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Join Date: Feb 2009
USB problem with interrupted install - 12-21-2009, 05:05 PM
I'm attempting to hackintosh a Dell Mini 9 originally running XP. It has a 16gb hard drive and 1gb of RAM, running bios A00. I've done one with Ubuntu using the DellEFI method (several months ago), and was attempting to do this one via the Netbook Installer instructions (http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/mac-...n-via-mac.html) using an external USB drive.
I was able to get OSX Leopard installed, then ran the MacOSX combined update file from the USB drive. It got to about four minutes left, then hung up. I allowed it to continue to run from that point for about an hour, then figured it was jacked up. I force quit the install, then tried to run it again, but it wouldn't launch. I restarted the machine and attempted to run the combined update again, but it wouldn't see the USB drive at all. I tried moving it to another USB input, but it still wouldn't see it. I tried a memory stick, but it wouldn't see that either. Hardware profile sees the USB devices but they will not mount.
BIOS showed legacy USB support still enabled, so I attempted to start over. It would boot from the USB drive and it did install OSX again, but still wouldn't see any drives once booted into the OS. I downloaded the combined updates to the Mini directly, but it still won't mount or run.
I suspect I got to a point in the combined update where it was trying to install or update USB drivers, but since it was running from a USB device, it hung up. Since that's the point at which I interrupted it, I suspect those USB drivers never got updated. However, that doesn't explain why the combined update file refuses to mount or run directly from the desktop. I can still boot off a USB device, just can't use one once OSX is loaded.
I thought about updating the BIOS as it's on A00 but I don't want to mess with too much more as I don't want to make things worse.
Any ideas here?
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Jersey City, NJ
12-21-2009, 06:30 PM
I did my mini9 from an external USB to the internal SSD so it's possible. Mecdrew has a newer version of that procedure:
NetbookInstaller 1: USB Installation via Mac | Guides | OS X | mechdrew
Not sure how they differ but I'd follow the latest and greatest.
NB: My mini 9 came with BIOS A05 which is the latest and greatest.
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