Windows 7 64 bootcamp black screen/blinking cursor for ages pre-boot

Help!

I'm having the black screen with blinking cursor whenever I try and boot up Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit thru Bootcamp on my MacBook Pro. If i let it just sit there for maybe 2 minutes, it then goes to the Windows Boot Manager screen and allows me to click on Windows 7 and the it boots perfect. I've tried installing it twice, same thing. No problem booting OS X Snow Leo 10.6.3. Gott the right NVidia drivers installed, makes no difference. Have Paragon NTFS installed so I can get thru to NTFS partition from OS X. I badly need Windows too and don't wanna slow it down by running it in Parallels or VMWare Fusion. A little help?

Thanks a lot! :??:

MacBook Pro 15" 4,1
500GB HDD
6GB DDR2 667
NVidia GeForce 8600M GT
Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit + SL 10.6.3
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  1. Fixed! Peroblem was I think using OEM, which Bootcamp advise against using... they advise to use retail only. Fixed like this:

    1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start your computer.
    2. Hold down Option key till all available disks are displayed and select DVD. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then 4. click Next.
    5. Click Repair your computer.
    6. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    7.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    Type (these commands are safe)
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    Code: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
    *Press ENTER after each command.*
    *Restart your computer.*

    Done. Rockin'
    Reply to ptolomy_was_right
  2. Hi, i have a macbook pro 17" pre unibody aluminium.
    Ive got the same problem. I havent tried leaving it for a few minutes to see if it will go onto boot up further yer but when i have gone to use the recovery feature on my windows 7 ultimate install disc (volume license) my install is detected as vista business edition!? And consequently it says i cant repair this installation cos its not the right installation. When i use the command prompt to do the bootrec commands the first two report success but the last (bcd) says there is no windows installation. Anyone know what i could do to resolve this?

    Some background info: i uograded my hard drive and imaged the old one with r-drive image program and restored it to new drive so i have all my settings and games installed still. Initially it worked but now its not, although i cant remember if i did something to cause it not to...

    Thanks for your help in advance. Ste
    Reply to steveyg777
  3. ptolomy_was_right said:
    Fixed! Peroblem was I think using OEM, which Bootcamp advise against using... they advise to use retail only. Fixed like this:

    1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start your computer.
    2. Hold down Option key till all available disks are displayed and select DVD. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then 4. click Next.
    5. Click Repair your computer.
    6. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    7.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    Type (these commands are safe)
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    Code: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
    *Press ENTER after each command.*
    *Restart your computer.*

    Done. Rockin'


    U R AWESOME DUDE!
    Reply to gyunagyos
  4. ptolomy_was_right said:
    Fixed! Peroblem was I think using OEM, which Bootcamp advise against using... they advise to use retail only. Fixed like this:

    1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start your computer.
    2. Hold down Option key till all available disks are displayed and select DVD. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then 4. click Next.
    5. Click Repair your computer.
    6. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    7.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    Type (these commands are safe)
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    Code: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
    *Press ENTER after each command.*
    *Restart your computer.*

    Done. Rockin'


    Thanks a ton man! This saved my day.
    Reply to titanium
  5. steveyg777 said:
    Hi, i have a macbook pro 17" pre unibody aluminium.
    Ive got the same problem. I havent tried leaving it for a few minutes to see if it will go onto boot up further yer but when i have gone to use the recovery feature on my windows 7 ultimate install disc (volume license) my install is detected as vista business edition!? And consequently it says i cant repair this installation cos its not the right installation. When i use the command prompt to do the bootrec commands the first two report success but the last (bcd) says there is no windows installation. Anyone know what i could do to resolve this?

    Some background info: i uograded my hard drive and imaged the old one with r-drive image program and restored it to new drive so i have all my settings and games installed still. Initially it worked but now its not, although i cant remember if i did something to cause it not to...

    Thanks for your help in advance. Ste

    did you ever figure this out??? i got the exact same issue.
    Reply to c$$
  6. I am trying to fix that blinking cursor issue also. When I do those steps listed out, I get "This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows" after I hit next when selecting the OS I want to repair (Windows 7, 64 bit on a MacBook Pro). Any tips?
    Reply to dme
  7. dme said:
    I am trying to fix that blinking cursor issue also. When I do those steps listed out, I get "This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows" after I hit next when selecting the OS I want to repair (Windows 7, 64 bit on a MacBook Pro). Any tips?

