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About asc3nti0n

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  1. 1MB = 1000KB in Snow Leopard

    I haven't installed Snow yet I agree wholehearted that Apple should lead the world in aligning the correct prefixing of memory storage by using decimal bytes for HDDs. BUT Memory as in RAM and USB sticks, Flash Storage etc are built on Binary values as a rule. I should imagine the new Get Info will tell you something interesting on that old 1GiB USB pen you have. And how about RAM, What prefix is Snow telling you about how much RAM you have in System Profiler, I hope they've used the binary-byte system. cmf pointed to the wikipedia link on Standard Internationale Units entry, Binary based storage constructs should be still described as kiB MiB GiB of RAM, but kB MB and GB of spinning HDDs of mass storage.
  2. Well its just shy of midnight here, so this is the last update for Sunday (.au time)... just as well I have Monday off work. So this is post 311 of the iPC Universal Final Release thread on insanely mac forums. And low and behold that was the result of the last installation... try again... onto 5th install... Fifth Install: Same as fourth Installation, just without the IOPCIFamily.kext patched "Fix". Hope that unfixes the roadblock of getting a stable Hack` So that'll continue installing into today... it's Monday now. Nitez all.
  3. Fourth Install iPC's 10.5.6 PPT5 Universal Final DVD Install Disk: So I bricked the Third installation by changing the screen resolution without checking out anything in the OS... nevermind, I wanted to check out some of those "Fixes" anyhow. Installed: So since I bricked it with teh NVInjects, I'll see what NVDarwin does... and just as I didn't tick them all, I installed all Applications. I'm assuming the correction I made from 2nd to 3rd was the GUID, so I'll try the full featured Chameleon installation again. The Fixes I've ticked seem like the generalised "Fix All" installations summaries... they don't say "if you've had this error". We'll see what we get. I obvoiusly haven't benchmarked anythign up to this point, so it's of little consequence, but if I get a stable system, I pass the computer to my sis and say happy birthday, I dont' get to keep reinstalling. So it is off and racing again in the fourth install of the evening, lets see how this one goes. Log more results again soon.
  4. Third Install iPC's 10.5.6 PPT5 Universal Final DVD Install Disk: Reformatting the HDD to GPT this time... see if that changes anything. Same names and sizes. Installed: So rather than install Alternate bootloaders, stick with the stock one ... same very of Chameleon I suppose (v ?.11)... GUID (GPT) instead of MBR formatting on the HDD, and no fixes of patches... I just want to detect the HDD at the moment, once I get that right I'll treak the drivers and fixes. I've resigned to the fact that it'll be a few reformats to get this right... then I just hope that the Vista Installation that's already on the other IDE drive will work again I'm worried about the motherboards' southbridge... its' got a small heatsink on it, as the oversized one that I installed back when I used to use this MB is now on my current motherboard... the A8N-E southbridge always had overheating problems and it wouldn't detect the drives on boot. So that's the long-term fix, but aiming an extra 120mm fan at it should get me through installations 1 through 11.... (optimistic aren't I) Ok, installation.... waiting, waiting... still 20 minutes or so... Right: WINNAR, Darwin Bootloader! GUID worked a treat... wanted to keep it MBR incase I had to blow Vista away and go XP... too bad. First-boot: press F8 and enter the boot options: "Graphics Mode"="1024x768x32" -v The little TFT I'm using to get this baby right is only that large natively. YAY, the "Before You Begin..." wizard is up ... Alright, I'll get into it and test a few basic functions and report back. EDIT: Graphics changing of resolution didn't work. blue screened it, normal workaround for this is to switch port on the graphics card, but I should think I'll have to put the proper NVCAP strings in too, so I'll get into doing that after I check a few things.
  5. System Spec (in relevent device detail) Motherboard: Asus A8N-E - Socket 939 AMD Athlon64 4200+ BIOS Rev 1013 (latest) DDR1, 333MHz NForce 4 Ultra chipset, Realtec ALC850 8-Channel CODEC Audio chipset Two IDE Drives (both primary on each IDE channel) One SATA DVD Burner Graphics Card: Gigabyte 8800GT 512MiB OS Installation Notes First Install: iPC's 10.5.6 PPT5 Universal Final DVD Install Disk: Just tried a bunch of settings to see what it was all about. Formatted: 500GB MBR 75GB called "MacOSx86" formatted HFS+J & rest called "ACROSS" formatted FAT32 Installed in around the 45 minutes Coudn't locate a system disk on reboot not the standard BIOS message, something reported a boot0 error... so by that I'm guessing it didn't see Chameleon? I didn't get a screenie. Second Install iPC's 10.5.6 PPT5 Universal Final DVD Install Disk: Basically ticked fewer "Fixes and Patches", and actually documented what I selected. Installed: So after those items, I got no love, same error at boot-time (again didn't write it down). So Third Time coming: Notes: Secondary IDE Channel has a 320GB split into 2 partitions = 1st 68GB called "VISTA_SYS" as FAT32 & rest is named "MOTORCROSS" as FAT32.
