I am not really sure why you would want to install Windows 8.1 without BootCamp.
The USB stick needs to be a little bigger than the .iso file you are going to be burning. It doesn't matter if there is any data on it, this will totally erase the whole thing.
Steps To Achieve Victory
Download the ISO you want to use
Open Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities)...
Background and explanations
Please read all of this post at least once from start to finish before taking any action.
All MacBook Pros from 2011 have a serious design defect. The thermal management and the generated heat together with the robustness of the discrete AMD graphics chips do not match up very well. Apple knew this and acted like a typical ...
I’m going to jump out on a limb here and make the assumption that you’re probably a Chrome user and before you went away you updated Chrome.
If so, you're probably the victim of a Chrome updater bug and your issues are not related to your Apple hardware nor a bug with macOS.
NOTE: If you're running Mac OS X El Capitan or later and have not disabled SIP, ...
You don't need to boot into OSX to change the default boot system ...
Hold down the Option key when booting, and when you see the system choices
Select your desired default boot device, then hover mouse over the up-arrow ↑
Hold down the Ctrl key and you should see the ↑ icon change to a "power on" icon
Left click on that "power icon" and that system will ...
No, your Mac is not possessed. And Yes, it’s trying to tell you something!
A looping three beeps in between three seconds during startup is your iMac’s way of telling you that the operating system you’re trying to boot into is incompatible with your Mac hardware.
In other words, the Snow Leopard disc you’re trying to boot from contains a version of Snow ...
If your host system is OS X, you can follow the instructions on: http://ntk.me/2012/09/07/os-x-on-os-x/
- Install OS X.app purchased in Mac App Store
- Operating System Version: Mac OS X (64 bit)
- Base Memory: 2048 MB (larger is better)
- Enable EFI
In the lastest VirtualBox, all the default settings work well. ...
Depending on your Mac Pro the following OSs should run (or not). I didn't include every Mac Pro ever sold, but I tried to list major development steps ( e.g different EFI-architectures 32bit->64 bit):
MacPro1,1 MacPro3,1 MacPro5,1* MacPro6,1
1. FreeDOS +/- uc uc uc
2. Windows 95 - ...
You might try resetting the pram on your mac.
I understand that startup disk settings are stored there.
If the disk is bootable on other Macs, it stands to reason that it should boot on this one.
You can reset the pram by doing the following:
Shut down the Mac.
Locate the following four keys: option,
command, p and r. You'll need them in the next step. ...
Before you're able to create a bootable OS X installer, you'll need to do the following first:
Download the OS X Installer app from the Mac App Store.
Mount the volume you want to convert into a bootable installer. This could be removable media such as a USB flash drive, or a secondary internal partition.
You can then use the createinstallmedia tool to ...
Bootcamp can create a USB for PC. Just only check the "Create a Windows 7 or later version install disk" checkbox. A similar question from How to create a Windows 7 installation USB from OS X? shows that Bootcamp has the "ability to create install USBs" for Windows.
The command sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ will force-disable all launch daemons in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ and add respective entries in a disabled.plist. The command – entered accidentally – doesn't affect the "unforced" load state of a system daemon but overrides any existing state (loaded/unloaded). Removing the disabled....
An improved procedure for installing Windows 7 can be found at Installing Windows 7 Pro 64 bit without DVD or Flash Drive
The updated steps, for installing Windows 8.1 using the procedure given below, can be found here.
My hardware and software differs from yours. I will first document how I tested my answer and then try to adapt the answer ...
It cannot be done in hardware
Mac OS 10.0 through 10.3 only run on PowerPC machines. 10.4 and 10.5 could run on both (10.4 had separate versions for the two platforms, but 10.5 used a unified install). 10.6 and later can only run on Intel CPUs. Thus, there is no computer in existence that can run both 10.3 and 10.6. Also, 10.7 only supports 64-bit Intel ...
