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I don't know if the latest NVIDIA driver for Mac fixed the 3D performance (what did you use to measure that?) I've only tried OpenGL tests on Cinebench and it's obviously slower than in Windows as the implementation of OpenGL in Snow Leopard is not up to date as in Windows. You can download the hacked version of the NVIDIA driver installer here http://redirectingat.....wtopic=222913

That wasn't uploaded by me. If you want the original thread, it's here: http://www.insanelym...howtopic=222913

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I don't know if the latest NVIDIA driver for Mac fixed the 3D performance (what did you use to measure that?)

All I've got to go on is CINEBENCH OGL test, and Team Fortress 2...
What the heck, I'll give it a try... Failure is always an option, right? :D

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Hey thanks for your guide, quaestor! I know its not much, but thank you. I don't own a G60, but have been eyeing the one at my "friendly" brick and mortar Bestbuy for awhile. Hey I was wondering, though, are you dual booting with windows or not?

And quaestor, if its true you are running windows with osx, which windows, and which bootloader? In addition, did you end up with a GUID hard drive or a MBR header?

Thanks!

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Hey I was wondering, though, are you dual booting with windows or not?
And quaestor, if its true you are running windows with osx, which windows, and which bootloader? In addition, did you end up with a GUID hard drive or a MBR header?

AsereBLN v1.1.9 bootloader, dual booting Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Drive is partitioned GUID, but Windows requires a hybrid MBR in order to work properly. This is stuff that I'm not too good with, so I'd rather not try to go into any detail. It took lots of fiddling and a reinstall of Win 7 before I got it all working (and I'm still not exactly certain what I did right :) ).
The best guide I found was here.

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Hey Quaestor,

I've gotten further along my in attempts to install things. A big help was buying an actual retail 10.6.3 disc, so I'm using the Empire EFI bootloader to start things off, then the retail 10.6.3 for the install. Everything goes well.

From there I've tried many combinations of bootloader installs. Manual Chameleon 2.0 Rc4, the MyHack Installer and the Chameleon Rc3 that's on the Empire disc. I can't seem to find any way to get OSX to boot from the harddrive.

My harddrive is booting up, I mean, I see the Chameleon menu, and can choose to start OSX from there, but after selection it goes to a white screen with an Apple and basically locks up from there. If I hit tab and try to watch the output or put it in verbose mode, some text flies by then it's a black screen.

I have a GUID scheme with OSX being the first partition and a FAT partition as the second (reserved for Win7). Also note that I'm not messing with Win7 or anything at this point. My 2nd partition is currently blank.

Booting from Empire EFI works every time and loads me into a mostly functional OSX.

I'm missing something here, my partitions aren't right? AHCI Bios issues? Some kexts I need to add or delete?

Please help!

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Thanks for the useful post.

I just picked up the G60Jx.

Before I embark on this mission (It will be my 3rd hack) I was just wondering what are the reprocussions of hard shutdowns all the time. Do you need to need to do repair permissions more often?

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My harddrive is booting up, I mean, I see the Chameleon menu, and can choose to start OSX from there, but after selection it goes to a white screen with an Apple and basically locks up from there. If I hit tab and try to watch the output or put it in verbose mode, some text flies by then it's a black screen.

You might try installing the Asere BL, but AFAICT from your description, it sounds like you're actually booting just fine, it's just that the GUI isn't loading, so i.e. graphics is busted, probably a driver issue. Did you install the MBP Update? Also, make sure you have "GraphicsEnabler" in your boot.plist.

Before I embark on this mission (It will be my 3rd hack) I was just wondering what are the reprocussions of hard shutdowns all the time. Do you need to need to do repair permissions more often?

I cheat :(
I do a Restart from OSX and then power off while BIOS is in POST. I've never hurt a system by doing that, so I'm not worried.

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My bootloader issues are fixed! Turns out the 10.6.3 kernel wouldn't work with any bootloader. And maybe I missed a step somewhere but I couldn't run the MacBookPro update (to fix the kernel) until I had a working bootloader. Total catch-22.

I saw in another thread that you were at one point using the kernel from preboot.dmg (included in the Empire EFI boot disc). The minute I put that kernel in, the bootloader was fixed. With the bootloader working, smbios gets used, with smbios, I was able to install the MBP update, which ultimately installs a new kernel.

So now I'm up and running and working on getting the drivers up. The sound kexts are scary so I'm saving those for last, but I've already got the video, keyboard, battery, touchpad working.

Problems at the moment:

Sleep Mode: Choosing Sleep from the menu totally messes something up. I have to run a repair on disk permissions from the OSX install disc to be able to boot up again.

Touchpad: Installed and working along with settings panel. However, settings seem to have to be reapplied every time I restart. The old settings are still set, but the touchpad moves VERY slowly until I open the settings and close them. Then all is well.

Backup Extensions: Some of my kexts are being installed to "Backup Extensions" and I'm not sure why. I'm using Kext Helper to install things, so that's part of the problem, but do things still load up from "Backup"?

I'm so excited! Its working pretty damn good so far!

