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  1. I did manage to get everything working from the Lifehacker guide with the V2 installer, but it did take some work. I didn't test sleep, since I don't usually use sleep on desktops, and I've since removed sleepenabler.kext to upgrade to 10.6.2, so I don't know if it works. I haven't tried installing the new version of sleepenabler yet, but that might help. Sound took me the longest. You have to edit the DSDT as described here. Then download the first kext here. Now here's the tricky part. The Lifehacker installer includes an Extensions.mkext that contains their own LegacyHDA kext for their sound chip. Unless you get rid of it, it will conflict and sound won't work. So use Mkext Tool to extract all of the kexts from the Extensions.kext, then replace the LegacyHDA inside with the one you just downloaded, and then pack it all back up into the mkext. Replace the old mkext in the Extra folder with the one you just made, reboot, and you should have sound!
  2. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    I'd also like to know if it's possible to disable CPUPM in 10.6.2. 10-20C is a lot and I'd like to avoid having my processor run hotter than it needs to.
  3. Regarding Core Image and Quartz Extreme, those aren't shown in System Profiler in Snow Leopard, since every Mac that can run Snow Leopard supports both of them. Basically just make sure the usual visual effects are working. Try playing Chess, try turning on one of the fancy screensavers, look for the dashboard widget ripple, etc. If they work, Core Image and Quartz Extreme are working.
  4. Wow, disabling the HPET actually did it! My wireless card was recognized immediately and I'm posting over its slot 1 connection now. Thanks a lot, ytsestef! I hadn't seen that suggestion anywhere else. Sorry I can't help you with your problem. Seems likely the auto-HPET is messing up your PCI slots, too, in which case you might be reliant on ASUS someday updating the P5QL-E bios with a disable feature.
  5. By "slot 1" I mean the first PCI slot going down the board (so the first would be closest to the CPU). Counting from the CPU, the G41M has a PCI-Express 1x slot, a PCI-Express 16x slot, and two PCI slots. It is the first of the two PCI slots that does not work. Thank you, though, that's the first I hear about disabling HPET. I believe my motherboard does have that option, so I will try it the next time I feel like moving cards around. It doesn't really make sense, though, and I'd rather leave HPET on since OS X actually supports it, but unblocking my HDD slot is more important than HPET, I suppose. Maybe there's something funny about the HPET...kext? Is there an HPET kext? If disabling it works, that might be a good place to start looking for the cause.
  6. I found one incidence of someone else having a problem with the first PCI slot, on another motherboard and presumably not using the Lifehacker guide. Link So this might be a slightly more common problem than my specific circumstance would make it appear.
  7. Hello all, I just built my first hackintosh. I'm aware of the risks of using a guide, like the latest Lifehacker guide, that is designed for a specific system/motherboard, but I figured it would be the quickest and easiest way to get a bootable install, and then I could fix any issues that remain. Install was definitely quick and easy, and I've nearly got everything working, but there is one problem in particular that I'm not sure I'll be able to figure out on my own: the first PCI slot isn't recognised. First, my specs: GA-G41M-ES2L motherboard Intel Q9550 (4 x 2.83GHz) BFG 9800GT 1GB DWA-542 PCI wireless card Built-in ethernet, sound Snow Leopard 10.6.1 In the course of getting my wireless card working, I noticed something odd about my PCI slots. I originally installed the card in the first PCI slot, because slot 2 blocks one of the hard drive bays in my case. DPCI Manager could see and identify the card, but to OS X it didn't exist (it wasn't listed in System Profiler at all, even under "PCI"). At some point along my troubleshooting I moved the card to slot 2. Eventually I got the kext working and the card worked perfectly. But when I moved it back to slot 1, it disappeared. Not only that, but when I shut down I'd get a Kernel Panic. I moved the card back to slot 2 and everything works perfectly again, including shutdown. I have 2 current theories: 1) The Version 2 Installer for the Lifehacker guide includes "automatic ethernet detection". This worked very well; my built-in ethernet was working right away. But the ethernet port shows up in System Profiler under "PCI" as installed in "slot 1". (My video card also shows up under "PCI" as "slot 1", but I assume it's just not differentiating between PCI and PCI-Express.) So when I install an actual card in PCI slot 1, is there some kind of conflict being created? I tried disabling on-board ethernet in my BIOS, but it didn't help. If it is a conflict, how could I resolve it? I'm not sure what the Lifehacker guide installed to make the ethernet work. 2) The Lifehacker guide, intended for a different motherboard, presumably has kexts and a DSDT designed specifically for their system/motherboard. I was happy to find that most everything worked fine. I've never made one myself, so I don't really know what goes into it, but is it possible either the DSDT or kexts don't properly support the GA-G41M-ES2L PCI controller, and can't see slot 1? In this case, might there be an edit I can make to the DSDT or kexts to support the slot? A huge thank you to anyone who has any ideas or suggestions. I'm clearly a bit new to this, so I'm not really sure where to go from here.
  8. Dell Inspiron Mini 9 ?

