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Is it pretty easy to restore from backup on OS X? I have my whole laptop backed up through time machine. I'm wondering if I do a fresh install of Yosemite, would it be easy to bring everything back?
 
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So I created the USB installer, I patched the kernel, got to the installer and installed Yosemite. I have tried a lot of boot flags to get to the desktop. It just restarts after a few seconds..can't even get it into safe mode.
 

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So I created the USB installer, I patched the kernel, got to the installer and installed Yosemite. I have tried a lot of boot flags to get to the desktop. It just restarts after a few seconds..can't even get it into safe mode.

Make sure you read the instructions for patching the kernel a bit more carefully. It sounds as if you have not patched the kernel that is on the HDD after you installed.
 
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I copied kernel from my iMac on Yosemite to the desktop then I proceeded with..
cp /Volumes/USB/kernel ~/Desktop/kernel_backup
cp /Volumes/USB/kernel ~/Desktop/kernel
cd ~/Desktop
perl -pi -e 's|\xe2\x00\x00\x00\x02\x00\x00\x00|\x00\x00\x00\x00\x02\x00\x00\x00|g' kernel
perl -pi -e 's|\xe2\x00\x00\x00\x4c\x00\x00\x00|\x00\x00\x00\x00\x4c\x00\x00\x00|g' kernel
perl -pi -e 's|\xe2\x00\x00\x00\x90\x01\x00\x00|\x00\x00\x00\x00\x90\x01\x00\x00|g' kernel


sudo cp kernel /Volumes/USB/kernel
 

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I copied kernel from my iMac on Yosemite to the desktop then I proceeded with..
cp /Volumes/USB/kernel ~/Desktop/kernel_backup
cp /Volumes/USB/kernel ~/Desktop/kernel
cd ~/Desktop
perl -pi -e 's|\xe2\x00\x00\x00\x02\x00\x00\x00|\x00\x00\x00\x00\x02\x00\x00\x00|g' kernel
perl -pi -e 's|\xe2\x00\x00\x00\x4c\x00\x00\x00|\x00\x00\x00\x00\x4c\x00\x00\x00|g' kernel
perl -pi -e 's|\xe2\x00\x00\x00\x90\x01\x00\x00|\x00\x00\x00\x00\x90\x01\x00\x00|g' kernel


sudo cp kernel /Volumes/USB/kernel

That's super... for the USB.

Now read the rest of the instructions.
 
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Wow I feel like an idiot, I have been doing this with every OS X update, and I have learned better than that. I fixed my error, and I am now on the Yosemite desktop!
 
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I installed Chameleon to the HDD but I also get the cannot find mach_kernel error. And my org.chameleon.boot.plist file doesn't have the kernel string in there. Yosemite only loads off the USB.
 

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I installed Chameleon to the HDD but I also get the cannot find mach_kernel error. And my org.chameleon.boot.plist file doesn't have the kernel string in there. Yosemite only loads off the USB.

It sounds as if you haven't installed a version of Chameleon that has been updated for Yosemite.
 
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Chameleon 2.2 r2401 is what I installed.
 

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Chameleon 2.2 r2401 is what I installed.

You should verify by enabling Boot Banner
Code:
<key>Boot Banner</key>
<string>Yes</string>

And double check your org.chameleon.Boot.plist (both on USB and on HDD) to be certain there is no "Kernel" specification.
 
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