windows XP cd under these circumstances can be difficult. Assuming that booting holding down the mouse key didn't do it try booting holding down the eject key (the one with underlined up arrow to the right of F12) if neither of these work you most likely will have to get assistance from Apple Support.

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