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  1. New definitions of Terminal & UNIX commands

    If there is, it should be called something like "Hackintosher's Anonymous". Some better suggestions please for the name of the support group.........................................
  2. Replacing case fans on Dell Optiplex

    Well, one week and almost 200 views later, and no-one has any info or advice to offer me about replacement case fans. So it looks like I'll have to put up with the jet engine noise for a lot longer than I thought, more's the pity. Just as well I don't use my Hackintosh on a daily basis or for extended periods of time as it would drive me crazy (well, crazier than I already am).
  3. This question was tacked on to the end of one of my other threads which was about upgrading the CPU on my Optiplex GX620 but it was maybe not seen as it elicited no response, so excuse me for repeating it in the hope that I can find some answers. I am interested to know if any Optiplex owners have replaced (either because of fan failure or just for noise reduction reasons) their case fans. I know where to get exact original Sunon fans (eBay UK) but their noise rating of 47dBA puts me off and will not solve my noise issues. I live in a big city (although in Europe, not the States) and am having a lot of trouble locating replacements. I have tried six (Edit: now nine) big and well-known shops, dealerships and distributors who all profess to be the experts in this field, but none of them can offer me a suitable replacement. So if you did change your fans, which make and model of fan did you use, and was the 5-pin unique-to-Dell motherboard connector plug a problem? This is my situation. After recently changing my processor from a single core to a dual core which has a slightly higher TDP rating. I noticed the case fans of my USFF (which were near-silent and completely unobtrusive before) now ramped up to disturbingly high sound levels. And here's the strange thing: I've tried many different temperature apps but none of them show that there is a CPU sensor on this particular PC. (Only a hard drive temperature sensor which is not much use to me as I am using an SSD which generates little or no heat.) But my question is, SOMETHING inside the computer is telling the fans to increase and decrease their speed, but what? In case you don't know, this particular Ultra Small Form Factor case is only 25 x 26 x 9 in size, it has 2 (count 'em, TWO!!) fans, one inlet, the other outlet, each with the amazingly high and OTT specifications as listed below, and an internal distance between them of only 15cm with the CPU and passive heatsink in the middle. (See photo on my other thread for clarification.) To any of you non-Dell owners out there, but who have lots of experience with air-cooled case issues, do I really need fans with 6,000 rpm and 41.5 cfm?? Sunon (China) PMD1206 PMB3-A Dell Part Number OU 8679 DC12V, 5.2 W, 0.43A 5 pin electrical connector to motherboard (13mm wide), only four wires used Depth (front to back): 39mm Height & Width: 62mm x 62mm Speed: 6000 RPM Airflow: 41.5 CFM Noise: 47dBA Weight: 90g
  4. New definitions of Terminal & UNIX commands

    UNIX Terminal – a kind of illness that affects both Mac/Hackintosh & Linux users. (Experts agree that with MS Windows people it is generally known as DOSitis.) In the latter stages and severest forms of this affliction, there is no known cure. Symptoms include up to 23 hours a day facing a square box or flat panel which emits light of various intensities and colours. Meals are taken without moving from this device, and the food is eaten with one hand while the other one furiously and/or slowly taps away at small square blocks on something called a 'keyboard'. Other side effects include completely ignoring wife/girlfriend/children/cat/dog, and breaking off all personal and visual contact with friends and family, apart from sending messages to them electronically via this machine. The affected person can be observed staring intently at a small black 'window' on the screen which contains only lines of white lines of text which say weird things like [PCI config begin] or [root@linux] $. These lines are usually static but occasionally burst into life with scores and hundreds of lines whizzing past. Far-gone patients even claim to understand what most of it means!! It has even been known for these poor lost souls to expand the size of the black window to half the size or even the full area of the screen, which thus completely obliterates and blocks out the view of all colours, pictures, icons, text, information and other interesting (and also useful one might say) things on their monitors. This is the time to call for the men in the white coats with the van to bring a straitjacket and take this demented person away and lock them in a padded cell (with no computer!), throw away the key and leave them there for ever. Apologies to anyone who really is (or has a loved one who is) suffering from some serious illness or life-threatening disease. The above is meant to cheer you up, not insult you, demean you or bring you down.
  5. New definitions of Terminal & UNIX commands

