…....for the longest ever Hackintosh install:
2 hours and 5 minutes
(Timed from clicking on 'Install' right after 'Customise Install' thru to the computer rebooting itself. I didn't time the pre-install procedure from starting the PC from the DVD until the 'Choose Your Language' screen. That was about 5-10 mins, so I guess in total about 135 minutes.)
It was a Niresh ML 10.8.2 distro on a Dell Optiplex GX620 (see specs below in my signature, although the CPU is now a Pentium D 820 dual-core 2 x 2.80GHz).
Don't know why it was so slow. Initial indication from the Time Remaining progress bar (which Apple technician wrote the code and algorithm for that? It's about as much use as a chocolate teapot or an ashtray on a motorbike) said 19 minutes. It was like something out of Groundhog Day – every time I looked, the DVD and HDD lights were chuntering away happily but it was so S-L-O-W. DVD disc is fairly new, recently burned, rarely used and no scratches or fingermarks or other debris. The drive is also OK as I installed a 10.5 Leopard on the same system only the day before and that took 25 mins all in, from inserting DVD to reaching the desktop after reboot. I chose very few options in 'Customise Install', only the bare minimum of things I really needed. If anyone can tell me why this and certain other installs take a long time, I'd be very grateful so that I could avoid the same pitfalls in the future.
And was it worth the wait for my very first ML 10.8.2??
Well, yes and no. Just before the computer was about to reboot itself, I got the 'Install Failed' message. Not to be put off, as I had encountered a similar situation before, I thought there might be a chance that all the necessary files were on the hard drive.
Rebooting normally with and without verbose mode (-v) was unsuccessful. The only thing I could do was boot into safe mode (-x -v) and from there I could get to the keyboard recognition screen and was able to register before reaching the Desktop. Yeah!!! I noticed that Niresh had put in a lot of cache rebuilding routines and that took quite a while to complete.
Tried to reboot normally again, but to no avail, only safe mode still works and as I'm a noob I don't really have the knowledge or experience to have any idea of what to do now. Obviously there's some kind of kext conflict somewhere but I would appreciate some ideas and suggestions from you guys. No internet connection either, although I guess that's because of safe mode. Does safe mode turn ALL drivers off? Or is it like Windows where you can have 'Safe Mode with Networking'?
So mother (Dell) and first ML baby (10.8.2) are doing fine, but baby is still in intensive care until Daddy/the doctor gets a new brain and figures out what to do.