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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 (210 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 (33 votes [15.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.71%

  2. Yes, on a Series 6 (650i or 680i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using the USB flash drive installer method (49 votes [23.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.33%

  3. Yes, on a Series 6 (610i or 630i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using the USB flash drive installer method (18 votes [8.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.57%

  4. Yes, on a Series 7 (750i, 780i, or 790i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using verdant's nForceSLBoot132DVD installer method (14 votes [6.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.67%

  5. Yes, on a Series 6 (650i or 680i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using verdant's nForceSLBoot132DVD installer method (13 votes [6.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.19%

  6. Yes, on a Series 6 (610i or 630i) nForce chipset Intel CPU MOBO, using verdant's nForceSLBoot132DVD installer method (6 votes [2.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.86%

  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 [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  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 [4.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.29%

  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 [3.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.33%

  10. No, none of the above methods has worked for me (35 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  11. I have sold or plan to sell my nForce chipset MOBO to go over to the "light" side....Intel chipset MOBO..... (10 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  12. I have sold or plan to sell my nForce chipset MOBO to buy a "real" Mac (6 votes [2.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.86%

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

  1. 100% (60 votes [28.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.57%

  2. 90% (53 votes [25.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.24%

  3. 80% (19 votes [9.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.05%

  4. 70% (19 votes [9.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.05%

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

    Percentage of vote: 1.90%

  6. 50% (5 votes [2.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.38%

  7. <50% (18 votes [8.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.57%

  8. Are you running 10.6.1 successfully , having auto-updated without any problems (20 votes [9.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  9. Are all the standard Apple applications running OK (12 votes [5.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.71%

Is your Snow Leopard system working 100% on

  1. SATA HDD (171 votes [13.32%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.32%

  2. SATA DVDRW including burning disks (46 votes [3.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.58%

  3. PATA (IDE) HDD (42 votes [3.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.27%

  4. PATA (IDE) DVDRW including burning disks (51 votes [3.97%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.97%

  5. Video (143 votes [11.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.14%

  6. Onboard LAN (Ethernet) (129 votes [10.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.05%

  7. USB devices (mounting/unmounting), plus USB keyboard and USB mouse (159 votes [12.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.38%

  8. Firewire (53 votes [4.13%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.13%

  9. PS/2 keyboard and mouse (42 votes [3.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.27%

  10. Audio including Front Panel headphones and microphone (61 votes [4.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.75%

  11. Audio except Front Panel headphones (38 votes [2.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.96%

  12. Audio except Front Panel microphone (27 votes [2.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.10%

  13. Sleep including waking from sleep (24 votes [1.87%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.87%

  14. PCI NIC (24 votes [1.87%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.87%

  15. eSATA (20 votes [1.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.56%

  16. Bluetooth (41 votes [3.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.19%

  17. WiFi (38 votes [2.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.96%

  18. Time Machine (52 votes [4.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.05%

  19. Overclocking (34 votes [2.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.65%

  20. Auto Software Update e.g. to 10.6.1 (89 votes [6.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.93%

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#1701
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I would DEFINITELY do it. I now totally rely on my osx computer and rarely boot into windows. It does take a long while to get all the bugs out, but my hackintosh does everything a mac does, literally. I'm not missing out on anything. Try to balance the amount of time you spend on it getting it totally perfect with what you want out of it and keep posting in this thread.

Read the instructions on page 1 a couple times so you understand what you're doing before you start. that will make it much easier to troubleshoot your own problems when they come around.

good luck

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Hey

I want to install Snow Leopard on my desktop, specs are below. I'm not sure what installation discs I should use etc.. I haven't exactly followed the OSx86 scene in quite sometime now.

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 @ 2.5 GHz
Graphics: nVidia 9800 GT
Motherboard: XFX nForce 630i with GeForce 7100 Chipset
Memory: OCZ Single Channel 4096 Bytes of DDR2

I did install 10.5.something a few years ago, and had massive problems with startup and shutdown etc. It took over 2 weeks I believe of continuous support from this forum and some dude (forgot his name) to help me out.