    You will be getting that error due to an incompatible CD.
    For example, I have 4 PC's at my place (2 Laptops and 2 Desktops) I am running 2x OEM 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium, 1x OEM Win 7 64 bit Professional and lastly a 32bit Win7 HP OEM for my media center. If I use my 32 bit disc on a 64 bit installation it wont work. If i use my 64 bit professional disc on a 64 bit Home edition it wont work. There are work arounds and if you think this might be happening a bit more often then I suggest looking up how to make a windows 7 universal disc (Like the old vista ones). You need both a 64 bit and a 32 bit iso which are modified a bit to allow the installation of any of HP, Pro or Ult. Once both iso's are universal you need to merge them so you can install both 64 bit and 32 bit software. Google it for more info of follow this guide: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/85813-windows-7-universal-installation-disc-create.html
    Hope this helps!
    Reply to djjodav
  8. ptolomy_was_right said:
    Fixed! Peroblem was I think using OEM, which Bootcamp advise against using... they advise to use retail only. Fixed like this:

    1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start your computer.
    2. Hold down Option key till all available disks are displayed and select DVD. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then 4. click Next.
    5. Click Repair your computer.
    6. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    7.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    Type (these commands are safe)
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    Code: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
    *Press ENTER after each command.*
    *Restart your computer.*

    Done. Rockin'



    The command Bootrec.exe /FixBoot didn't work but after I rebooted it showed the black screen with cursor for a few moments and then it started up windows 7..

    Thnx dude!
    Reply to Mac_Mini_4Life
  9. Hi. My macbook pro 2009 has a faulty dvd rom, so i have installed win 7 by USB. It doesnt pop up on the boot menu when i reboot and hold down option key. How can i repair the windows after it is installed then?

    My computer gets the black screen for maybe a minute and the fans go berserk. Then i get the log on window and everything is fast. The fans graduatly slows down.

    Ive got a ssd, so it should be fast...

    Thanks in advance
    Reply to Magnusrm
  10. ptolomy_was_right said:
    Fixed! Peroblem was I think using OEM, which Bootcamp advise against using... they advise to use retail only. Fixed like this:

    1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start your computer.
    2. Hold down Option key till all available disks are displayed and select DVD. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then 4. click Next.
    5. Click Repair your computer.
    6. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    7.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    Type (these commands are safe)
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    Code: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
    *Press ENTER after each command.*
    *Restart your computer.*

    Done. Rockin'


    You Simply rock buddy...
    Reply to darshan0104
  11. steveyg777 said:
    Hi, i have a macbook pro 17" pre unibody aluminium.
    Ive got the same problem. I havent tried leaving it for a few minutes to see if it will go onto boot up further yer but when i have gone to use the recovery feature on my windows 7 ultimate install disc (volume license) my install is detected as vista business edition!? And consequently it says i cant repair this installation cos its not the right installation. When i use the command prompt to do the bootrec commands the first two report success but the last (bcd) says there is no windows installation. Anyone know what i could do to resolve this?

    Some background info: i uograded my hard drive and imaged the old one with r-drive image program and restored it to new drive so i have all my settings and games installed still. Initially it worked but now its not, although i cant remember if i did something to cause it not to...

    Thanks for your help in advance. Ste


    Has anyone solved this? I am having the same issue. It is a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. After the installation completes, I get the blinking cursor. Attempting to repair it, I get the message "This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows". This despite the fact that I'm using the same disc that I just used to install it.

    Pulling my hair out over this. Any ideas?
    Reply to Zachariah Delventhal
  12. Thanks Ptolomy for these commands - helped me out quite a bit!

    As for some of the issues for not having access to the command prompt:
    Ran into this same issue with the 64 bit version of Windows (worked with the 32 bit version...).

    Found this link that worked for me http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/682-command-prompt-startup.html - basically once you have booted up from the installation disc, on the first screen that pops up to choose language, etc, simply press shift+F10 (or shift+fn+F10) which brings you right into the command prompt.

    My next step if it would not have worked would have been to create a System Repair Disc from my windows installation to use as the boot disc.

    Good Luck!

    Guillaume

    Zachariah Delventhal said:
    steveyg777 said:
    Hi, i have a macbook pro 17" pre unibody aluminium.
    Ive got the same problem. I havent tried leaving it for a few minutes to see if it will go onto boot up further yer but when i have gone to use the recovery feature on my windows 7 ultimate install disc (volume license) my install is detected as vista business edition!? And consequently it says i cant repair this installation cos its not the right installation. When i use the command prompt to do the bootrec commands the first two report success but the last (bcd) says there is no windows installation. Anyone know what i could do to resolve this?

    Some background info: i uograded my hard drive and imaged the old one with r-drive image program and restored it to new drive so i have all my settings and games installed still. Initially it worked but now its not, although i cant remember if i did something to cause it not to...

    Thanks for your help in advance. Ste


    Has anyone solved this? I am having the same issue. It is a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. After the installation completes, I get the blinking cursor. Attempting to repair it, I get the message "This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows". This despite the fact that I'm using the same disc that I just used to install it.

