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  1. You're a bit ahead of me then, it seems. Could you boot into Verbose and see exactly what's causing the panic? It may have something to do with the fact that Lion is rumored to be 64-bit only, and I'm not sure of VMWare on Windows can emulate that.
  2. Are you using the darwin.iso that was used for booting up Snow Leopard?
  3. http://www.obviouslogic.com:8080/solutions/lion-vmware/ This method apparently works for VMWare Fusion on OS X. I would try it, and I probably will, but my only concern is dealing with the nvram problem the guide discusses. In any case, I hope this helps everyone! PS: This is not my guide, I found it on MacRumors. I will let you know if I succeed.
  4. Way to be specific or detailed. Most drivers out there aren't 64 bit, meaning they won't work on Snow Leopard in 64 bit. As such, you should be able to use your 32 bit ones in a 32 bit environment by booting Snow Leopard using the "-x32" kernel flag. Seeing as though you have only 2GB of RAM, the difference between 32 and 64 bit is non-existent.
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    [Guide] How I Installed Snow Leopard

    Update I have, in some sort of weird twist of reality, perfected the process on my machine. Just like my previous disclaimer, I am not saying this will work for you, so proceed at your own risk. Following the steps I outlined previously, the trick seems to be booting using the files in the "Extra" folder of the Snow Leopard Pack we downloaded earlier. As such, this is what I did after performing the installation again: 1. Booted into Snow Leopard using "-v -x32" flags, proceeded to complete registration. 2. DELETED my basic Leopard installation, seeing as though I had just used it to set up Snow Leopard. By erasing the partition, I also lost my Chameleon setup on the drive. So… 3. Using the PC EFI found in the Snow Leopard Pack, install it to your new Snow Leopard setup. Once it is completed, drag the contents of the "Extra" folder in the SL Pack into the "Extra" folder in the base directory of your Snow Leopard installation. 4. Reboot, select the drive to boot from if it isn't your primary, and then using the same "-v -x32" flags, boot the Snow Leopard partition/drive. For me at least, it all worked out great. I was able to bypass booting from my thumb drive and boot from my base partition. @bobdurfob: Yes, in theory. You can't actually boot from the Snow Leopard DVD (at least from my experience), but you can use it inside a current Leopard/Tiger(?) installation to install Snow Leopard to a separate drive or partition. @bigpoppa206: What exactly do you mean?
  6. After reading several guides around the net, including this forum in particular, I was unable to find an installation method for Snow Leopard (build 10A432) that was easy, guaranteed to work, or that worked with my particular motherboard (an MS-7525 [boston]). Today was the first chance I had to open up my (yes, retail) copy of Snow Leopard, and I set to work on finding a way to install the new OS onto my system (on an external hard drive). First off, let me make myself clear: this worked for me, with no data loss. That being said, the chances of this working for you as it has for me are up in the air. I’m making no promises, so proceed at your own risk. Secondly, you are going to need a few things in order to (hopefully) get this to work as intended: - A PC capable of running Mac OS X Leopard - A Snow Leopard installation/upgrade DVD - A (8GB?) Thumb Drive - A currently installed version of Mac OS X (Tiger or Leopard will probably work, as all we need is Disk Utility and Installer) - This package: Snow Leopard Pack (mod note: link removed, please don't use redirects) My current system specifications are as follows: - MSI MS-7525 motherboard - External hard drive (250GB); I did not touch my internal (which runs Windows 7) - 4GB DDR2 RAM - Intel Pentium Dual Core processor at 1.8Ghz - nVidia GeForce 7300GT 256MB video card - Netgear WG111v3 USB wireless adapter First thing is first: boot into Leopard or Tiger. If you do not have a working OS X install, I am not sure how to continue, so I guess that leaves you out of luck. Anyway, once inside Leopard, open up Disk Utility. Step 1: Preparing Your Drives If you wish to install Snow Leopard onto its own hard disk, simply select the hard drive, partition it with 1 partition, and make sure it is set to