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AsereBLN has released v1.1.9 of his modified Chameleon bootloader. See here for more details. I think it could help with detecting some of the newest nVidia cards and Asere has mentioned using it with his GTX260, though you'll need to read how to do it. I haven't tried it as I don't particularly need it but it might come in useful for someone?

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titan4 IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!
I tryed again before the 10.6.2 upgrade and I made it!!!!
GUYS I INVETE THE BEERS TONIGHT !!!!!!!!
10 BLOODY PINTS FOR EACH ONE!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU GUYS!! I'M SO HAPPY

My hardware
mobo GA-EP45-UD3L
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2 monitors Samsung 2253NW
Great assistance of blaclosx and titan4

So for anyone who wants 5,1 channel connnection and dual monitor in 8800GT this is the resume:
Install the 10.6 SL Following the great master blackosx instruction they are just perfect!
Install the chamalion by Dr House?? in order to fix the reboot problem
download the diplayconfigx program and, with patience get the same resolution in both monitors
upgrade to 10.6.2 (change the 2 files in extension folder exactly as blackosx said in the instructions)
get 5,1 sound following the lord of the soud titan4 instruction
Get cold, BEER and Ejoyit !!!!!!

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AsereBLN has released v1.1.9 of his modified Chameleon bootloader. See here for more details. I think it could help with detecting some of the newest nVidia cards and Asere has mentioned using it with his GTX260, though you'll need to read how to do it. I haven't tried it as I don't particularly need it but it might come in useful for someone?


Hi, Blackosx.
How to install this new version? Just copy boot file to Cham?
Is it based on RC5 or RC4?
Thanks.

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Hi, Blackosx.
How to install this new version? Just copy boot file to Cham?
Is it based on RC5 or RC4?
Thanks.


Yes, just copy the file. And it is based on RC4 (it is even written in subject of linked thread)

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Hi guys;

Thanks for the infromative post, it's helped me almost get my GA-EP35-DS3L ALMOST fully working under 10.6.2 but I'm still having issues with my audio. It worked under 10.5.8 and also 10.6.0 but since the upgrade to 10.6.2 it's stopped working.

I've attached the dsdt and LegacyHDA.kext that I'm currently using if someone could take a look at give me any pointers?

I've also posted a topic with larger description at: http://www.insanelym...p...p=1410036

LegacyHDA.kext: Attached File  GA_EP35_DS3L_10.6.2_LegacyHDA.kext.zip   7.77KB   7 downloads

dsdtt.dsl: Attached File  GA_EP35_DS3L_10.6.2_dsdt.dsl.zip   12.88KB   6 downloads

Any help anyone could give would be greatly appreciated! I've already lost a Saturday and half a Sunday to this! Just as well the other half is halfway round the country! ;)

Cheers
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Try this LegacyHDA.kext: Attached File  LegacyHDA.kext.zip   8.78KB   14 downloads
It has BuiltinHDA key deleted for 10.6.2

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Try this LegacyHDA.kext: Attached File  LegacyHDA.kext.zip   8.78KB   14 downloads
It has BuiltinHDA key deleted for 10.6.2


Thanks for the response but still no sound with that kext. I also tried changing the "built-in" value in the HDEF section of my DSDT to 0x00 rather than 0x01, but still no luck :wacko:

"built-in",
 Buffer (One)
  {
	0x00
   },}

Update:
Looks like the only errors I have in my kernel log about audio are:
Feb 14 21:58:10 Caribou kernel[0]: Sound assertion "0 == pathMap_aDriverInstance" failed in "/SourceCache/AppleHDA/AppleHDA-179.1.4/AppleHDA/AppleHDADriver.cpp" at line 1656 goto Exit
Feb 14 21:58:10 Caribou kernel[0]: Sound assertion "0 != createAudioEngines ( fPathMap_aDriverInstance )" failed in "/SourceCache/AppleHDA/AppleHDA-179.1.4/AppleHDA/AppleHDADriver.cpp" at line 203 goto Exit
Feb 14 21:58:10 Caribou kernel[0]: Sound assertion "0 == pathMap_aDriverInstance" failed in "/SourceCache/AppleHDA/AppleHDA-179.1.4/AppleHDA/AppleHDADriver.cpp" at line 1656 goto Exit
Feb 14 21:58:10 Caribou kernel[0]: Sound assertion "0 != createAudioEngines ( fPathMap_aDriverInstance )" failed in "/SourceCache/AppleHDA/AppleHDA-179.1.4/AppleHDA/AppleHDADriver.cpp" at line 203 goto Exit

That help any?

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That help any?


Actually those errors should be resolved with that kext i posted. With older LegacyHDA sound should still work, but these errors would show up. It is really strange that sound doesn't work for you even when it worked before update. So you still have the same DSDT as before or you changed that as well ? It doesn't make sense considering your board have alc888 as well.

