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Poll: GA-EP45-UD3P / Core 2 Quad / 9800gtx Experience (406 member(s) have cast votes)

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The 9800 GTX+ doesn't do OpenCL in this build?
I haven't heard that mentioned. Can anyone confirm this?
(I am po' and am slowly getting parts, I only have the mobo and vid card so far)

Afaik you will have to do some tweaking to this build to run a different card.



Here is Apple's Nvida list on the SL Tech Specs:

NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 9600M GT, GeForce 8600M GT, GeForce GT 120, GeForce GT 130, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GS, Quadro FX 4800, Quadro FX5600

Not sure about others. I'm new to osx86, but not to macs.

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Here is Apple's Nvida list on the SL Tech Specs:

NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 9600M GT, GeForce 8600M GT, GeForce GT 120, GeForce GT 130, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GS, Quadro FX 4800, Quadro FX5600

Not sure about others. I'm new to osx86, but not to macs.


This is What Apple says in their OS X SL page:

OpenCL
requires one of the following graphics cards or graphics processors:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 9600M GT, GeForce 8600M GT, GeForce GT 120, GeForce GT 130, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GS, Quadro FX 4800, Quadro FX5600
  • ATI Radeon 4850, Radeon 4870


Can I ask if anyone has OpenCL running?


EDIT:
Silly me, I worry before thinking.
Somebody's already done the test on a 9800 GTX+! ;-)
OpenCL TEST

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This is What Apple says in their OS X SL page:



Can I ask if anyone has OpenCL running?


EDIT:
Silly me, I worry before thinking.
Somebody's already done the test on a 9800 GTX+! ;-)
OpenCL TEST


I just found this post somewhere here:

"If you can find a cheap 8800GT, GET IT. Nvidia rebranded the 8800GT as a 9800GT, and a improved version, the 9800GTX/GTX+ are now rebranded as a GTS250. So, technically, the 8800GT model is not as old as you may think."

I think we will both be happy with our results as far as OpenCL is concerned. I won't be able to tell until I try it all out on Wed.

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I just ordered all of the same parts to build this (the exception being the video card, I picked up the 8800 GT 512M so I could do OpenCL).

I also didn't pick up the LAN card...

EDIT: I picked up a Netgear GA-311 (PCI) at Fry's today. It is supposed to be native compatible with SL in 32 and 64 bit kernel mode. Better safe than sorry.

Anyways, I'm curious about folks saying Time Machine isn't working. Is everyone having the same problem? On my current iMac, Time Machine has saved my butt a few times. I'd hate to not have it when I build the HackPro.

Any suggestions on this, so I can get the info before I start my build (probably Wed)?

Thanks.


Time Machine doesn't work for me either and I can't get out of 64-bit mode to run Fusion. Also noticed that I have to go into sound preferences after each boot to re-select built-In Line out, otherwise I won't have sound. Other than these issues everything else seems to work flawlessly

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Quartz Extreme not working with 32 bit kernel

I set a 32 bit flag in the com.apple.Boot.plist in the Extra folder to get 32 bit kernel so that Parallels will work. Everything works, but no Quartz Extreme. How can I get QE working with 32 bit Kernel?


Hey there... I've had a successful install using lifehackers guide too - using a 8600 card.. only issue - similar to yours -cant get Parallels or any virtualisation software working..

What exactly did you add to the con.apple.Boot.plist to enable 32bit kernel?

Does that affect video as well??

Cheers
DAN

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What would I have to do to use an NVidia 8800GTS 640MB with this guide?

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I can successful install the snowpard(100% follow this guide), all functions are enabled, except the ethernet controller(i'm using the 'Buffalo LGY-PCI-GT')

When discover this problem, i have try antother method(list below) & could you please comment,

1. using "boot-cd" -> boot the retail DVD, and successful the installtion
2. the graphic, sound not work, but the enternet card "Buffalo LGY-PCI-GT" can be detected and successful browse the website, and update to 10.6.1
3. reboot, install the "snowpard install package". All functions are enabled, but "Buffalo LGY-PCI-GT" ethernet card cannot detect. (i have try to install Apple8169.kext, but not work)

Above status is my situation, any body have a comment, how can i fix it? THX!


