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    A newbie needing bootcamp help? Who would a thunk it?

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    Right, I have a HUGE problem with bootcamp, I think I have installed everything but when I try to start up Windows it starts starting but then my screen just goes black and I have to turn my iMac off, Any help?

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    A newbie needing bootcamp help? Who would a thunk it?
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    Hard to say without knowing exactly what you did and what part of the process you're getting the blank screen.

    Are you finishing all the steps in Boot Camp Assistant? Does it tell you that your partition has successfully been created? Was your Windows installation disk in your drive when it asked you to restart? Did you remember to format the partition during the Windows installation process? Did installation complete?

    We need much more information before we can help troubleshoot.

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    A newbie needing bootcamp help? Who would a thunk it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneironaut View Post
    Hard to say without knowing exactly what you did and what part of the process you're getting the blank screen.

    Are you finishing all the steps in Boot Camp Assistant? Does it tell you that your partition has successfully been created? Was your Windows installation disk in your drive when it asked you to restart? Did you remember to format the partition during the Windows installation process? Did installation complete?

    We need much more information before we can help troubleshoot.
    Do you know where I could find a step by step guide of EXACTLY what to do.
    And yes I did everything you said, im just not to sure about the installation

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    A newbie needing bootcamp help? Who would a thunk it?
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    Thread moved to correct forum.

    Open up the Boot Camp assistant PDF instruction file. You'll find step by step instructions on how to use Boot Camp and install Windows.

    Also for further assistance, please tell us the year, model of your iMac and which version of OS X you're running.

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    A newbie needing bootcamp help? Who would a thunk it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Thread moved to correct forum.

    Open up the Boot Camp assistant PDF instruction file. You'll find step by step instructions on how to use Boot Camp and install Windows.

    Also for further assistance, please tell us the year, model of your iMac and which version of OS X you're running.
    2010, 21.5 inch iMac running Snow Leopard

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    A newbie needing bootcamp help? Who would a thunk it?
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    Thanks for posting back your specs.

    First, we need to determine if you're using a version of Windows that can be installed via Boot Camp. You will need:

    A full install version of XP SP2 or 3. It has to be either a MS boxed copy or OEM System builder's version. Full install of Windows Vista or Windows 7 either MS boxed, or OEM System Builder's.

    Recovery, OEM branded (Sony, Toshiba, HP, etc), corporate, or multiple licensed versions will not work. The use of any of those will result in the black screen.

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    A newbie needing bootcamp help? Who would a thunk it?

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    If it helps I have: Windows 7 Home Premium (it came with a dell PC I bought a while ago)

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    A newbie needing bootcamp help? Who would a thunk it?

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    That's the problem - your disk won't work. You cant use an OEM-branded disk like the one that came with your Dell. That's the first thing the instructions say!!!

    You need to purchase either (1) a full retail version of Win 7 or (2) an "OEM System Builder's" version of Win 7 (or other Windows version).

    They can be had pretty reasonably at newegg.com and other sites. I would buy one of those, go back into BootCamp Assistant and use the option to restore your hard drive to one OSX partition, then start over with the new disk.

    Sorry, there really is no other way.

    Cheers

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    A newbie needing bootcamp help? Who would a thunk it?
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    Comrade when you open up Bootcamp Assistant print the instructions. As Sammy states, Dell or any other OEM disc from a computer manufacturer will not install.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    A newbie needing bootcamp help? Who would a thunk it?

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    Alright so now when ever I boot up my Mac I still have to hold the option key to access OSX even though I hare restored my hardrive, can anyone help me?

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    A newbie needing bootcamp help? Who would a thunk it?
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    Go into System Preferences in the Dock, Startup Disk and click on the Mac OS X disk image there.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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