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  1. I am thinking of ordering one of these as well. http://ae.dhs.nu/crystalhd/ mentions there are drivers for Mac OS X, but you need to use it with XBMC. My netbook has Nvidia Ion Graphics but needless to say with Nvidia's graphics woes, any relief I can give to the little chips will help prolong life.
  2. I've been trying to figure this out for a while now, I'm open to any and all suggestions including re-installing Lion. So, I have Lion 10.7.3 installed and my Compaq NC6400 is hooked up to the docking station. With the laptop lid open I can use Dual Monitor no problem. I have set the external LCD as the primary so the Dock and Menu can be used from that display. If I try and enable Mirror, the display goes nuts and I have to manually delete the preferences file before I can boot properly again. So I'm trying to run the notebook lid closed and in the docking station and simply using the external monitor as an extended display. If I run the laptop this way the monitor does initialize, at the correct resolution, but nothing but a desktop background. No dock, no menu bar. So I tried enabling screen sharing so I could connect from my other Hackintosh and force it to move the display over, but it refuses to connect as if the other display is disabled or sleeping. I also notice if I run the notebook with display open I can hit the power button and it will prompt me if I want to shut down. But when the display is closed it won't respond. (Hitting power button will pop-up the shutdown message and activate the "Shut Down" button so all you have to do is hit enter.) Any suggestions? I'm not using a DSDT at the moment, but I'm not 100% sure it would help in this situation. Or maybe if someone had info on enabling video mirroring on the GMA950 without issues then I could use that approach.
  3. For those of us who have setup our Hackintosh just the way we like, it's a dream come true. Except..well, there is a good number of us who don't have officially supported video cards and as a result, we can't play DVD's. Sure you can use a really out of date version of VLC, but it's PPC so it doesn't run at full speed even with Rosetta, and those of us who are using Framebuffer displays get really bad choppy frames. The solution? VLC! Yes, the newer versions of VLC require QE, but that's only if you want VLC to play the DVD directly. What we are going to do is have VLC stream the DVD. 1.) Download the latest release of VLC and drag to your Applications folder. 2.) Download MPlayer OSX Extended from http://mplayerosx.sttz.ch/ & place in Applications folder. 3.) Run VLC and let it do it's first time setup. 4.) In VLC, click File --> Open Disc. In the dialogue that shows, the defaults will be fine except, you need to check the box "No DVD Menus". 5.) Click on the "Streaming/Saving" checkbox then click "Settings". 6.) Select the radio checkmark "Stream". The default settings should be fine. Enter your current IP address in, and click OK, then click "Open". VLC will now start streaming. 7.) Switch resolution to 800 x 600 (stretched). It won't look pretty for OSX, but the Movie should play decent in that setting. 8.) Launch MPlayer OSX Extended. Click "File" --> "Open Location". enter: "http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1234" the xxx here being your current IP Address. In a moment Mplayer will start playing your movie. Click Command F and you go fullscreen. It's not a glorious hack that enables high res DVD playback, but those of you who are stuck with non accelerated graphics like me can now enjoy DVD movies. As a side note, the 800 x 600 resolution is just for fullscreen playback. If you want to do other stuff while playing a DVD, you can keep the native res of your monitor and play the movie in a Window using Mplayer Extended. Enjoy! Chaos Storm.
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    Broadcom BCM4313 and BCM57780 on Lenovo S10-3t

