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  1. Who's going to buy a MAC now?

    As others have said "It's a bit expensive" for what it does. If the new 12" iBook (bare) is under $1000, I'll buy one. If OSX86 reaches the same speed of XP, there's no point to buy commodity hardware with 30-40% markup. Sure, the Macs "look" sexier, but for the average Joe-Consumer what it comes down to nowadays is price. I couldn't justify spending $2,500 for the top model MacBookPro unless I was a designer/artist. On the OTHER side, I would buy a Mac if more X86 apps would be available. A perfect example of what is holding me back at the moment: "Reason 3.0", a popular music creation program is available for OSX. Ok great. But my Reason 3.0-using and music-making competitor has a Creative X-FI sound card. Can I buy one of those for a Mac? No. What does this mean? My competitor has a sound card that has 30-35 times more performance over a standard AC97 sound chip. You wanna upgrade your graphic card to give your games more "Ooomph"? Well dear Apple, where on your site can I upgrade my graphic card so I can play these cool games?. Oh wait, I've got a very limited selection of first-person shooters and "Sim" games. Where is the value in that? If this whole "virtualization" thing becomes a reality, then sure, give me a Mac. But at that point, is it still a "Mac" ??
  2. @SABR: My goal was to help people with ATI Cards + CRTs (refresh problem) and getting the keyboard to work. The full installation credit actually goes all to you greetings, Alex
  3. First a big thank you to all the other forum members sharing their knowledge! Native Installation Guide for 10.45 Myzar Image on AMD64 3200 Venice Dual Boot, 2 Hard Drives Hardware: Gigabyte NForce3 250GB Mainboard 2x IDE hard drive ATI Radeon 9250 CRT Monitor PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard This guide is to help those with the above mentioned hardware. The goal is to get the maximum functionality out of the setup. Needed Software: VMWare Workstation 5.5 (used 5.5.1 build-19175) http://www.vmware.com/ BIOS-Tool to change extracted graphic card BIOS http://www.radeon2.ru/radedit_eng.html ATI WinFlash Tool to extract BIOS from graphic card http://forum.osx86project.org/index.php?ac...ype=post&id=564 WindowsXP, Text Editor (i.e. Ultra Edit or similar) Daemon Tools http://www.daemon-tools.cc -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 1: Open VMWare and create a new virtual machine New-->Virtual Machine-->Custom-->New Workstation 5-->Other-->"Other" Number of processors One--> (Assign some memory: I used 512)-->No network connection SCSI Adapter "bus logic"-->use physical disk. Assuming that your hard drive with WindowsXP is "C:" with the second hard drive being for OSX, you should choose PhysicalDrive1 from the menu. Choose "use entire disk"--> save (for example tiger1045.vmdk) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 2: In VMWare click on "Edit virtual machine settings"-->"hard disk"--> Advanced-->Mode Independent and persistent. In my setup there should be "IDE 0:0 Hard Disk 1" under Virtual device node This tells VMWare to install OSX on the physical hard drive --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 3: Open Daemon Tools and mount the OSX Image in my case this was MacOSX_10.4.4DVDPATCHED_Myz.iso Now you need to tell VMWare which virtual CD-Rom drive you want to use. In my case this was "E:". The Virtual Machine Settings should read CD-ROM (IDE 1:0) Using drive E: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 4: (Optional) Open the VMWare Configuration File with a text editor. Check to see if you file is similar to this one: ############# START OF CONFIG ############## config.version = "8" virtualHW.version = "4" scsi0.present = "TRUE" memsize = "512" MemAllowAutoScaleDown = "FALSE" scsi0:0.present = "FALSE" scsi0:0.fileName = "tiger45.vmdk" scsi0:0.deviceType = "rawDisk" ide1:0.present = "TRUE" ide1:0.fileName = "E:" ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-raw" floppy0.present = "FALSE" sound.present = "TRUE" sound.virtualDev = "es1371" sound.fileName = "-1" sound.autodetect = "TRUE" displayName = "tiger45" guestOS = "other" nvram = "Other.nvram" scsi0:0.mode = "independent-persistent" workingDir = "." scsi0:0.redo = "" uuid.location = "56 4d 00 e7 e4 b9 05 c6-3d 8a 81 20 dd 78 fb 05" uuid.bios = "56 4d 