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Can't install windows XP to a macbook pro with an Intel X25-M SSD

15287 Views 29 Replies Latest reply: Apr 19, 2009 9:53 PM by Robert Nicholson1 RSS
  • fuugus Calculating status...
    same problem/config here with vista (sp1, 32bit & 64bit) as well. i was heading for efi as well after all the stuff i tried, but what i cant understand is that osx sees the disk, but vista does not.

    on the other hand: there is an /efi folder on the vista install dvd... could it be that part of efi is loaded and replaced live from the dvd during install???

    - efi update 1.6 installed
    - macbook: osx install works on hdd/ssd
    - pc: vista install works on hdd/ssd
    - macbook: vista install works on hdd but not on the ssd
    - preformatted ssd with master boot record doesnt work
    - bootcamp doesnt work
    - acronis cant clone the hdd to ssd, not even if attached to a pc

    ill try ubuntu next and let you know, but i dont think with that we have much more clues to go.
    macbook pro (new), Windows Vista
  • Kiety Calculating status...
    OS X 10.5.6 out, but I don't see any mention of any fixes with intel SSD + boot camp
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Dec 17, 2008 1:34 AM (in response to YusifSaladin)
    Vista 64-bit SP1 has support for EFI, though, right? UEFI (Unified EFI 2.x).

    Some Macs you would think support (officially) Vista 64-bit, though, are not listed by Apple (Mac Pro pre-2008) only because it uses older EFI 1.x and EFI32 instead of EFI64.

    And yet, 2008 MacBook and MacBook Pros do get official Vista 64-bit support or "nod" from Apple. And the Penyrn iMac from mid-2008? Not a bit.

    I have older Vista 64-bit media, and it has worked fine, though sometimes but not always I have had to remove hardware (PCI Express cards). Vista installs but after the first big update, BSOD hardware crash (white text on blue).

    Bought Vista 64-bit SP1. This DVD gives me some kind of boot menu with "Choose Option 1 or 2" screen but sits frozen and won't respond. In that case, I can install a 2nd version of Vista while in my first original OS (I have 2 copies of Vista installed on their own hard drives.

    So that EFI-X would allow the Mac user to access the settings, and maybe tweak "BIOS compatibility module." Something I was unaware of before. Add support for Intel X225-M SSD even.

    Could EFI-X actually help a stock standard Mac Pro etc. run Windows (not the other way around which seemed to be the intent, to run OS X on non-standard PC hardware)? benefit from being able to finally use stock PC hardware like Nvidia 9800GTX or GTX 260. Cards that for now lack EFI ROM and only work in Windows.

    Okay, list of Macs with official Vista 64-bit support (does not differentiate between SP1 or not).
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1846

    Microsoft (and Intel) had said that support for EFI would only be in SP1 64-bit UEFI2.x. And seems to coincide with Apple's 2008 Macs.

    http://www.uefi.org/specs/
    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/platform/firmware/uefiguide.mspx
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFI
    http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia_term/0,2542,t=EFI&i=58377,00.asp
    Mac Pro, Windows Vista, SP2 x64 9800GTX ACD 23" Caviar Blk Sonnet Tempo E4P APC RS1500
  • GavMackem Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I'm a relative Mac novice but certainly not on PC boxes so here's my two penneth worth. There are similar issues installing a vanilla XP SP2 disc on SATA devices which use the AHCI format instead of compatibility mode which XP setup can detect.

    In XP's case you could try and see if the Mac supports detecting a USB floppy drive on boot and try loading the driver via F6 when windows setup first starts. Else the only other option is to unpack the original XP disc and slipstream the files recreating the image with a later hacked XP AHCI SATA driver from Intel's website with the 'inf' file modified adding the extra strings present in Apple's boot camp SATA driver's inf file.

    In Vista's case it supports USB drives on setup at boot which putting the drivers on a USB stick for Vista to detect.

    Spelling is not my forte..
    Macbook Pro plus loads of windoze, Mac OS X (10.5.6), XP, Vista Premium and Windows Home Server
  • Maven1975 Calculating status...
    Well.... I would gladly donate to someone that can find a solution.

    God Speed!
    MacBook Pro/Air - Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5), None
  • firatlogin Calculating status...
    I tried to install vista on another machine, failed.
    I tried grub, failed.
    I tried rEfit with bootable cd, boot from refit and than selected windows partition to continue, failed.
    I tried windows 7 (azure) x64 build 6936, tried to setup, failed.

    only hope seems to boot all the os from the cd. which is not good at all.

    so in short, to boot from x25 to a windows os seems to impossible now.
    intel x25-m unable to boot in bios mode on a macbook pro.

    we will need a firmware update for macbook pro.
    I do not think there will be any update soon.
  • Maven1975 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I got it to t work!

    I used my iMac 3.06 and ran bootcamp assistant. It installed XP SP2 without a hitch. I made a 5GB partition and will use Mac Drive 7 to get access to the open space on the OSX partition.

    Thanks goodness!
    MacBook Pro/Air - Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5), None
  • Maven1975 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I spoke too soon. I have XP installed on the HD, but I can not boot natively into XP via bootcamp. I just hangs when trying to boot. I was able to use the partition with VMware, but that was not what I was shooting for.
    MacBook Pro/Air - Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5), None
  • Kiety Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    has anyone found any solutions to this problem?
  • ray mazeika Calculating status...
    Has anyone installed OSX and XP on a regular HD then used SuperDuper and back it up to the X25M and tried to boot XP? I don't have a spare drive to to this with yet. For now I'm using parallels 4.0. Seems to work fine.

    Ray
    15" MacPro Intel X25M 80GB, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 20" iMac G5, 19 & 20" Intel iMac, & 2 MacMini's
  • ddrcoder Calculating status...
    I'm in the same boat here, though I've tried various editions of Windows with various configurations.

    Notably, I've tried installing Windows 7 onto the SSD via a desktop computer with no luck (though I did /not/ repartition the drive, I used the OSX-created existing bootcamp partition).
    MacBook Pro (unibody), Mac OS X (10.5.6), Intel X25-M
  • rebotfc Calculating status...
    Anyone have any progress with this problem, not being able to use bootcamp with this drive is ridiculous.
    Mac Book Pro 17" (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • tkom1970 Calculating status...
    The new firmware fixed my issue.
    You should contact Intel support for a fix. http://www.intel.com/support/

    However, it may not solve.
    http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=691&type=expert&pid=7
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Robert Nicholson1 Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
    Related to this does anybody know why my X-25M is in a ATA-5 frozen state for ATA Security upon boot? What is it about the boot process that leaves the drive in this frozen (ie. cannot security erase) state?
    MacBook Pro Unibody 2.53 GHZ, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
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