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nForce chipset + Intel CPU nForce 650i and 680i chipset nForce 750i and 780i chipset nForce 790i and 790i Ultra Possibly nForce 630i chipset

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Poll: Snow Leopard on nForce + Intel CPU MOBO in Desktop (212 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 [16.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.04%

  2. Yes, on a Series 6 (650i or 680i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using the USB flash drive installer method (50 votes [23.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.58%

  3. Yes, on a Series 6 (610i or 630i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using the USB flash drive installer method (18 votes [8.49%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.49%

  4. Yes, on a Series 7 (750i, 780i, or 790i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using verdant's nForceSLBoot132DVD installer method (14 votes [6.60%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.60%

  5. Yes, on a Series 6 (650i or 680i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using verdant's nForceSLBoot132DVD installer method (13 votes [6.13%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.13%

  6. Yes, on a Series 6 (610i or 630i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using verdant's nForceSLBoot132DVD installer method (6 votes [2.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.83%

  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 [4.72%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.72%

  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 [4.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.25%

  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 [3.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.30%

  10. No, none of the above methods has worked for me (35 votes [16.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.51%

  11. I have sold or plan to sell my nForce chipset MOBO to go over to the "light" side....Intel chipset MOBO..... (10 votes [4.72%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.72%

  12. I have sold or plan to sell my nForce chipset MOBO to buy a "real" Mac (6 votes [2.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.83%

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

  1. 100% (60 votes [28.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.30%

  2. 90% (53 votes [25.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  3. 80% (20 votes [9.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.43%

  4. 70% (19 votes [8.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.96%

  5. 60% (4 votes [1.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.89%

  6. 50% (6 votes [2.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.83%

  7. <50% (18 votes [8.49%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.49%

  8. Are you running 10.6.1 successfully , having auto-updated without any problems (20 votes [9.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.43%

  9. Are all the standard Apple applications running OK (12 votes [5.66%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.66%

Is your Snow Leopard system working 100% on

  1. SATA HDD (172 votes [13.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.25%

  2. SATA DVDRW including burning disks (47 votes [3.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.62%

  3. PATA (IDE) HDD (42 votes [3.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.24%

  4. PATA (IDE) DVDRW including burning disks (51 votes [3.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.93%

  5. Video (145 votes [11.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.17%

  6. Onboard LAN (Ethernet) (131 votes [10.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.09%

  7. USB devices (mounting/unmounting), plus USB keyboard and USB mouse (161 votes [12.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.40%

  8. Firewire (54 votes [4.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.16%

  9. PS/2 keyboard and mouse (42 votes [3.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.24%

  10. Audio including Front Panel headphones and microphone (63 votes [4.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.85%

  11. Audio except Front Panel headphones (38 votes [2.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.93%

  12. Audio except Front Panel microphone (27 votes [2.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.08%

  13. Sleep including waking from sleep (24 votes [1.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.85%

  14. PCI NIC (24 votes [1.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.85%

  15. eSATA (20 votes [1.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.54%

  16. Bluetooth (41 votes [3.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.16%

  17. WiFi (38 votes [2.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.93%

  18. Time Machine (53 votes [4.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.08%

  19. Overclocking (35 votes [2.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.70%

  20. Auto Software Update e.g. to 10.6.1 (90 votes [6.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.93%

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Since you are able to boot into your Snow Leopard system on the HDD with the ##### disc, do the following:

[0] Open the attached .zip file:

[1] Download my Snow Support files v2.3 from post #1 onto your Windows laptop and copy the .zip folder onto a USB flash drive.....

[2] Use the ##### disk to boot into your Snow Leopard (SL) system on the HDD and copy the Snow Support files v2.3 .zip folder from the USB flash drive to the SL Desktop.....

[3] Run any one of:

Chameleon 2.0 RC4.pkg

Chameleon 2 RC3.pkg

Chameleon-2.0-r431.pkg

to install a Chameleon bootloader on your OS X HDD and in SL....

[4] Check if /Extra/ and /Extra/Extensions/ has been created.......if it has, then

{a} install the com.apple.Boot.plist and SMBIOS.plist files in /Extra

{b} install the following kexts in /Extra/Extensions:

AppleNForceATA.64AnV.kext
NullCPUPowerManagement.kext
OpenHaltRestart.kext
PlatformUUID.kext
fakesmc.V2.5.kext

[5] Install the following kexts in /System/Library/Extensions:

AppleHDA.10.6.2.kext
nForceLAN.0.64.5.kext

and repair the /System/Library/Extensions kext ownership and permissions and recreate Extensions.mkext using the 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 -a i386 -a x86_64 -m /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/Extensions.mkext /System/Library/Extensions

[6] Do you have a DSDT.aml file on your Snow Leopard HDD system.....if not, then follow Part B. in post #1......

