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So I know that each of these things are posted elsewhere, but I figured that after going through the trouble of figuring it all out, i would put it all together. This should result in a 100 % working install

This should be noob proof. If anything is not totally clear, tell me and I will fix it.

I am going to compile a list of common mistakes at the bottom. If you do this and do something dumb that ends up costing you some time, post here and I will add it to the list.

Requirements:
10.5 retail dvd patched using brazilmac (see here). NOTE: when I did this, it went through the entire process, then told me that burning failed because it did not pass verification. I just ignored this and continued on, and it went fine.

thumbdrive (iPods work)

Tested Hardware:
GA P35-DS3P
e6750 Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz
XFX 7600 GT
2*1 GB Corsair XMS2 RAM
Antec Sonata 3
SATA DVD drive
250GB SATA Western Digital hard drive

Results:
working 2 channel audio out (front panel and digital back panel), no 7.1 surround
usb, firewire (sharing internet from an eMac), SATA (not all ports tested, just the first 2, others say it works), IDE, Front panel HD audio and USB, ethernet
DVI -> VGA converter (dual monitors not tested, others say it works), QE/CI, Dell Monitor correctly identified
PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard

on stock clock speeds:
XBench: 156 with disk test, 203 without

Current Setup:
I added 2 GB of Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 RAM
I overclocked: FSB to 400 MHz, CPU at 3.2GHz, RAM at 800 with a 2.0 multiplier

XBench: 179 with the disk test, 273 without the disk test


Credits: i_am...me for his guide on efi, which was used extensively in this.

Begin guide:

************ information ***********************
"cd subDirectory" changes directory (moves to a new folder). "cd .." moves back one

"ls" will show the contents of the directory you are in

if you are typing in terminal and a path name has a space, apostrophe (anything except letters and numbers) then you must put a forward slash before it ( \ ). If you are editing a script ( a .sh file, basically a list of commands stored in a text file) you don't want to put forward slashes

./scriptName will run a script stored in whatever directory you are in. if you want to run a script somewhere else, you must put the entire path name. ( /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Leopard/random\ scripts/dumbhead.sh)

This thread provides useful information on commonly used terminal commands.

i used an ipod for a thumbdrive. a 2GB iPod nano. pretty sweet.

when you download the brazilmac patch, put all files (2 files and 3 folders) into a folder called "brazilmac patch"


the efi / partitioning part of this is based on this: http://forum.insanel...showtopic=73952

brazilmac patch guide here: http://forum.osx86sc...php?f=16&t=2008
this will tell you how to patch the dvd and burn it
-if you go here, ignore the "make it bootable part"

occasionally, things will randomly freeze. It sucks, but wait a while and see if it gets better, and if not, pull the plug and try again.

************** end information ***********************

************** start BIOS changes ********************

Startup, enter BIOS by pressing <delete> when it shows you the full screen logo (otherwise known as the BIOS post screen)

open "Integrated Peripherals".

change "SATA RAID/AHCI Mode" to "AHCI".
change "SATA Port0-3 Native Mode" to "Enabled".

change "onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode" to "AHCI".

press <esc> to go back to the main bios menu

-(don't do the next part if you plan to install 32 bit vista. it is not completely necessary, just eliminates a ton of console and single-user mode error messages)

go to "Power Management Setup"

change "HPET Mode" to "64-bit mode".

press F10 to save and exit.

************** start BIOS changes ********************


*********************** begin pc_efi install guide: ***********************
boot from brazilmac-patched dvd .... takes a while (maybe 15 minutes) ...

- to speed this up, go here (maybe, I didn't do this myself): http://forum.insanel...showtopic=75426

while you are waiting:
-download EFI Pack from http://rapidshare.co...I_Pack.zip.html
-copy EFI Pack and brazilmac patch to thumbdrive (but keep thumbdrive plugged in to the old (working) computer

now that the install dvd has loaded up, choose english and press enter. wait while it is "preparing installation" for about 30 seconds

then go to Utilities -> Disk Utility (it is slow. everything is slow)

choose the hard drive you are installing on

go to the partition tab

choose 1 partition from "Volumes Scheme". Choose 1 partition even if you want more. The beauty of GUID is that you can add and remove partitions, like for other operating systems

choose your name (I chose Mac OS X Leopard)

go to options, choose GUID Partition Table

here is the scary part: click "Apply"

once its done, find the name you chose (Mac OS X Leopard for me) in the sidebar and select it, then click info. write down the Disk Identifier (mine is disk1s2)