  6. The idea is an example of a dumbing down of the consumers awareness of what goes into this place. We should know what the system we are installing the OS over, and have a full awareness of the lengths that are required to get to it. But sometimes I would like to know what I could be building that's better, reset my ideas, and a central repository of that kind of knowledge could be a set of standard builds. Dumbing down consumer awareness is something for the corporate world, not for the hack' community, you're right.
  7. InsanelyMac is taking in a motherload of information by way of the OSx86 Database (that icon right of the titlebar). That's getting the communities insights on all manner of hardware devices compatibilty. When this information is collated and presented back to the community (God only knows when) then hopefully that will provide the fine detail thats required to get a system build "right the first time" Really the first question should be: What OSx86 distribution do I want to use. There are a bunch of people out there building distros (as you have mentioned a couple) and they're built for specific systems. So if there were to be standardised builds, who's build will we standardise around? And my third point: I just stumbled across a brilliant overview in the Genius Bar: its called "The Newbies FAQ to Mac OSx86, Newbies should read this" at http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=89659. Now you may have already read this, but there is a generalised hardware standard you can follow there, the brand of each component really doesn't matter, many people have their favourite copmuter brands, just as a car enthusiast wouldn't be caught dead in anything but their own favourite make. I've been using OSx86 for 18 months, and my bro has been into the scene for well over two years, and I still found pcwiz's FAQ there refreshing to read. My advise for jumping into building a system now, look at the New Releases section, pull up the post about a particular distribution, and see what the authors system is. see what the other people in the threads system specs are, it's often in their signiture, and get an idea that way, have a computer stores parts pricelist open and highlight the pieces specified. Then fill in the gaps to create a working system. But I will echo the sentiment: A section on InsanelyMac, with our own codenamed "systems" that support can be provided for that codenamed system, specifically and without misunderstanding, that would be grand. I would say in the efforts to make the scene diverse, have each OSx86 distribution author to create their own codenamed system build that they want to support, and limit the build specs upgrades to once every 6 or 12 months. Allow people to settle on a build and be happy with that spec. Three Models of each flavour distribution would be worthy, some people have more money to spend than others.
  8. Where I'm at: I have two IDE Drives plugged into the mptherboard, a SATA DVDR Drive, NVidia 8800GT 512 MiB, Going to use iPC's 10.5.6 "Universal PPC5 FINAL" and its downloading. There is another PPC update to it, so have downloaded that already "iPC_v1.1_PPF.zip" The Computer has sat overnight at "Disk Boot Failure, please insert disk and press ENTER" ... so in otherwords the hardware is stable and I need an OS, The two drives has jsut come out of my old server machine, they were part of a 7disk LVM under Ubuntu, they're formatted clean with a GPT partition table as single partitions, I'll fix that once I get the OS downloaded. The SATA DVDR drive is brand new. LG, nothing brand, buy a new one if/when it fails. The Motherboard (Asus A8N-E) is my old computer, I thought it had died, turned out it wasn't the motherboard, but the OS drive I was using at the time, so its been sitting on a bookshelf for six months gathering dust, now its back in operation. 2.5GiB of RAM in four slots, I know it'll be only running at half speed, but what my sister doesn't know, won't hurt her. Anyhow, I just hope to pickup a faster source on the download, so I'll post this prelogue now and go back to waiting another 23 hours for the disk to come down. Blog the experience again soon
  9. NONE!!!! I used to format XP monthly to keep it running as expected. MacsRBest
  10. Kalyway 10.5.4-10.5.6

    Unix, and consequently Linux and Darwin (which is what you're sortof in when you're in Terminal, the Darwin Core under teh Aqua interface of Mac OS X) uses the 'space' " " character as a delimiter in its commandline, and so as in the 'space' between 'rm' and '-r' ... it seems two more cammands to the rm executable. To force that extra 'space' character to behave as part of the name of your hard drive, you have to "excape" that 'space' character. See below and note the backslash before the space. rm -r /Volumes/Hackintosh\ HD/System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext That 'space' character will now appear as a character to the executable parser, not a delimiter to catch out each control-code to tell the remove executable everything you want it to do. Now, in addition to this, you're problem is that you're trying to delete a system kext. So you need to execute the 'remove' program at system privelages. sudo rm -r /Volumes/Hackintosh\ HD/System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext It will then ask for your login password. Mac OS X Darwin automatically adds the main login usernames to the sudoers file so that your password grants "root level" access to the operating system when usign the sudo command. I'll assume you fixed up this problem in the month past, but as Google seems to be presenting this as a high search hit, I have completeled the answer in the more descriptive manner I can so that others may learn from it.
