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  1. As a final contribution to this topic, I'd like to add a word of warning to people who have not been able to get the USB ports of their Hackintoshes to work properly, and to recognise external USB devices when they are plugged in. So far I've successfully installed OS 10.6.8 on an HP Compaq Presario, a Dell Inspiron 6400, and an HP dx2300. My latest challenge was to do so on a Toshiba Satellite A200 laptop, owned by a friend who wanted to experience the Mac environment, but who was a little short on cash to buy a genuine MacBook. Since I've had the best results from the iATKOS distribution, I installed 10.6.3 on the Toshiba, and it worked pretty well from the get-go. However, none of its 4 USB ports recognised external devices like memory sticks or hard drives, and this was put down to the IOUSBMassStorageClass.kext not being loaded during boot, even though it was installed in /S/L/E. Wire and wireless mice worked fine, however, through any USB port. I spent hours trying to resolve the issue, including reading all the pages in this thread for possible clues, but to no avail. In desperation, I reinstalled Windows XP to check if the problem was there too. Sure enough, external USB devices were not recognised by XP either. The ports were not working because there was a mobo fault, impossible to repair. The owner has since revealed that she knew the ports weren't working, but thought that installing Mac OSX might fix them!! So, to state the obvious, if you're contemplating a Hackintosh, make sure the machine functions as intended as a PC beforehand. You'll certainly avoid the grief I've suffered!! In conclusion, my friend has a nice laptop which now operates under 10.6.8, and has purchased some genuine Apple software to run on it. Only problem is she's forever prevented from using its USB interface.
  2. Hi BLXR, I hope you have e-mail notification of responses to your post, because it's now a couple of years old. I'm having a similar problem with USB ports showing up in System Profiler, but the ports won't recognise any USB devices (eg memory sticks, external drives etc) but USB mouse and trackpad work (and appear under USB in SP). I'm trying to install SL on to a Toshiba Satellite A200, and the USB ports are the only faults on an otherwise perfect install. So, did you sort out your problem? And if so would you mind sharing the results with me? Cheers Rob
  3. Took the plunge and successfully installed 10.6.8. Basic method was to boot into the 10.6.7 install, download the legacy_kernel-10.6.8.pkg from the osx86 site, download the MacOSXUpd10.6.8.dmg package from Apple, and add the string to the com.apple.Boot.plist Kernel Flags key so that it read arch=i386 npci=0x2000. Then I ran the legacy kernel package, then the update package, and rebooted. Immediate success, with ethernet and audio still working, and all other software from the 10.6.7 install being intact. Right now I'm downloading a cople of GB of Apple updates for this software, so I'll soon find out if the new install is stable. but, so far so good. thanks PookyMM. Rob
  4. Hi again PookyMM, Firstly, apologies for comments in earlier post re others etc. I've read all 36 pages of this topic previously, but can't just remember where you referred to updating the legacy kernel to its 10.6.8 version. I do have the legacy kernel, and I did update it to its 10.6.7 (10.7.0 Lion) version as per post #287 on p15 of this. But because I wasn't looking for stuff on the 10.6.8 install, I must have missed the reference to its revised kernel. So if you could point me in the right direction? I have the 10.6.8 upgrade on a usb stick - downloaded from the Apple store I think - and presumably the method is to install the 10.6.8 legacy kernel, then run the 10.6.8 update. Your instructions on adding the line to the chameleon.boot.plist are understood - thanks. As for the future upgrade of the legacy kernel for Lion - well, I'm looking forward to seeing it when it's released. I have a whole swag of questions relating to the theory of your ModCD, RAM Disks, kexts and so on, but will save them for another time. However if you can point me to some web references which outline the whole process i'd be grateful. Best wishes. EDIT: OK, I've found the reference to legacy_kernel-10.6.8 at post #68. Now I'm confused about the exact sequence of doing things. Firstly, does the 10.6.8 upgrade depend on having 10.6.7 already installed? (as it did on real Macs). If so, then when in the install sequence is the legacy_kernel-10.6.8 installed, and when is the org.chameleon.boot.plist amended? It would be better if the legacy_kernel-10.6.8 came with its own