MBA2013 Bootcamp USB Install - Keyboard not detected

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Cyber735, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. Cyber735 macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2013

    I'm at this all day and it's been one problem after another, I'm close to breaking point. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    I have a macbook air 2013 model,
    I purchased a new 8gb usb, it says it's 3.0 but 2.0 compatible too or something like that.

    Then using bootcamp assistant I created the install drive & downloaded latest support software (all on the 1 usb)

    Next I got to the partition stage, and even though I had 40gb free it wouldn't let me create a windows partition greater than 23gb. I made the stupid mistake of clicking "back" to see if I missed something and then realised I had to wait another hour to create the install drive again :(

    Eventually I made a partition and it rebooted.

    Got a black screen with some sort of error message, I think it was something along the lines of "unable to boot from device" ... it definitely said "press any key to continue" ... tried that but nothing was happening so I restarted, held down the alt key and booted directly into windows..

    Progress! or so I thought..

    Got to the install windows/language selection screen, but my trackpad & keyboard weren't being detected. Tried restarting, no luck. Tried going back to bootcamp assistant and downloading the windows support software, still no luck.

    I came across this but it seems to be specific to usb optical drives, whereas I'm doing everything from my flash drive.

    I've also been trying to follow but everyone seems to have a different answer and none work for me.

    I think this guy has the right idea

    Can anyone explain what he means by modding to add usb 3.0 drivers?

    Or is there any other way to get around it?

    (As a side note, my usb drive was in the port on the right side when I tried to install windows via bootcamp, does that make a difference?)

  2. Cyber735 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2013
    Okay I think I may have found my problem

    It seems using the usb port on the right was my fatal flaw.

    So before I go removing the partition and doing everything all over again, is there a quick way to make windows detect my keyboard & trackpad?
  3. Cyber735 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2013
    That seemed to get me one step further alright. After it partitioned the drive it rebooted into windows on the language selection screen. I went into advanced and formatted the drive.

    Now I'm stuck at 50% on expanding windows files :(

    One problem after another, this is the reason I left windows in the first place!...ugh.

    Any ideas?
  4. Cyber735 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2013
    Yay not frozen!! Just took ages to get past 50%.. Looks like I'm in the clear now :D
  5. Cyber735 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2013

    Used Autohotkey to enable reverse scrolling and I'm good to go.

    So for future reference, if you've got a macbook air 2013 and want to install windows via bootcamp, use the left usb port!

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