Spending tonight getting all the kinks worked out.
Here's my system:
4gigs RAM / 1TB SATA HDD / IDE DVD+R / Zotac 7600GS video card
Here are some notable events so far:
First off--I've never seen a motherboard with an 8-pin CPU connector. Apparently these are common, except not all power supplies are wired for them. This board has one and absolutely requires that it's connected (in my experience today, using just a regular ATX12V 4-pin connector doesn't work, I get weird reboots and such.) I snagged a 4-pin to 8-pin adapter (just splits the 4 wires) and everything is great. Time for a new PSU anyways methinks.
Tried the boot-132/chameleon thing--not much luck, but then again, I'm on an IDE drive and using a DVD-DL burn of Leopard Retail--neither one bodes in my favor. I'm going to get ahold of a Leopard retail disk and try it.
I tried imaging the Leopard Retail DMG to a 16gig USB flash drive. Didn't want to boot on it's own. Installed Chameleon on it as well, booted to the Leopard galaxy splash screen and crashed. Every time.
I grabbed my USB DVD-ROM, bit the bullet, grabbed JaS 10.5.4, and went to install it.
No hard drives found.
Went to the BIOS, in Integrated Peripherals and set SATA RAID/IDE to AHCI -AND- the other SATA controller setting to AHCI down below. THEN it found the drives. Word to the wise: make sure your Hard Drive is connected to the YELLOW
Loaded up the installed--checked the NVKush option for my 7600GS in Customize, and the installation crashed before it finished. Lame.
Reinstalled without customizing. Worked perfect.
Reboot. Desktop. Yay. No sound, no networking, and OSx86 tools tells me I need to update my JMicron driver (for my IDE devices).
JMICRON (IDE): http://osx86tools.osx86.hu/JMicron.zip
Grab Latest_889a_AppleHDA.kext.zip AND HDAEnabler.kext.zip from
EDIT: I've attached the kexts I've used now through my 10.5.4 -> 10.5.6 update. So far so good! Install disabler.kext if you plan on doing the update to 10.5.6. The NVkush I've included is for my eVGA 7200 GS.
So far so good. Updates to come.
EDIT: While *I* haven't personally had any problems with the IDE/JMicron ATA drivers I've posted, others HAVE, so I have attached the driver that supposedly has been fixed for RAM > 3gb. Hope this is of help!