1834 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: May 21, 2008 2:02 PM by weini
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.
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.
Found the solution!
There needs to be a partition on the HD that the Windows Setup recognizes. I actually used the Boot Camp Assistant to make a 120GB partition on the 1TB HDD. Well this gave me the black screen with blinking cursor error.
Boot from Leopard disk.
- Use Disk Utility to remove the previously made partition
- Resize the OS X partition to full HD space again
- Run "Repair Disk" (otherwise Boot Camp Assistant won't run)
- Run Boot Camp Assistant and create a partition equal or smaller than 32GB
Windows should install fine now, but make sure to reformat the windows partion in the Windows Setup or the second part of the installation (after the first reboot) won't run.
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?
24'', 3,06 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Nvidia 8800 GS
OS X 10.5.2 with all updates.