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Poll: Snow Leopard on nForce + Intel CPU MOBO in Desktop (211 member(s) have cast votes)

Have you successfully installed a working, bootable Snow Leopard system?

  1. Yes, on a Series 7 (750i, 780i, or 790i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using the USB flash drive installer method (34 votes [16.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.11%

  2. Yes, on a Series 6 (650i or 680i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using the USB flash drive installer method (49 votes [23.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.22%

  3. Yes, on a Series 6 (610i or 630i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using the USB flash drive installer method (18 votes [8.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.53%

  4. Yes, on a Series 7 (750i, 780i, or 790i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using verdant's nForceSLBoot132DVD installer method (14 votes [6.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.64%

  5. Yes, on a Series 6 (650i or 680i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using verdant's nForceSLBoot132DVD installer method (13 votes [6.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.16%

  6. Yes, on a Series 6 (610i or 630i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using verdant's nForceSLBoot132DVD installer method (6 votes [2.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.84%

  7. Yes, on a Series 7 (750i, 780i, or 790i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO using OSInstall.mpkg method from Leopard to another HDD/volume (10 votes [4.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.74%

  8. Yes, on a Series 6 (650i or 680i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using OSInstall.mpkg method from Leopard to another HDD/volume (9 votes [4.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.27%

  9. Yes, on a Series 6 (610i or 630i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using OSInstall.mpkg method from Leopard to another HDD/volume (7 votes [3.32%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.32%

  10. No, none of the above methods has worked for me (35 votes [16.59%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.59%

  11. I have sold or plan to sell my nForce chipset MOBO to go over to the "light" side....Intel chipset MOBO..... (10 votes [4.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.74%

  12. I have sold or plan to sell my nForce chipset MOBO to buy a "real" Mac (6 votes [2.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.84%

Would you say that your Snow Leopard system is working to your satisfaction (e.g. compared to Leopard)

  1. 100% (60 votes [28.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.44%

  2. 90% (53 votes [25.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.12%

  3. 80% (19 votes [9.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.00%

  4. 70% (19 votes [9.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.00%

  5. 60% (4 votes [1.90%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.90%

  6. 50% (6 votes [2.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.84%

  7. <50% (18 votes [8.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.53%

  8. Are you running 10.6.1 successfully , having auto-updated without any problems (20 votes [9.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.48%

  9. Are all the standard Apple applications running OK (12 votes [5.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.69%

Is your Snow Leopard system working 100% on

  1. SATA HDD (172 votes [13.31%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.31%

  2. SATA DVDRW including burning disks (47 votes [3.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.64%

  3. PATA (IDE) HDD (42 votes [3.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.25%

  4. PATA (IDE) DVDRW including burning disks (51 votes [3.95%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.95%

  5. Video (144 votes [11.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.15%

  6. Onboard LAN (Ethernet) (130 votes [10.06%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.06%

  7. USB devices (mounting/unmounting), plus USB keyboard and USB mouse (160 votes [12.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.38%

  8. Firewire (54 votes [4.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.18%

  9. PS/2 keyboard and mouse (42 votes [3.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.25%

  10. Audio including Front Panel headphones and microphone (62 votes [4.80%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.80%

  11. Audio except Front Panel headphones (38 votes [2.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.94%

  12. Audio except Front Panel microphone (27 votes [2.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.09%

  13. Sleep including waking from sleep (24 votes [1.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.86%

  14. PCI NIC (24 votes [1.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.86%

  15. eSATA (20 votes [1.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.55%

  16. Bluetooth (41 votes [3.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.17%

  17. WiFi (38 votes [2.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.94%

  18. Time Machine (53 votes [4.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.10%

  19. Overclocking (34 votes [2.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.63%

  20. Auto Software Update e.g. to 10.6.1 (89 votes [6.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.89%

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Tried rebooting, and again. Gets to the desktop and then Keyboard/Mouse lockup, however mobileme icon and the clock continue to rotate/change.

After a few minutes of this, i got a Kernel Panic again.

Attached File  IMG_0483_1_.JPG   1.7MB   9 downloads

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Tried rebooting, and again. Gets to the desktop and then Keyboard/Mouse lockup, however mobileme icon and the clock continue to rotate/change.

After a few minutes of this, i got a Kernel Panic again.

Attached File  IMG_0483_1_.JPG   1.7MB   9 downloads


What kexts have you got in /Extra/Extensions/.......?

Are you using a USB keyboard and USB mouse.......?

