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10.4: Prevent a Windows XP install lockup in Boot Camp Install
I nearly gave up in frustration after downloading Boot Camp, making the driver CD, printing out the instructions, and slipping in the XP Pro install disk and then having the installation freeze after just starting to install. I called AppleCare, asked the local certified tech, other Apple geeks, etc. who could not figure out what the problem was, and I even exchanged the system disks because the techs thought they must be defective.

Then, I remembered that -- because my desk was overloaded with the old and new towers, big LCD, and my printer was too far away from the tower -- I had plugged the printer into the keyboard to print the directions. I'd left it plugged in, and the Windows install gagged on the connection. In that moment of enlightenment, I unplugged the printer USB connection to the Apple keyboard, and the installation of XP Pro via Boot Camp went quickly and smooth as silk.

Nowhere did I notice in the instructions to be sure not to plug in anything via the keyboard USB, so it really threw me at first. Simple solution, at least. Moral of the story: Don't plug anything into your USB keyboard connection while installing Boot Camp/Windows!
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10.4: Prevent a Windows XP install lockup in Boot Camp
Authored by: CaptDeuce on Mar 22, '07 10:22:59AM

When all else fails, try a solution that shouldn't fix the problem.

I had a similar problem after installing a new video card in my G4 PowerMac. It would sometimes crash upon waking up. The obvious solution was to leave it on or shut it down.

I somehow stumbled on the fact that it would only crash when I had my mini iPod connected -- also via USB but not the keyboard.

The problem has since disappeared completely; perhaps I have it plugged in to a different hub? System update? The world may never know.

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10.4: Prevent a Windows XP install lockup in Boot Camp
Authored by: appleman_design on Mar 22, '07 12:27:33PM

when ever installing an OS you should always (unplug or remove) any third parties devices...
I installed Xp on 20 different iMac last week w/o any problems.



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10.4: Prevent a Windows XP install lockup in Boot Camp
Authored by: fbitterlich on Mar 27, '07 03:25:44AM

I'm not surprised to read this. After all, XP (and maybe other windows flavors) is the first and only OS I've heard of where it actually matters _which_ USB port you plug a device into. Install a Zebra printer driver, then connect it to a different USB port (even on the same bus) and reboot. Watch in amazement as Windows jovially informs you about the "new hardware" it just found and asks for a driver. Ts ts.



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