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Darwin boot error? Unable to get past Darwin loader


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Hello. I have an HP Media Center PC m7357c with:

Intel Core 2 Duo Pentium D 920 CPU 2.8 GHz supporting MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, EM64T

ASUS LITHIUM Motherboard (I'm not sure the exact brand, that's all CPU-Z tells me) with Intel i945P chipset

270G HD (this is unimportant, as I'm trying to install it on a separate WD 300G external hard drive)

1.5G RAM

HP DVD Writer 840b (where I recorded and run the 10.4.6 JaS install DVD, which to my knowledge burned perfectly onto the DVD)

nVidia GeForce 6200SE TurboCache

Anything else you need to help if you can, I can provide, just ask. I'm not sure exactly what I have to provide as I'm not especially proficient with computers.


Anyway, my problem is this. I boot the computer, works just fine, and loads the installer, and I get a prompt to hit any key to install Mac OS X or hit F8 for startup options. I hit enter and it begins to load Darwin/x86, and it returns to the prompt screen. If I go to the startup options, I boot it in verbose mode to see if it will tell me the problem, and it begins to load Darwin again, and I see some stuff about loading machkernels, and it reverts to the Hit any key to install Mac OS X key. No matter where I go, it returns me to the installer screen.


My question is: Is this a problem with the processors, the motherboard, the DVD, or something else? And how do I go about fixing it?


Thanks for your time and concern.


EDIT: I am also having trouble getting VMWare set up - it asks for a host (type-in bar, not select local host or remote host like the screenshots I have seen) so if there's anyway to get this set up sans VMWare that would be great. Or, if it's not too much to ask, a way to get around or fix the host screen on VMWare, that would also be great. Thanks again.

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I'm having a problem of this sorts as well. I have a clone though, running an AMD X2 4200+, MSI K9N Diamond mainboard, 1Gb RAM, PCI-e video card, SATA hard drives etc.


I get to the "Press any key blah blah" screen and when I do that it said "Loading Darwin blah blah" , then my PC restarts, just like that. Thought it was a hardware prob, I tried changing the RAM, unplugging the hard drives and what not.


Need help please:(

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