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Good Morning to all.

As lensboard noted, yesterday I added a secondary footer in my signature as I was in the process of changing my hardware. Today the signature shows I no longer have my Gigabyte EP45-DS3L up and running as I have now moved to using an Asus board. This wasn't something I was planning but after being offered dgsga's board/cpu for a very tempting price I wasn't going to turn it down.

So where does it leave this topic?
The simple fact is that now Lion is out in the wild this two year long topic on how to install Snow Leopard has served it's purpose and naturally reached the end of it's life. It had to happen one day and I feel that day is now. But at least I can leave this topic in the knowledge that the PDF guides and Support Files here are up to date for installing 10.6.0 thru 10.6.8 on the GA-EP45-DS3L.

Will I be creating a 10.7 installation guide?
In a word - No.
I've come to realise that I've had less and less time in the last year to keep this topic up to date, let alone a new one and there are a couple of installations guides on this forum already, for example (here and here) without the need for another, though personally I recommend using Conti's excellent myhack.

Having said that, for those who want the manual installation, there are some links in the news section on the front page of this topic to help with installation, audio, network and the CMOS reset issue. The installation steps were added for the 10.7 developer preview 2, but I've tried to quickly patch it to make it current, though the two other installation guides link to earlier are well worth a look.

What's my new hardware compared to the good 'ol EP45-DS3L?
Well it's pretty much two years old so it's not cutting edge but then it's newer than my previous system. I've only had the machine up and running since Friday evening so I've got plenty to learn about it but already I see a geekench score or 9500 compared to a previous 4500. The Asus board takes longer to POST, though once done so there's no wait for the BIOS to present the AHCI devices and selecting restart from OS X takes longer for that to happen compared to the Gigabyte.

So where does this leave all the followers of this topic?
Hopefully I've explained enough in the PDF guides and in my replies here to have given you all the basic knowledge to carry on using your systems. I've only learned what I know by reading, and testing ideas, solutions and suggestions from other users. If you have a question about your Snow Leopard install then your first stop will be to search this topic, then other topics either at Insanely using the built in search or other forums with the help of the ever useful Google.

The last two years have been fun, though it's taken a lot of my time so I am going to enjoy taking more of a back seat for a while. If somebody else wants to pick up from here and carry on then feel free, but just try to keep the ideas and info simple, together with some explanations rather than just point to using a tonymac or kakewalk install where new users don't really understand what gets installed, how, where and why.

So thanks for all the support I've received here from you guys and everywhere else I've visited. And thanks to all the wiser, knowledgeable users and coders creating all the fixes, tools and methods necessary that allow us to run our machines. So although I'm leaving this topic, I'll still be around lurking. :)

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It's not you, (Sniff) it's me.... :(

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Blackosx, thank you for all of your time spent helping everyone, and leave knowing that all of us old school ds3l's are envious of your new rig. :D

Could anyone help me with figuring out what I have done? I upgraded one of my 10.6.7s to 10.6.8 and lost audio.

I am having trouble remembering how I had audio implemented. I have an EP45-DS3L and am just using my rear line out.

I am running Cham 2.5 RC5 r731 on its own partition. I only have 3 extensions in Extras, FakeSMC, IONetworkingFamily, and OrangeIconFIX.

Here is my boot.plist. and then I have a bunch of Binary under device-properties at the end.
I think I implemented audio by editing the DSDT, adding that stuff at the end if boot.plist and modifying AppleHDA. Does that sound right? After updating, I've lost audio, and I am trying to figure out either a new way to enable audio that will work with 10.6.8 & 10.7 or how to edit what I already have in place to get it to work again. Can I just re-edit AppleHDA? since that maybe is the only file that has changed? I don't think I am using any LegacyHDA or any extra Kexts for audio right now. If I use the supplied Kext in this forum now for audio, do I need to undo something in my DSDT and boot plist for that kext to work or do I just drop it in there?

<dict>
<key>Default Partition</key>
<string>hd(0,3)</string>
<key>DropSSDT</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>GenerateCStates</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>GeneratePStates</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Graphics Mode</key>
<string>1440x900x32</string>
<key>Instant Menu</key>
<string>No</string>
<key>Kernel</key>
<string>mach_kernel</string>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string>arch=i386</string>
<key>Timeout</key>
<string>3</string>
<key>arch</key>
<string>i386</string>
<key>device-properties</key>
<string>a902000001000000020000005e0200000d00000002010c00d041030a010000000101060000010101060000007fff04001e00000072006f006d002d007200650076006900730069006f006e0000002d0000006e5669646961204765466f72636520393430304754204f70656e474c20456e67696e65205b454..... etc



I was having trouble with the audio too, but there is a simple solution. Donwload "kext helper" and the latest support files from blackosx. Then drag the 10.6.8 audio kext into "kext helper", type system password in, and hit apply. This has worked for me in 10.6.6 and 10.7.

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Does AutoSleep work for anyone?
I'm sure it used to work when I first installed SL but it hasn't worked recently....

Edit: Found the issue, my 1tb haddrive with Windows 7 and Ubuntu....

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Thank you blackosx for everything you've done. Will you be producing a guide for your new rig? If not, what guide/methods are you following and how does it compare to the GA-EP45?

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Thanks Black for your great guides. Even though they are primarily for
Gigabyte boards, I did use your guide for an ASUS P5Q3 board and it worked
fine. I had to use VooDooHDA for my sound but everything else worked
out of the box.

I used this guide http://www.insanelym...howtopic=260594
to install Lion on my P5Q3 with no hassle at all. Followed the guide and was up
and running in less than 30 minutes. Again though, I had to add VooDoo for sound.
Also, the Ralink wireless does not work yet as Ralink has not come out yet with
drivers for Lion.

