refind installation help

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  1. triplecrown macrumors newbie

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    So I've downloaded the refind binary file and I tried installing but its not working for me. I "./install.sh" and I also tried copying the file from the install folder to terminal and it seemed liked it installed but when I restart OSX comes back up. Anyone have a dumbed down installation process for me?
     
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    I do not know, what the "refind binary file" is, but have you tried holding down the OPTION key upon startup?
     
  3. triplecrown thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Refind is a boot manager. When Mac is restarted, this boot manager appears with all available OS's without hitting option. Problem is, I am having trouble installing it.
     
  4. parapup macrumors 65816

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    Did you remember to do a sudo ./install.sh? Also if you hold down Alt before Apple chime on reboot - does it then show refind menu?
     
  5. triplecrown thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did not do "sudo". This is why I am looking for instructions for "dummies" as I could use some help. I did not try alt on reboot. I'll give that a shot although what's the point of having refind if you still need to hit the alt button.

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    Hit alt upon reboot and still have the normal boot loader. No refind. If someone can just write down exactly how they installed it, it would make this easier I believe.
     
  6. parapup macrumors 65816

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    With newer version of refind, it looks like you don't even need to use sudo - it will do that automatically. So as long as you entered your password after running the script and the script said install completed successfully - it should all just work.

    The instructions listed here are pretty clear and simple - can you open Terminal.app and run the install.sh as instructed above and copy/paste the output of the script here if it still doesn't work?
     
  7. triplecrown, May 3, 2013
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    triplecrown thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Last login: Fri May 3 21:02:02 on ttys000
    carloss-imac:~ MYNAME$ /Users/MYNAME/refind-bin-0.6.9/install.sh
    Not running as root; attempting to elevate privileges via sudo....
    Password:
    Installing rEFInd on OS X....
    Installing rEFInd to the partition mounted at '//'
    Copied rEFInd binary files

    Notice: Backed up existing icons directory as icons-backup.
    Existing refind.conf file found; copying sample file as refind.conf-sample
    to avoid overwriting your customizations.


    WARNING: If you have an Advanced Format disk, *DO NOT* attempt to check the
    bless status with 'bless --info', since this is known to cause disk corruption
    on some systems!!


    Installation has completed successfully.

    carloss-imac:~ MYNAME$



    Thanks for the response. Thats what I get after I copy and paste the install.sh file into terminal and run it. I think I get the notice part because I've done it a couple times. The link you posted are the instructions I was following.

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    Also, when I go to Mac HD in finder there is an EFI folder with refind in it but still no boot manager upon restart.
     
  8. parapup macrumors 65816

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    Hmm that's weird - it does seem to install successfully. You don't happen to use disk encryption / File Vault do you?
     
  9. triplecrown thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No I don't. Does seem like it installs fine just not sure what's going on. I do appreciate the help though.
     
  10. parapup macrumors 65816

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    Last resort is to try manual installation per these instructions - if you have an older Mac pay attention to the 32 bit vs 64 bit part. Good luck!
     
  11. triplecrown thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a late 2012 27" so it would be the 64 bit I know. I just think the manual instructions might be a bit over my head just to have a boot manager. Too many "do this if" or "might not need do this if" lines for this guy. Haha. I'll have to mull it over.

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    The guy that maintains refind frequents here from time to time. Hopefully this catches his eye.
     

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