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  1. Guide for Asrock 4Core1600Twins-P35

    Sorry for being late, but the latest bios, still not available at asrock web site, has been just modded by kabyl. I gave him the address, and pronto, he did the modding almost immediately! Any 4core1600twins-p35 owner should be happy, cause the new 1.43 bios reportedtly allows to set the cpu multiplier. I had no time to try it myself, but other users say so (with the unmodded bios of course). I don't know if Fuzzy Logic succeeded, but the modded 1.40 bios allowed me to install Leo with no problems at all, using Leo4All v3 and then updating to 10.5.4 (first with 10.5.3 patched update package, then with Apple online update). I am using the 4core1600twins-p35 like my primay home machine, so i am not too eager to experiment with it... that's why i didn't update to 10.5.5 and i still use 1.40 bios. My Time Machine backup drive is a very old 20GB, and too many things are left out to keep the backup under the 20Gb barrier...so i don't like to try my luck without a lot of time to fix things in case something goes wrong. I suggest to set the jumpers as per uploaded image, to get 1:1 setting for FSB/RAM This is good only for overclocking, other way is better to leave the default settings, or the others described in the manual in case of higher FSB/RAM speeds. In my case i swapped the E2160 for an E8200 (mainly to enable VT-x acceleration for Parallels), and fitted a 4GB Corsair kit (to have more RAM for virtual SO). Leaving the jumpers at their default settings or using the 1:1 configuration made no difference, choosing 333 (667) in the bios. The overclocking is limited by my cheap memories, so i had to limit the cpu frequence to 3470Mhz. With 4GB RAM i discovered the limits of the JMicron kext too, with Memory Remap option enabled i had the full 4 gigabytes available but the JMicron PATA controller gave me random freezes during DVD burning (PATA burner). If i want to get a rock solid system i have to disable memory remap (loosing around 800MB of RAM), or burn cd and dvd with a SATA or USB burner. have fun CJ
  2. Guide for Asrock 4Core1600Twins-P35

    There is an HP utiltity, i can't rememeber the name, but if you google for HP and USB boot, you'll find it! If you don't jave a Windows system you could use Parallels, install any Windows version (i'm just trying 2008 Server on parallels) and give to USB devices the choice to be connected to the virtual machine when connected. Then you format the USB pen drive (or flash card) with HP utility. Keep at hand a boot floppy (physical or image) to get the needed Dos boot files. Of course you could do the same with Linux, but i don't know if you need to use the terminal or there is some graphical interface available. have fun CJ
  3. NTFS-3G Working Easily

    I did a search, and i downloaded both packages. But i didn't find in the docs any reference to the feature i need. Catacombae does a very nice work, implementing NTFS-3G (both stable and patched_for_speed versions) over MacFuse foundation, but Paragon NTFS for Mac works so good...i don't like to unistall it! I just need a method to disable automount. If you disable Paragon driver via preference pane, the volume is mounted read-only: a nice way to preserve the filesystem, but i need to be able to write to it, when i choose to mount the volume. Then BlueHarvets takes care of removing all the extra stuff. I am going to try if the fstab method works when the Paragon driver is disabled. any suggestion? have fun CJ
  4. NTFS-3G Working Easily

    Paragon NTFS is awesome, i installed it on two computers with Leopard, with very different configuration, and works very well on both! The only issue i found is that NTFS volumes does not respond the usual way: if i want to avoid the automount of a given partition, with OS X i can create a config file (/etc/fstab) and give the noauto argument to the mount command; the partition can be identified by UUID, BSD device name or label. With NTFS partitions automounted in read/write by Paragon NTFS for Mac the fstab file is not read, or at least don't affect how NTFS volumes are mounted. I browsed and searched for an answer, but without luck. The online documentation on Paragon site is sketchy at best, and there is no users forum. Paragon preferences applet allows to disable r/w support for a given volume,, but it is of no use for me. I need to mount NTFS volumes only when needed. IMHO it's better if you have a dual-boot config. Any clue? thanks CJ
  5. Guide for Asrock 4Core1600Twins-P35

