On boot, Win XP title screen comes up, and progress bar progresses over several minutes, then computer reboots.
On reboot, I get a solid grey screen for a few minutes, which later turns black, with the message "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key".
During the Win XP attempt to startup, I can hit F8 (actually, it's Fn+F8), to get the startup menu.
Choosing Safe Mode, the loaded drivers list comes up and gets to MUP then everything stops. Unfortunately, MS decided to display the drivers after each fully loads, so all I know is MUP is the last driver to fully load - no idea what the next driver is that's trying to load.
Choosing LKGC, the XP title screen comes up with the progress bar, then reboots to finally end in the "No bootable device..." message as noted above.
I can press the option key, to choose which disk I want to boot: OS X or WXP.
Choosing WXP yields the same symptoms as above.
Choosing OS X yields a grey screen, with a grey apple and a spinning gear. Nothing happens. I can let the system alone for hours and nothing happens.
Starting OS X in Verbose Mode yields the grey screen/apple and spinning gear with no progress beyond that.
Open Firmware Mode:
Starting OS X in Open Firmware Mode yields the grey screen/apple and spinning gear with no progress beyond that.
Starting OS X in Safe Mode yields the grey screen/apple and spinning gear with no progress beyond that.
In all cases above regarding starting OS X, it takes a second or two after the grey screen/apple to appear before the spinning gear comes up. Now this be where I err, but I assume (yes, I know how dangerous that is) by the time the gear comes up, the system has detected the key combination I'm pressing and knows how I want the OS to start. I let go of the keys about 5 seconds after I see the gear. Not sure I should hold them longer.
This is where my inexperience with OS X comes to light. I know enough to be dangerous, but I also know when to stop and ask for help. I haven't a clue where to go next with this. I just don't know enough about troubleshooting OS X startup problems. I suspect Boot Camp is part of the problem, but I just don't know anything about it.
I suspect Boot Camp is involved in the problem only because I can't get either OS to load. If I could get one or the other to load, then I'd be more suspicious of the OS itself. Am I on track with this thinking? Is it possible that both OSes are somehow corrupted and Boot Camp is out of the way since the OSes try to load? Possible hard drive problem?
I'm very comfortable troubleshooting WXP, but it's OS X and Boot Camp with which I have very, very little troubleshooting experience (actually, none for Boot Camp and I've never troubleshot failed startup for OS X). So I'm hesitant to do much with even XP, since I don't know how Boot Camp affects the way XP loads, or what sort of traps I may not be aware of.
If anyone has recommendations, I'd love to hear them. If you know of websites that provide really good information about troubleshooting OS X and XP startup with Boot Camp, I'd love to know what they are. I suspect this is going to be a great learning process for me. No better way to learn how to troubleshoot an OS than to jump right in!
If I missed something, tell me.
Thanks a bunch!
Edited by JebediahTBone, 02 May 2008 - 03:47 PM.