Dell Mini 9 OS X Discussion Discussion for installing and setting up Mac OS X on the Dell Mini and Vostro A90

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Default 10.6.2 Post-Install Problem - 01-21-2010, 04:29 PM

Hello all, i've been reading LOTS of threads and enjoying everyone's sacrifices and hard work - thank you!

i decided to take the plunge and upgrade my Mini 9 (BIOS A03 / RunCore 32gb / 2gb Ram) to Snow Leopard using the NBI v1 method. Disk Erase & Clean install worked, booted into SL, ran combo update 10.6.2, rebooted, ran NBI & repaired disk permissions....everything seemed cool.

Then i rebooted, but the spinning wheel on the Apple splashscreen background soon resolved to a fully gray screen. i tried safebooting into SL - same thing. i try -x -f, and this time the boot process hangs at the gray splash screen with the Apple spinning wheel or beachball.

i cannot even boot using the SL-install USB stick - same results, even using -x.

Any thoughts on what to try next?
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Default 01-21-2010, 05:06 PM

I don't have an answer, just some thoughts. Maybe a BIOS setting has changed since it worked? A03 is rather old but I can't say if that's a problem.

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Default 01-21-2010, 09:35 PM

Maybe try a -v so that you can see the errors then take a pic etc & post it here

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Default I had a similar problem - 01-22-2010, 09:08 PM

As I was reading this thread, I accidentally let it sit a while longer and it actually booted! Maybe let it sit a few more minutes?

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Default 01-22-2010, 09:15 PM

i think you may be onto something, Daoist....because i think the one time i did boot in normally, it was because i got involved on the phone and left it sitting for like twenty minutes.

But after upgrading to A06, wiping the disk clean with GParted and then trying again - same results. i've already gone back to 10.5.8 - if i try SL again i will update this thread. =)

Oh - and just because i had a hard time finding this via search....holding down the shift key at boot causes the Chameleon boot screen to pop up, and then the arrow down button gives booting options. You can also hit the Tab key from the Chameleon splashscreen and it will take you to Darwin bootloader options screen (-x -v whatevs).
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Default 01-22-2010, 09:32 PM

I've noticed much longer boot times after making certain changes (don't recall which ones). The next restart is usually normal.


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