Can't install windows 7- bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by youssefm, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. youssefm macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    Hi everyone!

    I have a mid-2009 15” macbook pro (2.66ghz, 4gb ram). I just upgraded to Yosemite and now I’m having tons of trouble installing windows 7 via bootcamp.

    I used bootcamp to create the partition, everything loaded up and when I get to the windows installation screen (I choose my location and language) then I get this error: “A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.” I know this shouldn’t be happening but I inserted my driver flash drive but none of the drivers are correct, and I can’t even install windows or get past this page.

    I read that maybe my ISO was corrupt, so I burned another copy (tried burning at lower speeds, using a PC, I made 6 different versions of the ISO and none work). Same problem. I burned a copy of the official windows trial ISO, still same issue. I tried booting by pressing F8 and disabling signature drivers, but still have the same issue.

    So then I tried creating a bootable USB. I know my mac won’t boot from USB but I created the bootable USB using the windows 7 usb tool, I go to boot (I press C after the startup chime) but all I get is a black screen with blinking white underscore, and nothing ever loads. Then I tried hacking bootcamp via editing the info.plist and using terminal, I create a USB via bootcamp, but then I never even get to the black screen to load windows.

    Now I’m completely lost and not sure where to go from here. Does anybody have any suggestions on what I should do or what my options are?
    Will windows 8 work on my machine? Any solutions?

    Thank you!!
  2. macenied macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2014
    Your Superdrive is working ? If you can boot the DVD it seems that you burned it correctly. Try to clean the Superdrive lens using a CD/DVD lens cleaning kit.
  3. youssefm, Nov 2, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2014

    youssefm thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    My superdrive should be working fine, it seems to work with everything else. I'll try that anyway though just in case!

    *Edit- That didn't work. I'm going to try installing windows 7 pre-SP1 and update if it works.
  4. youssefm thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    I used a copy of windows 7 without service pack1 and it installed perfectly, then updated insde windows to sp1. This solved my issue.

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