Boot Camp & MacBook Pro…

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by VanTastic, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. VanTastic macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have an early 2011 MBP but I switched the optical drive for a SSD, so when I wanted to install Windows 7 on the original HDD I had to improvise to get the USB install option to show in the Boot Camp options (in fact I followed this video)

    So after going through the process of copying the Windows 7 iso to my USB thumb, downloading the adequate drivers and partitioning the hard drive, the MacBook reboots.

    But upon restart it gives me the "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key" message and whatever I do nothing happens. And when I shut it down and power it up while holding the Option key, it just shows the OS X partition, no mention of the Bootcamp partition or the USB thumb anywhere.

    So is there a way around this problem ? I really need a Windows partition for my MBP.

    And thanks in advance for any help !
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Reinstall the optical drive. AFAIK that's the only way it'll work.
     
  3. VanTastic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would it work if I plugged the optical drive via USB or does it have to be internal.

    Thanks for the help !
     
  4. blooperz macrumors 6502

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    There should be a way to force the mac to boot from USB like on windows, I'm not familiar with how its done but I would be surprised if that option was missing on macs.
     
  5. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    Has to be internal on macs which were originally supplied with an internal superdrive.
     
  6. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    There is. Hold down Option when you get the startup chime. You can then select the startup disk.
     
  7. doynton macrumors 6502

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    My superdrive is broken so I followed the steps in the link below and it worked fine on my 2007 MBP (I installed Windows 8.1 but it makes no difference)

    Essentially you partition your drive, install virtualbox and use that to install windows on the unformatted partition. When windows reboots the first time stop, use NTFS3G to delete everything from the windows partition and copy the contents of the windows ISO to it. Then just boot up the windows partition and it installs. I used rEFInd to do that.

    After installation is finished you can download and install the bootcamp drivers.


    http://blog.laaz.org/tech/2012/04/24/installing-windows-7-on-macbook-pro-without-superdrive/
     
  8. lighthouse_man macrumors 6502a

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    This.
     
  9. Val-kyrie macrumors 68000

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    You were able to install Win 8 on your 2007 MBP? If so, could you give me a few tips?

    Apple's support documentation seems to imply that the 2007 MBP will only support Bootcamp 4 and only Win 7 can be installed. Supposedly Win 8 is only supported by BootCamp 5.1, and then only Win 8 64 bit is supported.

    So, if I may ask, which version of Bootcamp did you use? Which version of Windows? Will this work with Yosemite?
     
  10. freeskier93 macrumors 6502

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    As everyone has said you're going to have to put the superdrive back in. I went through this and tried for days to get a bootable Windows USB working. Even when using a different bootloader Mac just won't recognize the USB.

    It's possible if you put the original superdrive in an enclosure it might work off USB, but I haven't tried it.
     
  11. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a

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    I used a USB stick to install Windows 7 on my Boot Camp partition...
     
  12. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    It won't, but I believe some people, as in this thread, have made the rEFIt methods work. Not for the feint hearted!

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    Yes your MBP is one without a superdrive so that would work, as above.
     
  13. freeskier93 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I tried rEFIt and rEFInd with no luck. Seems to work for some but not others.
     
  14. doynton macrumors 6502

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    I used bootcamp 4 drivers and they all work fine with Windows 8.1 and 10 Preview. I only tried x64 so I don't know about 32 bit versions. To install them right click on the exe and run in compatibility mode. I download bootcamp 5 drivers but could not get them to install.

    I've not tried Yosemite as I'm running Lion but the version of OS X should make no difference at all to the drivers you install in windows as far as I understand it.
     
  15. Val-kyrie macrumors 68000

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    Thanks. That is helpful. If I may ask, what are the specs on your Mac?
     
  16. macenied macrumors 6502a

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    BootCamp 4 drivers are rather old and can be buggy as well. I had issues with the Cirrus drivers.
     
  17. doynton macrumors 6502

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    I have a 2.16 core 2 duo MacBook Pro from late 2006 upgraded to 3gb ram. It works very well.
     

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