**go back to the old computer (let the new one be) and open up EFI.sh on thumbdrive/EFI Pack

change to this: Patch="/Volumes/thumbdrivename/EFI Pack/pc_efi_v80" (change thumbdrivename to the name of your thumbdrive, duh)

find this: EFI="/dev/rdiskXsY" and replace X and Y with what you got from the disk identifier from disk utility on the new computer (so i put /dev/rdisk1s2)

find this: DRIVE="/dev/diskX" and change X to the number you got from disk identifier (so i put /dev/disk1)

now copy brazilmac patch to thumbdrive, open up 9a581PostPatch.sh

change Patch to "/Volumes/thumbdrivename/brazilmac patch/leopatch"

change Leo to "/Volumes/leopardvolumename"

--be smart

now save the files and eject the thumbdrive

**go to new computer

in sidebar of disk utility, click on your volume and click unmount

quit disk utility

now plug the thumbdrive into the new computer

go to Utilities -> Terminal

cd /Volumes <press enter>

cd thumbdrivename <press enter> (put a forward slash [ \ ] before spaces, apostrophes, etc)

cd EFI\ Pack <press enter>

./EFI.sh <press enter>

It should say stuff, but no errors. this is important. read through what it tells you, and make sure there are no errors. if you get something like "file does not exist" then check the path names

if its all good, continue. if not, fix it.

i said "N" to the reboot so i could check for errors. now that there are none:

reboot <press enter>

wait a little while for it to reboot(maybe 3-4 minutes if it appears to freeze and then pull the plug (no harm done, it will still work)

at bios post, choose boot disk (means pressing F12 for me), and choose the volume with leopard on it

if everything is as it should be, you will get this: "System config file 'blahblahblah' not found". This is GOOD! if you get "verifying DMI Pool Data" and it hangs, you are in bad shape. make sure you didn't miss any steps, or screw them up. Use common sense, i MAY have missed something (lol haha). if your good, move on.

*********************** end pc_efi install guide: ***********************

*********************** begin main install guide: ***********************

pull the plug on the new computer to shut it down

startup, boot into dvd, choose english

click continue, agree

choose the right volume, continue

click customize

now deselect as much as you can

click install (starts checking install DVD at 5:27, install begins at 5:31, install succeeds at 5:40 [it guessed 12 minutes])

-this takes a long time, and im bored. sometimes after a while of no input, the screen will stop. moving the mouse makes it refresh.

-cross your fingers, sacrifice small animals, do whatever it takes to make it not freeze.

it will restart, and at this point it may freeze. if it does, give it a few minutes then pull the plug

now boot into the dvd (again ughh....)

chose english, press enter

go to Utilities -> Terminal

cd /Volumes/thumbdrivename/brazilmac\ patch

./9a581PostPatch.sh

I chose "N" on both choices it gave me, so i could check the messages

check all messages. under "Deletinig necessary kernel extensions" i got a few, saying "no such file or directory" this is ok (I only got 5). If you run it a second time, you will get more. basically, this is because it is trying to delete something that is not there (this is just a safety measure

if your good, continue:

reboot <press enter>

-if it freezes, wait 3-4 minutes and pull plug

now your computer may restart automatically, if so, good. if not, just start it up.

at bios post screen, choose boot menu (F12 for me) and choose your leopard boot disk.

-here i hit a problem: gray screen, says i need to restart
- when booting with -v(hit F8 at boot to get boot options, hit "-v <press enter>"), com.apple.driver.AppleEFIRuntime appears to cause problems.
-to solve this, boot into dvd, go to terminal, type this:

cd /Volumes/drivewithleopardinstalled/System/Library/Extensions <press enter>

mv AppleEFIRuntime.kext AppleEFIRuntime.kext.post <press enter>

(if you get an error here then that should mean that it doesn't exist. type "ls <press enter>" and make sure that it really doesn't exist)

reboot <press enter>

this should fix the problem. start up, choose boot menu (F12 for me) and choose the right hard drive. now, it should boot up and you should see the pretty intro video!

