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About ne0shell

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  1. Need a sub 100$ card for Giga P55

    I bought one of the GeForce 210 cards when they were on special and never could get it working (monitor wouldn't even come on no matter what I tried) so I'm looking for a card that will work out of the box, full accelleration on current Mountain Lion release. My mobo is a GiGa p55a-UD3 with PCIe slot. I've run an old Nvidia 8600GT for years with no issues but I'd like to get something with better performance for GPU encoding, games, etc. Unfortunately I can't really afford to spend more than 100 bucks or so on this without getting my wife bent out of shape, otherwise I'd probably build a whole new machine. This one's been stable and performed well but I'm a bit of a performance geek and would love to have the latest / fastest custom Mac I can.
  2. I've been working on getting my on board audio working again (worked fine prior to ML update) mainly so I can use the digital audio input for my Xbox which is connected to my Monitor's secondary input (this setup let's me easily flip between my OS and the Xbox). The device shows up in the system profiler but does not appear in my sound preferences as an input or ouput option. Also, the digital input port is currently missing from the layout in profiler: Intel High Definition Audio: Audio ID: 1 Speaker: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack Line Output: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack Line Output: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack Internal Microphone: Connection: Internal Line Input: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack Line Input: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack Headphone: Connection: 1/8-Inch Jack S/PDIF Optical Digital Audio Output: Connection: Combination Output I used Mbeast and tried both w/ DSDT and without DSDT options. Mobo is as listed in my sig - Gigabyte P55A-UD3 I do have a griffin firewave which I use for my audio output, it still works fine as always.
  3. GA-P55A-UD3 + ML = ?

    You cannot run the native installer to upgrade your mac. I have the same mobo and almost identical hardware. What you need to do is buy the ML installer from app store then use a 3rd party tool to convert it to a USB drive installer or DVD based installer. I use the USB tool, installed the update just fine and once I got past some reboot issues was able to install my kexts and DSDT. ML is running great, much better than SL ever ran on my system.
  4. Mother of all motherboards

