All night I've been following mechdrew's NetbookInstaller 1 USB Installation here: NetbookInstaller 1: USB Installation via Mac | Guides | OS X | mechdrew
I have a Mini 10v (since yesterday) and Retail OSX 10.5. 8GB LaCie Flash Drive. The first attempt kept giving me kernel panics not long into install. I searched and found this thread: 10v OSX Install Freeze
So I downgraded from A06 to Bios A04 (following drumma92's excellent instructions) at 5:00 am. I put the Mini under the kitchen sink with towels over it to muffle the sound. People in the above thread reported immediate success by the downgrade.
Second attempt went well until after I installed the 10.5.8 combo upgrade and used NetbookInstaller on the Mini. I got an error when trying to reboot "Can't find mach_kernel 10.5.6".
Too bad for me I've just got the 8GB drive because each time I have to erase it to add the upgrade and then install that. My other drive is only 512 MB.
So I started over. 10.5 install went fine but this time I thought I would install (again manually) 10.5.6 instead of .7 or .8. I mean that's the kernel it couldn't find right? I'm no expert but I can usually muddle my way through this kind of thing, thanks to forums like this.
Well here is where I might be able to provide at least a clue for those of you who know. After I installed 10.5.6 upgrade on top of retail 10.5, I opened the HD to get into applications for NetbookInstaller, and there is a file icon saying Mach_kernel 10.5.6 under it. Right in the HD folder beside system, user, application, and library folders! Cool I figure, too tired to stop and realize it didn't belong there. So after I seemingly successfully run NetbookInstaller app again, the file is gone from the HD folder, and I get the same "Can't find Mach_kernel 10.5.6" message when rebooting, which stops me dead in my tracks again.
Help with this would really be appreciated. Thanks in advance.