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About Maconvert

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  • Birthday 01/19/1970

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  1. Let me guess... Everyone is waiting for me to try it first.
  2. Hi Everyone, I've got Fusion 3 running great on my Snow Leopard hackintosh. However, I was wondering if anyone has installed Fusion 4 on theirs and if you've experienced any problems. Please let me know. Cheers, Maconvert
  3. Hey Everyone, Well, I've just recently passed the one year mark of being Windows-free (natively at least) with my Hackintosh and it's still running awesome!!! In an entire year I've only had 1 kernel panic and one lockup that required a reboot. I do use Windows XP occasionally for embedded programming (no MPLAB for Mac yet), but only via VMWare. As for my home network, all my devices are playing nicely together. I'm running Twonky on my Hackintosh, my Ubuntu torrent downloader/file server PC, and my wife's Macbook Pro and my WD TV Live HD sees and streams files from all of them flawlessly via a USB WiFi adapter. Cheers!
  4. That's great! I can't wait. Cheers.
  5. Hi Dougaa, So, have you got this all working for Snow Leopard yet? If so, will you be writing an updated tutorial for that? My wife just got a new Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard, so I plan to use that to set everything up. Anyway, just curious. Cheers!
  6. Problems I've Seen So Far: Part 2 Hi, OK, I have two more issues (actually one observation and an issue that may in fact not be OSX86-related). 1) Can't Have USB Drives Connected At Boot First, I got a bit freaked out yesterday when I turned my Hackintosh on and was greeted to the message: NTLDR is missing. It turns out that the USB hard drive enclosure that I had left connected to my computer when I turned it off the night before contained a hard drive that had been used for Windows before and, since I still had my BIOS setup to boot from USB, my computer tried, unsuccessfully, to boot from that drive. I turned the drive off, restarted my computer, and everything worked fine. This morning when I turned on my Hackintosh I received another error, something with "BIOS" something-or-other in the title. This time it was because I left my iPod Shuffle plugged into the computer when I shut it down the night before. So, I've learned that, unless you go into the BIOS and disable USB booting, you can not have any USB drives connected to it when you turn it on. 2) Weird Video Problem After Displays Wake Up From Sleep The other problem I had was with my displays. I have two HP w2007 widescreens connected through an Aten CS1784 KVM switch to my nVidia 8800GTX video card, and I have my system set up to turn on the screen saver after 15 minutes of inactivity and shut down the displays after 30 minutes. I turned on my Hackintosh this morning to quickly check my email and then I went for a run. When I got back I moved the mouse to wake up my machine and weird stuff started happening. First, both screens started to display what can best be described as colorful snowy noise in the bottom 60% to 80% band of my screens. Then, the right (secondary) screen stopped doing this and the left (primary) screen continued, but it also started to completely go black for about a second out of every 4 or 5 seconds. This didn't stop until I turned off that monitor and then turned it on again. After that it was fine and I proceeded to shut down my computer before going to work for the day. So, this could be caused by a number of things: OSX86 (affects just Hackintoshes), Leopard (Affects real Macs and Hackintoshes), the 8800GTX, the HP w2007 displays, the Aten CS1784 KVM switch, or any combination of these things. At this point I don't know. However, if there are others that have experienced this, please describe your setups. It likely has nothing to do with OSX86 at all, but it never happened before so I'm not sure. I've also added the Aten CS1784 KVM switch within the last few weeks as well, so unless I can repeat this problem, and then repeat it with the KVM switch removed, I can't be sure that it's not the culprit. Anyway, if anybody has any comments or feedback about this, please let me know. Cheers!