See where the above gets you to as regards booting SL off the HDD........ :rolleyes:

Wow, thanks for the detailed instructions! I'll give that a try tonight/tomorrow and report back. You are such a life saver right now.

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OK........ :rolleyes:

Note that
sudo kextcache -v 1 -t -a i386 -a x86_64 -m /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/Extensions.mkext /System/Library/Extensions
should be typed on the same line in Terminal.....

I have to go offline now........I will check back if and when I find some free time......

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OK........ :huh:

Note that

sudo kextcache -v 1 -t -a i386 -a x86_64 -m /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/Extensions.mkext /System/Library/Extensions
should be typed on the same line in Terminal.....

I have to go offline now........I will check back if and when I find some free time......

YES! I followed the instructions and did PART B of the guide, and I'm now booting without the ##### disc!!!

It also seems to recognize my ETHERNET PORTS!

Now it seems my only issue is my screen resolution - it's still at the default 1024x768. Also, PART B never said where I should finally put my DSDT.aml file, but it looked like it belonged in the "/" root directory so I put it there. Also when following part B, I never had to switch the value from 4 to 2, it was already 2!

Thanks again and I'll be checking for an update! I'm so close to a perfect hackintosh, thank you!

By the way - I still have my Windows drive, Sound card, and Wifi adapter plugged in - could this cause problems?

Also I'm on 10.6.0, I haven't applied the 10.6.8 update yet. When am I safe to do that?

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YES! I followed the instructions and did PART B of the guide, and I'm now booting without the ##### disc!!!

It also seems to recognize my ETHERNET PORTS!

Now it seems my only issue is my screen resolution - it's still at the default 1024x768. Also, PART B never said where I should finally put my DSDT.aml file, but it looked like it belonged in the "/" root directory so I put it there. Also when following part B, I never had to switch the value from 4 to 2, it was already 2!

Thanks again and I'll be checking for an update! I'm so close to a perfect hackintosh, thank you!

By the way - I still have my Windows drive, Sound card, and Wifi adapter plugged in - could this cause problems?

Also I'm on 10.6.0, I haven't applied the 10.6.8 update yet. When am I safe to do that?


That is good progress....... :)

The nForceLAN.kext has given you working Ethernet ports.....

Windows drive, Sound card, and Wifi adapter can be dealt with later.......

You can now update Chameleon to RC5 if you wish.....if you do, you can remove the PlatformUUID.kext form /E/E/......

Yes, the DSDT.aml file can go in / (where I normally put it) or in /Extra......

It is better to get everything working before updating to 10.6.8 and then clone your working system to another HDD volume if you can as a backup.......

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That is good progress....... :rolleyes:

The nForceLAN.kext has given you working Ethernet ports.....

Windows drive, Sound card, and Wifi adapter can be dealt with later.......

You can now update Chameleon to RC5 if you wish.....if you do, you can remove the PlatformUUID.kext form /E/E/......

Yes, the DSDT.aml file can go in / (where I normally put it) or in /Extra......

It is better to get everything working before updating to 10.6.8 and then clone your working system to another HDD volume if you can as a backup.......

Okay. Is this where I get RC5?
http://www.insanelym...howtopic=231075
Also which one do I pick?

Before making a backup, I was thinking I should probably get my video resolution fixed...that seems to be the last step before having a nice working hackintosh. How do I go about fixing that?

Thanks!

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Okay. Is this where I get RC5?
http://www.insanelym...howtopic=231075
Also which one do I pick?

Before making a backup, I was thinking I should probably get my video resolution fixed...that seems to be the last step before having a nice working hackintosh. How do I go about fixing that?

Thanks!


Yes, try RC5 from there..........

No, it is better to make a backup before trying to fix your video resolution just in case your video gets messed up and you cannot then see the Desktop, or even the boot screen.....

Try using NVEnabler.kext v0.1 or NVEnabler64.kext......if that does not work, then try generating an EFI graphics string using Leopard......see post #1 on how to go about these procedures......

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Yes, try RC5 from there..........

