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[DISCLAIMER]This guide is currently a "Work in Progress" since there are still some problems, so look for other solutions than those described in the guide to try and obtain an optimization better! Any advice / suggestions / criticism is welcome! Another thing: I am Italian, so sorry for my bad english[/ DISCLAIMER]


SNOW LEOPARD on ASUS G51J/Jx

Last Update --> 27/02/2010


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INTRODUCTION

What we want to do is install Snow Leopard Retail on our beautiful Gaming Notebook Asus G51J/Jx.

The differences between the two notebooks could lead to small variations on installing the kext, as I have in my possession only G51Jx, I will base my installation on that, and add gradually their steps to the old model with the suggestions of who is in possession of G51J.

The main differences between the 2 models are:

CHIPSET:
G51J -) Intel PM55
G51Jx -) Intel HM55

Video Card:
G51J -) 260m Nvidia GTX 1GB GDDR3
G51Jx -) Nvidia 360m GTS 1GB GDDR5

HDD:
G51J -) 2 HDD slot
G51Jx -) 1 slot HDD

Other differences are irrelevant, given that the main problems during installation are due to factors mentioned above.
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WHAT YOU NEED


1) Snow Leopard Retail DVD
The original Apple DVD costs only $ 29 and allows us to install Snow Leopard.

2) An empty partition on your HDD
You need to create an empty partition to install Snow Leopard!

3) Empire EFI Boot Disk
The DVD of Snow Leopard will not start without the help of this ever precious Empire EFI! This is the latest version for Core i7 Mobile, extract and burn it into a CD one of the 2 version contained into the rar.

4) 10.6.2 Combo Update
Adds further stability to the system and update to the latest version of Snow Leopard

5) Netkas' Nvidia Injector
Lets start the operating system in 1920x1080 resolution

Note: Snow Leopard installation requires that the HDD is partitioning in GUID, but our Asus are MBR formatted. For those unwilling (like me) completely reformat the HDD goes below!

---- OPTIONAL -----

For those wishing to install using MBR partition must also have the following things:

1) A Mac or Hackintosh where is installed Leopard / Snow Leopard
Is essential a OSX system, because we must use Disk Utility to Restore the DVD of Snow Leopard into a USB key and add the SnowLoader.

2) A USB key 8 or 16 GB
We will fully charge the contents of the DVD-DL Snow Leopard on the USB Key, so we need a large USB Key!

3) Matsca09's SnowLoader
It allows us to install the HDD with MBR partitioning

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INSTALLATION

1) Insert the Empire EFI cd when the notebook boot.
2) Wait for the Empire EFI screen, then eject the CD and insert Snow Leopard Retail DVD. Press F5 and select the Snow Leopard installation DVD.
3) Wait until the Snow Leopard installation boot up. Select your language.
4) Choose Utility-Disk Utility. Choose the empty partition on your HDD.

*** WORK IN PROGRESS! ***



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Hi obliviux, thanks for the guide. Do you mind explaining step-by-step how to install on MBR-formatted hard drives? Does the GTS 360M work out of the box. Do I need to install anything after installing Snow Leopard to get it to work?

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The main problem of our system is that works only in Single-User mode, with "/sbin/mount -uw /", otherwise i get "Can't initialize Disk cache - Exited with status code 8" and stucks..
360m GTS works OOTB but only at 1024x768 and without QE/CI.
With the Netkas injector I got 1920x1080 but only in Safe Mode, and if I delete NVDAResman.kext it works in normal mode but in 1280x800...
For now Not Works: Audio, Wifi..
Works: Bluetooth, Ethernet..
I'm working on it! :)

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Hi bro, thanks for the guide.

Can u tell me what's the midel of your ethernet?

how did u get it work?

thank you.

Mine is G51j. now I get 1920x1080x32 with QE CI enabled, resolution changable, audio driven by voodooHDA, n BT..

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Sorry, my mistake: the ethernet is not working. The model is Atheros AR8131, and Wireless is AR9285.
I have modified a kext for our wifi but only recognize Access Point, when you try to connect it get an error...

What VoodooHDA have you used? I have tried with one VoodooHDA founded on the net, I get the Volume on the upper bar but I can't hear anything...

Until now the errors are (on Asus G51Jx):
1) When I try to launch Snow Leopard normally I get the following error:

Unexpected Inconsistency, RUN fsck_hfs MANUALLY
EXITED WITH SIGNAL 8
Can't Initialize Disk Cache
Fsck Failed


The only way to get SL works is with -s at boot, and then "/sbin/mount -uw /" or with "maxmem=4096"

It seems a problem with my Jmicron Controller...but I don't know how can I solve this...

2) With Netkas Injector I get Full Resolution only on Safe Mode...in normal mode I get Black Screen... :(
EDIT: Solved with chameleon, adding
<key>GraphicsEnabler</key>
<string>Yes</string>
to com.apple.boot.plist
Now I'm in 1920x1080 but still no QE/CI

3) Ethernet and Wifi doesn't works...But I'm using my iPhone like a modem and works well :)

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@kevin171, do you mind telling us how to get 1920x1080 and QE/CI on the GTS 360M? Are you using a stock Mac OS X Snow Leopard disc?

