3 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2012 10:37 AM by Jaygyver
JupiterSpaceport Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

After partitioning disk, I restart with windows 7 dvd inserted into the external dvd drive I just used to burn it.


But it restarts with a question mark.


(I must use a external DVD drive becuase macbook pro optical drives don't last.) 

(also my dvd drive is streched across my keyboard becuase it needs two USB inputs, and it's short little chord can barly reach across the 15 MBP i use without sitting atop the keyboard)


Cannot fathom what is going on...

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,880 points)

    a. you did / did not / burn at slowest burn speed


    b. no native usb-dvd support for windows installer, sorry

  • JupiterSpaceport Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Nay to both.


    I've both installed using this windows disc before,

    And i've installed using this external USB-DVD drive before.

    Using both at the same time as I am now.


    Just on another computer, I recently got rid of.

  • Jaygyver Level 3 Level 3 (735 points)

    Installing W7 from an external disk seems to be hit or miss even on a native Windows computer it seems. It depends on if your computer supports it or not or the moon is aligned with venus, etc.

    Might try another USB input/output cable or make sure the drive is connected with an external power supply, maybe the USB port doesn't give enough juice. Some computers only have one port that puts out the full watts needed to power some external devices.


    You don't give the year/model or MacOS your using so can't guess what you have or had before.


    If you want to try again, if you have a USB thumb drive and have Lion (updated to 10.2 or higher) then Apple enables making a W7 USB installer drive via Boot Camp Assistant.


    By the way, they do make longer USB cables.