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  1. Snow Leopard on Bad Axe 2

    It's on here somewhere. Search for Badaxe Marvell SATA kext and you'll find the solution. As I recall, there was some minor plist editing involved, though it's been a good long while since I upgraded my rig to a UD3P running SL and I don't remember the exact steps I took. But like all else, the solution is on this site, you just have to spend some time searching the keywords and reading through threads till you find the answer.
  2. Snow Leopard on Bad Axe 2

    So far my BadAxe2 system has been running SL 99% without drama for days now. The only question marks that remain are onboard audio and the 2nd set of Marvell SATA ports, which I'm still chipping away at. None of the old kext tricks seem to unlock these two features which were fully operational under 10.5.8 I'm thinking this may be a sign from god that it's time to go pro and buy an external audio card, preferably firewire. You're supposed to go with external audio as a matter of course when doing pro media work, but the BadAxe2's Intel audio has always worked so well that I've leaned on it with all the pro apps at my disposal and never had a problem or unhappy client. But if I can't get onboard audio working by week's end, I'm getting an E-Mu, @%#4 it, life's too short. As for the Marvell SATA ports, not that big a deal if they never come alive under Snow, but it would be nice to know everything on this venerable board is working 100% on 10.6. FWIW I put Snow on a $50 Gigabyte G31M-ES2L board today and everything works 100%, audio, ethernet, sleep, restart, the works. If that cheap little Gigabyte can run Snow perfectly, surely the Badaxe2 can.
  3. Snow Leopard on Bad Axe 2

    Add me to the list of BadAxe2 owners who can't install SL without KP. I have retail vanilla 10.5.8 running 100% with just a few kexts added, but I'll be damned if I can get 10A432 to even boot for the install. I've tried all the approaches detailed over at infinitemac.com, but the boot just panics every time. Normally I'd have a lot more patience for this, but the fact is, I've got SL running on two real Macs, and it's so nice I'm now obsessed with getting my Hac to run it as well. Guess we just need to wait till the infinite number of monkeys banging on an infinite number of typewriters pound out the definitive BadAxe2 Snow Leopard guide. I'm doing my part to nail it down, but I concede there are far smarter monkeys here than me, and I welcome their input.
  4. OSX 10.5.8 is now in software update

    Yep, you're right, sleep is borked on mine too. Spoke too soon (I never let my system sleep, so it's not a big deal, but I do like things to be working properly as on a real Apple machine). I'm sure by the time I finish typing this, one of the geniuses here will have figured out what borked sleep and how to fix it. Thanks in advance!
  5. OSX 10.5.8 is now in software update

    Updated with Software Update, everything's fine. Only had to reinstall audio kext.
  6. Windows 7 x64 RC 7100

    I'm typing this on a Win7 x64 7100 laptop. This is the OS I put on whatever I can't Hackintosh to my satisfaction (i.e. pretty much all laptops) (yes I said all laptops -- I don't consider an OSX86 install with non-working audio/LAN/sleep/restart/wifi "satisfying") (there I said it). Win7 is an excellent OS, miles ahead of Vista and even XP. Hopefully Orbit30's PlusPatch won't screw the pooch and allow this beta to expire next March. I have it running flawlessly on several machines and everyone's extremely happy with it. The key to making Win7 great is deboning it properly -- go into Control Panel and disable all the popup messages, Action Center messages, User Action Control, all that nonsense designed to keep office drones and grannies everywhere safe from errant keystrokes. Once you strip Win7 of all the nags, it actually runs extremely well. Very enjoyable and logical OS, not quite Leopard but easily the best MS has ever produced. I am happier working in a Mac environment and the apps especially are what make that environment what it is, but I could easily live on this Win7 RC build and not feel limited. That's saying a hell of a lot, given what a clusterf*ck Vista has been. I can't believe any company led by an ass-hat like Ballmer could produce an OS this excellent, but it is excellent. And the added pressure it now puts on Apple is a good thing -- now we have a fair fight again, which can only mean Apple will work even harder to blow our minds the next go-round.
  7. Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    Hey guys? There's like a thousand of us, trying to make heads or tails of all this OSX-onna-PC stuff. So let's try to be respectful of each other and not heap scorn on somebody who took the time to share their discovery. If you don't think it's worthy, there's a more productive and respectful way to chime in without dissing the OP. I personally am indebted to the many geniuses on this board, because without the shared effort to square this circle I would never have figured out how to build my own kick-ass Macs at a fraction of the cost of Apple's. So let's remember that we're all chasing the same rabbit here, okay? Thank you all.
  8. Airport-like app for Ralink 2870

    Much better, thank you for taking the time to do this! Now there's no dock icon for Ralink Wireless utility, the airport menu icon looks stock, and it not only connects to the wifi network at boot but reconnects automatically when the system wakes from sleep. Thank you, thank you, thank you. System this mod is installed on: Intel Atom D945GCLF Retail 10.5.7 w/ vanilla kernel Chameleon 2RC1 Linksys WUSB600N wifi adapter
  9. Airport-like app for Ralink 2870

