3 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2012 9:25 AM by PachaKaMac
DAT132 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I only get a blank screen with flashing cursor when I try to use partition running windows xp.  How do I recover?


iMac (27-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: I only get a blank screen when I sign into windows
    BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,970 points)

    DAT132 wrote:

     

    I only get a blank screen with flashing cursor when I try to use partition running windows xp.  How do I recover?

    Your Lion operating system does not support XP. It only supports Windows 7. Did it not tell you this when you used Boot Camp Assistant to partition your hard drive? It also says Windows 7 is required in the Boot Camp Installation Guide http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/boot_camp_install-setup_10.7.pdf .

  • 2. Re: I only get a blank screen when I sign into windows
    DAT132 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    BobtheFisherman

     

    Thanks for the comments.

     

    I have had the Windows XP partition prior to Lion.  It has worked even with Lion up until this morning.  Something has caused it to stop.

  • 3. Re: I only get a blank screen when I sign into windows
    PachaKaMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Black screen and blinking cursor is what I got trying to install Windows 7. Appears to be Windows's boot record getting corrupted (by Windows's own installer apparently !).

    I found the fix in the window's install disk. Look here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

    This is valid for Vista & W7, I would believe the tool also exists on XP install disk. If not you can always download and burn a trial Windows 8, it is free.

    Get to the terminal from windows disk then:

    1) go to your XP partition (usually c:) and execute

          bootrec /fixMbr

         bootrec /fixBoot

    2) go to the boot partition (usually d:) and execute

         bootrec /rebuildBcd

     

    Lion lets you install XP but BootCamp utility does not download support apps for anything else than Windows 7. Maybe using an older version of BootCamp would do the trick.