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  1. SDRacer48

    Acer Aspire 5610Z Installation Tutorial

    Maybe you can try a different install disc. Other than that, I really have no other suggestions...
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    Acer Aspire 5610Z Installation Tutorial

    I really think that their may be something wrong with your install disc. But before we go there, you may want to try this... When you are "Customizing" your installation, you may want to make sure one of the following two additional options are checked (try one first, then the other second if the first install also fails): Intel Sata (under Drivers > System > SATA / IDE) Intel ACHI Sata (under Drivers > System > SATA / IDE) I recommend this because your hard drive and more importantly your DVD drive may be a different model than mine (which i think it is). Checking the above may allow the system to communicate better (or at all) with the drive. Hope this helps, if not, you know how to get a hold of me.... Cody
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    Acer Aspire 5610Z Installation Tutorial

    So I can put it to sleep, but it won't wake up, therefore, forcing a hard reboot, right? If that is what you mean, my laptop already does that. Also, it is not worth giving up wifi for sleep. I never use sleep on my laptop, even when I had Windows on it...
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    Acer Aspire 5610Z Installation Tutorial

    As of 12.24.08, the following things do not work (or cannot be confirmed working): Middle Scroll Button for TrackPad Sleep / Wake Issue SD Card Slot Multimedia Buttons External Wireless Kill Switch VGA Out S-Video Out (cannot be confirmed) PCI Card Slot (cannot be confirmed) Bluetooth (cannot be confirmed because I don't have one installed) Acer Orbicam (cannot be confirmed because I don't have one installed) All of this stuff is minor for what I use the laptop for. The only thing I would like to have is the Sleep / Wake issue fixed, but it is not pressing and not worth risking the integrety of the system in terms of it being able to update straight from Apple. No, I am not dual booting. I just have OS X installed. It is a major pain to get Vista and OS X to dual boot the way I want... I understand what you are saying, but I don't think it relates to me (I may be wrong though). My External Hardware Killswitch on the front of my laptop is supposedly causing the problem. Which is why I covered Pin 20 on my Wireless Card. If it isn't, well the Tape Trick still worked and I am happy with it because it keeps my system MORE stock. That is my goal ultimately. If I understand your previous statement correctly, sleep is still not working, but progress is being made? Again, my ultimate goal is to keep my system as vanilla as possible, even at the cost of no Sleep functioning. Thank You so much for adding to the thread! Even though this may have not directly helped me, it will more than likely help someone else! :censored2:
  5. Introduction The following tutorial is a complete recap of my personal Macintosh OS X installation onto my Acer Aspire 5610Z. The object of this tutorial is to cover the entire process from the initial preparation to the actual installation of the operating system. The tutorial will also include the post installation tweaking that continues to this day. The post installation tweaking covered in this tutorial includes fixes for numerous minor incompatibilities. These proposed fixes are hardware specific and may or may not work for you and your situation. I do not accept any liability for any harm these fixes may or may not cause. This tutorial is not exclusively intended for the use of only Acer Aspire 5610Z owners, but some, most, or all parts of this tutorial may or may not be applicable to your hardware. I ask all owners to proceed with caution when installing an operating system on "unsupported" hardware. The consequences for negligence are numerous and could even result in hardware failure. As a final last note, this tutorial is for me. I do not intend for anyone else to use it for their own personal gains. It is simply a written documentation of the steps I took to install Mac OS X Leopard onto my Acer Aspire 5610Z. I do not use my Acer Aspire 5610Z for any production or commercial purposes and would not recommend anyone else doing so. This is strictly for fun and experimentation. If you are using this tutorial to build a Mac OS X system for the sole reason of avoiding the action of paying Apple for the appropriate hardware and software combination, you are using this tutorial for the wrong reasons. Getting Started The first part of the