Black screen after Bootcamp 3 install

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ndriver182, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. ndriver182 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    I decided I was going to install XP on a bootcamp partition tonight and everything went fine until I installed the Bootcamp 3 software. After installing the Bootcamp drivers the machine rebooted and I ended up with a black screen in Windows. I did hear the XP welcome music so I figured it was a display driver issue. I rebooted into safe mode and deleted the ATI 4850 driver and restarted. After removing the bootcamp driver everything was normal again other than the fact that I only had the default Windows drivers running.

    What am I doing wrong? I installed XP off of an XP disc with SP2 already on it and ran the Bootcamp install off the Snow Leopard disc. Finally, not sure if this matters, I am running one of the new i7 iMacs.
  2. moviebrain macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Short answer: you didn't do anything wrong, and sometimes it happens.

    It happened to me the first time w/ bootcamp 3 and I have a MBP with an nVidia chipset.

    I would suggest going to ATi's website and downloading the latest drivers from them. It should fix your problem.
  3. brisbaneguy29 macrumors 6502


    Nov 27, 2007
  4. ndriver182 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    Ok I'm at a loss. None of those suggestions worked.

    I downloaded the ATI drivers and booted into safe mode to delete the ATI driver that was there. Restarted normally into Windows and ran the driver installer. Towards the end of the install it just randomly restarted, which I thought was weird, but let it do its thing. Windows started to load and got the black screen again when Windows opened, but could still hear the welcome chime and the stupid little pop-up sounds from the warning balloons telling me about missing drivers, etc.

    I booted into safe mode w/command prompt to try the second method listed above, but in the drivers directory there was no file called atikmdag.sys.... maybe this is a Windows7 only method?
  5. ndriver182 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007

    Found a random thread that suggested using the drivers from the iMac's install disc as opposed to the retail Snow Leopard disc. What do you know... feel kind dumb when you realize it was that easy.

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