installer - ie a .pkg suffix - so that it could be installed from within 10.6.7. Then the plist and the uupgrade could also be run from within 10.6.7. Can I convert the legacy_kernel-10.6.8 file into an install package? If I have to install 10.6.8 from scratch, then am I right in assuming the following sequence: 1 Boot into the ModCD with the USB drive containing the legacy_kernel-10.6.8 plugged in. 2 After ModCD has loaded, type hd(x,y)/legacy_kernel-10.6.8 at the menu screen 3 Remove ModCD and insert retail DVD of 10.6.0, press F5 4 At the language screen when Mac OSX Installer has loaded, use Disk Utility to select the partition onto which 10.6.8 will be installed and erase anything on it (in my case the now working 10.6.7 install and the legacy_kernel-10.6.7). 5 When 10.6.0 has installed, change the org.chameleon.boot.plist as described above. 6 Run the 10.6.8 upgrade package, remove the ModCD and the usb drive, and reboot into 10.6.8 7 Adjust the various kexts for ethernet, audio etc Sorry for such a convoluted edit, but if there is a way I can install 10.6.8 from within 10.6.7, and thereby avoid having to re-install all the other apps such as iLife, Open Office, Firefox, TimeMachine etc, it would save me quite a bit of time. Thanks in anticipation. Rob
  5. I want to thank PookyMacMan very much for this wonderful guide. Also for his clear, unambiguous langauge, politeness and patience. I've now successfully installed SL 10.6.7 on to my computer, both in standalone mode and with Windows XP in dual boot mode. The Chameleon bootloader which is incorporated into Pooky's ModCD boot disk worked straight off, and I did not need to follow step 3b of the Guide to get either OS to work right from the HDD. I also found that you could add SL to a HDD with Windows XP existing on it, or the other way round. To get full USB functionality, I installed legacy_kernel-10.7.0.pkg (see post #287, page 15 this guide) before installing the SL10.6.7 combo update. This combo update took me straight from the retail 10.6 install to 10.6.7 without problems. I used Kext Helper b7 to install the AppleIntel8255x.kext to get the ethernet port working. Audio worked OOB. I downloaded a print driver for my ancient HP psc1200 printer, and everything works perfectly. My computer is an old HP dx2300 Tower, vintage about 2007. It has a proprietary HP motherboard and graphics "card", and a Pentium 4 single core processor running at 3.0 GHz. Also attached are an 80GB and a 500GB SATA HDD, and a 320GB external usb drive for Time Machine. My next venture will be to try the 10.6.8 upgrade (with mods) on the standalone install of 10.6.7, and possibly onwards to 10.7 Lion. BTW SL 10.6.7 is quite fast on the dx2300 - not quite in the same league as on an iMac, but not too shabby either.
  6. Hi PookyMacMan, I'm revisiting the wonderful world of OSX86 after a gap of 3 years or so. I've updated my HPdx2300 to run SL10.6 using your great guide, and I have a stable install - being used for this post. I've downloaded the 10.6.7 Combo Update, and installed it OK. But at first, neither the keyboard or mouse (both USB) would work in 10.6.7. Suspecting a kernel version mismatch, I rebooted with your ModCD (version current as of yesterday with created date 032311), and at the first menu, I selected the Snow Leopard box on the right, pressed enter, and happily 10.6.7 rebooted with working mouse and keyboard. Thinking this process might have written something permanently into the SL installation, I was disappointed that restarting/rebooting without ModCD in the drive resulted again in no mouse or keyboard operation. Can you suggest what I need to do to make the mouse/KB work permanently in 10.6.7 without going through this convoluted booting process? Your help would be greatly appreciated - Rob EDIT 1: Problem Solved. I downloaded pre-10.6.6 versions of IOUSBFamily.kext and IOUSBMassStorage.kext and replaced the 10.6.7 versions with them, using the IOUSBFamily.378.pkg from www.sysprobs.com. Repaired permissions and rebooted to 10.6.7. Now operating perfectly! Once I get a feel for 10.6.7 on the HP dx2300 - which btw has a P4 pentium processor - I'll start looking to see if an upgrade to 10.6.8 and beyond is possible and/or feasible. EDIT 2: New Problem - usb thumb drives/flash cards that used to work on earlier versions of 10.6 are no longer detected by 10.6.7. Am i chasing my own tail here, or is there another way of getting my thumb/flash drives to work, whlst at the same time keeping the USB mouse and KB going? BTW, plugging a usb drive into the usb port normally used by the KB doesn't work either. Yet the same usb drives work just fine on my real iMac. What gives? Err.... is anyone home?
