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Angry "Hosed" my MacBook the other day...

Doing of all things... installing WinXP on a Boot Camp partition. I've normally run Parallels but thought I'd give Boot Camp a try. So here are the details, it's an older MacBook (3 years old next month) and it came with Tiger. Originally it was an 80 GB HD that I upgraded to Leopard and a couple of months ago I swapped the 80 GB HD to a 320 GB HD and started with Leopard rather than Tiger.

Fast forward to Sunday. I ran the Boot Camp Assistant and being the dumb ass I am I skipped through reading the instructions as well as doing the backup. I created the partition and followed the instructions on the screen and followed through with the WinXP installation. Everything is straight forward, just like any new Windows install and it gets to the point where it ask to reboot which I've done dozens of times with new and reformatted Windows installs.

And here is where I ran into my problem. On the reboot (and I'm fuzzy on the details now) I'm getting a Disk Error and message to press any key to continue. NOTHING WORKS. I have to power down the computer and restart it. Restarting the computer with the WinXP CD in will "sometimes" get me to the WinXP install menu and sometimes not. When I do get the menu I get the options to install, repair, etc.

I've tried everything I can think of to get WinXP to install and even the Leopard DVD will not get me anywhere now I just get a Disk Error. I figured wost case I'd pop in the Leopard DVD and reinstall the OS but nada. I haven't tried it yet but I'll try the Tiger/Restore DVD and see what that'll get me and if that doesn't work I'll pop in my old 80 GB HD with Tiger installed so I can at least get a running OS and format my 320 GB HD and start over fresh.

Shit. My MacBook has run flawlessly up until this point and go figure Windows would fuck my shit up. Anyone ever run across this before?




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I'll pop in my old 80 GB HD with Tiger installed so I can at least get a running OS and format my 320 GB HD and start over fresh.
I don't know anything about Macs but this would be my next step.
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I don't know anything about Macs but this would be my next step.
I'm pretty much setting myself up for this one. Just lucky I didn't format that drive




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My MacBook Pro shit on itself earlier this week as well. All I did was upgrade Office '08 and now it wont even bring up my desktop......POS.

It was sent off to Apple yesterday. I have the 3 year Applecare warranty, we'll see what they do for it.

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 09:16 PM
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Have you tried holding down the option key during boot? If the partition table isn't hosed, that should bring up the option to either boot into OSX or Windows. Naturally choose OSX and then you can either try again, or restore that space to OSX and keep using Parallels

I'm on the verge of deciding if I'm going to revert the 30 or so gigs I gave to Boot Camp back to OSX, and just use VMWare myself. Hell, the system's already fully backed up, hourly. Time Machine FTW!

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 10:14 PM
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Would boot camp cause some of the wifi issues i'm seeing? I have a newer mac book @ 2.2 or 2.4ghz, 4gb, leopard. I'm using boot camp to dual boot Vista Ultimate, but for some reason Vista will keep dropping the 'net connection. I read there was a update sent out by Mac that was causing this...anyone heard of that?
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Would boot camp cause some of the wifi issues i'm seeing? I have a newer mac book @ 2.2 or 2.4ghz, 4gb, leopard. I'm using boot camp to dual boot Vista Ultimate, but for some reason Vista will keep dropping the 'net connection. I read there was a update sent out by Mac that was causing this...anyone heard of that?
i was dealing with wifi issues when i "upgraded" to 10.4.10. I had to revert back to 10.4.9 and I didn't update again til 10.4.11. I know leopard's been having some issues with the wifi too, it's a firmware update issue but I don't know if Steve Jobs has been able to fix it yet.

Either way, SO much more reliable than my PCs ever were.

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Thanks, I had heard the same with the firmware updates, but wasn't sure which one specifically. It has been a real pain in the ass.
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Anyone want a nearly new (and under Warranty until Feb '08) black macbook with 4gb ram, believe it's the 2.2ghz intel; leopard, perfect condition. I only got it for the dual-booting capabilities and to be honest I'm tired of dealing with making that work..
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I don't know, it would have to be at least $1k which by comparison with E-bay and et al is pretty fair.

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Anyone want a nearly new (and under Warranty until Feb '08) black macbook with 4gb ram, believe it's the 2.2ghz intel; leopard, perfect condition. I only got it for the dual-booting capabilities and to be honest I'm tired of dealing with making that work..

Lmfao, I was thinking about doing it intill I read that last sentence.

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Yeah, for some reason since I got this thing, the wireless works when it wants to. No rhyme or reason..literally, it will stop working...you mess with it, it MIGHT start working again, then it doesn't. My friend has one that works fine dual booting with Vista Ultimate (like I am doing right now), but he's using VMware or something like that. I've been told it's due to a firmware update that Apple did, but at this point, it's just an extra laptop that I'm tired of messing with. The idea is definitely cool though and it's fast as hell.
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