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In Topic: Laggy Mouse

12 February 2009 - 07:33 AM

Common problem with NVidia G92 chipsets.

You can either reflash your card with the Mac GT8800's image, or delete / disable a kext:


There are a few other threads about this. Search is your friend.

In Topic: Complete Leopard build and Install from Scratch: Gigabyte GA-945GCM-S2L

15 April 2008 - 10:49 PM

I decided that I want two partitions, so I went back and used MeanSizzler's instructions.

Restart worked, but boot time was longer.

I also lost PS2 keyboard functionality, and XBench dropped from 179 to 175.

So now I'm doing KalyWay 10.5.2 with the following options:
Intel NVIDIA VIA ATI HD Audio Controller
Realtek Sigmatel etc ......... Audio Codec

Ok - it's installed. Boot. System update asks if I want a RAW update, so the LAN is working.

PS2 Keyboard / mouse: works
video: all res work / rotate works, core image, quartz extreme
audio line out: works
spdif out: not recognized - only shows HD audio output
LAN: works
sleep: works, wake on double mouse click works, wake from power button works
restart: DOES NOT WORK (hangs on black screen for over 5 minutes)
shut down: works

Applied audio patch from above, restart:
line out: works
spdif out: works

XBench: 178.

Any ideas how I can get restart to work?

Update: I could not get it to boot when hooked up to a projector. I did two things at once - installed the above Graphics update, and plugged in the HDMI cable into the adapter attached to the video card a few seconds after the BEEP during the boot process. I don't know which one fixed it, but after two hours of frustration I'm not about to turn anything off.

I still can't get it to restart.

In Topic: Complete Leopard build and Install from Scratch: Gigabyte GA-945GCM-S2L

15 April 2008 - 06:33 PM

I'm 99% there, only restart does not work (sleep and shut down do), and it won't give me 1920*1200 when running headless.

Finally got a processor yesterday (E6700) and assembled the system:

Prices include shipping and tax and are somewhat rounded.

gigabyte GA-945GCM-S2C $55 at NewEgg
E6700 free (I have an E8300 engineering sample on the way - $90 on eBay)
2GB corsair DDR800 RAM $38 after rebate at NewEgg
ASUS SATA DVD drive $40 from NewEgg
Thermaltake 430W PSU $27 from eBay
OrigenAE X11 HTPC case $100
PNY 7300GT $38 from Compuvest (note that they advertised new, but sent me a used, but working card)
Intel Extreme stock cooler $17
320GB HD free from a dead tivo

Assuming $50 for a HD, and $90 for the processor, total hardware cost was $438, and that's with a great aluminum case. My initial goal was under $400, but I just couldn't go with a fugly case.

Xbenched at 178 @2.66 GHz, and 209 at 3.33 GHz. For whatever reason, it overclocked by default and I had to turn it down.

Using MPlayer, played 1080p mkv files flawlessly. I suspect that it's possible to cobble together a 1080p system for just under $300.

What I did:
step 1: update to the F5 firmware. Quick and painless to get from Gigabyte, unzip, place on thumbdrive, install.
step 2: changed BOIS settings to close to MeanSizzler's - I used the smartfan, and I forget what else.
step 3: decided to experiment and just go for it with KalyWay 10.5.2 (worst case I reformat and follow MeanSizzler)
used the vanilla kernal, nvinject256, and I forget what else (I should have taken notes). I picked the options that looked the closest to MeanSizzler's 10.5.1 instructions.
step 4: applied the network and sound patches as per MeanSizzler.
step 5: harvested the optical out from a dead Tivo and soldered jumpers to plug it into the mobo (works fine). Note that my previous post was in error - the LED requires an additional power lead to be connected, not just the two coax leads.

It appears that everything except restart works (I'm about to try MeanSizzler's other patch fixes).

I've not yet run Software update, and I'm not sure if my circa 1990 Apple Extended Keyboard II will work via a USB - ADB adapter, as the adapter is A.W.O.L. Not an important point, as I don't plan on using a keyboard - screen sharing works perfectly.

A few thoughts -
1080p mkvs look / sound PERFECT
I'm a bit surprised that this worked so well on my very first attempt
screen sharing rules
this worked so well that I'm lurking on eBay to get cheap parts for my next Hackintosh - a silent, water cooled, dual 771 X5355 beast for (I hope) under $1,750.

Finally, to MeanSizzler, Kaly, and countless others who have contributed here, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!! I owe you many beers.

In Topic: Which video card gives best Final Cut Pro / Studio FCS2 performance?

03 April 2008 - 08:27 PM

I have a cheap 7300gt for the HTPC and am leaning towards an 8800GT for the Final Cut box. It did better in the MacPro Final Cut bake-off than the stock ATi card.

I've been reading about some of the cheap dual quad Hackintoshs and my credit card is getting worried.

In Topic: Which video card gives best Final Cut Pro / Studio FCS2 performance?

01 April 2008 - 02:51 AM

I've seen a few bakeoffs with MacPros using the different card configurations, and there was a significant difference in times to complete tasks.

I'm just curios if the difference will be more or less significant when moving from a MacPro to a HackPro.
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