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  1. Overall am pretty happy with 10.7.1 on my HP DV8t w/ i5 540M processor & 8GB RAM. Pretty straightforward install, using NIRESH boot DVD (& CPUS=1) & then the Taptun patched kernel to get all cores working. However, have two issues which I've not seen before: 1) "Diagnostics" (under System Report) says: Quote: Power On Self-Test: Last Run: 10/6/11 10:11 AM Result: Failed Failure Type: Memory Memory Slots: Bottom - Slot 1/BANK 0, Bottom - Slot 2/BANK 1 End Quote "Memory" pane shows OK for both DIMMs. Tried known good RAM with no change in results. 2) When I boot with -v & -f flags, I get a line after fsck is run that says: "Removed xx orphaned / unlinked files and yyy directories." While I've seen this before, especially after a crash, I'm not used to seeing xx be double digits AND yyy often triple digits ! Anyone have any insight into either of these issues ? Thanks, G
  2. Thanks ! 1) I was asking about a separate thread for Lion issues on HP DVx, not a separate thread for DV8s. This thread mixes Snow Leopard & Lion and is getting long. 2) The Taptun 10.7.1 kernel got me up-and-running on both cores. I did have to delete the VoodooHDA kext too avoid kernel panics. In GeekBench 2.2.0 I get 5690 (64 bit) and 5084 (32 bit)....at least gets me into this decade of OSX performance. 3) I still get a kernel panic if I try to force booting into 64 bit mode. As long as I can run 64 bit apps, not sure that is a big deal. Thanks again !!! G
  3. Have a new-to-me HP refurb DV8t-12xx with dual hard drives and i5-540M processor. Having been down a similar path before & in preparation for installing OSX, flashed the Insyde BIOS with a no-whitelist version and popped in an Apple-branded Atheros Dual-Band AR9280 AR5BXB92. Card is recognized and works perfectly in Windows 7. Installed Lion to second hdd using Niresh12495-Lion.iso. Pretty easy install BUT had to use cpus=1 to boot the dual-layer DVD. Sooooo, I'm up and running in Lion with a stock/Vanilla kernel, updated to 10.7.1 without a problem. Still have to use cpus=1 to boot AND any attempt to force boot in 64 bits also gives a kernel panic. Some minor issues: no control of screen brightness & no (master) control of speaker volume, but these are apparently common problems and do not materially affect use. DV8t is very usable, dual booting from the OSX hard drive via Chameleon 2 GM into either Lion or Windows 7. Lion is actually pretty snappy (GeekBench2 of 3100), given that the processor is running crippled. The best news is that this fairly new 32nm processor runs VERY cool compared to other similar HP laptops with older processors that I've used. Several newbie questions for the veterans here: 1) What do you think about starting a Lion-specific DV8 / DVx thread ? Really try to research and do my own homework, but I'm having trouble sorting out the Lion bits in this now pretty-long thread. If such a thread already exists, kindly point me there. 2) Using 32 bit mode is probably not so bad, but using only one processor cripples the potential of this great machine. Anyone else with an i5 or similar with suggestions on unlocking the second processor ? Thanks in advance for any & all help ! G
  4. Temperature Monitor Version 4.6 The latest version of the excellent and free Temperature Monitor (<http://www.bresink.de/osx/TemperatureMonitor.html>) now shows CPU temperatures as well as drive temps on my HDX 18t ! G HP HDX 18t: Hardware list (all work in both Vista Home Premium & OSX86 except as noted): CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz) Video: Nvidia Geforce 9600M GT (10DE:0649) Chipset: Intel ICH9 Network: Realtek 8186C/8111C (10EC:8186) Sound: Intel IDT HDA (111D:76B2, 8086:293E) Wireless: Intel Wifi 5100 (for Vista) Belkin F5D8073 Wireless N Express Card (for OSX86) Blu-Ray Combo Drive: HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW CT10L Built-In Bluetooth 2X 250GB HDD Card Reader: JMB 38x Controller (no joy in OSX86) HP Webcam HP Bluetooth Laser Mobile Mouse (HP P/N 45185-001) HP xb3000 Expansion Base w/750GB HDD (shows up as USB-connected)
  5. Looks like I'm at the same point. Must be some way to get the boot loader pointing to drive 81 by default ?? I'm on an HP HDX 18t laptop with two internal hard drives, but the minimalist InsydeH2O EFI-emulating-BIOS that HP uses only allows booting from the primary hard drive. There are options for booting from the optical drive, USB, etc., just none for the secondary hard drive in the "BIOS". Having to stop the boot process & enter the "81" at every boot into OSX86 is at least inelegant ! G HP HDX 18t: Hardware list (all work in both Vista Home Premium & OSX86 except as noted): CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz) Video: Nvidia Geforce 9600M GT (10DE:0649) Chipset: Intel ICH9 Network: Realtek 8186C/8111C (10EC:8186) Sound: Intel IDT HDA (111D:76B2, 8086:293E) Wireless: Intel Wifi 5100 (for Vista) Belkin F5D8073 Wireless N Express Card (for OSX86) Blu-Ray Combo Drive: HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW CT10L Built-In Bluetooth 2X 250GB HDD Card Reader: JMB 38x Controller (no joy in OSX86) HP Webcam HP Bluetooth Laser Mobile Mouse (HP P/N 45185-001) HP xb3000 Expansion Base w/750GB HDD (shows up as USB-connected)
