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  1. How HFS in the Windows without Macdrive?

    Not really the place for this topic. http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows/betatest.html This is what I'm using on Windows 7. It's working meh. Can't write to the drives, but it gets the job done for me since I'm primarily in Mac anyway.
  2. Will this work on the Voodoo Kernel? My only hesitation in purchasing this beast (Black Edition ofc) is if it will work with my existing setup (presently using Phenom x4 9950)
  3. ... /sigh... Head into your System Preferences, and from there click "Displays" from the "Hardware" section. On your primary display you should see some resolution/color options (as well as on the secondary display). Click the "Arrangement" tab at the top and toward the bottom you will see a checkbox entitled "Mirror Displays". Tick this check-box and your extended-desktop will be disabled and you can simply switch the secondary screen off. Hope this helps. Also: To help speed this process up to allow you to do this on-the-fly, head into the "Display" tab on your primary display. Check the box on the right side toward the bottom entitled "Show displays in menu bar". This will place an Icon to the left of your clock allowing you to turn mirroring on and off. From my short testing of this I have found mirroring being disabled to put some of the windows back the way I had them before switching it on, but nothing you should have an issue with since you seem to only want extended desktop some of the time (I have to have it on always or I go into a complex). If this does not solve your particular problem, feel free to PM me about it and I will definitely attempt to find a working solution for you >.< (possibly a simple apple-script could do this).
  4. My personal osx86 story!

    Congratulations!!! on your successful install! Sticking with something, no matter how difficult and as long as you're passionate about it, is always worth it in the end! You'll get those drivers figured out! This forum (as well as infinitemac) has provided me with more than enough information to get my system up and running strong, fully functional, and stable!
  5. My personal osx86 story!

    Your wow won't work without emulation? Are you talking about WINE (or Darwine, aka CodeWeavers Crossover Mac)... I went to best buy and picked up a $1.50 trial DVD to install fresh with. When I switched to mac I intended on it being permanent so I invested nearly 5-6hrs of my time downloading the updates one by one. I'm waiting to try a new LawlessPPC, hopefully he makes a new one for 10.5.5 with the new kernel (I know he uses a Phenom and that's the processor I'm upgrading to... his MoBo is similar to mine so he will always include support for my disc controllers, I had some problems with iDeneb and the 'still waiting for root device' message)
  6. Update?

    This has been answered many *many* different times on this and many other osx86 boards. Yes you can, if your computer meets certain requirements (using a complete vanilla install for example). There are many different guides describing the process you must take in order to update your install to the next version. I noticed that neither your post or your sig indicate which processor you are using (which makes a huge difference in which method you must take to complete an update). Use the search feature to locate a guide. If you are on an AMD system, using the brand-new Voodoo (XNU 9.5.0) Release Candidate Kernel will greatly simplify this process to be almost identical to the process taken by Intel users. I would encourage this thread be deleted/closed as this has been answered so many times and we do not need another thread dealing with this.
  7. My personal osx86 story!

    That's hardcore! I'm on an N'Vidia 8800GTS now (and loving it btw...). I havn't booted my computer into windows in nearly 2 months. I am incredibly proud of that. I hope your luck turns around for you. I'll tell you how I got my internet working but it's completely noob. I had none on my first 3 or 4 attempts at OSX install (usb netgear wireless=fail on any OS so that didn't work) so I was bouncing into Windows to research and I was going to attempt something new, had it all written down in my notebook... then when booting back into OSX I realized that I failed something and ruined it so I reinstalled and just checked every box available for internet on the LawlessPPC 10.5.4 disk and the internet just worked out of the box. My brother's computer had an N'Vidia ethernet controller (it took me, I kid you not, 6 hours to figure out how to make his internet work... the kext that worked had to be manually edited to include his chip's id... realtec 2199 or something, I vaguely remember using a flashlight to read it off of the MB... that modified kext is saved on like 4 disks just incase he wrecks his mac rig). DON'T GIVE UP on osx... it's worth it, and might I add: Voodoo (XNU) 9.5.0 RC1 Kernel is FANTASTIC! I havn't updated to 10.5.5 yet on my primary install (ruined my secondary install by being completely noob and not interrupting the installation and loading of AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext... I couldn't recover so I dumped the install and still havn't updated my primary install yet. Only other issue I'm having is Toast Titanium won't run... hasn't run more than once in my osx86 experience... I've given up and gone onto other methods of burning. Oh, and while playing wow, I fullscreen my primary monitor and when hitting hte top edge quickly and then entering the second screen I sometimes get a hard freeze (no panic, I use debug=0x100 every single boot...)... It happens like once a week and I play wow everyday so I consider it minimal and from where I'm sitting, impossible to troubleshoot since I cannot replicate it. HAHA just reread your post, saw the warlock comment... I hit 80 the weekend it came out... on my warlock, on osx lol! Minarets on Deathwing (US), things won't drop for me, but i got 25man T7 shoulds and 10man T7 Helm 7 badges away from the 10man T7 Robes... headed back into 25m Naxx tonight hopefully... fun instance, cleared on regular but my guild's tanks were getting oneshot by hatefuls on Patchwerk and on Razuveus the priests couldn't figure out how to MC properly, but the other 2 wings we cleared the first night we went (with 6 puggers no less). Oh and Ventrilo just released an update allowing us mac users to tweak people's volumes (finally... pc's had it forever).
  8. My personal osx86 story!

