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    Jul 05, 2008
    "No bootable device -- insert boot disc and press any key"
    I'm very new to using the Mac operating systems, I've had my new Macbook for about a week now. I was using Bootcamp to try installing a Windows operating system to run on parellels, and now I've found myself in some trouble. I found an unlabled disc I thought might be my copy of XP but wasn't sure so I put it in my drive to try installing it on Bootcamp. My computer restarted and brought me to a black screen that says across the type: "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key"
    And I'm completely stuck on this screen. I've tried pressing a bunch of keys, nothing happens. I've tried using the eject key, nothing happens. It just won't let me do anything but stare at that screen. Like I've stated, I'm very new to Mac so it may be something very easy to get past, but any help would be greatly appriciated, thank you in advance to anyone who can help.

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Have you bothered to read the manual that came with your new Mac? Or the Boot Camp instructions?

    Anyway, press the power button on your MacBook and hold it down until the machine turns off. Now power back up to reboot. You should boot right into OS X. Eject the CD by pressing the keyboard eject key.

    Make sure you use the correct copy of XP. It has to be a full install (not upgrade) version of XP SP2 and can not be an OEM manufacturer restore disk.

    Write back if you're still having difficulties.


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    Jul 05, 2008
    well thank you for trying to help. but no I didn't read the instructions which I probably should have.
    but what happens now is I'm stuck where it says the "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key" Any key I press won't do anything, even the eject key, I've tried pressing it, holding it, I can't get it to do anything. I've tried restarting it about 5 times and it keeps going back to that screen.

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