Still waiting for root device error occured because the appropriate Sata/Pata driver isn’t being loaded. This error usually appears before OSX86 DVD can boot and in some cases it occurs after installation. Actually this error means that the OS is set to boot from a drive and partition that does not exist or your bootloader is not able to discover the partition. Lets get started to troubleshoot the problem in the first phase we discuss the “Still Waiting For Root Device Error” which appears while installing the OSX86 on your computer.
Step 1 Jumper Settings : If your system contains IDE hard disk or DVD RW then you need to play with your jumper settings. If the following settings are not working for you try vice versa. if you have Sata Hard Disk and DVD RW skip to step 2.
- Your rom/writer must be set as Primary Master.
- Your hard-disk must be set as Primary Slave .
Step 2 Tweaking the BIOS : If you satisfies step 1 then time is to play with BIOS settings. Open your BIOS settings by pressing DEL or F2 key continuosly as you starts your PC. Once the BIOS screen appears try to find and change following options if they are available.
- ATA/IDE Mode : Native
- Configure SATA as : AHCI
- S.M.A.R.T. : Enabled
Step 3 Download Another Distribution : This is the most effective there are many OSX86 distro in the wild but you have to choose select one for your hardware configuration. For selecting the right one search on Wiki.OSX86project.org and forum.insanelymac.com if you find anyone who posted a success message with his details then you are lucky otherwise download the various flavours and try them.
Still Waiting For Root Device Error After Installing The OSX86
- Boot up using the LeoV3 DVD as if you are going to install Mac OS X again.
- Select Terminal from the Installer’s Utility Menu.
- Now we are going to copy all the the ATA kexts from the install DVD to your hard drive. To do this enter a command like this:
cp -pr /Volumes/Leo4allv3/System/Library/Extensions/*ATA* /Volumes/MacHD/System/Library/Extensions/.
NOTE*: Replace Leo4allv3 with the name of your install dvd and replace MacHD with the name of your hard drive volume.
4. Now we need to set the permissions for those kexts we copied
chown -R root:wheel /Volumes/MacHD/System/Library/Extensions/*ATA*
chmod -R 755 /Volumes/MacHD/System/Library/Extensions/*ATA*
NOTE*: Replace MacHD with the name of your hard drive volume.
5. To remove the kextcache execute the following:
rm -rf /Volumes/MacHD/System/Library/Extensions.*
Note* Replace MacHD with the name of your drive volume.
You may now restart your computer. I would suggest pressing F8 while booting and then entering -f as a boot option to force reloading of the kexts.
If you know the number of your Hard Drive then at the Darwin prompt (after boot press F8) write: rd=DiskX where X is the number of your OSX hard drive.
once you succeed and don’t want to write the rd parameter every boot, then write it in your boot plist file.this is a file that configure the system boot parameters. The file can be found at:/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration
- Open terminal
- Write: sudo -s and press enter
- Enter your password when asked and press enter
- Write: vi /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist and press enter
- In the vi editor use the arrow keys on the keyboard and navigate the cursor to the tag: after the <key>Kernel Flags< /key > line.
- The string tag might be empty or not, if it is not empty then add space and then write: rd=diskX where X is your hard drive number.
- Press keyboard button Esc (in order to exit insert mode)
- Write: :wq and press enter (notice the : sign)
- Then reboot and thats it
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