My superdrive doesn't work - can i boot windows from a USB drive instead?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by equalsabracket, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. equalsabracket macrumors regular

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    I decided I wanted to play a game on my mac. This can't be too difficult, right? It turns out they dropped support for mac at some point through development, so I have to go through windows.

    First, I try burning a windows ISO onto my USB. This isn't as simple as pressing burn, i quickly realised I had to go through terminal and then wait an hour for it to do this. Once this was all done, i opened bootcamp and discovered that there was an option to install from a USB drive, but only if you have a macbook air or a mac mini, because in theory every other computer has a superdrive to work with. So it wouldn't let me partition my drive.

    Next, I turned to something I discovered called WineBottler. After successfully managing to install my game using this, launching the game turned out to be less than successful. I was kept on a loading page for several hours before i realised that it had crashed long ago and wasn't doing anything. I force quit, and went on to my next plan.

    I busted out Parallels 7, and installed Windows inside of it. I installed the game inside of windows, launched the game, and witnessed it run at a rate of 1 frame every 2 seconds.

    I'm totally out of ideas. I've wasted my whole day on this, just trying to get my stupid mac to play a game. What are my options?
     
  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Actually, this could have been accomplished through Disk Utility's GUI...

    That is all I have to offer, no further. I'm sorry.
     
  3. Hawkeye16 macrumors regular

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    When you use a VM, it splits your memory and processor cores between the VM and the original OS.

    To get better performance you should install through bootcamp.
     
  4. marikavs macrumors member

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    Listen to Hawkeye16

    Indeed! I've never played games in my BootCamped Windows installation, but having "played" with both Parallells and VMware FUSION I can attest to the fact that Windows runs much "better" from BootCamp. FWIW, better than on my old, now defunct home Dell Dimension, or on a now equally defunct work Dell Precision.

    Sorry I can't be of more help, but I have seen other people get decent answers to questions on how to deal with BootCamp installations and a missing superdrive on this forum.
     

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