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  1. #1

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    Mar 24, 2008
    Unhappy I broke 3 Macs trying to install XP via Boot camp...please help!!
    I recently attempted to install XP via Boot camp on 3 Brand New 13" mac books.

    I followed all instructions very closely and I keep hitting the same wall. I get as far as "select partition" and I chose c:/, then I perform a quick format in NTFS. Windows installer runs great and everything is perfect. Then Windows needs to reboot in order to complete the install, when I do this, the mac boots right into the installer program again asking me to select a partition etc. It's an infinite loop.

    After canceling the install my mac won't boot into XP or Leopard. I called Apple, they went through a dozen different "apple Key + __" commands, and nothing seems to work. They told me to bring them in for repair because they are beyond what a user can repair.

    Anyone know how to get past that loop?

  2. #2

    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    what happens if you eject the windows install disk

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    bryphotoguy's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 02, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    Quad 2.8GHz Mac Pro, Edge iPhone
    You're sure you're not formatting the OS X partition to install XP?
    When you're done installing XP and it restarts, hold down the mouse button to eject the disc.
    Or, when the disc loads it asks you to hit any button to continue. You do this and disc boots. I think once it installs XP and resets, you don't hit any button and let it continue on its own. It should boot to the HD.
    Either method should break the cycle.

    January 2008 Member of the Month

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Jan 12, 2008
    24" iMac Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4ghz 4GB Ram
    try restarting then holding down option immediately after you hear to restart sound. It may come up with a list of bootable devices, hopefully including the windows xp install.

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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    You can NOT use Quick Format. It will install but not boot after the install. Go back and try it again and in the Windows Installer do not choose Quick for Full format, either NTFS or FAT32 depending on what you want. Then the install will finish and it should boot. I did it the Quick Format way and got the same results you did. It was my fault though as I was tired and knew i was not supposed to use Quick but full.

    Works great now on my Intel Mac. If that does not fix it I am not sure what is up, but when i used Quick Format it would not boot into Windows but went back.

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Feb 03, 2008
    Surrey BC Canada
    Mac Mini 2.5 i5/16Gb/500Gb/Radeon 6630M-256MB
    Agreed dtravis7, even on brand new home built can't do a quick format on new partitions in Windows setup, it has to be properly formatted, to create the basic filesystem table.....all the quick format does is wipe out the contents file and folder names. When doing up a brand new install, the normal format is preferred and will work all the time.
    This is a multiplatform home !

  7. #7

    Member Since
    Mar 28, 2008
    Yeah I had the same issue. Using Quick Format is a complete no go! I booted into Mac OS, deleted the Windows partition and started over using full format and it works fine!



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