How to boot linux or Windows DVD from external DVD-ROM with superdrive removed?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rev.b, May 9, 2011.

  1. rev.b macrumors regular

    rev.b

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    I've got a crucial m4 and a "generic" optibay, where I put my Scorpio Black 750 gb. Best decision ever, my '10 MBP flies with it, and I've got all the hdd space that I need.

    However, I didn't realize Mac EFI is NOT very friendly when booting from external DVD drives... OS X installation DVD works, but everything else doesn't - Gparted, Ubuntu live CD, Windows 7 DVD (for bootcamp).

    I did search and find some old thread, and I guess it's a known subject... but from all the solutions suggested, I couldn't make them work.

    I installed rEFIt, made a bootable usb stick, and so on, but nothing.

    Any case of success "fooling" the MBP EFI to boot from another OS?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. golgo1313 macrumors regular

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    i've been trying the same for a couple of weeks now...

    refit, usb installer... nothing
    can't seem to get the vmware fusion/winclone to work either
    i haven't tried parallels/winclone, i guess that's next

    i'm almost thinking of reinstalling superdrive to reinstall win7 into boot camp.
     
  4. Makie macrumors newbie

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    Try turning on the machine with the 'C' pressed, which should hopefully boot off the optical drive.

    Not sure if the EFI has got anything to do with booting off a DVD, as when I had the harddrive removed it was booting from the Ubuntu CD normally as for a couple of days was just using the machine off the live CD.

    If you are using Ubuntu you would have to use 10.04.1 or higher with a mbp.
     
  5. Makie macrumors newbie

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    On Vmware in Ubuntu, previously installed winxp via an *.iso image instead of directly from the cd, you could try to see if that method works with win 7 with fusion.
     
  6. golgo1313 macrumors regular

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    i am able to install win7 in fusion, but i can't figure out how to take that over to the boot camp partition, so that i can boot natively into win7.
     
  7. rev.b thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, the external optical drive works just fine within OS X (and it even boots OS X installation disk) and of course to install something on Parallels or Vmware.

    Problem is that Apple firmware seems to prevent booting other OS from external devices.

    The catch. There's always a catch with :apple: ...
     
  8. tosehee macrumors member

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    I've spent nearly 3 weeks on this stupid issue, and end up putting the optical bay back to where it was.

    I wanted to run ubuntu on the separate HDD, and I can't, for the life of me, figure it out how to install it.

    I could swap back and forth to install more than 1 OS on the separate drive, but I am not too crazy about ubuntu to work around the hassle.
     
  9. rev.b thread starter macrumors regular

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    Tried a bootable SDcard, does not work either.

    How about network startup? What are the requirements for booting from a network drive? Something like remote install but with windows DVD?
     
  10. golgo1313 macrumors regular

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    i personally haven't tried it, but i've read that remote install doesn't work for windows.
     

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