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  1. Lion Installation via DVD without any BootCD

    You are welcome. You'll like your new setup, it makes for a great Hackintosh.
  2. Lion Installation via DVD without any BootCD

    Yes. Although I'm not sure you should have to. I usually use PartedMagic (linux live CD with GParted on it) and just write a new partition table to the drive, create a partition and format it with anything. Takes a second or two only. http://partedmagic.com/doku.php?id=downloads It sounds like you did everything correct to me. Did the drive show up in the BIOS? Can to try another drive of some sort just to see if another one works?
  3. Lion Installation via DVD without any BootCD

    A few questions: 1] Did you use a custom DSDT.aml file for the GA-Z68XP-UD4? When made my Kakewalk stick, I downloaded the DSDT for my exact bios version for that board from the tonymacx86 database and substituted it for the one in the Extras folder on the Kakewalk USB stick after the USB installer stick was created. 2] Did you make ABSOLUTELY sure all of the SATA controllers are set to AHCI ... NOT IDE. If they aren't (and I think there are three that have to be set!, not just one), the you definitely will not be able to see the drive. That is what this sounds like. 3] Does the drive show up in the BIOS? If not, it may not be good. It happens. 4] I had a 6GB/sec drive so plugged it into the SATA2 ports. Is yours a recent drive? Maybe try plugging it into one of the 3Gb/sec SATA ports on the motherboard? Hope that helps some. This process was very smooth for me and I've done several times on different boards with no problem. But you have to get those BIOS settings correct! For the record, the ones I change are all SATA modes must be changed from IDE to AHCI. I disable extreme drive performance also. Then I put the HPET mode to 64 bit. Those are the essentials.
  4. Kakewalk 4: Makes installing Lion a breeze

    I have used a hybrid Kakewalk method five times on five different systems and it works great. Thanks for your work on the Kakewalk software, mrjanek. I have this confirmed working on these boards: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P, GA-Z68XP-UD4 (my favorite because USB 3.0 and eSATA work great), GA-Z68XP-UD5 (no USB 3.0 and don't try the NEC/Renesas drivers, it locks it up), the GA-P55-UD5, and GA-P55-UD4P. I used Nvidia GTX-240 cards on the P55 boards and either a Gigabyte Radeon 6870 or 6850 on the Z68 boards. One trick a guy named An4rchyst came up with is if your board isn't "supported", just pick one close and substitute your actual DSDT for the DSDT.aml file in the /Extras folder on the Kakewalk stick. Worked every time for me :-) So if you are getting funny results, try that. Another note, after the install, I did not use the Kakewalk method as the permanent bootloader. I only used it to boot back into the system. Then I used the tonymacx86 [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] tool to install the kexts I needed on the OSX Lion system and used the chimera bootloader from the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] tool. After that each system was fully functional. The Kakewalk software is an excellent way to install Lion directly without the upgrade headache!
  5. Lion Installation via DVD without any BootCD

    I'm not trying to hikack this thread as I seems to have promise. But hands down the easiest way I have found to install OSX Lion directly without too much fuss is a hybrid method someone posted over at the tonymacx86 forum. The essence of it is that you create a Kakewalk USB install stick, which allows you to do a virgin install. This does require you actually buy Lion and have a working Mac to create the USB stick using the Kakewalk tool. If your board isn't "supported", no biggie, while you are installing Kakewalk, just select a board close you your own, it won't matter. After the USB stick is created, you need to download the actual DSDT (I used the tonymacx86 version) for your motherboard and BIOS version. Copy the downloaded, matching DSDT and substitute it for the DSDT.aml file to the /Extras folder on the Kakewalk USB stick. Then you have your own custom install stick that matches your board. Using that USB stick you can do a Lion install on a virgin system no problem. Once installed, use the Kakewalk stick to reboot into the installed OSX Lion system. Then I used the tonymacx86 [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] tool (love it!) to do the post-install configuration by installing the necessary drivers and boot loader. I always leave sound alone until I upgrade to 10.7.1, then install the sound drivers using [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]. This has worked on a Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P, UD4, UD5 and GA-P55-UD5 and UD4P boards. I used either Gigabyte Radeon 6850 or 6870 cards on each and the install was just too easy. I have USB 3.0 working on all the Z68 board except the UD5 board (has 2 controllers, one is the VLI), which locks up if you install the NEC/Renesas USB 3.0 drivers. Each of these systems is stable and working well. This method seems to be what everyone is looking for, but almost no one finds. So I though this might be a legitimate solution for people trying to get this to work. Kakewalk is really easy to use. I didn't come up with this. A guy going by An4rchyst did, but it sure saved my butt.
  6. Lion Installation via DVD without any BootCD

