View Full Version : OSX installs on 9500, reboots, but X won't reboot after 9.1 boot

11-19-2001, 04:03 PM
Boo hiss

I"ve installed 10.0.3 on a 9500 using RR's Unsupported Utility, upgrading to 10.0.4 smoothly with numerous reboots. Yet after rebooting into 9.1 on another physical drive, I can't reboot back into OSX, not matter how often I visit the StartupDrive cp. I don't want to re-install 10.0.3 again every time I want to play in X. Anyone see this behavior before?

Even removing the system file from all non-OSX folders, the 9500 won't reboot into OSX. There is just a grey screen with no happy/unhappy mac with no change for over seven minutes (longest test so far).

9500/xlr8 G3-400/864M RAM
OSX.0.4 on Sonnet Tempo ATA66 controller/Connor ATA100 drive
OS 9.1 on internal SCSI-II HP drive

Note: The 9500 has a MilesII card with no drives connected. I noted some forum threads regarding MilesII firmware and X. Could the MilesII cause the grey screen even after allowing OSX reboots previous to the OS9 boot?


my free 9500 is nickel-and-diming me to death!

11-19-2001, 05:14 PM
Try this:

Remove all other SCSI devices from the chain, and listen to the drive with X on it.

I had a hauntingly similar problem, but figured out that even though my HD was jumpered correctly, it wasn't accessible at startup, when my ATTO reset the bus.

Very odd...

11-19-2001, 05:57 PM
Ricecar: Don't use Startup Drive to select the Mac OS X drive. It does not properly setup the OpenFirmware in your machine. Instead, use Unsupported UtilityX to select the drive. Also, from OS X, to boot back into OS 9 from your regular OS 9 drive, use the Option key on Power-up or Restart. This system works well in that the Boot Drive never actually gets changed. OS X is booted via a script in OpenFirmware and the Option key just bypasses that routine to boot the previously set boot drive.

This technique also allowed me to install OS 9.2.1 on the OS X drive for use within OS X to avoid causing problems with my regular OS 9.1 System Folder.

11-19-2001, 09:23 PM
You guys are fantastic. I can't wait to try out your suggestions.


Had to disconnect all drives, (reset PRAM,) and reboot from 9.1, but afterwards I was able to reboot into 10.0.4 using RR's UnsupportedOSX utility 1.1. Silly me; I thought that utility was for only installation. Now I know better.

I'm very glad for the support forums, and buy gear at MacGurus in major part because of the fantastic support here.

[This message has been edited by ricercar (edited 21 November 2001).]

11-21-2001, 03:55 PM
ricercar: Update to Unsupported UtilityX 2.0 (ftp://ftp.macgurus.com/ftp/osx_stuff/UnsupportedUtilityX/UnsupportedUtilityX2.0.img). When you run it the first time, select to Reinstall both Extensions and BootX from the Advanced menu. Be sure to do this before updating OS X to 10.1 and 10.1.1. You can do each update through the Update Software component of OS X's Preferences panel.