Right now, everything works (Time Machine, front and rear audio in/out, IDE DVD-ROM, dual-boot with Windows etc). Will updating ruin any of this?
I'm on 10.5.6 (using retail OSX), and I wondered if it was worth the bother of updating.
Although there are issues the improvements in dot updates from Apple are usually significantly beneficial and (IMO) always worth the update. Of course I speak from the Mac point of view. However, find the latest pack (May 20th) should make sure everything essential works.
I don't do windows so I can't comment on the dual-boot stuff.
Firstly I want to say thanks for this thread, it's been extremely helpful for this n00b trying to do a first install.
However, I'm encountering video anomalies and corruption similar to those quoted below, with windows leaving trails and scrolling problems. It occurs when I either update to 10.5.6 or 10.5.7. I followed Eliade's instructions and did a vanilla install with OSX 10.5 disc and grub-dfe. Additionally, the resolution remains at 1024x768 and i can't change it.
I am using a GeForce 9500GT 512MB. I obtained the gfx card string from the ROM i downloaded from the gigabyte site, and I used NVCAP Maker 1.4 to get the string. I used Uinstaller to enter the custom string.
The first install is always the hardest.
Now for the graphics issue. I wouldn't use the NVCAP but instead just use the string created from Uinstaller. So....
The safest way to do it is as follows (because the UInstaller by default will replace your com.apple.Boot.plist in the /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration folder):
(1) Copy your original com.apple.Boot.plist to your desktop and rename it "com.apple.Boot.plist_original_vanilla" or something like that
(2) I'm assuming you are using Chameleon v2, so also copy your com.apple.Boot.plist that sits in the /Extra folder to your desktop and call that something like "com.apple.Boot.plist_Cham_backup"
These first two steps are just so you have backups in case something bad happens.
(3) Launch UInstaller and ONLY select the following:
First set the "Choose Hard Drive to apply to:" to be your boot up drive
Second select "Apply Ethernet EFI String (Time Machine Fix)"
Third select "Apply EFI String for video card"
then on the pull down menu (at the very of the long list) select "Custom NVIDIA"
Now click Install
A pop up menu will come up after a few seconds (it will say something like "Please enter the name of your card..." and enter the following (EXACTLY as written, lower/upper case and the spaces too):
nVidia GeForce 9500 GT
It will then pop up another menu and select our memory for the card (512MB)
click OK again
Yet another pop up menu will come up and select the top one:
(4) You now have a modified com.apple.Boot.plist with the correct info for your video card and it should work perfectly. However to complete the process we must move the vanilla com.apple.Boot.plist back into the /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration. FIRST, once again copy the com.apple.Boot.plist from /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration (remember this is now our modified one from UInstaller) to the desktop and call it "com.apple.Boot.plist_new_modified_one" or something like that.
(5) Rename the "com.apple.Boot.plist_original_vanilla" one from Step (1) to "com.apple.Boot.plist" and move it to /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration you will need to type in your password (It may say "Authenticate" on the pop up menu so select that to enter your password).
(6) Open up both the "com.apple.Boot.plist_new_modified_one" and the "com.apple.Boot.plist_Cham_backup" one in textedit just to compare them.
The bottom of the new modified one will have a bunch of stuff that looks like this:
This is the EFI String stuff. But for Chameleon v2 and the pack of kexts we use for our board we also need to have the following near the top (the -f thing is very important to have but the Timeout thing you can change to whatever setting you wish, 1, 5, 10, etc.):
If you're "com.apple.Boot.plist_Cham_backup" has this stuff you can just copy and paste it into the new "com.apple.Boot.plist_new_modified_one".
(7) Save the "com.apple.Boot.plist_new_modified_one" and then rename it back to "com.apple.Boot.plist" and then move it into the /Extra folder (again you may have to click "Authenticate" and put in your password.
(8) Reboot and everything should work just fine!