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  1. Just a thought. You're at an awkward moment, now, if you want a cutting edge system. Haswell LGA2011 chips running OS X 10.9 are coming soon. If you want a proven system, with a good guide, then it might be reasonable to wait three to six months. If you are impatent, my build, a i7-3770 on a GA-Z77-UD5H, is running just fine on 10.8.4. My build costs me $1400. Top of the line would have cost $200 more, but I didn't intend to overclock or see the need for thunderbolt, yet. A high end graphics card could run $300+ more. I'm not doing anything special with all the power I have. The most I'm doing is to learning to correct photos on Gimp. Good Luck.
  2. NullCPUPowerManagment stuck.

    It isn't clear to me what you did, exactly. Did you upgrade to 10.8.4 using the app store? If so, that is your problem; It just too much trouble to try to correct your errors. How do you back out of this error? Put your boot stick back in the system. Boot to it and do a Time Machine restore from just before the upgrade. It will take about an hour to recover your previously working system. Then you can upgrade using the Combo download from Apple.com.
  3. I'm confused

    You are making this too hard; you have a fairly common build. The problem is that you want us do all the work. But, we're not supposed to do your research for you. That takes away your independence. A hackintosh is a hobby - a learning experience. It's not necessarily cheaper than Apple, when you add in your labor hours. If you demand ease of use and someone to solve all your problems, then give Apple your money. That doesn't mean that we won't help. But, first, use the search field at the top/ rh corner of this page. Ask for a successful build (or a guide) for your motherboard and CPU. Pandora is still in Beta, so I can't advise it, yet. The proprietors of this site do not tolerate TonyMacx86, so go there or stay here, exclusively. Each website has its ways and won't conform to your dictates. You are supposed to try to fit in somewhere. Okay? No offense intended.
  4. Hackintosh PRO

    It looks like a good new rig. But, I have a few thoughts: The processor seems way beyond the Mobo. An i5-3570K would be a cheaper fit. Or upgrade the Mobo to Ga-Z77X-UD5H. Personally, I'd upgrade the mother board, because that is common build. So, there is lots of help. Save the difference with 120Gb SSD's. Most of your files should be off loaded on storage; leaving your boot drives lean and mean. The WD 2Tb HDD's should be partitioned into normal storage and time machine (or backups for windows.) This computer should last two to three years until Haswell chips are everywhere. But, then again, if you will wait six months, there will be plenty of Haswell examples to follow in Mavericks. Are you in a rush?
  5. Bug Reporting

    I ran into this problem, ap3, but I solved it by going back and repartitioning the boot stick. It took. For some reason, Pandora didn't want to erase my old installer.
  6. Pandora's Box (Beta 2 Testing)

    There is a lot I don't understand about your system. I built a Hackentosh using "another system" which will remain unnamed. I was able to build the boot stick, although there were times when I had to guess and pray what was the correct action. I was able to Boot into Safe Mode. I ran the post installation but didn't understand what most of the Pandora settings were for. So, better explanations are needed. The Post Installation is not much like "the Other system," so I was whistling in the dark most of the time. Running the Post Installation left me with a number of issues. I was never able to get out of safe mode. No Sound. ACL898 was not available for my board. No Internet. ALXEthernet.kext and AppleIntelE1000e.kext were unavailable. 1080P Display was not selectable, so my screen flickered. My DSDT was ignored. Or I had no idea of where I should have placed it other than the desktop. No doubt I could correct these issues, but I will wait until you get closer to a final product
  7. You won't receive technical advice here. You need to return to where you built your hack. Look in the Forums at Post Installation. There are two reasons you should: the people at the site you used know their system better; you are their responsibility. Let them help you. Using their search engine, look for a successful build using your hardware. Follow the guide. You are welcome here, if you want to learn about Chameleon or Clover. I suspect you're too new to know what those are, yet. Stick around and learn, but don't expect anyone to fix another site's problems. No offence intended. The other reason is that the owners of InsanelyMac have a major dislike going on with the owners of the site you used; so much so that they don't even want the other site's name or their products mentioned. I'm neutral, myself. Neither has gotten me angry. I started my hack over there and will remain on their bootloader until Apple releases OS X 10.8.5. I have a smoothly running hackintosh and have no intention to screw it up. I'll bulid a Chameleon system, soon enough, on another disk. Eventually, I'll learn Clover. So, why am I here? I'm here to learn. The other site dumbs things down too much for me. But, you're new enough, that you might want some dumbing down. You just want the computer to work, right? Not know the details of why it does. True?
  8. Buy ML with a PC

    That's the problem. You need a Mac to download OS X 10.8.4, because you need an Apple ID to purchase from the App Store. You could look among your acquaintances for someone with a Mac. Maybe, you could pay them a little something to build a bootloader for chameleon.
  9. Gigabyte Motherboard