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@kevin171, do you mind telling us how to get 1920x1080 and QE/CI on the GTS 360M? Are you using a stock Mac OS X Snow Leopard disc?


According to kevin171's post, you will see he is running the G51J not the G51Jx. He is therefore using the 260M. QE/CI on the 260M has been previously reported successful as I understand it. I wish I heard more on the 360M though. Let me know what you turn up.

@Obliviux: I have been waiting for someone to report on a 360M with QE/CI... so let me know if any particular method works. Which kext are you using for the 360M btw? Is it the NVDANV50Hal?

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Bumping this topic because I would like to see if anyone know any drivers for the specifications of these laptops?

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every time my friend tried to install snow leopard on my g51j it would keep rejecting it after we put in the cd after the empire had finshed loading would really love it if you could finish the guide cause i would love to get mac working on my laptop

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Anyone got the GTS 360M to work at 1080p with QE/CI since the Windows driver version 197.16 has added support for it. Maybe some code changes?

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Anyone got the G51Jx booting Snow Leopard? It's got the 360M.
I get panic booting the retail disc right away. Looks related to graphics.

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Does anyone got ANY OSx86 on the G51Jx ?
what was the version ?
from where did you took the kexts ?

Please help - it's a MUST !

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I want to buy a G51Jx for college and i think this guide will be very usefull thank you

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Hi guys,
just to update the status of my G51J-A1

OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.2
260m driven by DSDT, ALC663 by voodooHDA, AR8131 LAN by reader02's driver AtherosL1cEthernet.kext, BT, camera, USB, AHCI working, ...

Now I just left intel wifi 1000, i think no hope to be done in years.

Any1 have any question, plz feel free 2 ask.

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@kevin171, can you please provide me with links to every driver and kext needed? What's DSDT? What driver did you use for the 260M?

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Snow Leopard on Asus G60JX-RBB05
slightly off-topic (but only slightly, the HW in the G60vx is almost identical to what's in this thread: see sig).
Any help on Audio will engender eternal gratefulness and lots of karma.

Not working:

  • Audio: Using various methods. With this VoodooHDA fork (which no-one else seems to have any trouble with ;) ) I get mic in, playing back through the built-in speakers, so I know it's working, but only the NVIDIA HDMI devices show up in the Sound pref pane (also know it's working from IOReg; the VoodooHDA driver is bound to all of the audio hardware).
  • Sleep: Need to play with this; low priority
  • Keyboard: Fn keys (who cares *shrug*)
Working:
  • Using the latest (206) BIOS from Asus.
  • I've got SL 10.6.3 / kernel 10.3.1 (the ".1" is for the latest MBP Software update: 1.3). Got it running in pure 64-bit mode, though I'll prolly run in 32-bit once everything is working.
  • The vanilla kernel didn't work for me until that MBP update. I had been using the kernel from the Preboot.dmg on the Empire boot CD.
  • I'm using an update of the Chameleon EFI bootloader, AsereBLN_v1.1.9. It auto-probes correct memory info, takes Platform UUID from BIOS, patches DSDT to make restart work without a kext, and patches ACPI V2 FACP PM_Profile's "system-type" (good for laptops), among other things.
  • Don't have to boot with "cpus=1".
  • "MacBookPro6,2" in smbios (this is actually important, for various reasons).
  • Video (NV 360M): GraphicsEnabler!! w00t!! I think the key here is to Use.The.Latest.Kernel.Possible i.e. the MBP Software update 1.3. I didn't have to futz with strings/enablers/PCI IDs or any other hacks; just let Chameleon do the work.
  • Shutdown/Restart
  • screen blank
  • Webcam works OOB(!)
  • Kexts
  • AtherosL1cEthernet
  • NullCPUPowerManagement
  • VoodooPS2Controller
  • AppleACPIPS2Nub
  • VoodooBattery
  • FakeSMC

Everything either came from official webpages, ProjectOSX threads, or nawcom.com/osx86/

  • Probably a few other tweaks I can't remember right now, including DSDT
If anyone is interested, I'll post links to the stuff I'm using. I hate "kext packs", 'cause I have no idea where they came from, by the time I get hold of them they're usually out-of-date, and I don't know where to get updated versions (and also "teach someone to fish...", etc).

P.S. If/when I get sound working, I'll probably do a guide, as this laptop is actually pretty easy to get going (in hindsight :) )

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Hi,

This is all the stuff im using. if you use chameleon, put all these in sl/extra

should get your video, sound, battery, lan work.

im still working on the dsdt file, not perfect now. i'll keep update.

Attached Files



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Fixed sound using VoodooHDA:
Replace "IOPCIClassMatch" key/string with "IOPCIMatch", "0x3b568086" in VoodooHDA.kext's Info.plist. That's the specific DEV_ID/VEN_ID for the Intel HDA controller.

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@quaestor, it would be absolutely great if you could do a step-by-step guide for noobs like me who doesn't understand how to use a custom bootloader and stuff. What Mac OS X disk did you use to install? The retail one?

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Hmm, the sound doesn't work well for me. There's serious crackling from the speakers. I've tried both the latest stable and beta versions, but still the same.





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