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I am using USB mouse and Keyboard, and have taken a photo of the contents of E/ E, as i dont know of any other way of telling you other than typing them in.

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I am using USB mouse and Keyboard, and have taken a photo of the contents of E/ E, as i dont know of any other way of telling you other than typing them in.

Attached File  IMG_0484_1_.JPG   2.76MB   5 downloads


In which case you do not need AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext, ApplePS2Controller,.kext in /E/E/.........and set up your BIOS as in my OS X 680i template........

1. You should only need (with SATA HDDs) to have in /Extra/Extensions/:

AppleNForceATA.kext (AppleNForceATA.AnV.kext or AppleNForceATA.slash.kext from Snow Support Files v2.3 .....see post #1)
FakeSMC.kext
NullCPUPowerManagement.kext
OpenHaltRestart.kext or EvoReboot.kext

and nothing else if you are using Chameleon 2.0 RC4 or 5 as your bootloader........

2. For your com.apple.Boot.plist in /Extra

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com...yList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>Graphics Mode</key>
<string>"Put No if you are using NVEnabler OR EFI Graphics string instead of GraphicsEnabler"</string>
<key>Kernel</key>
<string>mach_kernel</string>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string>-v arch=i386</string> "You can remove -v after confirming OS X booting OK and arch=i386 is replaced by arch=x86_64 in 64bit mode"
<key>Timeout</key>
<string>5</string>
<key>device-properties</key>
<string>"EFI graphics string if you are NOT using GraphicsEnabler OR NVEnabler"</string>
</dict>
</plist>

and in Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com...yList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>Kernel</key>
<string>mach_kernel</string>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string></string>
</dict>
</plist>

3. For onboard LAN, put nForceLAN.kext v0.64.5 manually in /S/L/E/ and then in Terminal:

sudo chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions/
  sudo chmod -R 755 /System/Library/Extensions/
  sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions/
  sudo  kextcache -v 1 -t -m /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/Extensions.mkext  /System/Library/Extensions/

4. Reboot with -v -f............

5. Only once you are running 100% in 32bit mode Snow Leopard, then make the switch to using 64bit kexts in /Extra/Extensions/

AppleNForceATA.imk64bit.kext instead of other ApppleNForceATA.kext
EvOReboot.kext or 64bit OpenHaltRestart.kext

Note that AppleNForceATA.imk64bit.kext does not support SATA DVDRWs either......

6. Then if you wish follow my OS X Lion install Guide....... :(

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So, to confirm, my boot.plist should look exactly like this?

(I am using GraphicsEnabler=Yes )


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com...yList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0"> What does this mean?? Does this get included in boot.plist as well?


<dict>


<key>GraphicsEnabler</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Kernel</key>
<string>mach_kernel</string>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string>-v arch=i386</string>
<key>Timeout</key>
<string>5</string>


</dict>
</plist>


Thanks for your help.

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So, to confirm, my boot.plist should look exactly like this?

(I am using GraphicsEnabler=Yes )


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com...yList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0"> What does this mean?? Does this get included in boot.plist as well?


<dict>


<key>GraphicsEnabler</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Kernel</key>
<string>mach_kernel</string>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string>-v arch=i386</string>
<key>Timeout</key>
<string>5</string>


</dict>
</plist>


Thanks for your help.


What you have indicated in bold should be present already........I was showing you complete Boot.plist files.......and yes for

<key>GraphicsEnabler</key>
<string>Yes</string>

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Okay great, done everything above - im now booted into 32bit mode.

Are there any tests that you would recommend i do to test the system?

EDIT - i notice that i only have Read access to all the SATA drives....

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Okay great, done everything above - im now booted into 32bit mode.

Are there any tests that you would recommend i do to test the system?

EDIT - i notice that i only have Read access to all the SATA drives....


Glad you up and running in 32bit mode.......:)

You can check for full CI/QE......see post #1
You can do some heavy data transfers / downloads
I presume you have checked USB mounting/unmounting; sound; networking; Firewire (if you have it/use it) etc.

Right-click HDD volume icons and select Get Info......click on padlock in bottom RHS corner.......then look at Sharing and Permissions......see if you can change to read:

system = Read & Write
admin = Read & Write or wheel = Read & Write
everyone = Read Only

'Ignore ownership on this volume' box left unchecked

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There is no padlock displayed bottom right.... Is that because drives are formatted NTFS?

EDIT - When watching a video, I get about 2 mins in and the pc locks up. However there is no obvious kernel panic, and the clock continues to change!