    UPDATE: I couldn't wait until someone flashed the patched bios. I used the AFUDOS utility from Asrock, and flashed the patched 1.40 bios from a bootable pen drive. To be on the safe side i removed the cpu overclock, bringing back most of the bios settings to their default options. All went well. I flashed, restarted and loaded the bios defaults. Then i enabled the NX bit, i disabled SpeedStep and enabled the option that bring the system to a lower multiplier when idle (i don't remember the option right now). Then i overvolted the RAM as per factory specs, enabling the manual choice of RAM timings (i did choose those for 800+ Mhz, hoping to find the right solution for the memory divider -look at my previous post and give me an advice if you know the right jumpers settings-). I removed all the non-needed hardware, but you could enable JMicron PATA controller, as i have seen the kext loading with no problems at all. Before flashing the new bios i removed cpus=1 from com.apple.Boot.plist, and i updated the system to 10.5.4 with the Delta Update from Apple. I gave a look with Pacifist inside the package, and i choose to install everything, including the new 9.4 kernel. Everything seems to work just fine now, with the two cores enabled. The bios from Asrock made for a wrong recognition during the boot, as 4 cores where identified. I thought that i hads two cores with HT, but i think i was plainly wrong, it's because of those aliases, that are not supported by Apple software. More on this issue on Kabyl posts on this forum. I repeat here what i wrote him in a PM: Kabyl, you're great!! Now any owner of this mobo can flash the patched bios without fear, and get a snappier system with all cores working as they should I can't give an Xbench reference, as i still have to overclock again my E2160 cpu. Now i should install the latest ACPI/APIC files, known to work with vanilla 9.4 kernel. Can you give me the right link? ciao CJ
  6. Guide for Asrock 4Core1600Twins-P35

    The model with wi-fi is much better IMHO, it has solid state capacitors, and ICH9R (if i remember). All the rest is the same, apart a different audio codec, as far as i know. The Realtek Gigabit LAN works with no need to play with kexts. The audio should be ALC890 instead of ALC888, if you try Taruga kexts, i think you will get a working audio, at least basic audio from back panel. You could also make a codecdump with a Linux live cd, and feed it to the latest Taruga patcher, to modify AppleHDAaudio kext. I tried it only once, with an ALC881 codec, and i got a non-functioning kext...so i went for one of those test kext you can find on Taruga site. I used HDAEnabler instead of ALCInject to get audio recognized in System Profiler. You will find it on the same web site. I tried the latest iMac SMBIOS kext, but the RAM was not correctly recognized, so i placed the right boot options (MemSpeed= and MemType=) in com.apple.boot.plist. maybe i'm dumb, but i don't understand the memory/FSB divider set by jumper, cause there is also an option within the bios. In my case, with default jumpers settings, i get both 667Mhz and 800Mhz choices in the bios: if i choose 800, and leave the default clock at 200, everything works just fine; if i overclock i have to choose 667, because choosing 800 it will failt thrice the booting process and i kicks you back to the bios settings. What is strange is that if i choose 667, the RAM working frequence apparently doesn't change, even if i increase the cpu clock. I don't understand the rationale behind the double settings (jumpers and bios), and how should i configure my system to get the RAM working at 800mhz, with the cpu overclocked from 200 to 266 Mhz. As i have just explained, if i choose 667 at 200 mhz cpu clock, i'd expect to get the RAM at 800 Mhz with the cpu overclocked to 266, but the frequence of the RAM doesn't change! But if i choose 800 and then overclock, i get non-working system, so i suppose the RAM increase their frequency beneath their capcity... Anybody's got a clue? ciao CJ
  7. I purchased this board for its cheap price and for the ICH9 (plain, not -R) with AHCI support, enabled with all the bioses released so far (unlike the P5K model of the mother company, that i had to crossflash to P5KR to get recent cpu support and AHCI...but this is an intirely different story). I wanted to run a vanilla kernel, and after plugging a cheap (and overclock friendly) E2160 cpu on the board, i was ready for a smooth Leopard installation. I didn't know how much i was wrong! After some time, a lot of trials and errors, and a nice advice from a forum user that sent me on the right path: here is a short Leo install guide for Asrock 4Core1600Twins-P35. Install with Leo4All v3 or Kalyway 10.5.2, both have the old ACPI package, that is mandatory to get a working installation. Boot from the install DVD with the cpus=1 switch, choose the old ACPI, and after installation boot from HD again with cpus=1. The Gigabit ethernet chip is recognized from scratch, while the ALC888 must be enabled with a kext from Taruga web site. I used HDAEnabler instead of ALCInject to get the audio recognized in System Profiler, then i loaded a user-supplied kext, identified as 3 input channels. The audio is recognized, but i have to experiment later on, cause the mobo is sitting on my table, without case and front audio connections. The plain ICH9 SATA controller (set to AHCI, to be able to run vanilla kernels) is recognized like a generic AHCI SATA, and the icon of the HD is orange. I have read somewhere that it's only cosmetics, everything is working just fine. If you want to edit the kext to actually recognize ICH9 AHCI, let me know about it, cause at this point i'm too lazy to do it myself... All this was the guide...but now you can browse to http://osrom.net/biosmod/, and get the latest Asrock bios (1.40) patched to fix the DSDTs problem that affects all the bioses released so far for this motherboard. So now, thanks to Kabyl, it should be possible to install without any trick. I don't have a clue about what ACPI/APIC kexts should be used with the patched bios, and if it will allow to remove the cpus=1 boot switch without doing anything to the installation (done as per the previous guide). I am not going to test the patched bios right away, until i arrange a USB HD for Time Machine, just in case the new bios will break my installation...restarting from scratch again would be too much! But if somebody (with a backup or without an already installed system) will give it a try, please keep me informed. Please PM me and post details in response to this topic Thanks ciao CJ
  8. 4Core1600Twins-P35 + Leo4All v3 - not working

