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  1. iPC 5.6 Final Boot with black screen & freeze

    Nothing is intrinsically wrong with 10.5.4, but I upgraded to 10.5.6 so I could run iLife 09. I figured with this hackintosh stuff, OS upgrades always have the potential to be a bit dicey. Also, I figured that the GA-P35-DS3L and 8800GT are popular hardware combinations, I'm sure someone has run into this issue before...
  2. iPC 5.6 Final Boot with black screen & freeze

    I am having the same issue. Here's my OP in a thread I started yesterday: So my experience is I installed iPC with no drivers, when I added my EFI string for graphics, major boot slowdown.
  3. I am having an issue with my iPC 10.5.6 install where there is a ~4 minute black screen delay right after the graphics driver loads in the boot process. By "black screen", I mean that the monitors are getting a signal, they are just displaying solid black. The process is like this: System POST -> White loading screen with Apple logo and spinning indicator (1 minute) -> black screen for 4 minutes -> blue screen for 10 seconds -> OSX desktop Previously, I was running Kalyway 10.5.4 with NVInject, no such issues. I've installed iPC 10.5.6 several times. The first time, I installed NVInject, I had the same issue. On my later installs, I generated an EFI string for graphics in the com.apple.Boot.plist file. It really does seem like this issue is graphics related, as it happens only after I install the EFI string or inject kext. Here is my hardware setup: GA-EP35-DS3L motherboard ASUS 8800GT Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor 4 GB DDR2 667 2 hard drives on ICH9 SATA Sony DVD-RW on 3rd ICH9 SATA Here's how I installed iPC 10.5.6: Initial install, base system only, no drivers Installed ICH10 package post install from iPC disc Installed Intel ICH9 driver from GA-EP35-DS3X Control Center Installed ALC888 package post install from iPC disc Installed CHUD.pkg Installed shutdown, restart, SMBIOS fixes from GA-EP35-DS3X Control Center Created graphics EFI string with OSx86 tools Ran software update Ran permissions repair
  4. 3 displays on 2 graphics cards... (almost) working!

    Turns out that my monitors are borked somehow, I have the same issues (corruption when monitors come back from sleep) with Windows, even with another computer! Ah well, good thing power cycling them fixes it. These days, I'm using a Matrox TripleHead2Go to get 3 monitor support, it's great.
  5. I'm having a strange issue with sleep. The machine will sleep and wake correctly exactly once. After that once, if I try to have the machine sleep again, it will not enter a full sleep mode. The ethernet device will turn off and it sounds like the hard drives is spinning down, but the fans keep running at normal speed, and the system will not wake. The first time, if I try to wake from sleep with the keyboard, the screen will not power on. It works (just once) when I wake the computer by using the power button. I don't really mind the annoyance of having to hit the power button, but a sleep function that works only once isn't much better than having a sleep function at all. I've tried this several times, with a variety of BIOS settings. (It will only sleep once set to S3. Resume video BIOS on wake doesn't seem to matter) I don't see any consistent notices in the system.log file. Specs: ASUS P5WDH 4 GB ECC RAM ASUS GeForce 8800GT 512MB (Nvinject) 3 Samsung LCDs connected to a Matrox TripleHead2Go (the OS is only aware of a single "monitor") Pentium Dual-Core E2140 @ 2.66GHz (bus overclocked to 1333, nothing else overclocked) IBM Model M keyboard connected to Radio Shack PS2 to USB adapter Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical USB Macnally FireWire enclosure with 500GB drive for Time Machine 2 Seagate SATA 160GB drives, 1 with OSX, 1 with Vista 1 WD 1TB GreenPower SATA drive Any ideas? Thanks! Edit: Forgot to mention: Using Kalyway. Installed of the 10.5.1 CD, system has been upgraded to 10.5.4. I am running the AHCI fix to get rid of the orange icons, and NVinject.
  6. Well, I think I traced it to my switch, of all things -- a Netgear Gigabit 8 port switch. After running stress tests in Leopard for about 20 hours with no shutdowns, my suspicion of the network subsystem grew. Once I suspected my first onboard NIC, I tried the second -- Shutdown. Then I swapped the cable -- Shutdown. I bypassed the switch entirely, and plugged the machine directly into my Fast Ethernet Router -- It worked! I swapped the Gigabit Netgear switch for the Fast Ethernet 5 port Dlink switch it replaced -- It worked! So, my next step is to get another Gigabit switch and try that. Still not clear if it's the switch (which connects to a Vista PC and Xbox 360 without apparent issue) or a gigabit link that is causing the issue. Still, it floors me that the culprit in all this sudden problem is my switch, of all things... I'm really lucky that I was able to find a way to quickly replicate what seemed to be an intermittent problem ... Thanks for this, it did work for me and even though it seems my problem wasn't heat related, now I can see just how much hotter this CPU gets when I overclock it
  7. Well, this just keeps getting wierder. I seemed to have traced the problem to the onboard NIC. After running memtest-86 and passing with no problems, I tried to boot a Kubuntu 8.04 Linux live CD to try to run some stress tests. At the same point during the boot process, the computer would just shut off just like it did randomly with OSX. I kept pulling hardware out until it finally booted. I ended up with no hard drives, one stick of RAM, one graphics card (the 6200), no mouse, and -- network cable unplugged. It worked. Ubuntu booted. So I throw everything back in with the exception of the network cable -- Ubuntu booted again. Plugged the network cable in and tried again -- shutdown at the same spot. Also, in my testing I learned that the shutdowns are similair to loosing AC power. By that I mean that if I set the BIOS to turn back on after loss of AC power, the computer will turn itself back on after it shuts itself down. If the BIOS is set to stay off after loss of AC power, it (predicatably) will stay off. At the moment, I'm running stress tests in Leopard with the network cable out...
  8. I was thinking that as well, but I can't imagine how or why. I have an Freezer 7 Pro cooler with Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste. Temperature in the BIOS is showing under 40 degrees. With OSX running, the CPU heatsink is cool to touch. My power supply is literally brand new, got a Silverstone 350W unit in yesterday to replace an older, really loud 550W power supply. Since I only have two hard drives, midrange graphics card and a low power CPU, 350W should be plenty. Anyway, I have observed the shutdown problems with the 550W power supply as well. Is there a utility to check the CPU temperatures in OS X?
  9. Well, forget what I said about having never been on the computer when it shuts down. I was just on it when it instantly powered itself off, as if someone pulled the plug from the wall. No indication that anything else turned off at the same time, as would happen if there were a power interruption. At least I know there isn't a rouge process somewhere issuing a shutdown command...
  10. Leopard Rebooting Itself

