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Default Re: Sometimes Mini it doesnt start... - 11-29-2008, 08:34 PM

I have been exploring this and for myself it seems to happen when I switch from booting with a power-cord to battery or in reverse. Meaning if i always boot in one particular way with power-cord or on battery it seems not to happen but when I boot once with the power-cord and the next time on battery (or in the other order) it will go into the spinning wheel of death. Funny how it never happens if I boot the same way each time, but only seems to happen upon switching.

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Default Re: Sometimes Mini it doesnt start... - 11-29-2008, 09:40 PM

The blue load screen happens on/off power.

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Default Re: Sometimes Mini it doesnt start... - 12-02-2008, 10:58 PM

I am having/had the same issue(s)

I also noticed a slow down in boot time.

I ran the fix permission utility in Disk Utils and now it is as snappy as it was before

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Default Re: Sometimes Mini it doesnt start... - 12-02-2008, 11:38 PM

This is a pretty common issue with all hackintosh's, and really isn't a problem with the Type11 method, or the Dell mini running it. If you do a "-v" boot, rather than watching the pretty? (ugly!) grey apple screen, you will notice nearly every time its will return something like:

Waiting on boot device with ID <something>

You may also notice that there is a failed kext load that causes it to hang up as well. If you are interested in seeing what's going on, I suggest you set your boot file to do verbose move (-v) and set a timeout. This is handy for getting into single user mode if needed, without you hammering on F8 to beat it before it goes past the prompt.

Here's how you can do that:

# sudo su -
# mkdir /Volumes/EFI
# mount_hfs /dev/disk0s1 /Volumes/EFI (assuming disk0s1 is your EFI partition, check with "diskutil list")
# vi /Volumes/EFI/ (I'm assuming you know some VI, if you don't, don't follow this howto!)

My file looks like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string>-v rd=disk0s2</string>

You will need to save with ":wq!" since its a readonly file.

Then make sure you do a:

# umount /Volumes/EFI

Then just reboot, you will see some nice pretty text go flying by this time. :mrgreen:

If you screwed something up, you can boot successfully using Type11's CD image. Then you will have to use his miniscript to fix things up, or manually edit your plist file as above, fixing whatever typos you may have.
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