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lcsper

Member Since 13 Dec 2009
Offline Last Active Dec 27 2009 05:16 AM
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P965 and "Still waiting for root device" before install

15 December 2009 - 07:35 AM

I finally got a working boot USB that would allow me to install OSX SL on my Sager but heres the thing - whenever I attempt to install Darwin hangs with "Still waiting for root device". From the research I have done the problem seems to be my P965 chipset + ICH8R south bridge. Now the thing is these are supposed to be natively supported by OSX and yet I get that message no matter what. I have tried many proposed solutions and none of these worked. I have managed to get it working inside of VM Ware but so far I can't install it no matter what I try.

Also it seems that right before it hits that message it attempts to search my DVD drive (aimlessly of course). Anybody can help me get through this crappy message so I can at least install OS X?

Attempting to Hackintosh a Sager NP9262

13 December 2009 - 11:28 AM

Well, I own a Sager NP9262 and while I'm happy running Vista and Win 7 for now, I now need to run Logic, which is only available for OSX. Unfortunately I don't have the option to go and buy a real Mac as of right now so instead I purchased a retail copy of Snow Leopard and a 250GB HD just for Hackintosh purposes.

I'm attempting to install OSX Snow Leopard on a Sager NP9262 with the following specs:

Core 2 Quad Q9650 (3.0 GHz - Stock Speed)
4 GB Ram
nVidia GeForce 9800M GT 512 MB (used to be SLI but one of the cards failed)
Clevo D900C motherboard (Intel P965/G965 Chipset - 82801HB/HR (ICH8/R) southbridge)
Raid 0 Partition with Vista + Non-Raid Win 7 RC

So I removed the HDD containing Win 7 RC and installed the blank HDD in its place.

On my first attempt I tried the method described here:
http://lifehacker.co...start-to-finish

This got me to the Chameleon boot screen but I was unable to install OSX, as soon as I picked the OSX install it would display "You need to restart your computer...".

I also tried this method:
http://prasys.co.cc/...s-the-easy-way/

This did not work at all, I was unable to boot this image and thus could install OSX once again.

It seems to me I was on the right track with the first method but either I did something wrong or there is something with my computer that prevents it from booting. I suspect the rather simplistic BIOS on this laptop might be the culprit as most guides I have seen show a multitude of BIOS screens which is very different in my case.

I would apreciate any help and will continue trying.

(excuse my English - musicians tend to get sloppy when it comes to things other than music)

- update

Tried once again using this method: http://prasys.co.cc/...pard-for-osx86/
Again I got the "You need to restart your computer..." message. It seems to me this method might work http://www.insanelym...howtopic=199832 but I have yet to try it.
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