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Cannot install Snow Leopard over 10.5.8 because "can't boot from" boot disk

151947 Views 143 Replies Latest reply: Mar 15, 2010 3:17 PM by Jman5112 RSS
  • IndustrialEcho Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The partition tweaking worked. Thanks for the tip

    This is odd behaviour though, dontcha think?

    I must say, I was a bit terrified that it would erase the HD, but it didn't
    MacBook Pro 2.5GHz / MacBook Pro 2.4GHz / Pismo G3 400 / iBook G4 933 / iPod Tou, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Carl Muckenhirn Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    redpaola, yes I saw your note, and in an abundance of hope went off to do that, but to no avail. I had to delete a linux partition just to get the "tweak" (saving the "jiggled" partition) to complete successfully. But to no avail, I can adjust the partition size all day now (at least 4 times) and everything saves correctly, but SL still doesn't recognize the partition as bootable. (But it boots just fine.)

    c.
    MBP Unibody, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • IndustrialEcho Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Running 10.6 and all seems to be fine

    One other odd thing that happened after the install though, was that the system asked for a file named “System Events.app”.

    You can find it in:

    *System/Library/CoreService/System Events.app*

    This seems to be more strange behavior though :/
    MacBook Pro 2.5GHz / MacBook Pro 2.4GHz / Pismo G3 400 / iBook G4 933 / iPod Tou, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • William Maxwell Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    Can I please have affected users run these Terminal commands before they attempt a fix and post the results to this thread? Many thanks.
    sudo gpt -rvvvv show /dev/disk0
    sudo fdisk /dev/disk0

    If your target HD is not the default /dev/disk0, please use the Terminal command 'diskutil list' to find the proper /dev/disk number for your target.

    Here is an example output from my system:
    bash-3.2$ sudo gpt -rvvvv show /dev/disk0
    Password:
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: mediasize=500107862016; sectorsize=512; blocks=976773168
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: PMBR at sector 0
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: Pri GPT at sector 1
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B, start=40, size=409600
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC, start=409640, size=976101344
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: Sec GPT at sector 976773167
    start size index contents
    0 1 PMBR
    1 1 Pri GPT header
    2 32 Pri GPT table
    34 6
    40 409600 1 GPT part - C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B
    409640 976101344 2 GPT part - 48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC
    976510984 262151
    976773135 32 Sec GPT table
    976773167 1 Sec GPT header
    bash-3.2$ sudo fdisk /dev/disk0
    Disk: /dev/disk0 geometry: 60801/255/63 [976773168 sectors]
    Signature: 0xAA55
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: EE 1023 254 63 - 1023 254 63 [ 1 - 976773167] <Unknown ID>
    2: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    3: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    4: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Carl Muckenhirn Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Here you go:

    GlassBookPro-2:~ carlmuckenhirn$ sudo gpt -rvvv show /dev/disk0
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: mediasize=500107862016; sectorsize=512; blocks=976773168
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: PMBR at sector 0
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: Pri GPT at sector 1
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B, start=34, size=204800
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC, start=263968, size=852607456
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC, start=853133568, size=50840032
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: Sec GPT at sector 976773167
    start size index contents
    0 1 PMBR
    1 1 Pri GPT header
    2 32 Pri GPT table
    34 204800 1 GPT part - C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B
    204834 59134
    263968 852607456 2 GPT part - 48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC
    852871424 262144
    853133568 50840032 3 GPT part - 48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC
    903973600 72799535
    976773135 32 Sec GPT table
    976773167 1 Sec GPT header

    GlassBookPro-2:~ carlmuckenhirn$ sudo fdisk /dev/disk0
    Disk: /dev/disk0 geometry: 60801/255/63 [976773168 sectors]
    Signature: 0xAA55
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: EE 1023 254 63 - 1023 254 63 [ 1 - 976773167] <Unknown ID>
    2: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    3: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    4: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    MBP Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • William Maxwell Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    Awesome and thanks a lot. Please see if the workarounds in this thread resolve your issue and please let me know the results. Cheers
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • davidlmorton Calculating status...
    I have the same problem as the OP, but cannot use the Disk Utility trick because when I do it says "Partition failed with the error:MediaKit reports no such partition." Here are the outputs of the requested terminal commands:

