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Bootcamp displays black screen on reboot instead of launching the installer

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I have a Macbook Pro (early 2011) and I replaced the super drive for an SSD drive. When I try to install window 7 with bootcamp 3.0.4 on the second drive it partitions it fine. When I reboot i hold option and select to install windows 7 from the external dvd drive. It changes to a black screen and doesn't start the windows installer. The DVD continues to spin for a minute or two then stops and nothing else happens.


I've google but nothing. The bootcamp FAQ says it supports installing on a second drive so it should be ok. I also reset the PRAM and SCM but it didn't help. Is there any logging or anything that can be checked for boot issues?



MacBook Pro, Windows 7
  • EpicSkillzMan Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    If Boot Camp Assistant won’t open because you haven’t updated your firmware or system software Boot Camp requires that you have Mac OS X v10.5 or later, and the latest firmware, installed on your computer. Some computers may require more than one firmware update.

    To update your computer’s system software:

    1 From the Apple menu, choose Software Update. 2 If an update for Mac OS X appears in the list, select it. 3 Click Install.

    To update your computer’s firmware:

    1 Go to 2 Search for the firmware updates for your computer.

    For example, search for “Mac mini firmware update.”

    Important: Some computers may require more than one firmware update. See for the current updates available for your computer.

    3 Download all applicable firmware update packages. 4 Open each package and follow the onscreen instructions.


    Hope this Helps!

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)

    Obviously 2011.


    there may be a tech note just for your system.



    By removing the optical drive you now are trying to use an external unit, like iwth MacBook Air which needs and has a set of drivers - and BCA automatically asks to download and install those to flash drive.


    Actually there are some gotchas with a 2nd device. Like some have had to unplug the data to one not being used for Windows.


    Also, some issues with the SATA3 connector in MBP 2011, too.

    Support for some 3rd party SSDs

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)

    There should be drivers, so that Windows can read from there and actually install those into Windows installer to be able to access the external USB DVD. Otherwise, it may not be able to.




    Yours sounds a bit like the iMac black screen article


    This is tip for MBAir

  • Mac_Win Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    It could be a support issue.  Apple is very picky on what SSDs it supports.  Did you install an Apple SSD or some other name brand SSD? There may not be any support fw for that particular SSD. Also, that configuration may not be supported (SSD + HDD)...that might be the real issue here.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)

    OS X may lack SSD support for some 3rd party.


    Dual SSD and SSD + HDD is supported and found in iMac

  • gommo Calculating status...

    Just wondering if anyone has had any luck with this issue? I would rather not have to remove my 2nd drive and put my superdrive back in (especially as the drive I would take out is where I want to install bootcamp )

  • Mac_Win Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Try to see if there are any recent sw or firmware updates for ur macosx & system.


    Try again


    Then if it still fails...


    Put it back to it's original hw configuration and see it installs like that.


    If it still fails with it's original configuration then return it to apple.


    Call up the ssd manufacturer and ask them if they support Bootcamp.


    Hope this helps.


    Also try connecting an external display to see if it comes up there.

  • gommo Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I had already updated the firmware yesterday, but I'll double check

  • dawsman_1 Calculating status...

    The reason you couldn't get Windows to install from an external USB optical drive is due to a limitation with the Macbook's firmware. I had the same problem with my mid-2010 iMac. As far as I know, only the Macbook Air firmware allows for booting a Windows installation disc from an external USB drive.


    Next time try this method, it will save you swapping out the drives:



    This worked on my iMac. There's a bit of danger associated with manually modifying the MBR, but as long as you follow the instructions properly you should be okay.


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