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About Chrismo

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  1. Final CutPro works perfectly for me with the built in firewire ports. From XL2 Camera and XHA1 HDV camera. I've spent Many hours/days/weeks with it. Everything is flawless. I've also added a PCI card with 4 more Firewire ports and that works perfectly too. Chris
  2. I'm an editor. At home I have a hackintosh system set up which works great. (At work I have a few 8 core Mac Pro's) The 8600 graphics card works perfectly and is very cheap. I bought it with plans to upgrade later, but it works so well I dont see upgrading for a while.The 8800 GT card is faster, but more for gaming. The 2600 HD card is fastest of the three as far as FinalCut & Motion is concerned, though I havent seen many hackintosh's use it. All 4 cores of the Q6600 will be used, especially with Compressor, and increasingly, more apps will use all the cores better. The price of the Q6700 just dropped - I would get that if prices are similar. I use the badaxe motherboard you were first looking at. It works very reliably with OSX vanilla, but so does the Gigayte board you switched to which is cheaper. Don't think you need 2 optical drives. But I guess if you are selling dvd's? Get SATA drives, and a USB sound card if you need Mic input. Get good RAM if you are going to overclock. Goodluck.
  3. Dual Core vs Quad Core?

    I would go with the 8600 video card if you are going to be using FCP or motion they are so cheap now $69, and work well with the "Pro Applications" that use Core Image Effects. The GPU will help the CPU render in those Aps. The 8600 128MB is the video card used in the Macbook Pro's. Get the 256MB or 512 versions. I have the xfx 8600 and it works with Apple's vanilla driver in the Leopard Graphics update in 10.5.2. It also does ok with Gaming. I'm running crysis. Oh ya - and For video editing - especially compressing video, you will use all cores. Chris
  4. 8600GT Installation

    I have the 8600 and it works with 10.5.2 once you have the Leopard graphic update installed. There is also a standalone 8600 installer someone had that works. I dont remember the name of it. use google to search this site using the following in googles search bar: 8600 site:insanelymac.com
  5. My Aluminum Apple keyboard works, except for the F keys. So I cant boot into bios with it. It works fine once OSX has booted though. Annoyiong. I dont dont want to have to keep another keyboard around just to adjust BIOS settings. And it;s such a nice keyboard. Searching for solution. Legacy USB on with Badaxe2 Mobo.
  6. 8600GTS at only 1024x768

    After the Leopard Graphics Update, my 8600 Card worked perfectly. Thats with everything vanilla. No Nvidia kexts.
  7. Kalaway added some things to his install... See in the finder window at the top... There are two magnifying glasses.The one with the red line through it lets things be invisible like they should be.The other magniifying glass lets you see all invisibles.He added a few programs to the application folder too, and I'm not sure which kexts he changed, so thats why I switched from his. Kalyway is great though - without a doubt the simplist method!ChrisSorry I made a typo thats why the error!In Step 2, Make sure the line says ./bootefi_7_guid_only.sh (NOT ./bootefi_v7_guid_only.sh) Sorry - mybad
  8. Patching a Leopard Upgrade DVD