    ~>sudo gpt -rvvvv show /dev/disk0
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: mediasize=250059350016; sectorsize=512; blocks=488397168
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: PMBR at sector 0
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: Pri GPT at sector 1
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B, start=40, size=409600
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC, start=409640, size=421265408
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=EBD0A0A2-B9E5-4433-87C0-68B6B72699C7, start=421675048, size=63882813
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=0657FD6D-A4AB-43C4-84E5-0933C84B4F4F, start=485557861, size=2839274
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: Sec GPT at sector 488397167
    start size index contents
    0 1 PMBR
    1 1 Pri GPT header
    2 32 Pri GPT table
    34 6
    40 409600 1 GPT part - C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B
    409640 421265408 2 GPT part - 48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC
    421675048 63882813 3 GPT part - EBD0A0A2-B9E5-4433-87C0-68B6B72699C7
    485557861 2839274 4 GPT part - 0657FD6D-A4AB-43C4-84E5-0933C84B4F4F
    488397135 32 Sec GPT table
    488397167 1 Sec GPT header

    ~>sudo fdisk /dev/disk0
    Disk: /dev/disk0 geometry: 30401/255/63 [488397168 sectors]
    Signature: 0xAA55
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: EE 0 0 1 - 1023 254 63 [ 1 - 488397167] <Unknown ID>
    2: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    3: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    4: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    Macbook Pro 5,1, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Carl Muckenhirn Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Deleting my linux partition (and leaving it un-allocated to anything) allowed me to get to the point that Disk Utility will operate. However, I still can't convince SL to let me install on this disk. Another oddity is that the SL Disk Utility (v. 11.5) doesn't let me verify or repair permissions on the Leopard partition in question. Verify and Repair Disk work fine.

    c.
    MBP Unibody, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Carl Muckenhirn Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    None of the workarounds seem to work. Only one I've not tried is booting the MBP in Target mode (don't have the FW800->FW400 cable at home).

    It is interesting to note that Disk Utility in SL (v. 11.5) won't "repair permissions" on either of the mac os x partitions on the affected disk, but Disk Utility in 10.5.8 (v. 11.1) is OK.

    If you have access to the Installer internals, it would be interesting to know what it is expecting of the target disks to indicate "bootable."

    c.
    MBP Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • William Maxwell Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    Actually I need all affected users to run the diskutil list command. So the 3 commands are:
    diskutil list
    sudo gpt -rvvvv show /dev/disk0
    sudo fdisk /dev/disk0

    Please post their output. For the user who have already done this. I do not need you to run the diskutil command. Thanks.
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Carl Muckenhirn Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hope this helps. I'm currently running SL off a USB disk, really want the internal disk working...

    I'll be backing up and clean installing when I get to the office on Monday (don't have the 32G file store at home!).

    c.

    GlassBookPro-2:~ carlmuckenhirn$ diskutil list
    /dev/disk0
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: GUIDpartitionscheme *500.1 GB disk0
    1: EFI 104.9 MB disk0s1
    2: Apple_HFS GlassBookPro 436.5 GB disk0s2
    3: Apple_HFS eDrive 26.0 GB disk0s3
    /dev/disk1
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: GUIDpartitionscheme *320.1 GB disk1
    1: EFI 209.7 MB disk1s1
    2: Apple_HFS GlassBookPro-irig 306.7 GB disk1s2
    3: Apple_HFS eDrive 12.9 GB disk1s3
    /dev/disk2
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: Applepartitionscheme *7.8 GB disk2
    1: Applepartitionmap 30.7 KB disk2s1
    2: AppleDriverATAPI 1.0 GB disk2s2
    3: Apple_HFS Mac OS X Install DVD 6.7 GB disk2s3
    MBP Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • davidlmorton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Here is the output of diskutil list as well:

    /dev/disk0
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: GUIDpartitionscheme *232.9 Gi disk0
    1: EFI 200.0 Mi disk0s1
    2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 200.9 Gi disk0s2
    3: Microsoft Basic Data 30.5 Gi disk0s3
    4: Linux Swap 1.4 Gi disk0s4
    /dev/disk1
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: Applepartitionscheme *7.2 Gi disk1
    1: Applepartitionmap 30.0 Ki disk1s1
    2: AppleDriverATAPI 986.5 Mi disk1s2
    3: Apple_HFS Mac OS X Install DVD 6.3 Gi disk1s3


