Bootcamp doesn't like my external DAC

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by hova, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. hova, Nov 25, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2013

    hova macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    I have a USB Hub hooked up to my Macbook. Every time i tried booting into Windows 7 via Bootcamp it would freeze when i had my USB hub plugged in. Eventually through trial and error i figured out that the problem is with my external DAC that i have plugged into the USB hub.
    Is there maybe something i can do without having to constantly unplug the DAC when i want to switch to windows?
    In the meantime i will try to disable audio stuff in windows to see if it work.
    EDIT: That didn't work either. I think there is something with bootcamp where it might get confused with the external DAC or something
  2. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2012
    It's likely a combination of Boot Camp and hardware conflict with certain chipsets used in the hardware component. You didn't mention the model year of your Mac, but 2009-12 Mac Pros are known to have install/boot issues under Boot Camp with certain hardware components using Marvell chipsets in place. I suspect Apple was aware of these issues and may have probably fixed them for newer designs, but never bothered with older models. Here's another example of hardware conflict in a Mac mini, YMMV.
  3. hova thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    I have a 13" Retina Macbook Pro released last month
  4. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2012
    Unfortunately there is no simple solution other than identifying the offending hardware component and disconnecting it while installing/booting under Boot Camp. Looks like I may be wrong about Apple fixing the hardware conflict issues.

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