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Problems at the moment:

Sleep Mode: Choosing Sleep from the menu totally messes something up. I have to run a repair on disk permissions from the OSX install disc to be able to boot up again.

Touchpad: Installed and working along with settings panel. However, settings seem to have to be reapplied every time I restart. The old settings are still set, but the touchpad moves VERY slowly until I open the settings and close them. Then all is well.

Backup Extensions: Some of my kexts are being installed to "Backup Extensions" and I'm not sure why. I'm using Kext Helper to install things, so that's part of the problem, but do things still load up from "Backup"?

I'm so excited! Its working pretty damn good so far!

Excellent! I'm glad to hear that things are going so well.

You might have missed it, but I mentioned in the guide that if sleep/hibernate/shutdown fail, get access to the disc (somehow :censored2: ) and delete "/private/var/vm/sleepimage".The "fix" is: the kernel never tries to use the sleepimage with "Wake" set false in com.apple.boot.plist, so you don't have to worry about an accidental sleep or shutdown leaving your system wedged.

I referenced the touchpad install instructions in the guide, but here's the link again. You're just missing the settings loader.

Don't know about the Backup Extensions thing; that's weird. Oh, and as far as using Kext Helper - I told you so :D (by which I mean: if you do things manually, you might screw them up, but if you use an installer/script/wizard that someone else made, you really have no idea what it's doing to your system, right?)

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Don't know about the Backup Extensions thing; that's weird. Oh, and as far as using Kext Helper - I told you so :P (by which I mean: if you do things manually, you might screw them up, but if you use an installer/script/wizard that someone else made, you really have no idea what it's doing to your system, right?)


Well I took your advice to heart and started over completely. I also took notes as I went along so that I could redo it in a few hours without guessing my way through certain parts.

I have a great sense of satisfaction having done it without any auto installers this time. I know where every installed file went and it gave me a better understanding of the whole process.

I have an ALMOST fully working system now, sound, bluetooth, graphics, network (not wifi of course), battery, DSDT hacks, FakeSMC, MBP update. The one thing I can't seem to fix is the Keyboard/Touchpad driver. All of the files are installed:

ApplePS2Controller
com.meklort.ps2.helper
Synaptics Pref Pane
AppleACPIPS2Nub

The system keeps telling me that I've incorrectly installed the kexts. I'm putting them in S/L/E and chmod and chown'ing them.

This same setup with all the same drivers, etc was working with the keyboard and touchpad before I started over. The only difference is that I didn't run myHack and some of the other auto utils. I'm thinking maybe one of those utils deleted a conflicting mac driver or something (allowing the new ps2 drivers to function). Something I wouldn't know to do on my own.

I am currently using a USB keyboard and wireless mouse, so I'm not dead in the water, but please help me finish it off!

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Well I took your advice to heart and started over completely. I also took notes as I went along so that I could redo it in a few hours without guessing my way through certain parts.

I have a great sense of satisfaction having done it without any auto installers this time. I know where every installed file went and it gave me a better understanding of the whole process.

AWESOME! I wish more people understood this. Yeah, it's frustrating, and there's a learning curve, but it's very satisfying (when it works :( ), and you have a great deal more control over your system in the long run. (PS Good job taking notes; it's an excellent idea; you should put them online, in a blog or forum post!)

ApplePS2Controller
com.meklort.ps2.helper
Synaptics Pref Pane
AppleACPIPS2Nub

The system keeps telling me that I've incorrectly installed the kexts. I'm putting them in S/L/E and chmod and chown'ing them.

This same setup with all the same drivers, etc was working with the keyboard and touchpad before I started over. The only difference is that I didn't run myHack and some of the other auto utils. I'm thinking maybe one of those utils deleted a conflicting mac driver or something (allowing the new ps2 drivers to function). Something I wouldn't know to do on my own.

What do you mean when you say "the system keeps telling me that I've incorrectly installed the kexts"? The only things I can think of would be 1) You're running in 64-bit mode - the PS2 kext may not be compatible or 2) You may have an older (way older) version of the kext. AFAIR, the PS2 stuff is completely gone from SL, so there shouldn't be any conflicting kexts...

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Keyboard and Trackpad fixed! You were correct, the culprit was indeed that I was in 64 bit mode using 32 bit keyboard drivers. I started by putting arch=i386 in the boot.plist, but ultimately went with VoodooPS2 drivers to keep everything 64 bit for whatever reason.

Having fixed that, I moved on...

I saved the SBRG/LPCB DSDT hack for last because I didn't fully understand what I was doing, but with enough looking around, and the ID you posted on the wiki, I think I got it all set up. Though my laptop is still pushing very warm air out the side. I was hoping it would cool off some with this lower temps hack.

I believe there's only 3 things left to tackle:

Which wifi card to purchase as a replacement.

How to get this thing to sleep and wake without breaking permissions. (sleep = dead right now)

Fix dual booting to Windows 7.

Just FYI, I did the extra steps to make my install on an MBR, so hopefully Win7 doesn't complain too much.

I'll keep you informed, and let me know if you have any tips on any of these issues.

Thanks again!

