Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 11:42 AM (in response to possumdesign)
Take her into Apple Store, they should help you out.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 12:05 PM (in response to possumdesign)
Is the copy of Windows 7 that you possess a OEM copy?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 12:07 PM (in response to possumdesign)
How many different computers have you installed this copy Windows 7 on?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2012 10:39 AM (in response to coander15)
- as far as I know, it is a universal non-OEM copy
- in fact, I haven't installed this copy on any machine so far, just tried to boot on. It is bootable on a Macbook Pro 15" late 2011 and iMacs 21" and 24" - but no way to boot with on my Macbook Pro...
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2012 10:43 AM (in response to possumdesign)
I'd say the DVD drive is going bad. These Superdrives are any thing but Super. If you can replace the DVD drive in the older MBP and then try to install.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 4:17 AM (in response to Shootist007)
I have an external Firewire DVD drive that works fine - when I try to boot from my Windows 7 DVD with this drive, I get the message "No bootable device/system found" or something similar. I still think it's related to the new motherboard (firmware?) but can't be sure as I never tried to install WIndows before the MLB change.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 5:05 AM (in response to possumdesign)
No as stated before a MBP will NOT boot a Windows install DVD from any other DVD drive then one installed internally in the system.
Apple has made sure of that.
Doesn't matter if the external DVD boots OS X or any other type of disc and or work fine with any other kind of disc, reading or writing to those disc. It will NOT boot a Win install DVD.
It has nothing to do with your logic board change.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 5:45 AM (in response to Shootist007)
Ok, thanks, that's what I thought - so, if I don't want to replace my Superdrive (on some other forum, someone with the same problam did that and it didn't help), is there any way to install/put Windows on my internal hard disk WITHOUT booting from the DVD? I mean, except Parallels, VMWare or else, but a bootable Windows.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 6:32 AM (in response to possumdesign)
If the superdrive is bad and you replace it Windows should then boot after you use BC to create the partition. If it doesn't then it was not the SD that was bad but more then like the cable going from SD to LB.
As far as I know there is no other way to load Windows other then booting from the SD. Even if you have an image of a good Windows install from another Mac or PC to load that image you would need to boot to a windows imaging program, using Win PE, and you would need a working SD to do that.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 8:59 AM (in response to Shootist007)
About my SD being bad - what I don't undertsand is that when I boot the Mac with alt-key pressed, I can see all the volumes containing bootable systems, including the Windows DVD! So if the SD sees the DVD, why is it unable to boot from it?? For the time being, I don't want to change the SD as it works fine except for that Windows issue.
I thought about a firmware issue, but there is no update for my machine, so that's not a solution either.
I'll investigate further, we'll see.