I'm trying to install windows xp on Lion. This is a little bit complicated, but I was using this tutorial. I got to step 6, which is booting from the Windows XP disc. But it says "no bootable medium found -- insert boot disc and press any key." I think the problem is occurring because I am using an external dvd drive, because my internal one is broken. Why is this occurring.

Here is an image of the partitions from within disk utility: Partitions from within disk utility

Note: The image says the partition is formatted "Mas OS Extended (Journaled)" but it is actually "MS - DOS (FAT)" It is like this because I formatted it using the disk utility on the install media for Snow Leopard.

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    You are probably right that this is something to do with the external DVD drive. You might be better off creating a bootable USB installer, for example using the instructions here.
    – zelanix
    Jan 30 '14 at 3:17
  • @zelanix that's a good idea. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find instructions to do that on a mac. Do you know of anywhere I could find instructions.
    – DonyorM
    Jan 30 '14 at 4:11
  • No, good point! Maybe this can help you. It links to this which isn't the most straightforward method but may work for you. Tbh, I have never done this on a mac but I'm sure it's possible. Maybe it's easier to do it on a windows machine (if you have access to one) using rufus.
    – zelanix
    Jan 30 '14 at 12:31
  • @zelanix hmmmm, I've already looked at that. I'm going to use my VM to just do it using rufus.
    – DonyorM
    Jan 30 '14 at 13:19
  • Working on it, annoying VM not allowing USB drive through properly.
    – DonyorM
    Jan 31 '14 at 11:03

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