following section documents the specifications of my Acer Aspire 5610Z. These specifications may or may not be the same as a different Acer Aspire 5610Z. Acer is notorious for using different components in different laptops of the same model number. The second part of the following section documents the materials needed for the entire tutorial. Some of these materials may or may not be optional depending on what parts of the tutorial is used. ACER ASPIRE 5610Z SPECIFICATIONS · Genuine 1.6 GHz Intel T2060 Pentium Dual-Core Processor · 1GB (2 x 512MB) Hynix DDR2 SDRAM at 533 MHz Bus Speed · Genuine Intel 945 Express Chipset (GMA 950) Graphics Adapter · Built-In Realtek ALC883 High Definition Audio · Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) Chipset · Hitachi 80GB SATA Hard Drive · Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Ethernet · Broadcom 4311 BCM94311MCAG Mini PCI-E Wireless Card · ENE CB-712/714/810 CardBus Controller · Built-In 5-in-1 Card Reader · Synaptics TouchPad MATERIALS NEEDED · Acer Aspire 5610Z Laptop Model Number: BL50 · iATKOS 5i 10.5.5 DVD for Intel Only · Ubuntu 8.04 (or latest release) Live CD · Broadcom 4311 BCM94311MCAG Mini PCI-E Wireless Card · Scotch or Packaging Tape · Sharp Pair of Scissors or Exact-O Knife · External USB Mouse · USB Flash Drive and/or Networked Storage Medium · Small Personal Fan · AppleHDAPatcher.zip · Touchpad Scroll.zip · A few weeks of tweaking time · Patience Preparation This section documents the required steps that need to be taken before Mac OS X can be installed. These steps are required, but can be tweaked if necessary for any given situation. PARTITIONING THE DRIVE 1. Insert the Ubuntu Live CD in the disc drive. 2. During initial boot, hold F12 to access the BootMenu. 3. Select the disc drive (should be option 2). 4. Select "English" as the language. 5. Select the first option "Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer." 6. Once Ubuntu is loaded, go to System > Administration > Partition Editor. 7. Create a FAT or FAT32 partition large enough (40GB+) for Mac OS X installation. 8. Exit Partition Editor. 9. Shutdown Ubuntu. CONVERTING THE FILE SYSTEM 1. Insert the iATKOS 5i 10.5.5 DVD in the disc drive. 2. During initial boot, hold F12 to access the BootMenu. 3. Select the disc drive (should be option 2). 4. Once the iATKOS 5i 10.5.5 DVD is loaded, click the button at the bottom to continue. 5. Once the system is done preparing, go to Utilities > Disk Utility. 6. Target the previously formatted partition, erase and format as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) [H FS+]. 7. Close Disk Utility. 8. Click the "Continue" button at the bottom of the Welcome window. 9. Agree to the software agreement terms. 10. Stop at the "Select the Destination" screen. 11. Proceed to installation instructions. Installation This section documents the installation and updating process. The installation process includes the selecting of the targeted partition and the appropriate patches and drivers to be applied to the installation. The updating process brief explains how to proceed when updating the system for the first time. CUSTOM INSTALL 1. Select the newly formatted HFS+ partition and continue. 2. On the next screen, select "Customize." 3. Select the only following options: a. iATKOS v5i Main System b. PC EFI V9 (under Bootloader) c. AppleDecrypt (under X86 Patches > Decrypters) d. SMBIOS-EFI (under X86 Patches > SMBIOS drivers > SMBIOS Enablers) e. Remove PowerManagement.kext (under x86 Patches) f. PS/2 (under x86 Patches) g. OHR (under x86 Patches) h. Remove Thermal Kexts (under x86 Patches) i. GMA950 b (under Drivers > VGA > Intel > GMA950) j. Intel Speedstep b (under Drivers > System > Speedstep) k. Broadcom 440x (under Drivers > Network) 4. Click the "Done" when finished. 5. At the Install Summary window, click the "Install" button. 6. Let the system install and reboot. After the system has rebooted, the normal setup process will begin. Follow the instructions and enter in the appropriate information until the Mac OS X Desktop is reached for the first time. FIRST SYSTEM UPDATE This process is very simple due to the fact that the system is pretty much running "vanilla" right after installation. Therefore, we can just use the "Software Update…" built in to the operating system. 1. Click the "Apple Menu" (Apple Icon) on the Menu Bar 2. Click "Software Update…" on the drop down menu that appears. 3. Check ALL of the updates and let the system update. 