System Preferences - Startup Disk not recognizing Windows XP on Boot Camp Partition

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  1. dshurick macrumors newbie

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    I apologize if this has been covered elsewhere on the forums, but after some searching I was not able to find this particular suite of problems.

    I am trying to install Windows XP SP3 on a partition using Boot Camp. After making a 32GB partition using Boot Camp Assistant, I begin the installer. I have now tried to ready the partition in two ways:

    1.) Keep the partition as is (I think Boot Camp partitions it as Fat32)

    2.) Format the Boot Camp partition using NTFS

    After performing (1) the installation begins just fine, but upon its first reboot, it says there is a disk error and the only way I can recover is by rebooting the computer and restarting the installation to perform (2). When I perform (2), the installation goes through smoothly. Once I am in XP I install the Boot Camp utilities using my Snow Leopard disc, and all seems good and well. I even see the little black diamond on the bottom right-hand corner which I can use to "reboot into Mac OSX". Once I am in OSX, however, I am not able to boot back into Windows, either by using the Startup Disk Utility in System Preference nor by shutting down the system and choosing to boot into Windows by holding control. I can still access the Windows hard drive from within OSX, but it doesn't seem to recognize it as a bootable hard drive. What is going on?

    Thanks,
    -Devon
     
  2. tomllama macrumors regular

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    Snow Leopard? Which version of BC utilities? There is a 3.1 and 3.2 update available for download. Make sure you run both of them in addition to the 3.0 that comes on the DVD.

    If you have an NTFS add-in for OSX (I use Tuxera NTFS) you will not be able to see/select the NTFS volume in the startup disk preference pane.

    I don't mean to be insulting, but you get the option key pressed before or very shortly after the chime and it does not give an option of boot drives? Does the option key do anything? (It works fine for me even with Tuxera NTFS).

    Does XP run at all or are you completely unable to boot to it?
     
  3. dshurick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Snow Leopard? yes

    Which version of BC utilities? 3.2

    There is a 3.1 and 3.2 update available for download. Make sure you run both of them in addition to the 3.0 that comes on the DVD.

    If you have an NTFS add-in for OSX (I use Tuxera NTFS) you will not be able to see/select the NTFS volume in the startup disk preference pane.

    this was the problem. after I uninstalled Tuxera NTFS it now comes up on the preference pane.

    I don't mean to be insulting, but you get the option key pressed before or very shortly after the chime and it does not give an option of boot drives? Does the option key do anything? (It works fine for me even with Tuxera NTFS).

    I was being dumb and holding down the control button, and not the option key. I can never seem to remember which one it is but I thought I had tried both.

    Does XP run at all or are you completely unable to boot to it?




    Thanks for your help!
     

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