    Solution for Asrock 4Core1600Twins-P35 Install with Leo4All v3 or Kalyway 10.5.2, both have the old ACPI package, that is mandatory to get a working installation. Boot from the install DVD with the cpus=1 switch, choose the old ACPI, and after installation boot from HD again with cpus=1. The Gigabit ethernet chip is recognized from scratch, while the ALC888 must be enabled with a kext from Taruga web site. I used HDAEnabler instead of ALCInject to get the audio recognized in System Profiler, then i loaded a user-supplied kext, identified as 3 input channels. The audio is recognized, but i have to experiment later on, cause the mobo is sitting on my table, without case and front audio connections. The plain ICH9 SATA controller (set to AHCI, the main reason i bought this mobo) is recognized like a generic AHCI SATA, and the icon of the HD is orange. I have read somewhere that it's only cosmetic, everything is working just fine. If you want to edit the kext to actually recognize ICH9 AHCI, let me know about it, cause at this pint i'm too lazy to do it myself... All this was the guide...but now you can get on http://osrom.net/biosmod/ the latest Asrock bios (1.40) patched to fix the DSDTs problem that affects all the bioses released so far for this motherboard. I don't have a clue about what ACPI/APIC kexts should be used with the patched bios, and if it will allow to remove the cpus=1 boot switch without doing anything to the installation (done as per the previous guide). If and when somebody will give it a try, please keep me informed with a PM. Thanks ciao CJ
  9. Here is my personal experience: I have the same wireless PCI card. I bought it some time ago, for a Tiger 10.4.4 install. At the time it was one of the very few chances to get a working wi-fi adapter for an hackintosh. I had to edit the plist adding the right vendor/device numbers. It worked flawlessly for some time, and many updates...until the install got corrupted. I waited for some time, and built a new computer (keeping the same wi-fi card), this time for Leopard. The Leo4All v3 install DVD provides a choice for Broadcom 43xx wi-fi chipsets, and now the card is recognized as third party chipset Airport. The only small problem i experienced (and only sometimes) was that i had to manually choose the wireless network to connect to. After installing a QE/CI compatible video card the problem disappeared, it remembers the last SSID iot was connected to. Not a single hiccup, no dropped packets. Only one strange thing: working perfectly with a cheap Netgear access point (WG602 v4), but almost incompatible with a Zyxel ADSL2 router (Prestige 660HW-61): sometimes the Zyxel SSID goes away, not working with DHCP server (no address), and bad performance when it happens to work (albeit the Zyxel signal is better!). I will try again now, as i have just updated to 10.5.3 with Kalyway 10.5.3 Combo Update, and then installed the new Airport support package from Apple Software Update. For anybody looking for the same PCI wi-fi adapter: look for the fine print on the Belkin box, the newer versions of the card bear the same name but not the same chipset! Better to do a search on the Web (Broadcom support for Linux) and find a list of all the cards based on 43xx Broadcom chipset family. ciao CJ
  10. X11/Darwine/Wine/Crossover