    grep - a type of hand-hold used by those wrestlers in the aforementioned North-Country sport tar - a way of thanking another IM forum contributor for his/her help in solving a problem tarball - what a road-licking cat will cough up onto your carpet every once in a while sh - please be quiet, I'm trying to concentrate and learn how to use all these goddam Terminal commands (when I thought the days of CLI were over and I would only ever need to use a GUI interface on my Hackintosh - how wrong I was)
  6. Well, this is not really a 'Solved', more of 'I give up and find a workaround'. I deleted all kexts for 5751 and all other BCM adapters, turned off the onboard NIC in BIOS............... ............and simply bought a USB WLAN adapter for 10 Euros including postage via Amazon. Switched on the wireless function of my router, plugged in the dongle (more of a shirt button than a stick really), ran the installation software from the mini-CD supplied with it (Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.8), and the Realtek RTL8188CU driver kicked in with instant Internet access at 54Mbps (the adapter works at up to 150Mbps but my old Netgear WGR614v6 is the limiting factor here). This particular adapter also works brilliantly and with no fuss in all flavours of Windows, 32-bit & 64-bit, as well as Linux (all drivers and manuals included with product or available for free download).
  7. No internet on Dell Optiplex GX620

    Well, after a few days of living with the fans being so noisy almost ALL the time, even while the computer is doing relatively nothing, I might be looking at finding some quieter/noiseless replacements (pity there's two of them as that doubles the cost). Anyone ever replaced their fans? There's a guy on eBay UK who sells exact replacements (brand new) including the blue plastic mounting base (put in the search engine the Dell Part number below to find him). This is what I found in my case (are they different in the larger GX620 cases and in other GX desktops?): Sunon (China) PMD1206 PMD3-A Dell Part Number OU 8679 DC12V, 5.2 W, 0.43A 5 pin connector, only four wires used Depth (front to back): 39mm Height & Width: 62mm x 62mm Speed: 6000 RPM Airflow: 41.5 CFM Noise: 47dBA Weight: 90g But I think I'm going to be looking at quieter replacements rather than originals. 47dBA at 6000 RPM is far too loud.
  8. GX620 CPU upgrade

    Upgrade has now been completed and it has enabled me to install ML 10.8.2, which is running OK, apart from: 1) no wired internet (because AFAIK there's no 64-bit driver for the onboard Broadcom 5751 NIC). I was looking into the possibility of a workaround with VBox (details on another thread in this forum) using a Netgear USB stick I already had lying around, but that was a non-starter because my CPU does not support virtualisation. Problem should soon be solved with the imminent arrival of another USB WLAN stick (so small it looks like a button actually) which has drivers for Windows and Macs (10.4 to 10.8) and which cost 10 bucks including postage. 2) no QE/CI as there's very little ML support for GMA950 but I'm not too bothered about that. Graphics aren't amazing (I would like a bit more choice of screen resolutions) but I guess I'm pushing the limitations of the hardware of my little GX620 to the limit. Can't ask for more really as I am now able to install some of of my favourite programs that weren't possible before on Leopard and SL. If anyone would like to see the photos I took of every stage of my CPU upgrade, just shout and I'll upload them here.
  9. Sudo: a kind of wrestling, originally of Japanese origin, now practiced in the north of England, in which two overweight beer-swilling louts try to push each other off a medium-sized round dinner table while wearing only a large nappy (diaper). Bash: what those two lager louts do to each other on the way out of the pub on a Saturday night at chucking out time (especially if they support rival football teams). Feel free to add your own.......................................
  10. Realtek RTL8187(L)

