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  1. I had to reinstall ML after deciding that I wanted to restore from a different Time Machine backup disk. Some observations and lessons learned: (Hardware specs are a few posts up.) - I had to use -x for a successful installer boot, also used -v because "why not". - If you're getting the "still waiting for root device" error, try plugging your USB stick into a different USB port. For some reason, the OS X installer seems to like some ports on my machine but not others. Might have to do with the fact that some USB ports are connected through hubs on the motherboard. - I had to completely remove the GTX 660 to be able to boot from the USB stick, although I didn't try super-hard to boot the installer with it installed. Just unplugging the PCI-E power cable didn't work, though. I couldn't boot the machine at all after just doing that. As always, YMMV. - I got the warning "getCPUIDInfo: this is an unknown CPU model 0x3a -- power management may be incomplete" but it doesn't seem to have caused any problems so far. - I used MacPro3,1 as my SMBios. I'll update this post if I come across anything else.
  2. No idea. It's worth a try. Although Bradamante didn't say what CPU they had, so I don't know whether it has supported integrated graphics. I got the impression from here and elsewhere that I had to take the card out completely and install OS X and the NVIDIA drivers before I could install it back. I also adjusted the BIOS settings to make sure that the HD4000 got used, something like changing "Init Display First" to IGFX.
  3. Bradamante, about the 650 Ti, I dunno. Installing OS X (10.8.2) was seemingly impossible with the 660 installed and a total breeze with it removed, but of course YMMV.
  4. Just wanted to say thanks for this guide. It took some work, but I think I have just about everything working. The one tricky part was having to remove the video card, then install OS X, install the Mac NVIDIA drivers, and finally put the video card back, since the GTX 660 doesn't work out of the box -- I chose it for performance/value over compatibility. I also needed to look around the site for the ALC898 AppleHDA kext and then install it, but that was easy enough. Hardware specs: MB: Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600 GPU: GTX 660 2GB SSD: Intel 330 120GB HDD: WD Black 1TB Optical: Asus DVD burner Wi-Fi: TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Monitor: Asus VH238H Keyboard/Mouse: Whatever I could find lying around, maybe upgrade later I put Windows 7 on the SSD and OS X and Linux on the HDD, using Chameleon to chainload GRUB for Linux and using the UEFI BIOS's boot menu for multibooting. I have to admit that the buyer's guide from the site that apparently shouldn't be named (?) was extremely useful for finding compatible parts (led to a last-minute change of MB), even if I didn't use any software from there. I do understand the strong feelings and strict policy about that issue, though.