BootCamp Install on Late 2011 13 MBP only Black Screen with Blinking Cursor

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by daroga, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. daroga macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2011
    Hi all!

    Trying to install Windows 7 for the first time on my older 13" MacBook Pro (Late 2011). The machine doesn't have an internal DVD drive anymore; using a USB drive. On boot to install windows, the drive is accessing for a little bit but the screen only sits at a black screen with a blinking white cursor.

    I've read a bit that this may be a missing driver issue, but I've not been able to do anything to solve that yet. Does anyone have any thoughts? The Mac side is running Yosemite if that make a difference.

  2. Gjwilly, Aug 24, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2015

    Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    Fairly involved and also not guaranteed to work.
  4. macenied macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2014
    Mind to share or provide a link ? I am very interested in such a workaround, I want to boot Windows PE from an USB stick for Windows Image Backup recovery. My MBP ( 7,1 ) has an optical drive.
  5. macenied, Aug 26, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2015

    macenied macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2014
    Whatever the reason may be, it just works now.

    Last time I tried using:

    Windows 7
    Windows PE 3.0
    former Rufus version ( to prepare USB stick )
    former Macrium Reflect version

    - could not boot Rescue USB media

    Now using:

    Windows 10
    Windows PE 5.0
    latest Rufus version 2.2.668
    latest Macrium Reflect version 6.0 Build 753

    - MBP 7,1 boots Rescue USB media without issues

    "Problem" solved :)

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