4. When asked, restart the system. The system may restart itself one or two times. This is no problem and should be considered normal. There are no additional steps to this process. Tweaking This section documents the minor tweaking that is required to get the system as fully operable as possible. These tweaks on the system may have to be reapplied after major system updates (especially the Audio). AUDIO The audio should be working after the initial installation, but the jacks on the front of the laptop shouldn't. In order to get this working, Targua's AppleHDAPatcher.1.20.app and a customized text document for the Realtek HAD ALC883 Audio system will be used. More information can be found here: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=32859 The process is as follows: 1. Extract " AppleHDAPatcher.zip " to the Desktop. 2. Open the extracted "AppleHDAPatcher" folder. 3. Drag and drop the "alc883.txt" file onto the "AppleHDAPatcher" application. 4. Wait… 5. Once it is finished you should have working Headphone, Line In, and Mic In jacks. TOUCHPAD The touchpad should be working after the initial installation, but the scrolling function shouldn't. In order to get this working, Deamobile and Ranova's method will be used. More information can be found here: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...t=0&start=0 The process is as follows: 1. Extract " Touchpad Scroll.zip " to the Desktop. 2. Open the extracted "Touchpad Scroll" folder. 3. Run the "ALPS Glidepad Driver.pkg." 4. Reboot, when asked. 5. After reboot, it will produce and error saying "FFScroll is not working." 6. Click Fix and Reboot again. 7. Copy "com.apple.driver.ApplePS2Trackpad.plist" from the "Touchpad Scroll" folder to a. /Users/[Your Username]/Library/Preferences i. And b. /Library/Preferences 8. Open Terminal and type: sudo killall -9 FFScrollDaemon sudo /usr/local/bin/FFScrollDaemon 9. Those commands kill the FFScroll Process and Restart It. Must be done everytime the plist file is edited. 10. Copy the "FFScrollDaemon" folder from the "Touchpad Scroll" folder to / Library / StartupItems. 11. Enter password to authenticate. WIRELESS NETWORK In order to get the wireless network to function, the original Intel Pro 3945ABG Mini PCI-E card has to be switched out with a Broadcom 4311 BCM94311MCAG Mini PCI-E Wireless Card. Unfortunately, the wireless would still not work because of the Wireless Hardware Switch on the laptop was cutting off the power to the Mini PCI-E connection. Therefore, the tape method had to be employed to circumvent the switch. More information can be found here: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...mp;#entry400400 The process is as follows: 1. Remove the casing from the bottom of the laptop exposing the internals. 2. Remove the Mini PCI-E wireless networking card. 3. Cut a small sliver of tape to cover Pin 20 on the underside of the card. 4. Reinsert card. 5. Add the casing back to the bottom of the laptop. If done correctly, the Wireless Networking should work via Airport. The card is identified as "Third Party Wireless Card." TIME MACHINE Time machine technically works after the initial install, but needs a little tweaking to work the way desired. First, the Time Machine Preferences Panel will not display a sparsebundle not on a Time Capsule or another Mac OS X machine. Second, the sparsebundle cannot be initially be created on the non Time Capsule or Mac OS X machine. More information can be found here: http://www.readynas.com/?p=253 Ok I've just converted a second machine to use the NAS for networked Time Machine backups, and this time things went straight through without any mistakes. Here's the run-down: This example was done using a Mac Mini with a hostname of "magpie", running OS X 10.5.2 and connected via 802.11g to a ReadyNAS NV+ (RAIDiator 4.01c1-p1 [1.00a041] with AFP patch loaded). I've created separate AFP shares for each machine ("TMmagpie" in this case) and set them to be accessible just to the "owner" of the machine. I could have set up one share to contain Time Machine backups for all clients, but then it could be possible for a user to access someone else's private data within the backups. Do make sure to keep the hostname simple — i.e. don't have quotes in it like "Maggie's Mac", or the process will fail. With the share set up on the NAS already, everything else we do is local to the client (magpie in this case). Some of the commands I list here are run within Terminal.app, although there are alternate (GUI) ways of accessing some of the functions. This machine had previously been doing Time Machine backups to a local Firewire disk, and part of the process outlined here is to copy the contents of that disk to the NAS so that further backups build on top of the existing ones. No need to throw away the old backups! 