Problems installing Windows 8.1 using Boot Camp...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by yertleturtle, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. yertleturtle macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2008 mac pro (intel) with two internal drives running os X 10.10. I have ISO files for both windows 7 and windows 8.1. I've used bootcamp to make various attempts at bootable USBs and have properly partitioned my second internal drive for windows. However - whenever my mac attempts to boot from the USB drive it goes to a black screen with a flashing cursor and nothing else happens.

    I would attempt to burn a DVD from the ISO files but my superdrive is broken. When I hold down alt on startup the USB does not show. I've installed windows on this machine before without problems but I have always used the DVD drive.

    I don't want to buy another superdrive as I would only use it for installing windows and nothing else. Can anyone tell me if there is another way to get this done?
     
  2. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    On any Mac with a Superdrive, Apple restricts installations to using the Superdrive only. As you've come to see, it will not work with USB installers.

    Aside from replacing the Superdrive yourself, there is a workaround using Virtualbox.
     

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