    The new X11 from xquartz works very well. But X11 starts in a completely different way, with a daemon. In my experience the problem of Darwine crashes (and also of endless repeated crashes of X11) has to do with video card kext. If no kext is loaded, or if QI/CE is not supported for some reason, you get the crashes. Sometime a working video gets broken by the 10.5.3 update not sure if it can help...just my small experience ciao CJ
  11. X11 crashing loop

    I experienced a very strange thing: Installed Darwine (i had it up and running in a past Tiger installation, and i wanted to give it a try with Leo) When i launched the Darwine helper app, X11 started to crash one time after the other, in a loop, even without choosing to restart it after the error dialog showed up. Close the Darwine helper didn't fix the problem, and the only choice left was to shutdown (very quickly…the X11 error windows were popping up frantically, and i had a very short time frame to do anything else!) I knew that the X11 package available on Leo4Allv3 was hacked to work well with both Intel and AMD cpus, but i had to try something to fix it! So i downloaded the updated X11-2.2.1.pkg package developed independently by xquartz.macosforge.org. This new version is launched by a daemon. After reboot the system was practically unusable, clicking on anything on the bar caused a restart of the Finder, and X11 was crashing and relaunching in a loop, much worse than before! The only solution i could devise was to trash the X11 app and reboot (not easy, as the system was very unresponsive). That fixed the problem, but i don't have X11 now! Is there a chance that the culprit is my PCI-E video card (Ati X550)? I had no other video card around, and the onboard video (GMA900) isn't supported as well (with Tiger was working fine). There are no video kexts loaded, and of course there is no hardware support for QE/CI. Many application don't work or even crash, like for example Toast Titanium. What do you think? Is there a chance that the lack of QE/CI hardware support could crash X11? Any suggestion? What about a very cheap PCI-E card with full hardware acceleration support and easy driver installation, without reinstalling Leo4Allv3? Thanks C.J.
  12. Extigy support

    I got a Creative Labs Extigy USB. It gets recognized but i found no way to make it actually work! My mobo has a Realtek audio chipset that works only in out mode, no input. In any application that lets you choose it, if i use "HD Audio Output" for OUT, and "Extigy OUT" (there are two of them, i think one for analogic and the other for digital) for OUT, i can't record anything from the Extigy. Am i missing something? In Windows there is some sort of control panel to set the configuration of the Extigy. Of course i couldn't find something like that for OSX. Any clue? Thanks
  13. ATI X550 support

    I have a micro-ATX 915G board (Asus P5GD1-VM if i remember), and everything works very well, with on-board GMA900 video. But time ago i browsed the compatible hardware list, looking for a PCI-E video card. One of the very few choices was the ATI X550, so i looked around for one of the few, very cheap, ATI X550 video card left on the market (a Sapphire brand), and bought it. Since then, if i choose in the bios settings the internal video like primary, everything works well, and i am continuing to successfully update the system (to 10.4.7 now). But if i choose the PCI Express card like primary, the computer boots, and makes all the right noises, but the screen becomes suddenly black, and stays like that. I don't know which are the right kexts that must be loaded, the only thing i'm sure is that there are many of them in the "disabled" folder. I didn't try to install everything from scratch for the third time, this computer is so stable that it is my primary machine right now, and i would regret to mess around too much. But i don't like to have a disabled card, of no use at all (i don't have another PCI-E board around). With other cards was easier, if anybody with similar needs is interested, here's what i did: for Gigabit support, i just looked around for a Realtek-based card for wireless support, it was just just the matter of editing the kext, after finding a PCI Wi-Fi card with the right Broadcom chipset (now gets recognized like a 54mbit Apple AirPort). So i am waiting for your help. Thanks
  14. 10.4.5 Prepatched DVD (Hot news for all)