  6. SpiffyChee: You probably don't want to hear this, but if want or need a 100% seamless OSX experience, buy a Mac. A MacBook is priced similarly to the HDX 16, and would make a good college computer as long as the lack of a dedicated video card is ok for you. One of the reasons I opted for the HDX 18t is that with two internal hard drives I can keep one hard drive dedicated to OSX, and one dedicated to Vista & I can always boot into Vista to use features not supported in OSX. With respect to answering your specific questions, please realize that some answers may be configuration-specific, and HP is apparently doing some upgrades in production (to DDR3 memory, for example) which COULD affect OSX compatibility. I've added answers from MY experience with my HDX 18t and daily use of 10.5.5 using the info in this thread, Your mileage may vary ! G
  7. esata Anyone had success with esata port on their HDX (mines an 18t) ? My external drive (in a "Mobile Disk" case) works fine when USB-connected, but is not recognized in either OSX or Vista (64 bit) when using an esata-sata cable. Posts on forum.notebookreview.com (example: <http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=4251751&postcount=2698>) indicate that other users are having the same/similar problem in Vista. The esata-connected drive also does not show up in the BIOS, but other posts indicate that this may be "normal" ?? Thanks, G
  8. So folks don't have to hunt for it, the Ralink driver that works with my Belkin F5D8073 is at <http://www.ralinktech.com/ralink/Home/Support/Macintosh.html>, listed as RT2860. G
  9. Tinkerer: There is an EasyBCD 2.0 Beta: <http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=142582>. may be worth a try. G
  10. Tinkerer: In my experience with the HDX 18, and other recent HP laptops, there is no option in the BIOS to point to the second hard drive. Sooo...it may be that your install is just fine, but you need a bootloader on the primary hard drive to point to the OSX partition. Personally, I like one hard drive devoted to Vista & the second hard drive devoted to OSX, but I know that there are lots of users with success in a variety of partitioning schemes. The bootloader I use is the excellent and free "EasyBCD" from <http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1>. You may also find it useful to search this forum using <http://######.com/osx86search/> for EasyBCD for installation tips for Leopard. G
  11. Hard Drive in Optical Bay Since I ordered my HDX 18t with only one hard drive, I've been looking for a work-around until an HDD caddy & cable is available at a reasonable price. I really like having a separate hard drive for each operating system. Picked up an OBHD-SATA-SATA from NewModeUS.com ($42) which allows mounting a hard drive in place of the Blu-Ray combo drive. Works fine & the chrome finish matches the HDX 18t pretty well...although the faceplate is not as thick as the double faceplate that HP uses on their Blu-Ray drive, so the OBHD-SATA-SATA when installed is recessed about 3/16". The stock Blu-Ray drive is retained by a single screw, marked with an optical disc symbol on the bottom of the HDX-18t, so swapping the Blu-Ray drive back in when its needed is quick and easy. Possibilities are endless...how about 3 500GB hard drives in an HDX 18t !!! The OBHD-SATA-SATA is designed to fit in place of any standard SATA laptop optical drive, so will also work in the HDX-16t and other laptops with SATA optical drives. NewModeUS also has similar enclosures for laptops that use IDE optical drives. G
  12. Manni: Hope you get lucky with your new card; historically having an HP-branded version doesn't usually help. I'm very happy with the performance of my RaLink-based Belkin F5D8073 Wireless N Express Card. With the Ralink OSX drivers (see my earlier post), it just works. Plus, it is cheap on ebay. Only caution is that Belkin COULD change chip sets without notice. G
  13. Intel WIFI card I'm sure most have figured this out, but just in case: There are TWO mini PCIE cards in my HDX 18t. The one underneath the small "subwoofer" door is the WIFI card. Believe that the other card...under the large door.... is the Hybrid TV card. G