    I've read all of the posts here since writing. You all have great stories and I love reading that I'm not the only stubborn person who just wouldn't quit after seeing the "Still Waiting for Root Device" message over 25 times in one night (some install DVD's load up the extensions first, rather than using a cache file and it takes significantly longer on those, unfortunately for me, LawlessPPC 10.5.4 is one of those, and one of the only ones which has support for my particular hdd controller). I presently have been using the Voodoo_beta2 kernel for quite some time and love how well it runs. I get a crash every now and then (usually a kernel panic relating to some program I was trying to run... once it was on a user-switch while firefox (in my user, the gf was on her's at the time) was self-updating). My average uptime is around 10days (it's hard to get past that as I usually have to reboot for some reason more often than that, especially since I try out new stuff often). As you all may know, the brand new Voodoo kernel (XNU 9.5.0 RC1 with on-the-fly opcode patching) was released yesterday. I am very excited to explore the improvements of having 64bit AMD working, as well as on-the-fly patching of CPUID's. I have been running it on my primary and my test OSX installations tonight and havn't had a crash yet. They strongly recommend upgrading to 10.5.5 to use the kernel so I've been tackling that subject and I managed to screw myself on my test drive (didn't do the while sleep 1 ; do rm -rf /S/L/E/AppleIntelCPU....kext, received a phat kernel-panic when the updater loaded that kext at around 47%, leaving my test drive non-functional). I tried a couple methods of recovery (basically removing that .kext via a different installation and repairing permissions, also removing nvinject.kext b/c it has issues with 10.5.5, then booting with -x -v -f to try to get in, but I couldn't get the desktop, menubar, or dock to load so I was pretty much SOL). I'm too afraid to be back at square 1 (though I've become rather quick at installing osx, I even got it installed on my brother's computer which has entirely different hardware than mine...) so I refuse to just charge in and update my primary install. I'm using Disk-Utility's RESTORE feature to duplicate my presently working install. In about an hour I'll be booting to that to try the update feature again (this time not making such an obvious mistake). My hopes are that the on-the-fly patcher works properly (using Zephyroth's new AMD Patcher 0.3 did not work for me, but I'm still learning... slowly...) and I'm as lucky as the other users who were to upgrade to 10.5.5 using a vanilla updater. I can't think of any other problems I'm having... through the use of this site's search feature (and occasionally google) I've been able to overcome every single obstacle that's been thrown before me. I'm very excited for 10.6, very excited! Thanks again insanelymac community for giving me the necessary resources to vastly improve my computing experience. Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!
  9. My personal osx86 story!

    I'm so glad you guys appreciate my thank you letter! Especially LawlessPPC, I'm still using your distro! I downloaded a Leo4all (latest version) that I was going to try, but I'm learning that the distro doesn't matter as much as the kernel selected and the driver extensions installed (btw: been using the Voodoo_beta2 kernel on and off lately, one of my installs runs it flawlessly, the other doesn't allow me to utilize my mouse for some reason). I just accomplished the immeanse feat (to me, at least) of breaking through the ~3gb of Memory issues and am absolutely thrilled! I successfully rendered a 30sec video in AE and caused my total "real" memory used to hit 5.99gb, both CPU cores maxed (Athlon X2 4600+) and switched through applications without any issues! I have been keeping with my personal preference to post as little as possible and so far this is my third. My eyes are quite sore from sifting through pages upon pages of posts asking for [sometimes] simple solutions. I refuse to follow the lazy lemmings as they post their system specs and ask how to make their GeForce 7xx0 or 8xx0 work with QE when all they needed to do was checkmark the box for NVidia when they installed, or use one of the many installers out there. My [search] button works for me and thus far I have been able to find solutions for all my issues without asking. My little brother is coming over this weekend to install OSX onto his custom pc (very similar hardware, faster CPU, less memory, nForce Chipset rather than the AMD770 that I have). I am very excited to brighten up his studies with Mac. He's a graphics design / video editing major for the Art Institute of Minnesota and all of his computers at school are mac which has been leading him down the road toward a much more enjoyable computing experience. Thank you again, developers, I wish there were an option to bold the titles of your posts to make it slightly easier to find your solutions amidst the incessant question posts. I realize the questions led the way to the answers I seek, however after reading the same question in 400 different posts (by members with 2-5 posts who don't bother giving thanks to the member who took the time to analyze their particular situation and brainstorm potential remedies), it gets a little old. On a side note, I have not searched thoroughly, but I have not yet come across a [Donate] button. If someone could kindly point me in the direction of a Donation page, I would be more than obliged to contribute finanically to the cost of hosting this forum. It'd be the least I could do as I don't feel I'm knowledgable enough to help answer user's questions or assist in development.
  10. I have not been adding posts to threads for one simple reason, it clouds up the expert advice/solutions with endless dribble to sift through when seeking answers, BUT... I HAVE TO REPLY TO THIS!!! I have a Gigabyte GA-MA770-S3 (AMD X2 4600+ with 2x800mhz 1gb Sticks and 2x1066mhz 2gb Sticks with a GeForce 8800GTS 320mb, using LawlessPPC 10.5.4 install) and was having significant troubles gaining system stability after upgrading to 6gb memory. I have been reading through MANY posts over the last week or so and have had many MANY kernel panics... I *just* stabilized my system by downloading your fixed AppleVIAATA (I utilized the boot flag -v debug=0x100 to make certain which kext was causing the KP first**) and after one mishap (just loaded it and rebooted) I learned that I must add my Device ID into the info.plist and after doing so I booted with your fix to find a STABLE SYSTEM. To test my system I opened up many applications (Adobe Illustrator, Flash, AE, MS Word, Vuse, iTunes, Mozilla (5 saved tabs - from researching this solution), Adium, Logic Pro (and even recored 2 tracks of simple chords & scales), and could only get my computer to hit ~2.6gb used... this was not enough for me to believe in the stability even though I had previously seen panics after breaking only 2.1gb used. I went into After Effects and dropped a 30sec video in twice, staggered them on the timeline, removed any built-in resource restrictions and slammed the render button and watched my memory usage climb all the way to 5.99gb used and maintained fluid graphics on the Dock as well as flawless and responsive application switching during the render. You, sir, are an absolute genious and I thank you for your awesome work!
  11. My personal osx86 story!