    Hi! I installed the 10.4.5 dvd prepatched without a single hiccup. I did it over a 10.4.3 installation, cloned from another partition (to be on the safe side and be able to fix anything could have gone wrong). The install script let me no choice, the upgrade installation was choosen automatically, and also the 10.4.5 update. The only problem i hoped to fix was the wrong config of the keyboard (10.4.3 install crashed just before i was asked to press the key close to "shift", and i ended up with two misplaced keys on my italian keyboard), but the new config was exactly the same as the previous one. I even tried to launch as root the config utility, but i had no luck (there is no new keyboard). So i decided to ditch the old PS2 keyboard for an USB one, and presto, the config app showed up, letting me do the right choice. I think i found the right keyboard config file (same place as the file that controls boot options), but i found no reference to different keyboards. I'm very curious about it...where does OSX store the configuration of a previously connected keyboard? Two things that didn't work before and that don't work now: in/microphone audio and wireless. My wireless PCI card is a Belkin, based on Broadcom BCM4306 chipset. Very close hardware to the original Airport cards fitted by Apple. I downloaded somewhere a new AppleAirPort2.kext for Intel (what's installed in my system is a PPC only), but it failed to load doing a kextload -t. Then i tried with IO80211family.kext, and it loaded with no problem, but fails to load at boot even deleting the kext cache. I will add my device id to those already listed in the info.plist of the Broadcom plugin inside IO80211family.kext. If anybody is interested i will let you know if i will succeed or fail. ***EDITED*** Adding my Device+Vendor IDs to the three already there (info.plist of Broadcom plugin inside IO80211family.kext) gave me an Airport Extreme! I tried both unencrypted and with PKIP pre-shared key, and it runs perfectly. The inner workings of the audio kext involved in HD Audio (Azalia) is a complete mystery! The same solution seems to work for some, and not for others. I have 3 kexts in my extensions folder that are apparently involved in HD audio support. AppleAzaliaAudio.kext, AppleHDA.kext, AppleAC97Audio.kext. My audio chipset is listed by the manufacturer as ALC861, if i remember, but Ubuntu Linux (run as live dvd), identifies and correctly supports it as ALC880. i don't know which kexts are from the previous installation and which ones are from the 10.4.5, but here is what i found after some experimenting: AppleAzaliaAudio.kext, unlike previous version, has the right device/vendor id: 0x26688086. It loads automatically and gives stereo audio output (only from the back of the computer!), but no input (mic/line-in). System Profiler says no audio. AppleHDA.kext. If i add the right string (0x26688086) to that already present (0x266e8086), in AppleHDAController.kext plugin, i either get no audio at all (if the kext is loaded), or the same output-only audio (if AppleAzaliaAudio.kext gets loaded first, stopping in some way the loading of AppleHDA.kext). AppleAC97Audio. As far as i know this should be the kext supporting the low-end Realtek chips, and not the HD Audio family. But if you look at the plugins directory, you can see an AudioIntelICH.kext, with an info.plist with different sections. One is dedicated to ICH6 Intel southbridge. I tried to replace the present string (0x266e8086), with the Id of my hardware. But to no avail. I realize now that probably i should do the same thing i did with AppleHDA.kext, adding the right string and not replacing it. But i don't know if it makes any difference! What i know is that messing with AppleAC97Audio is dangerous (i learned it the wrong way with 10.4.3!). So i decided to restore first AppleHDA.kext, and then modify AppleAC97Audio. Next time i will try to modify both kexts together, to see what happens. But until now all my experiments gave me the same disappointing result! Be aware that all the three kexts gets loaded manually (with kextload -t) without any problem. I'm starting to think that probably a combination of two kexts need to be loaded, in order to get both audio input and output. But until now, no joy! What i understood is that the audio output is provided by AppleAzaliaAudio, and that if it doesn't get loaded i found no audio at all. If anybody has experimented a little more, like for example removing AppleAzaliaAudio before adding the right string to AppleHDA, please let me know. There are lots of people around that have the same problem, and the answers available on the forum are confusing at best. Most of them also refer to 10.4.3 installation, with old kexts. AFAIK, the only old kext from 10.4.3, that was intentionally left in the patched dvd, is for support of ethernet chipsets (i don't recall the name now). All the other are new, but if a new kext of the same name is not present, i think the update installation will leave the old ones on the hd. ***EDITED*** Further experimenting bought me to the conclusion that AppleHDA.kext is of no use with my mobo (Asus P5GD1-VM), reading inside the kext it says that it's for ICH7, while i have an ICH6 (plain version) southbridge. Loading AppleHDA (with the right ID applied) gives no audio at all, and prevents loading od AppleAzaliaAudio.kext, the only one that seems to work, at least in output. Adding the right ID to IntelICH plugin of AppleAC97Audio.kext makes it load, but it makes no visible difference. I forgot if i tried AppleAC97Audio alone or not...bahh. I will continue with previous versions of the kexts...if there is a solution i am determined to find it! :-) If anybody has got a clue, please post. Sorry for the long post, but if i had found a post like this before, i could have spared some time of pointless experimenting. have fun with hackintosh Paolo
  15. Need Help! installing mac os x BEHIND/AFTER XP