No, it is better to make a backup before trying to fix your video resolution just in case your video gets messed up and you cannot then see the Desktop, or even the boot screen.....

Try using NVEnabler.kext v0.1 or NVEnabler64.kext......if that does not work, then try generating an EFI graphics string using Leopard......see post #1 on how to go about these procedures......

I screwed up the graphics pretty bad...got a black screen and couldn't figure out how to go back so I figured I'd start over trying to use your nForceSL CD.

Also, my roommate has a REAL mac running leopard, can I use his computer to get the hex string I need for my video card?

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I screwed up the graphics pretty bad...got a black screen and couldn't figure out how to go back so I figured I'd start over trying to use your nForceSL CD.

Also, my roommate has a REAL mac running leopard, can I use his computer to get the hex string I need for my video card?


No because the card you need it for is in your PC.......

If you are planning to start over then I recommend the following:

The simplest and quickest solution is to boot with a Leopard OS X Install DVD OSx86 distro and use Disk Utility to set up 3 OS X equal size volumes on the HDD that you partition as GPT and format as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as follows (you must download an AppleNforceATA.kext loading OS Leopard Install DVD distro......I recommend iPC 10.5.6 Final version):

1st volume: OS X Lion

2nd volume: OS X Snow Leopard

3rd volume: OS X Leopard

Install Leopard OS X 10.5.6 Final Version using my blog install guide, and then do a Retail install of Snow Leopard and later a Download install of Lion.......later on you can delete the OS X version(s) you do not wish to keep and then use Disk utility to resize the remaining OS X volume(s) to give a single OS X Lion volume, or to keep OS X Lion, OS X Snow Leopard and make the OS X Leopard volume into a Data volume......

Normally for convenience, you need access to OS X Leopard on your PC to:

1. Generate a RTC patched DSDT.aml file for Snow Leopard [Part B]

2. Establish OS X target HDD ownership

3. Run EFIStudio or OSx86Tools to generate the graphics string for your graphics card

4. Install Chameleon 2.0 RC4 or RC5 onto your target SL OS X volume and in the process generate a /Extra directory.....

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No because the card you need it for is in your PC.......

If you are planning to start over then I recommend the following:

The simplest and quickest solution is to boot with a Leopard OS X Install DVD OSx86 distro and use Disk Utility to set up 3 OS X equal size volumes on the HDD that you partition as GPT and format as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as follows (you must download an AppleNforceATA.kext loading OS Leopard Install DVD distro......I recommend iPC 10.5.6 Final version):

1st volume: OS X Lion

2nd volume: OS X Snow Leopard

3rd volume: OS X Leopard

Install Leopard OS X 10.5.6 Final Version using my blog install guide, and then do a Retail install of Snow Leopard and later a Download install of Lion.......later on you can delete the OS X version(s) you do not wish to keep and then use Disk utility to resize the remaining OS X volume(s) to give a single OS X Lion volume, or to keep OS X Lion, OS X Snow Leopard and make the OS X Leopard volume into a Data volume......

Normally for convenience, you need access to OS X Leopard on your PC to:

1. Generate a RTC patched DSDT.aml file for Snow Leopard [Part B]

2. Establish OS X target HDD ownership

3. Run EFIStudio or OSx86Tools to generate the graphics string for your graphics card

4. Install Chameleon 2.0 RC4 or RC5 onto your target SL OS X volume and in the process generate a /Extra directory.....

Hmm...is that really all necessary?

Your SL disc won't boot SL for me, so I went back to using the ##### disc to reinstall SL.

When I was messing with graphics, I was able to get it to boot in 1280x1024 instead of 1024x768 using EFITools on my SL and then using Graphics Mode = 1920x1080x32 (yeah, not the right resolution, but getting closer).

Then since that didn't work, I tried the NV_Enabler version, and that resulted in a black screen (I might have kept the Graphics Mode option as well).

Based on what I did there, do you think one of those two methods would ultimately end up working for me? I'm not sure if I have the time and effort to try to install Leopard as well as SL. My main goal of this hackintosh is to run xcode to develop iOS apps.

Thanks!

EDIT: Could I use a LIVE DVD version of Leopard to get the EFI string?

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Hmm...is that really all necessary?

Your SL disc won't boot SL for me, so I went back to using the ##### disc to reinstall SL.