    Can you please give me some detailed instructions on how you did this and how your method compares with/differs from Michael Tyson's that he posted at the external link "A Tasty Pixel". I have a Netgear WG111v2 which I would like to use on my ML 10.8.2. I understand that it uses the Realtek RTL8187L driver (but is that driver 64-bit compatible??). I have a little bit of experience of running a VM in Windows (that's actually how I installed my very first OS X) but have never tried a Vbox on ML or any other flavour of OS X. Thanx. Edit: Can you also upload (if you have it) the Microcore Router Virtual Appliance (Microcore-Router.ova - about 45MB) to this thread as the link in the original blog is dead (which is unsurprising as the original article is 2 years old). I have everything I need to try this method out......except that. Edit 2: Got a new link direct from Michael: http://atastypixel.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Microcore-Router.ova (File is too big to upload here) Edit 3: Warning - before you try this VBox method from the 'A Tasty Pixel' blog, check the following: First, that your CPU supports virtualisation (Intel processor owners can go to the ARK site to find this out) Second, that your BIOS allows you to turn this feature on. That's why it didn't work for me as neither of my Intel processors support VT-x. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
  11. Well, that's just the point I was trying to make. I've got a stack of old PCI network cards lying around that might do the trick.................but the Dell has its 5751 hard-wired to the Mobo. So unless I change my computer (which is a bit pointless since I've only just got it and bought it SPECIFICALLY for Hackintoshing), I'm gonna have to find a workaround. If someone on another forum says he's solved his internet access problem with the the same make/model of PC as me, with the same NIC, and with the same OS X, that gives me hope. But how.....................???? Edit/Update: This is really doing my head in. I was experimenting with swapping the cable between the router and going directly into the modem. (That hasn't worked before for any Hackintosh install because of - I think - the way I've got the router set up for Windows. Rather than using the default MAC address, or the computer MAC address, I've got it allocated to a particular MAC address which I've specified. Can't remember why I did that, maybe my ISP told me to do it that way - it was 8 or 9 years ago when I bought it and then I only had Windows PCs on the network and no Hackintoshes. So I always go into the router - which has only got 2 internet ports anyway, the other two are for TV top boxes.) I got distracted for a few minutes while I was moving the cable from modem to router and inadvertently left it UNPLUGGED. I booted up the Mac and wasn't surprised to see the 5722 kext loading successfully and an Ethernet address (6 hex numbers separated by colons) being allocated in verbose boot up mode, or that I saw the red/yellow/green/red/red traffic lights in Diagnostics - same as before......................until I turned round and saw the disconnected cable!!! Even stranger is that in SysPrefs>>Network it was showing an en0 green connected symbol as well as an IP address and a subnet mask. How can an NIC card allocate itself an IP address without being connected to anything???
  12. Network diagnostics give the following info: Ethernet = red Network Settings = yellow ISP = green Internet = red Server = red This is on a brand new installation of ML 10.8.2 (my first!!) on a Dell Optiplex GX620 which has an onboard Broadcom BCM5751 network chip (as opposed to a separate PCI card). I know the cabling, NIC and routing etc is OK because I can swap the ML hard drive for another which has a stable and working Leopard 10.5.2 immediately before and after working on ML and everything internet-wise works tickety-boo. The Hackintosh and my Windows PC are both plugged into a Netgear WGR614 v6 router (4 ports), which in turn is connected to my Internet Service Provider's modem, a Thomson Speedtouch. (This has the MAC address and the router is configured with this address.) Obviously there's a problem somewhere between the kext and the kernel. I'm aware that the kernel in ML is 64-bit and therefore it requires a 64-bit ethernet kext. A 32-bit kext just won't work. (Correct me if I'm wrong please.) Most of the BCM5751 kexts I've been using previously have been 32-bit and I've been able to determine that by using the Kext Info tab on an excellent app called Kext Wizard. Immediately after installation, I had 5 red lights whichever kext I installed, with or without the NIC turned off in BIOS. (That