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  1. Hi, gang: I have a nice little hack running iDeneb 1.3, but I'd like to update to a Vanilla 10.6 install. I have been searching around this site (and others) looking for the easiest way to do this...but most of the guides seem to be set up for newer hardware. I have: * GA-945GCM-S2C (945 Chipset, ICH7) Board is extremely compatible except for stupid ALC662 sound, which is diabled in the BIOS. * 4 GB RAM * C2D 6300 (overclocked Conroe dual core) * Nvidia 256-MB 7950GT Video * IDE HD and DVD * Gb Ethernet card (works out of box) * USB Sound (works out of box) The only thing "unusual" is that I have abandoned my PS-2-to-USB keyboard/mouse "dongle" cuz it annoys Win XP (I have swappable HDs on this box so I can play with XP, Win7, Linux, OSX, etc. There is NEVER more than 1 dedicated drive in this machine at any one time.) So, I have a PS-2 keyboard and mouse coming from a high-end KVM (there are several other PCs sharing my monitors and KB/Mouse). I have a retail install DVD. Is there a Vanilla Guide that anyone can recommend for this hardware? Thanks, --KK in MN
  2. iDeneb v1.3 10.5.5 Released!

    1.3 works fine with my IDE DVD drive on a GA-945GCM-S2C mamaboard. My hard drive is IDE as well. With my initial install, everything works peachy except sound (I checked off the box for ALC662 during install) and shutdown (hangs usually, requiring a manual button press to shut down PC). My hack is very vanilla, and after I get a USB "sound card," I expect 1.3 to be completely usable. It's fast, too. Way faster than Kalyway 10.5.2 on this PC (don't know why). I'm hoping that 1.3 holds me over until I can figure out how to do a Boot132-style retail install. --KK GA-945GCM-S2C (ICH7) C2D 6300 1 GB DDR-667 8600GT 256 IDE HD and DVD 8169 Gb NIC
  3. Hi, Gang: When y'all say "Retail DVD," do I have to get the actual install disk as PURCHASED from the store...or can I burn one of the 10.5 / 10.5.1 / 10.5.4 "full version ISO" disk images floating around online? They all seem to be about 7.7 GB. I have a hack running Kalyway 10.5.2...and a bunch of XP / Linux boxes, so burning the "real deal" install DVD ISO should theoretically be okay, right? I'm trying to mess around with OS X to see what the fuss is all about. My PC is pretty close to vanilla, and I'd like to keep it that way, if possible. It's a GA-945GCM-S2C with an 8600GT, 2GB RAM, a Conroe 6300 and a Gb LAN card that Leopard likes right outta the box. Once I add a supported external USB sound thingy, I should have a maximally vanilla little rig. My Kaly 10.5.2 works pretty well, but shutdown is still sometimes goofy...and Time Machine doesn't work at all (not that it's all that necessary). But this approach -- especially when a near-future more automated install is released -- seems like the best way to go. So, what d'ya think about the "Retail DVD?" Thanks, --KK in MN Hi, Gang: When y'all say "Retail DVD," do I have to get the actual install disk as PURCHASED from the store...or can I burn one of the 10.5 / 10.5.1 / 10.5.4 "full version ISO" disk images floating around online? They all seem to be about 7.7 GB. I have a hack running Kalyway 10.5.2...and a bunch of XP / Linux boxes, so burning the "real deal" install DVD ISO should theoretically be okay, right? I'm trying to mess around with OS X to see what the fuss is all about. My PC is pretty close to vanilla, and I'd like to keep it that way, if possible. It's a GA-945GCM-S2C with an 8600GT, 2GB RAM, a Conroe 6300 and a Gb LAN card that Leopard likes right outta the box. Once I add a supported external USB sound thingy, I should have a maximally vanilla little rig. My Kaly 10.5.2 works pretty well, but shutdown is still sometimes goofy...and Time Machine doesn't work at all (not that it's all that necessary). But this approach -- especially when a near-future more automated install is released -- seems like the best way to go. So, what d'ya think about the "Retail DVD?" Thanks, --KK in MN
  4. ALC662 on asus p5ld2-x/1333

    It works for me in Kaly 10.5.2 on a GA-945GCM-S2C. What "distro" are you using? --KK
  5. Hi, gang: Just built a budget hack (my first) around a GA-945GCM-S2C, which is working nicely. I have an oddity, though, which is frustrating my attempts to use this as an OSX / XP box -- the ENCORE ENLGA-1320 NIC (8169 family) works as a Gb NIC out of the box in OSX 10.5.2. Kaly, but in XP on the same hardware (separate HD), the thing only connects to my Gb switch in 100-Mb mode. This makes transfers to and from my file server painfully slow... To be fully useful, I need XP to be Gb... Any ideas? --KK in MN Hardware: GA-945GCM-S2C, 2-GB Corsair RAM, 8600GT, ATA-133 HD, ATA-66 DVD-ROM, E6300 (not yet OC'd), Freezer 7 Pro cooler, PCI LAN Card is Encore ENLGA-1320 (8169), works great with my PS/2 KVM, etc.