    While this method did not work for me, the tonymacx86 method usually works well. That said, I've tested three boards, Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P, GA-Z68XP-UD4, and GA-Z68XP-UD5 with different methods attempting to get Lion installed on them. I got really tired of trying to install 10.6.8 first and then only to ruin the install and have to start the long slog over. No matter what I tried, I could never get Snow Leopard installed in order to do the xmove -> Lion install on these three boards. So I was stuck. Each time I tried to upgrade to 10.6.8, I got kernel panic and a ruined system. I was using fairly mainstream hardware that IS supported in Lion, but not fully in Snow Leopard. So the method that has worked flawlessly for me, and I don't want to detract from this thread, was to do a direct Lion install using Kakewalk. But, I don't use the standard approach with that either. Since at the time Kakewalk did not support any of my boards, I simply created the Kakewalk USB install stick by selecting a board similar to mine and once it was created (thanks to An4rchyst's post on the tonymacx86 site), I subbed my actual board DSDT for the one Kakewalk installed on the /Extras folder on the Kakewalk USB stick. Then I could simply boot directly into the Lion installer, no Snow Leopard required. The install looked just like a standard OSX install and viola! I had Lion. It was really easy. It was also a HUGE timesaver! I did the post-install configuration with the tonymacx86 [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] tool, which is very nice. Just a note, IF you have 4 USB 3.0 ports on your motherboard DO NOT install the NEC/Renesas driver, it will lock up your system as the VLI controller chip is not supported. You will still need some working mac to make the Kakewalk USB stick AND you'll have to purchase Lion and download it, but Kakewalk saved my butt. Otherwise I would still be stuck with a bunch of fancy hardware not running OSX Lion. As it is, these Sandy Bridge systems are fast and stable. Regae, I'm not trying to detract form your efforts. Your method sounds really encouraging and I'll keep an eye on it. It just didn't work for me. And for those who are frustrated and need to solve their install problems, at least look at Kakewalk and don't forget to sub your actual DSDT for the one on the stick. The database of DSDTs at the Tonymacx86 site is a great resource and is fairly up to date and you should check to see if they have the DSDT for your individual motherboard. Don't forget to match the version also. I've had excellent luck with these three boards. Well, as long as I don't install the USB 3.0 driver on the UD5 board I did.
  7. Lion Installation via DVD without any BootCD

    Gave it a shot trying a virgin install on a GA-Z68XP-UD3P motherboard with 8Gb RAM, single HD plugged into the 6Gb/sec SATA connection, with a Gigabyte Radeon 6850 card. I tried this setup because it worked flawlessly with the Kakewalk USB install stick, which I then setup using the Tonymacx86 [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] post-installation tool resulting in a very stable system. Everything booted, albeit very slowly (took almost 5 minutes to boot from the DVD) and then when I selected "English" as my language the program buzzed and whirred for a little bit and then told me OSX Lion could not be installed on this computer and gave me no option to continue. I just thought I'd test this for you. I already have a working install. Any thoughts about why this happened? One more thing, can this be installed on a USB stick as a bootable installation stick? In theory it would work, I just wondered if you had tried it.
  8. Snowleopard 10.6.4 on Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P