*********************** end main install guide ***********************
*********************** begin sound fix: ***********************


find alc889a here: http://rapidshare.co...lc889a.zip.html

-on this thread: http://forum.insanel...o...;p=436207

copy alc889a (which is a folder with 2 folders in it) onto the thumbdrive

boot into dvd

open terminal

cd /Volumes/thumbdrive/alc889a


mv ALCinject.kext /Volumes/DrivewithLeopard/System/Library/Extensions/ALCinject.kext <press enter>

mv AppleHDA.kext /Volumes/DrivewithLeopard/System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext <press enter>

chmod -R 755 /Volumes/DrivewithLeopard/System/Library/Extensions/ALCinject.kext <press enter>

chmod -R 755 /Volumes/DrivewithLeopard/System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext <press enter>

chown -R root:wheel /Volumes/DrivewithLeopard/System/Library/Extensions/ALCinject.kext <press enter>

chown -R root:wheel /Volumes/DrivewithLeopard/System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext <press enter>

rm -R /Volumes/DrivewithLeopard/System/Library/Extensions.kextcache <press enter>

(it says "no such file or directory". ignore that, its ok)

rm -R /Volumes/DrivewithLeopard/System/Library/Extensions.mkext <press enter>

reboot <press enter>

enjoi fully working audio... verify in the Audio Panel that you have fully working audio...

*********************** end sound fix ***********************

*********************** begin dual boot (on a single hard drive) ***********************

obtain a copy of 64-bit Windows Vista (I tested) or 64-bit XP (others say it works), or 32-bit Vista ultimate (and possibly other 32 bit versions...)

open disk utility

click the hard drive you want

click partition

click the main partition (or any partition; you will be taking space from this)

click "+" to divide it into 2 partitions

drag (or type in numbers) to adjust the size of each, and put whatever names you want

click "Apply". this should not erase any data whatsoever. the message it gives you should say this.

-now you have a free partition to install windows (or linux) on. it doesn't matter what formatting it has

reboot into the windows install disk. go through the installation process, and when you choose which drive, pick the partition you created. It will say that you can't install to it (wrong formatting), so erase and format that partition (not the whole drive). Then install onto that drive.

once you are done, you should have a working windows install. however, you can't boot OS X because it doesn't give you a chance. Windows changes something in the boot sector (don't worry). so:

reboot into you Mac OS X install dvd, open disk utility, unmount all partitions on that drive (with OS X and Windows). write down the disk identifier (disk1 or disk0 (or any other number) ). Make sure you check this, as it can change from boot to boot.

start terminal

plug in your thumbdrive, which should still have your "EFI Pack" on it.

cd /Volumes/thumbdrivename <press enter>

cd EFI\ Pack/pc_efi_v80/guid <press enter>

-this next one is the important one

dd if=./boot0 of=/dev/diskX bs=400 count=1 <press enter> -the X is your number (1 for me)

-make sure you got no errors. "Resource Busy" means that you need to unmount ALL partitions from that hard drive. if you still get it, reboot and try again

reboot <press enter> (if it freezes, pull the plug)

as it starts up, hit "Delete" to go into the bios menu, go to "Integrated Peripherals", and enable "Onboard LAN Boot ROM". this will allow your ethernet to work in OS X after using windows. there is a reason why, but it doesn't matter. ask if you want to know...

now boot into OS X!

to boot into windows, mash F8 as OS X is starting up (Right after "Verifying DMI Pool Data.....") and scroll to "Foreign Boot". this is windows.

everything should now work! however, you want more time to choose your os (mashing keys is hard and annoying). so:

open terminal (in the OS):

cd /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration <press enter>
sudo -s <press enter>
<enter password> <press enter>
nano com.apple.Boot.plist <press enter> (I think I got that name and path right. check in finder to make sure it exists, and that the capitalization is right.)
-add:
"<key>Timeout</key>
<string>8</string>"
- at the end, before:
"</dict>
</plist>"
then hit <control-X>, and save.

-this gives you 8 seconds to open the boot menu when mac os x begins to start up, so you have time to choose to boot windows or mac. mac is default.

