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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 (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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I got sound working with usual legacy kext and following this guide by The KiNG http://www.projectos...?... that explain how to emulate hdaenabler through dsdt; just pay attenction to keep your original audio _ADR address, which will probably different from the one in the guide (mine is _ADR, 0x000F0001) and if you don't find a device AZAL, it may be that it's called AZAD (it was on my system). About sleep, I found that disabling usb legacy support in bios and enabling vanilla intelcpupm (or installing sleepenabler.kext) brings sleep back :unsure:. However when the system wakes up it becomes terribly slow and totally unusable.. Maybe it's something related to non patched usb kekts?

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I got sound working with usual legacy kext and following this guide by The KiNG http://www.projectos...?... that explain how to emulate hdaenabler through dsdt; just pay attenction to keep your original audio _ADR address, which will probably different from the one in the guide (mine is _ADR, 0x000F0001) and if you don't find a device AZAL, it may be that it's called AZAD (it was on my system). About sleep, I found that disabling usb legacy support in bios and enabling vanilla intelcpupm (or installing sleepenabler.kext) brings sleep back :D . However when the system wakes up it becomes terribly slow and totally unusable.. Maybe it's something related to non patched usb kekts?


Thanks.......you have saved me time by sorting your sound out while I have been writing the installation guide because previously THe KiNG's approach to audio worked the best with my Asus Supreme FX audio card so was planning to follow his approach to audio on Snow Leopard too......

I am still worried how badly the system reacts upon waking from sleep...... ;)

So, I will focus on the audio side first....... :)

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thanks so much verdant!
your such a beast at this, you should make your own distro!


i cant wait for you to finish it so i can install SL!


No problem......please PM me with any points, sections, procedures etc. that you think need clarifying or more explanation......as this has been written on the fly whilst carrying out the procedures described......writing the guide on a real Mac whilst installing Snow Leopard on my hack..... ;)

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I'm currently running Snow Leopard on 64bit mode. I've been tried your method before but it's weird. During installation, KP happening and i can't continue my progress. Anyone suggetion?

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I'm currently running Snow Leopard on 64bit mode. I've been tried your method before but it's weird. During installation, KP happening and i can't continue my progress. Anyone suggetion?


If you have a nForce chipset + Intel CPU MOBO with a non-AHCI compliant nForce chipset (meaning you need to use an AppleNForceATA.kext that is currently ONLY 32bit compatible), then you need to boot the kernel into 32bit mode NOT 64bit mode using either -x32 or arch=i386 as the Kernel Flag.......

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wow Verdant, glad to hear u got SL working on series 6/7 nForce mobo(i got 750i lol)! patiently waiting for your "Installing OS X to your target HDD volume partitioned/formatted as MBR/HFS+" guide, since I only have one hard drive with MBR formatted T-T. Great job anyway, keep going!

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wow Verdant, glad to hear u got SL working on series 6/7 nForce mobo(i got 750i lol)! patiently waiting for your "Installing OS X to your target HDD volume partitioned/formatted as MBR/HFS+" guide, since I only have one hard drive with MBR formatted T-T. Great job anyway, keep going!


I will try to work on it as soon as I find some time...... :)

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hi all, I just had my first attempt to install SL on my evga 750i ftw mobo/Q6600 cpu but failed. The first problem is that my mobo wont boot from a usb stick. What I did is that install SL under leopard, and then manually install the kexts, *.plists, DSDT.aml and chameleon 2.0 RC1 onto the newly installed SL volume followed by verdant's guide here. After all necessary installations done I reboot and my computer went into an infinity reboot loop.I managed to get rid of it by changing the boot flag back to the Leopard partition(with chameleon 1.0 from the IPC 10.5.6). So I think is chameleon 2.0 causing the problem. I have tried install chameleon 2.0 RC1/2 and the result was the same. Seems my computer doesnt support for chameleon 2.0....... Do anyone have solution for this issue? and anyone here with 750i can get it boot from usb drive? TIA for any helps

EDIT: just tried chameleon 2.0 RC3 but still no luck. this time the computer wont reboot repeatly but went to black screen and dead after boot to SL.

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I haven't start updating my P5N-E SLI. still with 10.5.7. Still waiting for 64bit AppleNForceATA.kext.
But I am running 10.6 on a new rig (GA-P35-DS3R), works like a charm...


Hi, how did you manage to get it done? Did you follow specific steps, or just the one showed in this post?

Thanks in advance...

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Thanks, verdant, for this guide!

