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About pcwiz13

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  1. I'll help out with testing the boot cd/stick if your still looking for people.
  2. I don't know if it can or not, essentially I guess it's just a data cable,so it shouldn't make a difference. I just remember looking at caddys and getting paranoid about data transfer speeds, they all claim something different. But to answer your question, it is very simple to replace the DVD drive with the caddy, pretty much just a couple screws, pop out the DVD drive, swap the cover, and pop in the caddy. Piece of cake. Now swapping the internal is a different story, it's fairly straight forward, there are several videos out there, just go slow and take your time.
  3. ^ any Sata SSD drive will work, I swapped the drive in my laptop, i suggest replacing the internal with the SSD for best speeds. If you replace the DVD drive with a SSD you will need a caddy/adapter, I get a feeling these caddy's reduce transfer speeds (I could be completely wrong here, someone please correct me if I am) I have a 64gb SSD as my primary internal HD with OSX on it as my main OS. In the caddy is my original 750gb HD. 1-250gb OSX "backup" for testing 1-250gb Windows 7 1-250gb "Data" partition for storage
  4. I dont have this problem with my install but apparently it is fairly common. Try booting with UseKernalCache=No if that solves the problem check out this link DoiX posted a couple pages back:http://www.insanelym...dpost&p=1834431
  5. I got the "official" release of ML up and running yesterday and thought I would share my experience/technique for doing so. I'm not promising this will work for anyone else, its just how I went about getting it running. My setup: I have 2 hard drives in my L502x a SSD that currently is my stable working Lion install, and the original hard drive in a caddy replacing the CD drive with 2 partitions on it, one windows, and one a "test" partition for osx. I installed ML on the "test" partition of my second hard drive. This is the procedure i used to get it up and running. Once I get it 100% I will copy it over to my SSD to become my primary OS. I followed these instructions for downloading/creating a bootable install USB for Mountain Lion: I Paraphrased the relevant information form this tread: http://www.insanelym...howtopic=280756 **Denotes items I added/modified Software -The Chameleon boot loader, the latest version of which can always be found here (You want "The Latest Trunk PKG ~ Standard and Official Revision"): http://www.insanelym...howtopic=231075 **DoiX's Lx02XLion_V1.2 http://www.insanelym...2 Kexts 1. FakeSMC – absolutely essential – tricks OS X into thinking it’s a real Mac (Use the "Snow" one) http://www.osx86.net...?do=file&id=161 2. NullCPUPowerManagement – generally required initially to prevent kernel panics, may not be needed once AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement is patched after install. http://www.osx86.net...p?do=file&id=16 **3. Mountain Lion MBR Patch http://www.osx86.net..._mbr_patch.html Creating USB Installer A. Preparing the USB 1. In your working OS X install open Disk Utility 2. Click on your USB drive in the left sidebar 3. Click the “Partition” tab 4. Under “Partition Layout” click “1 Partition” 5. Click Options -> select “Master Boot Record”; check the format is set to “Mac OS X Extended (Journeled)”; name it “USB” 6. Click Apply B. Creating the OS X installer on the USB drive 1. Show hidden files in finder by opening Terminal (in utilities) and typing (copy / pasting) the following: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES then killall Finder 2. Mount your Mountain Lion DMG. If using a copy downloaded from the app store: Navigate to Applications (which is where it will save your downloaded copy of ML by default) -> right click "Install OS X Mountain Lion" and click "Show Package Contents" -> Contents -> SharedSupport -> Double click "InstallESD.dmg" 3. Mount BaseSystem.dmg by typing the following in terminal: open /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ ESD/BaseSystem.dmg 4. Go back to disk utility and click on “Mac OS X Base System”, click the “Restore” tab then drag and drop your USB to “destination” and click restore then erase. This will take a while. 5. You’ll now have 2 “Mac OS X Base System”s present in Finder, right click them and “get info” to determine which is your USB drive (hint: look at the size). 6. Navigate to the one which is your USB drive, open it and go to /System/Installation. Delete the “Packages” link then create a folder called “Packages”. 7. Open a new Finder window and navigate to “Mac OS X Install ESD”. Copy everything inside the packages folder to the packages folder you have just created. This will take a while. 8. Copy mach_kernel from “Mac OS X Install ESD” to the root of your USB drive. C. Patching the installer for a PC 1. Remember the two kexts we downloaded above? Copy "FakeSMC" and "NullCPUPowerManagment" to /System/Library/Extensions on your USB stick. 1.A. Install MBR Patch- Copy "OSInstall.mpkg" to /System/Installation/Package/OSInstall.mpkg 1.A. Install MBR Patch- Copy "OSInstall" to /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Install.framework/Frameworks/OSInstall.framework/Versions/A/OSInstall 2. Run the chameleon installation package and ensure to choose your USB drive as the destination. 3. Run Doix's Installer and ONLY install the keyboard trackpad kext's to the USB drive. Installing OS This is where I just ran with it and it worked out. 1.Booted to USB drive, installed Mountain Lion to the partition I wanted. 2.Booted back into my working Lion install. 2A. Used KextWizard to install the "FakeSMC" and "NullCpuPowerManagement" kexts onto the mountain lion once again. 2B. Ran the chameleon installer on the mountain lion install. 3. Reboot onto the Mountain Install using -v (for some reason I have to use -v to boot, I understand this basically just makes it show the command lines, but for some reason it works, I saw the work around for this posted by DoiX earlier, I have yet to try it.) 4. Everything worked fine except sound, battery indicator, and speed stepping. I used the battery and audio kext from DoiX and everything works great. Next to get sleep/speedstep enabled (I asssume its the same process as it was in Lion, I just have yet to mess with it for fear of crashing my new working install.) So have I missed anything? On another note, I have ZERO artifacts/freezes in my video anymore, that alone makes ML worth the upgrade to me. **UPDATE 1: after a short while my graphics artifacts began to come back exactly like they did in 10.7.4, The last kext i had installed was the battery kext. Once i removed it, the graphics problems have gone away. I don't see how there is any connection between the two, but for reason thats whats happening. I was using a kext in a package called "battery fix - Lion". I'll look into the issue later. has anyone heard of a connection between battery kext and graphics issues?
