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I've been working on reinstalling my D945GCLF using the driver pack conlan made (based on iSynapse's D945GCLF2 version) with a 10.5.6 retail DVD with the ultimate goal of booting Chameleon 2.0RC1 using Munky's method in the EFI partition. So yeah, I'm combining about three different things here.

The boot132.iso in the D945GCLF driver pack works well enough to install the 10.5.6 retail DVD. Once installed, I follow Munky's steps to reformat the EFI partition, then I switch to the Chameleon 2.0RC1 install instructions. I've managed to follow instructions well enough that the system can boot from the HDD and I no longer need the boot132 CD.

The next step was to install the graphics and other kexts that are specific to the D945GCLF, included in the driver pack. I copied the various graphics .kexts, .bundles, .plugins etc. from the driver pack to /Volumes/EFI/Extra/Extensions. I made a modification to Munky's update.sh because the Extensions path is slightly different with Chameleon 2.0RC1. I then ran update.sh to build the kextcache.

But I'm still stuck in 1024x768. I believe I am missing some essential knowledge about installing kexts to a location other than /System/Library/Extensions.

Any suggestions? If I can get everything working I'm going to write a thoroughly detailed tutorial.

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I found a dsdt.aml for the D945GCLF in another thread, tried it, and that gave me all graphics resolutions. I don't know why the dsdt.aml that I had generated using osx86tools was different.

The ethernet driver included with the conlan/iSynapse driver pack consists of an installer that I don't want to run because I need whatever it installs to go into the EFI Extras folder instead of the usual place. Meanwhile, I'm using a PCI wireless-G card, made by ASUS I think (don't have the machine in front of me atm), which worked out of the box, otherwise it wouldn't have networking.

Onboard audio isn't working either, but I have a USB headset which works out of the box as well.

Sleep, shutdown, and restart seem to work fine. At this point, ethernet and audio are all that are lacking.

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Have any of you guys had problems with Fan noise?

I pulled out the board from my wife's cube because it was making a horrible racket. Loud, awful vibration. The fan seems to have worked itself against the heatsink in such a way that it vibrates pretty horribly when it's running, although it's not all the time, just occasionally. Right now, for instance, it's just fine, making the normal amount of sound.

Just curious if anyone else has run into it. I've read that the fan they chose was not top of the line, and for a little cash, you can get a better one, however, the Heatsink appears to be the problem for me. Even tightly screwed in, the fan makes noise.

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The fan on this board is really hit or miss. If its too loud replace it with an aftermarket fan.
Anyone try this board with Snow Leopard yet? I'm curious to see if the new update helps the speed on this board.

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The fan on this board is really hit or miss. If its too loud replace it with an aftermarket fan.
Anyone try this board with Snow Leopard yet? I'm curious to see if the new update helps the speed on this board.


Tried my EEE 1000h, works awesome. Dont use 64 bit, its unnecessary garbage.

use -x32

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Hey man, this is the best mini-itx board I found:
advantech AIMB-262VG-00A1E (AIMB-262)

(945GC chipset, PCIx16, Core2Duo)
The only problem is it supports only 2gb ram.

Just ordered one this morning..

Regards,
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Anyone try this board with Snow Leopard yet? I'm curious to see if the new update helps the speed on this board.


I'm tempted to try it, but I do not have the time at the moment :)
So I second the question: Anyone tried SL on this board? What are your experiences?

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I´m using Kalys 10.5.1 for this one and I´ve also put together a hack for my mother with the G945GCLF2. Both runs really good with Kalys (formated in mbr), network works out of the box. Can only get sound out though but it´s good enough for me since I use my hack for internet and as some kind of a "mediacenter" hooked up to my 42 inch flatscreen TV.

In my own hack I use IDE hardrives and DVD in my moms it´s all Sata drives. Two drives in hers both Win XP and osx, boot F10 takes you to the boot order screen in bios.

I have´nt had any succes with retail leo but have´nt really worked so hard to get it working since kalys Leo is good enough for this little mobo.

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I have compiled this tutorial so anyone can have a perfect Mac for under $250.



Step 1: Hardware

The only crucial component is the Motherboard. Feel free to mix and match other components to your liking.



$69.99 (TigerDirect.com)

Intel D945GCLF Motherboard/Includes 1.6Ghz Intel Atom CPU - Onboard Sound, Video, Lan, USB, SATA, IDE, Sleep, Reboot, Shutdown all work out of the box.



