Problem with rEFIt and MacBook (Black Screen)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Alekanekelo, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Alekanekelo macrumors newbie

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    So I installed rEFIt 0.14 on my white MacBook, since I have tried to dual boot Mac OS X and Ubuntu on the machine. Everything worked fine with rEFIt, until I tried to customize the appearance of the rEFIt menu. The customizations i did on rEFIt, included a black background, new icons and remove the buttons except for the available drives.

    Now the screen is simply all black when I boot the computer up and I can't get anywhere from this point. If I hold down the alt-key while I boot up, it will simply show the rEFIt disk. I've also tried to boot it up from the Mac OS X Installation disc but when I try that it simply enters rEFIt as well.

    Is there any way that I can "skip" the rEFIt menu and just boot directly into Mac OS X? My rEFIt is version 0.14 and I'm running Snow Leopard.
    Thank you for your help!
     
  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

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    I don't understand what you mean about booting from the OS install disc and it still booting into rEFIt. If you boot from your OS install disc, you should load the Startup Disk control panel from the Utilities menu and select your hard drive. This will bless the /System/Library/CoreServices folder, instead of the /efi folder. The next time you boot, it should boot straight into OS X.

    If you do absolutely nothing, rEFIt should boot into your default OS within a few seconds, and then you can change the Startup Disk settings once it's up.
     
  3. Alekanekelo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When I insert the OS install disc and reboot while holding down the c-key, it seems like it just reboot again and again. And if I let go of the c-key it will just boot into a black screen similiar to the black screen in rEFIt.

    Unfortunately I changed the EFI config file, so that it will not automatically enter the Mac OS.

    Am I doing something wrong when trying to boot from the Mac OS Install disc?
     
  4. Alekanekelo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anyone who can help? My Mac OS X install disc is for version 10.5.4 Leopard and not for 10.6 Snow Leopard which is what I have installed on my MacBook. Is that why it won't boot the dvd? I don't have the Snow Leopard Install disc. Will disc utility be on the retail version of the Snow Leopard Disc?

    I have tried to boot into single user mode (command-s) and verbose mode (command-v) now, but neither has worked. It just booted right into a black screen just like rEFIt.
     
  5. Detrius macrumors 68000

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    rEFIt should have absolutely no effect on your ability to boot from other drives. If you can't boot to the CD, there's something else going on. What happens when you boot holding the option key? Can you boot to the CD that way?

    Disk Utility won't fix your problem. You need the Startup Disk control panel, which will work just fine on a 10.5 disk, presuming it can boot your machine.
     
  6. Alekanekelo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When I boot while holding the option key it shows rEFIt and the Install disc. But when I click on the Install disc it simply does the same as it does when I hold down the c-key.

    Yes I'm sorry, I did mean the Startup Disk control before and not Disk Utility. It just almost seem as the 10.5 disk won't work and I need the 10.6 disk instead. It seems as though my machine won't boot the DVD properly.

    By the way, thank you very much for taking the time to help.
     

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