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Hi all

Is it possible to dual boot Mac OSX and Windows Vista on this laptop. I specifically ask since there are many drivers (3G bundle, HDMI port) that need to function properly. On the Acer.com support website of course there are no drivers for OSX.

Acer Timeline AS4810TZ-40111 14" Notebook PC
http://www.acer.com/timeline/

Intel Pentium SU2700 1.3 GHz Processor
2 MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz Bus speed
3072 MB DDR3 (PC3-8500) RAM Max: 4GB
320 GB SATA Hard Drive
14" Acer CrystalBrite (1366 x 768) LED-Backlit Display
Built-in Acer Crystal Eye Webcamera
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with up to 1759MB Shared Video Memory
DVDR/RW Drive with Double Layer
Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/n
HSDPA
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader - SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro, xD
ExpressCard 54 Slot
Ports: 3 x USB 2.0, Headphone/Line-out(S/PDIF); Microphone, VGA, HDMI, RJ-45
Approximate Unit Dimensions: 13.3" (W) x 9.4" (D) x 0.9" ~ 1.1"(H)
Approximate Unit Weight: 4.2 Pounds

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I'm trying to get it installed on mine. Not having much luck yet, though.

I'm currently messing around with the iATKOS v7 release.

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Hi!!

I've a timeline 3810T and I'm trying too!!

About 1 month ago, I tried to install XxXOS86 distribution.. it ran ok, but without audio, wifi and wired lan.. For wifi, I used a dlink usb (ralink drivers) and it worked well..

Now I'm trying with Iatkos 7.. it installs and restarts but doesn't run.. it stops on the grey apple! :-(

Please can we put together our efforces in order to help ourself?

Thanks!!

Daniela

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Bump! I so wanna do this on my Timeline 4810! I had it up and running on my HP Mini, and can't wait to us OS X again. Especially with the incredible battery life. If I knew enough to help, I would.... As it is, I hope you guys are able to get things working. Let me know if I can help with anything!

-Mike

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Saturday the 15th of august I'm receiving my Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T-944G50MN.

I am planning on giving the iDeneb v1.4 a chance. The review on that one will be posted in this topic and I might make a video so it's chrystal clear.

Did one of you guys got it to work already?

Cheerz.

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Got it to work on my Acer Aspire Timeline 5810t.

Wrote a tutorial as a reply but it gave me an error. Took me one hour to write it goddamnit.

I'm too pissed of to write one again right now. Maybe I'll try it later today.

Grtz.

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Got it to work on my Acer Aspire Timeline 5810t.
Wrote a tutorial as a reply but it gave me an error. Took me one hour to write it goddamnit.
I'm too pissed of to write one again right now. Maybe I'll try it later today.

Grtz.


Hi nPw,

damn, :( , that's terrible! But please, please try again, I'd really need it. I try to get OS X to work on my Timeline 3810t for weeks, but neither keyboard, touchpad, Wlan, nor the right resolution work
(I get 1024 x 768 only). If you got it to work, you' re my star :( !

Grtz and thanks in advance for a lot of work

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Hi all,

well, after giving iDeneb 10.5.8 another try now keyboard, touchpad and sound work, but resolution is still 1024 x 768 and wlan isn't recognized. Does anyone have better results?


Cheers, ben.rec.exe

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Ok. Let me try to explain this for the third time. ^_^

Excuse me if some of the button names that I'll give do not completely match yours. I'm running the Dutch Vista.

1: Get your copy of iDeneb v1.5 and burn it to a DVD using Magic ISO's "ISO Burner"

2: In Vista go to Start -> Configurationscreen -> System and Maintenance and then in the sub menu of System.... (the bottom button) click on "make partition on hard disk and format"

3: Right-click on your Acer(c:) disk and select "decrease volume"

4: Fill in how much GB you want the OSX partition to be. I could make mine only 144 GB. Once filled in press "decrease" and make sure you make your new partition an unformatted disk. (You should see RAW under the sub-menu filesystem.

5: Ok, now you're done in Vista. Place the iDeneb disk in your DVD-rom and restart your computer.

6: When you're computer restart press F2 at the ACER logo to enter the BIOS. Change these settings: Main: Sata mode -> ACHI to IDE (else it will not see your HD)
Boot: Place your DVD-rom to the top so it's the first in the list

7: Press F10 to save and exit.

8: Let your computer reboot and when the message "Press any key to start from CD" pops up, press any key to do so.

9: iDeneb now start to load. (this may take 5-10 minutes)

10: Double click or press enter to confirm your language.

11: Go to Utilities -> Disk Utility on the top of the menu.

12: Select your partition made in Vista and go to the erase tab. Select MAC Journaled and enter a name for the disk. Now click Erase.

13: Close Disk Utility and continue the installation untill you get to the screen where it says "Custom Installation"

14: Select your language. Leave the normal iDeneb instal checked. Expand the iDeneb patch and select these options: Fix -> Voodoo Battery Manager and IOUSBFamlilyFix

15: Now your iDeneb version starts to install. It could take a while to calculate the remaining time and just before the end of the installation it could look like it stalls. Don't do anything and just let it do it's thing. Everything will be fine.