  11. So I'm obsessed. I want my iTunes collection to be nothing less than immaculate. But I refuse to throw anything away. And sometimes the tunes that I import, the tags are all over the place! iTunes fixed my preliminary problems with tags being filled in correctly years ago, Winamp displayed tags but tools to enter and fix them were hard to come by. Certainly didn't do what I wanted them to do... being a Mac guy at heart, I jumped onto the iTunes bandwagon as soon as I could, and loved it form the start. Integrated library and file system management, playlists, tagging where I could select multiples and correct a bunch of misspelled, misaligned and obtusely entered artist, albums, and genres. But my library bloated, and I now have almost 40,000 tracks, and they're mostly complete. Scattered through the collection are Soundtracks that aren't marked as compilations, there are Mix CD's that are marked for the year the CD was released, not the year the track was mastered. and I generally have a problem with songs that I don't particularly want to listen to. But I refuse to delete them, what it I want to burn that album for someone and I have done and deleted track 11? Going to the Internet and trying to find out what track 11 was is far too much effort. So going through my library and unchecking duplicates, leaving only the most superior track checked on; this is really time consuming! As an effort for iTunes to only play the songs I really want to hear, I have made a substantial effort to Ratings. the new iTunes 8 "Genius" feature moved me to almost 20% of the collection rated with just the click of a few buttons, and around four weeks of listening! By creating a Genius list of 100 tracks of one of my five-star rated songs, based on the general iTunes populations ratings of other songs I have in my collection, Genius suggests that these 99 tracks are about the same as that one... giving me a statistically better chance of liking those 99 tracks. Now at time of writing it is very genre biased, I like a extermely wide range of tracks from some 70's ballads, 80's rock, 90's Ambience, and new millenium House. So for a selection of each of my five-star rated tracks, it takes a while to sample, decide, and rate all the songs that it suggests, but I have a good feeling about it. And again I harp on about beaTunes, the iTunes Library parasite of the best sorts, a plugin .app that takes your iTunes Library .xml and imports the data, looks at the MP3, calculates and manipulates all that information that you already have there, and tells you in a nice enormous table of information, what the Beats-per-minute are, what "color" the song is, and based on a checksum of the track, hits the web to decide whether I have named it right, and does it have the correct album! All this for the price of a slab of beer! So that's how my iTunes is going. It works just so much better on Mac than on Windows (surprise surprise), I just think they're trying to do too much with it now, being the docking point for phones, speakers, ipods... I'm worried that it's not actually putting all the data I enter into the ID3 tags that I have so religiously made version 2.3 (car stereo manufacturers will only guarantee v.2.3, not 2.4) Because everytime I export a bunch of my tunes to Data Disk to put on my laptop for work hours, there are tracks named something wierd, and the tags don't import into the laptops iTunes. Next thing for beaTunes to check! Does MP3 track ID3 tag match iTunes Library... last time I tried something like this, yeah, a bunch of them were wrong, and I made changes to something... but it didn't write all the information to the MP3, it managed to alienate iTunes in the process and I had three-quarters of my iTunes Music Library "missing" in iTunes and I had to re-import it all, losing my plast played, most played, and ratings! But this is years ago. In an effort to protect against losing ratings, these days my iTunes lives with five Smart Playlists. "1 Star" "2 Stars" "3 Stars" "4 Stars" "5 Stars". And I export this as a song-list to transport to my Laptop occasionally, and vice-versa from the laptop, I alter ratings during work hours, and so I review the differences when I reimport "5 Starts - Laptop" into my main PC, I'll see what on the PC was rated 3 or 4, and now i've increased it to 5... see whether it deserves it or whether it was a moment of lust that got it 5 star rating on the laptop. etc. It's a labour of love, some people have cars, others have cats, some people have wives, others have sport... I have my music.
