First of all, I want to express my profound thanks to this community for providing the means to install OSX on commodity hardware. While OSX is a terrific operating system, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to purchase a prefabricated system from Apple.
As a former UNIX systems admin, I have experience putting together x86 desktops/rackmount servers and I did not feel terribly daunted by mucking around with OSx86. So this weekend I began constructing my very first "hackintosh" from brand new hardware based on the specifications and directions included in the Life Hacker articles (first post, second post.) Unfortunately, I've run into some problems that I've been unable to diagnose after searching the wonderfuly detailed Insanely Mac forums.
- Antec Sonata III mid-tower ATX 500w case
- ASUS P5W DH Deluxe
- Intel Core2Duo E4500 2.2 GHz
- NVidia GeForce 7300 GT PCI Express
- Kingston HyperX Dual Channel 800mhz 1gb RAM modules (x2)
- Seagate SATA 320gb harddrive
- Emprex 20x IDE dvdrom +R/RW
- Downloaded KALYWAY archive using bittorrent and burned the ISO to DVD
- Mounted motherboard to case and installed CPU/peripherals, verified all components were detected
- Changed BIOS settings as per Adam Pash's specifications, rebooted with DVD
- Booted into the Leopard installer without problem
- Used Disk Utility to create a Mac Journaled partition in GUID format
- Customized my installation as per Adam Pash's specifications (Vanilla kernel, NVidia desktop drivers, GUID EFI, etc.)
- Proceeded with installation and observed no errors or warnings. Restarted system when prompted by the installer.
- Removed DVD from drive and allowed Darwin/x86 to boot from harddrive without flags or modifiers
When booting, I see the normal startup screen (gray background, Apple logo, and a spinny thing) for approximately 15 seconds. The screen then turns black and shows two cursors in the upper lefthand corner of the monitor. Both cursors are the standard black pointer with a white outline, except the first one doesn't respond to the mouse. The second cursor does respond to the mouse and will sometimes change into a pinwheel if the first or second mouse buttons are clicked. No reboots or dialog boxes occur and I seem to be stuck at this screen indefinitely.
Booting with the -v flag, I find no obvious error or warning messages. The root device, video card, and network adapater are detected just as expected. Using the vanilla bootup option does not change matters either.
- After the BIOS posts, I receive a warning message: "Intel uCode error. Press F1 to continue." According to what I've gathered online, this can be resolved by updating the motherboard's firmware but is otherwise not important.
- Going over Kaly's readme again, I noticed that IDE dvdrom drives are not supported by the JMicron controllers. Believing this could be related to the issue I'm experienced, I've disconnected the dvdrom drive completely and attempted to boot into Leopard. Unfortunately, the same behavior continues.