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but ultimately went with VoodooPS2 drivers to keep everything 64 bit for whatever reason.

Let me know how that works; seems like I remember having wacky tracking (or maybe no multi-touch? Can't remember).

I saved the SBRG/LPCB DSDT hack for last because I didn't fully understand what I was doing, but with enough looking around, and the ID you posted on the wiki, I think I got it all set up. Though my laptop is still pushing very warm air out the side. I was hoping it would cool off some with this lower temps hack.

Yeah, this thing gets bloody hot when it's doing anything (although mine does idle <40oC); I keep my fingers crossed that the designers knew what they were doing...

How to get this thing to sleep and wake without breaking permissions. (sleep = dead right now)

You fix that and I'll... Come mow your lawn, or something. You'd certainly be my hero :P

Thanks again!

NP; I'm actually chuffed that I'm finally able to give back to a community that's always been willing to help (although finding the right help can sometimes be hard :D ).

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Everyone who's having problems dual-booting can try downloading the SL install disk that supports MBR. You can also patch the original disk you have.

@quaestor, can you try something for me? Can you get Handwriting in Simplified Chinese to work? It's in International or something in the Preferences pane.

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@quaestor, can you try something for me? Can you get Handwriting in Simplified Chinese to work? It's in International or something in the Preferences pane.

Can take a whack at it, though I've never tried it before.

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I have G60Jx (best buy version) and I am having trouble installing sound kext. I tried different version of VoodooHDA wih patching and all that good stuff but its no go. Can you help me with it please?

Believe me, I followed your instructions step by step but it still doesnt work. I am running 10.6.4 with OSXkernel (one located on OSX partition - unmodified). I have DSDT patched and all that stuff. Could you send me your sound kexts and DSDT.aml file too please?

Thanks in advance.

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Believe me, I followed your instructions step by step but it still doesnt work. I am running 10.6.4 with OSXkernel (one located on OSX partition - unmodified). I have DSDT patched and all that stuff. Could you send me your sound kexts and DSDT.aml file too please?

I'm at work right now, so I can't attach any files yet, but I'm wondering what the exact problem is. You said you're having trouble installing the kext; are you being literal, or do you mean you install the kext and sound doesn't work? If the latter, what are the symptoms? No devices in System Prefs? Devices but no sound?

S/PDIF never worked for me until after the 10.6.4 update, at which point I realized I'd forgotten to take the new AppleHDA.kext out of use. I've just left it alone since then 'cause it works and hasn't caused any problems. Point being; if you deleted the AppleHDA.kext after you did the update, it may have broken sound completely. Just a theory, mind you.

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I'm at work right now, so I can't attach any files yet, but I'm wondering what the exact problem is. You said you're having trouble installing the kext; are you being literal, or do you mean you install the kext and sound doesn't work? If the latter, what are the symptoms? No devices in System Prefs? Devices but no sound?

S/PDIF never worked for me until after the 10.6.4 update, at which point I realized I'd forgotten to take the new AppleHDA.kext out of use. I've just left it alone since then 'cause it works and hasn't caused any problems. Point being; if you deleted the AppleHDA.kext after you did the update, it may have broken sound completely. Just a theory, mind you.


No. I installed kext without problem. There is no device in list. 32Bit pref pane also crashes. I have arch=i386 flag but it still boots in 64bit mode (maybe because im using unmodified kernel) also keyboard wont work unless i have arch=i386 flag.

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No. I installed kext without problem. There is no device in list. 32Bit pref pane also crashes. I have arch=i386 flag but it still boots in 64bit mode (maybe because im using unmodified kernel) also keyboard wont work unless i have arch=i386 flag.

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Got Sound working: Needs original AppleHDA from 10.6.4 update. then I used VoodooHDA installer 0.2.61 that caused kernel panic. replaced it with one noted in the guide and substituted the PCIMatch all works now perfect. Voodoo installer installed 64 and 32 bit pref panes. 64 bit was not available in guide.

Also another news: PS2 keyboard/mouse (Im talking about trackpad - trust me) works fine. WITH finger swipes.

Only problem is that VoodooHDA pref pane settings are not saved across the restart. Can you help me with this please?

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Got Sound working: Needs original AppleHDA from 10.6.4 update. then I used VoodooHDA installer 0.2.61 that caused kernel panic. replaced it with one noted in the guide and substituted the PCIMatch all works now perfect. Voodoo installer installed 64 and 32 bit pref panes. 64 bit was not available in guide.

So, you ran the VoodooHDA 0.2.61 installer, and then copied the files from the guide over that? I wasn't concerned with making things 64-bit clean, so I don't recall for certain, but I'm pretty sure that the 64-bit pref pane is included in the archive I linked to.

Also another news: PS2 keyboard/mouse (Im talking about trackpad - trust me) works fine. WITH finger swipes.

And this is with the VoodooPS2 kext (not the Meklort)? Which version? Can you post a link?

Only problem is that VoodooHDA pref pane settings are not saved across the restart. Can you help me with this please?

You are probably missing the voodoohdahelper; I don't know if it's included in the installer you mentioned or not. The link is in the guide.





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