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I'm trying to install windows XP using bootcamp but cannot do so. After I partition the disk and I click on install windows..my computer restarts and gets stuck on 'Setup is configuring your computers hardware..." and nothing happens. I have tried restarting the computer and running the setup directly and it doesnt work. Have also tried using someone elses XP cd but nothing happens beyond that. Im on snowleopard 10.6 and my computer is fully updated. Any ideas?
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Using the latest version of bootcamp on my macbook pro i5
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What is the condition of the discs you are using? If they are scratched or have dirt on them it could be that your machine is just having trouble reading them.

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Discs are in perfect shape. No issues with that at all.
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Have you also tried leaving it on that screen instead of shutting it down? If you have and it still hangs it could have been a glitch in the partition, try setting up the partition again and retrying.

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I have waited for about 10 minutes or so. It doesn't take that long ... does it? Also..I've deleted the partition and made a new one more then twice now. I still have the same issue using 2 different XP cds. Any help would be appreciated.
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Which version of XP specifically 32bit/64bit/home/pro/oem/retail/bundled/upgrade etc etc.

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I'm trying to install windows XP home x86 .. are there any compatibility issues with bootcamp?
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It's fine so long as it's a full retail or oem system builders version.

Does the disc read ok in OSX?

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Yes. I can see all the windows installer files on OSX. Its funny though. I had a macbook pro before this and I had the same issue..but I restarted the set up a couple of times and it worked. Anyway, that computer was faulty and I got a new replacement i5 a few days ago. I still have the same problem. But this time I have another windows cd and both dont work.
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Note that XP must be a full version SP2 or 3. You can use a MS boxed version or an OEM system builder's version. Recovery disks and OEM branded disks generally do not work. (Dell, Sony, HP, Toshiba, etc.) Same with multiple licensed disks, they too generally do not work.
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I asked a friend for the OEM version which isn't branded by any other laptop company...I yet have the same issue. Is there anything else I can try?
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Did it meet the criteria I outlined above? And, borrowing or using a CD from someone else is not ethical and even if it did work, it may not activate if it's been used before. You need to buy your own copy.
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Yes. The cd tried now does meet the version mentioned above and I yet can't get it to work. I don't see any problem using another cd if not activated. I have original cds which used to work on.my previous computer but don't now. I don't plan to do anything unethical.
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Yes. The cd tried now does meet the version mentioned above and I yet can't get it to work. I don't see any problem using another cd if not activated. I have original cds which used to work on.my previous computer but don't now. I don't plan to do anything unethical.
In my experience, the only thing that will hang up Boot Camp is the wrong disc. In particular, it MUST have SP2 integrated at a minimum. Does it specifically say that it does?

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