  14. My new HDX 18t arrived yesterday: Hardware list: CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz) Video: Nvidia Geforce 9600M GT (10DE:0649) Chipset: Intel ICH9 Network: Realtek 8186C/8111C (10EC:8186) Sound: Intel IDT HDA (111D:76B2, 8086:293E) Wireless: Intel Wifi 5100 Belkin F5D8073 Wireless N Express Card Blu-Ray Combo Drive: HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW CT10L Built-In Bluetooth 1X 250GB HDD Card Reader: JMB 38x Controller HP Webcam HP Bluetooth Laser Mobile Mouse (HP P/N 45185-001) HP xb3000 Expansion Base w/750GB HDD (shows up as USB-connected) 1) General comments: THANKS NEWMAN COOK!!! This is by far the smoothest/best OSX86 install I've seen on a non-Mac laptop (iDeneb 10.5.5). Sound is especially complete. If I plug earphones into the earphone jack, the laptop speakers turn off & the earphones work. When the laptop is on the Expansion base, the expansion base speakers automatically come on and if I plug earphones into the earphone jack, the Expansion base speakers turn off & the earphones again work. Video functionality complete and fast. 2) Cautions: A) I made the serious error of ordering mine with only 1 hard drive. The HDX 18t uses a different caddy and a proprietary SATA/power cable for the drives...not the same design as the HP DV9000 and other similar HP laptops. I'm still researching, but HP apparently sells the caddy, cable, screws and rubber bumpers each separately with a total price well North of $200 !!! Sooo, I'll use an external eSata case for now. The HDX 18t power supply connector is not compatible with the xb3000. I continue to use the power supply that came with my DV9000. The HDX 18t gets power from the docking connector when on the xb3000. Also note that the HDX 18t power supply is rated at 18.5V/6.5A, and the DV9000 power supply is rated at 19V/4.7A. With the DV9000 power supply powering the Expansion base, the HDX 18t seems happy and the DV9000 power supply does not even get warm. 3) Anomalies: A) ASP shows: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT: Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT Type: Display Bus: PCIe PCIe Lane Width: x16 VRAM (Total): 320 MB Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de) Device ID: 0x0649 Revision ID: 0x00a1 ROM Revision: NVdarwin 1.2.4 Why "320 MB" ?? Sleep seems to work OK, but there is no sound from any port upon wake from sleep. 4) What doesn't work in OSX86 (this is the shorter list, but I haven't tested every port): A) The Intel Wireless card (as expected). The Ralink-based Belkin F5D8073 Wireless N Express Card works fine, and avoids any need to fool with patching the BIOS. The card reader. I've only burned a couple of CDs and DVDs, but Disk Utility and Toast seem to work fine. Don't yet have a Blu-Ray movie to check playback. Will update if I discover anything new & significant. G I have the HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW CT10L optical drive, and it seems to be fine so far in reading & burning CDs & DVDs. Were you able to install with this drive ? Have you tried Toast or a free/free-trial burning program like Burn or LiquidCD ? Does the burn function work OK in Windoze ? Older versions of Mac OS were picky about burners, but OSX...especially Leopard... is pretty flexible. There is an excellent program called "PatchBurn" available at < http://www.patchburn.de/>. However that site now says: Quote October 31/2007: I am releasing Patchburn 4.0.5 for Mac-OS X 10.4.x and Patchburn 3.1.8 for Mac-OS X 10.3.x. These are just maintenance releases. No major changes! There will be NO version for Leopard (10.5) so far. Apple changed its strategy to exclude 3rd party burners. As far as I could test it, there is no need for Patchburn under Mac-OS X 10.5 any more! If you have problems getting your writer to work under Leopard, email me. End Quote G
  15. My new HDX 18t should arrive before Christmas. Presuming that these latest HP laptops continue to use a "white list" to block non HP-shipped mini-PCIE wireless cards from allowing the laptop to boot, the solution I prefer is the Belkin F5D8073 Wireless N Express Card. The one I have is Ralink based. Driver info at <http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=117670>. However, Belkin IS notorious for changing chips without changing model numbers. I don't like the idea of hot-swapping mini-PCIE cards OR modding the HP BIOS. The only negatives I see with the Belkin F5D8073 is that it occupies the Express card slot (but sticks out less & is probably faster than any USB stick) and will likely have less range than a mini-PCIE card that uses the built-in antennae. The F5D8073 is typically available on ebay for around $30, shipped. G
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