Before I had this problem, I did NBI method 3 0.83RC4 & that worked flawlessly. It was a no-brainer for me. Sure, I was nervous, but I managed to get that up & running. By the way, did I mention that I am a total noob to the Mac OS?
What was wrong with the DVD install was that sound was not working, which I found out had been fixed in 084RC1 (from reading the forum). So.... Off I went on my quest to try NBI method 2. Everything was going pretty okay & then I got an error to the effect of "Couldn't copy support files..." Shortly thereafter, I got the "Can't find mach_kernel" error that persisted for most of the day.
Long story short, I got NBI to load without the "Can't find mach_kernel" error by using ImageWriter for the small USB drive & using dd for windows for the Snow Leopard retail DVD. (nothing new)
There is a special note about ImageWriter, though.... I wrote the image to the USB stick MANY TIMES using my XP desktop PC which failed just as many times. Every time I opened ImageWriter, there was an error message that would pop up at startup (see attached). I'm used to seeing it because I've used the program for Ubuntu images & such, without any hubbub.
Each & every copy I downloaded would give the same error on XP.
I had installed Windows 7 on my other Mini 9 & when I wrote the NBI 084RC1 img file that I got off the forum to my Cruzer mini 256mb usb drive on it, all was well. (There was no error message.) I think the error message disappears with Vista, too, but I don't remember that too clearly.
Also, instead of TransMac, I used IsoBuster, since I already had a paid copy from a previous project. Everything is installing right now, so I will see how it will all turn out in a bit. My IsoBuster Snow Leopard iso file was 7.23gb, though!! The option I used was "Extract User data" (something like that). There was another option, but since it didn't work, it's not worth mentioning.
I'm not particularly church-going, but HALLELUJAH! XD I've been at this since 6 something this morning & it's quarter past 3 now!!
Hopefully, I'll just be making an edit to this post or so to say it was a success. I'm going to cross my fingers on that one....
Nearly there!! Less than 1/4 of the install is left! I think you can feel my excitement, right? ~lol~
(By the way, I'm not dual booting or anything like that. I will save that for another day. The test Mini 9 has 2gb ram, 64gb Runcore SSD
, no webcam, no wwan, bluetooth I don't remember..... I had usb wake disabled & for now, legacy support enabled.)