How to troubleshoot an iMac/Boot Camp/Win7 installation
May 20, 2012 9:00 AM Subscribe
Help troubleshooting an iMac/Windows XP/Windows 7/Bootcamp/Parallels installation, please?
posted by altolinguistic to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
I have a mid-2007 iMac running Snow Leopard, on which I previously ran Windows Vista via Boot Camp. For reasons I won't go into I wiped the Vista Boot Camp partition while trying to upgrade to Windows 7. So I need to install Windows XP before I can upgrade to Win7 (I bought an upgrade Win7 disk rather than a full version). I have a full version of WinXP, in the form of a slipstreamed SP3 version created using my original SP1 disk.
I have installed Win7 successfully on Parallels (first installing XP and then upgrading to Win7), and I anticipate that I'll be able to do most of what I want to do using Mac OS and Win7 via Parallels. However, I would like to be able to run Win7 via Boot Camp as well, and am having problems doing this.
The nature of the problem is hard to pin down, but basically at various points during the Boot Camp Assistant process (I've been following the instructions given in the Apple Boot Camp support docs) the whole system appears to crash, and it never completes the XP installation. The optical drive makes loud buzzing noises, making me wonder if it's the disk that's at fault, though I used the very same disk to install XP on Parallels.
I'm an experienced Windows user, and a less experienced Mac OS user. Any help you can give would be much appreciated! I'll try and respond to any additional questions tomorrow morning.