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Well ill rehost it up on demonoid again or and its also still available at oink. will do when i get off work.


xplizid:

i'd really aprecaite that. i was talking w\ JaS the other day and he helped me locate a "working" torrent tracker; but, its but running for over 36 hours already and still hasn't downloaded a single KB :o

(i think i need a new tracker)

the problem is, most trackers i find are off line -- i thought i was totally lucky that JaS helped me find a tracker for a torrent that was online -- but there are ZERO seeds :tomato:

anyway -- back to demonoid to look for changes.

thanks again for yr help!

CMM.

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ok i rehosted it today on demonoid. just search for jas. i dont have much bandwidth left with my current downloads but as soon as i see sum1 jump on it i will pause the others.

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Hey thanks for the reseed on this... I've been having a go at installing on a 9200 and have it currently running off of a usb drive... this thread has been a tremendous help

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Has anyone gotten the NVidia 7300 to work w/ multiple monitors? I just got a second monitor for testing and it sees it, it spans the desktop, but it's upside down!

Can anyone confirm that it does work the way it's supposed to or know of the hack to get this going?

thanks,
Drew

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Found the solution to the upside down second monitor!

Installed edited Natit kext file from here:

http://forum.insanel...showtopic=33007

cleared kext cache, repaired, rebooted.

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Hey everyone, I'm so glad I found this thread! This is my very post on the forum...:) I am new to OSX86 (but not to OSX, I own a MacBook). I've got a Dell Dimension 9200, with a RAID stripe and I would really like to get OSX working on my machine. I have downloaded countless versions of OSX and always got the waiting for root device message. The only version that managed to reach the installer stage was CruOpium's repackaged version which I believe has in-built support for the ICH8 controller. Anyway, I have tried multiple variations JaS' additional kexts (thanks for the tip about unchecking USB 2.0 support, as I have always been ticking it; I will have to reinstall again and see if keyboard+mouse work). OSX would install fine but will not go past the boot screen. I have ATI X1300 Pro 256MB, which I have looked online and can't really find a solution (I tried tinkering with the ATIX1000.kext via MacDrive as I couldn't get to the terminal due to keyboard+mouse not working and then repairing permissions by booting from the installation DVD).

CMM3, I had the same problem you have with HD not appearing in disk utility. It is important that you open the computer up and make sure that the HD you want to install OSX on (in my case I ordered an extra HD for this purpose) is plugged in to the BLUE connectors above the RAM bays (there are also 4 SATA bays to the right of these connectors, where the DVD drives etc will be connected. I think the blue connectors are for RAID but I'm not sure, in any case for OSX installation the HD needs to be plugged into there (I think it may also need to stay connected to the blue connectors to boot, as I got the no access error logo when I tried plugging the HD in to the other connectors and booting OSX. In my case, I think I will plug the OSX and one of my Windows HDs (from the 2 in RAID currently) into the blue connectors and have an extra HD plugged in to the additional connectors. I think I will probably have to disable RAID. Does anyone have any ideas how to fix the graphics issue? OSX boots into the light-blue screen but the mouse cursor does not appear and the system just freezes (Again, unchecking the USB support may solve this, I will report back). I have a Dell FP19 screen, and when connected by DVI in OSX the screen would just go black; I then plugged in an analogue cable and the aforementioned light-blue screen showed up. I suspect once the graphics card situation is sorted out I can see if DVI will work or just analogue.
Hope this helps you CMM3


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Some weird but really good {censored} just happened with My XPS410 system.

Stay tuned for news...

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slave-zeo, update us!!
I just wanted to let everyone know that I reinstalled (reformatted the HD for the millionth time!) and just installed 10.4.8 combo update, the ICH8 kext and the ati X1000 PCI-Express kext and no joy - computer restarts after the Apple boot screen should disappear and the login window appear. I have USB support now when OSX boots but it doesn't seem to respond to my keystrokes; I'm unable to boot to firewire target mode or in verbose mode, which is rather frustrating! Looks like I might have to do the booting into Windows, using MacDrive, booting into OSX installation DVD to repair permissions method, which takes ages :tomato: Anyone got a better idea? I'm not even sure it is the graphics card that is the issue causing reboot as I cannot use verbose mode!! Does anyone know how I can 'force' OSX to use its default drivers for the most basic display (as it does work on the installation DVD)?

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slave-zeo,

The suspense is killing me! I'm hoping you have some news about the onboard NIC.

D/O,

I haven't used that repackage, but I find it intriguing that you got it to see the HD w/ RAID enabled.

Can you go down the list of options that are available and note which ones you are and are not choosing during the install?

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i am also curious what you may be referring to slave.

