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[GUIDE] 10.6.8 on an HP m7757c MediaCenter P5LP-LE motherboard


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This is a fast, easy way to install 10.6.8 on an HP m7757c MediaCenter . You don't need to have an already functioning Mac to do this installation. It uses a retail Snow Leopard disk. It is a vanilla kernel install. When you are done everything will work except sleep and the TV card. You will have full QE/CL, sound and ethernet. My m7757c is used and the card reader was pulled out, so I can not say if it would have worked.

************************Specs***************************

HP m7757c MediaCenter
P5LP-LE motherboard

Core 2 Duo E6400 © DC 2.13 GHz

Intel 945G

GeForce 7500LE

Realtek ALC 888 chipset

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 82945G/GZ/P/PL Memory Controller Hub [8086:2770] (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82945G/GZ/P/PL PCI Express Root Port [8086:2771] (rev 02)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller [8086:27d8] (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:27c8] (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:27c9] (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:27ca] (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:27cb] (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:27cc] (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge [8086:244e] (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801GH (ICH7DH) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:27b0] (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller [8086:27df] (rev 01)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 82801GR/GH (ICH7 Family) SATA AHCI Controller [8086:27c1] (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:27da] (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation G72 [GeForce 7500 LE] [10de:01dd] (rev a1)
02:01.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Agere Systems FW323 [11c1:5811] (rev 70)
02:04.0 Multimedia video controller [0400]: Conexant CX23418 Single-Chip MPEG-2 Encoder with Integrated Analog Video/Broadcast Audio Decoder [14f1:5b7a]
02:08.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) LAN Controller [8086:27dc] (rev 01)

**********************Bios Settings*****************************

When you start up your HP, hit the F10 key to enter the Bios.

Under the Advanced tab, set SATA1 Controller Mode to AHCI.

Hit F10 to save and exit.

***************************************************

You will need to collect some things before you get started:
  • A retail Snow Leopard installer disk, I used 10.6.3
  • Nawcom's ModCD and you will need to burn a CD from the disk image
  • Removed
  • Kext Wizard or some other kext installing utility
  • MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.8.dmg from Apples website.
  • AppleHDA-ALC888s-niresh12495 (attached)
  • NVEnabler 64 (attached)
  • IONetworkingFamily.kext (attached)
Burn the ModCD image to a CD

Put everything else on a flashdrive, CD, external hard drive or whatever works for you. They will need to be copied to your HP m7757c later on.

Boot into your bios and change the boot order so that you boot off your optical drive first.

Put your ModCD in your optical drive.

Reboot

When you see the screen with the white phone, eject the ModCD.

Put your retail Snow Leopard installer disk in your optical drive.

Hit the F5 key.

The Snow Leopard installer disk should appear on screen. Use the arrow keys to select it and hit Enter. The screen will go black and then you should get the gray Apple start up screen.

It may take a long time to boot up off your Snow Leopard installer disk.

When the first window comes up, select your language , and hit the arrow button.


************************Format your Drive***************************

Go up to the tool bar and under Utilities, select Disk Utility.

When Disk Utility opens, highlight your hard drive and select the Partition Tab.

Select the number of partitions that you want. Name them and make certain that their format is Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Hit the Options button and choose GUID Partition Table. Hit the Apply button, when the window pops up hit Partition.

When the partitioning is done, quit Disk Utility.

************************Basic System Installation***************************

Continue with the Snow Leopard installation. The button sequence is Continue, Agree, and Install. The install will take about 30 minutes. It is alright to walk away, you don't have to be there when the install finishes.

Put the ModCD in your optical drive.

Restart the HP m7757c.

When the screen with the white phone comes up, use the arrow keys to select the partition with the freshly installed Snow Leopard system, and hit Return.

The screen will go black, then you will get the gray Apple start up screen, and then you will get the glorious, Apple welcome sequence.

You will need to go through the set-up process. This is where you enter your address and time zone. It is a well guided process that I won't go through the details here.


************************Fixes and the Upgrade***************************

Copy the following files to your HP m7757c. The ModCD can be ejected, if you are copying from a CD.
  • Removed
  • Kext Wizard or some other kext installing utility
  • MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.8.dmg from Apples website.
  • AppleHDA-ALC888s-niresh12495 (attached)
  • NVEnabler 64 (attached)
  • IONetworkingFamily.kext (attached)
************************Update to 10.6.8***************************

Open the MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.8.dmg. Hit Continue, Continue, Continue, Agree and Install. Authenticate with your password and let it install.

DO NOT RESTART when installation finishes. Drag the installation window off to one side and leave it alone.


Open the post installation tool. The post installation tool and/or the 10.6.8 installer may crash, that is okay, just re-open the post installation tool.

Hit Continue, Continue, Continue and Agree.

In the Custom Install window,check the Install ##### and System Utilities boxes.

Hit Continue and Install.

Authenticate with your password, hit OK and let it install.

************************Fix the Video, Audio and Ethernet***************************

Open your hard drive's root directory and open the Extra folder.

Drag the org.chamelion.Boot.plist file to your desktop.

Open the org.chamelion.Boot.plist file with TextEdit.

Edit the line after GraphicsEnabler. You will be replacing Yes with No. The two lines should look like this:
<key>GraphicsEnabler</key>
<string>No</string>
*See the attached org.chamelion.Boot.plist file

Save the org.chamelion.Boot.plist file. Quit TextEdit and drag the org.chamelion.Boot.plist file back into the Extra folder.

Unstuff the following files and place the kexts on your desktop.
  • AppleHDA-ALC888s-niresh12495 (attached)
  • NVEnabler 64 (attached)
  • IONetworkingFamily.kext (attached)
Use the kext installing utility to install the kexts.


**********************Sleep*****************************

Sleep will not work properly on this machine. So you must prevent it from ever going to sleep.

Go to the Apple Menu and open System Preferences. Select Energy Saver and set both sleep options to Never.


***************************************************

You can now use Software Update to do minor updates.

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Did you read the rules before writing your guide?
Delete any references of tonymac and his tools otherwise I will have to delete your guide.

http://www.insanelym...howtopic=275942

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Did you read the rules before writing your guide?
Delete any references of tonymac and his tools otherwise I will have to delete your guide.

http://www.insanelym...howtopic=275942


Sorry, no I was not aware of the rule changes. Anyway I edit as you instructed.

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You forgot to delete some links. Anyway I took care of it.





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