Hardware:
CPU: Interl Q9550 over to 3.47ghz
Ram: Corsair DDR21066 2Gx4
MainBorard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
HDD: WD 250ABYS, WD1002FBYS
VGA: Asus nvidia 9500GT-OC
LAN: Buffalo LGY-PCI-GT
ROM: Pioneer SATA 212

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I can successful install the snowpard(100% follow this guide), all functions are enabled, except the ethernet controller(i'm using the 'Buffalo LGY-PCI-GT')

When discover this problem, i have try antother method(list below) & could you please comment,

1. using "boot-cd" -> boot the retail DVD, and successful the installtion
2. the graphic, sound not work, but the enternet card "Buffalo LGY-PCI-GT" can be detected and successful browse the website, and update to 10.6.1
3. reboot, install the "snowpard install package". All functions are enabled, but "Buffalo LGY-PCI-GT" ethernet card cannot detect. (i have try to install Apple8169.kext, but not work)

Above status is my situation, any body have a comment, how can i fix it? THX!


Hardware:
CPU: Interl Q9550 over to 3.47ghz
Ram: Corsair DDR21066 2Gx4
MainBorard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
HDD: WD 250ABYS, WD1002FBYS
VGA: Asus nvidia 9500GT-OC
LAN: Buffalo LGY-PCI-GT
ROM: Pioneer SATA 212


Interesting to know that SL will play nicely with 1066 RAM in this board. May re-think
my RAM purchase!

But in concern to the NIC,.. why use a different NIC?
The second revision of the install Stella showed how to make the built-in NICs work.
I mean,.. you already have 2, is it that you want an outboard NIC?

ps, You're running 1066MHz RAM in this build's board? How well is it running? What timing is it?

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Who is stella? What version of install makes built in NIC work?

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Who is stella? What version of install makes built in NIC work?


Stellarola is the one that designed the build that Adam posted on LH.
In the second article I believe it is outlined either how-to/or that it now enables the onboard NIC.
Just look earlier in the thread to where someone ELSE asks about outboard NIC and Stella tells them to use onboard.

EDIT:

Even while I'm at work, I spent the time looking through the thread!
Proof Stella says you can use it, but there's no Bon Jour support.
If you can't deal without it then grab the NIC from the tut, put it in the slot someone
specifically mentions earlier in the thread. (Remember,.. it's a BUILD so put it where OS X thinks it is)
ps, someone mentions that they have rev 1.6 of the board and doesn't know why other ppl have problems.

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My first UD3P board had a faulty CPU temperature sensor (as documented earlier here) and was exchanged by Amazon. It would go into failsafe shutdown with the CPU temperature indicated at 99C in the BIOS though it was obviously not that warm.

The second board shows rational CPU temperatures (42C mostly) and I get a single startup beep indicating all is well but now I have a new problem.

When I try the install using Stellarola's boot loader (EP45UD3P Snow Leopard) the grey Apple screen comes up, the gear wheel starts and thirty seconds later I get a small 'No entry' sign superimposed on the top of the Apple symbol. Here's what I have tried to no avail:

1 - Down clocked the 2.83gHz Q9550 CPU to 2.0gHz in the BIOS
2 - Removed 4gB of the 8gB Patriot 800mHz RAM - no go whether it's 4 or 8gB - either is correctly recognized by the POST/BIOS
3 - Checked that RAM timing in BIOS is the correct 4/4/4/12 (default)
4 - Changed RAM voltage, from 1.8v (default) to 2.1v (Patriot's recommended) - no joy at either setting
5 - Tried booting from an 8gB SDHC drive and from a 160gB Hitachi self-powered USB hdd
6 - Checked and rechecked all the other BIOS settings to comply with Pash's screens
7 - Made sure the Permissions box on the install drive/SDHC is unchecked
8 - Tried the Terminal hack approach described in Pash's original article -same result
9 - Reset CMOS/BIOS and rtried everything again
10 - Recreated the boot disk and tried again

BIOS recognizes all my peripherals and hardware is identical to that used by Pash.