    For those having wireless issues, if you run this command under Terminal: ioreg -l and then search for the string "14e4", if you see something like the following: +-o pci14e4,4312@0 <class IOPCIDevice, id 0x1000001a5, registere$ | | | | { | | | | "IOChildIndex" = 1 | | | | "compatible" = <"pci103c,1370","pci14e4,4312","pciclass,028$ Your device is not being enumerated properly and will not work without some hacking. I have the same issue on my Acer Aspire 6930 notebook because I have 2 PCI-E Mini slots, and the second contains a Broadcom Wireless card that is supported out of the box. But it can't see it. As an example, notice the difference when a device is properly enumerated: | +-o SAT0@1F,2 <class IOPCIDevice, id 0x10000018c, registered, matche$ | | | | "name" = "pci8086,2929" | | | | "vendor-id" = <86800000> | | | | "acpi-pmcap-offset" = 112 | | | | "device-id" = <29290000> | | | | "IOPCIResourced" = Yes | | | | "compatible" = <"pci1025,15e","pci8086,2929","pciclass,010601"> Notice how the device gets an actual name? When the IONetworking stack configures a device, it needs a properly enumerated name to attach to. As an example, I have a working USB Ethernet (Apple) and notice how the System Configuration sees it: <string>IOService:/AppleACPIPlatformExpert/PCI0@0/AppleACPIPCI/EHC1@1D,7/AppleUSBEHCI/Apple USB Ethernet Adapter@fd300000/AppleUSBEthernet/IOEthernetInterface</string> <key>SCNetworkInterfaceType</key> <string>Ethernet</string> I'm still tackling the issue, but this may shed some light as to why the wifi cards may not work despite your efforts. A DSDT fix is most likely required.
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    Acer Aspire 6930 & Retail Snow Leopard

    Synaptics Trackpads will have better track/glide accuracy, and don't require the user to "mash" thier finger into the pad just to make it recognize input. I've seen quite a few Notebooks that have ALPS and the trackpad is quite sluggish even when you turn the sensitivity up to max. Now, not all ALPS trackpads are this way, but the majority are. With a Synaptics Trackpad you can do figure eights with your trackpad with ease, with ALPS you may struggle. Again, I have seen the odd ALPS that was decent, so I don't know whether they just write crappy software or if the hardware is just not tuned properly or is cheaply made. At work I service laptops so I've seen a fair share of trackpads. Most of the high end notebooks such as HP EliteBooks even many of the Pavilion DV 6000 and 9000 series had Synaptics. Dell, Acer and Lenovo all use ALPS for sure, with perhaps a few decent lines getting Synaptics. Sony uses a mixture of both, while TOSHIBA is mostly Synaptics.
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    Acer Aspire 6930 & Retail Snow Leopard

    It is a Synaptics Touchpad for which I am thankful. ALPS make the worst trackpads in the history of computers, worse than a ball-mouse. I've seen my share of ALPS on Aspire GEM Series, the ones you would buy at FutureSHOP/BestBuy for $399.99.
  7. It's taken a while for me to get this working 100%, I had to re-install about 20 times before I got it just right. Note this guide is for 100% Snow Leopard use, no dual booting. The Aspire 6930 uses a new platform and as such, some items will not work. Works: Webcam - Can't handle too many frames per second or it drops them. USB VGA/LCD Graphics - FrameBuffer only, no accelerated graphics. Keyboard & Trackpad With Tapping Media Control Board - Volume Works, other keys vary. HDD/ODD - Both drives work fine Sound Apple USB Ethernet - Fully Supported Card Reader - Fully Supported (USB) Doesn't Work: Ethernet - Detected but can't map io's or init Wireless - Intel not supported, other cards fail to enumerate properly How to install: First, there is one requirement: A USB Mouse & Keyboard. You will just need it untill you get the PS2 drivers installed. Go to the first link here and download the ISO and burn, labeling it as "Installer Boot CD" http://rapidshare.com/files/327129602/Sl_boot_cd.rar.html Next, visit the following URL and download this Boot CD and label it "Post Install CD" after burning. http://uploadpla.net/files/5106_fnuhx/Empi..._all-in-one.zip The reason we use two different CD's is that the first disc works really well for installation but will refuse to boot the system once installed, and the Empire EFI doesn't work that well for installation but does the post install great. Next, have a USB Flash drive handy with the zip file from this post (below) with drivers and utilities you will need. Set your Acer's BIOS to boot from CD first and boot from the first CD. Once it has loaded and shows a graphic of the disc, eject it and insert your Retail (Not Preloaded) Snow Leopard Disc. Press F5 to refresh discs and your Mac OS X disc will be displayed and should be selected. Type the following (it will appear at the bottom of the screen) -v cpus=1 Then hit Enter. After a few minutes you should be at the Installer where you can Partition your hard disk as GUID/GPT (Required) and install Mac OS as you desire. Once the install is finished reboot. Sometimes, due to the nature of Acer's BIOS, your BIOS settings will revert back to factory defaults. Hit F2 to get into the BIOS and re-arrange the boot order to CD first just in case. Make sure your USB Mouse & Keyboard are hooked up for sure at this point. Now eject your Snow Leopard Disc and place our "Post Install CD" in the drive and boot from that. Once it loads, use your arrows to select your hard disk you installed Snow Leopard to. Again, type the following: -v cpus=1 Then hit return. The system will boot and you will be walked through identifying your keyboard (USB Keyboard) and setting up your Mac. Once you are at the desktop, open the Post Install CD and run the "MyHack Installer" located in the Post Install folder. Customize the install when asked and de-select OpenHalt Restart as it will not work. Make sure you don't select anything else. Once the install finishes, you can eject the CD and reboot your Mac. ;-) If reboot fails simply hold the power button for 4 seconds and force the power off, we will fix reboot after the next boot. When the boot screen pops up at reboot and the progress bar starts going in reverse, hit enter and again type the following: -v cpus=1 Hit Enter Now Mac OS will start. From here you should insert your USB Flash drive with the contents of the zip file posted here. The next step is important. Navigate to your /System/Library/Extensions and Trash the AppleHDA.kext file, it will cause a kernel panic if not removed. Using your USB Keyboard and Mouse, select all the kexts and drag them over the Kext Utility application and release them once the Application's icon is highlighted. It will ask for your password. After this, it will install your extensions. Reboot. At this point, you should no longer need to use -v cpus=1 at the boot prompt, however I did have the ocassional time when the boot would not complete. If using cpus=1 fixes any such issue, you can research on this forum how to edit Chameleon's boot.plist file to include cpus=1 automatically at boot. Your keyboard and trackpad should now work. If you go to System Preferences, you should see a Trackpad setting and here you can turn on tapping to click. Be sure to disable sleep and set sleep timer on battery to 1 hour, otherwise once the system tries to sleep, it will crash and you will have to force it to power off. You can also change your desktop background and color settings. The default background in Snow Leopard does look a bit whacky once the video drivers are installed, you can change it. For network connectivity, buy an Apple USB Ethernet adapter. Once hooked up, it should be auto-detected and work out of the box. Aspire_6930_SL.zip
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    Aspire 6930 iATKOS

