At a loss: tried everything - 2011 MBP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by TijmenDal, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. TijmenDal macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I have been trying to install a Windows partition through about every possible way now.
    I have a legal version of Windows (DVD).

    First I tried making an ISO of the image (on a different computer) and then burning that to a USB. I have tried with 2 different ones, both don't work (don't show up in EFI and they give the 'No bootable device - press any key to continue' error.)

    After that I figured I'd buy an external optical drive to read my DVD (I swapped out my optical drive for a second HDD), but then when it should start rebooting, it loads the Windows kernel, but after that it EJECTS the disc...

    I also made an ISO through the optical drive I bought and made a bootable USB with that file - just to be sure. I modified the string of my Boot Camp so the 'Create a Windows 7 install disk' option is available too.

    What do I do, because I can't think of anything.
    I especially don't understand why the USB thing isn't working. I formatted them and tried both the GUID partition as well as Master boot records partition scheme's. But I guess that shouldn't even matter, considering boot camp formats the drives for you.
    I can't find anything about the DVD being ejected upon the Windows startup either...

    Any help is appreciated?
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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    It expects the Windows DVD to be loaded from it's internal SuperDrive.
     
  3. .macbookpro. macrumors regular

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    I got the press any key to boot screen as well. I rebooted, held down option and booted into the usb stick
    Please note though i did this yesterday and since then i havent been able to get audio through windows. Im running windows 8 but there isnt much difference apparently
     
  4. TijmenDal thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried doing that, but both USB sticks don't show up in the EFI either...
     
  5. .macbookpro. macrumors regular

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    So have you partitioned it yet?
     
  6. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    Which is by design. You have to install Windows from the SuperDrive.
     
  7. .macbookpro. macrumors regular

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    I did the .plist change and installed from USB. The option is built into bootcamp, its just that its disabled for most macs
     
  8. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    All doing the .plist file change does is un-gray the USB checkbox. You're either extraordinarily lucky or are not telling the truth because that trick doesn't work for the overwhelming majority of owners.
     
  9. .macbookpro. macrumors regular

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    The new bootcamp changed the .plist file a bit, so I used a newer guide to do it. If i remember the website ill post a link.
     

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