GUID partition table and not Master Boot Record. If you wish to install this to a partition on your current hard drive, make sure you have it made (or shrink your current one via DU), and perform an erase and call it “Snow Leopardâ€. Once you have prepared your drives, proceed to step 2. Step 2: Installing Snow Leopard At first, I had attempted to boot into the Snow Leopard DVD installer using various methods, but unfortunately, failed. As such, I was forced to use the OSInstall.mpkg installation package from the Snow Leopard DVD in order to install Snow Leopard to the new hard drive/partition. To get to this file, open up your “Mac OS X Installer†DVD/DMG, and in Finder, and select ‘Go’. In the path box, enter: “System/Installation/Packagesâ€. Now, select the OSInstall.mpkg file and run it. Once Installer opens, select the drive you wish to install Snow Leopard to (“Snow Leopard†drive/partition), and continue on to install. Note: I did not install anything but the Essentials. Feel free to try installing other components (Rosetta, Quicktime 7, etc.) at your own risk. The installation usually takes 20-30 minutes, and once it’s done, proceed to Step 3. Step 3: The Possibly Not Needed Step Seeing as though I was unable to boot from the Snow Leopard installation DVD, I thought “what if I booted from my thumb drive with the installer DVD copied to it?†So, I used Disk Utility to ‘Restore’ the Mac OS X Install DVD to the thumb drive. You need an 8GB thumb drive in order to do this. Once it finished copying, I then used the PC EFI v10 file included in the Snow Leopard Pack (SL Pack) I asked you to download prior to beginning this. I simply installed it onto my thumb drive, and that was that. Step 4: Did It Work? I restarted my machine and selected to boot from my thumb drive, not the hard drive/partition Snow Leopard was installed to. Why? Well, you need to use the Chameleon 2 RC1 patched for Snow Leopard boot loader that we installed to the thumb drive. Select the “Snow Leopard†drive from the Chamelon screen, and before pressing enter, type: ‘-v –x32’. This boots into Snow Leopard in Verbose and 32 bit mode. I had attempted to boot without this command beforehand, and it kernel panicked right after the “Welcome†video. Every time I have booted from the command since, I have not Kernel Panicked (well, mostly). If things worked, you should find yourself watching the Welcome video and entering your registration details. Once that’s done, you should be in Snow Leopard! Step 5: Some Notes As I said earlier, this method worked for me, and it may not have worked for you. Sorry, I tried. I really don’t know much about this whole hackintosh thing to be honest. My prior experience has been owning an older PowerMac G3 and a retail install of OS X Leopard on my PC. That’s pretty much it. This happened by luck and chance, and it’s more than I asked for. For some reason, Snow Leopard recognized my graphics card (sort of), so as soon as I booted, I had full Quartz Extreme and Core Image support, as well as all resolutions available for my card. What wasn’t working was sound (as always), and my wireless, USB adaptor. I tried installing both ‘drivers’ (kexts) from their installers, but they both cased my system to kernel panic. But, after using the ‘Package Contents’ option from the context menu, I simply used the lower level installer package to install the software, and it worked. Audio I am still working on, and I will update you when that works. Now, there are some caveats. First off, it has no idea what my processor is. It lists it as a 3.6 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, when in reality, it is just a 1.8 Ghz dual core Pentium. That being said, it’s no big deal. Also, and probably due to Chamelon/PC EFI, it recognizes my graphics card as an nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX EFI. Once again, oh well. It is not affecting performance, at least in the past hour, so I’m not worried. Also, my thumb drives/other hard drive paritions show up as shared drives, which is still just a minor issue. I have yet to play around with the system. As I continue to explore and test various applications and extensions, I will be sure to let you know how everything is working. Credits: Snow Leopard Pack – d00m42 Everyone else who has posted some sort of idea on how to install Snow Leopard!
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    Anyone had this screen?

