First, I'm not sure it's possible to install the Windows 7 operating system over a shared network drive although I'm not that familiar with the ways of MAC.
Instead, we do a simple, temporary hardware change by removing the DVD/CD drive from one computer, then swap it into the machine where the install will take place. It takes a few minutes to perform the procedure and guarantees the installation will be correctly done. When we're done, we swap the drive back again.
Of course, the best solution is to replace the DVD/CD drive with a new one that works.. They're fairly cheap.
Hope this helps.
I own a late 2008 15" MacBook Pro and I am running both Macintosh and Windows XP (using Boot camp). I am trying to install Windows 7 but unfortunately my DVD Drive has gone south (keeps ejecting CDs and stuff, so it needs fixing or replacing). I have two other computers that are connected to my network and I heard I can use either one's DVD drive as my own.
On my Desktop Computer, I right clicked the DVD-ROM then properties and then I enabled sharing. I inserted Windows 7's DVD and it ran just fine. However, I don't want to continue the process due to one problem, of course my computer will need to restart in order to continue the installation, but how am I going to still be connected to my other computer's DVD drive after I restart? Which means it will not detect LAN except if I go into Macintosh or Windows.
I hope you understood what I mean. And what I meant was, after the computer restarts, it'll probably not be connected to the internet/network anymore until I boot into an Operating System.
Any ideas or solutions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot in advance.