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iPC 10.5.6 waiting for root device
Ok i have read the stickys and searched the forums and tried many of the stated solutions (obviously none have worked for me, else i wouldn't need to post this). Im new to the whole Mac on a PC thing and would like it if someone could help me: (im not too sure what it means by needing to install my chipset onto the Disk Image? ive read around but i just get lost everytime)
My problem: during boot from the DVD (iPC 10.5.6) i press F8 etc etc. Then i get the well known "waiting for root device" at which point the boot stops.
I have tried switch the master / slaves / cable select on both DVD / HD
Also tried switching order on cable
BIOS is currently set to using IDE (RAID + AHIC dont work at all)
HAVENT TRIED A USB INSTALL YET AS I DONT HAVE ACCESS TO A 6GB USB
DQ965GF Intel Desktop Board
Intel D945GCLL BIOS 5150
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86gHz
3GB DDR2 RAM
640MB 8800GTS nVidia
IDE Sony DVD read/write combo drive
IDE 80GB HD (am using this as my test drive so i dont stuff my current windows install)
(also have a 500GB SATA drive currently not plugged in)
Genius PCI Audio Acceleration card
Realtek Network card (this is unplugged during install as it was causing errors)
Last edited by leplep; 07-27-2010 at 04:04 AM.
Progress? Ok after a bit more searching i found i needed to add a chipset to my iso file. so i added LegacyAppleIntelPIIXATA to the system/library/extensions folder
However there was NO extensions folder in my iso, there was only an extensions.kext
so i made and extensions folder and put the new kext in there.
Is that what your supposed to do?
anyway i reburned then rebooted and i got past the "still waiting for root device" however now i got something about a panicing voodoo kernel. Now from what ive read i should be able to just install using the vanilla kernel as i have a dual core cpu?
how do i use / change to the vanilla kernel when i havent got to the options menu in the setup as it panics during boot? and how did i end up with the voodoo kernel in the first place?
Last edited by leplep; 07-27-2010 at 10:59 PM.
The generic appleATA kext should be in iPC already without files injection.
You just need to do some modification to your configuration to try going through OSX installer system verification, waiting for root device problem.
Rearranging your IDE HDD/DVD, for the same cable with DVD set on master (at the very end connector) and HDD on slave, is one option to try.
Ok so i have used the original iPC without the kext i added and tryed the DVD on master on the END of the IDE and the HDD set to slave on the MIDDLE IDE plug. again got the waiting for root device'
also tried switching the two so i had HDD on END set to slave and DVD set to master on MIDDLE. again error
+ i tried doing the other two combos (ie HDD = MASTER DVD = slave and i tried both MIDDLE / END mixes)
any other ideas? thanks for any help
(also tried this with the version i added the kext to, but i just got the panicing voodoo kernel each time?)
would using my SATA HD possibly be easier than IDE? and if so what should i change in my BIOS, ive read alot about changing the SATA to read as AHCI?
Last edited by leplep; 07-31-2010 at 02:30 AM.
Alright. Like I said try to go through the error is your goal.
Originally Posted by leplep
Waiting for root device just means that OSX did not see any HDD for possible OSX installation partition.
Between that and the actual installation volume are different.
So, set your BIOS SATA to AHCI, hook your SATA drive in (along with your IDE HDD=target OSX partition).
1. Boot the DVD (the original, not your modified) to see if you can get to installer screen Disk Utility and OSX recognize BOTH hdd's.
2. MAKE SURE that you erase/format your target IDE HDD and install OSX to it (not your SATA windows).
Post your result.
tried what you said. i still just get a waiting for root error.
any other thoughts on what might solve it? thanks for all your help
Let me recap this if it's correct.
Originally Posted by leplep
1. You set your BIOS SATA to AHCI.
2. Have both IDE and SATA hdd's hooked up.
3. Boot install DVD with boot options: -x -v cpus=1 (and/or busratio=20)
(if you can disable 1 CPU in BIOS then try it)
And still have "waiting for root device" error?
sorry for the slow reply, its been a hectic week,
Yes i have tried all of that. i even did a reburn of the DVD in case it was a bad burn. but i continue to get the still waiting for root device.
i have noticed some people on blogs have had a hard time getting iPC going on their computers and switched to using another brand / version / release (not too sure what you call it) and found they had better success with them.
if you think this would help which one would you recommend?
unless you have any other ideas as to the cause of this very annoying error?
It's not just annoying as with that error you can not have a stable system even if you can possibly force an installation. And if you're already trying all those steps and still having the error then it means that the DVD packages don't have your correct drivers.
Originally Posted by leplep
Since your hardware should be compatible, take it to SL instead of Leopard.
The best are iAtkos S3 V2 10.6.3 Snow Leopard and SnowOSX Universal v3.5/3.6.
ok ill try that, i have pretty slow internet so hopefully i can have that all downloaded and installed later this week.
Ill post my results when its done.
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