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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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Hey, Great Guide!
Helped a lot.

I installed SL on my external using other computer, it was a suprise to see it work.
Followed your guide after that.

Now I have two issues that I can't seem to figure out.

1. Ethernet is detected, but doesn't work right. Used NforceLAN and I usually get a kernel panic. ( I have Realtek RTL8201CP )
2. DVD Drive doesnt work too, no idea of what to do. ( Using HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NP20 ATA Device)

Thanks for the guide, keep up the good work!



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Graphics
SyncMaster @ 1920x1080
512MB GeForce 8600 GT (XFX Pine Group) 62 °C
Hard Drives
488GB Seagate ST3500418AS ATA Device (SATA) 34 °C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NP20 ATA Device
Audio
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Realtek RTL8201CP

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Hey, Great Guide!
Helped a lot.

I installed SL on my external using other computer, it was a suprise to see it work.
Followed your guide after that.

Now I have two issues that I can't seem to figure out.

1. Ethernet is detected, but doesn't work right. Used NforceLAN and I usually get a kernel panic. ( I have Realtek RTL8201CP )
2. DVD Drive doesnt work too, no idea of what to do. ( Using HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NP20 ATA Device)

Thanks for the guide, keep up the good work!



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Graphics
SyncMaster @ 1920x1080
512MB GeForce 8600 GT (XFX Pine Group) 62 °C
Hard Drives
488GB Seagate ST3500418AS ATA Device (SATA) 34 °C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NP20 ATA Device
Audio
High Definition Audio Device
Realtek RTL8201CP


Glad you liked the guide and found it so helpful....... :D

1. The Realtek RTL8201CP is a single-port PHYceiver i.e. driverless hardware device, driven via the MOBO Network controller (MAC)

I am assuming that your nForceLAN kext is (which it MUST be) physically located in /System/Library/Extensions/, OR in Extensions.mkext in /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/, OR in both /System/Library/Extensions/ and Extensions.mkext........

If present, remove forcedeth.kext and nForceEthernetController.kext, and remove nvenet.kext, or rename it to nvenet.kext.bad......this is because nvenet loads even when another Ethernet/LAN kext has already been loaded for the hardware. In 10.5.7 and later, including 10.6.x, look in /System/Library/Extensions/IONetworkingFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns.......this is a new location for nvenet.kext; prior to 10.5.7, this kext was not in IONetworkingFamily.kext.......

In Terminal, type
cd /System/Library/Extensions/IONetworkingFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns 
 ls
 sudo mv nvenet.kext nvenet.kext.bad
 ls
 sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions/
 exit
"ls will list the files in PlugIns"

Reboot with -v -f

2. The HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NP20 DVDRW is a PATA DVDRW and should be jumper-set and connected as Master to the MOBO.......however, I am not certain if there is generic support for it from OS X.........but see AnV's Apple Shipping Drive 'fix' here......

3. Your audio chipset is a VIA VT1708B I believe - have you got audio working using VoodooHDA?

4. Your MOBO chipset is the NVIDIA GeForce 7050 / nForce 610i - is AppleNForceATA.kext working for you?

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1 - I did everything, and the nvenet.kext was moved into the the nvenet.kext.bad
Now I seem to have no PCI ethernet at all, so just to be sure, should I use the nForceLan that is located in my Extensions.mkext? Or should I download an updated version?

2 - My media driver is now jumper-set as Master, and I'll try AnV's fix now.

3 - Yes, It's working nicely!

4- I'm not sure actually, I didn't install it and I seem to be running fine. Whats the use of it, something with SATA DVD's?

Thank You SO SO SO much! You've been AMAZINGLY helpful!

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1 - I did everything, and the nvenet.kext was moved into the the nvenet.kext.bad
Now I seem to have no PCI ethernet at all, so just to be sure, should I use the nForceLan that is located in my Extensions.mkext? Or should I download an updated version?

2 - My media driver is now jumper-set as Master, and I'll try AnV's fix now.

3 - Yes, It's working nicely!

4- I'm not sure actually, I didn't install it and I seem to be running fine. Whats the use of it, something with SATA DVD's?

Thank You SO SO SO much! You've been AMAZINGLY helpful!


