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About johnmelano

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  1. 10.6 on AMD 1090T?

    Hello, a long time ago I had Leopard 10.5 running nice on a quad core Intel. Some time later, because of budget reasons, I had to replace it with an AMD 1090T on a Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 (rev. 2.1). The few times I tried to load any version of OS X onto it, whether it was 10.5 or 10.6, I couldn't get past the installation screen if that far, and eventually I quit because I didn't have time to keep trying. I assumed that because I had bought an AMD my chances of actually being able to install it and get it working trouble free were slim, so I quit. Now I would like to give it another try, in hopes I can edit in the new FCP X. Do I have a really steep uphill road trying to make it work on my machine? I mean, would it take me hours or days? Because hours is something I have, days, not so much. Can someone please give me a hand, point me to the right downloads and tips? I have the retail Snow Leopard DVD, but obviously I was never able to make it work at all. Oh, I forgot to mention that my video card is a Radeon 4850HD with 1GB of RAM. Thanks
  2. Apple Keyboard driver for Windows

    Hello I just bought the aluminium apple keyboard with numeric pad. I installed Boot Camp with just the keyboard drivers, which enables the function keys to work, but the Windows and Alt keys are still swapped (the Command key works as the Windows key and the Option key as Alt). I read somewhere that from the Boot Camp control panel you can make them swap, but every time I try to start it I get this error: "An error occurred while trying to access the startup disk settings. You may not have privileges to change the startup disk. Make sure you have administrative privileges and try again" This happens right after Boot Camp prompts me to elevate, so it's running in administrative mode. This happens even after I disabled "Apple Time Service" and "Apple OS Switch Manager" and rebooted. My OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. There's no Mac OS X partition or disk in this computer. Does anybody know a way I can make bootcamp bypass the startup disk routine and launch the control panel anyway? Also I was thinking, if it can't be bypassed, there are all those keys in the registry under KeyMagic, such as "enable", "start", "type", etc, could it be that one of those keys has the switch to swap the keys? Note that I know I can use SharpKeys to swap these keys, but I would prefer to do it the native way and not through a patch. Thanks
  3. 4850 problems... GETTING PISSED OFF!

