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    Question Installed Snow Leopard, Won't Boot

    So, I installed a copy of Snow Leopard but I cannot boot into it. I've already set the partition to active. After I power up the machine and it gets past the BIOS I get a blinking cursor and doesn't do anything.

    Is there anything else that I need to install or tweak to get it working?

    If I need to provide any specific info, please let me know. I'm entirely new to doing hackintosh stuff.



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    It may be related to your hdd partition/setup prior to installation.
    If you need help then should include more information as it is impossible to know what you've done. Guessing???
    Last edited by ratvn; 09-03-2010 at 08:10 AM.

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    I used the Disk Utility program to format the partition is HFS Journaling. Then I used fdisk via Terminal to set the partition to Active. Then I installed OS X on to it. I only have one HDD set up inside the computer and it only has one partition.

    The version of OS X I installed is 10.6.2 for Intel SSE2 and SSE3 processors.
    Last edited by speNdl3; 09-03-2010 at 06:38 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speNdl3 View Post
    I used the Disk Utility program to format the partition is HFS Journaling. Then I used fdisk via Terminal to set the partition to Active. Then I installed OS X on to it. I only have one HDD set up inside the computer and it only has one partition.

    The version of OS X I installed is 10.6.2 for Intel SSE2 and SSE3 processors.
    There is no need to use fdisk to set partition active as bootloader installation would do it anyway.

    What bootloader have you selected? There could be problem with its installation. Your SL partition is of primary type, correct?

    Also check your BIOS first boot device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratvn View Post
    There is no need to use fdisk to set partition active as bootloader installation would do it anyway.

    What bootloader have you selected? There could be problem with its installation. Your SL partition is of primary type, correct?

    Also check your BIOS first boot device.
    I don't have any bootloader installed, am I going to need one? If so, which one should I use and how would I go about installing it?

    As for my SL partition, I assume that using Disk Utility to erase and format the hard disk would make the partition it creates primary. Perhaps i'm blind, but I'll ask anyway, is there a way to check whether or not it's primary with the OS X install environment?

    My BIOS first boot device is my CDROM. I assume this doesn't matter as long as I don't have a bootable CD in the drive.
    Last edited by speNdl3; 09-04-2010 at 11:06 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by speNdl3 View Post
    I don't have any bootloader installed, am I going to need one? If so, which one should I use and how would I go about installing it?

    As for my SL partition, I assume that using Disk Utility to erase and format the hard disk would make the partition it creates primary. Perhaps i'm blind, but I'll ask anyway, is there a way to check whether or not it's primary with the OS X install environment?

    My BIOS first boot device is my CDROM. I assume this doesn't matter as long as I don't have a bootable CD in the drive.
    1. You DO need a bootloader, Chameleon should be the choice, unless there is other requirement. It's in your installer DVD.
    2. If you use Disk Utility to create your SL partition then it should be primary (erase and format are just for changing file types).
    3. Partition type is important as Chameleon bootloader can only boot to a primary partition.
    4. In disk util, if you select partition info, then it would display whether or not it's bootable, meaning primary or extended/logical.
    5. As long as you select correct second/third boot device (your hdd).

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    Okay, so I reinstalled Snow Leopard with the Chameleon bootloader. Now, I'm stuck at the startup screen (the gray screen with the apple logo) and it doesn't seem to be loading anything. I tried booting in verbose mode and it's shows it loading files, then I get to a black screen and it doesn't do anything from there.

    I'm not sure if there's anything else I need to add to the install, such as drivers. Here's my computer hardware:
    Asus P5N-E SLI
    Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
    eVGA nVidia 8600 GT chipset

    I'm not sure if anything else would interfere with it booting up. I only added the Chameleon bootloader in the Customize option, I figured if maybe anyone else has already fiddled around with customization options for similar hardware to me, if anyone would know what I should add.
    Last edited by speNdl3; 09-06-2010 at 12:35 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speNdl3 View Post
    Okay, so I reinstalled Snow Leopard with the Chameleon bootloader. Now, I'm stuck at the startup screen (the gray screen with the apple logo) and it doesn't seem to be loading anything. I tried booting in verbose mode and it's shows it loading files, then I get to a black screen and it doesn't do anything from there.
    So, you got it one step forward. That is better.
    The problem would be mostly with your custom selections.
    BTW, it's good that you posted your system specs, as without it, would be hard to help you.

 

 

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