First of all, thanks to all of you who have put in so much time making OSX work on these machines.
A couple of months ago I did a Type11 install. Worked fine but I didn't have audio or clamshell sleep. Tried adding kexts to EFI partition but had some trouble getting it to mount. Figured I would try doing a "new install" with the 7.7 ISO. Unfortunately that killed my machine, which now kernel panics on boot.
This shouldn't be that big a deal -- I am okay with wiping the SSD
and reinstalling. However, upon attempting to boot from the 7.7 CD I find that my USB DVD player doesn't seem to be recognized by the bootloader. Regardless of how I configure the boot-order settings in the BIOS (or whether I press '0' and choose CD/DVD), the Darwin bootloader on the SSD
takes over. I can press 'esc' at the "boot:" prompt in order to choose a different device, but when I type "9f" and hit enter I just go back to the "boot:" prompt. Another press of enter takes me back to the boot device selection prompt, and so on ad infinitum.
(Note that the DVD player was working fine to mount discs in the Finder just before the 7.7 upgrade fried the OS.)
Anyone have any idea how I can get my machine to boot from the Type 7.7 CD? I'm at a loss as to what to try next.