Whatever I do, I still get the 'No entry' sign after 30 seconds of the gear wheel which thereafter continues to spin in perpetuity.

Anyone have any ideas?

I am using the Apple SL disc which I obtained from Apple at $10 having recently bought a new Mini which came with Leopard 10.5.

Thank you.


afaik, the RAM in this build is 5-5-5-12, not 4.

But it doesn't look like you're the only one to have a problem, this guy was even using a real Macbook!
Drive Error
This one is even outlining people using GUID like us, just search for "no entry" on the page you'll see the comments
No Entry on GUID

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Man... Gotta help a brotha out.

I can't believe that I'm still unable to get any network.

Made sure the video card was installed in the top slot.

At first Rosewill RC-400 was in top slot right next to video card. NO NET

Moved Rosewill RC-400 to bottom PCI slot. NO NET

Upgraded BIOS as per previous post to version FDa.

Rosewill still in bottom slot. NO NET

Moved Rosewill to top slot. NO NET

Enabled both onboard LAN ports via BIOS.

Tried Top LAN Port. NO NET

Tried Bottow LAN Port. NO NET

Not sure what the heck is going on. I'm at my wits end. Please help.

The lights on the Rosewill will come on when the cable is plugged in.

The lights on the onboard LAN Ports come on when the cable is plugged in.

Checked the cable and even replaced it for a know good cable. NO NET

The way I'm checking for NET is by going to Safari. It comes up with a "You are not connected to the Internet" I run Network Diagnostics and check Ethernet, and then Use Ethernet Check box..... it says not connected to Ethernet.

I also went into Utilities, Network Utility and under the info tab where it says "Select a network interface for information. The only device listed was FireWire (fw0).

Let me know if I can provide anymore information in diagnosing this problem.

All the best. :-)



FIXED!!!!!

Started over from scratch.

Reformatted the drive inside the Hackintosh as per Life Hacker guide.

Followed all steps in Life Hacker guide except I used a different version of Stell's magic installer as found in this forum posting.


http://www.insanelym...hp/t183502.html

and on the very last page at the very bottom is a version of Stells magic installer.

http://dl.getdropbox.....ard TEST2.zip

He calls it test 2. Supposedly it's different than the one on Life Hacker.

Some other notes.
Motherboard is the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P V1.6
BIOS is Version FDa
GFX card is installed in top most PCI-E slot
Rosewill RC-400 NIC is installed in bottom most PCI slot.

Thanks to all of you who helped me through this journey. :-)

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If you've spent the money to get this exact configuration, it's probably a good idea to have a single place to discuss any problems that come up in the future. So share your experience here and hopefully this awesome hack pro setup will work flawlessy untill it's time for an upgrade!


I'm considering taking the plunge here - noticing that people commenting in the lifehacker forum are reporting that Parallels Desktop 4 does not work. Anyone here seeing this also?

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Hi guys, I did the lifehacker install.

Everything is working (more or less) but my CPU fan seemed louder than normal. I downloaded "cpu-x" and sure enough, my CPU is running at its max clock speed all the time, i.e., no SpeedStep.

Does anybody have SpeedStep working?

There are some kexts out there (e.g. VoodooPower) but they are only for Leopard, or 32-bit, or whatever. This is depressing, as I can tolerate some incompatibilities but constant extra noise from my computer is kind of a deal-breaker. Any help is appreciated.

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Has anyone been able to get this setup to run the 32-bit kernel? i have seen the questions asked a couple of times, but no response.

Thanks!

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Has anyone been able to get this setup to run the 32-bit kernel? i have seen the questions asked a couple of times, but no response.

Thanks!


It seems like some other people are able to do it, but when I try, it hangs on boot with a complaint about high performance timers (HPET) on CPU 1, IIRC.

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Hey guys,

Just a heads up. I'm in no way advocating that people should buy this board. I actually dislike Gigabyte boards very much for OS X. If you were to buy a board, get the MSI P45 Platinum. Killer board, really. :)

-Stell





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