Installed Windows 7 with boot camp; never gives me an option to choose OS on restart

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jamesryanbell, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

    jamesryanbell

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    Why not? It just randomly boots with whatever it feels like. Isn't it supposed to ask you which OS you want to boot with? Also, it gave me a blinking folder with a question mark one of the times it rebooted. I wish I could give more info, but I'm clueless.

    Example: I use boot camp to install, do so with my ISO DVD I made of Windows 7. Once it gets to where I need to NOT boot from the DVD, it just goes straight to OSX. I reboot again, it goes back to Windows. It's a crap shoot. Then when in windows, I download all of the updates, and it prompts me to reboot. I do so, and it goes to a folder with a blinking question mark. ?? I reboot again, and it goes straight to OSX. Never prompted me.

    What's going on?

    EDIT: Also, I can't even shut down in OSX. There's nothing in the upper right corner besides spotlight. ...yet my airport card still works I guess. This is jacked up.
     
  2. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    The restart is in the top left hand corner under the apple. Second...you hold down option as previously stated.

    EDIT: I think I misread your post about shutting down...nvm on the restart thing
     
  3. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020

    jamesryanbell

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    I know..it wouldn't work. I had to ctrl-cmd-powerbutton to get it to restart. Weird.
     
  4. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Yea sorry I realized you probably knew where the shutdown button was lol...Boot Camp can do some crazy stuff I guess. Check your disk permissions to make sure they are all alright. Also under system preferences you can choose your default boot drive (if you haven't tried that already).
     
  5. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry for the double post...the question mark means that the computer cannot find any OS to boot into so that is not good, could signal hard drive failure is eminent. Take it to apple if under apple care.
     
  6. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020

    jamesryanbell

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    Yeah that freaked me out. Seems to be working ok now...but I didn't "do" anything. Just works.

    Weird. Anyway, sorry for the hassle, but thanks for the advice. :)
     
  7. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey no problem, I didn't really help that much anyway...good luck!
     

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