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I had no problem with my previous geforce 9500gt 512mb, but yesterday i bought PNY GT220 1GB only to find out that its not gonna work easy under SL.
i have gigabyte ex58-ud3r v1.6 board and the latest dd's script (4.22) works amazing for me. the latest fakesmc.kext 2.5 mentioned earlier is included with this version of the script.
there are two ways i am able to run my gui at 1920x1200 and accelerated:

1) nvkush (part of the dd's script) - installed as a solo graphics kext
2) silent natit 1.0.2 (dug one up after reading this thread) - also installed as a solo graphics kext

unfortunately, both of these methods are not 100%. i do get accelerated gui, with all the transparency, effects and what not, but when i play a video in quicktime player (some fullHD trailer for "brooklyn's finest" downloaded from apple website) it's choppy. it's like two seconds fluid, half a second lag, two seconds fluid... and so on. its a full 1920x1200 MOV so if no accel was working this would give me like 5 fps playback, so... accel is working but its not the real flawless thing yet. also after i install snow leo, after the first reboot i got a black screen hang with mouse cursor alive, as the into video should be launched. i have to swap to my old 9500gt vga for this first boot, get past the video and the initial os setup, after that i can swap back to the gt220 and im booting fine. i guess it's not a major thing as this is primarily an audio workstation, but still, i won't sleep well until i get this sorted to perfection :(
edit: in hardware profiler both these methods show incorrect gfx memory - 128mb or maybe 256mb the other one, dont remember...)
if anyone knows of a working solution (like some juicy new 64-bit kext) please let me know :) maybe it will take some time before this gets sorted and ill just have to wait. also if you need some "beta-testing" im willing to participate. im an obsessive-compulsive risk-taker so i don't mind even flashing my vga with some experimental bios or whatever :) im pretty tech-savvy with 15-year pc troubleshooting professional experience, but only a lame 1-year mac experience.

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and once more: big thanks to dd and others who contribute and make the impossible possible :)

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I tried almost everything listed here to install my graphic card and it's still not working (1024x768, no acceleration). The card is a BFG Nvidia GeForce 220 GT 1024 mo. 10.6.0

I tried:
1. Silent Natit
2. EFI string using different strings
3. GraphicsEnabler=y
4. nvkush
5. every Nvidia kexts on kexts.com for 10.6
6. NVDarwin 1.2.5

I'm gonna do the upgrade to 10.6.2 so see if it helps.

Do you have any others suggestions for me?

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Ok! updated to 10.6.2 and now working well, resolution and acceleration!

no need to install any other extensions or EFI... with chameleon 2.0 RC 3 from myHack

http://osx86.sojugarden.com/installer

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GT 220 Success.

I have finally got my GT 220 working with OSX 10.6.2 (all updates).

I am using the following hardware:
-Gigabyte 965P-S3
-Core2Duo E6300
-4Gb 800Mhx Ram
-5x SATA HDD
-1x SATA DVD-RW
-Inno3D 512Mb GT 220
-Netgear WN311B WiFi

I am using the following software configuration
-Chameleon RC4
---Graphics Enabler = Yes
---EFI String =
<string>d30300000100000001000000c70300001500000002010c00d041030a010000000101060000010
101060000007fff04003a000000400032002c0068007700730065006e0073006f0072002d00700061
00720061006d0073002d00760065007200730069006f006e000000080000000000000222000000400
032002c006400650076006900630065005f0074007900700065000000120000004e5644412c677075
2d64696f64650e0000004e00560050004d00000020000000010000000000000000000000000000000
000000000000000000000001e00000072006f006d002d007200650076006900730069006f006e0000
00090000003331373261100000004e00560043004100500000001800000004000000000003000c000
000000000070000000022000000400032002c002300730069007a0065002d00630065006c006c0073
000000080000000000000022000000400030002c006400650076006900630065005f0074007900700
0650000000b000000646973706c6179100000006d006f00640065006c000000200000004e56494449
41204765466f7263652039383030204754582b2045464914000000400030002c006e0061006d00650
00000120000004e5644412c446973706c61792d4120000000400032002c0063006f006d0070006100
7400690062006c0065000000160000004e5644412c73656e736f722d706172656e741400000040003
1002c006e0061006d0065000000120000004e5644412c446973706c61792d4212000000400032002c
00720065006700000008000000000000021c0000006400650076006900630065005f0074007900700
065000000100000004e5644412c4765466f72636520000000400031002c0063006f006d0070006100
7400690062006c00650000000e0000004e5644412c4e564d616326000000400032002c00230061006
40072006500730073002d00630065006c006c007300000008000000000000010e0000006e0061006d
00650000000f0000004e5644412c506172656e7422000000400031002c00640065007600690063006
5005f00740079007000650000000b000000646973706c617920000000400030002c0063006f006d00
700061007400690062006c00650000000e0000004e5644412c4e564d6163220000005600520041004
d002c0074006f00740061006c00730069007a0065000000080000000000002036000000400032002c
00680077006300740072006c002d0070006100720061006d0073002d00760065007200730069006f0
06e000000080000000000000214000000400032002c006e0061006d00650000001100000073656e73
6f722d706172656e74</string>
(This is the Nvidia Geforce 512Mb 9800 GTX string generated by EFIStudio)
---Installed on EFI Partition
---OSX Snow Leopard Retail Install


