Bootcamp "Installer disc cannot be found"?

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  1. Tee2eye macrumors member

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    I just received my new 15" 2.0 on Friday, and went to install my copy of Windows 7 today, and it resulted in a whole bunch of nothing.
    I partitioned my harddrive, gave it 100gb, and that went fine. It then asked me to download the Windows Support Software...which I did and then burned it to a separate disc.
    after that, it told me to insert my Windows disc. I let the disc be recognized by waiting until I saw it on the desktop, and yes, I can fully access the file on the disc. Click start, and it just stalls tyere while the disc in the drive is going hard as I can hear it, then stops, then tells me "The installer disc cannot be found." dreaded error. I've read so much about it, but seem to find no fixes. Can ANYONE please help?
     
  2. bb426 macrumors 6502

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    Have you been able to get back to the OS X side?

    When your Mac boots up, hold down the Option key until you see the selections, then click your Macintosh HD (or whatever you named it).

    Is this a legit Windows disk or did you make it yourself? If you made it yourself, it may be a bad burn.

    Go back to the BootCamp Assistant and delete the partition you made, then try again.

    If not, try resetting PRAM

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1379

    And SMC

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3964

    ... you DID restart your Mac with your Windows disk in the drive after you exited the BootCamp assistant, right?
     
  3. Tee2eye thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, at first I tried restarting with the disc in it and when it booted up it said No bootable device found or something, so I shut it down, started it up while holding Option and it gave me the option of only going to my Macintosh HDD, no cd or anything.
    Yes, this is a legit version of Windows. Bought it just for this...
    And I have tried deleting the partition, restarting, and trying again 3 times with no success.
     
  4. bb426 macrumors 6502

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    Repair permissions and verify your hard drive in Disk Utility, and if you haven't, reset the PRAM and SMC.

    ALSO make sure you have all the updates installed for your Mac.

    Try again. When you're done with the Assistant, restart the Mac with the Windows disk in the drive and hold down the Option key. Look for the DVD when it starts up. If it's not there, your disk may have a problem. If it is there, select it.
     
  5. Tee2eye thread starter macrumors member

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    Repaired permissions, and verified. All updates are installed besides iTunes. Still no dice. This is really geting me mad...

    I want to just install Bootcamp 3.0 already and use the old method. IDK what could be going wrong...
    If my MBP shipped with Lion, is there anyway to get Bootcamp 3.0 to work?
     
  6. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a

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    I agree in thinking it's a problem with the disk. I bought mine as a download and burned it myself. I would have never thought a stamped disc would be a problem.

    I don't know how to help you troubleshoot this problem other than asking for a replacement disc or trying to copy the one you have onto another disc.
     
  7. Tee2eye thread starter macrumors member

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    Me neither...
    Ive managed to get the iso off the disc, and try it on a flash drive. Problem is, there is no way for me to select the USB drive as an option to install from...although Apple says it supports it. Ughhhhhh
     
  8. bb426 macrumors 6502

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    Hmmm I forgot whether or not I tried a bootable USB... I think I tried to use the USB but it didn't work, but I think it was because of the method I used to burn it.

    Just find an empty disk and burn the ISO to it with Disk Utility.

    In the meantime... verify the OS disc in Disk Utility? Don't know if that will help but try it if you can. If not, I'd go back to the store and exchange the disc (they shouldn't have a problem with it as long as you have the original packaging and receipt, since it's the same product you're exchanging it for).

    One time I bought a brand new Windows XP disc from Best Buy... and it was warped! I didn't realize it until I put the disc in the drive (on my old HP laptop) and it wasn't spinning... I thought it was the drive until I examined it and it was indeed warped. Probably the one and only physical damage I've ever witnessed on a brand new OS DVD. They happily exchanged it without a problem.
     

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