trick has worked for me before in various 10.5 and 10.6 installs.) However, I found a thread on another forum and the guy said he had successfully used a kext called “3523-BCM5722” to solve the same problem which is available for download on another site we don't mention here but has the words tony & mac & x86 in its title. That also didn't work initially until I took some advice from a post by Cerastez who had previously advised me to edit the Info.plist to include the line <string>pci14e4, 1677</string> in the array section of the list (where 1677 is the ID number of the BCM5751. Then on boot up in verbose mode I noticed the 5722 was recognised and given a MAC address (or is it a Router Hardware Address?) but this only solved the solution partway, to what I mentioned at the start of this post: an entry (at last) of en0 adapter in the left pane of SysPrefs>>Network which is green and says connected. After clicking apply and waiting a few seconds, DHCP (set to Automatic) assigns an IP address (which should be a local number to the router but isn't). And as I said, Network diagnostics gives red/yellow/green/red/red traffic lights. On my Windows PC (and the Leopard 10.5.2 in the Dell), if I type in 192.168.1.1 into an empty browser page with my user name and password, it takes me to the “home page” of the router where I can access and modify its settings if I want to. However, in ML it does not even allow me to do this. That tells me the card cannot 'see' the router, even though the router light for this port is green. So now I'm stumped cos I really don't know how or what else to change the network settings in OS X 10.8.2. Any help or advice if you are or have been in the same boat would be gratefully received.
  13. Well, it definitely is on my 10.8.2 DVD (along with hp & atom versions) and I think it is a modified kernel (it is about the same size on disk as mach_kernel) and Niresh says that if you use it for install, you must use it every time you boot, either manually or by adding to the Boot.plist file.
  14. Would like to report that Midex 3 works OK in ML 10.8.2. Icon is present in AMS/MIDI window and test of each out port was successful. However, there was a hitch during the driver installation with an 'Install Failed' message. After installing the kext manually with Kext Beast and rebooting, everything was fine.
  15. And just to add to what I said before: I don't get much fun out of the fact that Apple programmers who are on mega-bucks salaries cannot even get right a simple piece of code to tell the end-user how long their install is going to take (I'm talking about the Time Remaining progress bar of course). You know what i'd like to do? Make an appointment to meet each of the top Apple executives on some obscure pretext, and just as I walk into their office say to them, "Oh, excuse me, I'll be back in less than a minute", leave the room and keep them waiting for 10 minutes longer.............or even more if I was feeling particularly cruel. (Next day perhaps?) If an OS is going to take two hours to install, tell me at the beginning of the process please. I don't mind if it does take that long, but that way if I know beforehand I can try and organise my life around it a bit better and do other things in the meantime. Forget that request............I've had a success!!! Baby ML is now out of intensive care. I feel like a character in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland..........cos things just keep getting weirder and weirder. I tried a few more times installing from scratch, trying out a few different combinations of options from Customise. But the finished product was getting worse and worse, not booting at all in safe mode even, and in normal boot just getting an endless loop of the same verbose messages. So I restored my first install from the sparse image using CCC. (Did i tell you I have an external USB-SATA adapter which has a working and stable Leopard 10.5.2 on an 80GB SATA HDD? The drive I am using for my ML experiments is a 64 GB SSD.) After the restore, as I knew the previous Darwin x86 B/L would not survive, I installed Chimera 2.1.2 to the SSD from Leopard using 'Install to a different location'. And guess what? ML booted up nice as pie with no histrionics straight into normal mode and the desktop. The only way I can explain it is that I saw immediately after the Chameleon timeout there was some sort of kernel patcher (Edit: and a bootstrap patcher) being applied. (Is there any way to pause verbose messages so that they can be read properly??) Now to sort out a 'no internet' problem and get the GMA950 graphics with QE/CI working...........
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