    There is one called the BrazilMac patch. Also on some mobo's the install fromt he retail disk itself is pretty straightforeward. Thats how I did it.
  9. You need to install the efi bootloader again. Try this script on this page: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...mp;#entry614798 With the motherboard I have (BADAXE2) for GUID, I need to insall version7, then version8 If you have that board use my versin of his script here: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...6014&st=780 Also, for these forums add a signature with info about what computer you are trying to install on, so it's easier to help you. Threads without that needed info often get ignored. Chris
  10. Do you have the boot_v7_guid_only file in your usb stick's i386 folder? Did you format the drive you waant to install on as GUID using apples Disk Utilities? Below is a jpg of what files are on my USBstick as well as a zip of all the files I have on it. You shoud not have to unmount the drive at any time, the script will do that for you. Also, the script finds the drive number, using the drive name, so you dont need to worry about drive numbers at all. Thats why its cool. Kudos to whoever made it. Here is a zip of all the files on my USB key which I named BOOTLOADER. This way you can just format, then do the 1, 2, 3, steps. http://rapidshare.com/files/102365989/bootefi.zip.html I answered an email, and thought I might as well post this here since it might help someone. I have always installed OSX in this order: A. Format drive HFS journaled (GUID option) B. Make the drive EFI_8 Using the 1step, 2step 3step scripts C. Install OSX from an unpatched Retail Disk (or mounted diskimage of it) using these 2 terminal commands: cd /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ DVD/System/Installation/Packages open osinstall.mpkg (Once install is done Dont Restart) D. Add the dsmos.kext to your kext extensions (/System/Library/Extensions/)and fix Permissions and Ownership of dsmos.kext E. Make drive bootable using terminal command sudo /usr/sbin/vsdbutil -a /Volumes/YourDiskHere F. Restart and boot from your new Drive (you might want to hit F10 during the Bios screen so you can select that drive.) Thats it. It should boot up. Repair permissions. I didnt remove any kexts or anything else, but you could remove AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext if you want to be safe. And depending on your video card you might need to install an nvidia.kext I dont know if the 7600 works automatically. After I have formatted the drive, and done steps 1,2,3 to install EFI, the disk is still blank. Those EFI steps only put files on an tiny invisible partition that you can only see if you go into terminal and type DiskUtil list I'm think you are installing EFI on a drive which already has a system on it right? Those files you see now were likely always there, but were invisible before. I think you need to put EFI on the disk BEFORE you install OSX. If you already have a versionof OSX with User files you dont want to lose, you can use Apples Migration Assistant to copy all your files from another version of OSX. It will import all your applications, emails photos etc. But if the User files are on osx 10.5.2, then it's best to upgrade your new system to 10.5.2 BEFORE you migrate it over. You can update to 10.5.2 using apples unpatched version, but use Netkas's script to delete the AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext as soon as it gets installed. I Installed LeopardGraphicsUpdate1.0 from apple with no problems P.S. I hope you dont mind if I post this in the Forum - but it might help someone else too. Chris
  11. Here are all the scripts and files on my USBkey, which I have named BOOTLOADER. http://rapidshare.com/files/102365989/bootefi.zip.html This is how I install, EFI 8 GUID and activate: I keep a USB stick named BOOTLOADER (formatted MSDOS FAT), with the bootefi folder on it. Step1 Open up Terminal and type: sudo -s (then enter your root password) cd /Volumes/BOOTLOADER/bootefi ./bootefi.sh 1000 (my disk is named 1000, you should put your disk name here instead) then run throught the prompts, selecting GUID etc. At the end - restart your computer, Step2 Open up Terminal and type: sudo -s (then enter your root password) cd /Volumes/BOOTLOADER/bootefi ./bootefi_7_guid_only.sh 1000 (my disk is named 1000, you should put your disk name here instead) then run throught the prompts, selecting GUID etc. At the end - restart your computer, NOTE: in the readme file I there is a typo. Make sure the line says ./bootefi_7_guid_only.sh (NOT ./bootefi_v7_guid_only.sh) Sorry - mybad Step3 Open up Terminal and type: sudo -s (then enter your root password) cd /Volumes/BOOTLOADER/bootefi ./bootefi.sh 1000 (my disk is named 1000, you should put your disk name here instead) then run throught the prompts, selecting GUID etc. At the end - restart your computer, Thats it. Your disk partition now has EFI8 on it. You can install your Kalyway, or, Brazil, or Retail install onto it. Note: When I installed Vista on another drive, it seemed that it messed up the EFI8 on my 1000 drive. I just ran the bootefi.sh again and it cleared things up. Also, I use superduper to make backup of my OS. Before I run superduper, I did Steps 1,2,3 to the empty drive I was going to use as my backup. Worked well. I can boot to it fine. Also note: I just found another thread here about BADAXE2 boards... http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...c=86476&hl= Here are all the scripts and files on my USBkey, which I have named BOOTLOADER. http://rapidshare.com/files/102365989/bootefi.zip.html Chris
