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I've been trying to install a retail ...
Stop sign on the gray apple screen, Two weeks of pain
I desperately need your help sad.gif
I've been trying to install a retail Mac 10.5.6 for two weeks already. I tried different kinds of boot loaders but I can't progress any further on a gray apple screen with a stop sign.
Here is my laptop specs:
Processor: Intel® Celeron Processor M900
(1 MB L2 cache, 2.2 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Chipset: SiS M672 + SiS 968
Memory: 2GB DDR2
upgradeable to 2GB with discard
Display Screen: 14.1" WXGA TFT LCD
(1280 x 800 pixel resolution)
Video Type: SiS Mirage 3+
Hard Disk:160 GB SATA HDD
Optical Drive: Built-in DVD-RW Multi-Drive
Weight 2.3 kg
Card Reader: 4-in-1 Card Reader
Operating System: Free DOS
Productivity Software: None
Network Interface: Built in 56k Modem, Built in 10/100 LAN
Wireless LAN: Integrated 802.11 b/g wireless LAN
WebCam: Neo Motion Eye 1.3 Megapixel
Battery: 6 Cells (2.0-3.0Hours battery life)
I/O Ports: 3 x USB, 1 x VGA port, Express Card 54 slot, S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) port
Here are the boot loaders that I've tried:
You can boot with -x -v for possible error message to find out where the installer got stuck.
The boot CD/Retail may not have your chipsets/controller kexts/fixes available and may not work.
Thank you ratvn
After spending some time researching I have found something that might help also help
Thanks to Voyn1x of infinitemac
Here are the solutions that I found in his website:
Solution 1 - change drive to primary
The most common solution is making your OSX drive the primary IDE. Try disconnecting all the other hard drives, make the OSX drive IDE0, using either cable-select or Master jumper settings.
In some cases forced or strange IDE master/slave settings can cause problems. For instance, on one system setting the DVD drive via jumpers as the slave drive but attaching it as the only device to the end of the cable can cause this problem. Reconfiguring the drive to use cable select (it then chose to be the master drive) fixed the problem.
Solution 2 - specify the boot disk
Code: rd=diskXsY -v X and Y are just placeholders and need to be replaced with proper values. X is the disk number (on most systems installed to the first hard disk, this will be disk0) and Y the partition number.
Solution 3 - use an IDE drive
Use an IDE drive or alternatively try and patch the install dvd with the correct SATA chipset driver for your hardware.
Solution 4 - use a SATA optical drive
For newer Intel chipsets such as the 965 that do not natively support IDE (and use chips such as JMicron or Marvell), use a SATA optical drive.
Solution 5 - try different boot options
Code: platform=X86PC -v
It's nice of you to search for solution first.
While those methods are work around the chipsets/controllers problems, they are mostly not feasible for laptop hardware configuration as changing HDD type is not possible in most cases.
You do need to find out first IF indeed that is the only problem or there are more to it by using the mentioned boot option -x -v for verbose error output of where OSX installer got stuck. The retail DVD would not come with your SiS chipsets, by the way.
The typical HDD/controller problem message would be some like: Waiting for root device, etc.
See if that is the case then you can try some methods for remedy, hopefully.
The bottom line: apple with stop sign=there is error, and you need to find out what it is first before searching for solution.
Last edited by ratvn; 08-26-2010 at 10:34 AM.
Only thing that cured my "Waiting for root" Was to use a ide dvd drive to install worked a treat for me
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