  12. Can't eject DVD/CD

    Evening Anyone, I've got the same issue, Ex-Kaly10.5.2 updated to 10.5.5... Pioneer 215D (SATA DVD Burner). My chosen burn application pops up everytime I try and eject, a few places don't even think there is a disk available to eject, under commandline df & diskutil don't see any partition on the media inserted. I even tried 'sudo diskutil eject /dev/disk4' (4 is my CDROM, there are four SATA drives in the system before it (0-3) ) ... to no avail, again, only get my burning application popping up. Only time I can eject is during POST... and I don't reboot my computer normally... 21 days uptime is normal. I've unticked the "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible." checkbox in the "Energy Saver" control panel in 'System Preferences' ... I'll post back if it fails Rebooting now to get the ject button back again, at least while it boots.
  13. Kalyway 10.5.2 update failure

    Rich Wit It has the right link there, I bricked my OS nine times trying a few different ways through September, lost LAN drivers mostly despite doing all I could to back them up, lost video I couple of times, cannot get into Time Machine backup from the Kaly 10.5.2 disk; when Time Machine worked anyhow. I gave it a months intermission and then hit up Mysticus C's new revision of his walkthrough; at the time for 10.5.5 ... bingo, everything works! While you guys are having more specific problems, I would try backing up data elsewhere, and hopefully have the space on the HDD for a Test OS (BupOSx86) and Main OS (MacOSx86) partition, as per Mysticus's suggestions; they are easy to effect and save an awful lot of time if you manage to brick it on the first attempt, image the main OS back over your Test and try a couple of different tick boxes in his PostInstall.pkg. If you've not got a second partition, but have spare space on the main OS partition (my OS part is 100GB but there is only 30GB of data on it) ... As long as you have a bit of faith, boot onto the Kalyway DVD and open up Disk Utility, Point at the Main OS partition and, go to the Partition Tab, select the Main Partition and hit the "+" icon in the lower left to split the partition in two. it *should* move all the data for you to the front disk and create a new one in the rear half of what was once a single partition... then you can mirror the main drive to the backup there in Disk Utility while your Main OS is offline. Well I didn't have to split the Main OS drive, I did have an empty second partition on my drive which I split into two pieces so that I could have a third piece for files away from the two OSs. Welcome peer moderation before people try it, but that's what I understand of the Apple Disk Utility.
  14. Right, so lets assume that I have done this before... nine times before. I'll document the full process that I'm going through this time, hoping to point out some glaringly obvious mistake that means that I can actually update all the way to 10.5.5. So look on the Intehweb and download the Kalyway 10.5.2 Install DVD and the Apple 10.5.5 Combo Update. So I need to get to at least 10.5.3, SPORE is the new game by the people have brought us The Sims... and while the Sims sucked hard, Spore is a game that appeals to every budding scientist in us. I've only clocked it once under XP, now I'm running MOSX. So that's my motivation here, My problems that I have seen in my past nine installs I said in my first blog that I would post about here... but i'll put that off one more post as I've started this installation and i'll start forgetting steps if I don't move into the installation documentation. So where did I start? Well I have four installed Hard Drives, two are completely empty that I can play with them as I see fit. * Western Digital 300GB Velocitraptor 10,000RPM and 16MiB of cache * Seagate 400GB 7200.11 AS 7200PRM also with 16MiB of cache So booting onto the Kalyway 10.5.2 Install DVD I select Disk Utility in the Utilities window on the menu bar, on each drive I partition them with two pieces each. In theory I need a Windows XP installation, so have the front 100GB piece of the slow drive set aside unformatted. The rear 272.27GB piece of the slow drive, I have formatted as Mac OS X (HFS+ Journalled). This will be my Time Machine partition, so I called it "TimeMachine" not adding spaces in my hard-drive names. A side note; as yet I have been unable to successfully restore from the Time Machine, but I'll stick to taking backups and current versions just incase it comes useful in the future. The front piece of the Raptor I have set aside 100GB for Mac OS X (HFS+ Journalled). That'll be called MacOSx86. The second piece of the raptor I have made 102GB long, just larger than the front piece, Mac OS X HFS+ Journalled. I'm calling that BupOSx86. Disk Utility can "restore" a partition (or image file) to another partition. So i'll be imaging the MacOSx86 to BupOSx86 when I make it right. And the third piece of the Raptor I have formatted as FAT32 and called "Universal" so that incase I need to save something from the Windows Installation and then pull out Hard Drives, I don't know, anyhow, FAT32 is the most "universal" Hard Drive format available to me, so that's it. Now, back to Kalyway Installation. OK, the Customization. Aside from the Default selection, I think all