Vista - Still waiting for root device

Discussion in 'Mac & OS X' started by gojohnnyboi, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. gojohnnyboi

    gojohnnyboi Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2008
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    I've tried 3 OS X disks so far, and all give me this error upon boot:

    "Still waiting for root device"

    any fixes?
  2. Parm289

    Parm289 New Member

    Jan 21, 2008
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    iPod touch
    This error means you most likely have a SATA internal drive. You will not be able to install OSX on this drive unless you go through hours and hours of patching the install disc.

    So the easier thing to do is find a large external hard drive, another computer that can boot the disc sucessfully, and install osx on the external drive. Make sure the BIOS of your computer (the one you want to boot osx on) supports booting from USB. That way, you can use the BIOS as a quasi-bootloader.

    I had the same problem with by computer, and this is how I got it to work. Leo running off my external HDD is still at least 5x faster than my fresh XP install on my internal disk.

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