  6. If you look a ways back, might be easier to search my posts, I uploaded my battery kext I used. I believe it was the lion_battery.kext, I can upload it when I get home if you can't find it. It may be the same kext included in the installer, just like Doix said manually install it with kext wizard. Worked fine for me.
  7. Ok here are my latest findings: Apparently when I tested the the EFI strings earlier my boots were not consistent and i started getting varying results. So i "superduper" my install to my backup partition and used it for testing, only changing the EFI string in the boot.plist each time to ensure nothing else changed. 1st EFI string DoiX gave me: had original graphics/glitches, went away when plugging in second monitor. 2nd EFI string: Screen on laptop was scrambled, i plugged in second monitor and the monitor worked fine, I looked at the setting and it was trying to run the laptop screen at 1080 (i have the other one), don't know what the difference was between the two but apparently the laptop screen was not recognized correctly. 3rd EFI string: Same as second, except the picture on the external monitor looked better than it had before. Sorry for the inaccurate results earlier, I'm not sure what went wrong. It amazes me there is so much varience between EDID's and such with the same model laptops. In my brief testing of Mountain Lion DP1 my graphics glitches were completely gone, maybe once we are able to make the switch it will clear up a lot of peoples problems. In the mean time I can always stick to my secondary monitor. Guess this means I may need to look into patching the connector table info for my system. Another thought, is there a way to "trick" the os into thinking a second monitor is connected and just set to "mirror" displays? This would fix the graphics issues and allow the laptop to function without actually connecting a second monitor. This is essentially what i'm doing, I just connect my tv to the mini dp port set it to mirror, and go back to watching regular tv while using my laptop, only drawback is i have to leave the tv connected so the laptop isn't very portable.
  8. ^Thats a good question, only side effect I see from it is the mini dp port seems to be disabled. I tried attaching my second monitor and it would not detect it, I put my original boot.plist in place and it connected fine. In the last few minutes (with the new EFI string) I have had a couple hesitations, nothing serious just a few extra seconds for launchpad to open (sort of like previous symptoms, but faster) It is defiantly an improvement on my system.
  9. That second string seemed to to the trick, I've rebooted several times to make sure, and pushed the video pretty hard and no hesitations anymore. Thank you a TON! I checked IORegistry for the string you mentioned and was unable to locate it, I may have just overlooked it. Never the less, my laptop now seems to work perfectly. Thanks for all the work you have put into getting OSX running on these laptops!
  10. @DoiX, Still no luck, I replaced the string using chameleon wizard to change it in in the org.chameleon.boot.plist in the "extra" folder. I then opened the boot.plist with plistedit to verify it was updated and rebooted. it is still unusable without a secondary monitor, (same symptoms) Is there a way to verify it worked correctly?
  11. quick question, there is already code inside the "device properties" area, should this replace what is already there or be in addition to it? Thanks!
  12. @DoiX, This is the information i used previously when I did the EDID override, I have the 1366x768 display: "IODisplayEDID" = <00ffffffffffff0006afec220000000001130103902213780ac8959e575492260f5054000000010101010101010101010101010101016e195620500008301008340058c11000001a6e195620500008301008340058c11000001a000000fe00314a43324e80423135365857320000000000000000000000000001010a202000d4> "DisplayVendorID" = 1711 "DisplayProductID" = 8940 "IODisplayPrefsKey" = "IOService:/AppleACPIPlatformExpert/PCI0@0/AppleACPIPCI/GFX0@2/AppleIntelFramebuffer@0/display0/AppleBacklightDisplay-6af-22ec" ____________ my Overide EDID file is: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>DisplayProductID</key> <integer>8940</integer> <key>DisplayProductName</key> <string>Dell LCD</string> <key>DisplayVendorID</key> <integer>1711</integer> <key>IODisplayEDID</key> <data> AP///////wAGr+wiAAAAAAETAQOQIhN4CsiVnldUkiYPUFQAAAABAQEBAQEBAQEBAQEB AQEBbhlWIFAACDAQCDQAWMEQAAAabhlWIFAACDAQCDQAWMEQAAAaAAAA/gAxSkMyToBC MTU2WFcyAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAEBCiAgANQ= </data> </dict> </plist> _______________________________ Thanks a TON for looking into this problem, Like i said, since i've attached an external monitor my system has worked 100%, even the system hesitation i used to get when opening things like the dashboard are gone, its WONDERFUL! see attached reg file. Thanks again! Pcwiz13’s MacBook Pro.zip
  13. I have already followed the instructions from earlier in this thread about doing an EDID Override (page 67 is my results), this helped for a while....but didn't clear it up and seemed to depend on if i got a good boot or not. Is this what your referring to or is a custom EFI string a different procedure?
  14. Odd discovery, I've been battling artifacts/graphics issues since the beginning with this laptop. They have been bad enough lately I had given up on OSX. Today I decided to plug in my tv with a mini display port to hdmi converter and magically my graphics issues were gone! May have just been luck, but it's nice to play with OSX without glitching for a little while (at least long enough to try my hand at final cut pro x)
  15. @Maxey That all looks right, are you still getting video issues?