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New iMac doesn't boot from XP install disc

1796 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: May 21, 2008 2:02 PM by weini RSS
Michiel Bruins Calculating status...
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May 20, 2008 4:00 AM
Last week I bought the new iMac 24", 3.06GHz, 8800GT. I tried to install Windows XP SP2 and SP3 with the Boot Camp Assistant but it says the CD could not be recognized. So the options I've tried:

- Booting holding the "C" key with both discs (SP2 and SP3). Both gave a black screen with a blinking cursor. It looks like it tries to boot from the disc but just stops before you get the "checking hardware compatibility... " line.

- Booting holding the "Alt/Option" key. Same result as above.

So I thought the discs were not burned correctly (from iso-file). Tried both in my MacBook (Oct, 2007) and they both booted fine. Got right into the blue partitioning screen.

My guess is that the SuperDrive in the iMac has a hard time reading the discs. The discs are CD-R80 discs from TDK, which are good quality discs in my opinion. One disc was burned on 24X speed the other on 8X.

Any help would be appreciated.

Note: This is not the same problem the older 24" iMacs had. That was a complete black screen which was caused by a firmware or graphics problem. My screen is black too but with a blinking white cursor in the top left corner.
iMac 24" 3.06GHz / MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • NASCHO Calculating status...
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    May 20, 2008 11:43 AM (in response to Michiel Bruins)
    I have the exact same problem. I have done like 50 Boot Camp installs for folks at my company, and I cannot get the new iMac to boot the XP SP2 CD. I checked the CD in a PC so I know the media is good.

    It's an iMac8,1 here are the details:

    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac8,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 3.06 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: IM81.00C1.B00
    SMC Version: 1.30f1

    This machine was purchased just a few days ago, I ran all the Lepoard updates on it.

    Any help would be appreciated.


    iMac 8,1, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • NASCHO Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 20, 2008 4:29 PM (in response to NASCHO)

    So we think we found the problem. Follow these steps to fix some blinking cursor XP install problems:

    * Completely unplug the computer from the wall for 10 minutes
    * if it has a battery (Laptop) take the battery out as well

    This worked for me. I was able to get XP fully installed & patched after doing that....

    ..I know this sounds crazy but I think it's either a capacitor issue, or something that get's stuck in RAM that clears out if the computer is completely without power.

    iMac 8,1, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • weini Calculating status...
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    May 21, 2008 2:02 PM (in response to Michiel Bruins)
    i have the same problem, too.

    bootcamp assistant works fine. when is restart the iMac i get an black screen with a blinking curser.
    Windows XP Pro SP2, the same CD works perfect with Paralles.

    I tried countless times to install windows. With different Bootcamp Partition Sizes. 5, 32, 50 GB, everthing. Starting with Key "C" pressed. With "alt" key pressed. There i can "see" Windows but starting from there results in the well known black screen.

    -> Michiel Bruins
    i tried your solution but it did not work. still a black screen with this curser...

    any more suggestions?

    My iMac,
    24'', 3,06 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Nvidia 8800 GS
    OS X 10.5.2 with all updates.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.2)


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