    Sorry guys, I posted this to document my install. It's hard enough to get things working on hardware you know. The [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]+[url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] method may work for you as it has many other options outside of the ones I mentioned. My recommendation to you would be unplug the current drives, slap in an experimental one and try Tony's method. Then post your experiences. It's really does a lot of work for you. Those DSDTs are listed on his site, so you might want to try to extract your own. The method for doing that is out there. You do it by booting in to an Ubuntu Live CD and running a few commands.
  9. I thoght I would document my install. There are two tools that made this infinitely easier. I used Tonymacx86's [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]+[url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] method of installation. Those are great tools. Hardware is Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P Motherboard F10 BIOS (Note this board has the ALC889 audio chip) Intel Core i7 860 Processor 4x2 Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896 MB Video Card Retail Copy of Snow Leopard 10.6.0 You should first upgrade your BIOS to the latest version so it will match a downloadable DSDT file. I first installed Windows 7 (was going to dual boot anyway) and upgraded it via Gigabyte's tool. My BIOS is at F10. You may upgrade the BIOS any way you wish, but I would do it first! To save me some typing, go to this [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]+[url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] install page http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/2010/04/ibo...ac-os-x-on.html Follow it to the letter with the exceptions I outline here. Use the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]+Nvidia iso image as the boot disk (provided you are using an Nvidia card, and apparently almost all modern Nvidia cards are recognized -- The Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT/GTX cards are well loved by OSX apparently). Install OSX the usual way, use a GUID partition. At the end you will get the "install failed" message at the end, but don't worry as per the instructions. Go ahead and reboot into OSX Snow Leopard by switching out the OSX disk for the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]+Nvidia disk and rebooting. Make sure you have a copy of [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] 2.0.3 (or the newest version) as per the instructions. You also need a custom DSDT.aml file for this exact motherboard, which worked WAY better than the other methods I tried! You might want to collect them beforehand. You can get it here: http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/2009/12/dsd...therboards.html I used the one for the GA-P55A-UD4P (F10) motherboard (your BIOS must match!). Download it, copy it to the newly installed desktop and rename it DSDT.aml (keep a copy, you may mess up). Then download the OSX 10.6.4 combo update (it's almost a Gb!) per instructions on the page. Install the upgrade. In order for the VoodooHDA drivers to work for your audio, you should delete the AppleHDA.kext from the /System/Libraries/Extensions folder of your new install AFTER you do the combo update! Start [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], and this is where you should choose these options exactly as noted. 1] Check User DSDT (I hope you put the DSDT.aml renamed file on your desktop) 2] Expand the "Advanced Options" section 3] Expand Kexts and check ----- Audio --> VoodooHDA 0.2.1 ----- Disk --> IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector (so your drives don't show up yellow, that bugs me!) ----- Network --> RealtekR1000SL ----- com.apple.boot.plist --> 64-bit Apple Boot Screen ----- OSx86 Software, so everything under it is installed, optional, but these are useful utilities! Review the list to make sure. Click install. Eject the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] disk. Reboot and you should have a fully functional and VERY FAST system. It's way faster than my MacPro! In my opinion, that is about as easy as it gets. Thanks to Tonymacx86 for an excellent blog and to everyone on this forum who have carved out a great chuck of knowledge! To add a few niceties, I put a Belkin USB bluetooth dongle in the computer and OSX loves it. I connected my Apple Magic mouse and it works like a dream. So far it runs Logic Studio and Final Cut Pro like a dream.
  10. [GUIDE] Gigabyte X48-DQ6 et Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400

    Just upgraded to 10.6.4 with no hitches. No extra hacking required. I did note on other threads people were having trouble with the sleep enabler kext. I have never installed that one. It might be wise to remove it before you upgrade if you've put it there.
  11. [GUIDE] Gigabyte X48-DQ6 et Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400

    Sorry to get back late on this one. I haven't been monitoring this thread very closely of late since everything has just been working well. I don't ever use Raid 0 and don't really know if Apple supports that mode.
  12. 10.6.3 Released !

