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  1. Weaksauce's auto installer worked first time for me on a GA-EP45-UD3r running 10.6.3. Bonjour was driving me crazy until I found this thread. Thanks so much to all involved in fixing this!!! Bonjour is really important for me so not having this working would have been a nightmare!! Edit: after looking a little closer, it would seem like the fix has really crippled my ethernet speeds. Transferring files at ~9MB/s over gigabit LAN now, where I was getting closer to 40MB/s previously. Looks like some further research is in order for me..... Edit edit: and a quick trip into System Preferences to manually configure my Ethernet adapter to Tbase1000 was all that was needed to fix that little hiccup. I am now one really happy camper
  2. Hi all, I've been searching all around these forums with little success so was hoping somebody may be able to provide me with a straight answer. I have an external 2-drive enclosure which is set up as a 4TB BIG array (span/concatenated). The enclosure has both esata and USB2 ports, and I successfully formatted the array and shifted a ton of data over on the USB2 port. The problem is that USB2 is just going to be too slow for my needs, and the SATA ports on my motherboard don't support the port multiplier which is necessary to access the external drives. I bought a pcie eSata card from Startech which *claimed* to be Mac compatible, but most certainly wasn't, and I managed to hose my 10.5.8 installation trying to get it to work. Now that I am forced to reinstall OS X I have decided to use this as an excuse to upgrade to 10.6, and I have a 120GB OCZ Vertex 2E arriving tomorrow on which I plan to install the OS (using one of the GA-EP45-UD3R's standard SATA connectors). However, I really want to get to the bottom of this esata issue. Surely there must be a port-multiplier-compatible card out there that works on a Hackintosh? Every time I think I've found the ideal card (last candidate was a Highpoint Rocketraid 622), I read elsewhere about other issues. If anybody has successfully accomplished what I am trying to do, I would be ENORMOUSLY grateful for your advice. It seems like it *ought* to be a relatively trivial procedure to be able to connect an external RAID enclosure to a system, but it's been getting the best of me for almost 2 weeks now, and I don't have much hair left to pull out! Thanks in advance to anybody who can make any suggestions!
  3. Hello all, I've created something of a problem for myself by installing a PCIe esata card in my system, based on the JMicron JMB363 chipset. After installing the chipset drivers I was prompted to reboot, and since then I have been unable to boot back into my system due to Kernel Panics. This is my own fault for not looking into things in a little more detail first, but I'm so used to my system just working for the best part of a year that to be quite honest I keep forgetting that I am running a Hackintosh where things can break! However, now that I've done the damage, I was hoping there may be someone around here that may be able to help me to undo it? I have had a trouble free experience with OS X 10.5.8 since installing it around 9 months ago. My system is based on a Gigabyte EP-45UD3R motherboard. I can't recall the exact install guide that I originally followed, but my system does use the graphical Chameleon boot loader, and I believe BootDFE was originally involved in the setup process. I recently ran out of internal hard drive storage space, having filled 3x 1TB drives. To add more storage to my system, I bought an external 2-bay enclosure into which I've fitted a couple of SpinpointF3 2TB drives. The enclosure has both esata and USB2 interfaces, but it was always my intention to use esata. The esata would not work with the built-in ports on the Gigabyte board as they don't support port multiplication, so I bought a third party card from Startech which was based on a chipset that had this feature and purported to be Mac compatible. Upon fitting the card and rebooting the machine, the controller was detected in the BIOS, but I couldn't see the drives under OS X. Naively I was hoping the card would be plug and play, but it became apparent that I was going to have to install a driver in order for the OS to recognise the chipset. I grabbed the drivers from the JMicron site and installed them, completely forgetting about the possibility that this could potentially break my system. When I was prompted to reboot I did so, and the system logged me out of my account and presented the message "Updating boot caches....". It was only at this point that I realized that I may have created a problem for myself. Sure enough, upon reboot I am now getting the grey curtain of death after selecting my boot drive from the boot loader. I know this was really dumb and 100% my own stupid fault, but now that I'm stuck in this situation I would really appreciate any help or advice in trying to recover my system. I'm not a huge tinkerer so i don't keep up to date with all the latest developments in Hackintosh tools, so if anybody could advise me on where would be the best place to start in fixing this problem I would be hugely indebted to them. Thanks for reading, and thanks in advance to anybody who can come to my rescue!
