iMac doesn't boot up after failed install of Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by FuzzMop, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. FuzzMop macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2007
    I have an iMac(7,1 - pretty sure it's the latest version). I was trying to install Windows with bootcamp, but when I put the XP disk in... it showed my Macs hard drive and no bootcamp hard drive. Panicking, I restarted my computer and my Mac boots into nothing. Just the white screen. DX I need help.

    No installation of XP was ever started... I stopped before selecting the partition.
  2. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    try booting while holding down the option key.
  3. FuzzMop thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2007
    This does not work.
    Resetting PRAM does not work.
    Nothing works.

    I had to go into AppleCare and the computer was rendered to the point of no use. DO NOT attempt to install Windows XP Service Pack 1 on your computer. It will BREAK your computer as in you will have no access to either partitions. The screen will turn white and you will have to take it into AppleCare to get a knew computer. If you want to install Windows XP (Service Pack 1) you should make sure you have the latest firmware.

    Again, your computer will NOT work again and you will have to go get a new one! Apple tried to do a boot-reset (not PRAM) on my computer and it did not work either. Please don't install Windows XP... You'll end up like me ):
  4. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Actually, Apple's website has consistently said that SP2 is required for Boot Camp, so if you don't want any problems at all, I'd skip SP1 all together.
  5. FuzzMop thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2007
    The XP disk did not clearly state wether it was Service Pack 1 or 2. If you insert the XP SP1 disk, there is no warning... So you're stuck if you can't tell between the two.

    Yes, skip SP1 if you can tell between the two, otherwise it is a smart idea to not install it altogether.

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