Can't switch back to osx!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Ben1l, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. Ben1l macrumors regular

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    I installed windows xp on my iMac, by partitioning my hard drive using boot camp.

    It worked, but now I can't seem to switch back to logging in to osx, I'm stuck in Xp. Holding down the option (alt) key at startup doesn't bring up the startup volum option. Xp just launches no matter what I do.

    Really appreciate any advice ASAP
     
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    Have you set a firmware password? As far as I know, that's the only thing that stops the Startup Manager (Option key) from running.
     
  3. Ben1l thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, I wouldn't know how to set a firmware password.
     
  4. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    Did you complete installing the bootcamp drivers in xp?

    There should be something in the right hand tray in windows that allows you to control which system you boot into by default. On my win 7 system I can right click on the bootcamp icon in the tray and get a "restart in mac os x" that I can click on ...
     
  5. Ben1l thread starter macrumors regular

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    When I clicked on the bootcamp set up assistant it in OSX it wouldn't download the the drivers, so i clicked the second which was something about having the original install disks that came with my imac, (which i do have)...
     
  6. andymodem macrumors 6502a

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    Put your OSX install disk in and see if you can boot to that. If you can, select the language you want and wait for the menu bar to appear up top. Then choose Utilies (I think it's that), and then startup disk. Choose your OSX partition and reboot. Hopefully that works.
     
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  8. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    What have you done so far exactly? What kind of system are you running?

    Have you tried rebooting holding down the option key?
     
  9. MJL macrumors 6502a

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    1) what version of OS X? : Lion does not work nicely with XP. (actually Lion 10.7.2 has introduced some sneaky stuff for Time Machine and DiskUtil - stuff that worked before is now suddenly no longer a go)

    2) depending on how you installed XP; the XP installation might have wiped the whole HDD

    3) did you try booting from DVD / external backup? If using Lion did you try command-R and use diskutil from there to see what the disk layout is?
     
  10. Kickk2Krookk macrumors newbie

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    I have the same problem! Except I installed Windows 7 & I don't have the install disks. But I have a 2010 Macbook White. Any help?
     
  11. kpgh554 macrumors regular

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    if it's snow leopard insert osx disc go to show contents open bootcamp folder run setup will add drivers. whilst running in xp
     
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    When booted into Windows, do you see your Mac OS X HDD (Macintosh HD)?
    Does it show up in Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management?
    How big is your internal HDD and how big is your Windows partition?

    You can call Apple and ask for Replacement Disks.
     
  13. Kickk2Krookk macrumors newbie

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    Yes it does. But im not sure if OSX Lion is still on that partition. Windows 7 21 GB OSX Lion 180 GB or something.
     
  14. Manji69 macrumors newbie

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    I had the same problem a while back and had to start from scratch.
     
  15. kpgh554 macrumors regular

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    if go apple.com support search bootcamp go for bootcamp iso might find answer there and drivers for your comp for windows
     
  16. Kickk2Krookk macrumors newbie

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    I need 4.0 not 4.1 & above.
     
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