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Old Mar 27, 2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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Can't install windows 7?

Hey guys. I've been trying to install windows 7 on my late 2008 unibody MBP for a long time now and am finally deciding to seek help. I took out my optical drive in order to put in a solid state drive, so I'm left bootcamping from a USB superdrive.

When I run the bootcamp assistant to attempt to boot from the external dvdrom I get the error: "BOOTMGR is missing or corrupt. System cannot boot."

I've tried the rEFIt route to boot a bootable USB copy of windows (which I made on a windows machine) and rEFIt lets me see the drive, but right when I try to boot from it and the white windows logo appears, the screen goes black almost instantly. barely catch a glimpse of the white windows EFI boot logo.

My OS X install is separated over two drives (i.e. Home folder on one drive and system files/applications on the solid state drive). Not sure if this has something to do with it? Maybe there is some files necessary for the boot that are on one of the drives?

Anyway. This is extremely aggravating and if anyone can help I will be extremely grateful.

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Old Mar 28, 2011, 12:44 AM   #2
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Unfortuantly, the only answer I have read is your going to have to put your internal DVD unit back in and install it this way and switch back. Pain the ass but won't take that long.
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Old Mar 28, 2011, 03:33 AM   #3
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I've seen it work over usb though? so I'm so confused? Why can't I instal via usb dvdrom :'(
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Old Mar 28, 2011, 05:18 AM   #4
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Just an idea:
put the windows DVD in the superdrive, boot up and hold ALT.
You will see Mac and the Windows boot drives.
EJECT the windows DVD while in this menu. Put it back in.
Now boot the windows installer.

This worked for me when it gave me BOOT_VOLUME errors.

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Old Mar 28, 2011, 12:09 PM   #5
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Ya. Tried this. It just ejects the disk right after?
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Old Mar 28, 2011, 12:23 PM   #6
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i'm at the exact same place as you are, i've come to the conclusion that i need to make a windows bootable usb pin, too bad i dont have a windows computer to make one with as that is required.

http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-in...working-guide/
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I tried installing via USB using the exact same procedure in that guide. Still a no go. (used rEFIt).
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