$39.99 (NewEgg.com)

Coolermaster Elite 340 Black MATX



$29.99 (TigerDirect.com)

Ultra LS350 Lifetime Series 350W Power Supply



$20.99 (NewEgg.com)

Corsair 1024MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Memory



$39.99 (NewEgg.com)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 80GB Hard Drive



$23.99 (NewEgg.com)

Lite-On DH-20A4P-04 SuperAllwrite OEM DVD Burner



Grand Total: $224.94 + Shipping





Step 2: Software



1) Kalaway 10.5.2 Install DVD



- Use the OSX disk utility to partition and format the drive. Be sure to format as MBR

- Close Disk Utility and select the newly partitioned drive to install on.

- Select Customize and go to Patches. Now select Time Machine Fix

- Start instillation and relax

- When instillation is finished, resolution will be locked at 1024x768. We will fix this in a later step.





2) Kalaway 10.5.3 Combo Update **No Longer Needed - See Bellow to upgrade straight to 10.5.5



- First install the 10.5.3 update included in the package. DO NOT RESTART when finished

- Second install the 10.5.3 Kernel update included in the package. leave everything defult, which means both boxes unchecked. You can now safely restart




3) Apple Software Update 10.5.4 **No Longer Needed - See Bellow to upgrade straight to 10.5.5

- You can now use the built in apple software update to bump up to Leopard 10.5.4. You can also install any other updates listed. This step assumes you followed my instructions and are still using the vanilla Kernel.




4) Apple Software Update 10.5.5 - Using Biketown Method

- Visit http://mysticus.tita...com/update.html and download the Pre/Post Installer Patches and Combo Update 10.5.5 directly from Apple

- Run Biketowns Pre-Installer Patch. Close when done.

- Run the official 10.5.5 Combo update you downloaded from Apple. When Finished DO NOT RESTART. Force Quit installer (Click Apple on top left and select "Force Quit")

- Run Biketowns Post-Installer Patch **This can take a long time, do not worry it is normal**

- Restart the Computer - After the first restart the PC will hang at the grey apple screen. This is normal. Let this run for 30 seconds and manually restart again. OSX should now boot.




5) Graphics Fix



- I would like to thank "Charles vdg" for posting this fix in the InsanelyMac forums. Download the GMA 950 Kext package bellow and install the two included .Kext files. You can use Kexthelper if you are not comfortable installing manually.


Link to GMA 950 Kext Package

http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?act=attach&type=post&id=29965


Link to KextHelper

http://www.cheetha.net/Kext_Helper/Software.html


- After a quick restart you should now have full resolution and graphic support.





Step 3: Miscellaneous



This section is for small fixes that may or may not affect you.



1) Networking



Problem:

Losing Network after waking up from sleep mode



Fix:

Change network setting to DHCP Manual and assign a manual IP address. This should resolve the problem



2) Audio


Problem:

Microphone input does not work


Fix:

No fix currently



3) Restart


Problem:

After upgrading to Leopard 10.5.4, the computer hangs when restarting


Fix:

No fix currently




I hope this tutorial is able to help anyone looking to build an affordable Mac. Please feel free to contribute with new found problems or solutions.



Cheers,


THIS IS MY HARDWARE :

INTEL D945GCLF
1GB RAM 533
WD 80GB ATA HDD
ATA IDE DVD-RW

I INSTALLED Kalyway_10.5.2_DVD_Intel_Amd EFI V8 FOLLOWING THIS GUIDE, I UNCHEKED SOME OPTIONS AND CHECKED ANOTHER ONES (YOU KNOW, TIME MACHINE FIX, NETWORK AND VIDEO SUPPORT FOR THIS MOBO) AND UNCHECK A LOT OF THINGS THAT I GUESS ARE NOT IMPORTANT FOR THIS MOBO(MAYBE IM WRONG) WELL LONG STORY SHORT I FOLLOWED THE GUIDE EXCEPT FOR UNCHECKING SOME ITEMS FROM THE LIST.. I FINISHED THE INSTALLATION. THE SYSTEM BOOTED THEN I COULD TEST THE NETWORK AND THE VIDEO.. I WAS TRYING TO INSTALL THE UPDATE 10.5.5 FROM A BURNED CD AND BAM!,, A PANIC KERNEL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PROCESS.

THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME IT HAPPENED TO ME, IVE INSTALLED OTHER DISTROS BEFOREl-==: IDENED, IATKOS AND NOW KALYWAY WITH THE SAME RESULTS OF KERNEL PANIC WHEN OPENING DMG AND PKG FILE, I DONT KNOW WHAT IM MISSING IN THE INSTALLATION PROCESS, MAYBE I HAVE A FAULTY MOBO BECAUSE SOME OF YOU HAVE HAD SUCCESS ON INSTALLING AND GETTING EVERYHING WORKING APPARENTLY HASSLE FREE

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I have compiled this tutorial so anyone can have a perfect Mac for under $250.



Step 1: Hardware

The only crucial component is the Motherboard. Feel free to mix and match other components to your liking.



