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XP 64 bit constant crashes on Nehalem Mac Pro 8 core

3049 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2009 5:21 PM by rootdr RSS
martyn pot2 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Aug 24, 2009 7:09 PM
We have recently purchased 4 additional Mac Pros to add to our existing render farm of older 8 core Mac Pros. We run both Mac OS and XP 64 bit on all of our Mac Pros so that each machine can be used for our Motion Graphics artists running After Effects as well as by our 3D artists. For the last 3 years we've had no problems with the 64bit XP installs on the older Mac Pros.

Now we are unable to get a stable install of Windows XP 64 bit on any of the new machines. It constantly crashes especially on any Acrobat application such as Adobe Reader 9.

We have tried this on 3 of our 4 new Nehalems so its not a hardware fault. We have even gone back from 16gb RAM to the original 6gb Apple RAM.

We have used an XP 64bit SP2 disc and the Bootcamp x64 Ethernet and Intel Chipset drivers on the MacPros system disc. We then tried to download alternative Ethernet and Chipset drivers from the Intel site. Still the same crashes. All of this happens before we even bother trying to install the graphics drivers so we know that its not that.

The blue screen error we get is:

Page fault in nonpaged area

Surely we're not the only ones trying to run 64 bit XP on the Nehalem MacPros?

Message was edited by: martyn pot2
MacPro Nehalem 8 core, Windows XP, Bloody unstable!
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,575 points)
    Did you try W7 x64? Apple never provided XP x64 drivers so it was always something you had to find for yourself. And seems you were successful there.

    Seems like just building some Core i7s would have been suitable for your needs.

    I have found that extended disk testing and zero/long formt is essential anymore with hard drives.

    PCs can be fussy and tempermental with RAM though Mac Pro you are pretty much forced to use qualified chips.

    I would do all your driver updates first, before anything from Apple. And try to live w/o any Boot Camp. Always install graphics drivers, ethernet chipset from Intel. BC does add some help to power management, or did.

    You may just need to wait and see if those Snow Leopard DVDs have anything good on them, and hopefully bring drivers into the present instead of early 2008 era.
    Mac Pro 8800GT WD VelociRaptor 10k, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Windows 7 Core i7 920 GTS 250 APC RS1500
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    Same thing here. should i try installing vista? i've heard nothing but bad things about that OS.
    mac pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,575 points)
    Why in heaven's name, no one is recommending that OS at this point, other than you missed the opportunity to download W7 RC from Microsoft and have to wait, so buy Vista with free upgrade coupon. Or play with Snow Leopard for awhile.
    Mac Pro 8800GT WD VelociRaptor 10k, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Windows 7 Core i7 920 GTS 250 APC RS1500
  • rootdr Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    Shame - my volume rendering program is not validated for 7, so I'm stuck with XP64 and few working drivers. Boot camp disc additions on the PC side doesn't even recognize that i have XP64 SP2 Pro installed. Are you guys saying BootCamp is NOT required to install Windows? Just put the Win installer in the DVD and start-up from it and somehow find all the drivers? I really need the FW 800 port working to transfer files. Any help greatly appreciated.
    MacBook Air, 17" MBP, 4 GB RAM, 2 TB HD SATA RAID, Mac OS X (10.6), Mobility baby-yeah!!
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,575 points)
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    Nov 18, 2009 8:33 AM (in response to rootdr)
    Yes, we are saying just that. "No hand-holding necessary or required."

    Windows 7 Pro has XP Mode if enabled in BIOS, and has excellent support for older applications as well, more so than XP64 even.

    Windows Easy Transfer handled all the prefs, email, settings, and data. Or there is Norton Ghost.
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
  • rootdr Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    Thanks for the info. I tried starting up from the Windows XP64 CD today to install it without bootcamp and it wasn't recognized in the Superdrive when I held down the option key during startup. Any suggestions? XP keeps unexplainably rebooting the Mac when running. I don't get it. The last Mac Pro I did it on nearly 6 months ago works flawlessly. Any help GREATLY appreciated. Free root canal if you can fix it
    MacBook Air, 17" MBP, 4 GB RAM, 2 TB HD SATA RAID, Mac OS X (10.6), Mobility baby-yeah!!


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