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Shuttle SG33G5 / Snow Leopard Installation / Freezes at apple logo screen ??
I have been trying to get this thing to work for the last few days, following Yoni's guide: Shuttle SG33G5 Hackintosh
I have a Shuttle G33G5 with a Pentium D 3.0ghz processor, Nvidia PCI-e Graphics card, 4GB Ram and 1TB SATA harddrive (with WinXP currently installed on it).
I have followed each step in Yoni's guide using a retail copy of SL, 16gb flashdrive properly formatted and partitioned, and Chameleon. I also changed my Bios settings to match those described in the walkthrough.
When I boot the PC, a Chameleon prompt shows up giving me the option of running the USB drive or the installed Harddrive (WinXP). Upon booting from the USB I get to a gray screen showing an apple logo. It only goes as far as showing that screen, no spinning thing below the logo indicating that something is loading or anything...
I have been reading into all I can find relevant to my hardware configuration and I am not finding much information that I can make sense of. Most cases involving freezing at the apple logo are on machines that have already had SL installed. I'm just trying to get through the initial installation process.....
If anybody can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated!!
So I've resorted to watching countless youtube videos showing pretty much exactly what I have attempted to do about 300 times now. In all of the videos, when they show the "Restore" of the Mac OS DVD to the memory stick, they are dragging a disk image file from their desktops rather than directly restoring from the DVD itself.
Is that where I'm screwing up? Should I make a backup of the SL Retail DVD to my computer BEFORE restoring it to the USB stick??
I dont understand how it could possibly be any different, but that is the ONLY step that I am not doing exactly as the videos/tutorials depict.
please please please, ANY advice is absolutely appreciated. In fact, help me out and I'll Paypal you some money for your time, damnit!
Journal entry #3:
So I have a 1TB harddrive currently running windows on the Shuttle. It is the only harddrive installed in that computer, and has a single 1TB partition containing WinXP. Do I need to have an empty partition before the Snow Leopard installation can even begin??
I was under the impression that the SL Retail DVD had some sort of onboard tool that will allow me to format/partition my harddrive before the install, but it wont even begin to boot.
And I decided to make an image of the SL Retail DVD rather than just dragging directly from the dvd to my usb in the disk utility. So I have a .DMG file of the snow leopard installation disk. After simply dragging that into my USB drive and installing a bootloader (snow magic), it doesnt even show up as a bootable device in the prompt when trying to start the installer on my PC.
When I try to restore the .DMG file to my USB, disk utility gives me an error message saying "The source image needs to be imagescanned before it can be restored"
what the crap does that mean? C'mon people! Theres money in it for you!
Journal entry #5: Journal entry 4 was deleted.
Just returned from the store with a brand new 1TB harddrive. Installed drive, reformatted USB flashdrive, partitioned flashdrive (MacOS Journaled), restored disk image to flash drive followed by the bootloader (this time I used one with a jack-o-lanern logo). Slightly different GUI, same exact problem.
The crappy part is that I know it's something simple. some stupid little detail that I am overlooking. Somebody out there has to know what the problem is.
I get to the part where I can select which device i'd like to boot from. I choose the USB, try all sorts of commands to go along with it, -f, -v, -x, -s, CPUS=1, all with the exact same result. Sometimes some text flies by at 1000 feet per second, sometimes the screen goes black, bu most of the time I get a gray screen with an apple logo and it stops right there. It is not booting the mac os installation file.
I just need it to autorun the damn installer. Somebody please. help!!!
I went back to Chameleon bootloader, same exact result.
Do I need to create a partition on this brand new harddrive? NTFS format?
yeesh, I feel like the kid who showed up to a fixie meet with a mountain bike....
Okay. plugged in other harddrive with winxp and made a 10GB partition in new harddrive NTFS format. Booted from USB (using Chameleon) in "-v" mode and was able to catch the lightning fast text with my camera.
The last few lines of text before it gives up are:
nVidia Unknown 512MB .......................(cant make this information out)
Loaded HFS+ file: [Extra/..bios.plist] 732 bytes from......(again)
Patched DMI Table.
Loaded HFS+ file: [Extra/DSDT.(something)].......
Patched ACPI version 1 DSDT
Starting Darwin x86_64
...and thats it. the screen goes black and the status light on my USB turns off.
Is my video card the reason for all of this??? Is something else missing??? PLEASE????
Yea. so I searched some more and found out that my Pentium D processor can also be causing this. I have a Core2 processor in my other PC. I will swap them tomorrow and try again.
what a mess. thanks for all the help people.
so after tons of trial and error, (with no help whatsoever from this place. It makes sense though. The only people on this section of the forum are people having problems installing SL. Once they solve their problems, they leave! So it's just a bunch of helpless newbies like me in here ) I managed to get snow leopard to install onto my PC.
Swapping processors did the trick to begin with. Its funny that having a Core2 rather than the PentiumD solved the stuck at apple logo issue. I had to use "cpus=1, -f, -x" to actually get the install to run properly, it was extremely sluggish the first time I ran it.
All was great until I started loading kexts. one driver install required a reboot and well, it hasnt worked since. It now has kernel panics at boot and tells me to restart. I've tried everything. I'm not even going to attempt to ask for help in here. I've just been google searching like crazy. Seems that this is the extremely common next step that everyone faces. Still no answers though haha, just a bunch of pissed off PC users wondering why they decided to do this to start.
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