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Curious Chris

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  1. EFiX: OSx86 gone commercial?

    Thanks - haven't had my caffeine shot this morning, can't believe I didn't see that
  2. EFiX: OSx86 gone commercial?

    Anyone know if this applies to the vanilla EP45-DS3 as well? If not this board is a cheaper option if you don't need the RAID capability. Interestingly my current Gigabyte 965P-DS3P occasionally "forgets" its overclocking settings and I have to re-apply them. Seems to be related to times when I have to manually power down my machine because the shutdown doesn't always work with the current Kalyway setting. Maybe the BIOS reset issue is related to the way the machines are powered down? I can't try my EP45-DS3 until my efix turns up sometime after the 7th Oct, so a bit concerned if there is a problem with these boards. P.S. Has the board layout chaged for anyone else on InsanelyMac since yesterday? I haven't changed any settings, but I can only see the threaded post view.....
  3. EFiX: OSx86 gone commercial?

    I've just taken delivery of the EP45-DS3 (not the R version), along with an 8800GT card and some extra RAM ready for when my efix arrives. I know a lot of you are using the DS3R, but has anyone used the DS3? The main thing I want out of this setup is hassle free upgrades using the built in software update tool in Leopard. Can anyone clarify what the sound support is like in the DS3 / DS3R also? I heard some people mentioning that only the SPDIF port is supported, whereas I really need the standard analogue sound ports working on the motherboard to use my speaker setup. This is one thing I miss with my current Kalyway install on a 965P Gigabyte board. Longer term I still think I will spring for a Mac Pro, but at the moment for a few hundred pounds I can get Mac Pro like performance for far less than the 1500 pounds I was looking at for a refurb base spec MacPro. If efix can get Snow Leopard compatability in place when it comes out that will be the icing on the cake. Also its not a great time to be looking at a MacPro as they are overdue a refresh which looks likely year end, after which time the refurb prices may come down significantly on the current generation machines. As others have said, I think the efix product has a very targetted market. A lot of people like me who are more than comfortable with building their own machines, but are looking for a quick, pain free way to keep their Leopard installs up to date and are willing to pay a premium for that convenience. If I had more spare time I think I would go down the Boot132 route, but these days time is the one thing I always seem to be short of!! I was hoping they would be able to bring efix to market closer to the original 80 euro price initially mentioned, but even at 125 euros delivered its still worth it to me for the convenience.
  4. EFiX: OSx86 gone commercial?

    Sooooo..... who is going to pony up the 80 euros and do an impartial review then ? I am currently trying to work out how I can afford a refurb Mac Pro, but doing the sums its not gonna happen for a little while, so if this efix stick actually works then it might provide me with a good interim solution for a hassle free way of keeping my hackintosh up to date. Certainly don't plan on parting with any cash until I have seen some detailed 3rd party (i.e. independent) reviews though.
  5. EFiX: OSx86 gone commercial?

    Yeah, I've been following the BOOT-132 threads with interest, but its still not quite as straightforward as you suggest. You have to put together a boot CD with the kexts specific to your hardware, and then to avoid having to use the custom boot CD for updates don't you have to install something like Chameleon? I suspect I will go down this route eventually, but its not quite as easy to setup as the e-fix claims to be. I can't help feeling that if e-fix had production or even close to production hardware available they would have got it out for review by now. I am sure they have all worked extremely hard on this, and its an impressive project. Sounds like maybe they just lacked a bit of business / marketing savvy on the way they released it to the world combined with unfortunate timing with the release of the free BOOT-132. If you don't give people a date they can't hold you to account for being late or not delivering. If you MUST give a date choose one you are 99% sure you are going to make. Doesn't matter if its months longer than you need...... better to be seen beating a deadline date than missing it in my experience. All of course just IMHO....
  6. EFiX: OSx86 gone commercial?

    So can anyone expand a bit on what is expected from e-fix on the 15th? Are we talking first independent reviews or units actually shipping to customers? Or is no-one really sure.... years of experience has taught me to never set a deadline on a Friday I have been doing the Hackintosh thing only for a short time (a couple of months), but already am thinking longer term I will probably just bite the bullet and get a proper Mac Pro (probably a refurb one though). My main problem is I only just built my Hackintosh (initially as a linux box before I found out about this site), and I ain't gonna have the cash to get a Mac Pro for a year or so..... which means the efix solution would be ideal for me. I just want a solution that allows me to update directly from apple, especially with all the new mobileme support in the latest patches. My Kalyway 10.5.2 works well, but the thought of the upgrade pain getting to 10.5.4 and above is putting me off investing the time in updating. The Mac mini I bought for my wife just chugs away happily in the corner with updates.... its easy to see the attraction of the "real deal" when your spare time is in short supply. If e-fix could just get the price of the basic device under 100 USD I think they might have a market - thats just under 50 GBP give or take, which I would be willing to take a chance on. 80 Euro is just too high imho. Roll on Friday, and hopefully some more substantial product to start basing buying decisions on.
  7. VMWare Fusion on a Hack?