  4. Hi there, I'm running into trouble with Kernel Panics using the CD installation method and can't figure out the problem. I have a GA-EP45-UD3R with an nvidia 8400GS, and a hard drive in the system that has a previous installation of 10.5.8 installed via Chameleon, which I am trying to wipe and replace with 10.6 using Kakewalk. I made a boot CD for my motherboard and ensured that my BIOS settings were correct before proceeding. I get as far as Kakewalk loading and telling me to insert the OS X installation disc, and after selecting the OS X disc and pressing enter the disc spins up and begins loading. I get the grey screen with the Apple logo on it for about 20 seconds and then the "grey curtain" descends over the screen telling me that I need to restart my computer. This has happened every time I have tried to repeat the process. I double checked I'd created the correct boot disc, rechecked my BIOS settings, and I even went as far as updating my BIOS to the latest version (went from v3 to v12 I believe), but none of this has helped matters. I'm now at the point where I can't think what to try next. Any suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks in advance!
  5. Hi there, and thanks for your reply. Yes, first time around I was an idiot and misread your instructions, and copied to modded com.apple.Boot.plist that belonged in /Extra to /L/E/SC. Doh! For onboard sound I'm using the blue kexts which it seems to recommend as the defaults. I'm also using the onboard ethernet, which I have heard is unstable, but this is not the first time I've installed OSX on this system. The first time around I used the Blog of Auzigog method, which worked 100% problem free. I didn't have the same success with this method the 2nd time around so I reinstalled again following the advice in this thread. Having wiped my harddrive one more time I can't go back and check, but it occurred to me that I may have forgotten to go to System Preferences/Sound and make sure I had the correct output selected, so I can't say with certainty now whether or not sound was working for me - I will try another install tonight and report back on my findings. The thing that's really puzzling me is the network issue. I don't understand how I can follow the identical steps I took in the past and yet experience different results. I guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and buy a 3rd party NIC.
  6. Hi there, I just tried this method with a clean install using a retail 10.5 disk after I broke my old system upgrading to 10.5.7. Anyway, I decided to wipe the slate clean and try again from scratch. Followed all the instructions to the letter up to where it says to download all software updates, which I couldn't do because it seems my internet connection isn't yet working, so I skipped this part and went straight onto the Chameleon stuff, which I assumed would fix this. Followed the instructions for modifying the com.apple.boot.plist in the /Library/Extensions/SystemConfiguration folder, and added all the necessary kexts to my /Extra/Extensions folder. Finally I ran UInstaller to add EFI strings for time machine fix and for my gfx card (8400GS 512mb) Upon rebooting I get the lovely new Chameleon loadscreen from which I selected my boot drive, but after booting back into OSX I noticed the screen resolution hadn't changed. Also, still no sound or network. So I went looking around in the /Extra folder and noticed there was also a com.apple.boot.plist file in there. Thinking I may have misunderstood the instructions, I went to modify that file and add the necessary strings, but when it came to saving the file I was told I didn't have the necessary permissions to do so. So I used GetInfo to modify the priveleges on the folder but still I couldn't alter the file. Finally, I enabled the root account and opened terminal to try to chmod the folder to grant permission from there, but I suck in Terminal and the mode I chose (chmod -R a+rw /Extra) had no effect either. [Edit: finally got permission to write to this file using a+rwx, but all I managed to accomplish by modifying it was to set the timeout - still no gfx, sound or network!!!] I can't think where I might have gone wrong as the first time I ever installed OSX on my machine I had no problems. This time around I can't get anything to work properly at all. If anyone can offer me any advice I'd be extremly grateful. Thanks! Edit: I finally figured out how to modify the com.apple.Boot.plist in the /Extra folder, and I also managed to get my video card working properly, but still no sound or ethernet. Anyone got any ideas?
