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Hi everyone. I'm using a HP L2000US laptop and am aware of hardware compatibility problems with OSX. I'm using the Mac OS X 10.4.8 [JaS AMD-Intel-SSE2-SSE3 with PPF1 & PPF2] image (burned to disc) and following the laptop-specific guide here:




If you don't know what compatibility problem I'm talking about, the gist of it is that this model of computer uses an ATi x200 southbridge, which OSX just won't recognize. Trying to install straight from the disc at boot ends in a looping "Still waiting for root device." To solve this you have to do the VMWare install and apply some patches some very nice people have made for noobs like myself. The patches to the kexts I'm planning to use is this:




To start, on my 80GB drive I have WinXP installed on 67GB partition, and left 7.5 unallocated. (Yes, that's 75, I know). I fresh installed windows, and now use diskpart to make primary partition with id af. Diskpart looks like so:


DISKPART > list partition

Partition ### Type Size Offset

------------- ------------------- ----------- ---------

Partition 1 Primary 67GB 32KB

*Partition 2 Unknown 7711MB 67GB




I use diskpart to made the new partition with id af.


Now, I get to the first part with VMWare, and I use the disk utility, select the partition I want to use (the 7.5GB one) and Erase it, setting it to HFS+. Then I return to installation, and install.


OSX boots in VMWare for the first time. I enabled file sharing so I can connect directly from my XP install to the shared folder on OSX. (I did enable Bridged ethernet during install, but unplugged the cable during registration). I send the working kext for the southbridge problem to OSX, and follow the instructions on the specific guide page. (again, the one with the replacement kext: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...mp;hl=imporved)


Now, I do all that stuff fine (and I saw the note about using the correct filenames in the main L2000 install guide), and get to reboot. I reboot the virtual macihne, it works fine. At this point, I want to know if it'll work, so I shut down OSX in VMWare, (after turning it off in VMware I can never start it up again, due to the partition table being changed) then I close VMWare and use the chain0 method on boot.ini, following of course, this guide:




So I add the appropriate lines and reboot the computer. I get to the bootloader, and hit the newly-created option. then I'm greeted with "HFS+ Partition error".


Now - I've done this with both the OSX partition with and without it being active; when it is active, the computer looses the capability of booting, even when using XP's fixmbr option, making me re-install XP. I've used both diskpart and diskutil to make these partitions and set them to active (or not).


So, what am I doing wrong? Thank you in advance.


PS - XP is on NTFS, in case that matters.

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