11-01-2010, 03:44 PM
I'm not very tech-savvy, so please bear with me which I explain my situation.
I have an iMac 3.2 Ghz Intel Core i3 with 4GB memory. I just went to install the Boot Camp partition and XP with SP2. (I'm on Snow Leopard so this is BC 3.0).
Following the instructions in the the BC Startup Guide (BTW nice for Apple to assume everyone has a printer for that; I spent 20 minutes copying everything down that I needed), everything seemed to go smoothly until about 3/4 of the way through the Boot Camp driver installation.
I spotted this error for about a half second. It looks like the BC disk was doing something with the System Registry on XP and it said it had encountered an error. I was given 3 options: Abort Retry and one other I couldn't see in time because the thing was on screen for about 1/2 a second before the computer automatically rebooted.
OK, so I let it reboot. Then my second quandary came when the New Hardware Wizard came on and asked me to install drivers from a website or something like that. The guide said nothing about that and I didn't know what drivers I needed for what, so I cancelled out of it.
So far it seems to be working OK except I cannot access the Boot Camp control panel. But the Internet side is working, as is my mouse and keyboard. And the screen resolution seems OK. And most importantly I'm able to get back onto the Mac side.
So I guess two questions:
1. what's up with the registry error thing? Does this mean I have to start all over again? (And as I say I didn't even have time to write down what file it was or anything before the reboot began).
2. How do I handle the wizard? Am I supposed to let it go back into the Boot Camp disc? It (and the Boot Camp user guide) wasn't very clear on this.
Right now my only intent with XP is to play a few games with it, so there's no real urgency (everything that MATTERS is on the Mac side). But I wouldn't want to install a bunch of games only to find they won't play properly. I'm also holding back on updating the XP system itself until I find out if I need to start over again (and yes I'm aware of the SP3 issue, so I'm prepared to do the fancy footwork on that).
Any ideas? Thanks!