    It depends on whether you intend to overclock. What size case and motherboard? What do you intend to use the computer for? How many cards? Is it to be a production machine? A game machine? If you intend to install a new MoBo and CPU in your old case, it depends on what it is. Mine was easy. I overbuilt it, because I wanted longevity. It is quite vanilla. I'm still on Chimera/ [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] for the moment. I'll try a Chameleon install when 10.8.5 arrives. I can experiment, because I have three other HDD's and a SDD. Gigabyte Ga-Z77-UD5H i7-3770 Intel H4000 internal graphics for now 16 Gb memory Corsair Carbide 500R case Corsair enthusiast 650Watt 80+ Bronze PS Seagate 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD Sandisk 120 Gb SSD I've read of Chameleon and Clover installs for it. http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/280756-guide-the-all-in-one-guide-to-vanilla-os-x-including-chameleon-dsdt-for-beginners/ http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/288829-guide-gigabyte-z77x-ud5h-clover-uefi-installtweak-guide/ But you can build a nice and simpler system for around $800. A i5-3570K and a GA-Z77-DS3H will run you a bit over $300.
  10. My mistake. Doesn't the Mac partition need to be in Mac OS Extended (Journaled)? I was over looking at the guide for my board and it loads a disk image on the boot stick. I wish you well. I'd like to help, but I'm out of my depth. I need to run a few bootups on my system using Clover. Luckily, I have three spare disk drives that I can dink around with, so I don't lose anything. I'll stick around to see your picture, but I don't think I've been of help.
  11. Unfortunately, this is way beyond my experience and skill. I'm too new to the site. And have no experence on laptops. My problem is that I want to reply in what I learned at TonyMacx86 and I'm unsure if it is applicable. Some things struck me. When you say that Niresh's 10.8.2 on DVD won't boot into the OS, what does it look like when you type in " -v PCIRootUID=0 "? That is, verbose mode and defining the boot drive? Also, are you trying to install OS X in a partition on the same drive as Windows? Did you wipe the partition or disk clean and format it in GUID rather than NTFS? There are so many ways to screw this up without knowing it. That is why you need a guide. Let's try some troubleshooting too, USB stick's don't work well in USB 3.0 ports. Could this be a problem?
  12. IntelMacGuy, I'm still puzzling out what you mean. Your reply came in while I was typing. It seems as though your hardware will work. I'd still look for a successful build. That way you can see what problems they ran into. Let me restate your problems as I see them. You don't have a copy of "Install OS X Mountain Lion." Nor have you built a USB boot stick. You can't download from the App store without a Mac or a Hackintosh, plus an Apple ID, so you need to find a friend with a Mac. I'd help, but the methods here on this site are too new for me. I wouldn't trust me. Although I've read the instructions, I haven't tried the methods used here for installing OS X on a USB boot stick. Eventually, I'll get around to it. It's just different from what I am used to. 10.8.4 does not have a DVD, only a boot stick and a download from the app store. The last DVD Apple used was for Lion 10.7. I have an old copy if all else fails. The normal method to find a friend with a Mac. You need to build a USB boot stick on his machine.
  13. It would be helpful to anyone, who decides to help you, if you gave details of what your hardware is and what actions you have attempted. There are many people here better qualified, than I, to help you, but you need to explain your situation better than you have. I'm not trying to put you off. I have a working hack (Ga-Z77X-UD5H, i7-3770 and Intel H4000 graphics.) This is one of the easier builds, but even I have had to work my way though problems. I used a copy of Mountain Lion OSX downloaded from the app store and loaded it onto a thumbdrive. So, I know nothing about ISO methods. But there are plenty of sources, here. I'm guessing about this site, since I build my Hack over at Tonymacx86, that you shouldn't expect to be spoon fed here. You are supposed to research your hardware before you ask questions. And to look for successful builds, of your hardware, using the approved methods. Perhaps, the more experienced members would know exactly what you meant, but I do not. A hackintosh is a hobby; it will always be more difficult than a Mac or a PC. It will demand that you go the extra mile before involving anyone else. Most your problems you must work out, alone. This is good for you. You need troubleshooting skills which can only come from experience. And experience comes from failure, confusion, thought and effort. The better you are at communicating, the more likely that someone will help you. Good luck.
  14. Introduce yourself.

    Hi, I'm UrbanBard. I spent some time over at TonyMacx86 and constructed one of their builds. GA-Z77X-UD5H Intel i7-3770 Intel H4000 graphics 16 Gb memory SanDisk Extreme 120Gb SSD Seagate Barracuda 1Tb 7200 rpm HDD Corsair Enthusiast 650 Watt 80 plus Bronze PS Corsair Carbide Black 500R Mid tower. HP Pavillian 27 xi LED- lit Monitor Logitech Z313 Speaker system Sony AD-7280S-0B Optical drive It's been a learning experience. It took a week or so before I was satisfied. I was always able to work my way though my problems. Everything works on my system, but my build isn't exotic. It has been an interesting experience. I'm likely to build a budget (Mavericks) system for my sister for Christmas. I think I'll build it the InsanelyMac way, although, that requires more knowledge. The first Mac I used was a new Macintosh Se/30 (at work.) I used a series of different computers in my later occupation as a facility engineer. My personal Mac's were a Mac II si, a Lime Green iMac (2001) and a 2007 flat screen iMac, until just recently. This is the first time I've tried to build a computer and, for the most part, It went well. That may be a result of formerly being an electronic tech. I gave that up to go into management and to work as a System manager on a Cadam/ Catia system. This means that I mostly have experiance as a Mac user and on other computers by constructing layouts of computer installations. I never was a programmer or one who used terminal very much. Now, I am retired. This computer is vastly more powerful than I need. But, I intend to experiment on how I can use it. There is lots to learn and it seems that this place is more condusive to experimentation than TonyMacx86. I could follow their methods, but I never learned why I did anything. It could just as well be mumbo-jumbo.