I also do want QE/CI working (I'm sure that won't be a problem with the 9800 GT); I would also love to have all 4 cores working without overheating issues in the actual PC itself (I remember you had to delete some kexts to get that to work). Would love to have hibernate/standby to work, and shutdown/restart (compulsory). I often connect over 5 USB's to my computer at once, so USB drivers must work.

If this sounds too much let me know... I am currently using Windows 7, and recently have been running into problems such as icon cache loading, useless windows popping up every now and then... not to mention the fact it takes over 2 minutes for Windows to complete boot (I dont understand what it has to find first). I own a 15" Macbook Pro Core i7, so if I need to use anything from that (be it not harming drivers/kext/cpu/the body itself in anyway).

Would EXTREMELY appreciate help for anyone here!


See Krishna21's guide here as your chipset is AHCI compliant......... ;)

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See Krishna21's guide here as your chipset is AHCI compliant......... :)


Would everything function correctly as if I were on Windows or an actual Mac?

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Would everything function correctly as if I were on Windows or an actual Mac?


No guarantees.........remember it is a "hack" not a Mac..........you will have to try it first to see how close you get to 100% functionality without kernel panics etc.

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No guarantees.........remember it is a "hack" not a Mac..........you will have to try it first to see how close you get to 100% functionality without kernel panics etc.


Okay, and what if I want to dual boot with Windows 7? What are the negative effects (if there are any) or problems that may occur? The reason I want to do that is because if there is some problem I could always boot in with Windows and fix the issue using MacDrive or some program like that.

What kind of installation should I do (I mean should I use Kalyway, iATKOS, iPC etc ?) Which one is better?

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Okay, and what if I want to dual boot with Windows 7? What are the negative effects (if there are any) or problems that may occur? The reason I want to do that is because if there is some problem I could always boot in with Windows and fix the issue using MacDrive or some program like that.

What kind of installation should I do (I mean should I use Kalyway, iATKOS, iPC etc ?) Which one is better?


If you want to dual boot Windows then it is best to have OS X and Windows 7 on separate HDDs........you can dual boot using the OS X chameleon bootloader.......alternatively, you could have dual OS X systems installed.........one Main and the other as a Backup (one version behind Main always) that you can use to to fix Main and vice versa.....

Read and follow Krishna21's guide like I said..........Retail install is best........

Of the SL distros, the best is iATKOS S3 v2 in my view.......

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has anyone had luck getting a steady mac os on a p5n e sli board? if so can you please help me, thanks ;)

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has anyone had luck getting a steady mac os on a p5n e sli board? if so can you please help me, thanks :)


It depends what you mean by steady........are you getting KPs?..........if so, what KP messages and when..........

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Hi all,
im currently trying some dsdt stuff. Already got native power-management. No i'm trying some cosmetic fixes to show the SATA controller in system-profiler. Has anyone also tried it?

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Hi all,
im currently trying some dsdt stuff. Already got native power-management. No i'm trying some cosmetic fixes to show the SATA controller in system-profiler. Has anyone also tried it?


What you are trying on your 680i as regards DSDT modding is very interesting.........in particular, enabling sleep.......do you know if your mods enable sleep when the CPU and/or RAM is overclocked......?

If your DSDT mods get to the point when it can be shown which of the mods are generic mods to non-680i nForce + Intel CPU MOBO DSDT.aml files, then I will gladly put a pointer to your DSDT modding topic in post #2 if the mods also work on my 650i for example....... :)

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The most mods are generic. the difference is most time the address and the device name. Another is that we tell the system nvidia instead of intel devices.
But i'm assuming when all intel (asus /gigabyte) mainboard have the same device addresses also all nForce will have the same.

I think also overlooking should not be a problem because we let chameleon RC5 deal with speedsteeping (when enabled).

In my opinion Native power management (enables also speed steeping with RC5) ready for public.

For sleep further development is needed.