Your friend has no idea what he's talking about. You don't even need to use a Linux disc - you can use single user mode or a Mac OS X install disc to copy things or make changes to the filesystem.
To prevent someone from booting into single user mode or from an unauthorized disc or external drive, your friend can set a firmware password. However, this, too, ...
You can try this but please make sure you backup first:
Boot to single-user mode, hold down the command (i.e. cloverleaf or Apple) and "s" keys as the system begins to boot.
To Debug, Repair, Force (and fix errors automatically)
/sbin/fsck_hfs -drfy /dev/disk0s2
To scan for bad blocks:
/sbin/fsck_hfs -S /dev/disk0s2
Assuming disk0s2 is the one you are ...
You can try to force fsck_hfs to rebuild the catalog by running
fsck_hfs -Rc -d /dev/disk0s2
or (if you want to avoid having to answer the prompts)
fsck_hfs -y -Rc -d /dev/disk0s2
Of course this will only fix logical damages and keep failing if the disk itself is damaged.
I've found a way:
Enable Select boot device at startup in the virtual machine
After the startup of the VM press any key to enter the boot device menu
Select Boot Maintenance Manager
Select Boot from file
Search your recovery volume (usually it's the 2nd one listed)
Select boot efi
In Yosemite the mouse ...
You must disable System Integrity Projection.
Restart the computer, while booting hold down Command-R to boot into
Once booted, navigate to the “Utilities > Terminal” in the top menu bar.
Enter csrutil disable in the terminal window and hit the return key.
Restart the machine and System Integrity Protection will now be disabled.
I found the answer to my charging problem in another question:
Please make sure to upvote the answer I linked.
Short version: yank the cord forcefully and horizontally out of the notebook. Repeat it a couple of times, until the orange light starts and it starts charging. Visit the link for more information.
This is an older post, but I came across it today and figured I'd share what I found.
The 'bless' command seems to make this work. First make sure the disk is mounted, find out which folder it is mounted to, and:
sudo bless --folder <mount_path> -label <desired_label>
sudo bless --folder "/Volumes/Mac OS X Lion Install ESD" -...
The best you can do is set a firmware password in hopes that someone won't change the boot options stored in NVRAM or let the keyboard select an alternate software to boot and bypass your administrative passwords.
Older macs use Open Firmware to enforce this password, newer ones use EFI Password to prevent booting into single user mode.
Physical access ...
If you find no option to select your external USB drive as an ISO target - are instead directed to install on your repartitioned hard drive immediately - open the info.plist and add your model identifier to the following:
I have done this many times since I posted this question.
Create usb stick like this:
sudo dd if=/<path to iso file>/<name of iso file> of=/<path to usb stick> bs=32768 conv=notrunc,noerror,sync
Put the USB stick into your Mac and press the power button while holding down Command ⌘+Option+O+F
At the prompt, type the following:
Solved: Booted to Single-User mode and disabled Radeon GPU.
Details of investigation:
Initially I suspected hard-drive corruption and went about trying to remedy that. Unsuccessfully, I tried the following, with each continuing to hang as described above:
Boot into recovery (including Internet Recovery)
Boot from install media on USB drive
From: Boot Camp: Set the default operating system
After installing Windows, you can set the default operating system.
Set the default operating system in OS X
In OS X, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Startup Disk.
Select the startup disk with the default operating system you want to use.
If you want to start up using ...
I will answer my own question. Since I had a lot of trouble creating Live USBs on Ubuntu and Mac and wanted to dig a bit deeper into the subject and will also list the output of the successful partition schemes.
Download .iso from here under "stable releases". If unsure, chose the 32bit-Version.
Put a USB stick in the slot and look into Disk Utility for its ...
I was having the same issue, this is how I fixed it.
As we are not able to get to Single User Recovery Mode by using the key sequence, Command + R + S at startup to run csrutil disable, it is not taking you to Single User Mode.
Start by booting the computer in standard Single User Mode using Command + S. Once you are at the command-line, run the following ...