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NevadaDave

NevadaDave

Member Since 11 Feb 2007
Offline Last Active Mar 09 2012 11:45 PM
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D620 10.5.2 Kalyway DVD won't play

08 March 2012 - 05:47 AM

I recently got 10.5.2 running on a Dell D620 with the Intel 945 graphics chipset. After fiddling with some kexts, I found ones that gave me a nice clean display. I can play video on some websites, but I can't play a DVD in either DVDplayer or VLC 2.0. DVDPlayer gives a "video output device not found" message right when you launch it, and VLC will recognize the disc in the drive, but if you try to play, you get a a window with a black screen for a couple of seconds, then the window closes (leaving the VLC main window open) and no error messages.
The only thing I was able to find online so far is something about "rpc2" drives not compatible with VLC, but I don't know how to check for that (looking up my drive model online did not list that anywhere). The drive works just fine in XP, and in OSX it reads data no problem.
Any suggestions?
Also - will Firefox for OSX run Flash? I get some websites that display the "plug-in needed to display content" but when I click to install, I'm told that there are no plugins available.

Wireless success (mostly) with Panda USB

01 March 2012 - 09:55 PM

I have a partially working 10.4.6 install on a Dell D620. Since, apparently, OSX hates Intel wireless hardware, I bought a Panda USB wifi dongle from Amazon, made by Ralink. I tried installing the drivers that came on the min-CD, but kept getting errors. I then went to the Ralink website to get updated drivers. they listed one package for OSX 10.4, so I downloaded that (BTW - downloaded using Win XP, since I have no network connection at all when in OSX - the Broadcom etherenet refuses to work, no matter what I've done). I then booted up OSX, dragged the downloaded file from my XP drive onto the desktop, duoble-clicked the .dmg file and it put a nice little icon on the desktop. I opened that, selected the 10.4 folder, started the installer - it ran! I then re-booted as requested, but still no wireless Grrrrr!
I stated searcing some more, because the system profiler clearly showed the dongle attached to USB, and recognized it as a wireless device. I also noted that the Product ID was 0x3070.
Back to the internet in XP - found this website: http://www.wireless-...ivers-software/ which has drivers listed, one of which has 307x in the title. OK, let's try that!
5 minutes later, it is installed, and glorosky! I can now connect to the internet!
However - the USB dongle shows up as "built-in ethernet", not a wireless adapter. Why is this? Is it a driver issue? Is there a problem with this configuration?
Finally - any ideas on getting the Broadcom 9221 chipset working?

I really need help with D620 sound/kernel panic

29 February 2012 - 12:49 AM

I have installed a JaS 10.4.6 DVD multiple times in th past few days in an effort to resolve the lack of sound in my Dell D620. I made a codec dump, using Linux, of the Sigmatel sound card on mysystem, ran the Apple HDA patcher with that codec text, and every time I try to use it, I get a kernal panic at reboot, and the only way I know of to recover is to re-install the OSX system. This is very time-consuming and frustrating.
FWIW, Ubuntu 11.04 installs and runs with the onboard sound with no problems (as does Win XP - I have a triple-boot setup right now).
When I select the Mac OS in GRUB, it always starts in verbose mode, and I cannot seem to change that.
AT any rate - what specific information can I post that would help someone tell me how to recover from this situation? All I can see is that the panic seems to be cause by the AppleHDAController, and obviously it was the result of me trying to patch the AppleHDA kext with my codec information.
So far, I've asked 4 questions about sound/installation issues on this website, and received no answers. Is this because the problems I'm having are unusual, or are a bunch of wizards on vacation? ;-)

Noob question about Darwin

27 February 2012 - 06:57 PM

I installed 10.4.6 on my D620, using an old Jas DVD. I use Acronis boot selector, and when I select OSX for boot, I either get just a quick flash of the Darwin boot screen, or the screen will show Darwin booting up, but with no opportunity to press F8 for options. I have tried pressing F8 at various times in the boot process, but the system just goes to the gray Apple screen no matter what. I am assuming there must be some way to tell Darwin to wait at the screen where it asks for boot options, but I don't know how. Any help?

Lexicon Alpha doesn't show up as audio device

26 February 2012 - 11:02 PM

I have 10.4.6 on a Dell D620. S far, no audio (after repeated attempts to get the Sigmatel chipset working) so I thought I'd try my Lexicon Alpha as audio I/O. Software installed OK, but the Alpha does not show up as an audio device. If I run the system profiler, the Alpha shows up on the USB bus, but that's it. If I run Audio MIDI setup, I show an "Aggregate Device" (whatever that is) but nothing else.
I'm stuck - any ideas?
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