I went through all the steps, and there are issues:
- Could not make extensions.mkext by Kext Utility on USB Flash Drive as written in guide (kext utility reported an error). But it was created on HDD where I was going to install SL.
- After rebooting, I've booted from USB, chameleon logo appeared, apple logo appeared and the installation wizard started. I've deselected all printer drivers, all fonts and all languages except russian. Installation began, and after about 10 mins it showed an error and asked to restart. When I pressed restart, CMOS is cleared and all my BIOS setting became default.
What is the reason? Did I make mistake in creating dsdt.aml? or there are 2 seperate problems:
1. CMOS reseting (wrong dsdt.aml)
2. The problem that stoped the installation process?

Can you help me?
Thanks

UPD: regarding dsdt.dsl editing (I think there is a mistake): It is written in the guide

namely to edit the RTC section in the file so as to decrease the length of the IO segment from 4 to 2

and then

change 0x02 to 0x04

So as I understand it should be changed from 0x04 to 0x02 because originally I had 0x04..

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Thanks, verdant, for this guide!

I went through all the steps, and there are issues:
- Could not make extensions.mkext by Kext Utility on USB Flash Drive as written in guide (kext utility reported an error). But it was created on HDD where I was going to install SL.
- After rebooting, I've booted from USB, chameleon logo appeared, apple logo appeared and the installation wizard started. I've deselected all printer drivers, all fonts and all languages except russian. Installation began, and after about 10 mins it showed an error and asked to restart. When I pressed restart, CMOS is cleared and all my BIOS setting became default.
What is the reason? Did I make mistake in creating dsdt.aml? or there are 2 seperate problems:
1. CMOS reseting (wrong dsdt.aml)
2. The problem that stoped the installation process?

Can you help me?
Thanks

UPD: regarding dsdt.dsl editing (I think there is a mistake): It is written in the guide and then
So as I understand it should be changed from 0x04 to 0x02 because originally I had 0x04..


I have changed the procedure in the guide so that generating the Extensions.mkext is done on the Leopard Desktop enabling the app to easily find the correct paths....

You are correct......I have corrected the typo in my guide.....I wrote that it should be decreased and then stupidly typed the guide following my own already modified DSDT.aml..... :thumbsdown_anim:

hi all, I just had my first attempt to install SL on my evga 750i ftw mobo/Q6600 cpu but failed. The first problem is that my mobo wont boot from a usb stick. What I did is that install SL under leopard, and then manually install the kexts, *.plists, DSDT.aml and chameleon 2.0 RC1 onto the newly installed SL volume followed by verdant's guide here. After all necessary installations done I reboot and my computer went into an infinity reboot loop.I managed to get rid of it by changing the boot flag back to the Leopard partition(with chameleon 1.0 from the IPC 10.5.6). So I think is chameleon 2.0 causing the problem. I have tried install chameleon 2.0 RC1/2 and the result was the same. Seems my computer doesnt support for chameleon 2.0....... Do anyone have solution for this issue? and anyone here with 750i can get it boot from usb drive? TIA for any helps

EDIT: just tried chameleon 2.0 RC3 but still no luck. this time the computer wont reboot repeatly but went to black screen and dead after boot to SL.


That is strange......I would expect it to be bootable from a USB flash drive.....try with just the Chameleon 2.0 RC1 bootloader installed on the single volume GPT/HFS+ partition/formatted no-spaces name USB flash drive and see if you can boot from it.......also check that in your BIOS you have enabled all USB parameters.....

ONLY then if it is bootable.....then follow my guide......setting up /Extra, DSDT.aml AND PC_EFI V10.1 boot file....etc. first and then restore SL onto the flash drive.....

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New BootThink 2.3 has just been released with Snow Leopard support. If I'm not wrong, that should also means that we can boot retail SL dvd :) That would simply a lot all the mess of installing, verdant can you give it a try?

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New BootThink 2.3 has just been released with Snow Leopard support. If I'm not wrong, that should also means that we can boot retail SL dvd :D That would simply a lot all the mess of installing, verdant can you give it a try?


I will check it out...... :P

UPDATE I installed it on a spare GPT/HFS+ volume on an external USB 2.0 HDD drive (same drive that I have installed SnLp to) via Leopard into the 200MB hidden EFI partition of the HDD (that BootThink partitions as HFS+).......I did it this way to avoid the Chameleon bootloader already installed in the HDDs MBR.......it installs successfully and can pick up all the bootable HDD volumes, both OS X, Windows and Linux (Ubuntu)......BUT it did not recognise the OS X 10.6 Install DVD in my PATA DVDRW as being bootable...... :)

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hey after the all the initial figuring out of stuff, would it possible for you to make a like video tutorial?

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hey after the all the initial figuring out of stuff, would it possible for you to make a like video tutorial?


Sorry but that would not be possible.

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I assume it does as this covers nForce series 6 chipsets, but can anybody confirm this on an EVGA 680i SLI mobo?

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I assume it does as this covers nForce series 6 chipsets, but can anybody confirm this on an EVGA 680i SLI mobo?


It works on a 650i and on 790i so I see no reason why it should not work on a 680i....... :)

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Hey Verdant,

You helped me about 6 months ago when I was installing leopard on my 780i. You were a great help, and the work you have already putting into getting Snow Leopard running is incredible. I am a little confused with your guide. I tried following it last night but during the install it paused at about 20% in for over 2 hours so I canceled it. My computer right now has 4 HDD's. A 500gb sata Windows 7 64 bit, a 40gb ide for my music, and 80gb ide for my video editing apps, and my other 500gb which had Leopard on it. I wiped the Leopard drive and cleared all of my important stuff off of it, as I was planning to put Snow Leopard on there. I saw your update today about having a Windows 7 drive plugged in causing problems, so I unplugged it but I am still getting stuck in the install. Here is my computer specs:

2.66 quad core cpu
evga 780i mobo
nvidia gforce 8800 ultra video card
4 gb ram
2 sata dvd drives
and I will be trying to use the linksys wmp54g card, which I was able to get to work on Leopard

I have a 32gb flash drive that I am using for the install, but I am cofused on one part. When you put "Part D - Installing to GPT HDD...." Do I need to do all that in addition to doing all of that to my flash drive? The steps looked identical, and I wasn't sure if that was if someone was just trying to install it from another HDD in their computer. If I am just trying to install from my flashdrive, do I need to worry about any of those steps? Also, are we expected to find all of the kexts that get those components above working? And then add them to the extensions folder? I wasn't too sure so I just went ahead and put like an NVinject one in there and a voodoohda kext which I guess runs the audio off of the mobo. I am not savvy with the whole hackintosh scene, so I might be skipping some important steps that I was expected to know to do. I also have access to a macbook which I can get files from, but now that my Leopard install is gone am I still able to complete this guide? Thanks for your help.

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ok, so i did all of the steps for installed on a GPT/HFS+ and chamloen rc1 booted fine and everything, but when iclicked the flash drive, it told me mach_kernal coulndt be found. what should i do? i have the SL disc on a PATA connection and my HDD is running iPC leo and its SATA.

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Hey Verdant,

You helped me about 6 months ago when I was installing leopard on my 780i. You were a great help, and the work you have already putting into getting Snow Leopard running is incredible. I am a little confused with your guide. I tried following it last night but during the install it paused at about 20% in for over 2 hours so I canceled it. My computer right now has 4 HDD's. A 500gb sata Windows 7 64 bit, a 40gb ide for my music, and 80gb ide for my video editing apps, and my other 500gb which had Leopard on it. I wiped the Leopard drive and cleared all of my important stuff off of it, as I was planning to put Snow Leopard on there. I saw your update today about having a Windows 7 drive plugged in causing problems, so I unplugged it but I am still getting stuck in the install. Here is my computer specs:

2.66 quad core cpu
evga 780i mobo
nvidia gforce 8800 ultra video card
4 gb ram
2 sata dvd drives
and I will be trying to use the linksys wmp54g card, which I was able to get to work on Leopard

I have a 32gb flash drive that I am using for the install, but I am cofused on one part. When you put "Part D - Installing to GPT HDD...." Do I need to do all that in addition to doing all of that to my flash drive? The steps looked identical, and I wasn't sure if that was if someone was just trying to install it from another HDD in their computer. If I am just trying to install from my flashdrive, do I need to worry about any of those steps? Also, are we expected to find all of the kexts that get those components above working? And then add them to the extensions folder? I wasn't too sure so I just went ahead and put like an NVinject one in there and a voodoohda kext which I guess runs the audio off of the mobo. I am not savvy with the whole hackintosh scene, so I might be skipping some important steps that I was expected to know to do. I also have access to a macbook which I can get files from, but now that my Leopard install is gone am I still able to complete this guide? Thanks for your help.


You need these kexts in /Extra on your HDD because you are not booting from and/or running OS X on a "real" Mac......your USB flash drive is a "fake" DVDRW enabling you to boot the Snow Leopard Installer since AFAIK you cannot boot from the Retail OS X 10.6 DVD directly.....but there is a Boot132 method too now....

Audio is invariable not as simple as using a single kext and for video the graphics EFI string approach is recommended, although some have used NVEnabler.....

ok, so i did all of the steps for installed on a GPT/HFS+ and chamloen rc1 booted fine and everything, but when iclicked the flash drive, it told me mach_kernal coulndt be found. what should i do? i have the SL disc on a PATA connection and my HDD is running iPC leo and its SATA.


You need the mach_kernel on the USB flash drive too.....did you follow:

(11) Now use Disk Utility -> Restore function to load the Retail Mac OS X 10.6 Install DVD (or its .dmg/.iso image file) onto the OSX_10.6_USB_Installer volume.....





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