I have recently received a gift from a friend - his old hp dv-2154ca and I was surprised and happy that it has Intel Core 3-330m cpu, so I decided to release another hackintosh for my family use. I prepared a bootable usb with the orfficial Mavericks install application and chameleon bootloader. Unfortunately right after the kext loading I got to a black screen after what the notebook reboted and started booting from the USB again. Later, I decided to give another bootloader a try and another approach for making the usb installation drive. So I have used myHack as well as UniB..st (I do not know is it OK to use the name here as it might be considered as restricted advertising, however you can guess what was it.). Well I got exactly the same problem - loading kexts after what the notebook reboots with no kernel panics, no error messages nor nothing.
Decided that it might be because of the usb drive, so tried with 8, 16 and 32GB flash drives from different companies with all available approaches to create a bootable usb. None of them worked as expected so I cannot even pass to the stage of hardware recognition. The rebooting is fast and no messages can be read, so I had to take my camera and record a video so to find out at what stage the computer reboots. So far the last messages I can see before the reboot are as follows:
Manufacturer Part Number: WA689UAR#ABA
Brand Name: HP
Product Line: Pavilion
Product Series: dv4-2100
Product Model: dv4-2154ca WA689UAR
Product Name: Pavilion dv4-2154ca WA689UAR Notebook
Product Type: Notebook
Processor Manufacturer: Intel
Processor Type: Core i3
Processor Model: i3-330M
Processor Speed: 2.13 GHz
Processor Core: Dual-core (2 Core)
Cache: 3 MB
64-bit Processing: Yes
Standard Memory: 4 GB
Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
Number of Total Memory Slots: 2
Hard Drive Capacity: 500 GB
Optical Drive Type: DVD-Writer
Screen Size: 14.1"
Display Screen Type: Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Display Screen Technology: BrightView
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Screen Mode: WXGA
Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800
Graphics Controller Manufacturer: Intel
Graphics Controller Model: Graphics Media Accelerator HD
Graphics Memory Capacity: Up to 1.65 GB
Ethernet Technology: Fast Ethernet
Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE 802.11n
Total Number of USB Ports: 3
eSATA/USB Combo: Yes
Pointing Device Type: TouchPad
Number of Cells: 6-cell
As you can see in the box we are talking about Core 3 i3-330m (code name Arrandale) with Intel HD Graphics (First generation) built into the chip. No additional video cards are present.
At first I thought that it is a problem of the video card and deleted all AppleIntelHD* files from /S/L/E of the USB installation stick. Booted with: -v cpus=1 busratio=16 (that is for Arrandale) graphicsenabler=no -f . Well I wish I could say that this worked, but it gave me no changes at all. Also tried to replace the AppleIntelHD* kexts with another that have worked and enabled full QE/CI for many people in this board. Used graphicsenabler=yes with cpu and busratio options, in combination with everything I could think of (npci=0x3000 , pcirootuid=1/0 etc.) well stil nothing.
On the next day of my journey I have found a topic in Internet were a visitor had different notebook but similar problems with my video card (only) and my cpu. So far I understood from that topic that it might be a bad combination of CPU & Kernel. Considering the fact that CPU & GPU are all together it is only making it more difficult for me to troubleshoot, but I decided to not give up without a fight.
I went to an earlier version of Mac OS X using iAtkos, iDeneb, Niresh and many others I have found in Internet. None of them worked my way to the installer as minimum.
Posted here in another topic where the discussion is aboout Intel HD Graphics, however was advised from a member that this looks not as a graphic device problem so I decided to open a new topic so if anyone have similar or the same configuration to use it as a know-how (if we can manage to solve the problem together).
I have also tried to put Macbook pro 6.1 ioreg but it gave me nothing. Started thinking again and I realized that I did not checked the BIOS for updates. There was one, so I did updated it and set the default values (not that there are any things to set but the boot order and the cooling fan latency). Tried to boot again, nothing.
Going back to reading I discovered a topic, where a user stated that with Snow Leopard it was easy to escape from such problem by just deleting the *IntelHD* kexts. That made me think that at the time of testing SL I did not knew about the trick with the kext deletion so now I am buildinig SL usb and will report did it work or not.
So this is almost the end of my story (for now) and it took me one entire night and day to troubleshoot and read thousands of posts and instruction pages. If anyone have the skills and knowledge to help, I am willing to donate a few bucks as a matter of appreciation (and I am serious about it!)
So if there are any files you would need, feel free to ask me and I can provide them. For now I have a patched version of the frame buffer kext where I downloaded the GPU info under linux and patched the original untouched kext, Also I extracted ny DSDT information however I am not finding any information about patches (what and where from) so I am unable to build dsdt.aml .
So far this is the entire story but the questions are stil there and are looking for somebody to point to an idea/trick etc.
Thanks everyone in advance for the support. Without you guys, I would never have had Lenovo y580 notebook fully working (with external wireless usb dongle) nor a 100% QE/CI P5g45m-LE with Nvidia GT220. Hopefully someone can help me turn this machine into one more Mac Drive as I am really tired of working in Windows, but Linux is OK but lacks tons of applications that I need and use. Hope I did not miss anything in the info and tries as they were so many and still keep on trying