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peart75, the HD that OSX sees is NOT on RAID, but rather connected to the blue connectors on the motherboard, which seem to me to be the bootable connectors, or at least specilly designed to accommodate bootable HDs (as when I plug the empty HD to install OSX on it to the other peripheral connectors I cannot see the HD). In order to see the empty HD I have to disconnect the Windows HDs (which are in RAID stripe) and instead just plug in the empty HD. For the installation, I have the options of (from memory, may miss a few): 10.4.8 Combo Update, Mifki, Semthex, USB 2.0 fix, 10.4.4 login window fix, ATI X1X00 AGP, ATI X1X00 PCI-E, and several others I have never installed (one to do with VIA SATA chipset, can't remember the others. Hope this helps! BTW still unable to use X1300 Pro, is someone gonna tell me how to fix this (with no access to the terminal, so would have to be via MacDrive then repair permissions via OSX installation disk) or am I gonna have to wait till Leopard or get a new graphics card?! I am new to this OSX86 business, and it's rather complicated - I don't know how to force OSX to use a certain kext for graphics driver, and I don't know how to add additional kexts (I've just copied them over in Windows, but I'd imagine I'd have to edit some files to let them know the file is there, or reset kext cache or something that I seem to remember briefly reading about). Any technical help would be much appreciated!

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D/O

Try it NOT using these options:
Semthex
USB 2.0 Fix
10.4.4 Login

Semthex and Mifki are both Kernels, i don't think you can have both checked, someone else may be able to clarify. I don't think anyone on here has had any luck w/ the Semthex kernel, so try using Mifki only.

The USB 2.0 fix does NOT work, do not use it.

Not sure what the old login does, but i don't think it's something that is needed.

You may also want to take out the items for the VIA chipset, I don't think the 410 has any VIA components, it should be all intel.

I think I also checked the GMA950 and ICH8 support.

I don't know entirely too much about kexts either, i'm only about 3 weeks experience in OS X ahead of you =]
I think if you replace the kexts w/ ones you want, clear the cache, then it uses the new ones (prviding permissions are set properly on the kext dirs). I believe it matches device IDs with ones that in the files to see what it should use.

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i use semthex kernels, never tried mifki its older. i check ICh8 10.4.8 login and combo update all should be fine also the 10.4.9 update works well so far no kernel panics yet :D.

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Thanks peart. I knew already about just installing Mifki, and also about USB 2.0 not working. Will try using Mifki, ICH8 and GMA950 ticked. Regarding kexts - I think there must be somewhere in boot.plist or something where you need to 'tell' OSX which kexts to use, otherwise you need to edit the kext that would be used (I assume it is the ATIX1X00.kext in my case) to recognise your hardware; I have tried editing the file in Windows (using MacDrive 7 but I need a serial!) but it didn't work...

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i use semthex kernels, never tried mifki its older. i check ICh8 10.4.8 login and combo update all should be fine also the 10.4.9 update works well so far no kernel panics yet :censored2: .


xplizid,
Interesting, slave-zeo had problems w/ the semthex kernel as stated in his first post, and then I had issues when I tried it. Although, I must admit I had both semthex and mifki checked so that may have been the issue.

Which 10.4.9 update did you use? I see one from JaS just came out. But first I'm going to try and image my drive before I try any more updates. Does anyone here have a method they prefer?

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Hey, just tried reinstalling with 10.4.8 Combo update, Mifki, ATI X1X00 AGP and PCI-E, ATI ATA kext (though I've not got that), 10.4.4 login window fix, that's about it I think...get blue screen after boot screen, no cursor, machine does not progress further than this...I tried disabling multi-core in BIOS just in case, but didn't change a thing (also disabled virtualisation). I really think it's the graphics kext...Anyone have any idea of how I can integrate a kext that works with ATI X1300 Pro into the installation DVD? Luckily I still have the ISO which I downloaded from Demonoid (thanks CruOpium)...Or, if I could force OSX to use a generic kext (like the one used on the installation DVD) I could at least boot into OSX and use the terminal (once I've learned how to use it lol) or try NATIT or something with an installer to see if that works...G'night yall, off to bed

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I reccomend not installing things that you do not need, like the ATI AGP and the ATI ATA. Things like this could be meesing you up. I would also try it without the 10.4.4 login fix.

Also, include the ICH8 support and GMA950 (not sure tif the gma950 is needed, but it didn't hurt).

Try it w/out the ATI X1X000 patch, I'm not sure, but it may boot up after the install with the basic graphics support you are talking about and then you can install Natit or something else.

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To be honest i have yet to make a backup of my system so i cant help ya there i should do that sumtime, just too lazy i have all the files i need backed up on my external for now. jas has a 10.4.9 release out now? ill have to give it a shot. i however am using the one from Loki.

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xplizid, where does one get Loki's version?? Thanks

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they are both on demonoid. just search loki or jas. i recieved a kernel panic with the jas update last nite. i will continue using to see if any further issues arise. nor sure why but it says my processor is 1.6mhz intel core 2 duo it mentions the conroe 6400 correctly but its 2.13 mhz, thats on lokis havent checked on what it mentions on jas.





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