  7. Following on from my reply to Zantac105 of 21 June 2011, I have some observations (but no fixes) for the internal microphone problem which many Compaq C700 users have experienced. Using Skype test call service as the GOLD standard for internal mikes working or not, i have found that my mike is working, but you need to speak no more than about 60 mm from the device to get acceptable sound volume. Unfortunately it's hard to use Skype this close to the screen! This is despite having all volume settings to maximum, and having installed VoodooHDA kext by Thireus (0.2.2 r8 Thireus release extreme). Normal speaking levels give about 6 bars on the level meter in the SystemPref>Sound pane, and an external mike gives 15 bars but sounds no louder on Skype playback. However in Speech mode, the internal mike calibrates just fine, causing the spoken commands to blink appropriately, although contrarily the level meter reads inconsistently. Using Speech mode in real applications also works fine, with no shouting required. Does this give any further clue to this baffling problem?
  8. To Zantac105 Hi there, Have just read your post dated 30 Dec 2010. Could you please advise if the AppleACPIPlatform.kext and the IOACPIFamily.kext included at the bottom of your post would work for Leopard 10.5.8. If so, I presume the correct installation method would be to move/save the original kexts to a "safe" place then install the new ones, using say KextHelper or similar. Thereafter repair permissions and reboot? I'm always a bit nervous about changing kexts, particularly if a KP results, and if the KP recurs during the next reboot, I'd have to go through the whole 10.5.0/10.5.6/10.5.8 install all over again. I'd love to get the cooling fan recovering automatically on waking from sleep! BTW the internal camera on my C731 works perfectly when I open Photo Booth. Thanks Rob
  9. There hasn't been much activity on this thread for some time now, and I suspect that the C700 is getting a bit long-in-the-tooth to be causing much new interest in running it as a Hackintosh. I've been using my C700 (actually it's a C731TU originally sold by hardly normal) for about two years now as a dual OS machine with Vista Home Basic and Mac OS 10.5.8 installed. I now also have an iMac desktop machine which is truly wonderful, but annual holidays away from the cold of a Victorian winter mean that the C700 is a great companion whilst away. Last week I decided to repartition the 80 GB drive to make the OXS part bigger. There were two unused partitions totaling about 20 GB, one of which had been used as a temporary partition during the installation of 10.5.0. To cut a long story short, I was unable to merge the temporary partition and ended up corrupting the whole drive. Vista was still accessible, but gPartEd could not repair the partitions overall. So I bit the bullet and started to reinstall everything. but I wasn't really using Vista, so I decided just to install 10.5.0. When I was in London 18 months ago I discovered Peter Baldwin's book "OSx86: Creating a Hackintosh" . Peter is a Sydney sider, yet his book has had very little mention in the InsanelyMac and similar forums. Pity, because his descriptions of what need to be done are explicit, lucid and logical. So I broadly followed his method in Chap 4 of his book - Installing to a Hard Disk with Vista already Installed. Firstly I reformatted the whole drive. Then I started to reinstall Vista, but the process failed, but not before an MBR boot partition had been created. So I then started to install 10.5.0, as follows. 1. Load boot CD (boot-dfe-modbin.iso originally from Munkey I think). 2. Load the retail OSX 10.5.0 CD. 3. This worked OK until the blue start-up screen, then nothing. But previously I'd discovered that the right video kexts were not yet installed to operate the C700 screen, and that connecting an external monitor revealed a perfect picture of the Language Selection screen. 4. Using this monitor I then used Disk Utility to make two GUID (GPT) partitions on the drive - one of 5 GB for the temporary installer files and another of 67 GB for the main OSX installation. 5. The System Install files were then transferred on to the temporary partition (Baldwin pp 79 to 86), and by now the C700's own display was working normally. 6. Then 10.5.0 was installed to the OSX partition. 7. Finally the Chameleon 2.0 RC2 boot loader was installed, and my C700 was now working in Mac mode! 8. From the previous install of 18 months' back, I had prepared a 10.5.6 Combo Update CD, so I used it again to update the OS to 10.5.6. 