1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 14, 2013 12:28 PM by The hatter
yakman106 Level 1 Level 1

I have the portable disc drive with my mac pro w/retina.  Trying to load windows 8.1 with bootcamp but this is my first hrudle.  Finding conflicting info. depending on where I look.

MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9

    And you don't link to or mention those?


    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.

    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 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.




    Workaround for Installing Windows 7 on new MacBook Air

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    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.


    Mac 101: Using Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp




    Helpful Apple Support Resources (Forum Overview)

    Boot Camp Support 

    Boot Camp Manuals

    Boot Camp 5.0 Drivers


    Frequently asked question





    create a Windows support software (drivers) CD or USB storage media



    The Boot Camp Assistant can burn Boot Camp software (drivers) to a DVD or copy it to a USB storage device, such as a flash drive or hard drive. These are the only media you can use to install Boot Camp software.





    Instructions for all features and settings.

    Boot Camp 4.0 FAQ

    Get answers to commonly asked Boot Camp questions.

    Windows 7 FAQ

    Answers to commonly asked Windows 7 questions.


    Macs that work with 64-bit editions of Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7



    Some computers require Microsoft Windows 7



    FAQ: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3986

    Option = Mac boot device manager to select where to boot from

    x = attempt boot Mac OS X if possible



    iMac displays a black screen during installation of Windows 7


    Boot Camp Assistant: Install Windows on Mac worked like a charm very first time.

    Use the Boot Camp Assistant, not Disk Utility, to set up your drive. You will need to start with one partition (not including the 10.8 recovery partition, that's different). **** near everyone I know that's had serious issues with getting BC set up was NOT using the Boot Camp Assistant, and therefore their drive was not properly set up.

    Windows 7 SP1 x64 .iso file, in my case, was located on the desktop of the Retina MBP, as I'd placed it there earlier.

    Plug >4GB USB stick in one of the USB slots. Mine was a USB 2 stick.

    After making sure that I had a network connection, I left all three checkboxes checked. The Boot Camp Assistant recognized both my USB stick and the iso image on its own.

    After building the install iso on the stick (pretty slow process), it then downloaded the drivers from Apple and saved those to the stick. This required authentication.

    It then let me choose the size of the partition, partitioned the drive and rebooted to the USB stick. I've seen this fail if you have two USB sticks plugged in for some reason.

    Once it rebooted into the installer, I was eventually presented with a list of partition. Per the documentation, I selected the one named 'BOOTCAMP' and reformatted it NTFS. Once it finished that, the install did it's thing.

    Really, it was that simple, and pretty much the same process for every other machine I have ever needed to run Windows on. I have heard stories of people having problems when using drives (especially SSDs) that were not factory standard.