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 www.apple.com/support/downloads. 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 docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303880 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!
Sorry I did check that as well. There are no firmware updates for the 2011 macbook pros. (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1237)
My Firmware version is:
Boot ROM Version: MBP81.0047.B04
SMC Version (system): 1.69f1
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
Bootcamp downloaded some files that it transfered to a empty USB drive. I had both the USB pendrive with the windows support files and the external DVD drive connected during boot but it did nothing. Looking through the files bootcamp download they look more like drivers to install in windows once it's installed.
Are they other drivers I should be using to enable the windows install to launch?
The SSD drive is a Corsair Performance 3 64GB. OSX is installed on the SSD and the 500 GB HDD that came with the Macbook Pro has a 100 GB Windows Bootcamp partition and a ~390GB HFS partition. OSX runs great on the SSD drive and I've pointed the home directory to the HFS partition on the normal HDD. The external DVD drive is the SuperDrive that came with the Macbook but in an external USB case that came with the MCE Optibay.
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
The iMac boot files didn't help.
I also got Windows 7 on a USB (via the official MS Window 7 USB install creator) which boots on a PC but not the 2011 Macbook Pro. The USB Drive at least gets me a step farther. It displays and error that no bootable install was found and to insert a bootable drive and press any key to try again. It has a MBR instead of GUID but that should be the right.
I also tried rEFit via external DVD-Rom and USB drive but same issue.
The SSD drive is booting fine to OSX (where it's installed) but it's failing when I try to install Win7 to a partition on the HDD.
I'm at a loss right now. The only other thing I can think of is to unplug the SSD drive, install OSX on the HDD and then try to Bootcamp it.
Try to see if there are any recent sw or firmware updates for ur macosx & system.
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.
Apple just released a new firmware yesterday. They didn't note any issues with bootcamp in the release notes so I don't know if it will help or not. Tomorrow I will be trying to install again and see the firmware upgrade helped or if installing with just one drive helps. I will post my results once in tue next few days.
So I finally got it working. I tried switching the drives and disconnecting one while using an external CD-ROM. Nothing. The only way to install was to put the super-drive back inside the macbook with 1 internal hard drive and instal windows.
I was installing on the right HDD drive and not the SSD where OSX was install. I had to get the disk partitioned and setup with boot camp and when I got to the part to restart to boot into windows. I clicked ok, turned the computer off, moved the CD-ROM inside the macbook with the HDD drive, installed windows then swapped the cd-rom for the SSD. It all boots fine now I just would hate to have to reinstall windows again.
Thanks everyone for your advice and help.
PS i marked the wrong answer correct and it wont let me change it so sorry.
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.