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!
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 cursorThe 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.
ResolutionWhen 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.
- Press and hold the power button to shutdown the computer.
- Remove all USB devices except for the Windows installation media, keyboard, and mouse.
- 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.
- Select the Windows install media to start the Windows installation process.
Additional InformationIf you have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2012) computer, additional steps are required to successfully install Windows 8. See this article for details.
SymptomsAfter 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) .
- Press and hold the power button until your Mac turns off.
- Press the power button to turn it back on.
- When you hear the startup chime, hold down the Option key until your disk volumes appear in Startup Manager.
- Double-click your OS X volume (named Macintosh HD by default).
- After OS X starts, from the Apple () menu, choose Software Update.
- 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.
SymptomsWhen 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.
ResolutionInstead, use the Settings Charm to control the screen brightness in Windows 8:
- Position the cursor in the upper-right or lower-right hand corner of the screen.
- When the Charms appear, click Settings.
- A brightness icon appears in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Use it to control the screen's brightness.