Having recently decided to invest in some additional video capture and editing software, it became apparent that much of the markets leading tools were still stuck in the dark ages, supporting a Windows only environment. A few years ago this may have resulted in yet another device to clutter my now streamlined setup, in one of many shades of grey, that I would no doubt need to rebuild at least 4 times in the first 3 weeks, and then at least twice a year thereafter to keep the little bastard going.
Alas this is 2011, and Microsoft and Apple have come out of the closet and admitted that they share a common bond with Madame Intel, and as such, were prepared to play nicely together in order to both continue to suckle on her ample bosom. To do this, Apple have included in all new OSX software updates a very clean and simple application called bootcamp. After firing this up you are asked to select the disk space you are prepared to commit to Windows, and instructed to insert the installation disc and restart the machine, returning 45 minutes later to find out what Big Bill and the gang have done with your wonderfully simple OS. All sounds good so far….
The slight issue, that was not in the quick guide, trouble shoot, known error, or I would like to keep my customer happy Bible, is that the strained relationship between Sick Steve and Big Bill actually spills into their software as well. Instead of the hazy blue vista and swirling load icons I expected to see, if you run a 21.5″ iMac (2010 Release), you will undoubtedly find a black screen of death, possibly with a blinking cursor in the top left hand corner. After many restarts, clearances and re-installs, traulling across the net to find some logical explanation, I finally found a like minded sufferer, who was yet to employ the Holiest of tech fixes…. the claw hammer. It turns out that bootcamp does not in fact install the graphics, display, keyboard, mouse, or speaker drivers to the Windows partition in advance. Instead, you are teased through the installation running natively in the bios, and on the third installation are treated to the black screen of misery and frustration. The fix, after 12 hours of troubleshooting is actually very simple, but entirely unnecessary, and lazy on Apple’s behalf to not include this as standard.
You must go to the following link, and accept and download the attached drivers. Once complete, FAT32 format either an SD Card, or USB stick, making the volume a Master Boot Record from the options menu, naming the volume MBRFAT. In this you must place the “Drivers” and “AutoUnattend.xml” from the iMac_Late_2009_2010_ Win7_Drivers folder. Now run Bootcamp, and insert your Windows CD.
Voila, the card will be read on the 3rd restart and the drivers installed, finally allowing you to complete the installation and enjoy using Windows on your Mac.
Written through Windows, on a Mac, finally…