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Good morning..


Can someone guide me so I can install the retail version of OSX 10.7.2 into a USB without using an existing Mac or Hackintosh..



I have downloaded the retail .dmg file from this address ######## Basically, I don't own any Mac machine nor anyone who I know does.. So, I'm currently on the hunt to find an alternative way to put this .dmg into a usb and be able to boot with it..

If you have some idea on how to do this, please help me..



Thank you.. :]



 

P.S.


I have a working bootable DVD of iATKOS L2.. Unfortunately, I can't finish the setup because it hangs up at around the last 2 minutes of installation..


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1. When installing iAtkos, what does the installer log say it is doing when it hangs? The log is under the Window menu item.

2. Install a virtual machine like VMWare or possibly Virtual Box. Install OSX 10.7.2 or older in the virtual machine. Use the virtual machine to perform the Mac operations.

3. Like number 2, but use the virtual machine to install directly to your hard drive.

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@rlf,

Thanks for replying..


Okay, I'll try it (2) after downloading the retail .dmg file..


I didn't notice it.. The installation just stops at the end part of the setup, and I have also noticed that the disk drive stops reading the iATKOS L2 DVD


I'll try to burn the iATKOS L2 again.. I think the DVD is damaged because it just stays at the Apple loading screen.. Moreover, I found out that most of the files in the DVD were missing.. I learned this after inserting the disk and browsing it's contents in another pc..


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A PC cannot read files in Mac format without adding special software. The files were there, you just couldn't see them.

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@rlf,


After burning the iATKOS_L2.dmg into a DVD using Transmac, I mounted the DVD and (as far as I can remember) I can see the files in the DVD..


Then what softwares can I use to verify the existence of the files??


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MacDrive by the company Mediafour

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@rlf,


I can't install it.. It rolls back the installation at the end.. :C


It also says the following:
MacDrive 9 Standard Setup could not be completed because an error occurred


Do you know any alternative software?


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Paragon HFS+

Trust me, the files are there.



Edit: an old program: http://www.catacombae.org/hfsx.html

Also, read this thread: http://www.insanelym...howtopic=183351

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@rlf,


I've tried it.. It wont boot..


Some files are missing..


Most of the remaining files are files for booting..


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One last time - the files are there. You just cannot see them from a PC. Once the BIOS hands booting over to the Mac side, the boot files tell it how to read the Mac HFS+ format scheme. The question you are asking used to be asked a lot in the past, but not so much recently. In fact, I could only find one recent complaint:

I downloaded this rar. Extracted the iso using unrar x
. The extracted iso only contained the following files

BOOT
BOOT.CAT
BOOT0
BOOT1H
BOOT1U
BOOTHELP.TXT
CDBOOT
CHAIN0

Where is the rest of it.


Now, as for not booting. It booted before but hung during installation. Did you burn it the same way as you did the first time? When you boot in verbose mode (-v), what messages does it give? To boot into verbose mode, when the DVD starts, press F8. Type -v followed by the <Enter> key. Instead of the Apple and spinner, you should see text.

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@rlf,


I have booted it in verbose mode a while ago..

It gave me something like "file not found" at the last part of the texts..



Wait.. I'll try it again..


 

P.S.

No.. I had used dmg2img to convert the iATKOS_L2.dmg to an iso.. Then, I have used 3rd party burner to burn the image into a blank DVD..

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I bet it said com.apple.Boot.plist not found. This is when the BIOS is trying to transfer the boot process to the DVD and it is looking for that file to give it some basic instructions. It can be "missing" if there is something wrong with the DVD player (did you change any settings or change its connection from one SATA connector to another) or the DVD could be damaged and difficult to read - burning at the slowest speed is recommended.

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@rlf,


Here's the last part that seems to give some clue:
BootCacheControl: Unable to open /var/db/BootCache.playlist: 2 No such file or directory
Bug: launctl.c:2408 (24957):30: (dbfd = open(g_job_overrides_db_path, O_RDONLY | O_EXLOCK | O_CREAT, S_IRUSR | S_IRUSR)) != -1
nstat_lookup_entry failed: 2
nstat_lookup_entry failed: 2


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I believe those are standard statements that I've seen when booting iAtkos L2. The playlist doesn't exist because it was a hand-made DVD. The bug is there always and I believe nstat lookup has to do with network which is not ready yet. Generally, at that point in the boot, you need to walk away for 10 or 15 minutes. Why not let it sit there for a while? DVD's take quite a while to boot.

