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About Dudemeister

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  1. I own a S260, which is the previous generation (Sonoma). It's based on the i915GME and has a Pentium M 740. Most everything works OK. GMA 900 graphics supports CI and QE, Audio works (Realtek AC'97), MSI Wireless (RALINK) works with drivers from RALINK.COM.TW, LAN works, DVD+/-RW works (native support) What doesn't work: Media reader (SD, MMC, MS) appears to be rocgnized, but can't mount any media Battery display not working Power management (unknown) Dual boot (XP/OSx) works OK.
  2. I think that the basic problem here is the fact the XP installation is not in the first physical partition. The boot hooks for a Windows 2K/XP/Vista installation must be in the first physical partition on the disk. It doesn't matter in which order you install Windows XP or OS X, as long as XP gets to reside the the first physical partition. If you were to use DOS FDISK or Linux FDISK, or whatever to partition, make sure that Windows is installed in the first partition. Once you do that, you could use the CHAIN0 file + Boot.ini to create a hook for the OS X partition (the second phisycal partition). Alternately you could make the second partition active, and assuming you have OS X installed in there, it will by default boot darwin/OS X, unless you hit F8 and bring up darwin's boot menu to get access to XP.
  3. black screen for windows XP boot

    Is the Windows XP the 1st partition ? For Windows XP to be bootable it must be the first physical partition on the hard disc. The fact that is primaryis not relevant to its capability to boot. Run FDISK from a floppy drive and select option 4 to show the partitioning scheme. If it is the first partition, try to make it active and see if you can boot from it. If you can't and get a NTLDR error or something like it, try as a last resort to clear your MBR by using typing FDISK /MBR. If that doesn't work, then you may have to repair or re-install XP. If XP partition is NOT the first physical partition, you'll have to redo the whole thing over again. Good Luck
  4. Finally, everything (almost) working

    It's both, the ALC655 provides the codec interface to the ICH6 AC97 audio controller. The way I understand it, one does not work without the other. Anyway, the setup is kinda weird. In the System Profiler, the Audio section says "No Information Found", but if you go to the sound pane (system preferences), the output tab says AC97 Audio (PCM). The Microphone and heaphone jack work fine, but the SP/DIF does not. Something else that works, all the Fn buttons (sound, brightness, numlock, even the sleep button), it seem to work OK. UPDATE In OS X, the NTFS (Windows XP) partition is mounted as read only, and I haven't found any way to mount it with writing rights. As for the Mac (HFS Extended + Journaled) partition in Windows, I tried a couple of things: MacDrive 6.xx does not see the partition at all, and their knowledge base specifically says that dual formatted disks (multiple partitions with different partition types) are not supported unless you're running Apple's "Boot Camp". MacDisk 7.1 seems to work, but does not integrate or mount the volume, rather it offers its own browser/explorer-like interface, which is rather awkward, but works neverthe less. One alternative would be to format the Windows partition with FAT32 instead of NTFS using the utility I mentioned in the original post (Free FDISK). Another would be to setup a 3rd "common use" FAT32 patition that either OS can access with full read/write rights. This way you maintain the advantages and security of NTFS, and you have a common storage space for both OS's. If anyone has better alternatives, please let me know.
  5. Finally...it WORKS Windows XP + OS X 10.4.7 on a MSI S260 (MS-1012) notebook. 80GB hard drive split down the middle. Installed Windows XP on the first partition (NTFS). Windows XP will not give you an option to format partitions larger than 32GB with FAT32, only NTFS. To create a partition larger than 32GB, I used Free FDISK (you can find it @ FreeDOS.ORG http://www.freedos.org/cgi-bin/freedos-lsm...base/fdisk.lsm). Make a bootable disk, CD or thumb drive, and copy Free FDISk to it. Boot to a DOS prompt, run FDISK and create a new primary partition. Make the new partition active. I used the 10.4.6 OS X install DVD with the JAS patches. once the OS X is installed, it will boot by default unless you hit F8 and you get a menu option for Windows or OS X. If you want to have Windows XP boot by default, you'll have to make the first partition (Windows) active, copy the CHAIN0 file to your root, and modify boot.ini to add the additional OS (by pointing to CHAIN0). The drawback to using boot.ini is that it only works with XP, but not Vista. The boot.ini file is still there in Vista, but it's no longer functional. I will try to install Vista, and use the OSX partition as the boot default to see if it works. I'll post more information on this link later. Here are a couple of OS X Installation notes: Unless you have the specific hardware, don't select the additional drivers or patches as they may create problems. Case in point: the audio on my notebook (ICH6 + Realtek AL655) would not work because I was installing the USB SoundBlaster and the Sigmatel 9220 drivers. Removing them doesn't seem to work, and you'll have to re-install the OS. Do not install any of the AMD drivers if you have an Intel machine. Do not install ATI radeon Mobility drivers if you have Intel GMA graphics (this last one doesn't interfere with anything but it's not necessary). The GMA900 drivers included in the Install DVD do not support CI/QE. You can download working drivers here: http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=24...523066965593919 The Windows XP partition will show up on the desktop and you can copy files back and forth. However the mac parition is not visible to Windows (unless you install and HFS driver or 3rd party app).
  6. Who here has a mac? not just a PC

    I have a Dual 1.25 G4 Mirror Drive Door, 2GB RAM, nViDia FX5200, 2x 120GB HDD, 2x Pioneer DVD±RW. I also have an older 733Mhz QuickSilver stock configuration I took to work since I don't have anymore room at home. And then there's the G4 Titianium, which I hardly ever get to use as my wife seems to have laid claim to it. I also have a desktop PC (3.6Ghz P4, 925XE Intel Board, 2GB RAM, Dual DVD±RW, GEForce 6800GT, 2x 300GB drives, and a Asus M5 notebook. The Mac is where I do most of my work, although I use the PC for video capture and encoding (MPEG2/DVD or DiVx), as it's subtantially faster then may Mac. Also the PC is the gaming machine as Mac game development is in the "we'll wait 'till no one buys it on the PC anymore, then we'll release it on the Mac" state. Anyway, I love my Mac, but it's getting harder and harder (and costlier) to support 2 platforms. So If I can get my Mac fix but only have to support one physical platform (as in dual boot), I'll eventually get rid of the old Mac box.