Parallels won't boot Windows disc

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by monkeyvsshark, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. monkeyvsshark macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2006
    San Francisco
    First of all, hello. I'm new here. :)

    I decided to give Parallels a shot last night and I can't seem to get past the part where it boots from the actual XP CD.

    The CD is detected when I pop it in my SuperDrive and when I go to execute emulation, I see the little CD icon in the bottom right corner of Parallels active but then it stops and nothing happens. Emulation doesn't quit or anything and there's no error message, it simply stops reading the CD and sits there.

    Is it a bad disc? I can explore it just fine within OS X and/or Windows.
  2. monkeyvsshark thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2006
    San Francisco
    It should be noted that my virtual hard disk is an external USB 2.0 drive... and everything is set up accordingly.
  3. petelondon macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2006
    I had a similar issue with installing WinXP on Mac OS X parallels, sometimes the parallels virtual machine would hang, sometimes the windows install would throw errors related to missing files.

    Yet I knew that the WinXP disc was ok, from previous use on a PC. (This old PC had died from a different, hardware, issue)

    The answer was to create an ISO image of the Windows install disc. You can use the ImageTool program that comes with Parallels (in folder Applications/Parallels )

    Attach this ISO disc image to the CDROM using the configuration screen, and click play. This fixed the issue for me.
  4. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    Thank you petelondon, I've been having issues where WindowsXP would error about files being corrupt or not found during the install, but after following your advice it's running great! Only problem is, where does the problem lie? Is there a problem with my SuperDrive, or with Parallels' CD-ROM support?
  5. deepy macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2006

    I've just encounted this same problem. I knew an easy solution was just to make a CD imagine and use it but i refused to give up so easily lol.

    Guess i'm gonna do that now! I think theres an issue with the mac os timing out the CD drive or something.

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