00 e7 e4 b9 05 c6-3d 8a 81 20 dd 78 fb 05" scsi0:1.present = "FALSE" scsi0:1.fileName = "tiger45phy.vmdk" scsi0:1.mode = "independent-persistent" scsi0:1.deviceType = "rawDisk" scsi0:1.redo = "" ide0:0.present = "TRUE" ide0:0.fileName = "Other (2).vmdk" ide0:0.mode = "independent-persistent" ide0:0.deviceType = "rawDisk" ide0:0.redo = "" ide0:1.present = "FALSE" ide0:1.fileName = "Other.vmdk" ide0:1.mode = "independent-persistent" ide0:1.deviceType = "rawDisk" ide0:1.redo = "" ethernet0.present = "TRUE" ethernet0.connectionType = "bridged" ethernet0.addressType = "generated" ethernet0.generatedAddress = "00:0c:29:78:fb:05" ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = "0" ############### END OF CONFIG ################### Under guestOS you could write "darwin", but it is left out here on purpose as I could tell no difference with or without. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Step 5: Boot the new configuration with VMWare. As soon as the screen turns black, press Esc quickly. Now you should see a small menu. Choose "Boot from CD-Rom" The MacOSX Installer should start. You will notice that there is no hard drive listed to install anything on. Look at the top of the screen and choose the disk utility program. The Disk Utility will prepare your second hard drive for OSX by installing the correct file system and starting points. Warning: All your information on the second hard drive will be lost! Once you have formated/configured the second hard drive, click "back" on the installer and then "forwards". Your hard drive should be listed now. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 6: Install OSX This is pretty much all automatic. At the end, there are screens where you can register. Close these windows with ALT + Q. Now OSX is installed on the second drive and you can at any time open it with VMWare. The problem is this is too slow since everything is being emulated. What we need to do now is tell our system to create a bootloader menu. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 7: With the OSX image still mounted on E:, open the image in WindowsXP and copy the file: chain0 to your WindowsXP root directory (C:\) Now we need to tell our PC to give us a bootloader menu. Do this by opening the file boot.ini with a text editor, going to the last line and adding: C:\chain0="Mac OS X" Save the boot.ini file. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 8: Now that OSX is installed and we can dual boot, we want to tell our system to fix the refresh problem with ATI cards and CRT Monitors. You can do this now to save yourself some time. Open the ATI WinFlash tool and dump your BIOS, save the file (for example as "oldbios") Open the BIOS-Tool and change the values for refresh and resolution to whatever you want. Export the BIOS and save as "newbios" (or newbios.rom) Close ATI WinFlash tool, reopen and import the new bios and click on update bios/install bios ***Note: for some people the WinFlash tool only lets you import the new bios if you reboot first. This happened to me 4 out of 7 times. I'm not sure why. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Step 9: We have installed OSX, made it dual boot and have fixed the refresh problem. Now we need to fix the problem with the PS/2 mouse and keyboard. REBOOT your machine. At this point I'm going to assume it's the first time since completing steps 1-8 Press delete or F2 to get into your mainboard BIOS. Find the option that says "Enable DOS Support for mouse" and deactivate it. Depending on which mainboard you have you may or may not have to switch the setting "USB 1.0/1.1" "USB 1.1/2.0" Support to make the keyboard work. The mouse will usually work but you will have to try the different settings for the keyboard. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 10: save your BIOS settings and reboot. After POSTing you should see the menu with: WindowsXP Mac OSX choose MacOSX and enjoy.
  4. This rocks! for those that cant't find the link to the BIOS-tool...: http://www.radeon2.ru/radedit_eng.html worked like a charm - Thanks!. greetings, Alex
  5. can someone please take at look the SamplePCIAudioDriver located in /Developer/Examples/Kernel/IOKit/Audio/Templates from the publicly available (Darwin) development toolkit? there is a good chance that writing a driver from scratch is easier than using a trial and error method.