    Hi all, My attempt at doing this install on my Mini the last two days has been a complete non-starter. Here's what happens: I burn either darkten's or type11's 132 ISOs to CD-RW using Nero on my PC (same result with each). Mini begins to boot off my USB>IDE adapter external drive. It quickly flashes "System config file '/com.apple.boot.S/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist' not found" before getting to the "boot:" prompt. I hit 'enter', take out the boot CD and put in my Leopard DVD, type "9f", and hit 'enter'. The cursor moves down to the next line and blinks forever. My DVD drive never tries to spin up. I have tried using a different DVD drive. I have tried unplugging and replugging the USB cable. I have re-burned the boot disc many times. I just cannot figure out what's going on. Any suggestions?
  9. Dell Inspiron Mini 9 ?

    I think I'm going to try this whole thing tonight (finally got my IDE>USB adapter!)... Quick question first: I keep hearing people say they had to enable Bluetooth in Windows before re-installing for it to work in OS X. Is it disabled by default? I haven't touched any Bluetooth settings in Windows. Where are they? If you enable it in Windows is it going to be always-on in OS X? Would we maybe gain battery life by disabling it in Windows first? I really don't want to have to put Windows back on this thing, so I wanted to ask before it's too late. Thanks!
  10. Dell Inspiron Mini 9 ?

    There is a way to image the OS X DVD onto a bootable USB HDD, but it requires that you already have a Mac up and running. I'm not sure anyone's confirmed it to work with darkten's iso, but I think it should. Here's one tutorial, but if you search for "install OS X from USB" you're sure to find many others: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?sto...2&lsrc=osxh
  11. Dell Inspiron Mini 9 ?

    Hi all, I just wanted to thank everyone for all their time and effort getting this working and explaining to the rest of us how to get it working. I'm amazed at the speed and organization shown in this thread. I'm currently waiting for my new external DVD drive to arrive so I can try it myself! Hopefully the Ubuntu release provides some driver-related help for sleep mode. I have one concern, however, and I was wondering if anyone else can address it: When installing Leopard on a Mac, the install process asks you to choose a destination drive. For a clean install, it claims you need 11.4GB free space. After selecting a HDD you can customize the install, easily reducing this footprint to under 6GB just by deselecting stuff you never use (I know because I've done it before). But what if you have a small HDD, for example the 8GB Mini 9? That's plenty of space to run Leopard after you customize the install, but will the install allow you to pass that first page without 11.4GB free? Will it seriously refuse to install just because you don't have enough room for printer drivers you're about to deselect? Or does it say 'not enough room, you'll have to customize your install on the next page' like it should? I've read about ways to cut down the retail image, making the install disc smaller, but I'd rather not have to do that. Tiger might be another option, because I'm pretty sure it was much smaller "by default". If the installer is as dumb as I fear, will the hack developed in this thread also work with Tiger discs?
  12. Dell Inspiron Mini 9 ?

    I have read the thread. As far as I can tell the "132's" are not working yet, or at least do not work with retail install disks. There does not seem to be any kind of ISOs similar to the MSIwind installs. The rest is a jumble of various distros and multiple versions of ktexts and bundles of ktexts and it isn't clear what's optimal up to now. Meanwhile other people are taking the UneasySilence path with or without small modifications that aren't well-detailed (usually refer to a ktext or two without indication of what version of the ktext from this thread they are using). Has anyone thought about putting up a wiki page of some sort? Basically, if you can live without sleep or SD slots (though they would definitely be awesome), I'm wondering what the current "best" combination is, in the board's opinion. I hate asking because I know people like PeteRock and Type11 and darkten have already done so much for us all, but maybe someone else who's been playing around with their results could weigh in?
  13. Dell Inspiron Mini 9 ?

    Is it possible to copy an OS X install dvd to a USB HDD without access to a Mac? I don't have an external DVD drive. EDIT: Sorry, found your answer to this on page 2. So I will replace it with another annoying question, for everyone: in your opinion what is currently the most straightforward way to get OS X up and running on the Dell Mini with the most features functional? I would love to have a close-to-vanilla install, but is the MSI image and patches talked about on UneasySilence still the easiest? I greatly appreciate everyone's work and persistence on this. I'm psyched to get OS X running on the little thing.
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