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Firefox Update -- Infinite Boot - 08-03-2010, 12:56 AM
So let me start off by saying, when I first got into the mini9 hackintosh forum, this was my primary resource. I know regulars HATE when people ask the same questions over and again so know, in your heart of hearts, that I tried to find a solution for my exact problem via searching.
Anyways, so I made a mistake. I let my friend borrow my mini9 after he hosed his 2nd macbook pro (mostly so he could continue using his mac-formatted externals)...
A few months go by and its time for him to return it and he reluctantly tells me, "sorry bud but I upgraded the firefox a few weeks ago and it hasn't booted since." Of course, this is in spite of the fact I warned him from day one that I hadn't been following the updates and to ignore every last update warning os x throws at him.
As of now the unit gets to the apple screen and the little spinny thing spins until I eventually power down. (Ran it for 30min+ just to see if it'd come up)
I've had this machine since hackintosh-ing a mini9 was big and followed the old lifehacker guide (and this forum) to get it working. That said, I have no idea what os version or bootloader I'm using. To futher complicate things, my os x (10.5) disk is missing and it seems the only remnants I have are the hard drive I recovered the disk to back in the day for the initial installation. (haven't tried spinning it up yet)
Any ideas to get this started?
1. I've tried booting with -y, then -x, then -s...finally getting to a terminal in single-user mode.
?: Now that I have a terminal, can I remove firefox from a terminal in hopes that it resurrects things?2. Are there any recovery modes under 'darwin' that I can try?
3. Assuming my install hard drive still works, would a modern boot-loader help me? Please link me to the best up-to-date guide for a non slip-streamed (i.e., 10.5) OS-X installation
4. Has this happened to anyone else? It seems most folks are able to recover using recovery=YES (or recovery=Y)
5. Since I have terminal access and potentially can mount a fat32 drive, anyone got a trick to try?
Thanks a ton. Sorry for coming back around a year later in hopes of a fix for an out of date system.
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08-03-2010, 02:09 AM
Sounds like your friend did an Apple OS update, not a Firefox update to me.
At this point, with no Leo disc, no clone of your drive, or no time machine backup to work with, it sounds like to me your best bet would be a $29 SL disc and a fresh install. The NBM/NBI process is really easy now, and you can do an install using any major OS by following Mechdrew's guide-
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