    What do you mean by rebooting itself? I may have a similar problem, mine just shuts itself off. What hardware/distro are you using?
  11. 3 displays on 2 graphics cards... (almost) working!

    Thanks for the feedback. I will try both solutions and post back here.
  12. Setup: ASUS P5WDH 4GB RAM Pentium Dual Core E2140 XFX GeForce 7600 GT PCIe (dual DVI out) MSI GeForce 6200 LE PCIe (1 VGA out, 1 DVI out) 3 Samsung 955BF LCD's, 2 connected to the 7600 GT, 1 connected to 6200 LE DVI out Kalyway 10.5.1 with 10.5.2 Combo update NVinject 0.2.0b 9.2.2 stock kernel I leave the machine on constantly, because I like to SSH in from work. For the past week, my machine has been seemingly powering itself off. I have observed this behavior about 6 times. I have never actually been on the computer when it has shut down, and there is no consistent log activity in anything in /var/log after each shutdown. After the shutdown, I can power the machine on and work normally. I have not noticed any crashes, slowdowns, or any other erratic behavior. It really does seem like the underpants gnomes are just shutting down my machine while I am away. There is no reason to suspect a power failure. I have my machine set to never sleep. I don't have a roommate. /var/log/secure.log does not show an intruder logging on. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm at wits end here!
  13. My setup: ASUS P5WDH 4GB RAM Pentium Dual Core E2140 @ 2.66GHz XFX GeForce 7600 GT PCIe (dual DVI out) MSI GeForce 6200 LE PCIe (1 VGA out, 1 DVI out) 3 Samsung 955BF LCD's, 2 connected to the 7600 GT, 1 connected to 6200 LE DVI out Kalyway 10.5.1 with 10.5.2 Combo update NVinject 0.2.0b 9.2.2 stock kernel So, with the above configuration I have a triple head system that works reasonably well. If I install from Kalyway 10.5.1 and pick the NVinject desktop drivers, I get all three displays working out of the box. However, the displays themselves do not wake from sleep correctly all the time. I am referring to display sleep, not system sleep. Maybe 40% of the time, all three monitors will wake correctly. The rest of the time, I will get graphical corruption on one or two monitors on wake. Very rarely, I get graphical corruption on all three monitors on wake. Here's the wierd part -- if I power cycle the display with graphical corruption on it, by turning the LCD on and then off, it will come back on working 100%. Has anyone observed behavior like this? I've had the machine up for weeks at a time, and I just power cycle the displays whenever one comes back from wake corrupted. Still, it's annoying at times. Side note: If I put the whole computer to sleep, the displays never turn back on. Not a huge deal but I'm curious if anyone running triple head with 2 graphics cards has sleep working.