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There is no padlock displayed bottom right.... Is that because drives are formatted NTFS?

EDIT - When watching a video, I get about 2 mins in and the pc locks up. However there is no obvious kernel panic, and the clock continues to change!


I thought you were referring to OS X on a SATA HDD.........yes, there is no padlock displayed bottom right for non-OS X volumes......OS X is set up to naturally read/write FAT32 volumes but only to read NTFS volumes......to read/write NTFS volumes see here and here for commercial solutions and here for freeware solution...

What app are you using to watch videos.....?

Boot with debug=0x100 debug=0x144.....use debug=0x100 first and watch a video and then use debug=0x144 and watch the same video.......you may see what error messages pop up when the lockup occurs......

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I was using VLC.

Booted with debug=0x100, and got to desktop.

Came up with apple (big red stop sign) error 'this disk is not readable etc', then locked up again. Time was still changing though!

Any ideas?

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I was using VLC.

Booted with debug=0x100, and got to desktop.

Came up with apple (big red stop sign) error 'this disk is not readable etc', then locked up again. Time was still changing though!

Any ideas?


This sounds as if the rate at which VLC is expecting data is faster than the rate at which the DVDRW is transferring it across the IDE bus or SATA bus........have you tried changing VLC's Default Caching Level to see what happens....?

If you are using AppleNForceATA.imk64bit.kext then I presume you are using a PATA (IDE) DVDRW........

You could also see what happens when you boot with cpus=1 maxmem=2048 or 3072........

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Really sorry i wasnt very clear, im trying to watch the movie from one of the SATA drives (its an avi file).

Havent got into 64bit mode yet, so using the NForceATA kext in the support files in #1

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Really sorry i wasnt very clear, im trying to watch the movie from one of the SATA drives (its an avi file).

Havent got into 64bit mode yet, so using the NForceATA kext in the support files in #1


OK is your DVDRW PATA (IDE) or SATA?

In v2.3 of my support files, you have:

AppleNForceATA.64AnV.kext
AppleNForceATA.AnV.kext
AppleNForceATA.slash.kext

which one are you using?

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DVD drive is PATA, and is connected as SLAVE on the wire.

in using AppleNForceATA.AnV.kext

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DVD drive is PATA, and is connected as SLAVE on the wire.

in using AppleNForceATA.AnV.kext


AppleNForceATA.AnV.kext should be fine but your PATA DVDRW should be connected as Master and your PATA HDD as Slave, using 80-wire IDE connector cable......

When this done.........try watching the video file again..........

If it freezes, then reboot with cpus=1 maxmem=2048 and try again........

I have to go offline now for a period but will check back later..........

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OK, switched the wires over - now HDD is slave and DVD is master, 80 pin wire.

Booting normally gets this error 'the disk you inserted was not readable by this computer' and PC locks up, however...

Booting with cpus=1 & maxmem=2048 gives same error, but hasnt locked up yet... (im typing in OS X as we speak!)

Will try video....

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OK, switched the wires over - now HDD is slave and DVD is master, 80 pin wire.

Booting normally gets this error 'the disk you inserted was not readable by this computer' and PC locks up, however...

Booting with cpus=1 & maxmem=2048 gives same error, but hasnt locked up yet... (im typing in OS X as we speak!)

Will try video....


Do you have any HDDs or other storage devices attached with a partition/format scheme other than HFS+, FAT32 or NTFS?

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Yes i did! An old HDD was plugged in and i didnt realise - took it out and now error has gone - phew!

Is there a fix for the cpus=1 and maxmem=2048 ?

I seem to be running smoothly, just watched an avi no problems.

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Yes i did! An old HDD was plugged in and i didnt realise - took it out and now error has gone - phew!

Is there a fix for the cpus=1 and maxmem=2048 ?

I seem to be running smoothly, just watched an avi no problems.


I suggest you open Disk utility and repair system permissions........then try watching an avi without using cpus=1 and maxmem=2048........I cannot guarrantee that you won't need to use cpus=1 and maxmem=2048.....

But you could try each of these of these in turn, to see which of these four AppleNForceATA 32bit kexts works best for you......i.e. allows you to not use cpus=1 and maxmem=2048.....

AppleNForceATA.64AnV.kext
AppleNForceATA.AnV.kext
AppleNForceATA.slash.kext
Part K. Item 4. MeDevil / aryajuanda http://www.mediafire...php?2mnxd0j44mf : Alternative AppleNForceATA.kext compiled for Snow Leopard





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