    For the Gigabyte X48-DQ6 discussed on this thread: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...p;#entry1438981 Everything works fine with the 10.6.3 upgrade. For the record, I did not have the sleep enabler installed.
  13. [GUIDE] Gigabyte X48-DQ6 et Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400

    I just upgraded to 10.6.3 without any problem. I did not have the sleepenabler kext installed, which apparently gives some people problems. So if you have it installed, you may want to delete it per the advice of others.
  14. [GUIDE] Gigabyte X48-DQ6 et Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400

    Just reinstall the audio kext file and rebuild the cache as you did originally and sound will work. Upgrading erases the cache reference. Make sure the legacyHDA.kext is in /Extras/Extensions then do the "six commands" that are recommended to reestatblish the cache as recommended by Le père citrouillard and you should have sound again. Here are the commands once more: == start commands == sudo chown -R root:wheel /Extra/Extensions sudo chmod -R go-w /Extra/Extensions sudo kextcache -v 1 -t -l -m /Extra/Extensions.mkext /Extra/Extensions sudo rm -fr /Library/Caches/* sudo rm -fr /System/Library/Caches/* sudo kextcache -v 1 -t -l -m /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/Extensions.mkext /System/Library/Extensions == end commands == (watch the word wrap on that last line!) I had to redo sound when I upgraded to 10.6.2 and will probably have to when 10.6.3 comes out.
  15. [GUIDE] Gigabyte X48-DQ6 et Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400

