Jump to content

Need help to repair com.apple.Boot.plist w/o loading to OSX

4 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Hi Folks. Need some help here. I'm sure the problem's easy to fix, but I just don't know how yet.


1 MBR HDD, 2 partitions, vistax64 first, JaS 10.5.4 client second, dual boots from chameleon boot loader.


I decided to add a Kernel flag to boot into vistax64 by default (the rd=diskXsY method), saved the com.apple.Boot.plist file, restarted and it screwed up the loading ;) . It tries to load OSX for some reason (i used "diskutil list" to determine X,Y values, and I'm sure I set it for vista, not mac :wacko: ). Tried to boot osx in safe mode (or single user?) using the -s command, but i get a kernel panic machine hang :blink: . Currently, I'm still able to boot to vista, although still manually :P .




How can I reedit the com.apple.Boot.plist file without booting to OSX? I tried to navigate to the file through terminal by booting from the install DVD. I saw the "Mac OSx86" volume under the root /Volumes folder, it seemed to be mounted, tried to cd to it, but get some sort of error. (File not found, Mac OSx86 is not a folder, access denied). Even if I do get to it, how can I edit it? nano command is not on the instal DVD. Any help is greatly appreciated :) !

Link to comment
Share on other sites

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">

<plist version="1.0">




<key>Kernel Flags</key>








if you can get into windows download MacDrive so that you can see your osx drive. then go to where the the boot.plist is at and replace it




right click then edit with wordPad (under windows)


whats above is what i have on mine. this happened to me too and this was the only way i found i could fix this


ill attach my boot.plist




i have it set to 2sec to load into osx change the 2 in "<string>2</string>" to a different Number (8 is default)


hope this helps


Link to comment
Share on other sites


  • Create New...