*********************** end dual boot (on a single hard drive) ***********************

at this point, go ahead and use Software Update to update to 10.5.1 (or later)

TROUBLESHOOTING

"Verifying DMI Pool Data" hang:
-the hard drive is not bootable. This means that you screwed up the pc_efi part. Go back run the EFI Shell script, carefully checking for errors




can't find com.Apple.boot.plist (or something like that): there is something wrong with your installation.
- most likely solution is that you are trying to boot the wrong hard drive (or partition), or that you have not installed leopard yet. Press F8 when the hard drive is booting to make sure that you are choosing the right partition.




Kernel Panic (gray screen of death, it tells you to hold down the power button to restart)
-restart, and as the Hard Drive starts to boot, hit F8 to get boot options. type "-v" and <press enter>. take a picture of the result, and try to figure out what is causing the kernel panic. For me, i had to delete AppleEFIRuntime.kext by booting into the dvd and typing "rm /Volumes/leopardinstallationhere/System/Library/Extensions/AppleEFIRuntime.kext" <press enter>




Sound doesn't work after patch: something is wrong with the way you installed the kexts
- see if System Preferences recognizes outputs. if not: check and see if they are in the Extensions folder, redo the chmod and chown commands, use disk utility to repair permissions, and reboot. If it still doesn't work, re-download the file, and place both kexts into you hard drive (into /). then, (after booting into leopard on your hard drive) type "cd /" <press enter>, and "diff -r AppleHDA.kext /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext" <press enter>. This should ouput any differences between the two. If you copied it correctly, there should be none. i.e. no output. if there is some, use "rm" to delete the kext from the Extensions folder (you may have to boot into the dvd to do this) and re-copy the kexts.




Ethernet broken:
- open bios, go to "Integrated Peripherals", and set "Onboard LAN Boot ROM" to "Enabled". here is a thread that deals with it. windows changes something, and this fixes it. it also adds 20 to 30 seconds to boot time. grrr.




I did something dumb, it will no longer boot. Also, problems with installing efi:
-(don't do this)I booted into the dvd, opened terminal, and typed "fdisk -r /dev/rdisk0", then flag1, update, write. To make a long story short, this writes over the efi section, makes it so that bios cannot boot the drive properly:
*********Fix fdisk-caused problems ********

use disk utility to unmount all partitions on the leopard drive,

check the disk identifier (using "info" in disk utility).

make sure the Disk Identifier is still correct in the EFI script on your thumbdrive.

then go back to terminal and type "cd /Volumes/thumbdrive/EFI\ Pack/pc_efi_v80 <press enter>"

"./EFI.sh <press enter>"

If you get a "/dev/disk0: resource busy": try rebooting into the dvd, going straight to disk utility, unmounting all partitions on that drive, go back to terminal, "cd /Volumes/thumbdrive/EFI Pack/pc_efi_v80/guid <press enter>", "dd if=boot0 <change /dev/disk0 to /dev/disk1 if your disk identifier is 1> of=/dev/disk0 bs=400 count=1 <press enter>"

if everything is good, just type reboot <press enter>

*********end Fix fdisk-caused problems ********


Quicktime is missing codecs for avi, and the sound (or the whole video) won't play:
-download the DivX codec, and the AC3 Audio codec, and the Xvid codec. If you download these three, everything should work just fine. Also, VLC (free download like the codecs) is standalone, but works great. I prefer quicktime's interface.


Overclocking fails randomly (tryes to boot, fails)
-for some reason, the motherboard likes to set certain memory timings to 0 (which is impossible to make), which causes the overclock to fail. to fix this, boot into bios, and press <ctrl-F1>, then go to MB Intelligent Tweaker. Look through the memory timings, and make sure that they are normal. if you don't know what they should be, then make sure that they match the timings that the motherboard thinks they should be (I had a 0 in there that was causing the problem).

BIOS shows overclock, but applications and benchmarks show stock speeds
-power off the computer, and unplug for like a minute. Go back, and redo all overclock settings. Then, save and exit BIOS, and you should be good to go. If it still fails, try going through your BIOS and disabling all settings that deal with reducing clock speeds, voltage, etc.

"Package 0 didn't get an HPET" appears in the console, or in single user:
********Fix Package 0 *************

restart, and press <del> to enter bios,

go to "Power Management Setup"

change "HPET Mode" to "64-bit mode".

press F10 to save and exit.

Note that this HPET solution may cause problems with 32-bit vista.

