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Join Date: Nov 2009
Problem booting OSX - 11-01-2009, 12:37 AM
Hi, I'm new to the forum and grateful for any help you might be able to offer. I am in the process of trying to install Snow Leopard on a Mini 9. I have upgraded the SSD to 16gb and boosted the memory. I am trying to use this method:
Install Snow Leopard on Your Hackintosh PC, No Hacking Required - Hackintosh - Lifehacker
Everything was going fine up to the point of installation, My bios is A05 and I have set it to boot automatically from the USB thumb drive. The boot starts and it picks up the drive and presents me with an Apple Drive Icon called OS Snow leopard (or something along those lines)which is obviously the tumbdrive. When I click on that option, rather than being asked to select my language (as per the video), I am told to restart the computer with this message:
"You need to restart your computer. Hold down the Power button until it turns off, then press the Power button again."
I restart the computer but am then taken back to the beggining and ultimately end up with the same message meaning I'm stuck in a loop and making no progress.
Does anybody have any advice as to where I may be going wrong?
Sorry for the length of the post but I am relatively non-technical and want to ensure I'm providing enough information,
Join Date: Oct 2009
11-01-2009, 02:06 AM
A very nice and detailed first post, I'm sure someone here will be able to help.
However I'm not sure if the guide you followed will be well known here, it uses a different application to 'fix' the thumbdrive for booting.
If you have the time and inclination, you might want to check out NetbookInstaller, which seems to be something similar but might work better for you. It also seems to be the installer of choice on these forums, so would likely get better support?
NetbookInstaller 0.8.3 RC3 Released Meklort's Blog
Good luck on your install!
Join Date: Mar 2009
11-01-2009, 09:12 PM
did you partition the drive and set GUID?
I did have that reset screen on one try. rebooted and the next try it worked.
my flash drive wouldn't boot, so I used the netbookCD of mechdrew to start, then used my copy of SL on the flash drive. (the DVD wasn't recognized from the CD boot)
Guides | OS X | mechdrew
the one time that it hung on install after getting as far as you did, was when there was a problem with insufficient space on the SSD. I had hoped that it could upgrade from leopard to SL without erasing, but did not have enough space.
what OS are you starting with (though i suppose it should not matter if you are booting from the netbookinstaller).
also, I saw that restore error at some point, but got beyond it with no problem.
Join Date: Mar 2009
11-01-2009, 10:20 PM
did you run the netbook installer to copy the chameleon bootloader on there? that seems to be the thing that loads first, then you go into snow leopard
on the sleep, I used the smart sleep mentioned here, and it wakes up with the silver button now. (hasn't worked for some people, though)
DellMini9 Runcore SSD/10.6.1/NI 083 RC3 (Full Sound, Sleep, Reliable Restart!)
Apple - Downloads - System/Disk Utilities - SmartSleep
some people have used his ideas to back their boot up more reliable. I haven't had to use any of the other steps yet.
Join Date: Mar 2009
11-02-2009, 01:12 AM
did you do this part, from mechdrew's guide
# This time, run NetbookInstaller from either the CD or download the latest version (if possible). Select the following settings:
* Volume: <your internal drive>
* Install Chameleon 2 RC3 bootloader
* Install <your model name> Extensions
* Generate a system specific dsdt.aml file
* <Any other options you would like, the above are necessary.>
# Press Install.
# Enter your password and press OK.
# When installation is complete, press OK.
# Restart your computer.
complete guide is here
NetbookInstaller 3: Installation via External DVD Drive using NetbookCD | Guides | OS X | mechdrew
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