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Before I begin sorry if this is the wrong place to post this but it seemed to be the most suitable.

I'm new to OSx86 and I was hoping to get Lion set up on my machine and dual boot it with Windows 7. I need to know what distro to use and if some one could give me a guide that would be greatly appreciated.
Here are my specs

MOBO - "ASUS M4N75TD nForce 750a SLI Socket AM3 MB"
HDD - "Seagate 1.5TB Serial ATA HD 7200/32MB/SATA-3G"
RAM - "Corsair XMS3 4GB PC10666 DDR3 Dual Channel 1333MHz"
CPU - "AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition AM3 CPU"
GFX Card - "EVGA GeForce GTX 480 1536MB DDR5 PCIe SLI"
Power Supply - "Corsair TX950 950W 80 Plus Power Supply"

As stated I apologize if this is the wrong place to post this, this is a pc I built so sorry its not branded, but I did not know where to post this, any help is greatly appreciated. Windows 7 is already installed

Thank you all,
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Snow Leopard is going to be a bit complicated due to your GFX card, it works beautifully but you do need to install the Nvidia drivers. If however you use Lion, the 480GTX is natively supported.

Download Lion (I used Gold Master) and write it to a dvd, there's an iso ready built on your favourite Finnish sharing site....

Use Nawcom ModCD or another boot disk that supports your cpu to boot Lion, format your drive as GUID, create a partition for Lion (extended, journalled) and one for Windows (Fat32).

Install Lion.

Reboot, install windows to the fat32 partition.

Reboot into Lion using the ModCD

Install Chameleon or other bootloader of choice and add necessary kexts, kernel and dsdt.

Reboot onto an Ubuntu live USB and use gptsync to re-sync your partition table

Both os's should now boot from chameleon.

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Snow Leopard is going to be a bit complicated due to your GFX card, it works beautifully but you do need to install the Nvidia drivers. If however you use Lion, the 480GTX is natively supported.

Download Lion (I used Gold Master) and write it to a dvd, there's an iso ready built on your favourite Finnish sharing site....

Use Nawcom ModCD or another boot disk that supports your cpu to boot Lion, format your drive as GUID, create a partition for Lion (extended, journalled) and one for Windows (Fat32).

Install Lion.

Reboot, install windows to the fat32 partition.

Reboot into Lion using the ModCD

Install Chameleon or other bootloader of choice and add necessary kexts, kernel and dsdt.

Reboot onto an Ubuntu live USB and use gptsync to re-sync your partition table

Both os's should now boot from chameleon.



I all ready have the gold master dmg (witch I know how to burn) so that's good, but is there any way to do what your saying but keeping my current windows install? Also will this "ModCD" Work on amd? Also if there is an snow leopard distro that would be eaiser then lion and would work on my machine, please let me know, thanks for the advice, ill look into that :wacko:

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the only way to keep the existing partition would be to copy it to another drive and then restore it to the windows partition but I'm not 100% sure that would work, I don't really use windows any more so might not be the best person to answer that.

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You can't install Lion on AMD yet.

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I used Acronis Disk Director to create a separate partition for OSX, then installed to USB, booted from USB then restored USB to OSX parition on HD using Disk Utility

In this way existing Windows was safe

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Would it be better if I had a sepperate hardrive and installed the mac os on there? Also if lion does not work on amd then what Snow Leopard distro do you recommend on my machine?

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Use a genuine retail disc, not a distro.
You should know WHY your system works because when it goes wrong you will need that knowledge to fix it.
If you use a distro you never know just what has gone into it.

Yes you are better off getting another hard drive, dual boots are much easier when windows and OS X are on different drives as OS X requires a GUID partition table, Windows requires a MBR partition table.
When you dual boot on the same drive you need to create a highbrid GUID/MBR partition table, this is very unstable and I've had no end of problems, normally causd by re-installing one of the OSs.

Sorry about the duff advice about AMD and Lion, I'm sure there'll be a kernel around sooner or later.

In regards to your GFX card and drivers, when you do an update to the system, e.g. going from 10.6.3 to 10.6.8 you will need to install new drivers after you update (with combo update) and before you restart. If you don't you will reboot to a black screen.
For this reason it is always a good idea to clone your OS X partition to another drive so you have something to revert back to, so you may want to either buy 2 HDDs or just partition your OS X drive into 2, 1 for main use and then 1 to backup (you can merge them back together again when you no-longer need this extra partition, GUID is great like that)





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