********End Fix Package 0 *************

Various iLife '08 applications fail (iMovie, GarageBand, iDVD, possibly others)
-Use software update to update the applications. After that, they should work just fine.


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Hey social swimmer,

Does IDE work on this board?

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I have not tried to boot from an ide hard drive, but i can recognize and read files from windows-formatted ide hard drive.

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Well I just wanted to know if a IDE DVD drive worked but no matter, I'll get SATA instead.

By the way social swimmer,

Do you want me to "professionalize" this guide for you (spellcheck, punctuation, bolding, highlighting, etc.) and send you a copy via PM and then you can edit your post and put the edited version there and then it will look professional?

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Well I just wanted to know if a IDE DVD drive worked but no matter, I'll get SATA instead.

By the way social swimmer,

Do you want me to "professionalize" this guide for you (spellcheck, punctuation, bolding, highlighting, etc.) and send you a copy via PM and then you can edit your post and put the edited version there and then it will look professional?


Sure, that would be great!

thank you!

lol i guess i neglected that...

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OK I'm working on it now.I'll PM it to you when I'm doneK I PMed you the edited guide. Good?

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OK I'm working on it now.I'll PM it to you when I'm doneK I PMed you the edited guide. Good?


um, I didn't get it. Do you think that you could re-send it?

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Nice guide. Thanks you for your hard work.
But: Wow, this is a bit complicated...:-)
But im shure ill try.
Hopefully sometimes theres a simple DVD to put in the drive, click install, ready.

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Wow... after four stinkin days of trying to get Leo to work on my system... someone posts a guide on how to do it just after I figured it out myself... it was a good experience though!

Your guide is great BTW, the only thing I did different was use ToH RC2 release and brazilmac's patches, then installed EFI, then vanilla kernel.

Here's a quick rundown of what i did:
1. Installed ToH using this guide: http://www.digitmemo...ot-setup-guide/
2. Booted back into DVD, patched using Brazilmac's patches and the ToH Boot patch
3. Installed EFI from http://forum.osx86sc...php?f=16&t=2520
4. Booted into DVD and removed AppleEFIRuntime.kext (You can probably to this step before installing EFI and save yourself the 20 minute DVD boot time)
5. Installed Vanilla Kexts using this guide: http://www.digitmemo...-in-hackintosh/
6. Installed Audio and Video kexts (I'll update this with links to where I found them if I can find them again)
7. Replaced AppleSMBIOS.kext with the one found in the Digitmemo EFI guide
8. Boo-Ya!! Mac Pro (It still says Hackintosh though)

One last thing, I installed on an MBR partition. I tried the GUID method ad it totally failed for me (Probably my own fault) and I really have no need for changing the size of my partition on the fly.

As for IDE, ToH would not boot in my IDE DVD drive (Had to use my SATA DVD RW) but Brazilmac booted and installed just fine under IDE.

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um, I didn't get it. Do you think that you could re-send it?


Hmm...I sent it but maybe you did't get it.

I have to redo it since I don't have it saved. I'll redo it today.

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I hate you. Why didn't you post this guide 3 days earlier!!! ;) I have the same exact motherboard and installed using brazilmac. I get the verifying DMI pool thing if I don't put the DVD in the drive during boot. I'll have to give this guide a go. Are you able to get a successful shutdown, restart, sleep? Also what options did you change in bios? I choose to only change sata to AHCI mode.

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Are you able to get a successful shutdown, restart, sleep?


With my setup (Almost the same, except I used ToH), Shutdown and Restart needs a little nudge (I have to press the power button) so it doesn't work. Sleep however, works nicely.

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I hate you. Why didn't you post this guide 3 days earlier!!! ;) I have the same exact motherboard and installed using brazilmac. I get the verifying DMI pool thing if I don't put the DVD in the drive during boot. I'll have to give this guide a go. Are you able to get a successful shutdown, restart, sleep? Also what options did you change in bios? I choose to only change sata to AHCI mode.


Hey

This is actually my second time installing leopard on this computer. I did it once, then found the GUID + EFI guide, and decided to wipe the install and start over (I hadn't really done much on it yet). The first time i went through the whole process I kept getting that DMI thing. That was before I did the efi. In fact, I never got EFI to work the first time around. I don't know why it worked the second time, but I think it is either the script (EFI Shell.sh) that I used, or the fact that I used disk utility, not terminal, to unmount the volume before I did the efi install the second time.