$69.99 (TigerDirect.com)

Intel D945GCLF Motherboard/Includes 1.6Ghz Intel Atom CPU - Onboard Sound, Video, Lan, USB, SATA, IDE, Sleep, Reboot, Shutdown all work out of the box.



$39.99 (NewEgg.com)

Coolermaster Elite 340 Black MATX



$29.99 (TigerDirect.com)

Ultra LS350 Lifetime Series 350W Power Supply



$20.99 (NewEgg.com)

Corsair 1024MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Memory



$39.99 (NewEgg.com)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 80GB Hard Drive



$23.99 (NewEgg.com)

Lite-On DH-20A4P-04 SuperAllwrite OEM DVD Burner



Grand Total: $224.94 + Shipping





Step 2: Software



1) Kalaway 10.5.2 Install DVD



- Use the OSX disk utility to partition and format the drive. Be sure to format as MBR

- Close Disk Utility and select the newly partitioned drive to install on.

- Select Customize and go to Patches. Now select Time Machine Fix

- Start instillation and relax

- When instillation is finished, resolution will be locked at 1024x768. We will fix this in a later step.





2) Kalaway 10.5.3 Combo Update **No Longer Needed - See Bellow to upgrade straight to 10.5.5



- First install the 10.5.3 update included in the package. DO NOT RESTART when finished

- Second install the 10.5.3 Kernel update included in the package. leave everything defult, which means both boxes unchecked. You can now safely restart




3) Apple Software Update 10.5.4 **No Longer Needed - See Bellow to upgrade straight to 10.5.5

- You can now use the built in apple software update to bump up to Leopard 10.5.4. You can also install any other updates listed. This step assumes you followed my instructions and are still using the vanilla Kernel.




4) Apple Software Update 10.5.5 - Using Biketown Method

- Visit http://mysticus.tita...com/update.html and download the Pre/Post Installer Patches and Combo Update 10.5.5 directly from Apple

- Run Biketowns Pre-Installer Patch. Close when done.

- Run the official 10.5.5 Combo update you downloaded from Apple. When Finished DO NOT RESTART. Force Quit installer (Click Apple on top left and select "Force Quit")

- Run Biketowns Post-Installer Patch **This can take a long time, do not worry it is normal**

- Restart the Computer - After the first restart the PC will hang at the grey apple screen. This is normal. Let this run for 30 seconds and manually restart again. OSX should now boot.




5) Graphics Fix



- I would like to thank "Charles vdg" for posting this fix in the InsanelyMac forums. Download the GMA 950 Kext package bellow and install the two included .Kext files. You can use Kexthelper if you are not comfortable installing manually.


Link to GMA 950 Kext Package

http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?act=attach&type=post&id=29965


Link to KextHelper

http://www.cheetha.net/Kext_Helper/Software.html


- After a quick restart you should now have full resolution and graphic support.





Step 3: Miscellaneous



This section is for small fixes that may or may not affect you.



1) Networking



Problem:

Losing Network after waking up from sleep mode



Fix:

Change network setting to DHCP Manual and assign a manual IP address. This should resolve the problem



2) Audio


Problem:

Microphone input does not work


Fix:

No fix currently



3) Restart


Problem:

After upgrading to Leopard 10.5.4, the computer hangs when restarting


Fix:

No fix currently




I hope this tutorial is able to help anyone looking to build an affordable Mac. Please feel free to contribute with new found problems or solutions.



Cheers,



$60 mobo with everything working onboard..holy {censored}ake mushrooms..

I might save and save and follow this guide.

But the thing is, the HDD and RAM u posted says not found on Newegg..

So then I found RAM equivalent, so I'm good.

I looked up the HDD and saw it was SATA, I have a SATA HDD right now (Working, 320GB 7200RPM), and I was wondering if I could use that? I'm unsure because the case is mini ITX, and I was thinking things like the HDD wouldn't fit or whatever. (Oh yeah, my SATA HDD I have right now is 3.5")

DVD Drive, I have a Lite on iHAP422, same as the one you posted (not model number) and it is IDE, so I'm good on that too.


So basically if the HDD will work out, this was a steal..I would only have to pay $184.07, for a fully working, fast, hackintosh with barely any fixes!


Oh yeah, bootloaders. So suppose I build this (It'll take FOREVER to save money), and it works (HA), what bootloader would I need? (I won't be dual booting,I'll only have one HDD in my Hack, and that will be leopard.)

Thnx!

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Any SATA HD will work...

As to the software, there are many options. Buy the OS, use Chameleon is one route. Look around.

Patrick

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Any SATA HD will work...

As to the software, there are many options. Buy the OS, use Chameleon is one route. Look around.

