Installing windows xp on MBP

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  1. kanshira macrumors member

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    hi, i'm having trouble installing windows onto my bootcamp partition. When the mbp bootsup, it logs into the bootcamp partition and tries to load up the windows boot disk but ends up on a message something like " boot disk undeteced - insert boot disk and press any key"
    I insert my windows xp CD press a key and nothing - just pauses on that screen had to do a reboot through holding the pwr button.
    My windows cd is a full install, service pack 2 and 32 bit, though it is a backup. Would that be the reason why it doesnt work?

    thanks for the help.
     
  2. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

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    It's possible that since it's a backup disc it's not bootable. What do you mean by backup disc exactly?
     
  3. fireloss macrumors member

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    Probably because you didn't select FAT or NTFS when you were prompted at the installation.
     
  4. kanshira thread starter macrumors member

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    where do you select fat32/ntfs? is it during the bootcamp partitioning?

    backup, as in copied/burnt disk
     
  5. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Is that CD bootable? Have you tried booting it in a different computer?
     
  6. Baba Ganoush macrumors member

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    Im thinking since its a burnt disk of windows thats your problem right there
     
  7. djinn macrumors 68000

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    I don't agree since all my Windows CDs are burned disks and work. It has to be a burned BOOTABLE cd. Not a drag and drop backup. Thats why I asked the OP if he has tried it in a different machine.
     
  8. toiletooth macrumors newbie

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    sometimes.

    sometimes i high ass my copy and burn a dmg then wonder what's wrong.
    so-i'd check that. also, bootcamp is funny. there is definately some silly parts.
    format as fat in osx.
    reformat as either fat (writable in osx) or NTFS(non writable within osx).
    install and really pay attention to whether or not you're supposed to press a key or let it ride.
    tt.
     
  9. fireloss macrumors member

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    During installation (with that blue background) you should see a page when you are asked to choose whether to Quick format or format it as NTFS/FAT, or leave it unchanged. Leaving it unchanged will make the partition unbootable. I think that's the problem with your installation.
     
  10. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    I agree - it is probably not a Bootable version, and also I think the OP has possibly not selected the correct file format for the partition as well.
     
  11. kanshira thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks pplz... got windows workin ^^ woot! ... yehh didnt change partition during installation. had to do a few hard resets n stuff. hope that doesnt stuff up my precious mbp , but its all good now. If i want to scan the windows partition for errors I would have to do this in windows aye?


    btw, i've got another question - though has nothing to do with thread topic. I have connected another monitor to my mbp and at times want to turn it off without pulling out the dvi plug/cable. is this possible?

    thx in advance
     
  12. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

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    Turn the monitor off or turn the MB Pro's screen off? On my setup, I just turn the external monitor off at its power switch. I don't actually turn the MB Pro's display off; i just turn the display backlight off using the F1 key.
     

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