14 Replies Latest reply: Mar 2, 2013 8:43 PM by stevec1234
stevec1234 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

OK, it seems clear to me that bootcamp does not work. I have attempted to install windows 7 via bootcamp on a late 2012, 27" inch 1TB fusion drive iMac. I have following the instructions via the guide to the letter. The installation will not start. After the bootcamp assistant windows installation reboot the following is displayed "No bottable device -- insert boot disk and press any key".

 

And yes, the USB key, formated and prepared by the Bootcamp assisant has been inserted. It just will not boot off the thing.

 

Bottom line - bootcamp is not working as documented and needs to be fixed by apple.


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    sjar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Boot off the windows installation disc

  • 2. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    stevec1234 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tried, doesn't work. Now I'm stuck with yet another non removal bootcamp partition. PS - It your refering to the install CD/DVD, my iMac does not have an optical drive.

  • 3. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    Alex Jameson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi Steve

     

    I,ve just installed bootcamp on recently purchased 21.5 imac 1TB hard drive but I was using an SAMSUNG optical drive (TSST corp CDDVDW SE-208DB USB device) {Bought at computerorbit for £27.14}. One time I got the error, you did, this was using the full three options ticked inside the bootcamp software; in other words I had an ISO on disc and 8-ish GB pen drive to receive the windows stuff and bootcamp stuff. Of course with one optical drive could not do all three options simultaneously so put bootcamp software on CD-ROM disc somewhere in this procedure. After the error tried two options and the pen drive would not load and therefore could not continue until I used a DL disc (This is what worked for me without having to resort to actually using the loaded pen drive; as yet).

  • 4. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

    stevec1234 wrote:

     

     

    Bottom line - bootcamp is not working as documented and needs to be fixed by apple.

    Unfortunately it works for me and thousands of others,

  • 5. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    Tomtim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can we get specific? OK, among the thousands of others for whom "it" has worked, per Csound1, has anyone on earth gotten Bootcamp 4.0 to install and function correctly on a late 2012 27-inch iMac, either by using an external CD/DVD drive or by using USB drives?  AppleCare told me unequivocally 2 days ago that it will not work yet; they are busy solving the problem; and it will take more than an OS-X revision to fix it, probably a firmware revision.  (I would love to hear news to the contrary, because I really need Bootcamp.)

  • 6. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

    Some users report problems with Fusion drives.

     

    Why are you using BC4, Mountain Lion comes with BC5

  • 7. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    Tomtim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Good point, thanks, my typo. BC5 it is.  And Fusion drive.

  • 8. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

    All I can advise is to return your Mac to a single OSX Partition (using Boot Camp), print and read the directions and start again, it is working for many users (but not with the 3Tb drive)

  • 9. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    stevec1234 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am now pleased to report that I (finally) got bootcamp working on my 27 inch, 1TB, fusion drive equipment iMac. (after much pulling of hair and knashing of teeth ).

     

    I used a USB drive, configured by Bootcamp to install windows 7. I did run into a few problems, so the following might be useful:

    • I tried with a 16g USB3 'thumb drive', the thing would not boot (no boot device found..)
    • I went and purchased an 8gb USB2 'thumb drive' and success - (it was a Sony stick)
    • I could not remove the bootcamp partition with the bootcamp assistant, nor could it be removed with Disk Utility or Drive Genius. Had to 'unfuse' and 'refuse the drive' and copy all the data back - took hours

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    Not sure if the new USB3 iMacs have an issue booting with USB3 media or not, but it didn't work for me (although I also tried booting from other USB2 sticks - not bootcamp though).

     

    I also understand that bootcamp cannot be install via an external optical drive, although I haven't tried. Also the 3TB drive is, as yet, unsupported for bootcamp (I note you have a 1TB like me).

     

    BE SURE TO BACK UP YOUR DRIVE IF YOU HAVE TO 'UNFUSE' - ALL DATA WILL BE DESTROYED.

     

    I also tried Windows 8, without success (although it should be noted this is not yet supported).

     

    Hope this helps.

  • 10. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

    Well done, and thanks for posting your method.

  • 11. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    stevec1234 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Danmn near drove me mad!!

  • 12. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,455 points)

    You got there ....

  • 13. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    Sean C. Carter Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)

    Did you encounter any USB driver issues after installing Windows 7?  Everything is smooth sailing for me on an identical speced iMac up to the point where I install the Apple Windows Support drivers and restart.  USB is dead at that point.

  • 14. Re: Bootcamp does not work
    stevec1234 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Did you encounter any USB driver issues after installing Windows 7?

    Not that I have noticed, I installed the apple windows drivers from USB OK (Haven't tried USB3 though).