    Pulling my hair out over this. Any ideas?
    Reply to guigagnon
  13. ptolomy_was_right said:
    Fixed! Peroblem was I think using OEM, which Bootcamp advise against using... they advise to use retail only. Fixed like this:

    1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start your computer.
    2. Hold down Option key till all available disks are displayed and select DVD. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then 4. click Next.
    5. Click Repair your computer.
    6. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    7.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    Type (these commands are safe)
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    Code: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
    *Press ENTER after each command.*
    *Restart your computer.*

    Done. Rockin'

    SAVED THE DAY! THIS WORKS
    Reply to mayflower88
  14. Type (these commands are safe)
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    Code: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
    *Press ENTER after each command.*
    *Restart your computer.*

    Done. Rockin'

    This solution worked. Thanks a lot!
    Reply to bondwiz22
  15. ptolomy_was_right said:
    Fixed! Peroblem was I think using OEM, which Bootcamp advise against using... they advise to use retail only. Fixed like this:

    1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start your computer.
    2. Hold down Option key till all available disks are displayed and select DVD. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then 4. click Next.
    5. Click Repair your computer.
    6. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    7.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    Type (these commands are safe)
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    Code: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
    *Press ENTER after each command.*
    *Restart your computer.*

    Done. Rockin'


    Thanks! Worked a treat!
    Reply to bucko391
  16. ptolomy_was_right said:
    Fixed! Peroblem was I think using OEM, which Bootcamp advise against using... they advise to use retail only. Fixed like this:

    1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start your computer.
    2. Hold down Option key till all available disks are displayed and select DVD. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then 4. click Next.
    5. Click Repair your computer.
    6. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    7.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    Type (these commands are safe)
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    Code: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
    *Press ENTER after each command.*
    *Restart your computer.*

    Done. Rockin'


    Worked like a charm, thank you!
    Reply to mmoretto
  17. ptolomy_was_right said:
    Fixed! Peroblem was I think using OEM, which Bootcamp advise against using... they advise to use retail only. Fixed like this:

    1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start your computer.
    2. Hold down Option key till all available disks are displayed and select DVD. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then 4. click Next.
    5. Click Repair your computer.
    6. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    7.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.


    Type (these commands are safe)
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    Code: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
    *Press ENTER after each command.*
    *Restart your computer.*

    Done. Rockin'



    I Tried this. Got to "press any key to boot from CD/DVD" and it won't recognize when i press a key. Just stays on that screen then suddenly boots windows after about 30 seconds?
    Reply to PeteNZ
  18. There are more chances that your system in crash position. So reboot it and install a antivirus. So that next time you will not face these types of problems in future.
    And the best suggestion is goto near harware shop he will charge some money and he will let you what is the main issue at there.

    And if you are student & looking for great carrer then hardware & networking may be a great option for you. if you are intrested in this training then request a brochure: http://www.koenig-solutions.com/Free-Brochure.aspx
    Reply to michaelwarne
  19. ptolomy_was_right said:
    Fixed! Peroblem was I think using OEM, which Bootcamp advise against using... they advise to use retail only. Fixed like this:

    1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start your computer.
    2. Hold down Option key till all available disks are displayed and select DVD. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then 4. click Next.
    5. Click Repair your computer.
    6. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    7.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    Type (these commands are safe)
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    Code: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    Code: Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
    *Press ENTER after each command.*
    *Restart your computer.*

    Done. Rockin'


    UR AWESOME BRO IT WORKED
    Reply to Okazakikirito
  20. Can't get past step two! nothing happens when I press 'any key'. Tried with USB mac keyboard and USB Windows/dell keyboard, none of them working. I'm on iMac late '09 2.66ghz 10.8.5. Any suggesions? Sorry for pulling up old thread from the ground. /quotemsg]
    Reply to Fapmaster2k
  21. I had this problem the other day and it booted after a few minutes. I rebooted it then and no problem. Today the same problem but no boot after waiting. I unplugged my zip drive from usb and it booted instantly. Glad it booted and hope it's okay. My zip drive as always been plugged in though. I installed mysql the other day, could that have anything to do with it?
    Reply to Ianabc
  22. when u mean by holding option key and select DVD u mean selecting my windows installer disc? and then i dn get the point for the press a key when you are prompted :(
    Reply to RonnieTan
  23. RonnieTan said:
    when u mean by holding option key and select DVD u mean selecting my windows installer disc? and then i dn get the point for the press a key when you are prompted :(


    You just press f2 or f8 or your bios setting key (will be displayed in boot screen)
    And select boot from hard disk because blinking under score is because of change in boot from -disk

    Think it will help u
    Reply to PRAFULLA CHANDRA
  24. Macs don't have a BIOS. You don't press F2 or F8 to boot from a DVD - as already stated, you hold down the option key on boot to get a boot menu.
    Reply to McHenryB
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