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Dear titan4 I have another question for you
As I told you I followed your instruction in order to get 5,1 sound and I made it. But, as is reasonable, the 5,1 sound sounds only in 5,1 audio files, like some movies or ACC audio files. Usually everybody has mp3, and in this particular case are stereo files, so I have only sound in two speakers. In Windows there's a codec named Fraunhofer, this codec cheat the system and the stereo files sounds like 5,1 (well it distribute the sound in all speakers, not like 5,1 because the files are not saved in this mode). There's something like this in mac?
Another thing, when you use the sound with the added device you cant raise the volume with the volume key, there's a solution for this?
Thanks again

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Thanks for the infromative post, it's helped me almost get my GA-EP35-DS3L ALMOST fully working under 10.6.2 but I'm still having issues with my audio. It worked under 10.5.8 and also 10.6.0 but since the upgrade to 10.6.2 it's stopped working.

Hi Gav

If you had sound working with 10.6.0 then there's no reason for it not to work with 10.6.2. The only reason the BuiltinHDA key was removed from LegacyHDA.kext was because Apple changed things in 10.6.2 and it was no longer needed. Though the original LegacyHDA.kext still works in 10.6.2 on my system.

Your best bet is to find someone else, maybe in the Gigabyte DSDT fix thread, who has your motherboard with the sound working and copy their DSDT and LegacyHDA.kext, or visit tmongkol's thread to find all you need to get sound working on your mobo.

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Dear titan4 I have another question for you
As I told you I followed your instruction in order to get 5,1 sound and I made it. But, as is reasonable, the 5,1 sound sounds only in 5,1 audio files, like some movies or ACC audio files. Usually everybody has mp3, and in this particular case are stereo files, so I have only sound in two speakers. In Windows there's a codec named Fraunhofer, this codec cheat the system and the stereo files sounds like 5,1 (well it distribute the sound in all speakers, not like 5,1 because the files are not saved in this mode). There's something like this in mac?
Another thing, when you use the sound with the added device you cant raise the volume with the volume key, there's a solution for this?
Thanks again

Sorry I don't know about such software. Problem is that not even mac pro has analog 5.1 output so this will always be only a workaround. And yes you can't set volume with aggregate device. It is same as with digital output. With digital it is expected to set volume on speakers so I guess you could do that too. Again this aggregate device thing is just a workaround and I don't think there is solution for setting volume in system. Sorry that I am not able to help you this time. :thumbsup_anim:

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blackosx, to have a dual boot setup of Mac and Windows on one drive, are there any particular steps I need to follow to have it work on my system?

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blackosx, to have a dual boot setup of Mac and Windows on one drive, are there any particular steps I need to follow to have it work on my system?

Hi CyCLoBoT

You'll be pleased to hear it's simple now but before doing anything make sure you have the BootCD or a Bootable USB stick and test you can boot in to your Snow Leopard install from which ever one you choose.

You will then also need Dr Hurt's Chameleon RC5 pre-release v8 installer that has the modified boot0 file. Download it from here and have it sat on your desktop for use later.

If you have followed this guide and have Chameleon installed on it's own partition and a spare WIN partition at diskXs4 then you are already set up to go. If you haven't followed my guide exactly then the partition you want to install Windows7 on to should be formatted as FAT (check section 3 of 'Part 1 - Preparation' PDF for a refresher).

Note: petrs99 has pointed out that Windows7 won't install on a partition number higher than 4.

Here's the result of diskutil list for reference. Note my SnowLeopard drive is disk1.

Attached File  Diskutli_list.png   62.64KB   287 downloads

If you have more than one HDD then you must disconnect them all apart from the intended target HDD in SATA port 0. Then all you need to do is insert your Windows7 DVD, reboot and boot in to it. If you don't disconnect other drives then the Windows7 installer has been known to write the boot files it needs to a different volume.

From the Windows7 installer, you will have to format the target partition to NTFS then install. It should be obvious which partition is the one you want (here, mine shows as 86GB in size). Make sure you have identified the correct partition or you will destroy your current OS X installation. After completion, when you reboot Windows7 will have written it's code to the MBR of the disk and will become the default OS and always boot.

To get OS X back, you need to boot by using either the BootCD or the bootable USB stick (which you tested with earlier) and then run Dr Hurt's latest installer (which you downloaded earlier) and point it to your Cham partition.

This will install the RC5 pre-release v8 of Chameleon to your Cham partition and inject Chameleon's stage 0 boot code to the first 440bytes of the MBR, leaving the code that Windows7 put there intact. The modified boot code allows us to boot OS X while it's not the active partition allowing us to leave Windows7 as the active partition as it's won't enter sleep if it's not.

EDIT: If you want the latest version of Chameleon then it's still best to manually install it rather than wait for an installer to be released. And it is now recommended you use the fdisk440 binary for updating the MBR with Chameleon's stage 0 bootloader and for dual booting we can now use the official boot0hfs. This way it will leave and Windows code already present of the MBR intact.

