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    Default Kalyway 10.5.2 problems using a m2a-vm hdmi mobo


    I am a beginner with macs but quite experienced with PCs.

    I am wanting to dual boot along with Windows 7 and I have read many articles etc on the processes to do this, I have marked the partition I want to install OSX on as active via windows and when I attempt to install osx I get a firmware error (I was told this when searching via google) which just says "still waiting for root device".

    I have tried switching to apci which removed one of the errors but even after changing the kernel i keep getting the same error.
    I have tried what it says at this link InfiniteMac OSx86 Community - View Single Post - Possible solutions for "Still waiting for root device"

    I have done all of that bar "platform=ACPI -v

    -x -v

    -f -v"

    And I am just wanting some ideas.

    I am installing this on an AMD

    AMD 6000+
    M2A-VM HDMI mobo
    250gb WD Sata drive
    Sata DVD drive

    All connected via sata ports and as google has basically lead me to believe that it is a firmware issue, is there a better ISO that will support my hardware?
    Last edited by UrbanGrafix; 06-09-2009 at 01:30 AM.

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    Default get a newer distro like IPC 10.5.6 ppf4 or ppf5

    You do not say what you did to install. If it is not a primary partition you may get problems. If it is not formatted by the mac diskutils program properly you will get problems. If it not the right type of format EXT3 Journaled- you will get problems. If it is named as you said you WILL get problems.

    Visit Main Page - OSx86. look at the info there on how to install and hardware lists

    These "please help me" cries are always funny.

    If you say you have tried all the other distro's and none worked - though you do not describe how none of them worked and to what extent you got in the boot issues of each - YOU are doing something wrong over and over again and failing to learn.

    NO ONE can help you right now. You do not say what is wrong, you do not say what you did that does not work and you offer no clues as to your level of expertise as to EXACTLY where you are stumped. You just scream "please help me". Please grow up - this tells no one anything.

    If you go to a Medical Doctor and just scream "please help me" and will give no symptoms or clues as to what is going on - even a Doctor cannot help you but begin guessing - and guess what - they get paid to do so - no one here is being paid by you, and still the doctor could end up killing you rather than saving you because you did not tell a critic piece of information - like a severe allergy or something like that which could kill you in his efforts to help you. Computers - especially the OS's of computers are NO DIFFERENT.

    You do not say what is going on. No one is a mind reader here and were not sitting in front of your machine.

    A Kext is likely probably not loading or blocking something

    The kexts are vendor and device ID specific - so if the kext does not have the right vendor and model ID referenced in the kext file - it will fail - or pass up the device anyway.

    You have to figure this out yourself - it is YOUR machine. They are all different as to what is in the unit from the manufacturer, and even if using common device components - the vendor and device ID may be different that what the kext might have in it.

    If you have Windows still on the same machine - and it is working - you can do kext editing from inside windows by installing some helper tools to look into the HPS drive. Use Windows Text Editor Download and Download Ext2Fsd 0.46 - An open source Ext2 File System Driver for Windows - Softpedia and Catacombae - HFSExplorer (HFS Explorer) to see and get at the Mac files in Windows. OR You can BUY Macdrive. If you are having dual boot problems try installing EasyBCD from inside Windows to boot between the two. Its free.

    This above will only work if you have been smart enough to do a dual boot machine where Windows is on another partition or permanent drive in the same computer.

    You can see the vendor and device ID in Windows, and the kext will have a name and you can find the vendor and device ID in the text of the kext info.plist. You can edit this from the windows side with the editor above - and use no other - they will not work.

    After you get in through safe mode, you can run "diskutils repairpermissions /" (without the quotes) and to fix the changes you made from the Windows side

    There are ways to do this from the -s boot option (single user mode) but it is really getting UNIX specific as to the commands, and if you are there and know nothing anyway - you should probably pay someone, buy a real MAC or just give up - OR get ready for a real extensive learning curve and research on the web.

    You need to do some research on how the Mac OS works. Match your kext families with the missing parts of the OS not loading - change the vendor and device ID's and one at a time - you'll get them working and the boot errors will go away.

    If you have/had IPC 10.5.6 ppf4 or ppf5 you would likely have most of the kexts - but they might not have the right vendor ID and device ID for the unit you are trying to install on.

    Once installed, you need to boot in safe mode from the Darwin prompt with the -x option. Use -v also so you can see what it is loading and if it does stop in safe mode and where. Then you can try -v -f on another boot to see if it will make it all the way

    The MacOS is at it's core - UNIX - you cannot just lump a question in something and throw it here that is non-descriptive as to tell anyone not at your PC what is TRULY going on, even though I am a UNIX engineer.

    No one can help you if they cannot tell what is really going on - and if you are not ready to learn some UNIX - give up now.

    If you install the right kexts (Kernel EXTensionS) with the right vendor id's applicable the system will load them as it finds the hardware during the boot process.

    Read the clues of the boot process yourself and do some research as to what they mean and then if you have a specific question you cannot find on the Internet or in the forums - that someone can identify - post that.

    Of course you can always BUY a real MAC, and then holler "please help me" all you want to Apple Computer Support, and at some point they will tell you the same thing.

    These are the ideas to get you going

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    Dam someone is conceded.

    Firstly I NEVER said "please help me", I asked if someone could point me to a good distro or some ideas.

    I never said I had tried other distros. And I have given my error and what I have tried, some of your post is valid but a HUGE chunk is either BS or generic crap that does not apply here.

    I am grateful for the reply but it was your responce that was not desired.



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