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Matt K.

Matt K.

Member Since 01 Jul 2009
Offline Last Active Dec 17 2010 05:46 PM
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Just how important is QE/CI?

19 August 2010 - 05:44 PM

When I first got my new laptop, an Acer Aspire 5532, I rushed out to download the latest iDeneb release and installed. This was Mac OS 10.5.5, I believe, and it was a total disaster. My internal wireless card didn't work at all, and everything I tried just seemed to make it worse. I tried to use two different USB wireless adapters, which also didn't work. Then there was my graphics card, which I played around with for a long time and finally managed to get native 1366x768 screen resolution with, but never QE/CI. Audio failed for me with the Apple Azalea drivers, but before I could play around with that anymore, I gave up and went back to Ubuntu.

Now, about six months later, I've been hearing great things about Snow Leopard and its relationship with Hackintosh. I've been doing my research and seen some apparent improvements. According to forum posts, VoodooHDA now supports my sound card, albeit with the occasional bug and without internal mic access. It's still possible to get full screen resolution in Snow Leopard, and it's also still impossible to get QE/CI. The reports on my wireless card have been considerably more varied and less helpful, but it seems at least some people have had successes with it.

So here's what I need, if any kind souls can answer my questions or point me in the right direction:

  • Just how important is QE/CI to the system? I mean, can I still run Photoshop, InDesign, and maybe some iPhone game development software without it? Can I still watch movies and listen to music (locally and online) without it? For god's sake, can I even see the screensaver without it?!
  • I need a reliable Atheros AR5B93 kext, and preferably some firsthand experience using that wireless chipset in OS X. In fact, if anyone's tried OS X on this laptop or with this kind of hardware before, I'd love to hear from you.
  • At this moment in time, is it possible to dual-boot with a Snow Leopard Hackintosh partition and Windows 7? Then I could use OS X most of the time, but I'd still have the option for Windows if I wanted to play a game or something...awesome...

Dell Optiplex GX520

13 March 2010 - 04:59 PM

Okay, I've recently acquired a refurbished GX520 as my "summer project computer." It has surprisingly workable specs for such an old machine, but I also bought an internal DVD drive to replace the built-in combo drive; another gig of memory; a USB wireless adapter confirmed to work with OSx86 in the wiki; and a new GeForce 9400 video card (512M). The computer came with no OS installed and, as you can probably tell by now, my goal is to install Leopard 10.5.8. I've found an excellent Kalyway guide here, which details how to get all the out-of-the-box hardware working and update all the way to 10.5.5. With that in mind, here are my questions:

1) Does the information in this guide also apply to iDeneb? I have an iDeneb 1.4 DVD that installs 10.5.6 out-of-the-box, and it does have all the drivers and stuff suggested in the tutorial.

2) Is it possible to update to 10.5.8? I'm looking for details on iDeneb mostly (something like an iDeneb combo update would be great!), but info on updating Kalyway would be appreciated too if I decide to go that route.

3) As for my upgrades... do I install everything before I install OS X, or do I install OSX, get all the vanilla hardware working, and then install my new hardware one by one? Obviously, I'm going to have to swap in the DVD drive before I can install OSX, so I'm asking your thoughts on the video card and memory mainly.

Thanks for any help you can provide! I'm excited to begin :D

Acer Nplify on Leopard

10 January 2010 - 10:20 AM

I've just done a pretty basic iDeneb install on my new laptop. Voodoo kernel, seatbelt fix, and the default options were all I selected. As soon as I had it up and working, I tried following the Atheros tutorial from this forum to get my wifi up and running. Needless to say, it does not - I copied over the IO80211Family.kext, fixed the permissions and enabled it, but nothing happens when I launch my Network preferences.

Is there any way to get my built-in wireless working? It's an Atheros AR5B93 and listed as "Acer Invilink Nplify 802.11b/g/Draft-N". Please help me out here - I've gotten myself into a bit of a mess.

A Few Driver Questions

10 January 2010 - 03:23 AM

Hey, I installed 10.5.6 on my Acer Aspire laptop a few hours ago. I was told to install without selecting anything other than the Voodoo kernel and the seatbelt fix, so that's what I did. Now I have a Leopard install in which I can do basic stuff - like type, or click on things - but I don't have (in order of priority) wireless, graphics, audio, Ethernet, or my built-in card reader working.

Here's the information provided by Acer for my hardware:

Wireless: Atheros AR5B93 Wireless Network Adapter (code-named Acer Nplify).

Graphics: For the display, it uses a generic ATI VGA Driver. My graphics card is an ATI Radeon HD 3200.

Audio: I have Realtek integrated audio, using the "Realtek Audio Driver 6.0.1.5837" driver for Windows. Sorry I can't provide more information than that :(

Ethernet: Atheros AR8132 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller.

Card Reader: Also by Realtek. For windows, it uses the "Realtek Card Reader Driver 6.0.600.20125".

I don't know what to do now. Do I download kexts? Do I have to compile my own ... and how would I do that? Please please please help me any way you can ... my Windows partition seems to be corrupted and I need help. Thanks guys!!

iDeneb v1.4 Boot Problems

09 January 2010 - 09:28 PM

Alright, I know my laptop is compatible with Hackintosh. It has SSE3 and everything. I tried booting from my iDeneb v1.4 DVD this morning, and it seemed to be taking a very long time just sitting at the white Apple screen. No spinning wheel or anything; it was just the apple. So I rebooted with verbose mode turned on, and it stalled here:

npvhash=4095
hi mem tramps at 0xffe00000
PAE enabled
non-INTEL boot process
Darwin Kernel Version 9.2.0: Sun Mar 2 00:11:08 SCT 2008; made by ToH:xnu-1228/BUILD/obj/RELEASE_I386
standard timeslicing quantum is 10000 us
vm_page_bootstrap: 706467 free pages and 14429 wired pages
mig_table_max_displ = 79
Local APIC version not 0x14 as expected
ACPI CA 20051117 [debug level=0 layer=0]
dsmos: Initializing…
dsmos: Hook and decryption contexts set!
AppleACPICPU: ProcessApicId=0 LocalApicId=0 Enabled
AppleACPICPU: ProcessApicId=1 LocalApicId=0 Disabled
Loading security extension com.apple.nke.applicationfirewall
Loading security extension com.apple.security.seatbelt
calling mpo_policy_init for mb
Seatbelt MACF policy initialized
Security policy loaded: Seatbelt Policy (mb)
Loading security extension com.apple.security.TMSafetyNet
calling mpo_policy_init for TMSafetyNet
Security policy loaded: Safety net for Time Machine (TMSafetyNet)
Copyright © 1982, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

MAC Framework successfully initialized
using 14417 buffer headers and 4096 cluster IO buffer headers
dsmos: Starting…
IOAPIC: Version 0x21 Vectors 0:23


It has been stuck on this screen for the past hour (and counting!) So enlighten me, InsanelyMac users … what do I have to do to make it boot?

Check my sig if you need info about my computer. Thanks in advance :)
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