I selected was a Vanilla Kernel, the Video Card Driver I selected NVInject_512 for my 512MiB graphics card, for Network everything left Default, but this is the darkest art of my installation, meaning I really don't know what is running my Ethernet ports... uhm, this is all from memory see, SMBIOS I selected one that says is DDR3 1333... I'm still not sure what this helps with... then just tick "Thirds" which installs a full suite of third-party applications into the KOOLSOFTS folder, some useful, some extremely useful, some I still have no idea what are. And the Time-Machine fix, without ticking that, Time Machine doesn't work, and trying to install it later, it breaks my Ethernet. So with those general idea for selections, Go, and wander off to grab a bite to eat, a cuppa tea, 15 minutes of powernap, and it should boot into that funky funky OS X start music. Fill in the Apple ID (its the iTunes Music Store username and password for me) and fill in the rest of the information. So now we're in a nice new installation. Check that Safari can see the internet? For me Internet is an ADSL router throwing out DCHP IPs over a gigabit home network, so I always have internet turned on, which is why the Apple ID worked five minutes ago at first boot time.. So yes, I have internet so I point the Time Machine to the backup drive, and take a backup. Hope you haven't finished that cuppa yet, as this first backup also takes a while, go find a bikkie (biscuit for those not up with aussie slang) to go with it. Maybe a quick sidetrack, if you're worried about your internet bandwidth and/or cap... jump into System Preferences quick and turn off Software Update, it'll auto-download the Combo Update otherwise which we won't be installing from there, and that's 600MiB wasted, on the contrary, the other updates in there we will be downloading from software update and if they auto download then the Time Machine backup still store them for the future install for us... but 600MiB can be expensive for some people. so where were we? Time Machine backup, is it finished yet? Right, we're working and we're backed up. what to do first? Well I first start with the Operating System and GUI settings in System Preferences. Make the desktop picture cycle every 15 minutes, set the Flurry screensaver the way I like it, alter the Energy Saver settings to never sleep the machine and only turn down the monitor after 2.25 hours (the length of the longest movie I have). Set eh dock to auto-hide and magnify. Sharing my screen to the VNC protocol (put in a password), and File Sharing setting the options to SMB and ticking the username for access. Add some folder shares in here too like if you want to access your iTunes Music Folder from another computer at the file level etc. Possibly most important system preference to set is the resolution of the monitor to 1600x1200 at 85Hz... Now, my graphics card has dual DVI connections, my monitor doesn't have any so I use a VGA converter. But the first few installations I had it in one port on the graphics card, and I would get a "blue screen" after altering the graphics card setting... then on a later reinstall I lost the screen completely, no amount of force hard restarts got my screen back... turned out I was on the wrong port on the graphics card... so if you get a blue-screen when altering the screen resolutions, try your other graphics card port. If you've installed all the third-party applications, then Perian should appear in the System Preferences, click that, and it'll ask you for your password, that'll install it, it does something for Dolby Surround Sound... whether it ACTUALLY does or not under my ADI-1988b motherboard sound codec, we'll investigate that in the future, I just wanna keep my networking at the moment. Right, once you've done System Preferences, skip Software Update for the moment, it'll come soon enough. Next I go through some of the more useful third-party applications and update them, and install a few more applications of my own. Install Firefox, iLife'08, Microsoft Office 2008, M$Office will want to do some updates, they're fairly large downloads, so do them as often as you feel like... there can be an issue with it later on which I'll blog later on. Search for and download OSX86Tools; It's a big yes for immensely useful application stakes, run it and pin it into the Dock, I use it that often.. well officially I used it like twice. So of the Kalyway Installed apps; Adium is the multi-IM Client, that's out-of-date, Growl isn't, but if you go to its website and download it you can get the Extras folder from the .dmg and copy it to the downloads folder... THEN run the GrowlTunes extra... it needs permanent access to the GrowlTunes script there and if you unmount the image you lose it again . Pacifist and VLC also need updates... I think VLC is Kalyway installed, I didn't notice it this past install, never mind, VLC is the best media player no matter what platform you're on, no stuffing around with video codecs on the M$ OS. Search the internet for Carbon Copy Cloner ("CCC") by Bombich software. This is how I'm going to actually make an image that works if/when my Time Machine won't load from the Kalyway Boot CD when I manage to break the OS in a few hours time. Rightio, install and check for updates of other packages in that