9. Then I downloaded the 10.5.8 combo update and installed 10.5.8. At this stage, everything seemed to work except: . cooling fan control (it cycled on and off over a 5 sec/60 sec period and the machine case got a bit hot . Internal microphone . Battery meter. . Wi-Fi via internal Atheros 5007EG controller. I then downloaded from this site and installed Power_Management_Bundle_10.5.3. This restored proportional control of the cooling fan and the battery meter. This seemed a better solution than hard-wiring the fan ON as suggested in some quarters. Unfortunately these two functions do not resume after a sleep/wake cycle, and require a restart or cold boot to recover. I can live with that - I now leave the Energy Saver setting at "Never" for sleep, and 15 min for the display. When I remember, I kill the display by moving the cursor to the top LH corner of the screen. As for Wi-Fi, well it seems no-one on this site has really been able to get the Atheros 5007EG to work under OSX, so I bought a NetGear W111v3 controller on e-Bay for $20, and it works like a charm (after downloading and installing NetGear's kexts). I plan to read thoroughly the other posts on this thread to see what I've missed. And if anyone knows how to get the internal mike working, I'd be pleased to hear about it. Oh, and I haven't yet tested whether the web-cam fitted to my C700 works under 10.5.8. Finally another rap for Peter Baldwin's great book - it really helped me through the maze! Rob EDIT: 1 The battery meter works but only from a fresh reboot. After a sleep/wake cycle neither the battery meter nor the cooling fan work as before. The webcam also works in Photobooth and Skype. 2. I decided that although the Netgear WiFi card worked well, it did look a bit clunky and permanently tied up a USB port, thereby justifying another fix. I bought a Broadcom 94321 wireless card out of a MacBook second-hand on e-Bay for $10.00. Removed the Atheros card and installed the Broadcom, only to get a BIOS error 104 on startup. To cut a long story short, I downloaded a non-whitelisted version F.35 upgrade of the old F.22 BIOS and flashed it to ROM. After setting preferences etc the Broadcom card is identified as an Airport, and works perfectly. 3. Finally I noticed that Time Machine wasn't backing up to my external 1TB HDD. I used the fix noted in Baldwin's book (pp599-600). This uses OSx86 Tools to load the UUID of the startup drive to the file com.apple.Boot.plist. Now Time machine works perfectly. 4. In summary, the only thing that limits the use of this machine under 10.5.8 is the non-functioning internal microphone when trying to use Skype. Everything else just works!
  10. This bundle also worked for me. My machine is a Compaq Presario C731TU. Sometimes after boot, the fan would run at full speed, continuously. More often though it would not start until the computer case was quite warm to the touch, stay on for about 10 seconds, turn off, then turn on again in about 60 seconds at full speed. Noisy and distracting! I downloaded and installed P_M_B_10.5.3 and the fan now runs continuously but at a much quieter and slower speed. The case is now just warm to the touch, and stays that way.The C731 is running 10.5.8. The battery indicator/mains connection icon also appears on the tool bar - it was never there previously! Many thanks for the suggestion. Edit: Just discovered a slight problem. After a sleep+wake cycle, battery indicator no longer works (the battery icon in the toolbar has an X inside), and the fan reverts to the cyclical operation described above. However, all works OK again after Restart/Reboot! Any suggestions - anyone out there??
  11. login failure?

    For days I have been unable to log-in, despite having changed nothing. Even new passwords issued via e-mail failed to solve problem. But when I went to add a reply to this topic - and of course was not allowed to because I wasn't logged in - I tried again to login via the screen presented. This time success - I hope. now I have to see if I can revert to my old password, and not the unlearnable 15 character alpah-numeric monster which has just been issued. EDIT: Further success - went into UserCP screen and changed my PW back to original. All this done with Firefox and Windows XP. Now I'm going to reboot into Leopard and see if I can get back into the forum.
  12. hi folks, This worked for me too. Except I used Kext Helper b7 to load the revised kext - try it because it saves having to enter all the above code via Terminal. My machine is an HP dx2300 pre-core Pentium 4 with 2 x SATA drives, Win XP on drive 1, Leopard 10.5.6 on drive 2, and Munky's EFI boot system. The only thing not yet working is dual boot and audio (I have only got mono audio coming from the single on-board speaker - yukk!) Rob
  13. An ALC888 success story!

    Hello Stampers, Clearly the task of getting audio to work is the biggest problem with Hackintoshes, with over 200 pages of mainly frustrated comments on Rammjet's thread!! I've had no luck either. Followed his and your guide, and believe it or not I now have mono audio coming from the on-board speaker in my HP pre-core machine. But nothing from the green line-out socket at the rear of the machine. Have you heard of this before? Any (printable!) suggestions? Currently I'm running Munky's EFI/retail dvd version 10.5 on an HP dx2300 desktop, where everything except the audio works brilliantly. Any thoughts much appreciated.
  14. Hi Hackaroni - hope you look at this thread occasionally!! Do you know if there is a way to do what you've done for Win XP rather than Vista? Is there an application like BCDEdit that can be used for XP?? Thanks Rob
  15. Thanks anyway BR. I'll keep looking, but if anyone else has any suggestions on dual booting, either XP/Leopard or Leopard XP, I'd love to hear them. Rob