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About elcapitan

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  1. Apple id and icloud

    I believe it has to do with the system definition in your SMBios.plist. Since many many people are using the same plist with the same mac serial number, the limit has been reached for that one serial number. If you check the post below, you can use Champlist to make your own unique serial number for your machine. http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=270221&view=findpost&p=1760215
  2. Why use EFI graphics string?

    For now I'm good. It's a great overview which gave me a better understanding and luckily since my system is running like a champ, I don't need to delve any further :-)
  3. Why use EFI graphics string?

    Wow! Thanks for all the info! I had to re-read a few times to make sure I fully understood everything, not saying I do but it does add a few missing pieces to my puzzle.
  4. Why use EFI graphics string?

    Hey Gringo, I'm going to pick your brain here. If that's the case, (EFI) strings being a hit or miss, what is the preferred way of getting your video card recognized if your system doesn't automatically recognize it? To my knowledge, the choices are: EFI String kexts DSDT
  5. Why use EFI graphics string?

    I'm not sure if you noticed but this is a really old thread (2+ years). Check out this link for info on getting an EFI string and installing it as well. http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=132850
  6. Getting 9800GTX+ to be recognized correctly

    That's good to know. The hardest I've pushed it, gaming wise, on the Mac side is Plants vs. Zombies. In fact, I'm getting a zombie itch right now!
  7. Will this usb sound card work?

    Not sure if it works but I use this one and it works perfectly.
  8. Getting 9800GTX+ to be recognized correctly

    Sorry to have spooked you but I intentionally matched the resolution and refresh rates to make the comparison even. I'm fine with the scores, I got the card for gaming mostly and I boot into Windows when I have the itch.
  9. Getting 9800GTX+ to be recognized correctly

    Just a tad slower than yours.
  10. Getting 9800GTX+ to be recognized correctly

    Everything worked like a charm! Thanks Gringo for taking the time!
  11. Getting 9800GTX+ to be recognized correctly

    Worked like a charm! Thanks Gringo! This was driving me batty the last 2 days! Also, I think I know why I kept getting compiling errors when I would try to edit the DSDT. I think I either had extra or had some missing brackets. I'll do a more thorough compare later :-) Quick question on downloading the NVidia drivers. Which one would I download? Obviously, there is nothing on NVidia's Driver Download page for the 9800 GTX. Thanks again Gringo, I'm going to be able to sleep better tonight!
  12. Hey guys, I'm a LONG time lurker here and I ran into an issue which I can't figure out. System profiler is showing the wrong video card. I have a GeForce 9800 GTX+ but when I got to System Profiler, I find this: nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS: Chipset Model: nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS Type: GPU Bus: PCIe Slot: PCI PCIe Lane Width: x16 VRAM (Total): 512 MB Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de) Device ID: 0x0612 Revision ID: 0x00a2 ROM Revision: nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS OpenGL Engine Displays: DELL 2408WFP: Resolution: 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888) Main Display: Yes Mirror: Off Online: Yes Rotation: Supported Display Connector: Status: No Display Connected At first, I didn't really care what was listed because I just assumed that it was cosmetic but I ran some cinebench benchmarks on my Mac system then I booted into Windows7 and ran the tests there as well and there was a good difference. The Mac had an OpenGL score of 24.88 while the windows counterpart hit 36.88. And to add more confusion, at least to me, Cinebench (on the Mac) displays my GFX board as a GeForce 9800 GTX+. At this point I'm not sure if what shows in system profiler is just cosmetic and the mac is just "slower" or if there really is an issue. Another odd thing, System Profiler has the Device ID of "0x0612", which according to this this website, http://forge.voodooprojects.org/p/chameleo...ibsaio/nvidia.c , is a GeForce 9800 GTX but of course System Profiler has it as the 8600 GTS. Additionally, since I just updated to 10.6.6 with a new DSDT, I though that maybe the DSDT had the 8600 GTS card added to it. The DSDT I got was from DSDT Auto-Patcher, http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=235523. I'm not sure what' fixes it has nor am I familiar with editing DSDT's but I did open it up and took a look. I did a search for "0x0612", the 9800 GTX Devide ID and nothing came up. So I then did a search for the 8600 GTS ID, 0x0400, and it came up with 3 hits but since I know almost jack squat about DSDT's, I'm not sure if I can just change those ID's to "0x0612" or not. And another thing, I updated to Chameleon 2 RC5 (700) and I read you can use the prefpane to inject your video card but sadly, I couldn't figure out how. I would guess this would be the simplest and preferred way to get my card recognized correctly. And...that's where I'm at. Here are the specs of my system 10.6.6 GA P35-DS3L Core2Duo e8400 8 GB RAM GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB Kexts in E/E folder: fakesmc.kext IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector.kext JMicron36xATA.kext LegacyAppleAHCIPort.kext LegacyHDA.kext NullCPUPowerManagement.kext DSDT: http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/466835/dsdt.aml.zip If I missed anything, let me know and sorry for the long read :-) Thanks to whomever can share some light on this. Update 1: So after combing a bit more through the DSDT, I found the GFX info and it has an nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS applied to it. Anyone know how to remove the GFX part? I've tried but I keep getting compiling errors. Update 2: So now I'm starting to believe that my hack is seeing the right video card but just has the name wrong. And I'm guessing I can just update the name in the DSDT to the correct name. Anyone care to confirm? The only thing I'm still unsure about, if my guess is correct, is where is my hack getting the info for which card I have? There's nothing in my com.apple.Boot.plist which I believe is where efi strings get injected. Update 3: Everything is fixed thanks to Gringo!
  13. Use iTunes account with a Hackintosh

    Not that I know of but if anyone else wants to chime in.. go right ahead.
  14. Use iTunes account with a Hackintosh

    If you are concerned with iTunes phoning home (sending info to Apple), try Little Snitch. It's an app that intersects an applications connection to the internet unless you give the ok.
  15. Use iTunes account with a Hackintosh

    You'll have no problems using your account. I've been using my iTunes account for about 2 years on my hackintosh without any problems.