I used the above guide to install to a new hard drive to avoid any issues with
my Snow Leopard hack. I also created a bootable Lion DVD to install from in
the future if need be.

Hope this helps someone as it did me. Lion install was much easier than Snow.

Good luck Black in your new endeavors.

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I too thank you for your hard work! Though you've made a lot of people's hack, you've also educated us along, I know many of us apply what we learn here to all of our various hacks. =)

Congrats on the new hardware! I myself am waiting for proper SandyBridge support hehe, those new EFI boards are pretty sweet when it comes to POST/boot up time. Maybe next year when Intel finally integrates USB 3.0 into all their chipsets, and who knows, maybe a thunderbolt port? =P

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blackosx,

Bummer that you will be seen less on this forum and even though I fully understand your decision I'm not happy about it! :) :D

Yes we can all find the info on how to install and fix our rigs but you really have a talent of explaining, educating us, and putting together all the info in a very clear, readable and logical manner that not many others can.

Thanks again for all your help and time!

Best regards,

John

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New thread for Lion

http://www.insanelym...howtopic=263410

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Hello all,

I am probably facing a hardware issue, just need to check with you if it is the case.

My board is showing a strange reboot problem. Everytime I reboot the machine, or power it on, the machine would try to boot, get stuck after the message "Memory runs at dual channel interleaved" and reboots itself, sometimes going as far as powering off (no fans, no PHASE LED) to power it back (alone!) and try it again.

Eventually, the machine boots, loads Snow Leopard without a problem and works with no problem.

I fear it may be the first signs of death for my MoBo.

Anyone ever saw something similar?

PS: blackosx: cheers and a big thank you for all your support given in this thread. I would say better support I ever saw in my 20+ years in computing :rolleyes:. Have fun and luck with your new setup.

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So thanks for all the support I've received here from you guys and everywhere else I've visited. And thanks to all the wiser, knowledgeable users and coders creating all the fixes, tools and methods necessary that allow us to run our machines. So although I'm leaving this topic, I'll still be around lurking. :thumbsup_anim:


Thanks for supporting us for the last two plus years. I am going back to real macs ( I already have a couple ), although the hacking was fun, it is ultimately a pain avery time there is an update.

Cheers!

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Thanks to Blackosx for all your help advice and the great guides. Best of luck with your new hardware and journeys with Lion.
I have enjoyed my EP45-DS3L for ages and it is still such a stable system @ 10.6.8, I am also now considering new hardware or pulling the trigger on a real Mac but this has been fun :thumbsup_anim:

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The last two years have been fun, though it's taken a lot of my time so I am going to enjoy taking more of a back seat for a while.

A big thank you from me too, you're been far more helpful than anyone could reasonably expect. Good luck with your new board!

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Blackosx I wonna thank you, once more, for all your efforts in this project and for helping us make it all works.

I'm going to reinstall my 10.6 (updating to .8 i wish) 'cause after some months that I was not using OSx (i used winxp partition), i tryed to boot os and it wasn't working (looks like it loosed the guid table on disk and was seeing it as MBR) because wasn't finding the root device.

(under win, using macdrive, i was able to see the mac partitions and to edit the files on them)

I'm pretty sure i'll make a better setup now, thanks to the previous experiences and all your help, tips and suggestions.

Maybe i'll come to ask you something more when I'll plan to install Leo. ;)

So once more... Thank you very much. And I wish to meet you asap.

My best wishes for your new hw and your Leo explorations!!

Sincerely,
Dan

EDIT:
My Lion is installed and almost fully workin, as I reported here

Edited by komodo_1, 27 July 2011 - 10:47 AM.


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Hi Guys. First off thanks for everything Black! You did a great job with all your guides! Helped me a lot.

I just wanted to post that I had success upgrading my Vanilla 10.6.8 install to 10.7 using tonymacx86's guide here http://tonymacx86.bl...x-107-lion.html

First snag I hit was that the Lion install told me i couldn't install Lion. This was quickly fixed by updating my Chameleon bootloader to Chimera, http://www.tonymacx8...imera-1.4.1.zip

After that I used #####, http://www.tonymacx8...Beast-3.8.0.zip and updated my smbios.plist to be just a stock MacPro 3,1. I did those two things and the install was up and running.

Another little snag i hit was in Xmove i got an installation failure but I quickly figured out that you need to have the Lion InstallESD.dmg mounted. I did that and it continued just fine. After I rebooted to the Lion install partition and it installed without a hitch.

I just installed my AppleHDA that I used in 10.6.8 and my sound was back up and everything back to normal!

Lion is running well so far. Good luck to everyone else.

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seeking Lion advise..

Whats the best way to upgrade to Lion?
- I saw a fresh install might be the only way
- reinstall all apps or pull them over from Timemachine ?
- any experience/advise

thanks
Gerhard

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Here's what I did (Link)

Wish could help.
Soon

seeking Lion advise..

Whats the best way to upgrade to Lion?
- I saw a fresh install might be the only way
- reinstall all apps or pull them over from Timemachine ?
- any experience/advise

thanks
Gerhard



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seeking Lion advise..

Whats the best way to upgrade to Lion?
- I saw a fresh install might be the only way
- reinstall all apps or pull them over from Timemachine ?
- any experience/advise

thanks
Gerhard


Just look one post above you. Link

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Hi, Blackosx

has been a pleasure to read your post and learn a lot about it. Congratulations for these 2 great years, and I hope you get so fun with your new hardware as you get with our dear DS3L.

Thank you very much for your work!!!!

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Just look one post above you. Link


YES you are right - I saw the link but NOW I did read it more carefully.....
One question remains:
- Is an upgrade (without too many hassels) OK
(I want to keep my installed apps & settings)

regards
Gerhard





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