    I'll include the method I used to install Snow Leopard on nearly the same hardware so others can see the alternatives. I could not get Empire EFI to read the disk after I pressed F5 (tried it several times) and reverted to using a USB thumb drive to install it. So here is how I did it and some of the minor modifications I used to fix small irritating issues. Hardware: GA-X48-DQ6 775 X48 RT PU INTEL|C2Q Q9400 2.66G 775 45N R 8 Gb of DDR2 1200 RAM -- two sets of MEM 2Gx2|G.SKILL F2-9600CL6D-4GBRH EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR 9800GTX RT DVD BURNER SAMSUNG | SH-S223B HD 500G|WD WD5001AALS + HD 1T|WD 7K 32M SATA2 WD1001FALS Needed to complete this task: 1] Snow Leopard Install disk, the $29 version (I actually qualified for an upgrade!) 2] A thumb drive of at least 8 Gb. 3] Another Mac to do the prep work on. 4] A copy of the Conti Installer (myHack Installer 1.0 RC4.1) from this link. 5] A copy of the EFI Studio softare from the Kexts.com website: Link 6] Download the legacyHDA.kext, the dsdt.dsl, and the dsdt.aml files from those links provided in Le père citrouillard's most excellent post at the first of this thread. Procedure: 1] Make a disk image (*.dmg) of the Snow Leopard $29 disk in preparation for transferring it to a thumb drive. You put the SL disk into the DVD drive of another Mac and image the CD. Open the Mac disk utility and make sure to select the actual Snow Leopard CD in the left hand pane. Then at the top click the "New Image" icon/option. Select where to save the image, such as the desktop, and then make the image. It's about 5.6 Gb, so it takes a while. When that is finished, eject the install DVD. 2] Format the thumb drive. Use the open disk utility to make a single partition on the 8 Gb thumb drive. Select the drive in the left hand pane, not the partition below it. Then when highlighted, select the "Partition" option below the right menu bar. At the drop down box labelled "Volume Scheme" above the partition graphical representation, select "1 partition". From the options button below it and the pop-up that results, make sure you are formatting for a "GUID Partition" type or this WILL NOT WORK. Name your thumbdrive OSX86 or some other name of your liking. When everthing is selected, hit the apply button and let it finish. 3] Restore the Snow Leopard Disk image to the thumb drive. From the row of buttons near the top that has the partition button on it, select the "restore" button. When the resultant dialogue box pops up, drag the Snow Leopard Instll DMG file into the "source" line, and the OSX86 partition (or whatever you named yours) into the destination field. I checked "erase destination" and it worked, so do that also. Click the restore button. When finished, you may need to rename the thumb drive OSX86 again, then hit apply. IF you get some weird error message about the image needing to be checked for restore, go to the top level menu of the disk utility (top menu bar on the mac screen), and verify the disk image. It is the 'images->restore' menu selection. 4] Make the USB Snow Leopard install thumb drive bootable by installing the bootloader from the MyHack installer. Run that program, but BE CAREFUL NOT TO INSTALL IT ON YOUR OSX DRIVE!! It WILL RUIN YOUR INSTALL. So DO NOT miss the destination button or it will default to your OSX drive and you will hose it ;-) The correct destination is obviously your thumb drive names OSX86, or whatever you called it. Now you have a Snow Leopard bootable install on a thumb drive. Eject it and proceed to your Hackintosh. Select the correct BIOS settings. As Le père citrouillard said, set your SATA drives to the AHCI interface. In the integrated peripherals, se the SATA RAID/AHCI mode to AHCI. Set the Onboard SATA/IDE control mode to AHCI. Make sure you disable the floppy presence, and the other defaults should work. Set the BIOS to boot from the USB drive. Set the Hard drive as the first boot device and from the hard drive priority option above it, select the USB Drive now plugged into your USB port. Save the settings and you'll boot into the USB Install drive and simply install OSX Snow Leopard in the usual fashion. When finished, leave the USB Thumb drive in place and when you reboot, the boot loader from that device will now afford you the option of selecting either that device OR your new OSX install (the right option). Select your new intall and Snow Leopard will boot. You'll be in 1024x768 graphics mode, so don't panic. You will have no sound. Still not a problem. Copy the MyHack installer to your newly booted OSX install along with the EFI Studio zip file. Rerun the MyHack installer, but THIS TIME select the actual OSX drive. When finished, eject the USB install drive, and reboot. This time, you'll be booting from the OSX drive and you'll have one option - your OSX install. You'll reboot back into the crude graphics mode, which you'll fix in a minute. Now, unzip the EFI Studio sofware and fire it up. In the drop down box select your video card and hit the add hardware button. You'll see a text field generated along with a bunch of binary at the bottom. I copied the text and pasted it into my /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist file using the command line editor, vi. Unless you are *nux geek, you should try some other text editor for the job. As was mentioned in the original thread, I made sure this code was present just before my pasted graphics card text: <key>GraphicsEnabler</key> <string>y</string> Then I pasted the text. Save the file. Then hit the "add to com.apple.Boot.plist" button at the bottom of EFI Studio to add the binary to the file. As per Le père citrouillard's excellent instructions, copy the legacyHDA.kext.zip file to your computer and unzip it. Copy it to the /Extras/Extensions folder. While you are at it, copy the both of the DSDT files to the root directory of your hard drive. Then run the six commands Le père citrouillard instructed. (watch that word wrap on the last one, it's all one line). When you restart, you should have a fully funcitoning OSX Leopard Hackintosh upgradable to at least 10.6.2. That's all that is out. Apparently you get no sleep mode, but that doesn't bother me a bit. A couple of things bothered me about the install. 1] the boot theme was unappealing to me, and I liked the theme from this bootloader much better. If the link is dead, look up the Lifehacker install method and get that booloader. DO NOT USE IT FOR THE INSTALL. 10.6.2 kills it on this hardware. BUT, it has a cool theme, so I unzipped it, and using the command line renamed the original /Extra/Themes/Default /Extra/Themes/orig.Default. Then select "view files" when you right click the unzipped EP45UDP3P installer, and browse for the themes folder and the Default folder there. Copy that folder to your /Extra/Themes folder and leave it as 'Default'. Next time you reboot, it'll look better :-) Next I didn't like the other drives on this computer mounting with the external drive icons. So I went to http://www.kexts.com/ and browsed to the 'miscellaneous'->'Fix for orange icons (Snow Leopard)'->page and downloaded the kext to fix it. It is the IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector.kext.zip file. Unzip it and copy it to the /Extras/Extensions folder and fix the cache by executing the first three command lines listed above. These are apparently necessary any time you add an extra kext file to that folder. Following that, I was very pleased with the result. I bought a copy of candy bar, found the hackintosh version of the finder icon and installed it. Panic makes great software so I don't mind supporting them. Have fun and hope this helps. Many thanks to Le père citrouillard for giving me the last hint on how to get the sound working. That small tid bit of information made everything I read come together!