When I got my mini 10v last spring I installed Snow Leopard 10.6.0 on it from the retail disk and updated to 10.6.1 when that came out. Seeing issues with 10.6.2 back in the day here, I delayed updating.
Catching up on the forum after a hiatus today, I saw that the 10.6.3 update had been simplified to "download & run NBI .84rc1 - download 10.6.3 combo installer from Software Update - restart" and went for it. Alas, after the restart, my mini 10v booted to the Dell screen very briefly, flashed the NBI disk icon, went black, and rebooted. I did not interrupt the process until it did this eight times -- at that point it seemed pretty clear this wasn't any sort of process.
Note that NBI comes with no documentation. For instance, I turned off Chameleon because I've never heard of it and have no idea what it does.
I'm half-resigned to starting from scratch with 10.6.0 again. But if anyone can give me any tips on just how things should be set in the BIOS (I'm using A04) I'd really appreciate avoiding a reinstall.
When I go into the BIOS Setup Utility via F2, the current settings are:
Boot-time diagnostic screen: Disabled
Quickboot mode: Enabled
Intel SpeedStep Technology: Enabled
On Board Lan Control: Enabled
WLAN Control: Disabled
USB BIOS Legacy Support: Enabled
USB Wake Support: Disabled
Function Key Behavior: Multimedia
The unit does have Bluetooth, doesn't have a WLAN card, so I assume those settings are fine. If I use F12 and select Diagnostics, the machine immediately exits back to the boot loop. I took the opportunity to change USB BIOS Legacy Support from Enabled to Disabled, and it made no difference.
Again, if there's a quick fix, I'd sure appreciate it. Also, if there's a pointer to documentation in case I do have to reinstall from scratch, I'd appreciate that. For instance, if I reinstall, can I use NBI .84rc1, or do I have to roll back and use an earlier version?
Thanks to meklort and the other people creating these very cool tools, and to any and all who can help me sort this out.