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  1. I booted the OSX86 installer from the IATKOS V.5i DVD and installed ONLY the Chameleon 1.0.11 installer. My system does not dual boot Windows; rather OSX86 has its own dedicated partition. In any event, with Chameleon installed from the install DVD, my system booted up just fine. Oh, incidentally, when the installer completes, it will present a message that the install failed. Ignore it. Simply remove the DVD and reboot the system and OSX86 will come up fine.
  2. iDefrag on a Hackintosh partition

    Not sure where this application resides. How do I access it? MacWeenie
  3. By the way, you can edit the menu list that grub provides when your system boots. Start Ubuntu and open a terminal session. Enter the command sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst From here you can adjust the boot menu to your liking. MacWeenie
  4. Backup Solution for OSX86

    I found a great backup solution for backup up OSX86 partitions. It's called SuperDuper from Shirt Pocket Software (click here for SuperDuper web site). I copied my OSX86 partition directly to an external USB drive, the instructed SuperDuper to make the drive bootable. It worked great! Now if my internal Hackintosh drive dies, I simply boot up my external USB drive and SuperDuper it back to the internal drive (Click here for a procedure to boot from an external USB drive). Other backup utilities I have tried did not work as well for me: Clonetool Hatchery did not work because it kept hanging in the middle of the backup process. Carbon Copy Cloner did not work well because I could not successfully boot from the backup. SuperDuper is the way to go, so I encourage everyone to try it and preserve all that hard work creating that Hackintosh. MacWeenie
  5. iDefrag on a Hackintosh partition

    I managed to figure out a procedure to boot my system from an external USB drive (click this thread for the procedure). From the external drive I was able to run iDefrag. It worked great. No complaints, no corruption, no problem. MacWeenie
  6. Boot OSX86 from an external USB drive/device