1. In System Preferences, turn Time Machine off. 2. Find the MAC address of the machine's internal Ethernet port: ifconfig en0 | grep ether 3. This should produce a single line of output, such as: ether 00:16:cb:af:91:d7 4. Even if the network backups will be done using a different port (e.g. AirPort: usually "en1″) the system will use the address of en0 as part of the system identifier. 5. In this case the identifier that Time Machine will use is "magpie_0016cbaf91d7″. 6. Make a new "sparsebundle" on a local disk (NOT the Time Machine disk!). This sparsebundle is a virtual filesystem image which we'll copy to the NAS, and Time Machine will then access it remotely (that way Time Machine's not limited by the filesystem features of whatever NAS it's using: all the funky stuff happens within the sparsebundle). By default sparsebundles can keep growing until they fill up the NAS, but in this scenario we keep other things on the NAS as well as backups, and we're going to limit the sparsebundle size to 140 GB. We called this one "Backup of magpie" as that's the default name created by Time Machine, but in fact you can call the volume anything you like. hdiutil create -size 140g -fs HFS+J -volname "Backup of magpie" magpie_0016cbaf91d7.sparsebundle 7. This Mac Mini hasn't had things like developer tools loaded: hdiutil comes with the OS. We make the sparsebundle manually so we can impose the size limit, and we do it on a local disk because of a bug that prevents creation of a sparsebundle remotely on the NAS (although they can be used when in place). The sparsebundle doesn't start at 140 GB: it grows as more data is put in the filesystem inside it, up to a maximum of 140 GB. 8. Enter the command 9. Mount the NAS share the sparsebundle will be mounted on ("TMmagpie" in this case). I mount all our shares via AFP, but you can presumably use CIFS also. Once it's mounted, it will be accessible within Terminal.app as /Volumes/TMmagpie. 10. Copy the sparsebundle to the share: rsync -avE /Users/david/magpie_0016cbaf91d7.sparsebundle /Volumes/TMmagpie/ 11. Depending on your network (802.11g, 802.11n, 100bT, 1000bT, etc) this can take a long time! rsync is smart enough to only copy the new bits of a file, so you can stop and re-run that command if necessary without re-copying everything. 12. In the meantime you can go ahead and use the machine. Just don't turn Time Machine backups back on yet. 13. If the local copy of the sparsebundle is in an area that will be backed up by Time Machine, remove it before proceeding. We don't want to double the size of the Time Machine backup for no good reason! 14. In the Time Machine System Preferences panel, select "Change Disk…". It will display a list of volumes you can backup to. If the share containing the sparsebundle isn't listed (you did mount it, right?) it's probably because it's not mounted from a Time Capsule or another OS X machine. To show the share in this display you'll need to have executed the following command in Terminal: defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1 15. You'll need to log out and in again for this to have effect (select "Log Out" from the Apple menu: you can Restart, but logging out will do). Now mount TMmagie again, then try Time Machine's "Change Disk…" again. 16. Select the share on the NAS ("TMmagpie") as the new destination for Time Machine backups. Time Machine will automatically turn itself back on and schedule a backup to begin in two minutes. If you didn't populate the sparsebundle with the contents of a local disk, this first backup will be a full backup and can take a very long time (depending on things like your network infrastructure). If you did pre-populate the sparsebundle, this backup will be an incremental backup and shouldn't take long at all (depending on how much has changed on the machine since you turned Time Machine off in Step 1 of course). Credits and Recognitions All information in this tutorial should be considered second hand research. This tutorial was made possible by the dedicated people who make the OSX86 Project possible. The following links are directed towards the original locations of the information used in this tutorial. http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=138929 http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=32859 http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...t=0&start=0 http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...mp;#entry400400 http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=81036 http://www.readynas.com/?p=253 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This tutorial can also be downloaded in PDF Format: CLICK HERE
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    Why do torrent download faster in Windows?