    Thanks in advance.
    Macbook Pro 5,1, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Ron Khile Calculating status...
    ron-khiles-imac:~ ronkhile$ diskutil list
    /dev/disk0
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: GUIDpartitionscheme *232.9 Gi disk0
    1: EFI 200.0 Mi disk0s1
    2: Apple_HFS Macintosh_HD 151.9 Gi disk0s2
    3: Microsoft Basic Data 77.5 Gi disk0s3
    4: Linux Swap 3.3 Gi disk0s4
    /dev/disk1
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: GUIDpartitionscheme *465.8 Gi disk1
    1: EFI 200.0 Mi disk1s1
    2: Apple_HFS Time Machine 230.0 Gi disk1s2
    3: Apple_HFS Untitled 2 37.9 Gi disk1s3
    4: Apple_HFS eDrive 12.0 Gi disk1s4
    5: Apple_HFS Untitled 3 69.3 Gi disk1s5
    6: Apple_HFS ubuntu 115.7 Gi disk1s6
    /dev/disk2
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: Applepartitionscheme *7.2 Gi disk2
    1: Applepartitionmap 30.0 Ki disk2s1
    2: AppleDriverATAPI 986.5 Mi disk2s2
    3: Apple_HFS Mac OS X Install DVD 6.3 Gi disk2s3
    ron-khiles-imac:~ ronkhile$ sudo gpt -rvvv show /dev/disk0
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: mediasize=250059350016; sectorsize=512; blocks=488397168
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: Suspicious MBR at sector 0
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: MBR part: type=175, start=409640, size=318504960
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: MBR part: type=131, start=318914600, size=162494141
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: MBR part: type=130, start=481408741, size=6988394
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: Pri GPT at sector 1
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B, start=40, size=409600
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC, start=409640, size=318504960
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=EBD0A0A2-B9E5-4433-87C0-68B6B72699C7, start=318914600, size=162494141
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=0657FD6D-A4AB-43C4-84E5-0933C84B4F4F, start=481408741, size=6988394
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: Sec GPT at sector 488397167
    start size index contents
    0 1 MBR
    1 1 Pri GPT header
    2 32 Pri GPT table
    34 6
    40 409600 1 GPT part - C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B
    409640 318504960 2 GPT part - 48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC
    318914600 162494141 3 GPT part - EBD0A0A2-B9E5-4433-87C0-68B6B72699C7
    481408741 6988394 4 GPT part - 0657FD6D-A4AB-43C4-84E5-0933C84B4F4F
    488397135 32 Sec GPT table
    488397167 1 Sec GPT header
    ron-khiles-imac:~ ronkhile$ sudo fdisk /dev/disk0
    Disk: /dev/disk0 geometry: 30401/255/63 [488397168 sectors]
    Signature: 0xAA55
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: EE 1023 254 63 - 1023 254 63 [ 1 - 409639] <Unknown ID>
    *2: AF 1023 254 63 - 1023 254 63 [ 409640 - 318504960] HFS+
    3: 83 1023 254 63 - 1023 254 63 [ 318914600 - 162494141] Linux files*
    4: 82 1023 254 63 - 1023 254 63 [ 481408741 - 6988394] Linux swap
  • bluecrabby Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    russell-millers-macbook-air:~ russellmiller$ diskutil list
    /dev/disk0
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: GUIDpartitionscheme *113.0 Gi disk0
    1: EFI 200.0 Mi disk0s1
    2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 112.7 Gi disk0s2
    russell-millers-macbook-air:~ russellmiller$ sudo gpt -rvvvv show /dev/disk0

    gpt show: /dev/disk0: mediasize=121332826112; sectorsize=512; blocks=236978176
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: PMBR at sector 0
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: Pri GPT at sector 1
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B, start=40, size=409600
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: GPT partition: type=48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC, start=409640, size=236306392
    gpt show: /dev/disk0: Sec GPT at sector 236978175
    start size index contents
    0 1 PMBR
    1 1 Pri GPT header
    2 32 Pri GPT table
    34 6
    40 409600 1 GPT part - C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B
    409640 236306392 2 GPT part - 48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC
    236716032 262111
    236978143 32 Sec GPT table
    236978175 1 Sec GPT header

    Disk: /dev/disk0 geometry: 14751/255/63 [236978176 sectors]
    Signature: 0xAA55
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: EE 1023 254 63 - 1023 254 63 [ 1 - 236978175] <Unknown ID>
    2: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    3: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    4: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    Macbook, Macbook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
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