Glad to help.....;)

1. Install DPCIManager 0.3 for SL and see if your Device ID is one of those actually supported by nForceLAN.....

0x01c310de, 0x006610de, 0x00d610de, 0x008610de, 0x008c10de, 0x00e610de, 0x00df10de, 0x005610de, 0x005710de, 0x003710de, 0x003810de, 0x026810de, 0x026910de, 0x037210de, 0x037310de, 0x03e510de, 0x03e610de, 0x03ee10de, 0x03ef10de, 0x045010de, 0x045110de, 0x045210de, 0x045310de, 0x054c10de, 0x054d10de, 0x054e10de, 0x054f10de, 0x07dc10de, 0x07dd10de, 0x07de10de, 0x07df10de, 0x076010de, 0x076110de, 0x076210de, 0x076310de, 0x0ab010de, 0x0ab110de, 0x0ab210de, 0x0ab310de, 0x0d7d10de


2. OK........hope it works for you..........

3. Good news

4. Good........that confirms that your 610i chipset is fully AHCI compliant........

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Glad to help..... ;)

1. Install DPCIManager 0.3 for SL and see if your Device ID is one of those actually supported by nForceLAN.....



2. OK........hope it works for you..........

3. Good news

4. Good........that confirms that your 610i chipset is fully AHCI compliant........




Ok, this is what I get -



Attached File  IMG_1660.JPG   593.3KB   25 downloads



I see "kinda" matching things. So I'm guessing it is compatible, rigth?

Sorry for asking all of this, but I really don't want a kernel panic, cause I couldn't clone my drive.



Waiting to know if it is compatible and wich nforcelan kext i should use if it is!

Thanks a lot!

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Ok, this is what I get -



Attached File  IMG_1660.JPG   593.3KB   25 downloads



I see "kinda" matching things. So I'm guessing it is compatible, rigth?

Sorry for asking all of this, but I really don't want a kernel panic, cause I couldn't clone my drive.



Waiting to know if it is compatible and wich nforcelan kext i should use if it is!

Thanks a lot!

Hi mate.
Have you already tried nForceLAN.kext?
Generally it works for most nForce based mobos.

Cheers,
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Ok, this is what I get -

Attached File  IMG_1660.JPG   593.3KB   25 downloads

I see "kinda" matching things. So I'm guessing it is compatible, rigth?

Sorry for asking all of this, but I really don't want a kernel panic, cause I couldn't clone my drive.

Waiting to know if it is compatible and wich nforcelan kext i should use if it is!

Thanks a lot!


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Is there a Realtek entry too?

From an earlier version of eno's post #1:

Known working physical devices:
Realtek 8211, 8211B, 8211C
Realtek/Cicada/Vitesse 8201
Marvel 88E1116, 88E3016


so nForceLAN.kext should be working..........get it from my Snow Support Files v2.3

Confirm that the nForceLAN kext is in /System/Library/Extensions/, OR in Extensions.mkext in /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/, OR in both /System/Library/Extensions/ and Extensions.mkext........

Repair /Extra/Extensions/ ownership and permissions

sudo chown -R root:wheel /Extra/Extensions/
  sudo chmod -R 755 /Extra/Extensions/
  sudo touch /Extra/Extensions/

and recreate Extensions.mkext

sudo kextcache -v 1 -t -m /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/Extensions.mkext /System/Library/Extensions/

If you want to clone your HDD volume, then boot with -v cpus=1 maxmem=2048 and then clone using Disk Utility, or Carbon Copy Cloner.........but if the cloned volume is the only OS X volume on the HDD, then remember to install the Chameleon bootloader on this HDD as cloning does not clone the bootloader......

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I dont think so, this are all the entries.

Ok then, I'll get to work and I'll post te results as soon as I can.


And I didnt get the DVD drive running ):
Oh, ok - thanks a lot.

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Keeping JMicronATAInjector.kext does make JMB36x detected properly and harddisk has AHCI functions.

I might revert to AsereBLN Booter because my Geforce gtx285 can't be detected properly with Chameleon RC5 builts.

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Keeping JMicronATAInjector.kext does make JMB36x detected properly and harddisk has AHCI functions.

I might revert to AsereBLN Booter because my Geforce gtx285 can't be detected properly with Chameleon RC5 builts.


That is good news about JMB36x detection.........Yes, the AsereBLN v1.1.9 bootloader is a good, well-liked variant of Chameleon 2.0 RC4.......hence, it is the default bootloader of the iATKOS S3 v2 SL distro.....

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Is there a Realtek entry too?

From an earlier version of eno's post #1:



so nForceLAN.kext should be working..........get it from my Snow Support Files v2.3

Confirm that the nForceLAN kext is in /System/Library/Extensions/, OR in Extensions.mkext in /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/, OR in both /System/Library/Extensions/ and Extensions.mkext........

Repair /Extra/Extensions/ ownership and permissions

sudo chown -R root:wheel /Extra/Extensions/
  sudo chmod -R 755 /Extra/Extensions/
  sudo touch /Extra/Extensions/

and recreate Extensions.mkext

sudo kextcache -v 1 -t -m /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/Extensions.mkext /System/Library/Extensions/

If you want to clone your HDD volume, then boot with -v cpus=1 maxmem=2048 and then clone using Disk Utility, or Carbon Copy Cloner.........but if the cloned volume is the only OS X volume on the HDD, then remember to install the Chameleon bootloader on this HDD as cloning does not clone the bootloader......




