when i input the busratios and cpus it seemed a lot more friendly. it took longer and showed list after list after list and i confirmed no conflicts of any kind (unlike trying to boot without entering busratio) except at the very end i get that same "still waiting for root device" message.
i tried the following with these results
i now get...
BSD root: disk0s1, major 14 minor 1
cannot mount root, error = 19
How did you get past this error?? Now i am stuck at this! :(