Expose, Spaces and Video now work great. Haven't tested in games but will install COD4 and let you all know.

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@ yumanoid

Hallo
i have same problem.. Lag with quicktime and itunes..
I have nvenabler64 with a gt240..


Have you found a solution?

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GT220 success.

I used this guide because I have a Asus P5QL pro aswell, but I prepared my retail 10.6 image with the myHack installer (default settings) to avoid GUID partitioning. (and Chameleon RC4)

Weird thing is that the GT220 works out of the box, without any altered injectors or kext's after updating to 10.6.2. It uses the standard NVDANV50Hal.kext
The only thing I needed to change was to set the GraphicsEnabler setting in com.apple.Boot.plist to Y (not YES, took me several days to figure that out!), no EFI strings or other complicated stuff.

All parts are fully functioning now, so me happy :D

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Just want to say thanks to everyone posting in this thread...looks like we are making some good progress

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Hey Guys,

I'm having a real hard problem. My system hardware as below -

Intel Quad Core Q8300 2.6GHZ
Nvidia GT 220 Series. 1 GB
4GB SDDR2 Ram
Intergrated Gigabit Enthernet
Intergrated high def audio 7.1 Channel

I'm running my Mac on a 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Installs fine. But the problem is, I don't seem to be installing the kexts properly. I'm not getting any audio, enthernet connection and my graphics card isn't running at full speed. I've read forums and still.. I don't know where to start. Please help! Thanks.

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Hey Guys,

I'm having a real hard problem. My system hardware as below -

Intel Quad Core Q8300 2.6GHZ
Nvidia GT 220 Series. 1 GB
4GB SDDR2 Ram
Intergrated Gigabit Enthernet
Intergrated high def audio 7.1 Channel

I'm running my Mac on a 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Installs fine. But the problem is, I don't seem to be installing the kexts properly. I'm not getting any audio, enthernet connection and my graphics card isn't running at full speed. I've read forums and still.. I don't know where to start. Please help! Thanks.


I think its wise to start getting your motherboard working. Find out what board it is and look for kexts that matches your board.
Sometimes you even need to flash a customized BIOS to get MacOSX to work

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Hey Guys,

I'm having a real hard problem. My system hardware as below -

Intel Quad Core Q8300 2.6GHZ
Nvidia GT 220 Series. 1 GB
4GB SDDR2 Ram
Intergrated Gigabit Enthernet
Intergrated high def audio 7.1 Channel

I'm running my Mac on a 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Installs fine. But the problem is, I don't seem to be installing the kexts properly. I'm not getting any audio, enthernet connection and my graphics card isn't running at full speed. I've read forums and still.. I don't know where to start. Please help! Thanks.


Its been pretty well documented that 10.6.2 is going to give you the best shot at getting graphics working so if you haven't updated yet you probably should. As far as ethernet and sound, you didn't post what board you're using nor the specific chipsets so it's hard to say what to do about those.

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I think its wise to start getting your motherboard working. Find out what board it is and look for kexts that matches your board.
Sometimes you even need to flash a customized BIOS to get MacOSX to work


Hey thanks for the reply. My motherboard is a Intel GMA X4500 Intergrated. So everythings practically built in, the sound, the enthernet card and the graphics. For graphics I want to use it seperately from the motherboard as I am using a GT220 Nvidia. I've customized my BIOS and so far MacOSX is working fine, just that I have no idea how to install these kexts nor am I getting the right ones for my motherboard.

