Windows XP in BootCamp not working

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by graemeh88, May 30, 2010.

  1. graemeh88 macrumors member

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    I have had Windows Xp installed on my late 2009 MacBook Pro for a couple months now, but all of a sudden, when trying to boot XP, i click the icon and it just goes to a black screen with a flashing white line. I have up-to-date virus protection on the XP side and do not think that could be the cause. The only differences on the Mac side are that i have installed Paragon NTFS 8.0, Photoshop CS5 Extended, and Squeeze, by latenitesoft. I laos changed the BootCAmp icon on my desktop to a different image, but after restarting from the black screen with flashing white line, the BootCAmp image restored itself to the original one. I googled the problem and saw that it was a hardware problem. I just want to know what could have caused this and how can I fix it?
     
  2. Glumpfner macrumors regular

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    Try save all your important files on the Windows partition via MacOS. Then delete the partition via BootCamp and reinstall Windows XP
     
  3. graemeh88 thread starter macrumors member

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    do you know how i could save the windows applications on my mac side?
    is it as simple as just copying over the program file and desktop icon for a particular program, or is it much more complicated?
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    Unfortunately, it depends very heavily on the program. Some can be done as you suggest, others also require shared files or registry keys to be migrated.

    Can you post a link to where you found this to be a hardware problem?

    EDIT: In this thread: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=474122 it mostly seems to be associated with flaky USB or other stuff that can easily be unplugged as a workaround.

    B
     
  5. graemeh88 thread starter macrumors member

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    the software im most concerned about is Microsoft Office and Norton Antivirus, because i wont have access to the disks as their home and im away at school.

    the hardware issue, was just a post on another site, but i dont believe it to be accurate now, as it this issue of having the all of a sudden black screen with flashing cursor after being installed fine for months seems it could be related to a combination of SP3 and the bootcamp drivers. Not too sure though
     

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