    Hello, I have a HIS Radeon 4850 1 GB on an Intel D975XBX2 with a Q6700 CPU and 8 GB of RAM. This model has dual DVI and I think a S-Video output. I have a main monitor in 1280x1024 @ 75 Hz and the second DVI port is connected to my TV set using a long cable that is DVI on one end and HDMI on the other end. In Windows 7 this works perfectly. I installed iAtkos v7 (10.5.7) and I tried different combinations I found in these forums, but I get mixed results, never able to boot in anything better than safe mode until now. Now I followed instructions in this forum and I did this: 1. Deleted all ATI related kexts from /S/L/E (kexts with name starting with "ATI", natit.kext and ATY_Init.kext) 2. Installed MacOSX_10.5.6_radeon_hd_48x0_drivers.pkg 3. Installed Patched framebuffers for 48x0 and 3870x2.pkg 4. Installed ATY_Init.kext (http://rapidshare.de/files/47855063/ATY_Init.kext.zip.html) 5. Removed natit.kext 6. Rebooted After this I got what I had gotten with many other trial and error installs, a light blue screen in both the monitor and the TV set. But then I remembered about some posts saying they had had some success disconnecting and connecting back the second DVI connector, so I did that and the main monitor showed the regular Leopard desktop. Then I connected back the DVI connector that goes to the TV set and got the extended desktop on the TV set. But when I rebooted with both connected, I got back the light blue screens on both. Same as before, I disconnect one and the other shows the desktop. Hardly something I want to do every time I boot up. Now, the next thing I wanna try is the strings procedure, but I have no clue if that will work or how to do it. Can anybody give me suggestions? The only things I'm not willing to try are flashing the graphics card or use a VGA cable instead of DVI. Thanks
  4. Hi, I'm not totally new to the OSX86 scene but I'm not testing all the releases and I don't know what all the different choices in the customized setup mean. Other than the above mentioned motherboard, I have a Q6700 CPU, 8 GB of DDR2 800 Mhz RAM, a few WD Caviar SATA II drives and a HIS ATI Radeon 4850. So far I tried 3 times with the new iAtkos v7 to no avail. If I can get the installer to finish, when I boot up the next time it doesn't get to the welcome screen. Can somebody who has had success with this Intel motherboard please post what choices they made from the installer? For the few people who may not know this, this is the motherboard normally referred to as Bad Axe 2. Thanks
  5. Hello, I'm trying to get full graphics acceleration in iAtkos 5i (10.5.5), which I was getting fine with my previous graphics card but now I bought a HIS Radeon 4850 1GB, and at best I can boot to the 1024x768 Vesa mode. For what I've read the 4850 doesn't work in 10.5.5 so I would need to update to either 10.5.6 or 10.5.7, so since my iAtkos installation seems very much what they would call an upgradeable system, I downloaded the 10.5.7 combo updater from Apple's website and tried updating about three times without success, at best I can boot into safe mode, but that's it. If I don't boot into safe mode at some point during the first screen with the spinning circle the screen shows a weird pattern and nothing else happens. If I boot into safe mode and I install the latest Natit drivers then after that I can't even boot into safe mode anymore. For all these tryouts I started by booting up from the iAtkos 5i DVD, going into Disk Utility and setting one GUID partition in the drive designed to use Mac OS X (I don't use software multi loaders, I use the motherboard to set the boot order that I need). So all these tryouts were clean installs. I read a few posts from people here that were able to do this successfully, updating with the combo updater from iAtkos 10.5.5 to 10.5.7, but after wasting so much time without success I'd rather ask for help here. I'm trying to avoid downloading another 4 GB OSX86 distro, and I want to find a way to make my new Radeon 4850 work in Leopard. From the iAtkos 5i DVD, the only change I made to the default install is to select the Intel AHCI SATA driver and I used -f for the first boot, since I read here that it helps. Here are the rest of my specs in case it makes a difference: Motherboard: Intel D975XBX2 CPU: Intel Q6700 RAM: 8 GB of OCZ Platinum DDR2 HD: W. Digital SATA-1 160 GB Video card: HIS Radeon 4850 1 GB (Two DVI ports, one connected to an Envision 9110 monitor and the other to a Sony TV using a cable that has a DVI connector in one end and an HDMI in the other end, going through an HDMI switcher. When the switcher is not selected to the input for this cable, it's as if it wasn't connected to anything, as if the cable wasn't there) Thanks
  6. Hi, I installed iAtkos without any VGA drivers and then booted up with the -f (I had tried several installs with other choices that ended up in kernel panics), and installed the package "Enabler_for_Nvidia_and_multiple_ATI_cards.pkg", which makes the system recognize the card and show it in System Profiler, albeit with only 256 MB of RAM (it has 1 GB), but still no QE/CI and only 1024x768. This page http://osx86.radeonhd.eu/ has an installer for Radeon 48x0 but it's for 10.5.6. Is there any way to make this card work in 10.5.5? If not, what's the best way to bring iAtkos 5i to 10.5.6 or 10.5.7? I'd prefer to avoid another 4+ GB download. I suppose that if I use software update to download the 10.5.7 combo updater it will render the OS unusable, right? I selected PC EFI v9, SMBIOS EFI, Stock and x86 ACPIs, and OHR.
  7. iDeneb v1.3 10.5.5 Released!

    Has anyone tried installing this on Intel motherboard D975XBX2, AKA BadAxe2? I tried making different selections, I initialized the HD using GUID and MBR, selected some fixes here and there, but so far it stalls when it's two minutes away from finishing the installation. Nothing happens so I have to do a hard reset.
  8. LAN works direct but not with router

    Sorry to bump up my post, but I'm really in need of help here. Can anybody give me a solution?
  9. I just installed iAtkos 10.5.4 doing a fresh install. I have a weird problem with the network. My motherboard is an Intel D975XBX2 (onboard LAN). My small network setup consists of a cable modem and a Netgear WGT624v3 Wi FI router, all set to DHCP, with four ethernet output ports, one connected to my PC (the Wi-FI is used for a computer in a different room). Previously I had upHuck 10.4.9 and it worked flawlessly, and then I updated to 10.4.10 and also no problem. But the weird occurrence here is that if I connect the cable modem straight to the ethernet port I get online, but through the router it's impossible. I tried everything, disconnected the router, cable modem, first one and then other and viceversa, but there's no way to make it work with the router. Windows Vista in the same computer works fine with the router. Leopard, when connected through the router, shows that there's an ethernet port, but it says that the cable is disconnected. Any help?
  10. OK, so this is very interesting, but I'm on page 7 and there's a lot of information, which makes this kind of messy. Can anyone post a step by step guide for installation from scratch, that is, booting from the ISOs offered here, and which one is best, and then running disk utility to format a whole drive and then install Leopard on it, and then what to modify exactly to make it believe you have a real Mac so it does software updates from Apple. That would make things a lot simpler for those of us who are just geeks but not computer scientists. The first post starts with a few steps, but then there are several posts saying you have to modify this, that and the other, and unfortunately I don't have all the time in the world to go through all the trial and error. Thanks, JM
  11. After Effects CS3 Beta