    The other reason for running an XP virtual machine under VMWare on OSX is copy and paste between apps in the VM and OSX. For me this is a biggy for SonyEricsson based apps like Handysafe that only have desktop connectors that run under XP, but where I need the info in for example a safari browser session running under OSX. Also sharing files - easily possible between a VM XP instance and your OSX instance. Lots of reasons you might want to run something like VMWare or Parallels on your Hackintosh or real Mac. VM's are so much less hassle than a full install, especially the snapshotting feature that lets you roll back to previous states of your XP VM - great for recovering from crappy software installs.
  8. Mac users' opinion on Hackintoshs

    I think a lot of real Mac users probably hear about hackintoshes and think "whats the point?". Apple actively targets the non techie user who want a quality computer with software "that just works" out of the box. Apple wants you to think of your computer / phone / portable music player in the same way you think of other appliances - you shouldn't need a manual to understand the basics for using it and they should "just work" reliably, all the time without requiring much technical knowledge of HOW they work. Apple continue to excel at designing and implementing interfaces for their products, and to my mind is what sets them apart from other PC / electronics companies. Part of achieving the ease of use and reliability is maintaining tight control over the integration between hardware and the software that runs on it. You can build a Hackintosh cheaper in parts than a real Mac, but what people don't tend to cost is the time keeping it updated / running. Maybe if you have a lot of time on your hands then this is not an issue, but for most people time is even more important that saving a few dollars (I know it is for me). Ultimately I think this is why Mac users probably look at the hackintosh and just don't understand why you would bother with all the hassle. I have built my own PC's for years, and its rarely been cheaper than buying an off the shelf Dell or similar, but then thats not why I did it. I did it to learn about how the computer works so I can fix it and upgrade it myself initially, and also because I could build a machine that has exactly the features and quality of components I want. Over the last few years I've moved from XP to Linux for my home computers, but I no longer have the inclination to troubleshoot package installs, spend time trying to find the right codec to play content X or Y, jump through hoops to get my smartphone to sync with my calendar/contacts in muliple locations. I work with computers day in day out, (Linux, XP), and have reached the stage now where at home I just want to sit down at my machine and get on with using it to get things done, and I want to have access to my information and be able to update it from multiple machines / devices in different ways reliably. From a technical viewpoint I think the OSx86 project is an amazing achievement, and for me it has offered the unique opportunity to really "try before I buy" and give OSX a thorough test to make sure it can do what I want. I only upgrade my main home PC every 18months , and unfortunately for me I am only 6 months into having put together a brand new machine designed to run Linux (Centos 5). I will almost definitely now look at a Mac Pro in a years time when it comes time to upgrade. As a result of my Hackintosh experience I ended up getting a Mac Mini as a PC upgrade for my wife (along with a nano), an appleTV and a couple of apple keyboards. I think the thing that is often forgotten is that to experience real Mac ownership does not have to mean paying full Apple RRP prices. All the apple stuff I have bought has come from the refurb store and is as good as new, but with at least 25% discount (some items 35%) and full apple warranty. I upgraded the mac mini to max memory for a fraction of the apple price using guaranteed no hassle crucial memory. When it comes time to purchase the Mac Pro it will also be a refurb with the likes of a Crucial memory upgrade and will most likely cost not much more than the same spec PC components (recently UK refurb store had low spec Mac Pros at 65% off RRP - if you know how to upgrade memory and CPU, this is a great deal). Apple does have a hole in its product line up though - an upgradeable desktop that can run a twin DVI monitor setup. For me 2 monitors is essential, and is now a very affordable and useful option for a lot of people that don't want or can't afford to pay Mac Pro prices.
  9. EFiX: OSx86 gone commercial?

    So have any of the e-fix units shipped for review yet? I notice the site now has RRP info for the desktop dongle - 80 euros, which is a little pricey to my mind, especially in light of the way things are going with the Psystar case. Isn't one of Apple's main complaints against Psystar that they were actively encouraging the use of OSX on a non apple hardware platform without Apple's permission and therefore damaging Apple's brand? E-Fix also look to be actively encouraging folks to install OSX on a non apple platform, so won't they be at risk of succumbing to the same fate? Don't get me wrong, I really want to see this succeed, as it would be great to run the vanilla OSX and updates on my Hackintosh. However 80 euros is a lot to shell out only to have the device end up as a useless dongle paperweight if E-Fix get sued by Apple and disappear. I'll be trying the Boot132 solution shortly when my retail copy of Leopard arrives next week. As I have a pretty standard hardware setup (Gigabyte P965 based MB and NVidia 8600GT), I am expecting this to work. Whilst not as easy as the e-fix solution, I feel e-fix may need to adjust their pricing downwards to sell a significant number of units, especially as the Boot132 solution is free and being actively developed.
  10. Just a follow up to my post above really in case anyone else is trying to use an MSI 8600GTS 256MB card with passive heatsink. I redid the Kalyway 10.5.2 install with the nvinject for 256MB cards only selected, rebooted and it just works . I now have dual DVI with 2 Samsung Syncmaster 226BW's. Kudos to Kalyway and all the others who got this up and running. My Hackintosh seems to now be pretty much fully working (perhaps aside from ability to mount USB thumb drive) This should tide me over hopefully until I can afford a Mac Pro in a year or so (only just built this machine 6 months ago as a linux box so can't afford to upgrade again for at least another 18 months). Chris
  11. I notice a few folks on here have mentioned they have the 8600GTS going with dual DVI? Can anyone point a newb in the direction of some install guidance working from the Kalyway 10.5.2 install. So far my Hackintosh experience has been a positive one - only outsanding items are networking (which I think I have a fix for), and getting dual dvi and native resolution on my MSI NVidia 8600GTS. The MSI 8600GTS is a great card and completely silent with the passive heatsink - highly recommended if you want a very quiet machine . It sounds as if the support may already be in the Kalyway 10.5.2 distro via one of the nvject options? Any info / links greatly appreciated. Thanks.