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About Thymox

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  1. OK, a little unorthodox I'll admit, but... I just downloaded the "latest" HP BIOS update file, unzipped it and found the BIOS flash file itself; opened it in a Phoenix BIOS editing tool (running under WINE on my main Debian Linux machine) and (sad news) although there is plenty of mention of AHCI in the "strings" section, there are no menus (hidden or otherwise) that will allow me to change the AHCI setting. So, even if I did install Windows so I could flash the BIOS, it definitely looks like I won't be able to change the AHCI setting.
  2. Trying to install: Mac OS X 10.6 (10A431) Kernel 10.8.0 The BIOS is severely crippled, however I would prefer to avoid flashing the BIOS if I can... not that I'm concerned about bricking the machine (been a while since I've done that through a BIOS flash), but HP's flashing tools tend to come wrapped up in a lovely Windows application. This machine is not currently running Windows, and I'm not well placed to install Windows Vista (what it came with) so I can flash the BIOS so I can see if there's an option to change the SATA to AHCI-mode (no guarantees - HP don't like to make it easy to find the errata and changes between BIOS versions) and hopefully change it, so I can then install OSX! Seems like a lot of messing around!
  3. Vendor ID: 0x10de Device ID: 0x0ad0 Raw LSPCI output: 00:09.0 IDE interface [0101] : nVidia Corporation MCP28S [GeForce 8200] SATA Controller (non-AHCI mode) [10de:0ad0] (rev a2)
  4. Unfortunately, the laptop with the SATA drive (an HP/Compaq Presario CQ60) has a ridiculously featureless BIOS - HP's default BIOS for this machine allows you to change nothing! I will try getting it to see the SATA first, and if that fails I'll look at flashing to BIOS with a newer version (if HP have one available). Now that I have the bug, I'm going to try getting it to install on my netbook (Acer Aspire One Happy 2DQuu PAV70 214) - I've already shrunk the ext4 filesystem & partition to make room.
  5. Thank you, I will take your comments as a compliment! Come up against a slight snag, but I shall persevere - one of the laptops, with the PATA drive, has an ATi Radeon Xpress 1100 (x200m chipset)... which, it would seem, is a lost cause. The other laptop has an nVidia chip (can't remember which at the moment - not got it to hand) but an SATA drive which I can't (yet) get the installer to identify. I will get there. I will have a fully, shiny AMD OSX laptop!
  6. Eek! I have a kext for the PATA system now. OSX is installing! I know I probably shouldn't be, but I'm quite excited!
  7. Yay! The installer boots and I get to the bit where I can choose my destination drive... and none are listed. I'm guessing I'm missing a kext or 2 for the underlying hdd tech (one laptop is PATA, the other is SATA - not sure of the controllers on either at this moment).
  8. Thank you! I now have an installer USB stick that almost boots. Gotta find some kexts and a usable kernel and then, fingers crossed, I'll be away!
  9. Disk Utility, sure. Terminal, not a problem. Tools that modify your USB for some reason (to change the permissions on the additional kexts (etc))... nope. Intel only. Yes, they'll run on 10.5 (and I *can* get 10.5 on my machine if I do some OpenFirmware shuffling), but only on a 10.5 Intel Mac. I would be quite happy to follow any command-line-fu instructions on doing this - Unix-like permissions is hardly taxing - but so far the only full-on instructions I've found that detail what to do with permissions, etc, are quite sketchy because they're for Intel machines (not AMDs) and so there's limited need for changing things. If I had a spare Intel machine, I would definitely give that a go for my first Hackintosh, however none of the Intel machines in the house are "spare".
  10. Hi all, I have tried to follow numerous guides and video tutorials, and they all seem to lead back to the same couple of problems: Most "it'll install on anything, just do this" guides seem to presume that you have access to a Mac running OSX. I do! However, it's a G4 eMac running 10.4.something. Seemingly the tools to make a USB drive (HDD or pendrive) work have all been written for Intel Macs only, so although I can "restore" a disc/image to my USB device, I can then not run the tools to make it do its magic. Most "stick this disc in, and swap discs when it says so" guides seem to presume that the destination Hackintosh will be an Intel. It is not - I have 2 spare laptops hanging around, both are AMD. Can anyone point me in the direction of how to get OSx86 onto one of my spare AMD laptops, either from a completely fresh install point of view (ie from DVDs) or by using a PPC Mac to do the initial donkey work? I'm quite comfortable getting my hands dirty - been a Linux-on-everything-I-get-my-hands-on person since the late 90s - so I'm happy to pull my sleeves up and build images and mess about with low-level disk tools, if necessary.