Patrick


Thnx

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Well it´s not so fast maby but fast enough for ordinary stuff. The g945gclf2 is dualcore so you get a bit more power with that one. I have built hackmacs based on both and personally I have one based on the g945gclf hooked up to my 42 inch flat screen tv for surfing the internet, looking at photos and stuff like that. Kalys Leo 10.5.1 works perfect you need nothing else, onboard video works ok with that version. Check out this on ebay, cheapest for readybuilt is from the US but the one from China looks pretty nice too. Depending on where you live and the cost for shipping and taxes might make it worth while to go for one of these.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...3#ht_3920wt_941

http://cgi.ebay.com/...3#ht_2483wt_941

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Haha dude, if I follow this guide, it would only be $183.84 for me!

Motherboard - Yeah, I'll buy it.

RAM - Yes, that too.

Case - Yuppers.

PSU - Yes.

Video Card - It has onboard, but I'm going to be installing a NVIDIA GeForce 7200GS I have, and add a EFI String with OSx86 Tools.

DVD Burner - I already have one, Lite-On iHAP422, it's IDE.

Keyboard and Mouse - Already got it, along with a monitor.

Sound - I got speakers.

LAN - Onboard.



So technically the only things I will be paying for are the motherboard, RAM, case, and Power Supply. Everything else is fine!

Thanks for the guide!

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Step 2: Software



1) Kalaway 10.5.2 Install DVD



- Use the OSX disk utility to partition and format the drive. Be sure to format as MBR

- Close Disk Utility and select the newly partitioned drive to install on.

- Select Customize and go to Patches. Now select Time Machine Fix

- Start instillation and relax

- When instillation is finished, resolution will be locked at 1024x768. We will fix this in a later step.





2) Kalaway 10.5.3 Combo Update **No Longer Needed - See Bellow to upgrade straight to 10.5.5



- First install the 10.5.3 update included in the package. DO NOT RESTART when finished

- Second install the 10.5.3 Kernel update included in the package. leave everything defult, which means both boxes unchecked. You can now safely restart




3) Apple Software Update 10.5.4 **No Longer Needed - See Bellow to upgrade straight to 10.5.5

[/size]- You can now use the built in apple software update to bump up to Leopard 10.5.4. You can also install any other updates listed. This step assumes you followed my instructions and are still using the vanilla Kernel.




4) Apple Software Update 10.5.5 - Using Biketown Method

- Visit http://mysticus.tita...com/update.html and download the Pre/Post Installer Patches and Combo Update 10.5.5 directly from Apple

- Run Biketowns Pre-Installer Patch. Close when done.

- Run the official 10.5.5 Combo update you downloaded from Apple. When Finished DO NOT RESTART. Force Quit installer (Click Apple on top left and select "Force Quit")

- Run Biketowns Post-Installer Patch **This can take a long time, do not worry it is normal**

- Restart the Computer - After the first restart the PC will hang at the grey apple screen. This is normal. Let this run for 30 seconds and manually restart again. OSX should now boot.




5) Graphics Fix



- I would like to thank "Charles vdg" for posting this fix in the InsanelyMac forums. Download the GMA 950 Kext package bellow and install the two included .Kext files. You can use Kexthelper if you are not comfortable installing manually.


Link to GMA 950 Kext Package

http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?act=attach&type=post&id=29965


Link to KextHelper

http://www.cheetha.net/Kext_Helper/Software.html[size=3]


- After a quick restart you should now have full resolution and graphic support.



Soo sould i folow these 1, 2, 3, etc by step by step.

like
install this version
than updated it to that version

or can i just go fro the lastest version?

i going to make this build but i found cheap prices :)

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hey so if anyone is still around in this thread... has anyone been able to upgrade this to 10.6.3??? the atom processor has stumped me... ive been running 10.6.1 perfectly but cant upgrade.. if anyone has successfully done so would you mind sharing?? thanks

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Thanks for the great tuturial! I will be buying a new rig soon and your post will most definitely help :P

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hey so if anyone is still around in this thread... has anyone been able to upgrade this to 10.6.3??? the atom processor has stumped me... ive been running 10.6.1 perfectly but cant upgrade.. if anyone has successfully done so would you mind sharing?? thanks


Use the same procedure as for a NetBook - I believe you have to use the 10.6.1 kernel...

Patrick

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Hi, trying to revive this very old thread.

I have been a member here since early days (installing deadmoo-Tiger developer release) but haven't set up a Hackintosh in a long time and haven't been following the developments for more than two years.

I set up one of these boards for my in-laws with leopard a few years back. It still serves them well for their emailing and internet-surfing (they're not power users). I want to bring their system up to date with a snow leopard or lion install, just to patch many of the vulnerabilities that their current system has.
Has anyone successfully installed Lion on this atom board ?

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I haven't tried but this thread seems to report success. http://www.insanelym...howtopic=264760





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