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  1. Gringo and MaLd0n, If possible I'll include direct AppleHDA patching as an option (for those who dont want to use DSDT). Thanks for the resources XLR, Thanks Scottapotamus, I listed SMBIOS editing as a planned feature in the main post oldnapalm, That looks great! I didn't know there was something like that. When I start making the app I'll PM you for API access
  2. sch8mid, Thanks Gringo, I've checked out that app and it appears to tell the user which hardware is compatible, and what kexts are used, but doesn't actually direct the user to a resource on where they can find the required files, which is what I aim to do. About the QuartzGL thing, it's probably not something that I'm going to be putting in the prefpane. It's not particularly relevant to OSx86, and its a tweak that can easily by applied through the Terminal. bertmannaustria, There will be a string generator For it to auto add device IDs to kexts and stuff, that would mean it would have to have a repository of patches for each individual card, not sure how well that would work out :-/ As for sound, I think I can include the most common patches for sound in the DSDT patcher. And by "kext merge" I think you're talking about using Extensions.mkext, which will automatically be created by the prefpane when kexts are changed.
  3. Yep, I've seen that one. The DSDT patcher I'm planning will likely be a very simple one, just a few checkboxes/dropdowns to choose what you want to patch and a button to apply it
  4. It wouldn't be all that time consuming to write one, much of the code needed is already in OSx86 Tools, all I need to do is convert it to Objective-C code. That's what I was planning, there is no downloading involved, it just directs the user to the resource at which the driver may be found. That way they won't miss out on instructions, details, etc. that may go along with the driver.
  5. The fixes will definitely be documented. It may be difficult to detect the fixes that have already been applied, simply because it can be patched in many ways. I could give a very general idea of whats patched (e.g. HDEF, AZAL, etc.) but its hard to get much more specific than that. If by support for "EFI-partition" you mean installing kexts, etc. to an EFI partition I think I can do that. And of course it will automatically build the mkext when kexts are changed
  6. Hi, I haven't really been active on the scene for a few years now but I recently had to install OSx86 on my computer again because I needed it for recording/music production. Looking through the forums I still found tons of reference to using OSx86Tools, which has long been outdated, and basically the only functions on it that are still usable are the kext installation and the EFI string generation. I've been thinking of writing a preference pane (written in native Objective-C/Cocoa) that would be easily accessible through System Preferences. Some ideas I've been throwing around for it: Basics: - Kext/kernel manager (support for both S/L/E and Extra, drag and drop UI) - Basic "maintenance" tasks (regenerating kext caches, permissions, etc.) - Creating and patching DSDT - Generating and applying EFI strings - Configuring various settings (32/64bit modes, boot timeout, kernel flags, etc.) - SMBIOS confiugration Extras (crazy ideas) - Chameleon theme manager (easy theme selection/installation, maybe even a central theme repo?) - "Suggestions" system --> This one is one of my favorite ideas. Basically, its like a solutions center, where you select your problem (e.g. sleep doesn't work, PS/2 mouse/keyboard doesn't work) and it offers downloads for drivers, or guides/resources that may be of use. I think, that for users that have managed to successfully install OS X, it would reduce the "noob clutter" where people are asking for solutions to common problems. Another possibility is to have it be able to scan hardware using lspci and offer driver downloads. I have learnt from past experience using OSx86Tools that this doesn't work as well as I'd like, but I think I've come across a reasonable compromise. Instead of it auto downloading kexts and installing them, instead I would link to the actual pages from which they come from, so that the user is more aware of what is being installed. Those are all my ideas for now, does anyone else have any other suggestions? Also note, I'm not promising I'm gonna be doing this anytime soon, its just one of those "free time" projects (even though my free time at the moment is severely limited).
  7. A federal judge ruled that Psystar can continue its countersuit against Apple. The judge also hinted that if Psystar proves the allegations then other companies will be free to sell Mac clones as well. Psystar claims that Apple broke antitrust laws by binding the Mac OS X operating system to its hardware. According to the judge, if Psystar can prove that Apple abused copyright laws, then Apple's allegations against Psystar will be detered. Psystar has 1 week to submit its revised counterclaims, and Apple will then be given 20 days to respond. Full story on ComputerWorld Thanks to Jeezoflip for bringing this story to my attention
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    New Chameleon Announced!

