This is a mini guide. Meaning it doesn't go into the step by step that other guides do.
Having said that, installing OSX on this board is incredibly easy. It's almost as easy as installing Windows - there are just a few other steps.
Ridgeline did an amazing job at making an installer that simplifies the installation greatly! Thank you Ridgeline!
Ok, to the guide:
First, and this is important: all guides are basically the same! They use different methods to do the same stuff. Meaning - if you find a guide that you understand better - for example it's in your native language, or it's written in an easier to understand method - use that guide! Come back for the final step. Otherwise, all guides are basically the same!
I like Tonymacx86's guide. It's clear, well written, and has nice screenshots. Just replace ##### with EmpireEFI, and replace ##### with Ridgeline's Installer: Gigabyte_G41M_ES2L_Post_Installer_v2.3.mpkg.zip 7.65MB 1213 downloads
Guide 3: From May 2010
Ok, the steps to install Snow Leopard on this board:
- Boot into the SL installer
- Use a bootloader to boot into SL the first time
- My method: install 10.6.4 update
- My method: boot into SL again
- Install bootloader & kexts
Step 1: Boot into the SL installer
There are many ways to do this. Here's two popular methods:
- CD Installation (Download the top CD, burn the regular EmpireEFI boot disc. Boot to that disc & follow the instructions).
- [Must have a mac already] USB, 8gig or larger
Step 2: Boot into Snow Leopard
Use your boot CD/boot USB from Step 1, and boot that again. This time, select your Mac drive. Go through the pretty graphics & user generation.
My Method: Install 10.6.4 Update
I don't know if you should really install this before or after your kexts, but I did it before and it worked great. Download it ahead of time here.
My Method: Boot into Snow Leopard again
Once again use your Boot CD/Boot USB from Step 1 to boot into Snow Leopard.
Final Step: Install bootloader and kexts
If you're following another guide, come back for this step!
Download Ridgeline's installer. Latest version (v2.3 as of this guide) can be found here: Gigabyte_G41M_ES2L_Post_Installer_v2.3.mpkg.zip 7.65MB 1213 downloads
Run the installer. As long as you have a standard setup with SATA drives & Nvidia card, just select the defaults. Look over the DSDT list for your CPU. If it's listed, select your CPU & you're done!
If your CPU isn't listed, select the generic DSDT. You might have sleep & speedstep problems using the default. Ridgeline is compiling a list of CPU specific DSDT files & generously making them! Follow his instructions to get him the info he needs.
- Load optimized defaults
- Change HPET mode to 64-bit
- Disable any un-used components - parallel port, serial port, floppy drive, etc.
Get Audio working: Change LineOut preferences
- Download the 10.6.2 AppleHDA file from here
- Go into your System Preferences
- Go into Sound
- For the green plug on the back of your motherboard, change "Play sound effects through" to "Line Out"
- Go to the "Output" tab
- Select "Line Out"
- Test audio. If this doesn't work, try other output devices
- Go into your System Preferences
- Go into Network
- Edit your Ethernet connection (click advanced)
- Go to the "Ethernet" tab
- Select "Manually" configure, and change the settings to 1000baseT & full-duplex
- Real macs have this problem too
- Go into Preferences, Energy Settings. Check all three boxes (check "Start up automatically after a power failure")
- Some DVD drives cause problems with automatic sleep. Try placing a disc in your drive if sleep isn't occurring automatically.
- The Sony Optiarc Drive is known to work well with OSX sleep. I have an ASUS DRW-2014L1T and sleep works automatically w/o a disc and w/o Pleasesleep.
- If you're still having insomnia check out PleaseSleep to enforce automatic sleeping
Video Card errors
- Use a supported nVidia card. It'll save you headaches. I've personally tested an 9600GSO and GTS 250. Both work great with just Ridgeline's installer (using GraphicsEnabler=Yes)
- hawaii50 tested an 8400 GS and 9500 GT
- If you want 64bit, use at least an 8400 GFX card.
- More errors? Gatzs wrote up a guide on getting more cards working. Check it out here.
Edit: Replaced Ridgel1ne's links with an attachment
Attachments are for the old guides. Use the links in the post instead.