This guide is intended to help any Macbook user sort through problems that may occur during their bootcamp campaign. I recommend also following Apple’s Bootcamp Guide that can be found in section IV. Further References. As a side note, I do not own a Macbook pro so please don’t ask me any questions specific to that model.
Things you’ll need:
- Windows 7 disc
First open up Bootcamp on your Macbook. It will then ask you if you want to make a new partition. Select that option then proceed set the size of the partition by dragging the little divider to a memory size you find sufficient. I recommend 20 GB if all you plan on doing is surfing the internet and playing Mabi. Select “partition” and your Macbook should do it for you. It should take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. If the partition succeeded, proceed to section II. If not, read on.
So if you got an error that says something along the lines of:
Then you’re at your first set-back. Basically, despite Macbook being “great” at preventing disk fragmentation, you still need to find a way to get a contiguous block of clean disk in order for the partitioning to occur. From here, you have two options:
1) Erase and restore your OS then partition from there.
2) Shell out $30 for a defragging program for your Macbook
You can try option 1 but I really can’t help you with it since I chose option number 2. There are a number of important school files on my hard drive that I didn’t want to risk wiping so I went to this site and bought iDefrag 2:
The program actually works fantastic and with one level 3 pass (took about 3-4 hours), I was able to partition my Macbook over and over with no problems. Additionally, the defragging does decrease your boot-up time significantly so all in all, I’d say the money was worth it since now you can partition your hard drive and move to step II!
II. Installing Windows 7
Originally, I attempted to install Windows XP as it uses much less space and RAM resources allowing you to commit more computing capacity to Mabinogi. However, this venture ultimately ended in failure since when I finally got the OS installed and running, it did not have wi-fi enabled capabilities nor could I update to service pack 3 that would integrate wi-fi. Somehow, a memory error kept popping up even when there was plenty of space on the drive… So I gave up on that and installed Windows 7 instead. Vista is a terrible interface so please don’t even try and use it nor even consider it in the first place.
After you successfully partition your drive via Bootcamp, the application should prompt you with a Windows installation message. From here, insert your Windows 7 disc and restart your Macbook. Keep the disc in until I explicitly mention it’s okay to remove it.
Note: From here on out, your default OS will be switched to the Windows side in order for the installation to proceed smoothly. If you want to switch it back, see part IV of this guide but only after Windows 7 is smoothly installed. To manually switch between the Windows and Mac sides of your Macbook, you need to hold down the “option/alt” key upon turning on your computer. If done correctly, you should be prompted with a screen like this:
Upon booting up again, you’ll be prompted with a “Booting from the CD, press any key to continue” message. Do as it says and it will start to expand the Windows 7 files for the installation process. Eventually, you will be prompted with a screen like this:
First select the bootcamp partition and NOT YOUR ORIGINAL HARD DRIVE ELSE YOU RISK DELETING EVERYTHING ON YOUR MACBOOK. If “Next” is grayed out as in the image above, then click “Drive options (advanced)” followed by the format icon. This should format your partition such that Windows 7 is compatible to install onto the drive. Now press “Next” and continue on with the set-up.
After you finish this installation sequence, the set-up will force restart your computer. Now you’ll be prompted to name your computer and asked about updates. You can deal with the updates later (this is what I did) or choose to install them now or whatever. Continue through this installation then your Macbook will restart once more. At this point, you can take out your Windows 7 disc/dvd.
Alright, if everything has gone well, then Windows 7 should go to your log-in screen. From here, enter the password and proceed to your newly created desktop! If instead, you boot-up to find a black screen after selecting your Windows 7 partition, then there’s one more tweak you need to do before you’re into smooth sailing.
So begin by inserting your Windows 7 disc again and turning off your computer. Hold the “option/alt” key and select the CD logo on the boot menu. From here, you’ll be prompted with the familiar “Booting from the CD, press any key to continue” message again. Like the last time, press any key and proceed to the installation again. At the first screen, click “Repair your computer” as seen below.
Okay, so then you’ll be prompted with this screen:
Click “Next” then proceed to this screen which has several tools.
First, try the “Startup Repair” tool and it’ll run a simple little thing that probably won’t fix your error. If this is the case, get back to this screen via “Back” and then select the last option: “Command Prompt”. This is the most techy thing you’ll encounter so please bear with me and be very meticulous of your typing.
You’ll be prompted with a black screen, type each of the following lines and press enter after each one. Be mindful that / and \ mean two different things.
bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force
attrib -h -s C:\boot\BCD
Alright once those are done, close the command prompt window and restart your computer. You can take out the disc again or simply hold “option/alt” and select your windows partition. From here, the black screen will show up again but don’t freak out since it’ll go away within 10 seconds or so. You’ll know something is working when that bloody little blinking “_” in the top left corner disappears for a few seconds then reappears. If everything worked, then you should be greeted with this lovely log-in screen:
III. Prepping for Mabinogi!
Proceed to log in and lavish in your victory! From here, you’ll need to update Windows 7 which may take a few hours depending on your internet connection. Once those are done, restart then install NVIDIA drivers. In the past, I’ve used the 266.58 driver but the 301.42 may work as well. Be sure and install your driver after Windows 7 updates otherwise it won’t recognize your graphics card. Then install Java, Direct X (9.0 current), Adobe Flash Player and finally Mabinogi. Everything should work nicely from here out but if not, I’ve provided further resources that should help.
IV. Further resources:
http://tp.gdscei.com/blog/?p=13 (I stole this person’s pics, credit goes to them for taking them)