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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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I reinstalled chameleon on both partitions, and that worked out.

Re, the fstab file didn't work..

I tried:
LABEL=Untitled none ntfs noauto
LABEL=System Reserved none ntfs noauto
and
LABEL=Untitled /volumes/Untitled none ntfs ro,noauto 0 0
LABEL=System Reserved /Volumes/System Reserved none ntfs ro,noauto 0 0

I've googled about it and found lots of different approaches, also one that removes the entire disk#(but this is not efficient since disk number sometimes seems to change during boot).

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I reinstalled chameleon on both partitions, and that worked out.

Re, the fstab file didn't work..

I tried:

LABEL=Untitled none ntfs noauto
 LABEL=System Reserved none ntfs noauto
and
LABEL=Untitled /volumes/Untitled none ntfs ro,noauto 0 0
 LABEL=System Reserved /Volumes/System Reserved none ntfs ro,noauto 0 0

I've googled about it and found lots of different approaches, also one that removes the entire disk#(but this is not efficient since disk number sometimes seems to change during boot).


Try the evaluation version of TinkerToolSystem Release 2........... :censored2:

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That worked out perfectly, thx!

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That worked out perfectly, thx!


Glad to help.........although it is not free software....... :rolleyes: Unless you can figure out what Unix commands it is using.......

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Hey,

Good thing to have working clone's(not panicing when getting panic messages :()..

Did an update to 1.6.4 and now on boot I get a panic message..

Attached File  IMG_1079.JPG   571.88KB   9 downloads

Any ideas as to the reason of this?

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Hey,

Good thing to have working clone's(not panicing when getting panic messages :( )..

Did an update to 1.6.4 and now on boot I get a panic message..

Attached File  IMG_1079.JPG   571.88KB   9 downloads

Any ideas as to the reason of this?


You should have in /Extra/Extensions/:

EITHER fakesmc.kext (v1 or v2) and NullCPUPowerManagement.kext (preferred option)

OR netkas' Snow Leopard dsmos.kext and Kabyl's Leopard Disabler.kext (only if preferred option results in kernel panics)

NOT both or a mix of both...........

What are you using..........?

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this are the extensions that I'm running 1.6 with:
Attached File  1.6.jpg   31.86KB   3 downloads

I thought that it was weird that I had two fakesmc so I removed one and the same with the AppleNForceATA....

so this is what I have in the extensions folder of 1.6.4:
Attached File  1.6.4.jpg   25.82KB   4 downloads

PS. So I did as you said, removed the disabler.kext and dsmos.kext and now the panic is gone..

It must have been a miracle that I was able to boot 1.6 without panic's.. ;D

thx!

Attached File  osx1.6.4.jpg   24.59KB   2 downloads

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this are the extensions that I'm running 1.6 with:
Attached File  1.6.jpg   31.86KB   3 downloads

I thought that it was weird that I had two fakesmc so I removed one and the same with the AppleNForceATA....

so this is what I have in the extensions folder of 1.6.4:
Attached File  1.6.4.jpg   25.82KB   4 downloads

PS. So I did as you said, removed the disabler.kext and dsmos.kext and now the panic is gone..

It must have been a miracle that I was able to boot 1.6 without panic's.. ;D

thx!

Attached File  osx1.6.4.jpg   24.59KB   2 downloads


I would recommend using a USB keyboard and USB mouse, allowing you to remove the PS/2 kexts.........in my /E/E/ directory I have just the following:

AD1998b.FIX.kext for audio
AppleNForceATA.64AnV.kext
NullCPUPowerManagement.kext
OpenHaltRestart.kext
PlatformUUID.kext
lspcidrv.kext/ for lspci/OSx86Tools
nForceIOATAFamily.kext/ for fast 32bit booting


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Awsome m8! it works perfectly now.. even boots faster :)..
will be running this for a few days and if it all works out great it will be CLONE time. I enjoy OSX so much it´s just amazing!!

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Hey man i havent screwed around with this computer since i got it so im just learning again about all this, anyways I have a fully working
xfx 750i motherboard
xfx 8600gt 512mb
4gb ram
ide 200gb hdd
running 10.6.0 retail
The thing is I need at least 10.6.2 i have all the snow support files 2.3 on a usb key with chameleon 2.0 rc3 i boot off of(i just never transfered anything over to hdd) I tried to go straight to 10.6.4 and i get kernel panic so im glad i did time machine before i tried it now after 2 hrs of restoring im asking am i doing anything wrong or do i have the wrong file list to use anything higher then 6.0? should i have the support files in the s/l/e folder after updating with kext helper?

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Hey man i havent screwed around with this computer since i got it so im just learning again about all this, anyways I have a fully working
xfx 750i motherboard
xfx 8600gt 512mb
4gb ram
ide 200gb hdd
running 10.6.0 retail
The thing is I need at least 10.6.2 i have all the snow support files 2.3 on a usb key with chameleon 2.0 rc3 i boot off of(i just never transfered anything over to hdd) I tried to go straight to 10.6.4 and i get kernel panic so im glad i did time machine before i tried it now after 2 hrs of restoring im asking am i doing anything wrong or do i have the wrong file list to use anything higher then 6.0? should i have the support files in the s/l/e folder after updating with kext helper?


First of all, assuming you have followed part B in post #1, you should read Part C and D again carefully, as you do not need all the support files.........these parts explain exactly what kexts are needed and where they should go......note that you should have in /Extra/Extensions/:

EITHER fakesmc.kext (v1 or v2) and NullCPUPowerManagement.kext (preferred option)

OR netkas' Snow Leopard dsmos.kext and Kabyl's Leopard Disabler.kext (only if preferred option results in kernel panics)

NOT both or a mix of both...........plus the other kexts mentioned as essential........