    Update: The reason the wireless and ethernet devices do not work is that they are not enumerated properly. Comparing ioreg -l with the Acer 6930 and my HP DV6000, I see that the Acer simply lists pci14e4,3411 whereas the HP has something like SXSY@0. Apparently this is due to ACPI and the fact Acer has moved to a new platform for this series of notebooks. If you edit the DSDT you may be able to get your wireless device to show up as a Generic PCI device, but you would still need a way to inject drivers. If I find anything else out I will post here.
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    Asus Eee T91?

    Using my Samsung external DVD-RW I booted from the Snow Leopard disc using these arguments: -v cpus=1 acpi=off platform=legacy however even though it boots partway, it just stalls after assigning a hostname, never gets to the GUI. I've tried lots of various releases, same issue or it just reboots. Still trying.
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    Aspire 6930 iATKOS

    For those who want an easy way to install Mac OS to an Intel Aspire 6930, here is how: Use iATKOS, latest version, I think V7 is the latest for Leopard. When booting from DVD, you must use these boot arguments (Press F8) -v cpus=1 acpi=off platform=legacy If you don't it won't boot. Once it boots you can format your drive with Disk Utility and install Leopard. The default selection of packages is OK, but you will want to add a few items by selecting PS/2 Voodoo Driver (First One Listed), Intel EFI String (nothing else for graphics), Battery Driver, Intel Speedstep Driver, Intel AHCI Driver, Jmicron (Can't remember if this notebook has Jmicron, so I didn't want to forget this in case) What works: Audio Volume Touch Keys & Rewind/Reverse Buttons ONLY Card Reader Battery Indicators To get graphics working download attached kext and it will enable a Framebuffer video driver which will adjust resolution, however do note DVD playback won't work due to the fact there is no hardware acceleration. However iTunes will play MP4 media just fine. You can watch movies in windowed mode but going fullscreen may start dropping frames. Sorry I don't recall where on the forum this FB driver came from, but credit goes to the author as it also has a software cursor to avoid artifacts. You will notice slower mouse polling/speed. There does seem to be an issue with these notebooks and alternate Wifi cards as I have tried multiple cards and although OSX does properly identify them and they are listed in ioreg, they won't activate. Still looking into that. AppleIntelGMAX3100FB.kext.zip
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    Mac OSX on Acer Aspire Timeline 4810TZ