When you reboot you should boot straight in to Chameleon and have the option of booting either OS X or Windows 7.

Note: As always, make sure you have a backup of your files incase anything goes wrong.

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Hi blackosx, great mini dual-boot guide! Thank you for that, I have a fully working dual boot with Win7 and SL now. (It was very simple) But I dont understand one thing.. I have diveded my HD into 4 partitions (Cham,Data,Snow leopard,Backup) and when I want to install Win7 to 4th (backup) partition I couldnt format it into NTFS in Windows installer. When I tried then with second partition (Data), everything goes smoothly. I think Windows can format only 3 partitions to NTFS..?

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Hi blackosx, great mini dual-boot guide! Thank you for that, I have a fully working dual boot with Win7 and SL now. (It was very simple) But I dont understand one thing.. I have diveded my HD into 4 partitions (Cham,Data,Snow leopard,Backup) and when I want to install Win7 to 4th (backup) partition I couldnt format it into NTFS in Windows installer. When I tried then with second partition (Data), everything goes smoothly. I think Windows can format only 3 partitions to NTFS..?

I think Windows7 will only format the partition to NTFS if it's FAT32 to start with, so if your Backup partition was HFS+ originally then that will explain the problem you had installing to it. Part 1 of my guide and shows an option of having a FAT WIN partition at diskXs4 which is what I used. But thanks for the note and I will update the previous post to highlight that point it. :(

EDIT: I have now put the dual boot steps in to 'Part 9 - Dual Boot Windows7' PDF.

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Thanks for the guide. This is the first time I tried to do a vanilla install (been using iDeneb 10.5.5 since it came out).

Also big thanks to the person who uploaded the files for Asus P5E to the OSx86 wiki.

I did this as a test and installed using the package method from my 10.5.5 disk to a spare IDE we had laying around. Updated to combo 10.6.2 and some other stuff software updater came up with. Running smoothly so far... although I did have some kp's the other day (if it happens again I will try and isolate what was going on).

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Thanks for the guide. This is the first time I tried to do a vanilla install (been using iDeneb 10.5.5 since it came out).

Also big thanks to the person who uploaded the files for Asus P5E to the OSx86 wiki.

I did this as a test and installed using the package method from my 10.5.5 disk to a spare IDE we had laying around. Updated to combo 10.6.2 and some other stuff software updater came up with. Running smoothly so far... although I did have some kp's the other day (if it happens again I will try and isolate what was going on).

Hi JackButler

I am happy you found the steps in the guide useful.

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I think Windows7 will only format the partition to NTFS if it's FAT32 to start with, so if your Backup partition was HFS+ originally then that will explain the problem you had installing to it. Part 1 of my guide and shows an option of having a FAT WIN partition at diskXs4 which is what I used. But thanks for the note and I will update the previous post to highlight that point it. :)

EDIT: I have now put the dual boot steps in to 'Part 9 - Dual Boot Windows7' PDF.

I started with 4th partition in FAT32 and I couldnt continue in Windows installer (There was always some kind of error). FAT32 was not the issue. With the second partition was everything how it should be, but it is kind of small:-)

I found something in topic from mickles on insanelymac in - Guide: Multiboot Windows 7, Leopard, Ubuntu on GPT disk, Using Chameleon 2.0 bootloader on EFI partition

You can have more than 4 partitions, but your windows 7 partition must be in the first three. It would also be wise to have your osx partition in the first three as well. All partitions for ubuntu and windows should be formatted as FAT.

Disk utility creates a hybrid MBR/GPT disk this way, but MBR only allows four primary partitions. The system EFI partition counts as one, so you have 3 beyond that to work with. Fdisk and diskpart can only mark those first four active, hence the reason to have osx in there as well.

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Hey guys, im still having problems with my dsdt (using generic 5 plus speedstep) Firewire looks like working but an attached hard disk don't work. Works perfect in a hackintosh without dsdt.

Bluetooth dongle isnt working, works perfect in a hackintosh without dsdt

Thanks in advance

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hi blackosx/forum at large,

i'm using your guide...as a guide... running into a problem, wondering if you could help me fix it.

i've partitioned a 1 TB hd following your guide, and installed chameleon manually onto it's own partition via your instructions. after i get through Part 4, i restart, select my vanilla 10.6 SL partition in chameleon, but my computer just hangs at the Apple Logo (spinning wheel) & doesn't finish booting.

i booted in -v & looked at the log (which I could paste here) ...it looks like it might be waiting for the boot drive (?) but i'm not too well-versed at parsing those logs.

the chameleon partition boots into my USB stick SL installer ok (albeit with incorrect resolution), and my SL installation itself boots ok when using the chameleon on my USB stick.

my mobo is a ep45-ud3p, but i substituted the dsdt & smbios files you included with ones from stella's v3 installer (made specifically for my mobo/gfx, etc).

any tips/suggestions? i feel like i'm almost there, just missing something small/obvious...

thanks in advance...





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