iMac stuck in start-up - 'boot camp with windows xp cd!'

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  1. Devtels macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone :)
    My brother got an iMac and yesterday he tried to install windows xp with boot camp. But unfortunately he made a mistake and the iMac shut down. Now the mac is stuck with a windows xp in it, and when he tries to start up the computer, it says "the start-up sound" and just stays with white screen:mad: .
    It sounds like the mac reads from the xp cd when it starts, but I can't get the cd out.
    I have looked everywhere and tried everything:
    Hold down the primary mousebutton while it's starting,
    Hold down "fn" and the "eject" button while it's starting,
    and hold down "alt" while it's starting

    and none of these worked..:confused::confused:
    what am I supposed to do now??
    I can't find any "pin-hole" to a paperclip or something.
    Hope you understand me and are able to help me.
    Thank you :)
     
  2. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    More details? How do you make a mistake and the iMac shut down?
     
  3. Devtels thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When you have restarted from the windows xp cd, and you have to choose which partion you want to install xp on, he couldn't find the one he just made, so he just cancelled the process and the mac shut down..:(
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Hold the option key (alt) immediately after you press the power button and hold it till you see the options to boot from. My guide might be handy as well
     
  5. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    Yep, exactly. The iMac is still trying to automatically boot Windows, it sounds like, and can't. No big deal. Just hold the option key as soon as you press the power button, and keep holding it till the option to pick your boot-up OS appears. Then re-do the Windows installation correctly. I'd suggest removing the existing Boot camp partition from the Boot camp assistant first, and starting again.
     
  6. Devtels thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much for your quick reply!
    I'll try that and reply if it works or not :)
     
  7. Devtels thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope.... it still dosen't work..! :mad:
     
  8. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Look at my guide
     
  9. Devtels thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll check that one out :)
     

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