16: Once installed it reboots itself automatically after 30 seconds or you can restart by pressing the restart button.

17: !IMPORTANT! When your computer reboots press F2 when you see the ACER logo to enter the BIOS again. It's VERY IMPORTANT to change: Main -> Sata mode -> IDE back to AHCI!!!

Press F10 and exit. Your computer reboots and will ask again to press any key to start up via the cd.
Don't press any key right now and let the computer do it's magic. You also won't see the Chameleon bootloader yet. This is normal. When you eject the CD-rom later by restarting Leopard it will give you the bootloader where you can choose between Vista or OSX.

Things that may not work:
Click on the trackpad. I got it to work again by booting up Vista and then booting OSX again :)
HDMI?
VGA out?

Things that don't work:
WIFI
Sound

To get rid of your nasty looking stretched 1024x768 go to this link:
www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=173338

Yesterday I bought myself an Edimax USB wifi adapter. Type EW-7711UAn. Thing works like a charm. It cost me 30 euro's but it supports MAC and it's very fast with a very good range.

Well that's it. Hope you get it to work with this tutorial. And if anyone can get the sound to work please tell me

nPw out.

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THANK you SO much nPw, especially for the native-resolution Fix! :thumbsup_anim:

There still is the problem with wlan, I think I'll get a Dell 1490 card which is natively recognized as Airport...


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Hi @ all,

well, after some tries, vga port works, but no hdmi...
Additionally, has anyone tried to open the timeline to change the wlan card? I tried, but I'm not quite good in something like that and am in fear I might kill my timeline :(


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@Ben,

I tried making a hackintosh out of my timeline some time ago. I gave up cause I could not get the software running. I did manage to install a new network card: the keyboard is clicked into the frame. Try to pry it out using a flat screwdriver or something like that.

The network card is located under the keyboard. It is not accessible by removing the bottom of the laptop... believe me, I tried

Good luck
Liam

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Sorry to be negative, I dont even have a timeline of my own, but what sthe point of installing osx in a laptop if you will not have QE and CI enabled. OSX without video acceleration = Epic phail. You will never get QE and CI with 4500HD..thats a fact.

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@ lverheul,

thank you so much man, it is that easy when you know what to do... ;) :angel: :rolleyes:

@ pmcnano,

year, of course, I agree with you, but giving it a try to my mind is ok, and beside this now everything very important works fine, here's a list:

  • Audio fine (but no output, only internalspeakers, does anyone have a solution??)
  • Resolution fine
  • USB fine
  • Keyboard and trackpad (with two finger actions) fine
  • VGA port fine
  • Wifi will hopefully work with Dell 1950
  • Ethernet not tested
What does not work (yet):

  • HDMI port
  • Proper support of Graphic
  • Webcam
Well, I think it's ok, not wonderful, but usable...


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Well, the main reason for me to run OSX is that I want to be able to run Logic Studio and produce music on the road.
I have a studio at home but it's always nice to have a mobile production kit.

ben.rec.exe, could you tell us how you got the sound to work and the double finger trackpad?

I would appreciate that very much.

Grtz.

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Of course (I'm glad to be able to help someone,too ;))...

I used iDeneb 1.6 (iDeneb_v1.6_1058_Lite_Edition) for Installation and Sound worked out of the box (VoodooHDA.kext and VirtualAudioDriver.kext). But I had NO keyboard and trackpad (maybe I simply forgot to check the important kexts during installation, I don't know). I got them to work with VoodooPS2Controller.kext and VoodooPS2Trackpad.kext.


If anyone still has problems, I can upload screenshots of the content of my Extensions-folder...

Grtz,
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Thnx. I managed to get the double finger scroll to work.

I was also looking for a way to download the virtualaudiodriver.kext but I couldn't find it anywhere ;)
Any tips?

Grtz.

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Hi,

try this one ;)

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Hey Guys,

Just got all this done and it looks like we're slowly getting there. I am experiencing the following issues
  • crashing when inserting usb disk
  • no ethernet
  • wifi: installed a dell wireless card. It worked once, but the power-on soft button does not seem to function, so I cannot get it switch on (not even in network preferences.
Haven't tried hdmi yet.

Any ideas?

Thanks
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Hi,

@ lverheul

you get a kernel-panic?

I think there is a solution for the usb-problem with following kernel-panic somewhere, it's something like iousb.kext I think. I don't experience this problem and am sure I've got this kext installed (isn't it mentioned as a solution for this problem during the ideneb installs?). But I sometimes lose trackpad and keyboard and then have to restart via powerbutton. I don't know yet why this happens, does anyone have a clue?
Ah, and I don't have proper sleep yet, does anyone?

I'm waiting for my Dell 1490 I bought at ebay, I will have to see what it says. I hope it'll arrive tomorrow...


Grtz,
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