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I have a Hackintosh I've been using for about six months and it worked flawlessly. It was a Snow Leopard install that self updated at least to 10.6.5, and may have gotten to 10.6.6 -- I'm not 100% sure. Sleeping, rebooting, everything worked great.

 

The guide I used for my hardware purchase and install was this Life Hacker guide http://lifehacker.com/#!348653/install...acking-required and http://lifehacker.com/#!321913/build-a...c-for-under-800 I followed it to the letter.

 

Two days ago my 8 year old did a power button reboot on the machine. I wasn't here, so I can't be entirely sure what happened. But what I can be sure of is that when the machine tries to boot I get the dreaded

 

boot0: GPT

boot0: testing

boot0: testing

boot0: error

 

problem.

 

I can't get it to boot from the hard drive, and I can't even get it to boot from the install disk. I am using the BIOS interrupt to boot from the DVD player with the retail install disk of Snow Leopard and I get the same error.

 

I went so far as to unplug the hard disk from power and from the controller and attempted to boot from the install disk and got the same error.

 

I don't _think_ it is a hardware problem as I can boot from an Ubuntu install disk just fine.

 

Any pointers or pointed questions would be very appreciated.

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You can't boot a "Hackintosh" straight from an OS X install disk. You need a bootloader eg chameleon based boot disc. try '[url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]". If you can boot into the hard drive with a bootCD ([url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]), then reinstall "Chameleon" to the hard drive.

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You can't boot a "Hackintosh" straight from an OS X install disk. You need a bootloader eg chameleon based boot disc. try '[url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]". If you can boot into the hard drive with a bootCD ([url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]), then reinstall "Chameleon" to the hard drive.

 

Good point, and thanks for the tip. I downloaded [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], burned it to a DVD, and tried to boot from it. Same error:

 

boot0: GPT

boot0: testing

boot0: testing

boot0: error

 

What should I try next?

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Try different boot cd's I guess. nawcom comes to mind. Did you not have a boot disc for the original install!

 

Well, I'm a dork. I actually used this guide for a retail install, and no, I didn't keep the USB stick I booted from. I'm attempting to recreate now, but I'm also wondering if I could/should use an enclosure and put chameleon on the drive that is failing to see if that works.

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Chameleon should work just fine for you. However if you're getting the same error when trying to boot from a boot cd like [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], Chameleon may give you the same error. I would recreate the usb stick that worked for you on install to get the system booted again and then install/reinstall Chameleon once it's started and hopefully that will fix your problem. Did you ever have a boot loader like Chameleon installed or did you just install with the USB stick and then never shut it off?

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Chameleon should work just fine for you. However if you're getting the same error when trying to boot from a boot cd like [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], Chameleon may give you the same error. I would recreate the usb stick that worked for you on install to get the system booted again and then install/reinstall Chameleon once it's started and hopefully that will fix your problem. Did you ever have a boot loader like Chameleon installed or did you just install with the USB stick and then never shut it off?

 

I used _this_ guide to recreate a USB boot/install image and I was able to boot it up. http://lifehacker.com/#!5360150/instal...acking-required

 

I then used the dmg that installs Chameleon to reinstall it on the HD on the hackintosh and it works. So, a long cycle to get to "reinstall chameleon", which worked. Thanks to all who helped.

 

And I'll be keeping that USB drive around for future needs.

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