  7. EP45-UD3P no sound after update to 10.5.7 :(

    Hi, I just tried this in order to attempt to fix the sound issue I was having with my GA-45-UD3R board, and now I'm getting kernel panics each time the OS tries to load. Would you know what the problem would be and how I could go about addressing it? Many thanks.
  8. Hi, thanks so much for the reply! I just took a look at the Q8200, and it's almost exactly the same price as the Q6600. While it's based on a 45nm process rather than the 65nm of the Q6600, it does seem to only have half the L2 cache of the 6600. It also has a 7x multiplier compared to the 6600's 9x. I know on paper that makes the 6600 look like the better chip to me, but in practical terms, would you favour the 8200? I can pretty much secure myself a 6600 at the same price, and I'm not wanting to run crazy overclocks (3ghz would be fine for me - of course if I could get more off air while staying relatively quiet that would be ideal!) Thanks again
  9. Hi Guys! I'm pretty new to the world of OSX86, and I've only been lurking here a little while. Anyway, my Macbook Pro is starting to die and I'm now looking to replace it with a desktop Hackintosh. I've assembled a list of components that I hope will do the job and be compatible, but before I went and dropped the cash on them I thought I would double check with the experts around here to see if this setup looks reasonable. FWIW, I"m in the UK and will be buying all this stuff from Scan next week unless I get any recommendations to the contrary. Ideally I'd like to be able to clock the CPU to 3.0Ghz and have the whole system run fairly quietly. - Intel Core2Quad Q6600 G0 SLACR - Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R motherboard - 4gb Corsair TwinX XMS2 6400 RAM - 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD - Gigabyte NX88T512HP NVidia 8800 GT 512mb GPU - Optiarc AD-7200S-0B sata Optical drive - Akasa Nero AK-967 CPU cooler - Antec Sonata Designer 500w Case+PSU This comes to around £660 including VAT and carriage. Any comments or feedback would be hugely appreciated, including any hints or tips for getting all this stuff working together and advice on what installation method is most likely to yield the best results. Thanks in advance for your time.
  10. Hi all I've been hitting my head against a brick wall for the past hours trying to get beyond the dd part of the installation. I'm following the profit 42 installation instructions as found here http://profit42.com/?p=2 I should point out that I am trying this on an Acer Aspire 1690 laptop, with a single 60gb 5400rpm hard drive, so the hard drive is, by default, hard disk 0 I already had 2 partitions on the drive. I shrunk the 2nd partition to make some free space, resized the extended partition, and created a new Primary partition sized 6660 meg. According to Diskpart, this partition is partition number 5 on my disk I then extracted dd v0.3 into the same directory as my tiger-x86 image file (located in a folder on the root of my c drive) and entered the following command dd if=tiger-x86-flat.img of=\\?\Device\Harddisk0\Partition5 bs=512 skip=63 Every time I have done this I get the same error message: Error native opening file: 0 operation completed successfully I've searched around for solutions to this, and noticed other people have had this problem. So far however, I haven't found anyone who has a way round this issue. I've tried rebooting my machine to try and force update the partition table, but to no effect. One thing i notice, is that when creating a partition of 6660 in diskpart, when I confirm that partition, its size is being reported as 6668. Is this unusual? Please please please, if someone could help me with this, I would be forever grateful. I recently and very reluctantly had to part company with my cherished dual 2.3ghz Powermac, and I'm currently stuck with a windows laptop (which is heartbreaking). If there's any way I could get back into the wonder of OSX, I'd be a much happier person. Thanks to all who have taken the trouble to read this. Merry christmas to one and all, Mike