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  1. LOL! This all too funny! Kalway release works best of all I've seen so far. It's someone elses' work, not mine, and if I don't like it, I can either accept it, or customize it or do it better myself. Someone else comes along, thinking the same thing as me - and makes a change. Whoops! the she-hits the fan. I'm thinking right about here though, if it is in fact so bad to make a change to a hacker's distro - imagine right about now how p*ssed Apple is with all the hacks peeps have made. And I'm pretty d*mned sure they (Apple) didn't get asked first either. Thanks for the Kalyway distro, thanks for the painless way to virginize it, but most of all, thanks for all the uproar. It just entertaining as heck watching folks get worked up. And before ya'll rag on me - remember what I said about how Apple must be feeling.
  2. Just checked, here's the current link to the 2403 BIOS file: ftp.asus.com.tw/pub/ASUS/mb/socket775/P5W DH Deluxe/2403.zip HTH
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    Anyone running leopard full-time?

    Adrian Fogge, I got it. Next, we'll prolly get a sound clip of hemiola breathing.
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    Leopard Build 9A321 has leaked!

    And as long as the 100% leechers don't disconnect, it'll still keep propagating.
  5. (sigh) Google is your friend - even to "noobs". At Google, type -----> vmware enable pae and the world is your virtual machine.java script:emoticon('', 'smid_14')
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    Simple Broadcom Wirless Tutorial

    Well thanks, and thanks! The Toshiba Core duo I just ordered comes with Intel Wireless which I already know is an impossible PITA from reading the forums. Now I know what to put in and how to use it! Thanks!!!java script:emoticon('', 'smid_2')
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    Leopard hacked!

    I cannot for the life of me understand how you folks can claim that hacking a leopard beta is any more or less "respectful" to Apple than hacking an "official" release. Every version before 10.4.4 was hacked on & discussed in here - NONE WERE "OFFICIAL" releases. Now if there are some of you "in the know" who have been given a secret wink-wink from Apple as to what they'll allow, then it's not very fair to be bashing on others who haven't been given that info. Semthex has suggested that revealing successful hacks to Leopard betas makes it easier for Apple to build a harder to crack final release, and that is true. But noone here has shown that there is anything being done differently in the betas (to prevent cracking)than what is currently "official", so it does apply (yet). It only appears to me that this forum still tends to develop little cliques - if you are one, it's Ok, if you are not - then woe onto you. This forum (excuse me, "community") came to exist out of a common interest in running an Apple OS on non-Apple hardware. It's what hackers do, no other justification is needed. Period. If that has changed, then somebody has done a miserable job of defining what the heck is going on.
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    Leopard hacked!

    I can confirm it.
  9. http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/Category...s-Video-Devices 7300GT - $70 7600GS or 7600GT - $89 & $110 - both excellent midrange cards. 7900GS - just at the $150 limit you set. Just about any of these cards work well in latest JaS 10.4.8 *IF* you use the Titan/Natit enablers. CAVEAT: To date, only cards with 256megs will work - 512 meg cards WILL fail! Newegg is ALWAYS reliable and cheap, and right now, it's hard to find a better deal than the BFG 7600GT BFGR76256GTOCE for $113.99 & free shipping.
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    one more kernel based on my sources

    Ah-hah! I thought I recognized that name before - DaemonES from RivaTuner guys! Kudos to you and your work, Arekhta.
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    macbook pro, need 10.4 install disk

