Help installing windows on new Mac Pro 2009

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rjheys, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. rjheys macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2008
    So I got my new mac pro today (2.26, 8 core) and I am now trying to install Windows XP Professional with service pack 2 on to it. Boot Camp partitions my Hard Drive correctly, restarts to the windows dvd and starts loading files, but when it asks me to choose which drive to install it to, the keyboard doesn't work so I cant go any further with the installation. I am using the Apple wired keyboard but have also tried my Apple Wireless keyboard I already had but I cant get the windows installer to accept inputs from either one. Anyone know what else I could try? Anyone else had this problem?
  2. rjheys thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2008
    still not working

    I have tried a few more times and still no joy.
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Why are you using the keyboard when the mouse can select them perfectly fine?
  4. rjheys thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2008

    The mouse can't be used during the early install process, thats why I was using the keyboard in the first place. You have to press the Enter key to continue to the main installation, nothing else.
  5. Plutonius macrumors 603


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
  6. rjheys thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2008
    32 bit

    32 bit windows, ok I have found a topic in the Apple User Discussions, apparently this is a wide spread problem with the new Mac Pros and can be solved by using a windows keyboard. Guess I will just have to borrow my friends tomorrow and give it a try. Thanks for the help anyway people.
  7. gesundheit macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2004
    The Apple keyboard that shipped with my '09 Mac Pro worked fine during my XP install yesterday.
  8. rjheys thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2008
  9. wedgehammer macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2007
    i used an apple wired keyboard that came with an old imac and it worked fine, no problems here installing windows xp pro sp2... now using my old apple wireless keyboard
  10. tamvly macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2007
    This is also a problem on the octo 2.8.

    I tried multiple times to load 32 bit XP into a boot camp partition. On each occasion the when asked for info the keyboard fails to be recognized.

    Eventually, I'll call Apple Support and seek an answer (when I have several hours to waste).
  11. Roy macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2006
    You think they might tell you that's a Windows problem and that they don't support Windows?
  12. Illicit macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2007
    Waterloo, ON
    Similar situation when I shut down incorrectly and I got a "Disc checking for errors...Press any key to cancel" message upon restarting in Windows.
    I couldn't press any key, nothing would register and I'd have to sit through the whole disc checking process.

    Don't know exactly what fixed it, but after reinstalling Leopard and Windows (using a new copy downloaded from the M$DS site), that problem resolved itself. Keyboard became detectable before Windows was loaded.
  13. dvince2 macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2007
    Do you have another keyboard to try it with? Stupid question, but you are using a wired one right?
  14. NightSailor macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2008
    Wait two weeks and the problem will go away...

    If you wait a couple weeks you will find you no longer have any need for Windoze. If you put it on, you will find you don't use it IMHO.
  15. tamvly macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2007
    Possible, I suppose. But Apple sells VMWare, so there's at least one reason to hope.

    Besides, I have a large iTunes collection and will enjoy listening to my favorite tunes while on hold ...
  16. tamvly macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2007
    Yes, of course. Tried both an older wired keyboard from my G5 and the stock keyboard right out of the box of the MacPro. No joy.
  17. Frozengeek macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Fairbanks, Ak
    I don't know about the keyboard, but don't forget: If your partition size is over 32gb, you'll need to reformat the partition (in the Windows installer) as NTFS.
  18. Dragonforce macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    London (Ealing) UK
    What I posted in another thread earlier:

    Solution (need a working windows installation or a windows-pc):

    0 - create 3 folders c:\windows64iso c:\windows64exe c:\windows64dvd
    1 - download this .exe file and put into c:\windows64exe
    2 - put .iso you downloaded from ms (or an .iso you created from your retail windows disc) into c:\windows64iso and unzip it
    3 - move .iso file out of c:\windows64iso and trash / delete it (won't need it anymore)
    4 - open a dos prompt in c:\windows64exe and type:

    oscdimg -n -m -bc:\windows64iso\boot\ c:\windows64iso c:\windows64dvd\windows64dvd.iso

    The windows64dvd.iso is the file you gonna burn onto a new DVD

    Enjoy !


    Also see

    This was for 64bit Windows, but will work with 32bit as well.

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