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SATA Dvd drive spins up randomly?

29 November 2010 - 10:11 PM

Hey guys. I recently installed Snow Leopard on my desktop (ASUS P5QL-Pro motherboard, Q6600 CPU, nVidia 9800GT gpu). Everything works great, except every now and then (like 10 minutes apart), my DVD drive will start to spin up and make noises as if I just inserted a disk... Is there any way I can fix that? This is the guide I used to install OS X: http://www.insanelym...p...aded&start=

Also, this is somewhat unrelated, but I am running a dualboot with Windows 7. Right now I have the Windows 7 bootloader coming up first, and then I can pick from either Windows 7 or OS X. Picking OS X will take me to Chameleon, which lets me boot OS X. This is an easy task usually, but the thing is I used the modified OSInstall.mpkg when I installed OS X so that I could install it on a MBR disk... so there is no EFI partition. What I would like to do is have Chameleon come up first, and be able to boot OS X or Windows 7 (Chameleon is fancier than the Windows bootloader).


Possible to "disable" SATA DVD drive?

17 May 2010 - 10:59 PM

Hey guys. My DVD burner doesn't work at all in OS X (can't burn DVD's, CD's, etc.), but I still keep it in because I have Windows on my machine. Plus, removing it would be a hassle. Is there anyway to disable it completely (OS X can't detect it) through removing certain kext's or something? I'm on a retail install of 10.6.3.


Question regarding Windows 7/Vanilla Snow Leopard dualboot

16 May 2010 - 07:22 PM


First, I must say that I have gotten a successful dual boot working between Windows 7 (64-bit) and OS X Snow Leopard (retail vanilla, uses Chameleon to boot). I achieved this by installing OS X, installing Chameleon 2.0 RC4, installing Windows 7, and then adding an entry for OS X to the Windows bootloader using EasyBCD, all in that order. What would happen is that my computer would turn on, go to the Windows bootloader. From here, I could choose Windows 7 OR Mac OS X. If I chose Windows 7, my computer would boot Windows 7. If I chose Mac OS X, it would take me to the Chameleon bootloader, and from there I could choose to boot Mac OS X OR Windows 7. This type of booting was fine for me, and it all worked. The only problem was that I could not use a Windows 7 activation loader to activate my copy of Windows 7. Now, before everyone goes and accuses me of being a pirate, I am not. I BOUGHT a copy of Windows 7, but since I am constantly upgrading my computer, it is too much of a hassle to have to call Microsoft everytime I upgrade my computer parts (homebuilt PC) to transfer licenses. Using an activation loader is much easier.

So, I have been reading up on the whole dualboot thing, and I have discovered that there is a way to set up my hard drive in a GPT/MBR hybrid. Before, I think my hard drive was setup as PURE GPT. I am only suggesting that because I checked in Disk Utility (OS X) and when I highlighted my hard drive, it said Partition table: GUID. From my assumptions, I am taking a guess that if my hard drive were in a GPT/MBR hybrid, then a Windows 7 activation loader would work? Because basically it just puts a new loader in in place of the old Windows 7 bootloader. This also leads me to another thing: I had a 200MB EFI partition as the first partition in my hard drive, and ANY change I made to the Windows 7 bootloader through EasyBCD would not affect the bootloader. So my guess is the EFI partition was controlling my whole booting sequence.

So basically, what I would like to do is setup a dualboot with Windows 7 and Mac OS X (Snow Leopard), but still be able to use a Windows 7 activation loader. Keep in mind that I need to use Chameleon to boot Snow Leopard, because I have to put some kext's into the "Extra" folder that Chameleon creates. If anyone is wondering, this is the guide I used to install Snow Leopard: http://www.insanelym...howtopic=205045

Thank you SO much in advance for any help that can be offered to me.

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