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Code Lyoko Level 1 (0 points)
When booting Windows Vista Ultimate using Boot Camp, I get a black screen with the message "No Bootable Device -- Insert boot disk and press any key". Also, my keyboard does not respond and the disk does not eject unless I hold the mouse buttons down when rebooting. Can anyone help me and how I can restore my computer back to the original configuration (or the new OS X 10.5 Leopard) so it will work properly? Thanks in advance for any help. This is a very serious problem and is preventing me from accessing my OS X.

iMac G5 w/ built-in iSight, Mac OS X (10.5.1), nVidia Graphics Card, 512MB ram
  • Mark Danforth Level 1 (5 points)
    I've woke up this morning with exactly the same problem. Anyone got any ideas?
  • Paul_Hendry Level 1 (0 points)
    On starting press the option key. Then select the mac os drive to boot up. When you are back in Mac os go to syst pref then start up and click on the mac os icon. The reason that you couldn't boot is the computer didn't know where to boot from I had the same problem. Easily fixed and trying to install windows (I still can't do it) was the problem.
  • danjones Level 1 (0 points)
    so how do you install xp? i've gotten this message loads of times but i need to install xp on my mac, thats why i bought an intel!!

    i used to have xp running but since i upgraded to leopard the new version of boot camp wont let me install xp

    very frustrating, i'm thinking of downgrading just to get bot camp working again. as much as i love leopard and hate windows, i need to use windows programs! (but i'm not prepared to use vmware or parrells... too slow!)
  • Code Lyoko Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm holding down the option key, however the system selection screen fails to come up.
  • Nozomi Level 4 (1,360 points)
    I encountered the same problem. It seems to me this resulted from a failed attempt to install Windows.

    First, shut down by force.

    Second, insert the Leopard disc.

    Third, choose "Startup disk" from Disk Utility, and then restart.

    No more black screen. Everything back to normal.
  • Code Lyoko Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok. Still a problem. No luck on the last answer. I think my computer just plain hates me -.- I tried both my Leopard disk and my Tiger disk. Luckily, I'm not mad enough to rip my phone book in half.
  • lennarts Level 1 (0 points)
    So, I encountered the same problem...
    When I click the icon in bootcamp to install windows, after a bit of activity the Windows installation disc was spit put, the screen goes black and the error "No Bootable Device Insert Book Disk Press Any Key to Continue" appears on the screen. And nothing else but using the OSX installation disc helps.

    I realised that the windows installation disc did not even spin up.

    So what I did... I went back to OSX, reinserted windows installation disc, went to system preferences, selected the windows cd as a start up disc and locked it against the changes.

    After that I went back to bootcamp and clicked gain to install windows. Everything worked fine now.
  • redddog Level 1 (0 points)
    Mate - thanks - you got me out of the same pickle.

    But I've got to say, seeing XP up on my new 24" iMac is like putting on a polyester suit!
  • dyelle Level 1 (0 points)
    this thread helped me -- thank you!!
  • Kittenmommy Level 3 (645 points)
    lennarts wrote:
    So, I encountered the same problem...
    When I click the icon in bootcamp to install windows, after a bit of activity the Windows installation disc was spit put, the screen goes black and the error "No Bootable Device Insert Book Disk Press Any Key to Continue" appears on the screen. And nothing else but using the OSX installation disc helps.

    I realised that the windows installation disc did not even spin up.

    So what I did... I went back to OSX, reinserted windows installation disc, went to system preferences, selected the windows cd as a start up disc and locked it against the changes.

    After that I went back to bootcamp and clicked gain to install windows. Everything worked fine now.


    I just tried this and it didn't work for me. I keep getting a black screen with a cursor flashing in the upper left hand corner.
  • sleephla Level 1 (0 points)
    Paul,

    This totally helped me having to stop pressing option to get into my computer! Thank you so much!
  • KYlindy Level 1 (50 points)
    Thanks a million. I did not allot enough space for Win XP when I tried to partition the disk. Then I ran into big trouble when I shut everything down to start over again. All I got was "No bootable device..." It never occurred to me that I needed to use the option key to boot up the mac drive. Now everything is working just fine.

    This discussion forum has helped me many times and the solution is usually very simple once I had help from this board finding out what to do.

    -- Linda
  • johnalex13 Level 1 (0 points)
    OK.

    I am having same issue, but this didn't solve the problem. I am installing XP Pro SP2.

    When I go to install windows after partitioning the screen goes white and the computer ejects disk. Then displays the No Bootable Device error. I attempted to set Windows disk as startup disk then install and I got same issue.

    does anyone have any other solutions they care to offer up?

    I am new to the Mac world, will my customer support assist in helping me solve this issue?
  • Seth S. Level 1 (0 points)
    For new, entry-level Mac users:

    To force shut down your Mac, press and hold the power button until your Mac shuts down. Now that your computer is off, you need to choose which disc or partition to boot from. Press and hold the Option key while pressing the power button. Continue to hold the Option key until the computer asks you which Startup Disk you prefer.

    After powering up while holding the Option key (with my Windows XP CD in the computer), the computer asked whether or not I wanted to boot Mac OSX or the Windows XP Installer CD. After selecting the Windows XP Installer CD, Windows XP installation began.

    I hope this helps.
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