    pirate bay, mac section, near bottom of first page dated October 14th That is, if you do torrents
  12. Go to this URL to get a quick read on Usenet, and a very popular Mac Usenet client: Unison Usenet client And get this URL in your bookmarks: WebFAQ It can answer almost anything you're gonna come up against. WEB USENET ACCESS Anybody with web access can also get Usenet files - that's the latest feature some Usenet providers are offering. And, most offer free trials, so if there's something you just saw on insanelymac and need to get it, thats a good way to go. Easynews Web based Usenet One tiny problem with files downloaded from a Usenet newsgroup like alt.binaries.mac.applications: If the poster of the files used a Mac client, they will have a protective "Macbinary" wrapper on them, which will need to be removed. Those files will be instantly recognizable, as they will have the extension ".bin" added to them. This isn't the case when using a Windows/Linux client. Simple fix, any recent version of Stuffit (this works whether you're using a Mac or Windows computer) has a feature to let you drag a bunch of files onto it's Drag & Drop Window. It immediately strips the wrapper(s) off, depositing a new set of files alongside the originals, sans the .bin extension, and the macbinary encoding. TRADITIONAL USENET ACCESS Web access is by far the simplest, but it's also the most limited in what you can do. Using a traditional client and high quality provider, you can sort, filter, search, post.........many other possibilities too. You'll need access to those Usenet groups first! Many ISPs offer a little/some/complete Usenet newsgroups - check and find out. Don't have that offered by your ISP? Then you'll need to pay for that service to a NSP (newsgroup service provider). And it is as low as $3.00 a month. As before, many NSPs offer free trials. Popular ones include: EasyNews UseNetServer And, you'll need a client. For Mac users, a very popular client is Unison: Unison Usenet client and for Windows, the ever popular Forte Agent: Forte Agent Once either client is installed, getting files is fairly straightfoward: 1. Your NSP will provide you with a username/password, and the details for the server you will connect to. 2. You will also have to fill out some information about who you are - when you get to the e-mail address thing - use a fake one! Unless of course, you really enjoy SPAM! 3. Once connected to the server and logged in, you'll need to retrieve a list of available newsgroups (don't fret, even the least among providers will have the binary groups you'll be interested in, trust me). Once that list of newsgroups is downloaded, pick the one that has those important files, and "Retrieve headers". ........and you're good to go. Please read the webFAQ, it's the easiest way to get up to speed, and avoid p*ssing off the all the current users. I'm willing to answer questions here (don't know if there will be any).This is just to answer the most basic "how do I", and there is a wealth of options, just like bittorrent for providers, clients, tricks etc. I had some members pm me about Usenet, and thought this would be easiest Final note: There are far more files, with far better bandwidth and completion on Usenet than bittorrent, emule, et all. And, when you are downloading, nobody is gonna know who you are (anonymity!). Also note: The tolerance of Usenet users for "newbie" behavior is VERY LIMITED, they expect everyone to behave. OK, carry on.
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    -Archive- Macefix86 2006 -Archive-

    @bofors Got impatient, reading all the questions from others that say "but what if" "I don't think" "isn't EFI illegal in Botswana", etc, etc. So bought a 945GNTLKR, knowing full well it's old tech. I'm gonna dink with all the things that come to mind. Hopefully some others will do similar. After all, it's not like there's any personal health risks involved - just a piece of soon-to-be-antique hardware. You seem to have a handle on what EFI is/can do, I'll try to add feedback as things progress. BTW, both the Intel and Tianocore toolkits are full featured/fully working, just need people to get a better handle on how to use them is all. I don't know what advantage will really be served putting a Apple firmware onto an Intel board, but that will be first order of business over here. It can't possibly work better than the Intel firmware (Apple power management comes to mind).
  14. http://www.hackaday.com/entry/1234000527073702/ http://os-fun.blogspot.com/2006/05/modifyi...or-fun-and.html "[th0mas] has a fun guide to modifying the boot image in your BIOS. This could very easily brick your laptop, but it’s interesting to see how it’s done. He starts by dumping the plain text strings. The magic number for bitmap format appears in the file so he copies a large chunk of data starting at that point. th0mas opens this in MSPaint to maintain the format. After modifying the image it’s placed back in the BIOS file and a couple checks are performed to make sure only the image data has changed. The final section involves running the flash utility in a debugger to find where it checks the CRC. By modifying the program he can then flash the image without the program complaining." HTH
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    borisbadenov ATI X1000-series Solution

    Jeez, you'd want a "process watcher", that would be active & writing what it sees to a file - a debugger. Better is a serial console, hmmm, not likely on Itel Macs. Easiest way to get the firmwares: www.macupdate.com In the search box type: firmware Should pull up all 3 individual firmware updates, and "FirmwareRestorationCD.dmg". That will contain all 3 restore firmwares; MacMini, MacBook Pro and iMac. MM11_004B_00B.fd MBP11_0044_02B.fd IM41_0039_00B.fd Notice they are all exactly 2048KB (or actually 2,0977,152 bytes). That is the same size as the spiFlash on the IntelMac motherboard. The spiFlash is a serial EEPROM. The notion is, that as the cpu wakes up & queries the first byte address, the spiFlash "serially" spits the info it contains in 32bit conventional memory, and I believe it all gets stuck above the 1st meg on the IntelMac, same wayas done with IA64 & x86 pure Intel EFI platforms. The older conventional BIOS is usually stored in a "parallel" EEPROM. By loading the EEPROM into conventional memory, it's supposed to deliver faster boots. I'm rambling. OK, so the notion is, you got a geniune IntelMac firmware to play with. The next thing would be to load it up in a hexer & look for those delimiters that separate the individual modules. And from there, cleanly pull just the ati.efi (or whatever the EFI Byte Code needs to be called) portion out.