Files for this guide can be downloaded here: P6TD-Deluxe Package
Warning: To prevent confusion, this board is the P6TD-Deluxe and is not the same as a P6T Deluxe v1/v2.
ASUS P6TD-Deluxe (BIOS rev: 0209 )
Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67 Ghz
3 x 2GB OCZ 1600Mhz DDR3 Triple Channel
ASUS nVidia GTX 260
This guide requires an existing Leopard/Snow installation either on the same machine or another. What this means is:
1. If you're lucky and have a friend with a Mac that can plug your SATA drive in for you and do a installation from their Leopard/Snow install then you only need 1 drive.
2. If you already have a machine with Leopard installed then you need 1 spare drive to install SL to.
3. If you don't have a machine running with Leopard then you will need 2 spare drives, first to install Leopard on another system or the P6TD-Deluxe (if you can get it running, don't ask me how, I had a spare P5B machine which I had 10.5.8 on) and the second drive to then install SL to.
If you know what you are doing then you need to partition the drive you wish to install SL on as 1 partition named 'Snow' or w/e, MACOS Extended (journaled) with a GUID scheme.
1. Browse to Applications/Utilities and run Disk Utility 2. Select the spare drive which you want to install SL to from the left hand side. 3. Switch to the Partition Tab 4. Create a partition layout of 1 partitions and name it 'Snow' (the file system should already be set as Mac OS Extended (journaled)) 5. Select options and ensure GUID scheme is selected. 6. ApplyNext we need to ignore ownership on the newly mounted file system. To do this go to your Desktop or Finder or and choose 'Get Info' on the newly mounted 'Snow' volume. At the bottom of the 'Get Info' pane will be the 'Sharing & Permissions' section and a lock symbol, we need to unlock this and tick the option 'Ignore Ownership'.
Have your SL DMG file handy and mount it on the machine you're doing the installation from. Ensure you have your spare drive you wish to install SL on plugged in, partitioned and ready to go. If you know what you are doing then we need to run the installation package from the SL image which is located under './System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg'.
1. Open the Mounted MAC OSX Installation image 2. Browse to './System/Installation/Packages' by pressing APPLE+SHIFT+G and then typing in the path './System/Installation/Packages' 3. Look for 'OSInstall.mpkg' and launch it.Remember during the installation ensure you're installing to the correct drive. Additionally you can choose 'Customize' and deselect options such as 'Printer Driver', 'Additional Fonts', 'Additional Languages' to shorten the installation.
Installing Boot Loader & DSDT
If you know what you are doing then we need to install Chameleon 2.0 RC4 boot loader to the new SL drive.
1. Open the P6TD-Deluxe extras package you downloaded from the link above. 2. Run the 'Chameleon 2.0 RC4' installer package *** Remembering to install to the correct drive 3. Copy the DSDT.aml file from the P6TD-Deluxe extras package to the root of your SL drive.The DSDT.aml used in this package is different from the one you might find on other P6T threads, this gives you orange drive icons (if you think thats a down-side theres a fix for that) but it does let you hot-swap drives after ejecting them from disk-utility which other ones I have found don't allow.
KEXT & SMBIOS
This step simply involves you copying the contents of the 'Extra' folder within the 'P6TD-Deluxe Extras' package to your SL drive under the corresponding '/Extra' folder. To confirm you've done this properly under your SL drive you should have the following:
'/Extra/com.apple.boot.plist' '/Extra/Extensions/' '/Extra/Extensions/AD2000b.kext' '/Extra/Extensions/fakesmc.kext' '/Extra/Extensions/IONetworkingFamily.kext' '/Extra/Extensions/NULLCPUPowerManagement.kext' '/Extra/Extensions/OpenHaltRestart.kext' '/Extra/smbios.plist' '/Extra/Themes'and any other additional files that might of already been placed there.
That is it, that is all that is required to get you up and running. Plug your new SL drive into the P6TD-Deluxe (SATA0) and boot her up. Ensure that your BIOS Storage Configuration is set to AHCI. If everything has worked then you should be presented with the Chameleon bootloader and a Icon for your SL drive. Press Enter to boot the SL volume and you should see the output of the machine as it loads. This option as well as the kernel type can be changed from the 'com.apple.boot.plist' file found under the '/Extra' folder.
Once you do have it all up and running, it is advised to immediately go into the 'Disk Utility' program and perform a 'Repair Permissions' on your drive. Then do a update to 10.6.2 and enjoy!
Note: the 'com.apple.Boot.plist' is configured for verbose i386 architecture. If you want to boot 64bit change architecture to x86_64.