Creating 32 Bit Windows 7 USB for bootcamp on 10.6.8... I'm stuck

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Tony Danger, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. Tony Danger macrumors member

    Tony Danger

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    I have an Intel 1.66 Core Duo Mini sat here. OS X 10.6.8, can't go any higher.

    I need to get a windows partition on there with bootcamp, this is where the problems are starting.

    So I have everything partitioned out on the machine. Go to bootcamp assistant, no option to create a USB like modern versions.
    I try the "Download windows support software from this mac" - Software not available.
    Try the "I have the windows support disks option" - asks me to insert Windows 7 DVD. (I only have the ISO).


    So I tried creating a bootable USB on my Macbook Pro. It doesn't allow 32 Bit, only 64. Damn.
    So I booted into windows on my Macbook Pro and used Rufus to create a bootable 32 bit USB. The Mac mini can't see it when I'm trying to boot.


    I'm completely stumped. Any advice would be great please.
     
  2. Tony Danger thread starter macrumors member

    Tony Danger

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    I just tried this method too:

    1. Open a Terminal (under Utilities)

    2. Run diskutil list and determine the device node assigned to your flash media (e.g. /dev/disk2)

    3. Run diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN (replace N with the disk number from the last command; in the previous example, N would be 2)

    4. Execute sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.iso of=/dev/diskN bs=1m (replace /path/to/downloaded.iso with the path where the image file is located; for example, ./windows7.iso)

    5. Run diskutil eject /dev/diskN and remove your flash media when the command completes (this can take a few hours on slower drives)


    The mini still doesn't see the USB.
     
  3. Tony Danger thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh, and I can't burn a DVD with the ISO on, as my only other machine is a rMBP with no disk drive.
     
  4. chrfr macrumors 603

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    These old Macs can't boot from a USB Windows installer. You need a DVD.
     
  5. Tony Danger thread starter macrumors member

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  6. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Yep.
     
  7. Tony Danger thread starter macrumors member

    Tony Danger

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    Cock. Oh well, looks like I'll have to source a disk. Cheers.
     

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