Bootcamp troubles

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  1. Meister, Jul 31, 2014
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    So I am going down that route again. I have to run an app that requires windows :(

    Since wine apps don't work I will resort to Bootcamp.

    First try:

    I had a mba haswell i5/4/256, an iso of win7pro 64bit, an 8gb thumb drive and 1tb external ready.

    The thumb drive took forever to mount so I took the external.

    After the iso was mounted and windows software downloaded the macbook rebooted, sound, blank screen ...?

    I took out the external, switched off and on --> no bootable drive.

    So I had to boot into recovery and select the right startup disk :(

    I repeated the above three times.- What exactly is supposed to happen when bootcamp assistant reboots?

    so now i am downloading an iso of win8pro and give that a try.

    what am i missing here? I would really appreciate some advice.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I think you need to do the install the way apple expects you, i.e., use the USB thumb drive and not use the external drive.
     
  3. Meister thread starter Suspended

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    how does bootcamp know the difference?
    the thumb drive is not in a good way, the external is new and fast.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm not sure, but clearly the process you have isn't working.

    You only have to put up with the slow performance for an hour, then once windows is installed you'll not have to worry about it.

    If the thumb drive is taking forever to mount, buy a new one, because my thumb drives mount fairly quickly. Loading the windows ISO onto the thumb drive was slow but I just went out and got a coffee :)
     
  5. Meister thread starter Suspended

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    thank you. i'll download win8 and give it another try with the thumb drive.
    i am too stingy to buy one but might have to.
     
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    So i managed to install windows 8 using the thumb drive. Thank you again!

    However the screen seems awfully dim even on full brightness. Its really dim.
    I am in a almost dark room and its barely readable.

    Also the trackpad only works for primitve click and drag action. No gestures.

    Is this normal?
     
  7. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    Haven't tried Windows 8 but in Windows 7 there are no gestures.
    But in Windows 7, the brightness keys on the keyboard do work.
     
  8. Meister, Jul 31, 2014
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    my brightness keys work, too. It is on full brightness.
    The login screen is bright as day. It dims down as soon as the desktop appears. ****ing windows! :mad:
     
  9. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    There's a 3rd party driver available for both the backlight and the touchpad.
    I don't use it because it's nagware and it's got a (to me) sketchy installation procedure but others think it's great.
    Search for Trackpad++.
     
  10. Meister thread starter Suspended

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    Now the screen brightness is normal after a restart.

    Are you guys sure there is no gesture support on the trackpad?
    How do people on here use win8 as it is intended then?
     
  11. Meister thread starter Suspended

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    Noone knows to what extend the trackpad works under win8?

    I did google it, but the info is conflicting. So far the UI of Win8 on the mba is just horrid.
     

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