When I was messing with graphics, I was able to get it to boot in 1280x1024 instead of 1024x768 using EFITools on my SL and then using Graphics Mode = 1920x1080x32 (yeah, not the right resolution, but getting closer).

Then since that didn't work, I tried the NV_Enabler version, and that resulted in a black screen (I might have kept the Graphics Mode option as well).

Based on what I did there, do you think one of those two methods would ultimately end up working for me? I'm not sure if I have the time and effort to try to install Leopard as well as SL. My main goal of this hackintosh is to run xcode to develop iOS apps.

Thanks!

EDIT: Could I use a LIVE DVD version of Leopard to get the EFI string?


With a bootable OSx86 distro Leopard Install DVD you are only talking about 20 minutes install time.....you only require 1024x768 VESA graphics mode to do what you need to do using Leopard......

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With a bootable OSx86 distro Leopard Install DVD you are only talking about 20 minutes install time.....you only require 1024x768 VESA graphics mode to do what you need to do using Leopard......


True, I might give it a try then.

However, if possible, could I use this method here:
http://ipcosx86.wiki...ipc-x-dl-10-5-6

To use a LIVE version of Leopard to get what I need?

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True, I might give it a try then.

However, if possible, could I use this method here:
http://ipcosx86.wiki...ipc-x-dl-10-5-6

To use a LIVE version of Leopard to get what I need?


I would think so but cannot guarantee it as I have not tried the Live DVD myself......you can but try....

BTW what errors did you see when booting the Snow leopard Retail DVD with -v -f.....?

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I would think so but cannot guarantee it as I have not tried the Live DVD myself......you can but try....

BTW what errors did you see when booting the Snow leopard Reatil DVd with -v -f.....?


You mean with your boot DVD? I tried booting with just -v (never tried -f). I was able to get to a gray screen, where I could move the mouse, and then after a few minutes I saw the spinning colorful circle.

I let that sit there for about 10 minutes before shutting it down. I tried booting again and got the same.

I think I'm going to attempt the live DVD or just live with 1280x1024 resolution. I've reinstalled using ##### + your help instructions from yesterday and I'm back where I was. It seems that everything is working except my video resolution.

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You mean with your boot DVD? I tried booting with just -v (never tried -f). I was able to get to a gray screen, where I could move the mouse, and then after a few minutes I saw the spinning colorful circle.

I let that sit there for about 10 minutes before shutting it down. I tried booting again and got the same.

I think I'm going to attempt the live DVD or just live with 1280x1024 resolution. I've reinstalled using ##### + your help instructions from yesterday and I'm back where I was. It seems that everything is working except my video resolution.


The instructions in post #1 Part F were:

(16) When the custom boot volume theme appears follow the onscreen instructions........namely when the Legacy Boot CD icon appears framed to the left of the display.........remove the nForceSLBoot132DVD from the DVDRW tray.......insert your Retail Snow Leopard Mac OS X Install DVD in the DVDRW tray and close...........wait for the initial DVDRW activity to occur (flashing DVDRW light) for a while to allow the DVD to be recognised......then press F5..........the Mac OS X Install DVD icon should then appear "framed" to the right of the display...


(17) Now type -v (space) -f at the boot: prompt that will appear (as usual with the Chameleon bootloader) in the bottom lefthand corner of the display.......I have asked to you use -v so that you can see what is happening (even though it messes up the friendly green Chameleon desktop) AND YOU MUST PRESS -f too.......

boot: -v -f

Why not just buy a more compatible nVidia graphics card that can simply use GraphicsEnabler in the Boot.plist file.....

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The instructions in post #1 Part F were:

(16) When the custom boot volume theme appears follow the onscreen instructions........namely when the Legacy Boot CD icon appears framed to the left of the display.........remove the nForceSLBoot132DVD from the DVDRW tray.......insert your Retail Snow Leopard Mac OS X Install DVD in the DVDRW tray and close...........wait for the initial DVDRW activity to occur (flashing DVDRW light) for a while to allow the DVD to be recognised......then press F5..........the Mac OS X Install DVD icon should then appear "framed" to the right of the display...


(17) Now type -v (space) -f at the boot: prompt that will appear (as usual with the Chameleon bootloader) in the bottom lefthand corner of the display.......I have asked to you use -v so that you can see what is happening (even though it messes up the friendly green Chameleon desktop) AND YOU MUST PRESS -f too.......

boot: -v -f

Why not just buy a more compatible nVidia graphics card that can simply use GraphicsEnabler in the Boot.plist file.....


