Bootcamp; Installing Win 7 off of External USB DVD Drive leads to black screen

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  1. satchow macrumors 6502

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    After using boot camp assistant to create the partition, my computer will reboot and try to boot off the external USB drive to start the Windows 7 installation. Instead of the installer starting, I just get a black screen forever.

    I replaced my internal Superdrive with an SSD, which is why I have to use an external DVD drive.

    Anybody have any ideas on how to get the installer started?
     
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  3. head honcho 123 macrumors 6502

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    i have this same issue but on a macbook air 2011...

    using a samsung external optical drive to install windows 7 64 bit.

    any help with this would be appreciated.

    thanks
     
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  5. JronMasteR macrumors 6502

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    Well, on the Macbook Air it should work, because it comes without an internal superdrive. I could imagine that it must be the "Apple MacBook Air SuperDrive" to work.
     
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    I think putting the superdrive back in is your only option then.
     
  7. satchow thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately I can't do it that way. I want to install Win7 on my HDD, but my SSD is the start up disk. Hopefully rEFIt will be updated soon, but it hasn't been updated in 16 months :(

     
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    Just make a Bootcamp partition on your HDD, put the HDD in the harddrive bay, put the superdrive back in and install Windows.
     
  9. satchow thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh I never knew you could do it without my OSX startup disk installed. I will try this, thanks!

     
  10. JronMasteR macrumors 6502

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    Yes you can. You don't even need the bootcamp assistant, you can also make a FAT32 partition using Disk Utility and just boot up with the Windows DVD.
     
  11. head honcho 123 macrumors 6502

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    ugh that would suck

    bootcamp makes the windows partition, but once bootcamp app tries to restart with the windows 7 dvd... black screen of nothingness...

    FML

    the funny thing is if i OPTION boot, the windows 7 install disk does show up on available options...
     
  12. JronMasteR macrumors 6502

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    When tried it, same thing. It just didn't work. I would call apple support if I were you. It would be a complete joke if you need the apple superdrive to get it working.

    You could also put the disk image on a usb thumb drive...Could work.
     
  13. satchow thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Booting from a USB flash drive still isn't possible in Lion.

     
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    just as an update.

    i gave up using an external optical drive (samsung) to install windows 7.

    i did this instead:

    1) on mac, placed windows 7 install disk on external optical drive

    2) made DMG image of windows 7 install disk by Disk Utilities

    3) change ".dmg" into ".iso" on the image just made

    4) opened boot camp and told boot camp to make WININSTALL from the iso file I just made onto a black Western Digital external HD (USB, 250 GB)

    5) made the windows partition as usual

    6) restarted and the MBA booted from the external USB HD to install windows

    worked out nice.
     
  16. sportykid2332 macrumors regular

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    I'm confused by the process mentioned above, I have a windows 7 dvd in my external drive, but how do I make the .iso using disk utility?
     
  17. head honcho 123 macrumors 6502

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    there's a make image function on disk utility.

    it will make the file, but the file extension will say .img

    just change the .img to .iso.

    that will allow bootcamp to read the ISO file.

    let me know if u need more detail
     
  18. Nathanotis macrumors newbie

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    I'm a little late to this party, but this is the only option I've found in two days of searching. Fingers crossed!
     
  19. Nathanotis macrumors newbie

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    I don't know if boot camp has the ability to do this anymore... Y'know, here in the future... Where things are advanced... More intuitive... And much easier than they were in the past... #ihatetimcook
     

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