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Update: 12/21/2009:

Seems like QE/CI support is broken again. I installed some updates, Java, Airport, and Apple Remote Desktop, and when the system restarted I noticed the menu bar was no longer translucent. I tried installing Chameleon RC4 to see if it would help and it did not. Chameleon still refuses to properly detect the GT220 on this system. All it ever sees is a generic NVidia Video Card with 32 MB of RAM. Silent_Natit at least gives me some proper support as before. I wish I had Time Machine setup so that I could go back but live and learn I guess...


how easy is Silent_Natit to isntall, every time i tried to get my palit gt 220 to work i ended up breaking the system (boots but i cant do much) and have had to reinstall. Im new to this so when theres a problem like that ive no idea how to recover it

finally i make it works. i download the enabler nvidia from the netkas.org page and it works
cq/ci full works!!


this broke my install, is there an easy way to remove this after installation?

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how easy is Silent_Natit to isntall, every time i tried to get my palit gt 220 to work i ended up breaking the system (boots but i cant do much) and have had to reinstall. Im new to this so when theres a problem like that ive no idea how to recover it



this broke my install, is there an easy way to remove this after installation?


A user by the name of "sirfender" sent me this: Dell XPS 9000 . The method to get Snow Leopard installed on this system worked wonders. I even fave full QE/CI o nmy GT220! You may be able to use parts of his method to get your card working.

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Hey you guys, nice effort :P

Well, I've recently purchased GeForce GT 220 X (to be exact) 1024 mb and having bit issues. Dashboard, Spaces, Quick look etc all are slow. Like bad! I also am using a DVI cable which gives me better and sharper images. Has anyone solved the issue? Do I need to install any .kext?

I've used OSX86Tools to generate the EFI string file... Looks like I do have QE enabled after playing chess, adding Google Widget etc and all those...

Oh, and one more thing. If I turn off my Monitor and turn back on, I get a smoooooth Dashboard and Spaces for like a minute... Still Quick Look is slow and bad too :'(

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Anyone?

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Hi iMoshi

I had a load of problems with my GT 220, I had no luck with kexts however using the AsereBLN boot loader 1.1.9 and graphics enabler <string>GraphicsEnabler=Yes</string> it works with the standard kext from the SL 10.6.2 install.

Hope this helps
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Hi iMoshi

I had a load of problems with my GT 220, I had no luck with kexts however using the AsereBLN boot loader 1.1.9 and graphics enabler <string>GraphicsEnabler=Yes</string> it works with the standard kext from the SL 10.6.2 install.

Hope this helps
R

Thanks Roscoewy. Well, I do have this working when using VGA cable, but then I really wanna use my DVI cable and what happens is that when I use DVI cable my QuickLook, Spaces, Dashboard etc kinda lags... Slow... I've tried everything.

Are you using DVI cable by the way?

Thanks man

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kaiou: i have just installed 10.6.3 update and my playback-lag problem is gone. yip. :P

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Hi I have the nVidia GT220 running on a Dell Vostro 430 - Everything seems to be running almost perfectly, except for a small issue that seems to be caused by the Video card.

When I connect two monitors (VGA + DVI) the system freezes and the monitors lose their signal (the same way when the system goes to sleep). I'm very new to this and thanks to the great info/tools I've found on this (and similar sites) I managed to get this far but I'm afraid this issue it's a bit more for experts. Would anyone please guide me on what I should do next?

I installed #####, with their Nvidia kexts which helped make the system run at full resolution. NVenabler = Yes.

Any help is truly appreciated. I really need my two monitors running.

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Hi,

I have full 64 system. My specs are
HP Pavilion Elite - m9275.pt with iAtkos S3 10.6.3 - Core 2 Quad 2.83 GHz and GeForce GT 220.

Install went great with no extra customization. I had to alter com.apple.boot.plist with GraphicsEnabler to "Yes" (not "YES") and everything just works. Only problem I have is the famous Sleep issue. If I put my system to sleep fan speeds up on my GT 220 and I have to force shut down my system with 5+ secs on my power button. But beside that everything is working great with dual monitors (HDMI does not work - it freezes my system). If any one has any idea how to get sleep to work, please tell.

greetings from my Mac pro 3,1 HP Pavilion :D
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