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#2100132 G73SW - 10.9 Install

Posted by ellnic on 03 January 2015 - 11:02 AM

I wouldn't get too disheartened about USB 3. Mine worked when it felt like it. Which was never when I needed it most. From the sounds of it, you have most the main things working. For this model, I would be pretty pleased with that. We'll discount backlit keys and Ethernet as that looks like a hardware fault. The problem that I found is that there are apparently a ton of sub revisions for these laptops and the little differences cause the same kexts to work for one person and not for others. Problem items are audio, backlit keys and USB 3 and battery - maybe more. I've even heard of people with apparently identical hardware and the same kexts just don't work. For no reason. The sub never works. Even in windows. Or at least, not at the same time as the stereo speakers. Instead of letting the bios handle the woofer and backlit keys, Asus let that be handled by drivers. This is where the problem comes in. The modded bios Jeff posted is for using with a vanilla AICPM kext. If you a...

#2006743 G73SW - 10.9 Install

Posted by ellnic on 23 March 2014 - 12:17 AM

what type of soldering iron did you use and did you use 15watts or 30watts?Glad to hear that you are up and running! Don't use a soldering iron that just quotes wattage. You'll have no control over temperature and you'll end up kicking yourself when you damage something. Irons that are cheap and just go by wattage could be out by a variance of up to 40c! Pick up a cheap iron that has temperature control like the Hakko 936 or it's Chinese clone the Yihua 936 (you can see how they compare here: http://m.youtube.com...h?v=TP0etU7mTwU if you want a newer Hakko get the FX-888) and set to 370-380c, use a spade tip (to get heat on the chip and the board) and plenty of flux - try a no clean flux pen or you will need to use flux off to prevent board corrosion. Also, get solder with rosin core, at a width of .4mm. Success every time. :-) Edit: forgot to mention above (although the guy does mention it in the vid) that if you get the Yihua, it will need initial calibration.

#1966410 G73SW - 10.9 Install

Posted by ellnic on 11 November 2013 - 01:33 AM

Nice one Jeff, I have been away on business the last few days but will try the updated kexts when I get back tomorrow. Do you have the ability to change backlit levels with the modified DSDT? Glad it's working for you youngwake. :-D

#1918920 G73SW ML 10.8.2 Install

Posted by ellnic on 30 May 2013 - 07:04 PM

Nice one. The way you have added the boot flag does the same as the way I did it, either is good. The first step you mentioned is to do with getting HDMI audio out to work. Can you confirm if yours is working? The display override is purely cosmetic and is just so the display pref pane says there is an Asus display connected. If you are getting 0 substitutions when using the perl script, I wouldn't worry as long as everything is working. I believe the script is used to enable openCL. Delete the S/L/Cache folder every time you make changes to S/L/E, or your system may load a cached copy of a previous kext and cause problems. The cache folder is recreated by the OS on each boot so don't worry about binning it. You have a 750GB HDD like me, so you needed to use the boot1h fix- this only needs to be done again if you format the drive, the file is not specific to the chameleon version so it does not need doing after an update. Glad you got your trackpad sorted! How...

#1916192 G73SW ML 10.8.2 Install

Posted by ellnic on 19 May 2013 - 08:57 AM

Nvidia have released 10.8.3 Drivers for OS X. Go to: http://www.nvidia.co...f03-driver.html Now for some reason Nvidia have chosen to have a dual display driver setup in their latest release. It is VERY important that you do not entirely replace the kexts with the ones they provide or it won't work. At least it didn't for me. I also could not get their new pref pane to work - I welcome suggestions to get it working. With Nvidia's new kexts, you will notice that 8 of the kexts have Web on the end of the file name - do NOT rename these. They sit along side the OS X ones. The goal is to be able to switch between them on a real Mac. When a real Mac uses the pref pane, it writes "nvda_drv=1" to the NVRAM and loads the Nvidia drivers instead. In this respect, the pref pane will never work - but we can manually mimic this by using the same boot flag in Chameleon. Reasons why you would want to do this: Freezing Open CL (Does your screensaver come on in 10.8.3 and take...

#1898206 G73SW ML 10.8.2 Install

Posted by ellnic on 18 March 2013 - 10:40 AM

The sleep issues are entirely centered around the Nvidia Kexts, which I believe have been updated in 10.8.3 - which, has just been released... Hopefully Jeff will have some good news for us soon :D

#1876460 G73SW ML 10.8.2 Install

Posted by ellnic on 29 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

Wow, you guys look like you are really onto something :D I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and here's to a fantastic 2013 :D

#1874680 G73SW ML 10.8.2 Install

Posted by ellnic on 20 December 2012 - 10:12 AM

I don't agree with thinking that backlit kbd is managed by drivers.. Except for the couple iowmi and ioacpixxxx Unfortunately, that is exactly what controls it. Do a fresh install of Windows 7 and don't put any drivers in = no backlit keys. This is not just a Mac OS thing. Until you install the correct drivers in Windows, or the correct kext in Mac OS, you cannot get backlit keys. Those of you who experience a breif flash of light when the machine is turned on, don't get all excited. All this is, is the BIOS testing the keyboard. After this, the control is handed to the OS. What would be good is if Asus released a BIOS update so the backlit was handled by the BIOS independantly of the OS. Then the problem would be solved!

#1862298 G73SW ML 10.8.2 Install

Posted by ellnic on 22 October 2012 - 03:16 PM

Got it! The one mal linked to was for 10.8.2. I lose audio in 10.8.2 so I haven't got that far yet, but for those on 10.8.1 you want this file: http://www.nvidia.co...f20-driver.html If you don't change your SMBIOS.plist to Mac Pro, you will need to follow this: Download the file and mount the dmg. Drag the installer package to the desktop so you can make changes to it. Right click on the installer package (304.00.00f20 Web Release) and click Show Package Contents. Go to Contents then open Distribution.dist in text edit. Remove this code: if (found_hardware == 0) { my.result.title = system.localizedString("unsupported_title"); my.result.message = system.localizedString("unsupported_message"); my.result.type = "Fatal";} Save the file and run the installer. AFTER INSTALL (REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU INSTALLED) - VERY IMPORTANT!! Open terminal and repair permissions: sudo diskutil repairpermissions / You will notice all the repairs are f...
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