outZider--thank you for getting all this info together! I have a plain x61, there were only a few things I have a few additional notes for:
Kalyway's 10.5.1 image
Kalyway's 10.5.2 Combo Updater
Kalyway's 10.5.2 Kernel Pack
Leopard Graphics Update package
All the same here. (I have 4 real Mac systems so I did not bother with an extra copy of Leopard.)
Before installing, I went to BIOS and disabled AMT and switched SATA to Compatibility mode. I also had all power management features turned off in BIOS although I suspect this would not have caused a problem.
To install, burn a DVD image, and reboot into the installer. No options are required on first boot. When configuring your installation, install the vanilla kernel and ACPI PS2 fix, as well as the correct boot loader for your machine. May I recommend at this time that you attempt to format your drive to GUID -- it helps in the long run. If you're preserving your Rescue and Repair partition and your Vista install, you're SOL -- go MBR. Once the installer has finished, the system will reboot, and give you 5 seconds to hit a key. Do so, and type "-x" without the quotes. This will boot your machine in safe mode, preventing issues with the X3100 card. Do the post installation process, and you'll be at your desktop!
did not work on my system, the post install went into a loop at the "do you already own a mac" section, bumping me back to the start. However, booting with
"Graphics Mode"="640x480x32" -x
worked fine. Make sure both sides of the equals mark are quoted and to append the -x without quotes. It is butt-ugly and it does skip
performing post-install but it works. You need to do the setup directly once logged in--I suggest waiting until fully done with the installation. You do not "lose" anything by skipping the post-install.
A note about the initial installer to newbs like me: select both the vanilla kernel and ACPI PS2 fix and do NOT select SSE2. x61 is an SSE3 machine (I thought it just meant having SSE2 support the first go-round.) I left the drivers unselected.
Pop in a USB key or burned CD containing your Combo Updater and Kernel Pack. Copy them to your drive. Run the 10.5.2 Combo Updater installation. Reboot again, with the -x option once more, and then install the Kernel Pack, using the vanilla kernel. Reboot again with -x, and install the Leopard Graphics Update. If you don't have it, you can use Apple Software Update and download the package manually, as long as you have a working wireless card (see below). When the installer completes, go to /System/Library/Extensions, remove AppleIntelGMA950* and AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext by moving them to a backup folder or removing entirely. Reboot once more, without the -x, and you should have a fully functional desktop.
Here again, use "Graphics Mode"="640x480x32" -x instead of just -x. I did NOT remove the drivers referenced at the bottom. When you boot up that last time, you should be able to run everything normally and do the rest of your set-up.
The battery meter and power profiles work perfectly, as long as you add keithpk/jaro12345's Power Management bundle for Leopard. Go to the thread to download the bundle, and copy it to /System/Library/SystemConfiguration. chmod -R 755 it, and chown -R 0:0 it, and reboot, and you should be set. One note is that if you did use the Kalyway installer as above, you may have to make a small change in your ACPI kext. Check the thread linked above, it has this little tidbit:
Again, for newbs like me: the simplest way to make the edit is to go to Finder -> Go -> Go to Folder. This allows you to get "inside" the .kext the easiest. The Info.plist file can be edited just in TextEdit, but you have to first make both the Contents directory and Info.plist writable. The simplest way is to highlight the file, go to Finder->File->Get Info and change the setting at the bottom. You must change these back (and make sure the file ownership is correctly set to root, group is wheel.)
I had a similar issue with graphics corruption as reported somewhere in the thread: the following morning from the initial install when I started up normally, I got the grey Apple logo with the spinner but just after it had passed to the sky blue of the login screen, the graphics broke. The display was essentially blue and black boxes in shifting columns. The external monitor trick did not work for me but I was able to just boot up once in safe mode (-x) and then reboot normally. I think
this may have been caused by setting the display refresh rate to 60Hz instead of the default 50Hz. I will tinker a bit more and report if I can confirm this.
The only other thing I am still working on is Ethernet. I actually have one of the Apple USB Ethernet connectors but it does not seem to work. I can see the device correctly recognised in System Profiler but I cannot get it picked up through Network. I will play around with ifconfig and see if I can get it to run that way. I tried the third-party driver (sensible solutions or something?) which allowed the device to be recognised but it kept complaining about the cable not being connected (and it was causing all sorts of collisions) so I reverted that.