12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 15, 2008 5:11 AM by x5315
x5315 Level 1 Level 1
Hey,
Recently i noticed a slow down with my mac. So i thought i would erase the hard drive and reinstall Leopard. I booted into the disc, and erased the hard drive using disk utility.
Then i restarted the machine. Following this, i tried to boot back to the cd. I got the no boot sign.
So i thought i would go to verbose, to see what was happening.

The final message is "Still Waiting for Root Device".

What does that mean, and how do i fix it?
I know the disc works, because it's the disc i originally used to upgrade to leopard.

Thanks
x5315

Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5), 17" 1.6 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD, SuperDrive
Reply by baltwo on Jan 9, 2008 5:06 PM Helpful
OK, that means it cannot find the DVD. Try this: restart, holding down the CMDOP+OF keys, and when the text stops scrolling, type in these commands, following each with hitting the return key—the last one reboots the machine, so hold down the OPTION key, select the DVD, and click the right-hand arrow. Don't use verbose mode.

reset-nvram
set-defaults
reset-all
Reply by baltwo on Jan 9, 2008 5:46 PM Helpful
First image is unreadable. As for the prohibitory sign, see http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106805 Other than ejecting the DVD, examining it for smudges or scratches, or using a lens cleaner disk to clean the CD/DVD reader's lens, I've run out of ideas.

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  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    I booted into the disc, and erased the hard drive using disk utility. Then, I restarted the machine. Following this, i tried to boot back to the cd. I got the no boot sign.


    If you erased the HD, why did you restart the machine? Your next step should have been to install Leopard. How did you try to boot with the CD? Best bet is to restart, holding down the C key, and, when the clock stops spinning and shows all bootable volumes, which should only be the CD since you erased the HD (assuming you only had a single partition), select the CD, and click the right-hand arrow.
  • x5315 Level 1 Level 1
    I have tried restarting. And instead of the C, i hold down option to load a menu. Then i select the disk. It boots into the disk and then i get the no booting sign.
    I have tried this quite a few times. In verbose mode, the final thing that is stated is
    "Waiting for root device", this is when i'm booting into the CD. Not just the hard drive. All i need is for the cd to boot, so i can start to install Leopard on the hard drive, but the cd won't boot.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    Then, something's really screwy. Zap the PRAM, restart holding down the CMDOPT+PR keys until you get at least two bongs, release and hold down the OPTION key, select the CD, and see if that allows you to boot from the DVD (it's not a CD).
  • x5315 Level 1 Level 1
    Tried the PRAM just now and holding down option. I've selected the disc and pressed CMD V to allow for the verbose boot. Still get the message, i've taken a picture.

    http://hosting.nitescifi.com/upload/1199926391.jpg

    That's it.
    Hope that helps.

    Thanks
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    OK, that means it cannot find the DVD. Try this: restart, holding down the CMDOP+OF keys, and when the text stops scrolling, type in these commands, following each with hitting the return key—the last one reboots the machine, so hold down the OPTION key, select the DVD, and click the right-hand arrow. Don't use verbose mode.

    reset-nvram
    set-defaults
    reset-all
  • x5315 Level 1 Level 1
    The open firmware:
    http://hosting.nitescifi.com/upload/1199927981.jpg

    The options screen:
    http://hosting.nitescifi.com/upload/1199928090.jpg

    Then no boot:
    http://hosting.nitescifi.com/upload/1199928122.jpg

    Thanks very much for your help.

    Actually just tried it again, and after the reboot, it doesn't find the dvd.
    So i had to reboot above

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  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    First image is unreadable. As for the prohibitory sign, see http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106805 Other than ejecting the DVD, examining it for smudges or scratches, or using a lens cleaner disk to clean the CD/DVD reader's lens, I've run out of ideas.
  • x5315 Level 1 Level 1
    ok. Well a friend of mine has a copy of the disc. So i'll borrow there's tomorrow. See if it's the disc.

    Thanks very much for all your help. It is much appreciated.

    If the other disc fails, what would you suggest? Take it to an Apple Store?
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    I'd suggest trying to boot with the Apple Hardware Test disk that came with the machine and run the extended tests. It might be a hardware problem that just popped up. If the machine and installed RAM pass those, then download and run Rember which does more extensive RAM tests. If the problem still exists, then a trip to the Apple Store is in order.
  • x5315 Level 1 Level 1
    Ok, i used my old disc. And it gave an error message. I googled it and it turns out the hard disc was dead.
    I've replaced the disc myself. Only got a 40gig one in now, but luckily all my data is on external hard drives anyway.

    Thanks for all your help.
    x5315
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    Thanks for the feedback. Now, mark the thread, appropriately. Good computing.
  • x5315 Level 1 Level 1
    Problem Sorted