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OSX on Runcore via Mac done, now trying to install W7RC, please help! - 05-29-2009, 05:01 PM
I have been running OSX successfully after installing it onto my Runcore through the USB connection with my Mac Mini. Everything is working fine. After installing W7RC (Windows 7 Release Candidate) on my Mac Mini and getting dual booting to work, I thought I would try installing it on the DM9 through the same method, by connecting the Runcore to the Mac Mini, booting into it, and then seeing if I could use my Mac Mini's DVD drive to launch the W7RC DVD installer and then install W7RC on a second partition on the Runcore that I had made for it. Well, this method wont work, because W7RC wont let you install to a usb drive. So I had to scratch this method.
I then googled a way to make a bootable W7RC USB install drive (since I dont have access to an external DVD drive), so that I could try the installation on the DM9 without the help of the Mac Mini. I found an article by Gizmodo (Gizmodo - How To Install Windows 7 On Almost Any Netbook - Windows 7 netbook installation) that I decided to follow. I re-downloaded the 32bit version of W7RC from Microsoft and followed the instructions in the Gizmodo article to move the .iso to the USB stick so I could boot off of it and run the installer. The steps are:
1. Open a Terminal (under Utilities)
2. Run diskutil list and determine the device node assigned to your flash media (e.g. /dev/disk2)
3. Run diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN (replace N with the disk number from the last command; in the previous example, N would be 2)
4. Execute sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.iso of=/dev/diskN bs=1m (replace /path/to/downloaded.iso with the path where the image file is located; for example, ./windows7.iso)
5. Run diskutil eject /dev/diskN and remove your flash media when the command completes (this can take a few hours on slower drives)
Once that finished, I rebooted my DM9, enabled USB Bios Legacy Support, changed the boot order so that the USB drive would be first, rebooted with the USB stick and I cant get it to boot from it, getting the following error on the all black screen:
Intel UNDI pxe-2.1 (build 082)
Copyright 1997-2000 Intel Corp
For Realtek rtl801e / 8102e PCI-e Ethernet Controller v1.08 (080408)
Pxe-e61: media test failure check cable
Pxe-m0f: exiting pxe rom
Operating system not found.
So, whats the deal? Why cant I boot off of the USB stick? Are Gizmodo's instructions incorrect? Am I doing something wrong? My BIOS is A3 if that helps.
I want to figure out how to easily install W7RC AFTER installing Mac OSX to have a dual booting DM9 so that I can then share my steps with others so they can do it as well.
Join Date: Jan 2009
05-30-2009, 12:13 PM
Did you make the Win7 USB stick on the Mac side of your dual boot? I don't know all that much about the Mac, but I would think that if you boot into your windows side of the Mac Mini and make the USB drive from one of the guides on how to do that from a PC that you will be much better off. I will try to find the info I used later and add it to this post.
Edit: Try this: Install Win 7 via USB in 4 easy steps
The message you are getting at boot sounds like it is not seeing your USB stick and trying to boot from ethernet. Trying to remember (been a while since I rebuilt from scratch), but I think my Win7 USB installer was finicky about which USB port on the DM9 that you used. I think I had to use the one on the left hand side closest to the power. You might give that a quick try first.
I will try to find a PC guide for making your USB stick. Honestly, that was the easiest part of getting this thing working, so it is probably best to give it one more try from scratch.
Join Date: Jan 2009
05-30-2009, 05:43 PM
Thanks for your input. To answer the points you brought up:
1- I didnt make the USB W7RC boot drive with my Mac Mini at all, I made it on my DM9 (OSX) following the instructions that Gizmodo provided (see my original post). Im still waiting to see what others think of those instructions. I might try your suggestion about making the USB W7RC boot drive through Windows 7 on my Mac.
2- I tried my USB W7RC installer on both USB slots and got the same message.
Join Date: Mar 2009
05-30-2009, 11:43 PM
Sorry I didn't spell it all out, but that was my suggestion. Since you don't have a DVD drive to use with your Dell Mini boot into Win 7 on your Mac Mini and use 1 of the myriad of guides out there on how to make a USB boot drive from the RC .iso file and a flash drive.
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