Oh I must of missed that! Could installing via your DVD vs ##### give me any additional hope for getting working graphics out of the box?

Buying a better Graphics card might be a better possibility! How do I know which cards are "fully" compatible?

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Oh I must of missed that! Could installing via your DVD vs ##### give me any additional hope for getting working graphics out of the box?


OS X itself does not determine whether your graphics work OTB........the key point is that you will have a proper full Snow Leopard Retail OS X installation >>>> Retail Lion OS Installation.......so you can keep up to date with Xcode versions via the App Store......

For graphics card ideas see here......

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OS X itself does not determine whether your graphics work OTB........the key point is that you will have a proper full Snow Leopard Retail OS X installation >>>> Retail Lion OS Installation.......so you can keep up to date with Xcode versions via the App Store......


Yes, that's true. Luckily for class, we only need Xcode 4.0.2 which is what will run on Snow Leopard, so I'm not worried about Lion right now.

I'm not sure if you saw, but I edited the post above asking what a good video card would be. Like how would I know if a video card is fully compatible?

I'm gonna mess around with NVEnabler again, and if I get a black screen again, I might try Leopard install.

Also, one more thing that I noticed isn't quite working right - Sleep mode. Not sure if this is supposed to work on Hackintoshes....

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Yes, that's true. Luckily for class, we only need Xcode 4.0.2 which is what will run on Snow Leopard, so I'm not worried about Lion right now.

I'm not sure if you saw, but I edited the post above asking what a good video card would be. Like how would I know if a video card is fully compatible?

I'm gonna mess around with NVEnabler again, and if I get a black screen again, I might try Leopard install.


I edited the post above......

BTW just in case you "missed it" in post #1 , note:

{a} when using NVEnabler, you still need to insert your graphics card(s) Device ID into the Info.plist files of the NVDAResman.kext and the NVDANV40hal.kext or NVDANV50hal.kext.....

{b} while you have these 3 methods:

1. Chameleon 2.0 GraphicsEnabler option via com.apple.Boot.plist:

2. Hexadecimal graphics string option via com.apple.Boot.plist:

3. NVEnabler injector kext, which enables TV-OUT and injects 2nd display operation very well……or any other nVidia graphics injector kext

they are mutually exclusive......use only one method at a time......

Going offline now........hope you make some progress on the graphics front........:)

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I edited the post above......

BTW just in case you "missed it" in post #1 , note:

{a} when using NVEnabler, you still need to insert your graphics card(s) Device ID into the Info.plist files of the NVDAResman.kext and the NVDANV40hal.kext or NVDANV50hal.kext.....

{b} while you have these 3 methods:

1. Chameleon 2.0 GraphicsEnabler option via com.apple.Boot.plist:

2. Hexadecimal graphics string option via com.apple.Boot.plist:

3. NVEnabler injector kext, which enables TV-OUT and injects 2nd display operation very well……or any other nVidia graphics injector kext

they are mutually exclusive......use only one method at a time......

Going offline now........hope you make some progress on the graphics front........ :)

I redid the NVEnabler method and IT'S WORKING! I'M IN 1080P RIGHT NOW!!!

Thank you so much! The last thing I need is sleep mode working, if you have any advice for that let me know!!!

EDIT: Also sound doesn't appear to be working anymore, it was before installing chameleon (booting with #####). Any ideas?

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I redid the NVEnabler method and IT'S WORKING! I'M IN 1080P RIGHT NOW!!!

Thank you so much! The last thing I need is sleep mode working, if you have any advice for that let me know!!!

EDIT: Also sound doesn't appear to be working anymore, it was before installing chameleon (booting with #####). Any ideas?


Sleep invariably does not work on nForce chipset MOBOs......

As for sound on your EVGA 680i SLi Motherboard, I am assuming you have an onboard ALC885 audio codec/chipset as expected, go to post #5 in my OS X Lion install guide.......

Creative X-Fi PCI Sound Card......maybe this driver......only PCI-Express based X-Fi's are working with VoodooHDA I believe......

Abit Airpace 802.11g PCI-E 1x Wifi Adapter (Atheros AR5007EG)........you will have to try the different methods posted on Insanelymac for this......





Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: nForce chipset + Intel CPU, nForce 650i and 680i chipset, nForce 750i and 780i chipset, nForce 790i and 790i Ultra, Possibly nForce 630i chipset


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