Although it doesn't solve your problems, if it will ease your mind, I believe you are booting far enough that I could show you files on the DVD. It would be purely an exercise and doesn't do anything to get you booted.

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@rlf,



Oh, I see.. I'm just wondering because last night, it just took few minutes to boot.. Today, it took more time than I could ever wait..


Thanks for your help..


BTW, if I'll boot a burned retail version of OSX Lion, will it boot faster?? What are your thoughts??



 

P.S.


What is your estimated installation duration for iATKOS L2 on Core i5 430m??



Sorry, I don't know the speed to which the files were burned into the disk..

Anyway, does it affect the duration of the installation??

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Does this mean you waited long enough for it to finally boot?

The retail version of OSX Lion will boot faster. But you can't boot it directly. That's why you do the prep work to put it on a USB drive. A real Mac has an entirely different BIOS than a PC. There has to be work done to get the PC BIOS to hand booting over to OSX. That can be done by placing certain files on a USB drive or on a boot CD or on an install DVD like iAtkos L2.

In addition, recent versions of some virtual machines can boot a retail OSX DVD and then you can format and write that to a hard drive which can be setup to boot.

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@rlf,



Yeah.. I understand the need for a bootloader.. Unfortunately, (as what I have said before) I don't have any Mac.. I tried installing the iATKOS L2 in a virtual machine, but it didn't worked.. It just gave me some error..

Right now, I'm planning to use i.B.o.o.t.. What do you think?? Will it make the DVD with the untouched retail version of OSX Lion boot on a PC??


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What is your estimated installation duration for iATKOS L2 on Core i5 430m??


Last week I installed iAtkos L2 onto an i5 in about 20 minutes after it booted. Booting took maybe 15 minutes.

Sorry, I don't know the speed to which the files were burned into the disk..

Anyway, does it affect the duration of the installation??

No, the speed of installation is set by the speed of your DVD reader and the amount of data that needs to be read each step of the way. A DVD reader is vastly slower than a hard drive.

Writing the data to the DVD slowly just means that each burn that it makes is slow and sure so that it is clean and clearly visible. If he head is moving quickly, the burn can be sloppy and you will get errors reading the DVD.

Right now, I'm planning to use #######. What do you think?? Will it make the DVD with the untouched retail version of OSX Lion boot on a PC??

I would have to go check, but isn't ###### for Snow Leopard? I believe it says what it will do on the ####### page.

I tried installing the iATKOS L2 in a virtual machine, but it didn't worked.. It just gave me some error..


Don't install iAtkos into the virtual machine, install the Retail OSX into the virtual machine.

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Update:

I just booted iAtkos on my i5 and it took 5 minutes total. It took about 3 minutes after the nstat messages appeared.

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@rlf,


Last week I installed iAtkos L2 onto an i5 in about 20 minutes after it booted. Booting took maybe 15 minutes.


Last night, I have waited for about 1 & 1/2 hour and it just stays at the last part of the setup.. It said something like, "Approximately 2 minutes remaining".. Then, I unplugged the computer because I was thinking that something is wrong.. After that, I tried booting the disk again.. As said earlier, it took so much time.. That's when I assumed that the iATKOS L2 DVD is damaged..


I would have to go check, but isn't###### for Snow Leopard? I believe it says what it will do on the #######.


Yes it's for Snow Leopard, but I'll still give it a try..


Don't install iAtkos into the virtual machine, install the Retail OSX into the virtual machine.


Oh, I see.. When installing it (Retail Version of OSX Lion) into a virtual machine, do I have to add or tweak something?? Or, should I just set it so it'll boot with the image mounted into its virtual disk drive..


I just booted iAtkos on my i5 and it took 5 minutes total. It took about 3 minutes after the nstat messages appeared.


I tried reinstalling the iATKOS L2 last night after my internet connection broke.. Fortunately, after waiting for a sum of 1 hour, it had a successful installation.. My only problem now is that after booting my iATKOS L2, it's stucked at the loading screen.. I tried booting it in verbose mode and the last text was:
Resetting IOCatalog






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