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Hi everyone,

I've been an InsanelyMac user for a few years, but this is my first post. Two weeks ago, I got this Samsung NP300e5e, but I can't get any form of OSX to boot. I've tried SL and ML. I've tried several boot options (any combination of -x, -f, -s, PCIRootUID=1 and 0, GraphicsEnabler=No and Yes, acpi=off). I mostly usehttp://www.insanelym...ort-tonymacx86/ Ivy. I can't even get to the installation screen. It always bombs out on "unable to load driver for this platform" when it tries to load ACPI.

The BIOS is a Phoenix SecureCore BIOS. The laptop specs are:

Core i3 3227U
4GB DDR3 (1600)
500GB HD
802.11 b/g/n

I've tried to enable and disable Hyperthreading, UEFI, etc. No change. I'd prefer to get vanilla OSX to work, but I've also had no luck with a couple of distros (iatkos and Hazard). I've googled all over the place for this model and can find no tutorials around. Some people have had success with other NP300 models, so I wonder if it's this particular model or I'm doing something wrong.

I've also tried to get something, anything installed on my desktop in a virtual machine (virtualbox or vmware) so I could get a working USB installer. That didn't work (the virtualbox install just froze on first boot). I downloaded premade USB image, but the USB won't boot on my laptop.

My goal is to eventually get a triple boot of OSX, linux and Win8 (I'm avoiding using that until 8.1). I'm basically a noob, but I did get a working hackintosh install a few years back when I had my Asus netbook.

Can anyone help? Thanks for anything you can shoot me.

Wackman

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the problem is your Bios, if you want to install in mode UEFI you need Clover Bootloader or you cant start it in Mode Legacy bios with chameleon, here a guide Laptop UEFI take a look to have a idea, and to legacy bios here:


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The all-in-one guide to Vanilla OS X Mountain Lion + Chameleon + DSDT for beginners http://www.insanelym...howtopic=280756


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Thanks. I just found that one within the last few days. The problem is that I don't have a working mac/hackintosh machine to make the USB. I finally got an install on my desktop working a little, so I'm going to try this right now. I'll report back.

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It didn't work on my laptop. The text was going to fast to be sure, but I think it crashed on an smb extension.

I was able to get a good install on my desktop using that method, though. But I'll keep trying on the laptop. Maybe it's because I need to install Clover on the usb thumb drive.

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I tried to put Clover on my USB stick and it wouldn't boot. I couldn't even get clover to boot on it from CD (clover ISO). I just put Chimera on the USB and now I can boot and try out boot flags, but I'm back almost at square one. It doesn't seem to be stoping on ACPI, but it's crashing (rebooting) on a file that starts with System. It's right after all of the IO files.

Tomorrow, I'll try some other boot loaders.

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Put the hard disk of the your Laptop in your Desktop in another port, then boot your Desktop and install MAC OS to disk of your Laptop but don´t reboot, only power off the desktop,now from your desktop install the bootloader to disk Lap and make a folder Extra, then put back the disk to you Laptop and boot the system

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Thank you! That was a brilliant suggestion. I'm not quite there, but I think I've made some progress. Sorry for the delay, by the way. Things have been hectic.

Tonight, I hooked my laptop hard drive up to my desktop. I was able to boot off my USB and install Mountain Lion onto the laptop's hard drive. For a few hours after that, I was struggling with different boot loaders (Chameleon and Clover) and can't get any of them to boot that partition (whether hooked up to desktop or laptop). By now, it's got a hybrid of the two on it. The next time I have a chance, I think I'm going to research cleaning both bootloaders off (I heard Clover is next to impossible to remove).

What happens now is that (with -v) It seems to load all of the kexts, but then it crashes and gives me a scrollable window showing a bunch of messages. It shows loading my CPU and my RAM, including the manufacturers. Then at the end, it shows that it was unable to load 3 things (but I can't remember exactly what they are; the first one was something like GAM). At the end, I tried putting it back in the laptop to see if I had any better or worse luck there. I get the Clover boot screen showing me my Windows 8 partition and Mac partition. Mac did what I was talking about. But Windows gives a \boot\BCD error and wants me to fix startup. Ugh. I could probably fix that if I installed a UEFI bootloader like reFind or Grub, but I don't want to do that until my Mac part is fixed. I'll keep plugging away at it.





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