Installation copies files, but wont boot

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by eovnu87435ds, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. eovnu87435ds macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2009
    I am having some issues with my unibody macbook 13" running Mac OS X 10.6.1 and installing XP professional SP2 via bootcamp. I have it as a VM in vmware, and it runs fine there, but I need to install XP with bootcamp, because I need to run some graphics intensive software that is windows only. It seems that my mac has been against this movement since I even thought of it. :mad:

    First, the boot camp assistant says there are unmovable files in the way, and that I cannot partition my harddrive. I end up clearing 120 GB of data off my 200gb harddrive, and still, the unmovable files are in the way. One copy of iDefrag and many hours later, I can finally partition it. I create a 12GB partition for windows.

    I insert my windows disk, click continue, and the computer restarts and loads the windows installer. Things start to seem fishy when I realize the drivers take ages to load up. Eventually it loaded, and that's when I noticed the bootcamp partition was FAT32. I reformat it to NTFS and continue. It copies the files(or so it says...) and restarts. when It goes to boot from the windows partition, it says hal.dll is missing.

    Reading this, I grab a copy of that file off of my virtual machine, and open the boot camp partition in Finder, yet it is completely empty. Now I am quite confused.

    Since it seemed to me that I hit a dead end, I trashed the entire partition, and started all over. Boot camp assistant, 12gb partition, insert disk, restart, etc. This time, however, I left the format as it was(FAT32). I install windows again, the files copy(or so it says... again...) and it restarts. When it goes to boot the windows partition, it says Disk Error, press any key to restart, but the computer is completely locked up.

    Now i am out of ideas, yet I need to get windows installed ASAP, I need it for my mechanical drawing class.

    So, has anybody ran into this before? and does anybody have any insight as to how I could get this working?
  2. eovnu87435ds thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2009
    also, if it might make a difference I could install [shiver] vista [/shiver] or windows 7.
  3. Mustanaamio macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2009
    I have exactly the same problem... Can't install WXP, and Harddrive is partially missing. Where are my 35gb which i used for XP?....

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