  12. Firewire works fine for me to, with the built in Firewire, and an adaptec card I just bought. ( I needed more ports) On the other hand the Marvell controller that I thought was working was not. It showed up fine and mounted my disks, but I couldnt write to them I havent fiddled much with it since i dont need the exta 4.
  13. That was just from memory, so I'll start a new thread, and write a proper guide. I think I will do the whole thing again, and make a screen capture video as well as the write up. Of course Weaksauce is probably about to release another well crafted guid for EFI 8 too Chris After using the uuid update file that Weaksauce has on page 1, I duplicated my startup drive using super-duper and restarted from it. Team Screams EFI 8 write up is easier/better than mine, if you dont mind using a non-retail disk. Chris
  14. I've got my Badaxe2 running all 8 SATA ports, thanks to Guedes Jr's "HMBT_Marvell_88SE61XX_installer". I used Guedes Vanilla kernal one, since my install is off the Retail Disk( withEFI 8 GUID). The only non-vanilla Kext is dsmos. Another shout-out goes to Timewise. His script works well for installing and activating EFI onto the Guid partition before install. This is my install: I have 2 drives On one drive I Installed Kalyway 10.5.1 as MBR EFI. I named this drive "MBRLeo". No options were checked except MBR EFI I ran the rest of my installer using that kalyway install as the boot drive. Never again booted off a DVD. •Formatted my other drive as GUID (named it "1000") •Ran Timewise's bootefi script (to install "boot_v8" EFI) •Rebooted to my MBRLeo drive.. •Ran modified version of Timewise's bootefi script onto my drive "1000"(installed "boot_v7_guid_only") (the v7 part you need is in here ) •Rebooted to my MBRLeo drive. •Ran Timewise's bootefi script (to install "boot_v8" EFI again) •Mounted osx-leopard105.iso (You could use the actual Retail DVD too but it's slower •To install OSX onto my GUID drive "1000"=, Open Terminal and enter the next two lines: cd /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ DVD/System/Installation/Packages open osinstall.mpkg •Eat a sandwich, surf insanely, download stuff you need later while it installs. (7 minutes) •Once install is done Dont Restart •Add the dsmos.kext to your kext extensions (/System/Library/Extensions/) •then select that dsmos kext, right-click and get info. •Set permissions to (system=read&write, wheel=read only, everyone=readonly) •In permissions if the top one is NOT system, but is yourusername(me) then you need to change that owner to system or root using a handy app called FileXaminer which can change ownership back to system . I think you can do this in terminal using chown command, but I dont know the command. •That is all the kexts I installed I didnt install nvinject at this point because my graphics card (xfx8600) will run without it (in low rez). •To make sure the drive was owner enabled I went to Terminal and entered (my drive was named 1000): sudo /usr/sbin/vsdbutil -a /Volumes/1000 •Restart •during Bios flash mash F10 untill you see the drive selection screen •use arrow keys to select the drive you just installed on •Hit Enter to boot that drive. •If all goes well, it should have booted and you get the welcome screen. Yeay! You have 10.5 in GUID with EFI 8 everything vanilla. (depending on your graphics card you may need the nvinject.kext) mine was low rez, but I didnt install it. My card is supported in the 10.5.2 graphics update so I continued on updating my OS. See below. To install the 10.5.2 update: I downloaded Apple's MacOSXUpdCombo10.5.2 and thenused Netkas's upgrade instructions which delete the AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext during install. When I re-booted my graphics card wasnt supported (hung at loginwindow.app ), so I •Re-booted my MBRLeo Drive (the kalyway one) •downloaded the LeopardGraphicsUpdate1.0 from apple •mounted it, launched it, and told it to install onto my "1000" drive. •I restarted back into my "1000" drive. •Success! My graphics card is running both monitors at full rez with QE accelerated. •Ran apples software update and successfully updated everything listed ( there were no more system updates, just software) At this point my machine is completely vanilla except for the missing AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext. Everything runs very quick. TimeMachine, AdobeCS and Final Cut work (But it's a slow install from the original DVD's). I use a usb sound card - so I dont really need to do the SoundPatch. I tested TeamScream's and it works well though I dont really need the last 4 SATA drives, but installed Guedes Vanilla Controller anyway. I'm a happy camper! Thanks to all the info I gleaned from this thread, BJmoose's, and TeamScream's. Thanks! P.S. I hope it's ok I posted my method here. I didnt mean to go into so much detail.
  15. PCWiz OS X Kernel Installer

    PCWiz or anybody: Although I've spent 30+ hours reading and installing, I have newbie question. What is the difference between a mach_kernel, a kernel, and a kext? I assume they are not, or this program would be the same as Kext Helper b7. No? Is it better to set permissions with chmod in terminal, instead of just doing it in the finder (via OSX's get info dialog)? I've just been using a Kalywya MBR install. I'm building another install on another Drive. So, like someone said earlier, I'd like it if the program asked which drive to install into. Chris