The DMI Pool thing means that BIOS cannot recognize the hard drive as a valid bootable hard drive. If you install EFI properly this should work. Did you do that?

I would recommend going through the efi installation steps again. Make sure you dismount the volume first, and make sure all path names are correct. This is the part I am talking about:

once its done, find the name you chose (Mac OS X Leopard for me) in the sidebar and select it, then click info. write down the Disk Identifier (mine is disk1s2)

**go back to the old computer (let the new one be) and open up EFI.sh on thumbdrive/EFI Pack

change to this: Patch="/Volumes/thumbdrivename/EFI Pack/pc_efi_v80" (change thumbdrivename to the name of your thumbdrive, duh)

.....

(until the end of the pc_efi installation section)


About the sleep/shutdown/restart: Sleep works 100%, but shutdown and restart are iffy. Sometimes they work, or sometimes I have to flip the switch (or hold down the power button for 4 seconds)


Good luck!

lol about posting it earlier. I hope you can forgive me! :P

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Hey

This is actually my second time installing leopard on this computer. I did it once, then found the GUID + EFI guide, and decided to wipe the install and start over (I hadn't really done much on it yet). The first time i went through the whole process I kept getting that DMI thing. That was before I did the efi. In fact, I never got EFI to work the first time around. I don't know why it worked the second time, but I think it is either the script (EFI Shell.sh) that I used, or the fact that I used disk utility, not terminal, to unmount the volume before I did the efi install the second time.

The DMI Pool thing means that BIOS cannot recognize the hard drive as a valid bootable hard drive. If you install EFI properly this should work. Did you do that?

I would recommend going through the efi installation steps again. Make sure you dismount the volume first, and make sure all path names are correct. This is the part I am talking about:


About the sleep/shutdown/restart: Sleep works 100%, but shutdown and restart are iffy. Sometimes they work, or sometimes I have to flip the switch (or hold down the power button for 4 seconds)


Good luck!

lol about posting it earlier. I hope you can forgive me! :o


I guess i'll forgive you. :| I tried the install a few days ago by just using brazilmac without EFI. I had no idea what EFI was before I read your guide. I went ahead and formatted out my drive and started over again with your guide. Your guide was great and was very easy to follow. :unsure: The only thing that I did different was during the installation of the audio drivers I used kext helper b7 to install the 2 audio kext files. I now have an installation that boots without a DVD and was able to upgrade to 10.5.1 Thank you for your time and energy.

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perfect timing! just bought my p35-ds3p today! can't wait to get this installed!!!!! :)

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perfect timing! just bought my p35-ds3p today! can't wait to get this installed!!!!! :blink:


You won't be disappointed with the DS3P! Everything works great and rock solid stable, even with a nearly 600Mhz OC on my CPU. The only problem I have is that iDVD hangs when trying to create a DVD with more than one menu, but I heard that this is a widespread problem with Leopard...

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About AFP, I heard from another user that uses the DS3P that AFP doesn't work, you have to use SMB.

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I am also going to get one of these kickass boards. Can't wait till it arrives on Thursday (Or Before :P)

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I have to wait till January or February or maybe even longer to get parts for my new compy :P

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I finally convinced my dad to get me a new PC, Got some pretty good Xmas deals and plus my current Hardware is soooo out of date

Below is my Current Hardware (This will go to my little sisters):

Mobo: Asus P5VDC-X (Excellent Mobo)
CPU: Intel Pentium D 2.66GHZ
GPU: ATI Radeon 9800 (Excellent GFX Card, Even now)
HDD: 160GB Maxtor IDE
DVD: NEC DVDRW Burner (Excellent burner)
RAM: 512mb DDR RAM
OS: Barely usable Windows Vista / Fedora 8

And now my new Hardware (Which is coming real soon):

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz
GPU: Nvidia 7300GT Nvidia 7600GT
HDD: 2 x Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA
DVD: LG GSA-H66NBAL 18X SATA DVD-RW/DL/RAM
RAM: 2 x Kingston 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory

With a Case, PSU, Fans, Wireless Keyboard and Mouse and Shipping Fees total up to 500. Not bad for someone who is on a 500 budget :P
Anyway Ontopic - Thanks for this excellent noob guide. I will be sure to use it once all my hardware arrives :D





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