    Zef posted this on the Chameleon site today: Hi Res images are available on their blog. <strong>IT IS NOT OUT YET SO DON'T BOTHER ASKING</strong> <strong></strong> <strong></strong>
  9. Apple recently (and quietly) updated its popular white MacBook. The new white MacBook now available from the Apple store offers a faster newer generation 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, standard 2GB DDR2 memory, NVIDIA 9400M graphics, Bluetooth 2.1, 120GB HDD, and a new unibody (like the aluminum MacBooks) white polycarbonate shell. The white MacBook still only costs $999 and will be the bottom end of Apple's line of Mac notebooks. As for optioning, RAM can be upgraded up to 4GB, the hard disk can be upgraded up to 320GB, and of course all of the usual Apple options (iWork, Aperture, Apple Remote, AppleCare, etc. etc.). Original story from Engadget
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    Rumor: 15" MacBook Air

    A recent entry on a Chinese rumor blog claims that a 15 inch MacBook Air is headed our way. The website claims that the new model will use an ultra low voltage Intel Core 2 Duo. The blog that reported this, Apple.pro, has a mixed record in terms of prediction. Photos posted in August of a "new MacBook" turned out to be fake, but the July photos of the aluminum MacBook Pro turned out to be quite close to the actual thing. However, with Apple's current product line, it is not apparent how a 15" MacBook Air would fit in with the rest of their laptops. Unless the new Air has a dramatically lower price, it won't be able to sell when the 15" MacBook Pro with much more performance remains in the line.
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    MacWorld 2009 Keynote Available Now

    Well you've heard everywhere of what happened at MacWorld 09 (news topic here) but its always nice to see the action. The stream can be viewed here. Currently the keynote is only available in standard definition, but an HD version is expected to follow (as with all Apple presentations). Enjoy! EDIT: HD stream now available
  12. DiaboliK, a developer here at InsanelyMac has discovered signs that Apple may be pushing out Mac Mini's and iMac's based on NVIDIA's nForce MCP79 chipset. The following contents were found in IOPlatformPluginFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin.kext/Contents/Info.plist from the MacBook5,1/MacBookPro5,1. <dict> <key>Desc-Key</key> <string>CFG_MCP79</string> <key>Description</key> <string>Mini-FL-2008</string> <key>model</key> <string>Macmini3,1</string> </dict> <dict> <key>Desc-Key</key> <string>CFG_MCP79</string> <key>Description</key> <string>iMac-FL-2008</string> <key>NoSLFM</key> <true/> <key>model</key> <string>iMac9,1</string> </dict> As you can see from the "<string>CFG_MCP79</string>" line, this may be a solid indication of Apple's plans for future Macs. nForce users have had a long and hard history of running Mac OSx86 (compared to users of more supported chipsets e.g. Intel) but with this, nForce may just become one of the best platforms for running Mac OSx86. With the introduction of nForce chipsets in macs, will we see improvements in NVIDIA graphics technology on the Mac? Only time will tell. Original Post by DiaboliK
  13. The well known clone maker Psystar has made the next attempt in its series of desperate measures to justify selling Apple clones. Psystar has now made a statement that because Apple did not file the copyright for the Mac OS X operating system at the U.S. Copyright Office, Apple's copyright claims are invalid and that they cannot enforce this upon Psystar without owning the copyright. Apple's copyright registration number TX0005401457, created in 2001 (around the time that OS X was introduced) files a copyright on a "software program" named Mac OS X, but Psystar argues that this is not the copyright that they filed for Mac OS X. However, if, however unlikely, it proves to be true then this could be a calling for clone makers everywhere to start hitting the shelves with their own Frankenmacs. Even then, Apple could still file the copyright while the trial is in progress, although it is not clear how much of an effect that would really have. Original Story
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    Voodoo Kernel 2.0 Announced

    From Voodoo Team Site: Things are looking good. Core i7 support is coming the the team's latest kernel for Mac OS X 10.5.6 which should be here in early January But just a tip while we wait for another great kernel, the 9.5.0 Voodoo kernel works fine in 10.5.6 as long as you have the 10.5.5 System.kext installed. EDIT: Comment from Dense: You need the 10.5.5 seatbelt.kext as well to install Voodoo on 10.5.6
  15. From Dev Team Blog: The unlock that the Dev Team has promised to bring is finally going to be here on New Year's eve, codenamed yellowsn0w. Video demonstration is available here.
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