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  1. [How to] GIGABYTE GA-G33M-DS2R guide

    Update your BIOS to F9A from Gigabyte web site. It's AHCI BIOS 1.20E and don't take the 20 seconds that you are talking about.
  2. If you really don't need it, sell it. Out of question. Otherwise, keep it. IMHO, the Snow Leopard installation on your machine would be quite easy.
  3. Upgrade!?

    It seems to me that he was not: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1240250
  4. How to install within one disk

    The answer to your question is yes, but I would not erase the working Leopard partition for a while (say until v10.6.1 is released) just to have user home directories. And the 10 GB (as in your "60GB+10GB") is not for the user home directories but a temporary space that holds the retail Snow Leopard image, which you can erase and merge with 60 GB once the Snow Leopard is installed. (As dparada78 pointed out, you may not need this 10 GB after all.)
  5. How to install within one disk

    Surely you can do it with a single physical disc. What they mean by dual hard discs is well, God knows what they mean... Here is the basic idea: You copy the retail DVD to an extra partition (not necessarily to a disc) as an image. You use that image to install the OS to an installation partition (again, not necessarily to a disc). Here are details: Boot your machine with Leopard, run Disk Utility. Partition your free 70 GB space into two: 60 GB and 10 GB in that order (if you really want to have 70 GB Snow Leopard at the end, i.e. don't partition into 10 GB and 60 GB). Dump the retail DVD image onto the 10 GB partition using Restore in Disk Utility. (Even if you have the retail DVD, you cannot install directly from the DVD to an installation partition at my best knowledge as of today, i.e. this 10 GB is a necessary partition to install the Snow Leopard.) Install v10.6 onto your 60 GB partition using the image sitting on 10 GB partition from your running Leopard. Once you have a running Snow Leopard, remove 10 GB partition and resize 60 GB partition, which has the OS, to 70 GB using Disk Utility. However, I recommend to use two partitions for the Snow Leopard (and any OS for that matter): one for the OS itself and the other for user home directories. As you will experience, you will end up copy your home directory to the new OS partition and set all the tedious preferences again. Simply by putting user home directory on another partition, and pointing to it as your home directory once a new OS installation is done, you don't need to copy nor set the preferences. Also by doing so, you can share your home directory under Snow Leopard and Leopard at the same time. If you opt to do this, you need not two but three partitions: one for the OS, another for the user home directories, the other for the temporary space on which the retail DVD image sits. Good luck. --S
  6. You, I believe, did not read the green section. Cancel the binding of F12 to Dashboard first in System Preferences (as mentioned in the second step in the green section of the OP).
  7. Leopard will work beautifully on your motherboard. Go for it. --S
  8. error while installing Leopard 10.5.6

    Hi SpIcYjOe, The specification of your HP A1345l is here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...526&lang=en According to the specification of HP A1345l, your motherboard is ECS RC410-M, which has ATI RC410 chipset (that's called the northbridge chipset), and the motherboard specification is here: http://www.ascendtech.us/itemdesc.asp?ic=MB4ECS410M The manual says, it has both PATA and SATA interfaces. And only you can find what the interface your machine is using. Open the machine and look for the data cable (not the power cable) going into your HDD. If it is wide and flat, it's PATA and otherwise it is SATA. Figure that out first. And figure out how to get into the BIOS of your computer. Usually, press DEL key during booting will do. Then take pictures of IDE configuration page (or something like that). Post the pictures here (or links to the photos). I did not know it is possible to have Mac OS X running on ATI chipset but apparently it's possible according to http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=139310 So keep trying. If you think this is too much for you, you may want to buy a Mac. Good luck. --S
  9. error while installing Leopard 10.5.6

    If you let people know motherboard model number and the interface of your hard discs (such as SATA or IDE) then people who have your motherboard might help you. Good luck, --S
  10. Hello folks, I recently bought a used GA-G33M-DS2R (that's a Gigabyte). I installed Mac OS X 10.5.7 natively, and applied the following patches: Removing AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext to prevent the kernel panic, Replacing AppleHDA.kext modified by Skippyretard (I think) to use onboard ALC889A, Replacing IOATAFamily.kext modified by Dune to drop AHCI, Adding dsmos.kext to beat the Don't Steal Mac OS X.kext, Adding AppleSMBIOSEFI.kext made by Chun-Nan (now known as ~Eureka), Adding OpenHaltRestart.kext made by Psystar to reboot and shutdown, and Adding EFI string for nVidia 8600 GT, ALC889A, and Time Machine. It is working quite beautifully except, as you can guess, once it goes to sleep I cannot wake it up from my USB keyboard and mouse. And the power button does not help either; it reboots. So what do I need? (Of course, I checked my BIOS, which is version F8J, and enabled the "USB Device Wake-Up from S3" option already.) I suspect I need a modified AppleACPIPlatform.kext but don't know if I need a binary-modified version or simply plist-modified version, and where. Help me out folks. Thanks for reading and happy hackintoshing, Stravaganza Solution: Check the Restart automatically after a power failure option in Energy Saver in System Preferences. Power button will wake your hackintosh. I would love to have keyboard and mouse wake up my hackintosh...
  11. Buy EG31M-S2, period. If you knew how Gigabyte product cycle goes, you wouldn't wonder. (The newer motherboard is a light version of EG31M-S2. I wrote EG31M-S2 section of HCL, and I used several G31 boards from Gigabyte for hackintosh. So far, EG31M-S2 is the champion of all G31 microATX boards from Gigabyte.)
  12. My answers are: I think well-configured hackintoshes are almost identical to real Macs. The most problematic area, if there is any, is audio not video. I am using CS3 and Aperture, and couldn't find any problem. Once you have a stable installation of v10.5.5, there is no reason not to try v10.5.6. If you get used to the native installation method, it is really easy to maintain with and update to the most recent version of Mac OS X. I say yes. First, it is extremely worth to switch to Mac OS X. Second, it is worth to make a hackintosh if you are short of money.
  13. R.I.P Prawker

    There are no words for this. Rest in peace, Pr.
  14. No one can dictate me what to do with what I paid for. I am with Psystar on this one even though they are in this for money just like Apple. Hooha! Money is good, money is wise, blah, blah, blah.
  15. http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/08...ing_claims.html