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Mac shows Black Screen of Death after partition

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jsmwoolf, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. jsmwoolf, Oct 29, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011

    macrumors regular

    I'm trying to install windows 7 on my mac using bootcamp. I got the drivers and successfully partitioned 80 GB of space(I have a 250GB hard drive) for the Windows partition. However, after restarting it in order to install the OS, it shows a black screen with a white line blinking and it simply was like that for a half-hour. I then stopped the installation, booted back into Mac OS X, and then deleted the partition for Windows. I'm running BootCamp 4.0.1.

    First off, should you install the drivers before installing the OS? Second off, should you only install the 64-bit version, not the 32-bit?
  2. macrumors regular

    Either version of windows should work. Did you follow the bootcamp instructions? Once bootcamp creates the windows partition reboot to the windows disk and install to the bootcamp partition. I don't know how you could install drivers before installing the OS:confused:
  3. jsmwoolf, Oct 29, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011

    macrumors regular

    I get this after partitioning the drive and reset the computer.

    It was an option under "Install Windows 7"

    I forgot to tell you, but I have a MacBook 2008 of March, 4 GB of RAM, 2.4 GHz Intel Duo Core processor, and a 250 GB hard drive.
  4. macrumors newbie

    the flashing mark shows there is no os installed.......you go through the bootcamp partitioning stages.....then reboot with your windows disc in the drive......the windows disc should start to load and it takes you through the installation process for windows.....you should also allow windows to format the partition...called bootcamp.....
  5. macrumors regular

    You mean press Option when it restarts and then click the Window disk? Tried that, but it still has the flashing mark. There strangely was another one called EPI Boot(I think), but that didn't work either. Should I download the latest drivers from apple first?
  6. macrumors regular

    try installing rEFIt on the OS X side. Reboot twice on the second time it should allow you to select where to boot from. Select the CD.
  7. macrumors regular

    ISO or Mac?
  8. macrumors regular

    Not sure what you are asking exactly...

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