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    Inspiron 530
    Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor E2200 (1MB L2, 2.2GHz,FSB), Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic Service Pack 1
    Dell Inspiron 530 Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor E2200 (1MB L2, 2.2GHz, 800FSB)

    Memory 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 4DIMMs

    Keyboard Dell USB Keyboard

    Monitor 19 inch S199WFP Widescreen Digital Flat Panel Monitor with TrueLife*

    Video Cards Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100

    Labels Windows Vista™ Basic

    Hard Drives 640GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™

    Floppy Drive and Media Reader No Floppy Drive Included

    Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic Service Pack 1

    Mouse Dell Entry Optical Mouse

    Network Interface Integrated 10/100 Ethernet

    Optical Drive 16X DVD+/-RW Drive

    Sound Cards Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio





    Those are my specs for the computer I purchased. I've managed to partition the hard drive, so I have C:/ which is Windows and 320ish GB of unallocated space. I started my computer, it wouldn't start. So I did a recovery, and boom everything is working again and I have both my partition and unallocated space without having to format my Windows partition. I'm fairly happy at this point. So I manage to burn the DVD for Leo4Allv3 correctly with ImgBurn on the slowest burn speed. I now can now start the Leo4All installation disk, so I look for the unallocated space in the disk and I cannot find it.. So I boot back into windows and create a partition using the unallocated space.

    I created the partition... M:/ is called MAC. Now I boot into the Leo4All disk and find the two partitions I click on the MAC one and format it into a Mac Extended format and proceed to installing Leopard.

    All is well, once my computer restarted nothing was bootable, at the point I had begun to panic and I scrambled around the BIOS for an answer. I clicked on RESET to default settings which all that had done was boot Disk Floppy first in the boot sequence, which I don't even have such a drive which is a pain, and still can't fix as of yet. Anyway, now that I couldn't boot into any operating system I asked for help on this forum. I was told to boot into my windows installation disk and run the startup recovery tool, so I did and then I was able to boot into windows vista. After I booted into windows vista I installed the BSD program to allow Vista to dual boot with Leopard.

    I followed the instructions and then was able to boot into both operating systems. Only one problem remains... When I boot into Leopard I get an error after it tries to loads a bunch of commands, and then I get a repeated line that sais "Still looking for root device". I looked up this error, and found that it is usually caused by incompatibility with chipsets.

    However, I've had people tell me it should be able to work on my system. I've also been told that this error could have been caused by a bad installation. So at the moment, I really have no clue what to do at this point.



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    i had this once when i tried to use iATKOS v4i, @ the time i was testing iATKOS v2i and everything worked fine, but newer versions didn't work.

    however, in this case, it maybe a BIOS issue, have you made sure that your BIOS is configured correctly????
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    Default Try this...

    Since you're using a Dell with a SATA drive, I'm going to suggest that you go into the BIOS and see if there's an entry labeled "SATA Operation" (it might be listed under "Drives", or something similar). If you have that parameter and it's set to "Automatic/ATA", change it to "Automatic/AHCI". This worked for me on a Dell OptiPlex 755.

    Good luck.

    Paul

 

 

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