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  1. I moved the Pioneer DVD writer to a Linux box so I can burn DVDs at reasonable speeds. When I swapped in a generic IDE DVD reader, Snow Leopard wouldn't even boot. Apparently the fact that my Pioneer burner is an "Apple supported" drive was the only thing that was letting it work, at all. I guess the only thing left to do is buy a SATA burner.
  2. I found a BA2 SL install guide that included an IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector.kext, so I tried putting that in my /Extra folder. I got all excited when, after a reboot, System Profiler showed "Write Speeds:" populated, and Toast showed speeds up to 16X (the media I'm using) available. But when I tried burning a DVD, I still get only 1X burns and very slow verifies. Also, big Finder copies seem to really tie up my machine, now, so it looks like that kext was not the solution.
  3. I upgraded to Toast 10. No improvement. Anybody suggest what I can try to start figuring out what the problem is?
  4. I've been running Mac OS X on a Bad Axe II based hack for a long time. Everything was great (well, no sound after sleep...) until I upgraded to Snow Leopard. Before, I never had any trouble burning DVDs at 8X. Now, while Toast Ti 9Toast Titanium 10 shows 8X as an option in the available speeds, I never get an actual speed higher than 1X. No changes to hardware or software other than upgrading to SL, disks from the same package, and following the same process as before. Verification after the burn also takes much longer than before, so it seems like SL just thinks this drive is only capable of 1X speeds. Am I the only one having this problem? Any suggestions? Bad Axe II aka Bad Axe 2 aka Intel D975XBX, PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-111D I've found some posts that say IDE drives won't work with the Bad Axe 2, but I didn't run into any problems installing Snow Leopard. I have the Pioneer DVD drive on the IDE port, and a couple of SATA hard drives attached. My /Extras folder contains: IOAudioFamily.kext NullCPUPowerManagement.kext OSvKernDSPLib.kext OpenHaltRestart.kext PlatformUUID.kext SleepEnabler.kext VoodooHDA.kext fakesmc.kext
  5. Thanks for this guide! I was able to use it to get my Bad Axe 2 hack upgraded. I had one problem that cost me a lot of time, and thought posting about it might help others: After getting the installer to boot, I kept getting a kernel panic just a few minutes into the installation. It turned out to be cause by the fact that I habitually open the log window to watch what's going on during the install. When finally tried letting the install run without opening the log, the install finished, fine, and I was able to follow the rest of the guide to end up with a working system.
  6. ducman

    Dual boot file stream/transfer

    Mac FUSE works fine for using an NTFS-formatted partition from within Mac OS X. However, if music is your main concern, FAT would work fine, be much faster, and probably more stable.
  7. I've been through several hackintosh installs, and my Bad Axe II is by far the easiest. I'm loving my D975XBX2+Q6700+GeForce 7300GT system! My recommendation would be to take things a step at a time. Use the generic boot-123 disk and your retail 10.5.6 to get up and running. One of the available custom Leopard install DVDs will work, but it's cool to have a "vanilla" install, and you will be able to do it. You'll be able to get your video card fully supported and get sound working, later. If you have trouble with that approach, for some reason, I think the next easiest approach is to start with the Kalyway 10.5.2 install disk and the Bad Axe 2 guide in these forums. Then upgrading to 10.5.6 is fairly easy--you just need to be careful. full disclosure: My hackpro isn't perfect: sleep/wake works great, but after waking sound doesn't work. That's literally the only problem with my system.
  8. The connector physically fits in the right two columns, but the board won't POST. According to the documentation, the CPU isn't getting power. However, you can trim the corners of the plug to make it fit in the MIDDLE two columns, and it will work, fine. I've been running an overclocked E4500 for several months that way with no problems.
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    Sigmatel HD Audio

    I was able to get my BOXD975XBX2KR-based hack working, fine. Everything works well, even sleep, except for one small problem. After waking from sleep, audio doesn't work until I reboot. I've tried several different AppleHDA.kexts, and tonight I even made a bootable Linux USB drive so I could create a codec dump. I dropped the resulting text file on AppleHDAPatcher_v1.16, and it reported that it successfully patched my AppleHDA.kext. Still the same problem, though: sound works fine until sleep, then doesn't work after waking. BTW: the sound control panel shows "Internal Speakers" as the available output device, before and after sleep, and functions normally, even when sound isn't actually working. I'm guessing the problem has something to do with the fact that System Profiler says "No Built-in Audio." Since EFI doesn't think there's an audio system, it doesn't try to reinitialize it on wake. Does anybody actually have something reported under Audio (built-in) in System Profiler? Do any of you still have working sound after sleep?
  10. I've had it go both ways. Most recently, I bought a bad axe 2 for $80, and it came wrapped in bubble wrap with absolutely no extra parts. Only thing I needed, though, was the IO plate, and I'm just running without that, for now. I can confirm that plugging a normal 2x2 plug into the right side will not work. However, my D975XBX2 + E4500 overclocked to 3.0Ghz has been working fine for over a month after I used a pocked knife to trim the corners of the 2x2 plug to fit in the MIDDLE pair of sockets of the motherboard connector.
  11. ducman

    BadAxe2 with GUID and EFI Tutorial

    I was able to get my BOXD975XBX2KR-based hack working, fine. Everything works well, even sleep, except for one small problem. After waking from sleep, audio doesn't work until I reboot. I've tried several different AppleHDA.kexts, and tonight I even made a bootable Linux USB drive so I could create a codec dump. I dropped the resulting text file on AppleHDAPatcher_v1.16, and it reported that it successfully patched my AppleHDA.kext. Still the same problem, though: sound works fine until sleep, then doesn't work after waking. BTW: the sound control panel shows "Internal Speakers" as the available output device, before and after sleep, and functions normally, even when sound isn't actually working. I'm guessing the problem has something to do with the fact that System Profiler says "No Built-in Audio." Since EFI doesn't think there's an audio system, it doesn't try to reinitialize it on wake. Does anybody actually have something reported under Audio (built-in) in System Profiler? Do any of you still have working sound after sleep? In case somebody can tell something from it, I've attached a copy of my ioreg output. I'd sure appreciate any suggestions.
  12. I have successfully upgraded the hard drive in my hack by copying one SATA disk to a larger SATA disk. I put the second drive in the machine, formatted it the same type as the original disk, and then used "ditto" ("man ditto" on the command line) to copy everything in the main HFS+ partition to the main HFS+ partition on the second disk. I then used pc_efi_v8 to make the second disk bootable. After rebooting and using the bios to boot to the new hard drive to make sure everything worked, I just removed the smaller disk and was done. If you're moving to identical hardware, you could use this method. If the hardware isn't identical, I don't know what might happen. Both paralles and vmware work fine. I've only run XP as a virtual machine, but it works, and performance is fine for work stuff. (I'm not a gamer.)
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    Anyone have any luck installing 10.5.2

    I have a vanilla kernel install on a bad axe 2-based system, so I thought it would be safe to let the update run. Now I can't boot, and a -v show the problem as "No HPETs available...CPU(s) configured incorrectly."
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    Wake up from USB Keyboard/Mouse?

    I had to enable it in my BIOS. Look for something with S3 and USB.
  15. See my post #8. Installing from PATA dvd drive to SATA hard drive definitely works. If you've fooled around with your BIOS, try resetting to defaults.
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