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hey guys, maybe you can help me out, im trying to install iAtkos S3 v2, but it just wont boot after installation

the error message [taken when booting in single user mode: booting goes less fast, so i can take a picture]:
it gives the same error here
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my specs:
MOBO: Asus P5N32-E SLI
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850
GPU: nVidia GTX285
MEM: 4GB

seeing this thread makes me think ive missed a big thing in the installation, considering ive also got a nForce motherboard...
but i really dont know where to start... perhaps you could help me out?

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hey guys, maybe you can help me out, im trying to install iAtkos S3 v2, but it just wont boot after installation

the error message [taken when booting in single user mode: booting goes less fast, so i can take a picture]:
it gives the same error here
Posted Image

my specs:
MOBO: Asus P5N32-E SLI
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850
GPU: nVidia GTX285
MEM: 4GB

seeing this thread makes me think ive missed a big thing in the installation, considering ive also got a nForce motherboard...
but i really dont know where to start... perhaps you could help me out?


See my blog for my iATKOS S3 v2 Snow Leopard install guide......but first double check your BIOS settings in my Series 7 nForce + Intel CPU MOBO Guide for Leopard (includes link to BIOS settings for OS X in post #1) here and set your BIOS as shown in template for your nForce chipset (680i?) :(

If you have any "still waiting for root device" errors, then get a IDE (PATA) DVDRW and jumper-set and connect as Master to your MOBO......

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@verdant

I just successfully installed iAtkos S3 v2, and was having issues installing the combo update, but replaced the AppleNForceATA.kext with AnV's. That allowed me to install the update (10.6.4) and hopefully that fixed the KP problem.
(I assume thats what its doing when the screen goes dark and says you need to restart the computer)

Is there a fix for sleep yet? When I choose Sleep, I can hear the hard drive click off, and the screen goes off, doesn't wake up either.


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@verdant

I just successfully installed iAtkos S3 v2, and was having issues installing the combo update, but replaced the AppleNForceATA.kext with AnV's. That allowed me to install the update (10.6.4) and hopefully that fixed the KP problem.
(I assume thats what its doing when the screen goes dark and says you need to restart the computer)

Is there a fix for sleep yet? When I choose Sleep, I can hear the hard drive click off, and the screen goes off, doesn't wake up either.


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Good news that you got iATKOS S3 v2 installed and running OK.......as for sleep, see post 1711 in this topic by iLeopod.........

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Good news that you got iATKOS S3 v2 installed and running OK.......as for sleep, see post 1711 in this topic by iLeopod.........


Oh.... oops.

Well I haven't had any KP's and was able to use Software Update to update to 10.6.6 without a hitch.

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hey community,

I recently noticed that my usb drives no longer mount. bluetooth usb adapters work and so do controllers, but no drives mounting. I tried small usb sticks and hard drive controllers. I googled to no avail. does anyone know what is wrong?

thanks

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hey community,

I recently noticed that my usb drives no longer mount. bluetooth usb adapters work and so do controllers, but no drives mounting. I tried small usb sticks and hard drive controllers. I googled to no avail. does anyone know what is wrong?

thanks


What version of OS X are you on.....?

1] Check that the kernel version and system.kext versions match.....

2] If on 10.6.5 or 10.6.6, then rollback to the 10.6.4 IOUSBFamily and IOUSBMassStorageClass kexts........

3] What does System Profiler report for USB....?

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It's been a while since I installed this. I just wanted to say thanks a lot again for the guide.

I was able to install Snow Leopard and even update to the latest update without any trouble at all. I have only issue that still occurs and that is random freezes. I did a search through the post and found some issues related to browsing a win7 hdd but I get random freezes even while not browsing a win7 hdd. Simply just staying at a desktop can sometimes cause a freeze. The freeze occurs with the spinning color wheel of doom. It is very sporadic. It doesn't happen too often though.

Anyways, thanks again for the guide! It worked amazingly!

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What version of OS X are you on.....?

1] Check that the kernel version and system.kext versions match.....

2] If on 10.6.5 or 10.6.6, then rollback to the 10.6.4 IOUSBFamily and IOUSBMassStorageClass kexts........

3] What does System Profiler report for USB....?


worked like a charm. I had to roll back to the 10.6.4 kexts. thank you VERY MUCH!!!





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