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Help! I can't get Snow Leopard to install. Spinning Wheel and more.

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I have a computer that was already a Hackintosh but my hard drive died. I have followed all of the install instructions and tried many text entries at the screen with iboot.
iboot loads OK, Snow Leopard shows up on the screen after L5, I hit enter and Gray Apple screen shows spinning wheel and that's it.
I get a few different results with different commands but never get to the install.
I did see this- Return Address (4 potential args on stack)

my equipment
Intel DP43BF board
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
16 gigs DDR3
Ge Force 8800GTX Graphics

I check my bios and everything seems Ok although I did change my HDD setting From RAID to AHCI.

I don't understand why I'm having a problem considering this was already a Hackintosh machine. HELP!
 
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This is an update

I just tried again with and entered -x GraphicsEnable=Yes
Took a few minutes and got the gray Apple with spinning wheel then was asked to re-start. I restarted and got a screen that said
Re-boot and select proper Boot Device
 
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This is an update

I just tried again with and entered -x GraphicsEnable=Yes
Took a few minutes and got the gray Apple with spinning wheel then was asked to re-start. I restarted and got a screen that said
Re-boot and select proper Boot Device

eyeblossom

You need to fill out your user hardware profile in you user settings...
so you hardware will post so we can see what we are doing and not have to ask.

Check your bios for USB support for LEGACY enable that. (old USB stuff like USB 1.0 mice and keyboards)

You should be using iBoot for Snow Leo CD. latest version is 3.3.0 there is a 3.2 in the iBoot Archive suggest you make each on a CD. DO not use a DVD for making this.

boot up switch needed should be -v -x acpi-off PCIRootUID=1 GraphicsEnabler=Yes

if you get a panic post a pic. If you get to the Install section format the HDD, and did you get a new (just purchased or had it laying around for years) HDD if so what size etc.
 
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Thank you, I will enter my hardware info.

I'm using a new 10.6.3 disc of Snow leopard and iboot 3.3

I will try the setting that you suggested and report back.

On my last attempt it looked like everything loaded but then it read this

nvram: error getting variable - 'boot-args' : (lakit/common) data was not found
Using 64 bit bootcache playlist
BootCacheControl : could not unlink playlist /var/db/bootcache.playlist : Read-only file system
Bug: launchctl .c:2325 (23938):38: (dbfd = open(g_joboverrides_db_path, O_RDONLY l O_EXLOCK l O_CREAT,
systemShutdown false


Thank you again
 
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Here is a screen shot.
 

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Thank you, I will enter my hardware info.

I'm using a new 10.6.3 disc of Snow leopard and iboot 3.3

I will try the setting that you suggested and report back.

On my last attempt it looked like everything loaded but then it read this

nvram: error getting variable - 'boot-args' : (lakit/common) data was not found
Using 64 bit bootcache playlist
BootCacheControl : could not unlink playlist /var/db/bootcache.playlist : Read-only file system
Bug: launchctl .c:2325 (23938):38: (dbfd = open(g_joboverrides_db_path, O_RDONLY l O_EXLOCK l O_CREAT,
systemShutdown false

Thank you again

eyeblossom

First off the pic is a bit fuzzy and not to readable - can you see if you can improve that next time.

As to this error it appears that something is not letting go... (like one of my ex girlfriends)

If you have other items - in the pc - like IO cards etc or extra HDD suggest remove it all and just use the bare bones approach.

Motherboard w CPU, video (approved), Media DVD and one HDD.

As to settings in BIOS not sure about intel bios but we need to have SATA set to AHCI which you have done
But check to see if your hardware has the most current bios available from Intel.
If not you may want to update it.

Also as stated Legacy support for USB enabled
And
HPET enabled and set to 64 (HPET stand for High Precision Event Timer)
as most CPU's today are 64 bit enabled by default some bios ran in 32 it mode for older CPU like Pentium.
So your motherboard may be set to 64 by default and this may not be found in the BIOS.
Some Bios just let you enable it and do not provide a 32/64 bit selection. ( YMMV )

As to other items on the motherboard such as any optional ports turn them off in the BIOS
this could include a serial port or the firewire or a Parallel printer port - disable for now!!!

Also if your MB has no onboard video you may want to only use the -x -v switches for a test.
Of course your video would be plugged into the first PCIe slot.
 
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Hmmm...lol

I like the comment about the girlfriend. I have one of those too.

The only extra thing that I have on there is a front USB. I can disconnect that.

I would think the Graphics card is approved since this was already running Snow Leopard.

I had a hard time getting a clear pic from the screen but I'll work on it. I believe it is 64 bit by default. I don't see any adjustable settings.

Video is in first PCIe slot.

Should I be only using one 4 gig stick of Ram?


I'll give it a try again.

Thanks again

Very appreciated
 
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I see this

USBF: 1.7 EHCI controller unable to take control from BIOS

and few others

I do have the BIOS set to Legacy Enabled
 
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Hope you can see this one

20140713_181721.jpg
 
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