i am using the 2 USB method. i used to get the kernel panic, recreated the NBI_083F.img and it's getting to the gray screen with the apple logo and the spinning wheel. however, it stays there. no progress after 10-15 minutes.
mini 10v, model # PP19S, trying to install OS X 10.6 retail.
not sure if it's related to the original problem. any help would be appreciated. the Troubleshooting guide is a little vague. I tried the -x -f -v boot options to no avail, and double checked the BIOS settings. the only other hunch is the USB key itself. I am using SanDisk GigaWare, which was a little cheap. not sure if it simply doesn't support everything.
fwiw, i tried the NetbookBootMaker on a Mac Mini running 10.6.2, and it crashes unexpectedly, not writing anything to the USB drive.