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  1. Hello


    I'm using snow leopard


    Could you attach the kext used to run the SATA drives in native mode?


    I now use AppleIntelPIIXATA.kext that allows me to start in native mode (not AHCI), but in the end of load an unpleasant wait of 20 seconds.



    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. So I built a hackintosh setup around half ayear ago, but I am thinking of selling it now, depending on how easily I can get snow leo installed.

    This is my setup:


    1000GB SATA drive

    4GB DDR2

    2.40GHZ Q6600 quad core G0

    Nvidea Geforce 8600GT 256mb


    I was thinking of selling it because I recently bought a new macbook pro and I don't really need both. But I will be buying a copy of SNow Leopard pretty soon, for my mbp, so, if it is easily installed on my hackintosh, I wiill keep it. What do you guys think?

    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. So, my question is, can I format the current Leopard partition 1 after installation of Snow Leopard and use partition 1 as my user homefolder. If so, I do not have to format my 70GB partition to be 60GB+10GB. Please advice me how to achieve so, general idea or a link would help.

    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.)

  4. 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.



  5. hi...


    I have an old motherboard which is Asus P5GC-MX which it's chipset family is Intel 945GC...


    so do you think I can install Mac OS x86 on it ??? whether Leopard or Tiger ???


    I read on some website that some one could install Mac Os x86 on the same board with the same chipset family from Intel, but that board was a step more recent from my board, that board was Asus P5GC-MX/1333, while my board that I want to try Mac OS x86 on is Asus P5GC-MX so do you think Macintosh will work on it ????


    am waiting for your opinions guys.. :whistle:


    thank you

    Leopard will work beautifully on your motherboard. Go for it.


  6. My motherboard is:


    Manufacture: ECS

    Model: Asterope 1.0


    i dunno what is my harddisk tho... can't find a way to identify it...


    EDIT: Maybe this could be easier... my desktop is HP Pavilion A1345l

    Hi SpIcYjOe,


    The specification of your HP A1345l is here:



    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:



    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



    So keep trying. If you think this is too much for you, you may want to buy a Mac. Good luck.


  7. 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,



    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...

  8. Well, I'm about to build a new system too, and have been researching this information for that very reason. The more expensive boards have newer chipsets, the ability to run more than 4Gb of ram, and extra connectors, but as far as I can tell, this board is a good deal for a basic motherboard, and should work just fine (I asked the same question here). Perhaps other members on the board here could comment?

    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.)

  9. :: Do you think Hackintosh can be used/is ready to be used as a serious production workstation or i should just stick to Windows for the time being? ::

    :: When(and if) I install 10.5.5 should i bother installing 10.5.6 update, or not attempt to fix what's not broken and stay with 10.5.5? ::

    :: And bottom line.. is it all WORTH IT?, would you switch if you were me :(? ::

    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.

  10. Sorry for the late reply. Haven't been on here for some time.


    To answer your question: The RAM is different.


    Here is what the label says: Super Talent T6UB2GC5 STT DDR2-667 PC3500 Heatspreader 2G/128X8 CL5


    Hope this helps.

    Thanks a lot. So the only pure guess that I made was wrong, ouch.

  11. Work in progress. Please do not add replies to this post unless this message is gone.


    This is a guide for Mac OS X v10.5 for my friends (TW, PK, and DS) and myself. I will try to make this document as comprehensive as possible.


    A. Installation from scratch


    When a machine running Mac OS X such as a hackintosh or a Mac is not available and you want to install OS X v10.5 on a vanilla PC (that is a non-Apple labeled machine), you may find this section is useful. In this situtation, you need a bootable Mac OS X DVD for a vanilla PC. Since the retail Mac OS X DVD from stores is for a Mac, obviously you cannot use it. I already gave you a DVD with which you can boot a vanilla PC. This disc is called BrazilMAC DVD and its label is Mac OS X Install Disc x86. It is not required to understand how to make BrazilMAC DVD but if you are curious, please read Section E of this guide. With BrazilMAC DVD, you can dump (through installation) unmodified Mac OS X v10.5 operating system onto your hard disc on a vanilla PC, which will run only on Macs. Hence you need to modify some parts of the operating system. This process consists of replacing drivers and modifying text files. For that you need to have required drivers in hand. Understanding this patching process is what hackintosh business is all about. Here is a summary.



    B. Installation to other hard discs









    Where to get modified kexts

    • dsmos.kext
    • modified AppleSMBIOS.kext
    • modified AppleACPIPlatform
    • Realtek ALC 888 kext
    • Realtek RTL kext

    How to fix a kext ownership and permission

    To fix a kext blat.kext, open a Terminal and type the following three commands:

    chown -R root:wheel blat.kext
    find blat.kext -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
    find blat.kext -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;


    How to generate EFI string

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
    <plist version="1.0">
     <!-- Time Machine -->
     <!-- Realtek ALC 888 -->
     <!-- nVidia GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB -->
    <string>GeForce 7600 GT</string>

  12. What is the difference between a GUID Partition Map and the MBR? :blink:
    GPT (GUID Partition Table) is a partition scheme that allows up to 128 logical partitions on a physical hard disc. You can add, resize, and remove partitions while you are using the hard disc. In other words, you can boot from an operating system installed on a GPT partition and change the table. Both of Microsoft Windows Vista and Apple Mac OS X v10.5 are capable of understanding GPT partitioned hard discs.


    MBR (Master Boot Record) is a partition scheme that allows up to 4 logical partitions on a physical hard disc. Such a restriction led to ugly hacks, which allow more partitions within a MBR partition with particular type. You cannot change the record without unmounting the whole MBR partitioned hard disc first. In other words, you need to boot from an operating system which is not sitting on the MBR partitioned hard disc to change the record. This is an age-old technology which Microsoft Windows XP uses. Not recommended to use this partition scheme unless it is absolutely necessary.

  13. I am running Mac OS X on my desktop that I assembled for hackintosh. I also use Mac OS X on my Gateway NX260X. I ditched all Linux and Windows systems for good, and now only use Mac OS X on those two and my real Mac. :D Linux was easy to give up because Mac OS X is really a UNIX system, and because Linux clients sucks big time in multimedia applications. Windows was a little bit harder because of Microsoft Money and DVD Shrink, which I have used for 7 years, but I finally gave them up.


    I use Mac OS X for mostly coding in C/C++, typesetting in LaTeX, making slides with Keynotes, and playing tunes and movies. I am really happy with my desktop hackintosh because it is stable and fast and virtually requires no maintenance.


    One bad aspect of hackintosh that no body talks about is the addiction (or maybe just for me). Whenever I see a possibility, I change a machine into a hackintosh. I have convinced my friends and changed their machines into hackintoshes (three of them so far). :D


    I use Mac OS X for 8 hours at home and school and Linux (on the desktop in my office) for 2 hours at school.

  14. Hardware specification

    • Motherboard Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L
    • Processor Intel BX80562Q6600
    • RAM G.Skill F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
    • Graphics BIOSTAR V7603GT21
    • Wireless ASUS WL-138G V2
    • HDD Seagate ST3500320AS
    • ODD Samsung SH-S203B
    • Audio Onboard Realtek ALC662
    • Ethernet Onboard Realtek RTL8111C

    Required patches

    • Shutdown Turn-off-all-core patch
    • Restart
    • Audio AppleAzaliaAudio.kext
    • Graphics EFI string
    • Time Machine EFI string