Can't get Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to install correctly, please help!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by arrfenwoof, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. arrfenwoof macrumors member

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    Right, so to start off, i have a Early-2011 MacBook Pro Core i5 with a broken LVDS connector on the logic board. I'm using a mini-display-to-vga adapter to use my Macbook Pro. When loading the Windows 7 USB it freezes at the "Starting Windows" logo, when booting from the USB in Safe Mode it shows it hangs at disk.sys. Windows 8 and 8.1 both have the same issue, which is, it copies the files, expands them, reboots, shows the Windows 8 logo, shows "Getting Devices Ready" and then goes to a black screen around 85%. After a couple minutes the computer reboots and shows the Windows 8 logo yet again and then goes to a black screen, no matter how long I wait, nothing happens.

    I was able to boot into safe mode after the Windows 8 installation was "complete" and install the video drivers, sound, ethernet, wifi, bluetooth, etc… Thinking that was the issue for the black screen, but after doing that and rebooting… I still get dropped to a black screen where nothing happens. If anyone has any ideas, PLEASE let me know. I'm desperate as I have a lot of apps and games that I would like to run in Windows that either aren't made for the Mac or don't run properly in a VM/Crossover/Wineskin.

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. arrfenwoof thread starter macrumors member

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    Created a raw vmdk thats attached to a physical partition and installed Windows 7. When I try to natively boot into the partition, it goes straight to a black screen with no logo though. Kinda strange. Really unsure of how to proceed. I'd like to try to install a UEFI Windows 7 but can't figure that out.
     
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    Only 2013 MacBook Air and some Pro models support Windows installations properly via EFI.
     
  4. arrfenwoof thread starter macrumors member

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    if I try to boot from a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 DVD in normal "bios mode?" I get an immediate black screen and it never displays an image. UEFI booting with one of those versions at least gives me a boot logo in Win7 and allows me to install in 8 and 8.1 I'm really at a loss of what the issue is here.
     

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