I attempted to upgrade to osx 10.5.7 yesterday and instead I bricked my machine somehow. I'll detail the steps I took below, but the end result is that I now get the "PXE-E61: Media test failure" message when I try to boot and my USB doesn't show up in the boot menu even after toggling the Legacy USB option in BIOS.
I'm trying to figure out if I caused this or if all of my problems were the result of a failing drive. I don't mind buying a new drive but I want to make sure that will fix my problems.
STEPS I TOOK (not necessarily what I should have done):
1. Ran latest DellEFI app to change from Type11 to new method.
2. Realized I should have upgraded my BIOS from A00 first, so I flashed to A05. At this point, OSX loads but tends to freeze shortly after loading. I figure this is all a result of me not upgrading my BIOS first so I try to continue process.
3. Restart several times (after freeze) until I can finally run the DellEFI app again. Remove dsdt.aml file, reboot, recreate dsdt.aml file, reboot.
4. In preparation for the next step, I try to test safe mode. When booting in safe mode I get "bad sectors" error or something like that. I'm still able to boot OSX however and it seems to freeze less often now.
5. I put the 10.5.7 ComboUpdate on a USB and try to upgrade. I need to free up some space first. I start deleting stuff and the mini freezes again. This time when I reboot I get the "PXE-E61: Media test failure." OS not found, blah, blah.
6. I don't really have anything I mind losing on the SSD
, so I decide to reinstall OSX from scratch. I build my Leopard boot disk on an 8GB SONY PRO Duo stick plugged into a usb card reader. However, now I can't get my USB to show up under the BOOT devices.
So, I know I screwed up and did some stuff out of order. Where do I go from here?
Thanks in advance.