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    problems installing windows xp
    hey, ive been tryin to install windows xp on my macbook pro cause i need to run a cad program on windows for a university assignment.

    so ive run boot camp and divided my harddrive and stuff, but when i put my windows xp disc in, it stops my keyboard from workin, so i cant press enter when it asks me if i wanna continue with the instalation.

    does anybody know what the problem could be? ve tried it like 6 times now and it aint workin.

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    camillo,

    Don't know why it wouldn't work, but if you have a wireless mouse, hook it up and I think you'll beat that problem. If you don't have one, borrow one until you get XP installed. If that doesn't work, I hope someone else here can give you a better answer.

    If you still can't get it to work, call Apple and ask whasup...

    Noel

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    tried hookin up an external keyboard jus for the instalation and it didnt work

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    Make sure that you don't have any USB devices connected and ensure you have a full version of XP including SP2
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

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    ok this is getting really annoying, ive now got a full version of xp wit sp2 but still, when i put the disc in and try to install it, it will come up wit the screen saying press enter to start setup and my keyboard dosnt work so i cant press enter.

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    Are you using the old boot camp beta? or boot camp built into Leopard? This seemed to be a fairly common problem with early versions of boot camp so make sure you're up to date with software updates etc.

    Can you elaborate on the XP version you've got? Retail, generic OEM, pc manufacturer OEM, home, pro, 32bit, 64bit etc.

    Edit:
    If all else fails and you have access to another windows PC or a windows VM you could create an Unattended install from your XP disc. nLite automates the process for you. You basically enter all the install details into the nLite tool (serial no, name, region, file system etc) and it creates a windows install script. Merges this with your install files and burns a new bootable disc that needs no manual intervention and therefore no need for the keyboard to work!
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

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    im using the new version of bootcamp dat comes wit leopard, and i got a windows xp pro version

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    Quote Originally Posted by camillo View Post
    im using the new version of bootcamp dat comes wit leopard, and i got a windows xp pro version
    Sorry still need to know if it's Retail, generic OEM, pc manufacturer OEM, 32bit, 64bit etc.

    Don't mean to be pedantic but some versions of XPSP2 just aren't suitable for bootcamp which is why I need to know details. Same goes for whether you have all the software updates in place.
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    mrplow,

    The Boot Camp Installation & Set-Up guide says,

    "Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, or Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate. Important: You must use a single full-install Windows installation disc (Service Pack 2 is required for Windows XP installations). Do not use an upgrade version of Windows and do not install an earlier version of Windows XP and attempt to update it later to SP2. Use only 32-bit versions of Windows."

    Doesn't really say anything about Retail or OEM, etc... So way is that an issue?

    Noel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noels View Post
    mrplow,

    The Boot Camp Installation & Set-Up guide says,

    "Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, or Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate. Important: You must use a single full-install Windows installation disc (Service Pack 2 is required for Windows XP installations). Do not use an upgrade version of Windows and do not install an earlier version of Windows XP and attempt to update it later to SP2. Use only 32-bit versions of Windows."

    Doesn't really say anything about Retail or OEM, etc... So way is that an issue?

    Noel
    I don't believe it is an issue. I installed an OEM copy of XP Home without any problem whatsoever. The original poster has hardware problems or possibly has something hooked up to his Mac that's interfering with the keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noels View Post
    mrplow,

    The Boot Camp Installation & Set-Up guide says,

    "Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, or Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate. Important: You must use a single full-install Windows installation disc (Service Pack 2 is required for Windows XP installations). Do not use an upgrade version of Windows and do not install an earlier version of Windows XP and attempt to update it later to SP2. Use only 32-bit versions of Windows."

    Doesn't really say anything about Retail or OEM, etc... So way is that an issue?

    Noel
    It's an issue because you can't use some manufacturer OEM discs, you can't use upgrade versions (as you point out) and if you do a bit of research there are many people having this problem, many have solved it by using a different type of XP install disc!
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    I don't believe it is an issue. I installed an OEM copy of XP Home without any problem whatsoever. The original poster has hardware problems or possibly has something hooked up to his Mac that's interfering with the keyboard.
    I didn't say you couldn't use OEM.
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    I've read further into this and it really seems to be an issue with the XP installer and the version of the built-in keyboard drivers. Regardless of the "Boot Camp Installation & Set-Up guide" - which can't cover every eventuality - not all XPSP2 discs are made equal.

    I'm not saying that there isn't a hardware problem here but surely we're best trying to find a software solution before so tech starts ripping keyboards out?

    Have a look here as an example - this isn't the only site with this kind of info out there.

    Other contributers to this thread may come up with something else to assist you but, for what it's worth, here are my suggestions:
    1. Get a newer XPSP2 disc
    2. Get an older XP disc and slipstream SP2 from a newly downloaded standalone installer
    3. Create an unattended setup with nLite - that way you won't need the keyboard during installation.
    4. Wait til the 29th and slipstream your current disc with SP3
    5. Try a few different USB keyboards and hope you hit on one that works

    The only problem with ideas 2-4 is that you'll need access to an existing Windows installation to run the tools.
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    mrplow,

    So basically you can't install a Dell XP OEM or an HP XP OEM, and similar, but you can install an XP OEM that you buy retail to use in a new computer. And that makes sense...

    I haven't installed mine in Boot Camp yet (probably will this weekend) but I bought mine from Newegg - new and sealed, XP Home, SP2. I don't expect any problem with that version. If I do, I'll let you all know.

    Noel

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    ok its fixed i got windows xp running now, the problem was it wasnt an sp2 version, thanks for all ur help.

    i do however have another problem now. when im using mac os x it connects to my wireless network fine with no problems, however when im using windows xp, it wont connect. my ip address is stuffed up all the time on it. how can i fix it? does anyone know?

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