problem with BC with Leopard-BC partition not showing up.

alecmcmahon

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May 18, 2007
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Woodbridge, NJ
hey guys, running leopard on iMac 2.16 w/3 Gig of ram ( White iMac)

Leopard running smooth, went to go install my winxp for gaming.

Created a 50 gig partition via the bootcamp assistant , said restart, and bla bla bla


but when i get in to the win xp setup , under where to install my windows, the 50 gig partition that i made didnt show up, in fact, there was only one partition, and it was for 131gb, which didnt match any partion i had on my system.

i re-tryed a few times, still same thing, so i figure, hey it might be a bug and just clicked ok to install on that partion and it wiped out my leopard install....

So whats the prob. here?

why isnt the partition bootcamp created showing up on my Windows setup?
 

gcdrwhom

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Oct 25, 2006
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I've got the same problem right now on my 2.33 MBP.

I used the Boot Camp Assistant to create a 12 GB partition, which shows up in Leopard as a 12 GB partition called "BOOTCAMP". Then the Assistant reboots with my XP CD. XP does its thing loading drivers and such, but when it gets to the "pick your partition" screen, only my 134 GB Leopard partition shows up, and nothing else. Not wanting to zap my Leopard partition, I quit out and reboot into OS X.

And I just Archived and Installed to Leopard this morning. Anyone knows what gives?
 

gcdrwhom

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Oct 25, 2006
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Tantalizingly, this thread: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=369700
seems to offer a solution using either Norton Ghost or FreeDOS.

Flyinmac suggests booting to a command prompt (apparently from a bootable DOS CD), and then using the DOS disk tool FDISK. Using FDISK will confirm the presence of the BOOTCAMP partition. Flyinmac then suggests using the format command (ye olde "format c:" for you old school DOS people), to reformat that partition.

It's a little risky, as you need to be very sure that you're formatting the right partition, but I may give it a try and let you know how it goes.
 

gcdrwhom

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Oct 25, 2006
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By the way, the solution for me ended up being making sure that I had the Service Pack 2 version of XP. The other stuff regarding FreeDOS and Ghost ended up being irrelevant. Starting again from a clean Boot Camp Assistant partition, my XP SP2 detected the partitions and installed by the book.

It should also be noted that I was able to slipstream my non-SP2 XP into an SP2 XP, by following these instructions: http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp

This may not work for you if you lack access to a Windows machine with the proper tools installed. Still, it worked great for me after an afternoon of struggling with those other solutions.
 

subwarm

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alecmcmahon

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Original poster
May 18, 2007
224
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Woodbridge, NJ
hey guys, it seems that i needed to have the Sp2 disk when installing, pre leopard i just used my sp1 disk then upgraded, and it worked...but with leopard it seems you NEED to have the SP2 disk

thanks all
 

gcdrwhom

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Oct 25, 2006
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Alec: That makes sense out of the conflicting reports I've heard about being able to install even with SP1.

Subwarm: I'd be wary of switching up the EFI boot menu. Given the bumps people have been having with Boot Camp, I could see them updating it soon.
 
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