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I tried installing on two pc's. One is a gateway with vista and a core 2 duo. I followed the instructions to install 10.4.9 in the installation guide for dual boot vista on both at osx86project.org. First pc has a problem when it is loading the osx install disc it just comes up with that waiting for root thing and the other one gets into the install and when i get to the part where it asks to choose a disk to install it on there are no drives listed to install on. Anyone help please? Or where can i find jas 10.4.8 or 9 to try those i can only find 10.4.6.



OS Name: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Ultimate

System Manufacturer: GATEWAY

System Model: GT5424

Processor Intel® Core™2 CPU 6400 @ 2.13GHz,

Memory: 2030 MB

system type: 32-bit operating system

evga NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 256MB PCI Express x16 Video Card

not sure specifics on this one.




CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6300 CPU @ 1.86GHz 1066FSB 2x1MB L2 Cache EM64T

CD: (Special Price) 16X DVD+/-R/+/-RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER


FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer

HDD: Single Hard Drive (320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD


MOTHERBOARD: Asus P5N-SLI nForce 570 SLI Chipset LGA775 Supports Core 2 Duo CPU FSB1066 DDR2 Mainboard w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&5.1Audio

MEMORY: 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory [+270] (Corsair Value Select or Major Brand)


USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

Graphics Card: nVidia Geforce 7300 LE

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The one that has no drives to choose from is the easy one to fix. Well, the fix its self is easy, but you may or may not need to juggle some files around to set it up.


The deal with that one is that the Mac OSX installer does not just allow a drive to formatted. You need to run Disk Utility and make a partition with a file system that OSX can be installed on. See, easy. The issue behind that is that you may not have any empty space to make a partition with out damaging you existing windows install and you might need to use a partitioning utility that will non-destructively make a partition. Meaning it erase you load of windows. Once the partition set up is all taken care of, just run the installer again and run the Disk Utility to format (erase the partition) and you are set.


The one that has issues with waiting for root device, well, that may be a little harder to track down the problem and have it be solvable. From the given information, it sounds like OSX is having issues with the hardware. It is likely that you are using hardware that is not supported or you need extra stuff on your install media to make it work. It isn't likely that you have failing hardware, which could also cause that problem, but it sounds like your gear is relatively new. Unless someone with far more experience than I can give a good direction to go for the solution on that one, the only thing I can recommend is the search option in the forum.

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I think that is still the same issue, but the deal breaker is that you need to have an empty partition setup. How I get it to work is to make the partition and format it with NTFS or FAT32 and the boot the install media. Then, with Disk Utility, I can erase that new partition and make it HFS+ Journaled.


I'm sure there is probably a better or more efficient way to get it going, but that is how it has worked for me with out any hangups.

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