  6. Hi, Gang: After an easy-as-pie installation of Leo4All V1 onto my AMD X2 system (works great, but no sound or LAN), I have decided to build a cheappie Hackintosh/XP box. Ideally, all hardware will work in XP and OSX, as the PC will have interchangeable HDs, one for each OS, XP and OSX will never "see" each other. Hardware on hand: Conroe e6300 Freezer 7 Pro CPU cooler Gigabyte 945 MB 7600GTS vid 2-4 GB DDR2 800 RAM eMachines mATX case with XP sticker (2) 100-GB IBM IDE Drives (1 XP, 1 OSX) and a drive sled/cage for each NEC 3550A IDE Burner I'm assuming that the IDE stuff will work on the Intel board, cuz they worked fine on my AMD board... If not, I'll switch to SATA... QUESTION: Can OSX and XP use the same SATA mode settings? As I understand it, the onboard sound and 100-Mb LAN hardware will work with little tweaking, but I have an existing Gigabit network that connects my XP and Linux boxes to each other and to a file server. I could get away with 100-Mb, but I'd really love to be able to use Gb LAN because a lot of data gets sent back and forth over the storage LAN. Do ANY Gb NICs work with OSX? I have been searching high and low and have found a lot of discussions, but nothing definitive? Thanks, --KK in MN
  7. Hi, gang: I need to build a low-budget Hac / XP box to back up my main XP/VMWare PC. I have been reading forum posts until my eyes bleed and, because I've never built a Hac box before (have built hundreds of X86 PCs, tho), I'm having a hard time nailing down the parts that are gonna work best. If I wanted an ATX-size box I'd use a GA-P935-DS3x and be done with it...but I need the small form factor After using Windoze since 3.1 and various Linux distros, I want to see what the OSX experience is like...but on an affordable platform that can also run XP. So, Please let me know what y'all think about my pet project. Your expert advice is greatly appreciated! 0. This box will have 1 HD for XP, and one for OSX (drive cage). Only 1 HD will be plugged in at a time -- XP and OSX will NEVER see each other. I would sacrifice ultimate raw power for an easy, hassle-free OSX build. In other words, I want an OSX box that "just works," and I don't want to endlessly tweak it or kludge up various workarounds, etc. I'm a very experienced X86 tech...but an OSX newbie 1. MB must be mATX. MB doesn't have to support the newest Core 2 duo chips, but must be able to reasonably (or insanely) overclock a cheappie C2D for usable performance. 2. MB may have onboard GMA video, but must support PCI-e X16 for add-on video card. 3. PC must use (or be able to use via adapters) PS/2 keyboard and mouse connectors, and output video through a standard VGA D-sub connector. I have several PCs "KVMed" through a conventional Raritan KVM switch and a Gb LAN. I need this PC to be able to work on that system to really be useful. 4. Being able to use onboard sound in XP/OSX would be handy. I need only stereo output and a mic input (mic potentially optional). The idea is not having to switch sound hardware when I swap the XP and OSX drives. I guess I could also use the often-mentioned external USB sound devices for OSX if they can also work in XP? 5. MB must support 2 MB of RAM, although 4 would be better for the long run. I have a nice 10.4.10 VMWare image that has working sound and LAN...but the experience is still too slow through virtualization... I was thinking of using a 945G mATX MB that has reasonable OCing ability with 2- or 4-series C2Ds, along with well-supported on-board audio. I can't find ANY P35 MBs in mATX (there may not be any). I see that there are some newer Intel chipsets in mATX, but they don't seem easy to build and support. So, If I haven't confused you by now...and if what I'm looking for doesn't exist...what do you think? Are there MBs that meet all of those requirements? Thanks again, --KK in MN
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