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  1. Cool.. I've heard good things about the GA-G41M-ES2L and OS X compatibility, but I haven't tried it myself. The only reason why I ordered from Amazon in the first place is because of a gift card... I think the G41M board is better then the G31, so if I had the choice, I would've went with it instead... sadly, Amazon is no Newegg!...
  2. I ordered my GigaByte GA-G31M-ES2L about a month ago (7/22) from Amazon and I received the rev 1. At first I was disappointed, but OS X worked great and everything works (barring the Intel graphics device; knew about that)... anyway, I don't know if they'll send you the rev 1, but I got lucked out so you might too?? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HH0AU...x_ya_oh_product Good luck!
  3. confused beginner looking for a starting point

    If you're starting out, my recommendation is to get an all-inclusive install, like iDeneb, iPC, Leo4All (and others) and just install it. That's how I started out. The most recent "distro" I used was iDeneb 1.4 (it was the 10.5.6 release) and I just -- 1) downloaded the ISO from the usual sources, 2) burned the DVD, 3) popped it in the drive and 4) installed it like any other OS. This is entially a pre-patched OS X DVD with all sorts of options to install on PC with a variety of differenty hardware. Definitely the easiest way to get OS X up and running pretty fast. I'm now playing around with the Boot 132, EFI, Chameleon and retail OS X installs. I'm happy to say that I did get a retail install working on an Gigabyte Ep35-DS3R. Very cool. ... But, although the steps aren't too rough these days because this community is amazing the the developers behind this "scene" are outstanding, it's still a little bit of work. The benefit of this kind of installs is that you're installing from the retail OS X DVD so the OS thinks it's on actual Mac hardware... this makes Apple updates work without issue and, overall, it's the closest thing to a real Mac aside for having a Mac. Anyway, like I said, I'd just get a distro and get that going. You'll probably learn a lot along the way, but that is the quickest and easiest way to get going... (btw, I'm no expert here, this is just what I did. Hopefully others will chime in and give their input as well). Good-luck!!
  4. Giving up on OSx86 and OS X

    I started writing a pretty long response, but the short of it is that I feel there's much more freedom on a Windows platform. I use Vista and, quite frankly, I don't have to ask myself "Is this software available for Windows?" or "Can I use this hardware on Windows?"... I really don't like being limited like that. Being a computer enthusiast and professional, I like to do more then just email and web surfing (which I think either Mac or Windows is great for). For development, games, productivity and just "getting the job done fast", I find Windows much better at that. I still get a thrill out of trying a new OS X "distro", but I pretty much gave up on the idea of using it fulltime. No war here, this is just an opinion. System specs: QX9650 (not overclocked) GA-EP35-DS3R Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DD2 800 Zalman CNPS9500 fan/heatsink Thermalake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 PSU Lite-on 20x DVD+-R DVD burner w/Lightscribe Lian-Li PC-7B case EVGA Nvidia 8800 GT 640 MB running at 1600x1200 res