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Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: Help. Stuck at "Calling chainbooter" - 03-09-2009, 11:57 PM
Have you tried re-imaging the DVD to your flash drive? It wouldn't be the first time a flash drive messed up an image.
Join Date: Sep 2009
09-14-2009, 03:06 PM
I had the same problem with it being stuck at "Calling chainbooter" when installing OS X 1.5.6 to my 16GB Dell Mini 9. Using Vince Chew's 2 usb stick/PC-only method (Installing OS X on DELL Mini 9 / Vostro A90) and MechDrew's (Old 7: Installing Mac OS X Using Two USB Drives (Windows-only) | Guides | OS X | mechdrew), I got to the part where I boot with the smaller USB and try to install OS X from the larger USB and it hung every time. I'm not sure if it was a result of the 16GB Sandisk Cruzer, installing items to the USB sticks in Vista, or what - regardless, it just wouldn't happen.
I'm still not entirely sure what I did that magically fixed the problem (I strongly suspect that it's moving the larger OS X stick to the front left-hand USB slot mid-installation), but these steps worked for me:
1. Re-ran the Vista portions of the process, making sure to run everything (cmd.exe, syslinux) as Administrator.
2. Ran with the boot USB stick in the back left-hand USB slot, and the OSX install stick in the right-hand USB slot.
3. Booted from 80 (on my system, this just brings up the USB installation stick's booter again).
4. Tried various combinations of 80/81/82. Using the 81, it always brought up two options, one of them with no label and the other labeled "OS" (I think). The unlabeled option resulted in an error, and the "OS" option resulted in the "Calling chainbooter" hang.
5. Left the computer on for about an hour or so spinning on the screen where you choose to boot from 80/81/82.
6. Moved the OS X Installation stick from the right-hand slot to the front left-hand slot.
7. Tried either 81 or 82, not sure which.
8. Suddenly, I see a fully labeled boot option, something like "Mac OS X Installation Disc", which I'd never seen before. After pressing enter, it moved me through the installation process as described in the guide.
Other than the minor issue of it refusing to rebuild the DSDT.aml file (fixed by running the 0.8.2 version of NetbookInstaller from inside OS X), it's worked smoothly ever since.
Thanks so much to all the people who put in so much hard work on getting all this to work together and providing help in the forums. You guys rock!
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