Windows 8 on a Late 2008 MBP? Yes, No, Maybe So?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by BigBuckeye1, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. BigBuckeye1 macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone!

    I've encountered some not so slight problems running Windows 8 on my Late 2008 MBP. I'm perfectly aware that my system is not "technically" able to run windows 8 in Apple's eyes, but I was able to install and run my windows partition flawlessly in December of last year by using the bootcamp 4.0 drivers. Until now. :(

    I recently downloading a heap of Windows downloads that I had lazily avoided, and went to reboot in order to finish the update installations. To my surprise, my smooth running multi-functional Windows partition now halted at a black screen VERY early in the boot up process no matter what workaround i tried. I couldnt even come close to reaching the windows emblem with the spinning white circles and the "blinking cursor" problem many people encounter seems like a step higher than where I'm at. At this step in the boot up process the white cursor flicks on once and then it disappears and leaves me to look at a black screen in distress.

    After realizing I couldn't access my windows partition whatsoever to solve the problem, I decided to uninstall windows 8 via bootcamp (I dont keep any important files on my windows partition, mostly applications accessible for download through the internet). After fishing out my windows 8 64 bit OEM disk I used for the first install, I proceeded to follow the same steps as before. I kept the DVD I used with the working drivers from bootcamp so I was able to skip that download step. I partitioned my disk and clicked install, hoping things would run smoothly. At this point, I had seen that apple had stated my system wasn't compatible with windows 8 and was a little scared. Shortly after starting the install, I reached the same point as before. The cursor flicked on then off and left me with a black screen.

    Im guessing its a graphics driver issue, im running an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics card and once again have a Late 2008 MBP. ANY recommendations would be super appreciated considering i cant even install the dang thing. Thanks for reading my short novel and thanks in advance for any help :)
     
  2. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Partition in DU and boot from the DVD and don't use bootcamp..

    I put 7 Pro x64 on my 2007 MacBook that way but I had to install the drivers separately not with the package installer.
     
  3. BigBuckeye1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply GermanyChris! But unfortunately it brought me to the same black screen. I think it has something to do with windows 8, but I just cant figure out what I'm doing differently than my first successful install. Either way, thanks for the reply :)
     
  4. Memole macrumors member

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    you can run it windows 8 on your macbook

    even i can run it without any problems in my really old black macbook from 2007 :)

    i usually ignore what apple says blah blah blah just get the drivers from net install it seperatley one by one and you are good to go and only thing i used from bootcamp drivers where keyboard and touchpad drivers :)
     
  5. BigBuckeye1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Memole!

    But that doesn't really fix my problem considering I cant get into my windows partition to install the drivers :confused:
     

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