What am I trying to get at? I didn't have to ask for help, luckily. What few problems I had were post installation, and I managed to find the answers....
This time, I've an i7 940, an ASUS p6T6 mobo and a copy of the iPC LiveDVD (10.5.6). Can I get OS X to install? Not on your nellie! Now, I'm prepared for a challenge. I don't feel I'm magically 'entitled' for this to just work - hell, it's a Mac OS on a PC!
What I didn't expect was the challenge of dealing with other users of this very board...
Basically, for anyone reading this in the same boat as me, don't bother asking for guides, or even a preinstall/install related question. If you don't know how to change the bootloader, or 'inject' a kext into your LiveDVD image, don't ask for a guide or help - you'll soon realise why.
I could cite many examples, but the best way to put it is right at the top of the "New Releases & Updates" - a thread entitled "XxX_x86_10.5.6_Install_Disc_Universal_Final.v2". Notice the discontinued underneath. The reasoning?
since now there are some free ways to install OSX from retail disks I think everybody wanting to run OSX should learn what needs to be done to have it running on a PC, get the files and do it themselves..... or go and buy a real mac."
That's the spirit! We should all learn! How stupid of me! Well, over a decade ago when I was a trainee software engineer, a superior who I thought I was hassling with my 'n00b' questions replied with "It's okay - share what you know, learn what you don't". And he was right! Those two sentiments have to go together; and as it stands, this community is disappearing up its own ass. I don't expect someone to post an iso that'll magically work with just my specific mishmash of hardware, but when I posted the error message I was getting before it could even hit an install screen, the replies I got? "It has to work". "Try harder". At what, failing?
There's such a huge amount of useful material on this site, and a huge amount of users trying to help, but it seems to me that for every one decent, helpful post, there's a bunch of other posts saying, "Damn n00bs, they should know this."
Maybe they should. Or maybe the search needs to be re-organised, or proper generic FAQs or how-to's that can be 'linked to' used. Or maybe we all, n00b and expert alike, need to work *together*, instead of the prevailing elitism.
Yeah, maybe it's just me, and I know I'm on a rant, but maybe, just maybe, it's not.