4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2013 11:55 AM by Ask H
Ask H Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello! I am using bootcamp on my mac mini, but when the computer restarted on the windows side, i get a black screen with the message "Remove disks or other media. Press any key to restart". But when I press the keys on my keybord nothing happens. Why? I tried to eject the windows instalation disk, but it didn't make any difference. What am I supposed to do?

Mac mini
  • 1. Re: Bootcamp problems
    Ask H Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried to restart by holding down the boot key on the mac, but now I get black screen with the message "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key". It seems like the keyboard is not recognized by the computer or something.

  • 2. Re: Bootcamp problems
    Ask H Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Also it's worth to note that I am using an external disk drive that is not made by apple. I have tried to reboot many times now, but I always get either the "Remove disk..." error or the "no bootable device..." one. Seriously, I need help with this!! I know about the option key while startup, so I am not stuck like many other people with this problem. I just want bootcamp to work! Help!

  • 3. Re: Bootcamp problems
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    Don't need to be worried about buying and using "Apple" device, you do though have to limit what is connected during install, and the partition type of the drive (not just FAT or HFS)\


    Apple has posted a workaround for a problem installing Windows 7 from an external DVD drive on the new MacBook Air (referred to as "Mid 2013") using Boot Camp. The symptoms include Windows booting into a black screen and error messages. The workaround is not the same as those for similar problems with other Mac models that we have previously reported.

    When installing Windows 7 using the Boot Camp Assistant, users may see a black screen or one of the following error messages:

    • "Press any key to boot to CD or DVD"
    • "CDBOOT: Couldn't find BOOTMGR"
    • "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition."

    The workaround involves booting the Mac back into OS X, deleting the Boot Camp partition with the Boot Camp Assistant, and recreating a Boot Camp partition while a USB storage device is connected to a USB port. The USB devices needs to be freshly erased and formatted as MS-DOS (FAT) using Disk Utility.

    This is the important (and odd) part: Apple specifies that the reinstallation must be done with the DVD drive connected to the USB port on the right side of the MacBook Air (Mid 2013), and with the USB storage device connected to the left-side USB port.


    Boot Camp: Windows installation boots to black screen with blinking cursor

    The Windows installation may boot to a black screen with a blinking cursor. This can occur if you use a USB optical drive or USB Flash drive for the Windows installation and another USB device is also connected to the computer.


    When using a USB optical or Flash drive to install Windows, disconnect all other USB devices from the computer except for the USB Windows install media, keyboard, and mouse.Follow these steps if you encounter this issue.
    1. Press and hold the power button to shutdown the computer.
    2. Remove all USB devices except for the Windows installation media, keyboard, and mouse.
    3. Turn your computer on again and immediately hold down the Option key until you see a screen from which you can choose your startup drive.
    4. Select the Windows install media to start the Windows installation process.

    Additional Information

    If you have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2012) computer, additional steps are required to successfully install Windows 8. See this article for details.


    After installing the Boot Camp Support Software on a MacBook Air (Mid 2012), Microsoft Windows 8 may not start, or may start with a low screen resolution (VGA) .


    1. Press and hold the power button until your Mac turns off.
    2. Press the power button to turn it back on.
    3. When you hear the startup chime, hold down the Option key until your disk volumes appear in Startup Manager.
    4. Double-click your OS X volume (named Macintosh HD by default).
    5. After OS X starts, from the Apple () menu, choose Software Update.
    6. The Mac App store should appear with a list of available updates.  Download and install the MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.6 or later, or manually install it from Apple Support Downloads.


    When using Boot Camp 5 and Windows 8 on a iMac (Mid 2011), keyboard screen brightness controls (F1 and F2) might not change the screen brightness.


    Instead, use the Settings Charm to control the screen brightness in Windows 8:
    1. Position the cursor in the upper-right or lower-right hand corner of the screen.
    2. When the Charms appear, click Settings.
    3. A brightness icon appears in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.  Use it to control the screen's brightness.
  • 4. Re: Bootcamp problems
    Ask H Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much!! This solved everything. Great to have people like you on the forums=)