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I have changed my internal DVD with Crucial m4 SSD and I have put the DVD in to an external case.

I'm trying to update the SSD firmware and install Mavericks but I can't boot anything except MAC OS installation DVD.

I have tried to

  • boot the official Crucial update DVD: it hangs
  • install Windows 7: it hangs
  • install Windows 7 on bootcamp: it hangs on windows boot
  • install windows XP: it doesn't boot
  • boot Hirens 15.1: it boots Mini Windows XP, but I cannot start DOS programs

Also, I have reset the SMC and NVRAM, no success.

Any Ideas why I cannot boot anything else than MAC OS? What is wrong: the DVD drive, the EFI or something else?

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  • You say it hangs, but how long did you wait for installation before terminate ? I had a similar problem: the installation was stopped saying 1 second before proceed (seemed to be hanged). I had to wait for half an hour and finally, the installation process rebooted and continued.
    – lauhub
    Dec 2, 2013 at 13:18
  • Then I see the "press any key to boot from DVD ..." I press any key and it hangs .. I was waiting for it for 5 minutes and no progress .. When I try to boot the Crucial update CD when the linux kernel starts loading it freezes after several loading dots (Loading vmlinuz.gz ..........)
    – HackMan
    Dec 2, 2013 at 15:23
  • Any ideas anyone ?
    – HackMan
    Dec 3, 2013 at 9:05
  • Did you check your DVD ? Did you try to make a bootable USB drive ? Are you SSD and other drives without errors ? Which model do you have ? Is it compatible with Mavericks ?
    – lauhub
    Dec 3, 2013 at 13:02

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