    This AppleSMBIOS.kext file, what exactly does it do? By the name it sounds like an important system file. Won't it mess up other things if it's replaced?
  12. Thanks a lot, that actually worked! What's the relation between that preference file and FCP? I don't understand how can that make FCP crash. And it's also weird that while my on-board ethernet was "Built IN Ethernet" under JAS, in Uphuck 1.3 it showed as "PCI Slot Ethernet" (or something similar), and as en2, but after deleting this plist file it suddenly became Built-In Ethernet and en0 again.
  13. I'm using Natit dual 0.2 with a Nvidia 7950GT, both of which I was also using under JAS. However, I don't think that FCP was running slow for me at all under JAS 10.4.9.
  14. I had Final Cut Studio 2 working perfectly on an installation from JAS 10.4.8 plus JAS 10.4.9 SS3 update. Then I bought a new hard drive so I decided to download Uphuck's 1.3 DVD and everything else seems fine, but for some reason Final Cut Pro suddenly quits after the load screen. I watched it carefully to see if maybe there was some plugin that was causing it to crash, but at the point it quits it seems to have finished loading all the plugins. Is anybody else having this problem? I'm trying to find out if this is due to some incompatibility between Uphuck's release and Final Cut Studio, or what else could the problem be. Thanks
  15. Question for video geeks I capture HD broadcasts via firewire from my HD DVR, a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD. I captured some of these with my real mac (G5 dual 2 Ghz) and my Hackintosh. When I play back these videos in my HDTV the result is the same: jerky motion, but not like it's dropping frames, it's more like the fields are reversed, so wherever there's motion there's a trail. This happens when playing back from VLC, and also if I make an HDDVD with DVD Studio Pro and then play back it using Apple DVD Player, unless I select De-interlace, in which case the trail doesn't show, but the playback is not as smooth as it should be. At first I thought it could be the Nvidia drivers for the Hackintosh, so I tried to play the same files in the G5, using a DVI to HDMI high quality cable, and it shows the same problem. The G5 has an ATI Radeon 9650 Pro with 256 MB of RAM, and the Hackintosh had a MSI card based on the NVidia 7600GS chipset with HDMI. To see if it was something wrong with the card, I put an eVGA Nvidia 7600GT, although without HDMI, just two DVI outputs. The result is the same. I even tried to swap the fields using Final Cut Pro, but I still get that jerky motion. A really weird thing about this HD content is that I cannot detect the field order correctly, although some research on the net tells me it's upper field, but there's a method in After Effects to detect the real field order, but with this content it fails. When I use the card in Windows XP what I get is different, but still not what I want. Windows doesn't show the stuttery motion, but it never shows real interlaced 1080i, it's always de-interlaced, except that if you force the player (whatever it may be, VLC, WinDVD) to play interlaced video, and the source is interlaced, what you see on the screen is the same you get when you play interlaced videos on your computer monitor, which is, video with the "comb" lines visible because the monitor is progressive by nature and is not made to display interlaced content. The same happens if I play a DVD that has real 29.97 interlaced content that didn't come from a film camera but a video camera instead. Also, what puzzles me is that when I play HD videos in the Hackintosh or Macintosh with VLC and I select BOB de-interlacing, which is the one that looks the best to me of all the de-interlacing modes, every now and then it still skips entire frames. Could this be because the video card is not fast enough? I would think that a 7600 is at least fast enough to display HD interlaced content, but maybe I'm wrong. And also, when I play the interlaced content without de-interlacing, at times it plays back perfectly, in the correct field order, but eventually it starts the jerky motion again, and then it goes back to play smoothly, and so on. Well, anyway, if any video enthusiast that reads this can illustrate me I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks