#230 SL won't boot after deleting rEFIt

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2012-08-01
2012-08-01
mareoraft
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I have Snow Leopard. I installed rEFIt via the package. Then I installed Ubuntu via this guide: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/AppleIntelInstallation

Afterwards everything worked, and I could even boot Ubuntu without using rEFIt. I decided to uninstall rEFIt since I had no need for it. So I followed the instructions here exactly: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/AppleIntelInstallation

That is, I trashed the efi folder and the rEFItBlesser folder.

It would not boot. So I did target disk mode from another Mac and managed to move the files from the trash back into place. It still would not boot. So I booted from the Mac OSX Install Disk (actually on a USB since my disk drive doesn't work), and used Disk Utility to repair permissions and repair disk. It still will not boot.

How can I save my Mac? I don't mind reinstalling rEFIt or removing it, as long as it works at this point. Please this is quite urgent : (

Discussion

  • mareoraft
    mareoraft
    2012-08-01

    • priority: 5 --> 9
     
  • mareoraft
    mareoraft
    2012-08-01

    Also, do you know a Terminal command that will allow me to see the hidden files on my HDD? My only connection to that HDD now is the Terminal...

    Another thought, does rEFIt edit the boot.efi file? Is there something I can fix there?

     

  • Anonymous
    2012-10-02

    I had a situation where none of my drive would load and I got the dreaded blinking '?-mark folder' -- I had a boot disk that I used to get the computer running -- I saw that my drives would mount and appear to be fine (i.e. disk warrior, disk utility would not find errors). I rebooted but still nothing --- I then reblessed Refit on my main hard drive and all was well --- I think yes, the boot.efi file can get fucked --

    Derek

     

  • Anonymous
    2013-04-07

    Try booting from intall disk and go to utilities menu and choose startup disk. From there select your working partition and reboot. You can also try to hold down option key when you power mac on and select your drive there. Once you are booted if ir does not boot without your intervention open terminal and do man bless. This will show you how to bless the startup disk.