Hey, everything worked fine! Sorry for taking so long to post anything.
Did everything, and my hack is working great, I just didn't get the DVD-RW Drive to work. \:

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Hey, everything worked fine! Sorry for taking so long to post anything.
Did everything, and my hack is working great, I just didn't get the DVD-RW Drive to work. \:


Good news that all worked out OK except for the DVDRW.......... :)

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Mr Verdant, would you happen to know what is causing ioacpifamily to kernal panic whenever I try to boot arch=x64_86?

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Mr Verdant, would you happen to know what is causing ioacpifamily to kernal panic whenever I try to boot arch=x64_86?


I would need to see the KP screen to see if any kexts other than ioacpifamily are involved......also the kernel log......

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That is good news about JMB36x detection.........Yes, the AsereBLN v1.1.9 bootloader is a good, well-liked variant of Chameleon 2.0 RC4.......hence, it is the default bootloader of the iATKOS S3 v2 SL distro.....


Now I had reverted to AsereBLN v1.1.9 bootloader, remove NVEnabler64.kext and GraphicEnabler=Yes to make my GTX285 detected correctly in SL 10.6.5. Looks like it doesn't need any thirdparty kext to make it work. Safe to say it is supported natively.

Wasted time to try other bootloaders and injector, all it needs only to remove NVEnabler64.kext. Then other bootloader detects it correctly too. :)


However ... the main problem is now, data corrupted when I use a microSD card reader to any USB port. This is a bit scary. Luckily I managed to recover lost data. Even in windows the damaged file can't be recovered. I need to recover data using other computer. Using USB harddisks doesn't have any problem, so perhaps the card reader was not working properly.

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Now I had reverted to AsereBLN v1.1.9 bootloader, remove NVEnabler64.kext and GraphicEnabler=Yes to make my GTX285 detected correctly in SL 10.6.5. Looks like it doesn't need any thirdparty kext to make it work. Safe to say it is supported natively.

Wasted time to try other bootloaders and injector, all it need only to remove NVEnabler64.kext. Then other bootloader detects it correctly too. :)

The main problem is now, data corrupted when I use a microSD card reader to any USB port. This is a bit scary. Luckily I managed to recover lost data.


Yes.......GraphicsEnabler and EFI strings and Injector kexts are mutually explicity graphics "driver" methods.....

Yes......using USB card readers is often problematic........

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I would need to see the KP screen to see if any kexts other than ioacpifamily are involved......also the kernel log......


Here is the KP screen. How does one go about getting the kernel log?

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Here is the KP screen. How does one go about getting the kernel log?


The problem kext may be AppleACPIPlatform.kext and/or its dependencies, IOACPIFamily and IOPCIFamily kexts.........you could try an earlier version of AppleACPIPlatform.kext e.g. 1.3.2 i.e. pre-1.3.5.......

Go to Applications >>> Utilities >>> Console........double-click on Console, then look in the following sections:

DIAGNOSTIC AND USAGE INFORMATION >>> System Diagnostic Reports and User Diagnostic Reports
FILES >>> ~/Library/Logs >>> Crash Reporter and/or Diagnostic Reports
FILES >>> /Library/Logs >>> Crash Reporter and/or Diagnostic Reports
FILES >>> kernel.log

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i no this is for intel CPUS but i was wondering if you knew what was wrong with my install on SATA drive when ever i try to install it just goes to 'still waiting for root device' an my bios does not contain AHCI settings at all, i was just wondering if you could help..

here is my southbridge

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also when using distro's i get an KP as follows

'Unable to load driver for....IOPlatformExpert.cpp:1441'

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i no this is for intel CPUS but i was wondering if you knew what was wrong with my install on SATA drive when ever i try to install it just goes to 'still waiting for root device' an my bios does not contain AHCI settings at all, i was just wondering if you could help..

here is my southbridge

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also when using distro's i get an KP as follows

'Unable to load driver for....IOPlatformExpert.cpp:1441'


It all depends upon what SATA/ATA controller chipset "drivers" i.e. kexts the distro DVD loads into the kernel when it boots.......if the ID075E chipset is AHCI compliant then you should not need the AppleNForceATA kext.........

Sorry but all I can suggest is that you try an AMD compatible Install DVD distro such as
Kalyway 10.5.2
LawlessPPC-10.5.4-Phenom-AMD
iATKOS 4a AMD
Leo4Allv4.1 AMD
iPC 10.5.6
iDeneb V1.4 10.5.6
xXx Mac OSX 10.5.6 Final V2......etc.

and you may have a ACPI - APIC issue, so may need to choose an ACPI - APIC fix option in the Customize menu if available..........





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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