    Thanks for sharing this work. At first it looked like it was working, but it only works if I don't remove the Ralink USB Wireless Utiilty. That is, it only works if it runs in tandem with what I already installed to get the Linksys WUSB600N working on my D945GCLF Atom board (10.5.7 vanilla retail w/ Chameleon 2RC1), not as a replacement. I would love for this new app to run by itself, so I can have the nice Airport menu icon and lose the fugly Ralink dock icon. Any thoughts? FWIW I followed your instructions to the letter.
  10. Thanks for the tip. I've tried this hack, and while it does let you see more of an app's screen, I find it's more of a temporary fix than a screen mode you'd want to leave on all the time. Reading text on these tiny 9 and 10" screens is already a chore, but it becomes a lot more difficult in "fake 800 pixel" mode. I'm much happier with my Aspire One (original 9" screen version) running Win7 Beta, especially the latest rev. All anyone should really be asking of these Atom netbooks is web browsing, Skype, and word processing, maybe some light image editing, etc. So what if I launch Firefox, Skype, word processing, and Photoshop from Win7's dock instead of Leopard's? I'm typing this on my MacBook, and we've got a house full of real Macs, but while I'd love for the little Acer to run OSX perfectly, the truth is it cannot. You have to hack the {censored} out of it just to get Leopard to boot, and then you have to live with real deal-breakers like the webcam's mic input level is weak and can't be adjusted, and if you can manage to get lid-closed sleep to work with Safe Sleep and setting the pref panel to never sleep, when you wake the Acer again you lose sound out of the built-in speakers. This sounds like a rant but it isn't. Installed properly, 10.5.6 runs surprisingly well on the Aspire One. It's a cool trick -- world's smallest Mac laptop. But I want an actual working laptop, with fully working audio and hibernation, that lets me use apps without cutting off the bottoms of control panels. OSX on an Aspire One isn't there yet. But throw Win7 Beta on this little guy and it's a much more highly capable nano book. That said, I appreciate the continued efforts of the guys here who keep chipping away at the stone. I hope they manage to figure out how to solve all the little quirks that keep the AA1 from being a "perfect OSX install" as all these threads claim. I'll be the first to wipe my Acer's drive and put OSX back on it. Let's just try and refrain from saying it's a "perfect install" when you still have so many major issues which haven't been solved yet. "Perfect install" is what you can achieve with a BadAxe2 and the right kexts. It does everything a real Mac can do and everything works. Even the most optimized build on an Aspire One can't claim that. Again, not trying to be a whiner, just trying to be realistic.
  11. THANK YOU! I had to change boot disk to hd(0,2) but otherwise your tip works perfectly. You have scored 25 Karma Points for this, good sir. Just to put that into perspective, helping old lady cross busy intersection = 5 pts. Thank you for the help! For some reason, your approach doesn't work on my system, but this does: <key>Default Partition</key> <string>hd(0,2)</string> <key>Timeout</key> <string>4</string> FWIW, leaving Timeout blank or zero doesn't fix the boot hang at the Chameleon GUI. It has to be set for 1 second or more to auto-boot after the timeout. On my system (Badaxe2/Q6600) at least. Thanks guys for helping me with this! Chameleon works great now, better than the current alpha.
  12. I installed this on a brand new retail 10.5.6 install (BadAxe2/Q6600) and everything works well except for boot. I get the GUI with the lizard, and an image of my boot drive. And it sits there, until I hit enter on the keyboard and it goes ahead and boot. I've scoured the threads and the team's site. Tried adding rd=disk0s2 to boot list with OSX86Tools. Tried adding the line manually to the boot plist. Nothing changes. I cannot get Chameleon v2 to auto boot like 1.0.12 did. Any ideas? Thank you in advance!
  13. Well, that may in fact be the thing that keeps OSX on this Acer, because it's for my daughter's room, in a stationary setup with external speakers, etc. So this might work after all. Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it.
  14. Thanks for the info. I installed SmartSleep, set it to hibernate only, and added the clamshell kext with OSX86 tools. So now closing the lid "sleeps" the Aspire as you describe. But.. I still lose audio after the AA1 wakes up. This is a documented issue with the SmartSleep fix and I mentioned in my earlier post that I was looking for a solution to sleeping an Aspire One running OSX that didn't lose audio upon waking. I guess we're still not there yet, and unfortunately it is a deal-breaker for me and I would imagine anyone who plans to use this system in any kind of real-world situation. These days, sound is a major part of the web. Thanks for your help though. I appreciate your tips.
  15. How did you enable hibernate? Sleep without crashing and/or waking up without sound is the last piece of the puzzle keeping me from running OSX on my Aspire One.