    I have an answer to this that works for me: The setup: Dell Dimension with 2 internal drives--one boots WinXP, the other boots OSX86 (the volume name is "Mac OSX86"). The goal: Boot OSX86 from an external USB drive (called "OSX86USB"). The purpose for doing this is that I want to be able to unmount the internal volume, Mac OSX86, so I can run utilities against it (e.g. iDefrag, TechTool Pro, backup utility). The Steps: Plug the USB drive into the computer. Boot from the Uphuck v1.4ir3 install DVD. Partition the external USB drive with the volume "OSX86USB" and format it as Mac OS extended journaled. Install OSX86 to the USB drive. Reboot the system into OSX86 on the internal volume, Mac OSX86. Start the Terminal application (Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal). Enter the following command:sudo diskutil list Enter your password if prompted. What you will see will resemble the following: [font="Courier New"]/dev/disk0 #: type name size identifier 0: FDisk_partition_scheme *111.8 GB disk0 1: Apple_HFS Mac OSX86 111.8 GB disk0s1 /dev/disk1 #: type name size identifier 0: FDisk_partition_scheme *149.1 GB disk1 1: Windows_NTFS WinXP System 39.1 GB disk1s1 2: Windows_NTFS Downloads (NTFS) 110.0 GB disk1s5 /dev/disk2 #: type name size identifier 0: FDisk_partition_scheme *37.3 GB disk2 1: Apple_HFS OSX86USB 37.3 GB disk2s1[/font] What I'm looking for is on the last line on the far right, disk2s1. It appears on the same line as the volume name, OSX86USB. This is the disk identifier and it tells me the drive from which I want to start OSX86 when Darwin starts up. Restart OSX86. When Darwin starts, I am provided with the option to press any key to enter additional startup commands. Press any key. At the boot: prompt (in Darwin) enter the following: mach_kernel rd=disk2s1 Press return and it will boot from OSX86USB. If I want to watch the entire boot process, then enter the following: mach_kernel -v rd=disk2s1 The -v puts the boot process into verbose mode. Enjoy! MacWeenie
  7. I want to access the startup drive on my Hackintosh using an external boot device (USB drive, CD or DVD). How do I create this? My system dual boots Windows XP and OSX86 and I am using XP's boot.ini file (aka the "chain0" method) to select the OS. Thanks for any input! MacWeenie :censored2:
  8. Has anyone braved the use of iDefrag (http://www.coriolis-systems.com/iDefrag.php) to optimize their Hackintosh drive or parition? For starters, I cannot figure out how to create a bootable CD/DVD that will allow me to access startup drive so I can optimize it. Even if I figure that out, I really don't want to corrupt the file structure by executing the program. Please let me know if you have tried it and whether or not you had any success. Thanks! MacWeenie :censored2:
  9. I am currently running Uphuck 10.4.9 on a Dell Dimension 4550. I have successfully installed dogbert's CMI8738 audio driver and I can get sound just fine. However, I also want to be able to have my Hackintosh announce the time. When I open the date & time settings in the System Preferences and click on the Clock tab, followed by clicking on the Customize Voice button, the voice is grayed out to the System Voice. I cannot get any voice output. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how did you correct it? Do you know what extension(s) control the system voice? Thanks! MacWeenie
  10. I am currently running OSX86 10.4.8 with a successful installation of the Callisto b006 drivers for my ATI X800XL video adapter (QE & CI supported). I want to upgrade to 10.4.9 so I can run iLife08 applications. Would I be able to have a successful upgrade to 10.4.9 if I booted the uphuck DVD and only installed the SSE2 kernel and the Intel 10.4.9 update (no drivers or patches)? If ext files other than the kernel are overwritten during the upgrade process, what directories would you suggest I back up so that if the upgrade totally bombs, I could restore from backup and get my 10.4.8 system back? Thanks for your help! MacWeenie My system: Dell Dimension 4550 Desktop (Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz supporting SSE2) LCD: Samsung SyncMaster 151s (1024x768 @ 60Hz) Video: ATI X800XL (QE & CI Support using phoenix3200 procedure and Callisto b006) Audio: C-Media CMI8738 (used driver provided by dogbert) LAN: Intel Pro V integrated network adapter DVD: Sony DVD RW DRU-810A (burns great using Liquid CD and Disk Utility)
  11. My copy of iLife '08 is on DVD. When I tried to perform the text edit updates to the distribution.dist file in the Contents folder if the iLife08 package install file, the permissions were set to read only and I could not update the text file. To alleviate this, I created a folder called Temp in my home directory, giving myself complete read & write access to it. Then I copied the iLife08 install file into the Temp folder. Because permissions trickle down from the main folder to its subfolders, voila, I am able to modify distribution.dist. I updated distribution.dist to reflect that my system runs 10.4.8. The installation completed successfully. HOWEVER, iMovie and iPhoto will not load (Note: iWeb, Garage Band, and iDVD work okay). The error message I get is "You cannot use the application 'iMovie' with this version of OSX." Not to be denied joy, I modified the info.plist file in the Contents folder of the iMovie package. I changed the statement <key>LSMinimumSystemVersion</key> <string>10.4.9</string> to reflect that I was running 10.4.8. After a system restart, no joy. iPhoto does not have such a statement in info.plist. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions so I can make iLife 08 run in a 10.4.8 environment? It's all loaded up, it just won't run. MacWeenie My system: Dell Dimension 4550 Desktop (Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz supporting SSE2) LCD: Samsung SyncMaster 151s (1024x768 @ 60Hz) Video: ATI X800XL (QE & CI Support using phoenix3200 procedure and Callisto b006) Audio: C-Media CMI8738 (used driver provided by dogbert) LAN: Intel Pro V integrated network adapter DVD: Sony DVD RW DRU-810A (burns great using Liquid CD and Disk Utility)
  12. I had a similar situation occur. To correct it, I simply reinstalled Ubuntu. My Ubuntu installation was not customized at all, so I had nothing to lose. After the reinstallation completed, all of the boot partitions worked fine. Hope this helps! MacWeenie
  13. After I installed OSX86 on my PC which runs both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux, the active partition was switched to the OSX86 partition. Because of that, my system would not provide me the boot selection menu that comes with Ubuntu. To alleviate this problem, I booted my PC using the Ubuntu installation disk and ran 'gparted' from the Terminal application (from the Ubuntu desktop, click Applications-> Accessories -> Terminal). In Terminal, you must enter the command 'sudo gparted' to start the utility. This runs the Ubuntu partition utility. It displays a very nice graphical image of all of the partitions that are configured on your hard disk. In the far right column, you will see which partition, if any, is tagged as the boot partition. All you have to do is right-click the desired partition and check the box next to 'boot' to make the partition active. Make sure only one partition is marked 'boot.' After you make the necessary changes, close gparted and restart the computer with the Ubuntu disk removed from the optical drive. Hope this helps someone! MacWeenie