    Most likely a problem with your laptop's display, not the OS. I had a similar problem on an old Dell Latitude laptop from ~2000. The LCD was essentially broken. Fixing it usually involved punching the monitor any number of times until it disappeared .
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    Installation on a Dell Dimension 8400

    There may be in an issue with a certain package (whether it be corrupt, etc.) on the disk, as you alluded to. A similar problem happened to me (Couldn't verify the Essentials package), and all I needed to do was perform the install over again. Since this seems a bit more complex, I would make sure the MD5 of the ISO is what it should be, and if it is, burn another disk.
  9. Hello! I have tried searching and couldn't find what I was looking for, so I figured I would pose the question. Right now I have a temporary OS X installation (Kalyway 10.5.2 on my external hard drive), with Windows on my only internal hard drive. My goal is to keep the Windows hard disk untouched and have a full, retail installation of Leopard on my external hard disk. I have a retail DVD backed up to my Kalyway install. I have both a full retail disk as well as a stripped down version (removed printer drivers, languages, Developer Tools (according to http://blog.zydev.info/2007/10/31/leopard-...d-how-to/"" target="_blank">this guide)) so I could fit it onto a single layer DVD. Unfortunately, my disk drive does not seem to like the type of DVD I used, and alas, I am stuck trying to perform an install in this situation. So, let's say I restored the Leopard Retail DVD (10.5.4) to my flash drive. Then, if I booted from the Boot 132 disk, how would I proceed to boot the retail copy from the USB thumb drive? I know that the CD drive is 9f, but if I were to enter numbers (81 and up, since 80 is the main hard disk) in order, would I be able to find the proper disk to boot from? Finally, if I was able to perform this install onto the external disk, I assume I could simply boot into the hard disk from my computers BIOS and have the boot loader on that disk (Chameleon, GUID partitioned disk) boot into OS X? Thanks In Advance For Your Help
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    Disable Anti-Aliasing

    There is no way to disable it in the operating system. From my standpoint, the best option to pick under Settings -> Appearance -> Font Smoothing is 'Light', seeing as though it looks somewhat identical to Windows ClearType (which I am used to). That being said, there is an unsupported application (Silk by Unsanity) that will disable font smoothing on a per application basis (such as Firefox or Mail, for example), but it is made by Unsanity. Certain applications from them often have consequences when going to do a major upgrade (Tiger -> Leopard, etc.) of the OS, so I would advice staying away from it. That being said, the choice is yours .
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    Leopard (Client) to Leopard Sever?

    Do you just want to test and debug the web apps on the system, or do you want to dedicate the entire system to become a server? If you want to do the latter, just purchase a copy of Leopard Server and install it. It won't overwrite your current Leopard install, just add the necessary features. If you want to run and debug them on the same system, use XAMPP for Mac OS X. Includes Apache, MySQL, PHP, other things as well. Hope it helps .
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    I have to say, it's pretty decent (and looks great), but it isn't my cup of tea. I'm using the new Scour (Google, Yahoo, Live searches), and it works great.
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    iCal to Google Calender

    http://shapeshed.com/journal/how_to_sync_i...oogle_calendar/ I currently use that method with iCal and my Google Apps Calender. It requires that you make your calender public, though .
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    New Dell Studio Hybrid PC

    Am I the only one excited about this? It looks as if this can run OS X no problem, and I might just order one to put in my basement for a little PC setup next to the entertainment center.
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    Are my expectations too high?

    Hm... I don't even have a very powerful system, and my disk test speeds are better in some spots. Have a look: Disk Test 64.49 Sequential 96.84 Uncached Write 109.67 67.34 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Write 104.85 59.32 MB/sec [256K blocks] Uncached Read 72.80 21.30 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Read 112.21 56.40 MB/sec [256K blocks] Random 48.34 Uncached Write 18.42 1.95 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Write 118.42 37.91 MB/sec [256K blocks] Uncached Read 80.97 0.57 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Read 130.42 24.20 MB/sec [256K blocks]