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About seven_lions

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  1. So I have an SSD with mountain lion, you can see the partition map attached. Chameleon sees the partitions of my HDD but only the ones without Windows on. The HDD is has a GPT partition table and the Windows partition is the last partition. I have a UEFI bios so had to boot with that as Windows 8 wouldn't allow me to install to a GPT disk in legacy BIOS mode unfortunately, this may be where the problem lies I'm not sure. I saw something about different boot0's like boot0md and boot0hfs, could one of these help? At the moment the only way of booting windows is pressing F12 at startup and choosing the HDD. Thanks for any help 7L
  2. How to expand OSX partition

    I solved this by backing up an old USB HDD, formatting it as GUID Mac OS Extended, CCC my OS to it, installing Chameleon, booting off it (So very slow! USB 2.0 2.5 inch), and CCC back to reformatted SSD and reinstalling bootloader. Works like a charm. Thanks for trying to help me, but for some reason could not get a partition of a 3TB HDD to boot.
  3. How to expand OSX partition

    That only differed to my method with 'bs=4096' so I tried the commands within OSX first, got boot0 error again, then I followed your instructions to the letter with the USB - dd'd boot1h to disk2s3, and still no luck. Thanks for your suggestions
  4. How to expand OSX partition

    I tried reinstalling the bootloader to that partition both manually with terminal and with the installer. All I get when booting is: boot0: GPT boot0: testing boot0: error It is a 3tb drive and I'm using the 3rd partition. Thanks for any help
  5. Hi all, I have tried a lot of stuff in order to delete my windows partition and expand the HFS+ partition but so far nothing has worked. I've attached a screenshot of the whole SSD. I disabled Journalling, tried using clonezilla but it wouldn't clone the image to a larger partition. I tried GParted but after deleting all the windows partitions it wouldn't resize the actual HFS+ partition, so I never applied it. Right now my idea is using Carbon Copy Cloner, so I cloned it to a GUID Mac partition of a HDD, but no luck booting from it. I attached the partition table for that. Perhaps I need a dedicated hard drive. I was going to format the SSD and CCC back to it. I had the idea to try and use iPartition from my OSX install USB but don't know how to add apps to it. Would appreciate any pointers!! Thanks, 7L
  6. I checked recently and virtualised windows gaming is now a reality with Vt-x and Vt-d at near native performance. The Vt-d enables IO resources of the gfx card to be assigned by the system direct to the VM. Parallels and Vmware have made significant strides in 3D acceleration. However I could go that route as well, as long as I could also get that Windows install to boot in a VM too. Its just so awkward dual booting if your main system has lots open. Thanks for the reply
  7. I'm moving to OS X as my main OS, but I would still like to play my Windows games virtualized in Parallels. I was considering the i5 3570 since that has great performance, best value for money (£160) However I could spend up to £200 on an i7 if it is really worth the money. Would hyperthreading & 8 threads really be worth the extra money in this situation? How much would it help performance to play my virtualised games, and what VM settings would you use in either case? My other specs will be: GA-Z77-D3H, Nvidia GTX 560 Ti 12gb 1333mhz RAM Vertex 4 + HDDs for VMs & storage. Thanks!
  8. Hi Everyone, I'm finally coming back to OSX86. I've endured Windows 7's bugs and shortcomings for too long and I beleive OSX is the way forward for me. But I still want to enjoy my windows games at near native performance without having to dual boot. So I'm rebuilding my rig with this new spec: i5 3570 3.4Ghz (Not the K version, so Vt-d is available) Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H (I checked is fully working with 10.8.2) 12gb RAM Vertex 4 120gb for OSX install, HDDs for VMs. So I gather the Intel HD 4000 should be working well enough for the standard OSX experience, I won't need it for anything too graphics intensive. I've just been looking at graphics cards for PC gaming and want to get the Radeon HD 7770. I know that card isn't currently supported in Mountain Lion but that shouldn't be a problem for Vt-d. I could go for the 6870 with higher power requirements and compatibility with OSX if needed, but it wouldn't be ideal. A side question - how likely is it looking that the 7770 will be supported in the future? I've read some conflicting past speculation. I plan on trying both Parallels and Vmware for my Windows 7 VMs. Does anyone here have experience in assigning a graphics card to a VM for near native 3D gaming? I read on TomsHardware someone got this working very well on Linux (I will link if you'd like to see). If I'm not mistaken it doesn't matter whether the graphics card is compatible with the host OS or not, the Vt-d will assign the IO direct to the VM. Am I also correct in assuming no monitor needs to be attached to the graphics card directly? Thanks for your expert advice! I can't wait to get started. Alex