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R3XZ Level 1 (0 points)

When I start up bootcamp and finish the partition, my mac restarts only for it to show a black screen with a flashing white cursor. I tried restarting the mac to be met with the "No bootable device found - insert boot disk and press any key". Please help, I'm pulling my hiar out over this!!


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 (55,223 points)

    Mountain Lion currently only supports Windows 7, in order to run Vista on your system you can do so using virtualization software such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion. If you still want to use Boot Camp then you will need to purchase a retail version of Windows 7 and install it.

     

    Good luck. 

  • R3XZ Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi rkaufmann87, thanks for replying. when I tried to install windows vista earlier I managed to get the windows installer running upto the part where it started asking me for drivers. Does this still mean that Moutain Lion won't support Windows Vista?

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 (55,223 points)

    As I mentioned in my first post, not Mt. Lion only supports Windows 7. This means, no Vista isn't supported in Boot Camp, however you can run Vista in virtualization software such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion under Mountain Lion. If you aren't familiar with virtualization software navigate to both websites and read up on it. The performance is excellent and unless you are a serious gamer or plan on running other 3D modeling software virtualizaiton is the way to go!

  • Cloakedbug Level 1 (15 points)

    It is incorrect to say whether or not Mac OS "supports" a version of windows. Any windows version can be installed on a partition formatted for it. Bootcamp helps you partition and format the drive.

     

    HOWEVER, bootcamp itself is bundled with the *Windows 7* drivers for your hardware - if you were to install any other OS on the now formatted partition, it should install just fine, but you would have to go get drivers for your specific hardware the hard way. Online, one at a time.

     

    If you installed your bootcamp bundled windows 7 drivers onto vista, that is probably what created your problem.
    Does that make sense/ help at all?

  • Cloakedbug Level 1 (15 points)

    As far as your situation goes, try holding down the option key when booting. This will give you boot options, and if your Mac HD partition still exists, you can boot back into it, then delete the messed up windows partition.

  • R3XZ Level 1 (0 points)

    As it goes, I'm a serious gamer which means i'm going to have to fork out some more money for windows 7-__-

  • R3XZ Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Cloakedbug. So are you saying that I would have to have to go and download the individual drivers for windows vista? I suppose that the windows support software downloadable from bootcamp is only for windows 7?

  • Cloakedbug Level 1 (15 points)

    Exactly. The windows support drivers are all aimed at windows 7.

     

    I don't *think(?)* you should have any trouble installing vista on the partition, it's just that you wouldn't have any drivers for it by default. You'd go get vista video, wireless, chipset, audio, etc etc drivers.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 (55,223 points)

    R3XZ wrote:

     

    As it goes, I'm a serious gamer which means i'm going to have to fork out some more money for windows 7-__-

    That is correct.

  • R3XZ Level 1 (0 points)

    Do you know where I could download said drivers?

  • Cloakedbug Level 1 (15 points)

    Apple - About this mac - more information:
    this will display your hardware.

    For example: graphics: under graphics/displays it will show the video card (on a new macbook pro right now it is a GeForce GT 650m), which you could then google - and then you would find out it is a NVIDIA card, so you would go to nvidia.com, find their driver page, enter your card model, and download/install the driver (probably from the windows side).
    Alternately, in windows, you could right click on "computer" from the start menu, hit "manage," get into "device manager," and click on the "update device driver" option from each device, hoping that windows can find the driver online for you. It's a long, tedius process.

     

    Go buy windows 7 haha.

    Unless you really just don't have the cash.

     

    Ex manufacturer driver site:

    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

  • R3XZ Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the money, I just don't want to give up on windows vista just yet haha. I just started a 30 day trial on vmware fusion 5, I'm wondering if i can just update and then copy said drivers off windows vista then?

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 (55,223 points)

    Forget about copying drivers unless you really want to botch up your computer!!!!!!!! You didn't state what apps you want or need to run in Windows, what are they? If it's simply something like MS Office then drag your wallet out and buy a license of MS Office for Mac.

  • R3XZ Level 1 (0 points)

    The sole reason I bought windows is so that I can run my games off of it

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