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What's up. Posting this topic in order to obtain further information on running OSx86 on Xeon platforms.

Not much info other than I have not been successful in booting up OSx86 at all.
I constantly get kernel panics. These are some screens of my attempts at running this with various commands:
http://www.geocities.../panic_acpi.gif
http://www.geocities...panic_x86pc.gif
http://www.geocities...ie/panicx86.gif

I have tried running it with the following: -x -v acpi=off platform=X86PC
Nothing works so far.

I'm running on a dual Xeon 2.0Ghz Prestonia with sse2 and HT on a Asus PCDL Deluxe board, Intel 875p chipset. 1gb ram.

Some people from the irc chan have also said they cannot run it on a Xeon CPU.
If anyone else has the same problem or if anyone is able to run it please post your screenshots, system specs, and your methods here!

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Hi.

I succeded running OSX on my Dual 1.7Ghz Xeon SSE2 (HP X4000).

It's slow (only 128Mb RAM) and buggy but it works.

I Just used dd.exe to clone the vmware image from my windows HD to an other HD, and applied the SSE3->SSE2 patch.

I have a Radeon 9800 pro, i need to set the computer bios to 16Mb VRAM only to do a normal boot.

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DP533S, 2x2.8GHz Xeons @ 533MHz FSB, 2GB PC2700, Ti4600 -- pure panic :)

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I have an IWill DH800 board running dual Xeons @ 2.8Ghz (Nocona processors- 800FSB, SSE3). Graphics are Radeon 9500

Works fine. Built-in NIC works. OS X states number of CPUs as 2. I should check the graph but I assume it would list 4 threads as I have hyperthreading enabled. Haven't tested sound.

DD'ed the deadmoo image.

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I'm running on a dual Xeon 2.0Ghz Prestonia with sse2 and HT on a Asus PCDL Deluxe board, Intel 875p chipset. 1gb ram.

I have the same mobo running 2.8 GHz Xeons and have exactly the same problem in VMWare. Really, really annoying. Works fine on my P4 1.7GHz machine, though, so I have been able to play with it...

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Hmm, seems like the chipset doesn't have much to do with it
running or not cuz some of us can run on Intel 875P and some cannot.

Well I managed to get a little further than the panic using the -f switch,
but not further than some loading. Screenshot of loading: http://www.geocities...harlie/load.gif

But system halts on some type of I/O error:
"SAM Multimedia: READ or WRITE failed, ASC = 0x24, ASCQ = 0x00"
http://www.geocities...harlie/halt.gif
Looks like it could be a prob with the hd img.

Just curious to the people that could not get it to work,
were you using VMWare at the time?
It seems like the people that got it running did it natively.
I myself am running it through vmware, which could be the prob.

So to everyone that got the panics try to use -f and -v
and see how far you get on that load and post results.

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So to everyone that got the panics try to use -f and -v
and see how far you get on that load and post results.

Just tried that and I got further too. I removed everything except hard disk and memory from the VMWare machine config, and in the VMWare BIOS setup (F2 on boot) I disabled the floppy drive, serial ports, and parallel port to minimize device issues.

Upon starting with "-f -v" I got a TON (several pages) of "Loading HFS+ file: xxxxx" messages, then the graphics mode changed and some more stuff happened, with processing terminating with the error shown in the attached pic.

Not sure if this is progress...

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Hey guys i managed to get native to work on my xeon platform, here are my specs:

NCCH-DL, 2x Xeon 2.8 (Nocona)
1gb DDR400
PNY quadro 750xgl

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Yea it seems like when run in vmware it runs into some type of hd i/o errors.
Everyone that gets it going does it via native boot. perhaps vmware just doesn't
handle smp or ht correctly or something not sure. I guess you guys are
better off trying to dd or clone your image onto a spare hd. I can't do that right
now cuz im strapped for hd space. probably when I get a dvd burner and free
up some space ill be able to do that.

If anyone running on a Xeon actually gets this to go on a vm machine please post
some pics and your method of getting it going.

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Ok, trying to repleace the kernel using 'maxxuss' instructions, however i cannot seem to access the cd drive. does anyone know the dev name for the cdrom under darwin?

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cd under OS X: /dev/disk1s1

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Worked under WMware for me using the deadmoo image.

I had to boot safe mode, I think.

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Please, report more of your experiences with Xeons in terms of speed and stability. Those that have double Xeons, does OSXx86 recognizes both CPUs? Those applications that are optimized for multiple CPUs ( like Photoshop, Final Cut, Mathematica and many others ) really use the 2nd processor and work fast?

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Trying to boot natively on:
ASUS PC-DL
2x Prestonia 2Ghz
1 Gb DDR 333

with hard disk attached alone on primary IDE channel
doesn't work with options "-f -v -x"

The screen scrolls by with a bunch of "Loading..." messages and then
gives this error:

"BSD root: disk0s1, major 14, minor 1
Load of /sbin/launchd, errno 86, trying /sbin/mach_init
Load of /sbin/launchd failed, errno 86"

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The screen scrolls by with a bunch of "Loading..." messages and then
gives this error:

"BSD root: disk0s1, major 14, minor 1
  Load of /sbin/launchd, errno 86, trying /sbin/mach_init
  Load of /sbin/launchd failed, errno 86"

The kernel loaded somehow, but it wasn't able to mount the root filesystem - it didn't find the Launch Daemon, nor (apparently) could it find the Mach kernel. Or else it mounted the filesystem but neither of those was in there, which is far less likely.

Now why that happened, is anybody's guess ...

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I attached the exact same laptop hard disk from PC-DL system
to my Dell D610 and it loads and runs like greased lightning
without even using safe mode.

Look at the attached image for a screenshot.

Specs for the Dell D610 are in the image but I'll give it here again:
Pentium M 1.86 Ghz
1 GB DDR2 RAM
Intel 915GM graphics
AC '97 sound
Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel PRO 2200BG Wireless
Intel 82801 USB 2.0

Everything seems to work but my USB mouse and the network.
I suspected Broadcom Gigabit would give problems.
There might be a chance the wireless will work.
If it can't connect to the network, it's useless to me.

It looks like there really is a genuine problem with Intel Xeon Prestonia
chips then.

I'll try to source at least one Nocona Xeon to get the greased lightning
effect on my workstation.

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Any news here? Someon successful with Asus PCDL?

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Just for the record:
VMware doesnt handle HFS+ correctly so using patched iso as cd will fail.
Release 1 seems to break platform=X86PC/ACPI.

Those trying in VMware should try to burn the cd and mount the station in VMware or try it native.

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I tried everything myself, same setup Asus PC-DL deluxe with 2 x 2GHZ Xeon Prestonias. Tried it with HT on and off, ACPI on and off etc etc etc tried everything and didn't get anywhere with it. I have no idea what it could be but when I tried it with HT off and a platform command I think I got an error that said unsupported CPU or something like that....

Eitherway, I guess it doesn't matter since I'm replacing my dual xeon rig with a dual opteron one.

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Here almost everything works.
: Dell sc1420 with 3Ghz Nocona, 1.5GB RAM, Radeon x700 512MB.

I need to manually start dock.app and some of the menu items, to get in touch with the desktop and such. Without starting these I have only contact with finder trough the finderwindows.

There is a few irritating bugs though, Safari is repeting this message while trying to use autocomplete or something:
A keychain cannot be found to store "kite."
...as example.
(options shown is: Cansel/Reset to Defaults)

There is no response when I trying to:
Force Quit
Sleep
Restart
Turn off

Cannot get in to loginitems, there is a funny message though:
"You cannot change login items because Login items"

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