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Stuck with spinning ball on Mavericks installation

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I am doing a "vanilla" installation using the excellent instructions in this installation guide, and have run into a problem:


First, the hardware list:


Motherboard: Asus P5K-V, latest BIOS (version 1002)

CPU: Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93 GHz


Graphics: PNY GeForce 9800 GT GDDR3 1GB


This computer has been running Snow Leopard stably for quite a while, so I know there are no fundamental problems with the hardware.


When I boot from my prepared USB drive, it boots the operating system to the point where the graphics mode is engaged, and then I am left with a white screen initially with a mouse pointer arrow, and then with the "spinning beachball". Since it takes quite a while to reach this point, I have left the system in this state for a long time to see if it ever recovers, and so far it hasn't. I know that the CPU hasn't crashed completely because the "beachball" continues to spin, I can move the mouse pointer, and the system even blanks the screen if I let it sit long enough, turning it back on when I hit a key on the keyboard.


I have used a variety of boot arguments: -v (I would never boot without this one!) GraphicsEnabler=Yes (graphics come up, but then something else seems to hang), -x (safe mode simply takes longer with the mouse pointer arrow before the spinning ball appears), but nothing seems to give a different result.


Any suggestions? What else might I try? Is there any way to have the system provide additional debug information?


Thanks in advance to all.


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Hi Mirone,


Thanks for the response.


Unfortunately GraphicsEnabler=No doesn't work. That causes the screen to shut off entirely and the computer to become completely unresponsive. Even the caps-lock key no longer turns on and off the light.


I'm pretty sure this isn't a graphics problem since once the computer switches to graphics mode (about 3 minutes after the last text is printed by the kernel boot process) the screen correctly shows a mouse pointer initially that tracks mouse movements, and then shows the colorful spinning ball, still tracking mouse movements. Caps-lock remains responsive, and even screen blanking timeout works, and the screen comes back on with a key press.


If I could only get some diagnostics to show up on a serial port (this is a PC after all and does have serial ports) or have a getty started on a serial port (see this link) then I might be able to see more of what's happening. Not sure how the serial port enumerates in a system like this...

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