Windows 10, Mac mini 2011, blank screen

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by rbrian, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. rbrian macrumors 6502a

    rbrian

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    I was disappointed to discover that my 2011 base mini was deemed incompatible with Windows 10, despite it working perfectly well on an even lower specced machine (HP Stream).

    I went ahead anyway, and now I've run into a problem I don't know how to fix. I used boot camp to download only the drivers, but after it sat at 50% for 3 hours, I gave up and found a direct link elsewhere to the 5.1 drivers. I made a bootable USB stick with unetbootin, which worked. Windows started up, the USB keyboard and mouse worked, the hdmi monitor worked, but the wifi didn't.

    I ran the boot camp exe, it installed various things, the wifi started working... then the screen went blank, and stayed that way.

    I've tried restarting several times, but with no display it's very difficult to work out what's happening. I tried connecting an Ethernet cable to another windows 10 machine, but it couldn't find anything else on the network.

    The monitor and cable work fine on the other machine, it's obviously the graphics driver that's the problem, but what can I do?

    Disk utility said my hard drive was corrupted, and refused to partition it, so during the Windows install I wiped it and reformatted, so going back to Mac isn't an option.

    Where do I go from here?
    --- Post Merged, Jan 2, 2017 ---
    Well, I figured it out. I booted from the windows USB install stick, chose recovery options. None of them worked, except system restore - this put it back to before I ran the boot camp driver setup, so all was working except wifi. I then drilled down into the drivers folders, and ran them all - except any that had anything to do with graphics - and finally the intel chipset drivers got the wifi working, and then the display stopped again! So now I know where the problem is, I'll see if there's a way to update the drivers for just part of the chipset. At least with the restore point, I can keep trying.
     
  2. rbrian thread starter macrumors 6502a

    rbrian

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    This time I connected with Ethernet, ignoring wifi. Everything was working until I ran windows update, which again got the wifi working, but killed the graphics. I restored again, this time not touching windows update, but after about 5 minutes of being online, the graphics died. So, joy of joys, I restored again - taking about 45 minutes each time. This time I left the network cable unplugged, and made a recovery drive first (maybe that'll be quicker than restoring using the install drive?).

    It's definitely the intel driver that's breaking it, and I found a huge thread on Microsoft forum with problems with the HD3000 graphics. Maybe apple was right all along, and it really isn't compatible...
     
  3. rbrian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, it's just as slow. I've now wasted 14 hours on this, most of which was watching progress bars creep imperceptibly slowly across the screen. Multiple restarts and reinstalls, and every time, within 5 minutes of connecting, the graphics driver "up"dates.

    Now downloading Ubuntu, on the offchance my Hauppauge TV stick will work. When it doesn't, I'll finally be ready to trade in my Mac mini and get an intel nuc instead. Same size, same price, slightly uglier, vastly more powerful.
     
  4. robotica macrumors 6502a

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    Why don't you do a boot camp install of windows 7 then upgrade it to windows 10?
    Or have you tried that already?
     
  5. Richdmoore macrumors 68000

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    I gave up using bootcamp windows 10 on my 2011 iMac, it would break with driver updates even after loading the minimum drivers needed.

    I am just using windows 10 (upgraded from win 7) using a parallels vm instead, and it works well for my occasional need for a few windows only apps.
     
  6. rbrian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't try that, and having found a huge thread on the Intel support forum, I don't think it will work anyway. There is no windows 10 driver for the HD3000 graphics. There are no plans to create one. Lots of people tried to upgrade from 7, 8, and 8.1, couldn't get 10 to work.

    I'm attempting to install ubuntu - it all started well, but then... the screen went blank. Maybe a hardware fault? Maybe only Apple can create working drivers? Plan C is to borrow a friend's Mac to get an ISO, create a bootable stick with unentbootin, turn it back into a Mac, sell it (CEX will give me £204), buy a 4K capable 6th gen i5 or i7 NUC for no more than £500 from Amazon, and put this down to experience.
     

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