    I could almost build 2 gigabyte hacks and cluster them for the price of the mobo alone. I do like the dual CPU option but I'd like to see it in a more affordable package. At least do it with 1156 sockets to start....
  5. Avoid the Sony laptops - the crippled Bios access leaves you unable to set AHCI and HPET. I've watched aroudn a dozen Vaio laptop owners come through the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] support forum and they all leave broken hearted. Some success reports with Laptops that have the Intel mobile 55 chipset and Nvidia graphics. As longas you verify the following you should be able to get OSX working one way or another: 1. Intel p55 chipset (mobile variant is the m55 i believe, one success report with an Asus that uses a mobile m58 and one of the really nice 8 core CPUs [4 core plus hyper thread]) 2. Make sure the bios allows you to set AHCI and HPET modes. 3. Make sure the bus is SATA for storage and DVD, Intel chipset driven is best. (some of the Intel based mobos still use SATA chips by other mfr's). 4. Nvidia graphics are best. I've seen two reports of the M300 series working with kexts from the update that accompanied the new macbook pros. The MBP use Intel GMA graphics and the Nvidia m3xx with a graphics manager that switches to the Nvidia GPU for higher intensity video tasks so there may be some hacking of the kext file though one success report claimed to use the nvidia kext from that update "as is". 5. Audio might be tricky. You'll probably be looking at Intel HD audio which uses the ALC 88x codec. Some of these work with just a kext file, some partially work - my alc888 has all inputs and outs working including digital. If you end up using a USB audio solution that's acceptable IMO. I'm building a USB digital to analog converter for my setup so I can update without having to worry about my onboard audio. (I'm designing an internal version of this DAC for people to use in place of mobo audio in future hacks, actually). The laptops are just like any other system - break it down to individual components and see how they line up a/f/a compatibility. This Sager looks good if you get it with the Nvidia GPU, not the ATI: Sager: Build a Laptop
  6. My core i5-750 system runs sweet. It's hands down the fastest computer I've ever owned. I have iStat installed and I never see the four cores load up past 50 percent. I can encode h264 on one space, watch one on another and have unison running full bore all at the same time and it's effortless. My Macbook just wore me out on apple hardware (at least the hardware I can afford right now). I got tired of every video stuttering and spending most of my time watching the beachball spin around. My cooling fan for the CPU finally died on it so I'm using my hack full time with no issues. I could probably update to 10.6.3 but right now it's a rough upgrade. I have everything working including my digital inputs and outputs for the ALC 888. If I update I have to replace around 4 system kext files to fix sleep, USB and audio. Right now my system is vanilla with just 3 kexts in my /Extra folder. Sleep, speedstep, iTunes, iPhone and netflix all work. I just don't see the point in pushing it for little or no gain. When the new Mac Pros come out we expect another point update that will add even more vanilla compatibility for this type of setup - I can wait till then. I'm hoping we'll have some DSDT edits by then and maybe a couple of kext files that can go in /Extra so I can keep my system/Library/Extensions folder pure. I really need some help picking a mobo to rebuild my core2 system though. (My wife and kids used the old one so they have to use the windoze POS downstairs for now. There's at least one Intel mobo configuration that works 100 percent vanilla and I'd like to find out which one so I can find the LGA775 version of it. I don't want to start a new thread for that so if anyone knows please reply. Oh - if you're going to use the tonymac [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] install method or one of the other "retail" OSX techniques get p55 Gigabyte or one of the Asus mobos that use the p55 chipset. The Gigabyte p55 - UD4 seems to be the most compatible from what I'm seeing on tonymac's forum.
  7. I'm looking into mobos for a LGA775 core duo system also but only because I'm rebuilding an existing system with a blown mobo (lightning strike). I just built a tonymac based P55 / Gigabyte system and the performance difference is substantial. I'd say build a core i5 750 but you can get an i7 CPU for the same price right now at a couple of retailers. Pick the right P55 mobo, Nvidia graphics card and you'll get a very close to vanilla setup that flies, especially if you add a CPU cooler and overclock it. (The core i CPUs are stable at 3.5 GHz and even higher). As for my core2 rebuild, it's all about picking the right mobo - from what I've read there's a few Intel mobos that accomplish very vanilla hacks, now I just need to find out which one(s).
  8. Excellent work so far. You should consider a side job building custom cases / systems. I've been wanting to do a Mac Pro case mod but looking at the quality of work you do I would strongly consider buying a modded case from you if the price was right. Keep the pics coming, I want to see the system fully assembled and buttoned up.
  9. more info for other users who might search this out - My firewire PCI cards only work if the "arch=i386" option is added to my boot.plist file. In other words, I can't run the 64 bit kernel and extensions if I want firewire to be functional. When I boot in 64 bit mode I get a "dependency failure" in my firewire kexts. I don't know if this is a hardware or software limitation at this time. From what I've been able to read the firewire kexts should support 64 bit mode so it's possible that both of my firewire PCI cards are 32 bit only. I may order a pci-e card listed as 64 bit compatible and see if it works in 64 bit mode.
  10. Problem solved - I didn't have a DSDT file in my /Extras folder (The [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] how to guide is still in development and the post install step of adding one wasn't specified). Tonymac provided me with a DSDT configured for my system and even without adding anything specific for the firewire PCI card it began to work. I'm back to capturing HD video again.
  11. I'm running snow leopard via Tonymac's [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] w/ [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] install method. I have a PCI firewire card installed, it's branded Adaptec AFW4300D w/ a NEC chipset. I show the "firewire bus capable of 400 MBps" message under the firewire section of profiler and the firewire interface shows up in networking. I use firewire to capture video from my HD cable box, it's always worked fine connected to my MacBook but when I try AVCBrowser on this machine nothing shows up. Using CHUD I was able to get the following info on the card: nec 1033:00f2 uPD72874 device ID 0x00F2 vendor ID: 0x1033 Any suggestions on how to go about trying to fix this would be appreciated. I'm guessing I probably need to add some kext files but no clue which ones or what edits to make.
  12. I've seen some great deals on Dell rack mount servers w single and dual Xeon, just wondered if anyone knew which Dell server mobos would be compatible for running a Mac server. I'm thinking of doing a cloud server type setup where Mac desktops are served from the central server....
  13. Any recent solutions for ATI 9000?

    I've searched through quite a few threads and all the posts are two years old, all the links are long broken and it seems like a solution was close but I can't find where it went. I have a Dell Lat D600, it's running 10.5.6 very nicely but without decent graphics it's kind of a waste. I'd love to get the ATI thing solved, it seems like it will be a nice hacktop if I can. I did find Mac drivers for the mac ATI9000 posted on AMD's site. Is there anything I can do with these to solve the issues? I did try to contact one of the devs who was last seen working on it to see if I could possibly fund a once and for all solution - there are tons of these laptops out there with 2GB of RAM and upgraded storage for around 150 bucks, with a decent ATI driver they make nice little macbook stand ins.
  14. How can I Edit com.apple.boot.plist?

    I found another solution for the com.apple.boot.plist error (at least on my system via trial and error but it may be posted elsewhere and I just couldn't find it in search). My boot drive is a SATA WD Raptor and previously I had all SATA. USB and Firewire drives with a single ATA drive partitioned as non start up Mac format. I traced a previous issue with upgrading past 10.5.5 to the ATA controller so I bought a new SATA DVD burner to replace the ATA one and removed the ATA hard drive. After that I was able to install just about every flavor of 10.5.8 distro and came close to a vanilla snow leopard via boot 132 method but every one of them would throw the boot plist error. Sure enough, I reinstalled the old ATA drive and the system booted right up (unfortunately I had gone back to the 10.5.5 distro which was also throwing the plist error for the first time I'd ever seen). My SATA start up drive is configured as the boot drive in bios but apparently OSX is writing boot files to the ATA drive. I wasn't expecting that at all and now I'm completely lost on how to go about getting a working boot loader so I don't have to keep the DVD in the drive for start up. This explains why a lot of things haven't worked regardless of the various fixes and so on. Is this one of those things that's common knowledge I missed along the way?