    Hi! I hope somebody else will read my post, cause i will explain how i did a dual boot with OSX and XP, with no need for Linux installation nor a Linux boot manager (Lilo or Grub). I did a lot of searches on the web trying to get a ready-made solution but i couldn't find one, so i went for trial and errors, and at the end i came up with a very satisfying solution. First: how do you make a native OSX partition? If you have a previous XP partition ,a nd you want to keep it, there is no joy with the Mac disk utility, that is also available at the start of the install process. The way to go is either a Linux live cd, or (even better, for you) the diskpart utility that is at hand with any XP installation. But before creating the Mac partition with Diskpart, we can use any partitioning utility we like, to create a very small primary partition at the start of the free space, that will be dedicated to the installation of the partition manager. A bare 10MB will be more than enough. Done that, it's time for diskpart. Go to the command line, type diskpart, choose a disk if you have more than one (with the command "select disk *", where * is 0 for first disk and so on), then if you have free space available (or you made it with Partition Magic and the like), issue this command "create partition primary id=af". Diskpart will fill the free space with a native Mac partition, so during the installation process you will have to use the disk utility only to initialise the volume (i.e. format it with the right HFS+ journaled filesystem). After the OSX86 installation went well, you have to install a boot manager that will allow to either boot one or the other SO. I tried with chain0, but with no success. When i choose to boot from it, i could hear just a small reading noise coming from the HD, then i was bounced back to the XP boot manager! After many trial and errors, i found the right choice, working even with enhanced configuration for both SATA and PATA channels in Bios. It's BootIT NG. It can be installed from floppy (good, so you can backup the boot sector of the HD, just in case something is going wrong), or from a bootable cd. It's the only boot manager (non-Linux) i tried that recognizes the Type=AF partition like "Mac partition", and AFAIK the only one that does allow to boot from it! After the installation of the boot manager you can configure its behavior, like time-out, use of the mouse, search for USB 2.0 and Firewire drives, and so on... The only problem is that it's not free, and that after 30 days it will expire. Here you are left on your own... :censored2: Please don't use old versions, just the last one! Paolo Note: I tried a Linux-only solution at first, but i couldn't boot a Linux live-cd. Later on i discovered that the Enhanced config i did choose in BIOS for both SATA and PATA channels, prevented the boot from Linux live-cds'. I suppose it's a problem also with many boot managers, but rest assured that with BootIT NG even this non-standard config will work.