  7. Problems I've Seen So Far: Part 1 Overall, I'm really happy with my Hack Pro so far. I have had a couple of problems/incidents though and I thought I'd mention them in the hopes of finding a solution (or at least putting my mind at ease). 1) Kernel Panic This has only happened once and I have no idea if it's Hackintosh related or caused by some bad software. It happened on Sunday and I had installed a Logitech G15 driver and some DIVX/XVID codecs on the Saturday. This is not necessarily a big deal because I've heard that they can and do happen on real Macs for no reason at all. I've got my fingers crossed that this is a freak occurence. 2) Hackintosh Would Not Shut Down This morning I turned on my Hack Pro for about 1/2 hour to check my email and then clicked the Apple and selected shut down. On the screen the shut down seemed to be going ahead as normal (screen went dark). All of the LEDs on my Logitech G15 keyboard also turned off (as they should when the tower is not powered). However, the tower light LEDs remained on and you could faintly hear the machine's fans still running. So, it was definitely on. I then hit the tower's reset button, booted back into Leopard, waited for a minute, and then shut the computer down again. This time it powered down properly. So, these are the only two issues that I've had with my new Hackintosh so far (besides not being able to recreate the 'usbboot' install drive and reinstall Leopard on another fresh hard drive). Again, I'm very pleased with it and I prefer using it instead of Windows (which I've barely touched for the last two weeks). However, I would like to start moving my "life" over to my Hack Pro and start using it for serious work (doing embedded programming in XP in a VMWare virtual machine), so it would be good to know if these issues I've had are rare (and nothing to worry about) or if this could be a sign of things to come. Regardless, I do plan to back everything up and keep my Windows XP/Vista on a removable drive, just in case. I just don't want to get half way through an important project for a client and then have my Hackintosh crash on me right before a deadline. Any and all feedback would be appreciated. Cheers!
  8. Hi Everyone, It looks like my Intel 975XBX2KR (Bad Axe 2) mother board supports Firewire (IEEE 1394a). Do you guys think it would be worth it for me to get myself a Firewire drive enclosure as a boot drive and, if so, would this be fast enough to actually run Leopard right off of the external drive? I don't have a lot of experience with that. Please let me know your thoughts. Cheers!
  9. Hello, My installed Leopard 10.5.6 on my Bad Axe 2 Hack Pro using this tutorial: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=165676 My system is working perfectly and I have all of the latest updates (10.5.7). Cheers!
  10. Hello Everyone, It appears that I did manage to screw something up after all. I listed the wrong video card in my com.apple.Boot.plist file. I probably wouldn't care, because the video looks pretty good, but it is doing some strange things that are likely due to the error in that file. If I'm going to fix it, I better do it now before I spend any more time installing software on my Hackintosh. So, does anybody know what I need to do here to fix this (preferably without re-installing everything)? I've taken a look at OSx86 Tools and tried to change the , but the resulting file with the 8800GTX referenced was so different from the file that I originally used for my install that I'm a bit worried to try it. Any guidance here would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!
  11. Hello Everyone, Well, I finally did it (I've been posting here for almost 18 months) and everything works perfectly with my hardware (see first post in this thread). Dougaa's tutorial was exactly what I needed (see link a few posts back). If you have the same (or very similar) hardware as me, it WILL work. As for my installation, I used a 2.5" 60GB USB drive in an enclosure instead of a thumb drive, because that's what I had on me. It worked just fine and, because it was so large, I didn't have to leave out anything from the original Leopard install image (see tutorial for details). I did have to add a few things that weren't in the tutorial but were specific to my hardware, but not much. The main thing that you need to do is FOLLOW EVERY STEP TO THE LETTER and it will work out just fine. Anyway, I'm a REALLY happy camper right now, and I'm off to go play with my new Hack Pro!!! Cheers!
  12. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I can't wait to try this. I will let you know how I make out (as soon as I have time to do it). I have a question though. Is there a way to get the KEXT and Kernels without doing an install with one of the other packages. In other words, once I find out which ones I need (I have no idea right now), can I download an ISO image of one of those modifed Leopard installs and strip the KEXTs out of that using an ISO image editor? Cheers!
  13. OK. I will give it a try. Keep in mind that I have ZERO experience with OSx86.
  14. This is going to be a steep climb for me. Maybe when I'm sitting there with my machine it will be easier. Are there any step-by-step guides that you would recommend in order to get me started?
  15. Hi, OK, I’ve downloaded and unzipped two different Chameleon folders: Chameleon-2.0-r431.pkg & Chameleon-2.0RC1-r431-bin. I’m not sure how to open the Chameleon-2.0-r431.pkg in Windows, but the Chameleon-2.0RC1-r431-bin contains the following folders and files: doc, i386, Optional Extras (Folders) revision, version (Files with no extensions) I’m assuming that I need to use the contents of the Chameleon-2.0RC1-r431-bin folder. If so, what do I do with them now? Please let me know. Cheers!