    I don't know what the hell it is, but I agree. Downloading torrents with Windows (XP or Vista) is so much faster than with Mac OS X (Tiger or Leopard) for me also. I just don't get it. It must be something with the networking (TCP/IP) and how it is integrated with the system. Microsoft must do it better or something... Who knows...
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    Bush Shoe Incident

    You gotta love personal political bias and overall fanboyism... sigh...
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    Bush Shoe Incident

    No, not really. I just look at things objectively and on a human to human basis. I do not let politics get in the way. No matter what you may or may not think of Bush, it was a pussy move on the part of the Iraqi reporter. Just think if Obama was over there, then would you still consider me a Bush supporter? Cause I would have still said the same exact thing about the incident...
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    Bush Shoe Incident

    And this is funny how? Some prick felt like being a pussy by shouting at the President of the United States and throwing shoes at him. That is funny? No! That is a pussy ass move by someone who is a no one. I hope he burns...
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    Advice Needed on Digital Camera Purchase

    Thanks for the advice and the resource you provided!
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    Monopoly: Apple vs Microsoft

    Thank you. And Thank You. I am a business major so what I typed is exactly what I meant in the first place.
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    Advice Needed on Digital Camera Purchase

    Do you sometimes feel like you are talking to yourself? I do...
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    Monopoly: Apple vs Microsoft

    Considering that the majority of the Apple's profits are driven by the software, I would have to disagree. Not only are there the major software packages they sell (iLife, Final Cut Studio, iWork, iTunes store, etc.) that drive profits, but the operating system is the only thing driving their hardware sales. A MacBook is nothing more than a regular PC with a fancy sleek cover now. It uses the same components, and the same quality of components. I think that when Apple dropped the word "Computer" from their name, they officially because a software company. More directly, a software operating system company competing directly with the likes of Microsoft and Sun. I feel people have failed to realize this fact...
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    Advice Needed on Digital Camera Purchase

    Everyone, I am narrowing down my options. Please feel free to answer my questions and tell me what you think... Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T700 This is the camera that I would probably buy in the Ultra Compact category. The touch screen controls, built-in 4GB flash memory, and size are all pros. The low 4x optical zoom is a con. I am concerned with overall picture quality. The review says "Keep in mind that at this low resolution, you don't really want to actually give the photos on the camera to other people or print from the album, and they simply look bad when directly connected to a large-screen HDTV." It also calls the picture quality "soft." I am not quite sure what this means. If anyone has this camera, would you be so kind to take some random pictures (inside/outside/with flash/without flash) and post them untouched. It would be much appreciated. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 This is the camera that I would probably buy in the Full Body category. The 18x optical zoom, high resolution for both still photos and video, and the telephoto lens are all pro. The relatively big body is a con. Again, I am concerned with the overall picture quality. I am assuming that the quality would be better than the Sony above, but would it be that much better. Would photo prints look good? Would I be able to display the pictures crisply on a large TV? Would I have to worry about the pictures being "soft"? Again, if anyone has this camera, would you be so kind to take some random pictures (inside/outside/with flash/without flash) and post them untouched. It would be much appreciated. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H50 This camera is a close second to the Panasonic above in the Full Body category. The 15x optical zoom and high resolution for still photos are the pros. The "loud noise" it produces, and the lack of a significant telephoto lens are cons. Would this camera be comparable to the Panasonic above? Or is the difference in quality very significant? Again, if anyone has this camera, would you be so kind to take some random pictures (inside/outside/with flash/without flash) and post them untouched. It would be much appreciated. My price range is from $250 to $400. So if you have any recommendations of a camera I did not list, please feel free. If you could also post untouched photos from the camera, it would be appreciated. Thanks, Cody
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    Monopoly: Apple vs Microsoft

    Finally, someone who can set aside their own personal biases, and view things as they are. Thank you.
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