Also download and run the standalone 10.6.4 Combo Update installer..........backup your OS X system to the 2nd OS X volume I hope you have set up (as I recommend) and quit all open applications before running the installer............if you have any problems, then boot in verbose Safe Mode (i.e. boot with -v -x) and then re-run the Combo Update Installer..........running OS X installers in Safe Mode can be very effective at solving system problems because of what Safe Mode accomplishes.......see here.........

Note that TimeMachine backups will not be directly bootable because the HDD bootloader is not backed up with the OS X system backup.......

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Hey Mr verdant, do you think trying a patched kernel could help my single core only problem?

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Hey Mr verdant, do you think trying a patched kernel could help my single core only problem?


I have suggested this to someone having 680i problems.........so it is worth a try..........see these SL non-vanilla kernels..... :D

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I have suggested this to someone having 680i problems.........so it is worth a try..........see these SL non-vanilla kernels..... :thumbsdown_anim:

Is it possible to go back to a vanilla kernel after installing one of these patched ones?

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Is it possible to go back to a vanilla kernel after installing one of these patched ones?


Yes, by making a safe copy of the vanilla mach_kernel and re-installing it and repairing its permissions if necessary:
sudo chown root:wheel /mach_kernel 
sudo chmod 644 /mach_kernel


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So those commands you posted are to save and restore the kernel?

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hi verdant,
1.

i tried to modify AHCIPortInjector.kext
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
	<key>CFBundleDevelopmentRegion</key>
	<string>English</string>
	<key>CFBundleIdentifier</key>
	<string>org.chameleon.plist.AHCIPortInjector</string>
	<key>CFBundleInfoDictionaryVersion</key>
	<string>6.0</string>
	<key>CFBundleName</key>
	<string>AHCI Chipsets Injector</string>
	<key>CFBundlePackageType</key>
	<string>KEXT</string>
	<key>CFBundleSignature</key>
	<string>????</string>
	<key>CFBundleVersion</key>
	<string>1.0.0</string>
	<key>IOKitPersonalities</key>
	<dict>
		<key>MC55 AHCI</key>
		<dict>
			<key>CFBundleIdentifier</key>
			<string>com.apple.driver.AppleAHCIPort</string>
			<key>Chipset Name</key>
			<string>MC55 SATA</string>
			<key>IOClass</key>
			<string>AppleAHCI</string>
			<key>IOPCIPrimaryMatch</key>
			<string>0x037f10de</string>
			<key>IOProbeScore</key>
			<integer>2000</integer>
			<key>IOProviderClass</key>
			<string>IOPCIDevice</string>
			<key>Vendor Name</key>
			<string>NVidia</string>
		</dict>
	</dict>
	<key>OSBundleRequired</key>
	<string>Local-Root</string>
</dict>
</plist>

but it still looks like this
Attached File  SATA.tiff   9.3KB   6 downloads

2.
when starting with -v i get this:
ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin::start - waitForService(resourceMatching(AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement) timed out

is this anything bad or ok?

best regards,
iLeopod

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So those commands you posted are to save and restore the kernel?


These commands will reset the ownership and permissions of the saved vanilla mach-kernel if you have any problems once it is restored.........

hi verdant,
1.

i tried to modify AHCIPortInjector.kext

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
  <plist version="1.0">
  <dict>
	  <key>CFBundleDevelopmentRegion</key>
	  <string>English</string>
	  <key>CFBundleIdentifier</key>
	  <string>org.chameleon.plist.AHCIPortInjector</string>
	  <key>CFBundleInfoDictionaryVersion</key>
	  <string>6.0</string>
	  <key>CFBundleName</key>
	  <string>AHCI Chipsets Injector</string>
	  <key>CFBundlePackageType</key>
	  <string>KEXT</string>
	  <key>CFBundleSignature</key>
	  <string>????</string>
	  <key>CFBundleVersion</key>
	  <string>1.0.0</string>
	  <key>IOKitPersonalities</key>
	  <dict>
		  <key>MC55 AHCI</key>
		  <dict>
			  <key>CFBundleIdentifier</key>
			  <string>com.apple.driver.AppleAHCIPort</string>
			  <key>Chipset Name</key>
			  <string>MC55 SATA</string>
			  <key>IOClass</key>
			  <string>AppleAHCI</string>
			  <key>IOPCIPrimaryMatch</key>
			  <string>0x037f10de</string>
			  <key>IOProbeScore</key>
			  <integer>2000</integer>
			  <key>IOProviderClass</key>
			  <string>IOPCIDevice</string>
			  <key>Vendor Name</key>
			  <string>NVidia</string>
		  </dict>
	  </dict>
	  <key>OSBundleRequired</key>
	  <string>Local-Root</string>
  </dict>
  </plist>

but it still looks like this
Attached File  SATA.tiff   9.3KB   6 downloads

2.
when starting with -v i get this:
ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin::start - waitForService(resourceMatching(AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement) timed out

is this anything bad or ok?

best regards,
iLeopod


Why are you using AHCIPortInjector.kext? It is a Info.plist kext that adds a device name to AHCI controllers that are not included in the stock vanilla AppleAHCIPort.kext, e.g. for ICH9, ICH9R chipsets etc.....

With a 680i nForce chipset MOBO, use in your /E/E/ directory the following:

AppleNForceATA.64AnV.kext
NullCPUPowerManagement.kext
OpenHaltRestart.kext
PlatformUUID.kext
nForceIOATAFamily.kext/ for fast 32bit booting


plus any kext you need for audio unless you are using VoodooHDA in /S/L/E/ along with nForceLAN.kext.......

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i thought when i edit it the right name is shown in System-Profiler

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i thought when i edit it the right name is shown in System-Profiler


No..........with your nForce 680i chipset, you should use the AppleNForceATA.kext.......





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