folder, I do all that should be safe enough to do without breaking the OS/networking... So now restart again. If I still have internet working, then I take another Time Machine backup. I should take ghost images of the drive to really be sure, but I'm just not that serious about this hobby just yet. So once that's done, Run Software Update, untick the 10.5.5 (current at time of writing) Combo Update, we'll need to manually download the standalone Combo Update from Apple website. too bad if it's already downloaded in the background. I wasn't able to successfully extract it from the Packages folder in the Library, it's a .dist not a .dmg or .pkg... google it and you may be able to recover it... So once iTunes is all uptodate, run it and get Genius scanning your library, for me that took 36 hours... I have a lot of tracks, but it's worth it, the new iTunes Genius is BRILLIANT for putting together lists of like songs that rate well with each other. and the moer users out there with ratings for tracks, that better it will become for the rest of us. Once you've gotten all the Software Updates up to date, with only the Combo Update left... and Internet is still working... You guessed it, Time Machine. So, lets bring up OSXTools, don't "Download and Install Hardware Drivers" in OSX86Tools just yet, that's the one that can break things, run the big button at the bottom twice to get the PCI Tools installed so that it will work after a restart, but just don't actually download and install anything just yet. So give her a reboot. 8th. ---------- Intermission --------- I hope you have a month of tunes on the ready... because that was the length of my intermission, it was September 19 since I last saved this text-file, and now its October 8th. My music collection is a bunch more clean thanks to the topic of my last post, and I have XP running in a Parallels Desktop installation, oh, and a Ubuntu in another Parallels. but thats a slightly different topic... a month without playing a game, I'm getting ansi. So. I have gotten 10.5.2 to a point that I've been happy to use it. MOSX is fast, responsive (unless BeaTunes is taking 180% CPU-time) and generally has had a fortnights uptime by the time I get around to thinking that she might like a reboot. based on previous experiance with Time Machine not *actually* being able to recover an entire OS, I'm going to take an image of the drive. CCC is running right now, imaging away to an image on my TimeMachine partition. a Read Only image. Its' going to be painful to create a bootable USB Mac OS X I can see it now, but that will be the first chore once I break the main OS this time. Maybe I should do it now, before I break it. Hmm... Food for thought. Then reboot onto the Kalyway CD so that I can run Disk Utility and clone that MacOSx86 to BupOSx86. I assume it will be faster and work better from the DVD than if I try and do it while it tries to run the system from the source partition. So that's two backups, you can understand that after a months use of the system I have gotten it pretty much that way I like it now. Ok. I found a post on Insanelymac, if I can include the current wording of the main post I will, as an attachment to this post... otherwise I would say the thread will continue, chasing specific answers through the what is currently 77 pages of topic may be hard, and mysticus refuses to answer PM requests for aid, which is a fair call when the post has helped so many, if post your query to the topic, then there may be a dozen people able to answer it, rather than bother one dude. So my link to it is this: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...=109102&hl= (contact me if you want the text from Mysticus C walkthrough Post # 1 of his Complete Updates for Newbies and All -- Currently 10.5.5 Combo (Only Intel CPUs), All future updates will be in the same topic...) OK, so you PM him for the Rapidshare direct link, I used the Archive1.1.4.zip and I get a Pre and Post installer, download the 10.5.5 Combo update from Apple (I think I asked this of you already). I followed all the guides on the post for taking a Copy of my MacOSx86 partition to the BupOSx86, and I didn't even need it. But yeah, I'm dumbfounded, its like so anticlimactic, like I'm trying to use my normal big words but I can't spell them for the life of me. Uhm, so that's it. Thank Mysticus C for closing out what I made an absolute balls up of obviously by not following his walkthrough in the first place. Wow. I planed on spending a whole weekend on it... and I've used 3 hours. and most of that was the hour of backing up the drives. Good Luck.
  15. OMG IT WORKED! Here I am documenting for the blog my trials and tribulations of trying to get my ASUS P5E3 board to 10.5.3 or later so that I can play Spore.... and I stumble across this thread, and pre, combo, post... reboot, reboot. Ta Da! 10.5.5 thank you very much thank your mother for the cookies. Nine failed upgrades. And that was since September 19th. when I first installed Mac OS X. Why didn't I come across this before? Ok, well 1055 came out since so the Pre and Post installers may have been released during my intermission since about Sept 19 till now. Thanks Mysticus C* you're on a winner there, hope you have the time, patience and the means to continue helping this community. Cheers