    I got my timeline 4810TZ working pretty much 90%, I used iAtkos V7, with the following options checked at install: USB Driver, Intel AHCI Driver, Battery Driver & Utility, Voodoo PS2 Driver, SpeedStep / Throttle Driver. I replaced my wireless card with a HP Broadcom card. I had to cut the metal cage off the card and put tape inbetween because the 4810TZ has a mounting post that actually extends right into the PCI-Mini card, but they designed the card with the chip in the middle to avoid the support post. I also used a exacto blade to cut the data line to pin 2o on the wireless card, it now stays powered on all the time, I had issues getting it to power on before. Audio works from speakers and from headphones. USB works, and my Card Reader works too. Only thing that doesn't work is LAN, Camera and proper accelerated graphics. Btw, if you want to play videos like Xvid, download Miro, Mplayer and VLC don't work with frame buffer drivers.
  12. I also have a Aspire 2920. I installed Kalyway 10.5.2 and I have the same issue, no WLAN, Audio or Ethernet. However, it seems this notebook doesn't mind swapping wireless cards as I replaced the wireless card with a Broadcom PCI-E Mini wireless card from a HP Laptop and it works like Airport out of the box, even the switch to turn Wifi off works. For sound install the 2 Channel driver from http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...aded&start= and your sound should work.
  13. I've been able to install Kalyway 10.5.2 on this system with no major issues, but I wanted to go back to 10.5.1 because I know the system will work with my existing RAID. However, regardless of which version I install, I cannot see more than 128GB of drive space. This is on an IDE drive. The BIOS options for the PSCH are somewhat odd, because the settings for SATA somehow also affect the IDE settings. I have the option of Auto, Standard, Enhanced, SATA Only, and RAID. I have tried a few settings like Auto and Enhanced but no luck. The other issue is that this board came with Rage XL AGP graphics built onto the board. It works fine without any kexts loaded but I get weird artifacts and splotches when too many graphical elements are used, more noticle on graphics than text. It only loads in 1024 x 768 at Thousands of colours. No options to change that. Just curious if some of the older native Mac OS X drivers for Rage cards would work assuming an Intel version could be found. Main reason for using this board was I got it cheap and it will make a great server.
  14. A friend and I want to build low cost NAS boxes using Intel's new Mini ITX motherboard that features a Diamondville 45nm CPU running at 1.6Ghz. According to Intel's specs, it supports SSE3 and should be most capable of running OS X. The boards are not expensive either, I saw one tonight for only $79.00. With DDR2 RAM being really cheap these days, one could build a very small form factor NAS box. Not to mention the heat and power required by this wouldn't be a whole lot more than buying a real NAS. What we figure on doing is use a PCI SATA controller card for the RAID array and just using a small SATA laptop hard disk for the boot device using the onboard SATA controller. The motherboard has GMA 950 Graphics and with 1.6Ghz of power to use, a Software RAID 5 shouldn't be too bad. I've been using a software USB RAID 1 on my Mac for about a year now and it's gone through alot. No problems. So I figure go with RAID 5 and have fun. Sadly this board doesn't have a PCI-E slot, but since this is a NAS, even with GB LAN, your SATA II hard drives will never use their full speed capacity. Has anyone tried an install of Leopard using one of these boards or chips? The board model # is D945GCLF. I just want to see if anyone sees any potential issues with Leopard on one of these boards. I know I have to research the SATA card because Mac OS X does not recognize all cards natively.
  15. I don't now if anyone else has seen this issue, but in Kalyway 10.5.1 I could use the RAID 1 (Mirror) USB 500GB array I created using my Macbook and access files with no issues. (It's a NexStar MX Dual Bay SATA/USB Enclosure w/2 X Seagate 500GB) Now fast forward to Kalyway 10.5.2 release and my RAID doesn't function. In Disk Utility the drives just show up as disk slices with no information. (Same goes for NTFS drives) Unplug the array and put it in a Real Mac and the array goes online. I'm curious where the issue lies, as that is one feature I enoyed with 10.5.1 as I can keep both machines backuped up without issue.