    First off I would like to state that this is my first post on the forums, but I have been reading them for quite some time now. I just want to show my appreciation in any way possible and for now the best way may be to share my true mac story! I also would like to apologize in advanced for I am nearly certain that this isn't the best place for this topic, if a moderator would kindly move it to the appropriate location I would be grateful. Let's begin with the short history of my computer usage. I am currently 23 years old and live on my own, blah blah. I got my first computer when I was 8 (an OS/2 with it's own special OS which we removed and loaded Windows 3.11, my dad and I struggled for months to replace the PC-DOS with MS-DOS, I don't remember much else). I later sold that computer and replaced it with one that had Windows 95 and I was filled with glee, to say the least! I struggled on both computers with understanding how sound/video drivers work. If memory serves correctly that computer had 16-colors because I didn't have the proper video drivers. I tried to sell this computer to gain a replacement, but the person who purchased it was my father's boss's daughter (lol) and she whined enough that my dad's boss put him into a position where he had to spend the money they bought the computer with to upgrade it to their standards. I lost my computer . Once I hit 7th grade (or the summer after), I began working for my dad's company part-time doing data-entry and production work and I gained enough money to build my FIRST computer from scratch. Before this I helped my dad once make his custom PC and we learned quite a lot through trial-and-error. I was able to build a Cyrix M3 300mhz PC with Windows98 and a 4.3gb Hard Drive (lol?). I don't remember much else about the hardware specs. I do remember buying my first DVD-Rom drive and adding it to the machine though! That computer eventually became virus infected and reformatted multiple times. I got my hands on a real-deal copy of Windows 2000 Professional/Server Beta3 Public Test CD (a set of CD's actually) and I toyed with that for a while. In favor of shortening the story I'll advance quicker through time: Throughout high-school my brother and I competed at who could build the best computer and through a series of upgrades (piece at a time) I went through probably 3 PC's worth of parts over the years, and by senior year I had an Athlon XP 2100+, water-cooled and over-clocked to 2.2ghz (equivalent to I believe a 2800 or 2900+ for those who don't understand AMD ratings). It was around this time that I began toying around with dual-booting Linux (Redhat 9 was my first). I got a laptop as part of a program for college and was pretty steadily back on windows after this time (I struggled with linux drivers, otherwise I loved it... still needed windows for gaming however). I began a summer job at a local Computer Repair shop (also built customs) in downtown mpls. It was here where I gained my first positive encounter with Mac OSX. A co-worker (who is now a very very good friend) introduced me to his iBook. I called him a traitor, as I was an avid PC fanboy who utterly despised Mac for no real reason at all. He finally convinced me (by locking me out of my computers and forcing me to pay him back by learning how to lock him out of his) to give them another chance. I fell in love with the OS. It was 10.2 if I'm not mistaken and it was gorgeous and intuitive and revolutionary and pretty much kicked Windows' a$$ in every aspect imaginable (imo). After this I dug out my old copies of WindowBlinds (Stardock) and began trying to transform my Windows UI to look more mac. I used ObjectDock (Stardock) and other such mods to attempt to recreate the OSX environment on my PC. There were many failures but ever since that summer I always had an OSX skin of some sort on my PC. In my 2nd semester of college I became severely frustrated with my gateway laptop (and now hate gateway because of those awful computers) and traded it in for a real mac! (iBook:G4 with 768mb Memory 12" LCD). I was happy for the entire 2 years I had that computer (I sold my PC as I hated using it now). I had to get rid of my Apple because it was under a lease with the school and I was violently shoved back into the Windows world where I frequently became angry with my computer and it's inability to be as pretty as OSX and function as well. I decided it was time to Linux as my hatred for windows had flamed into something uncontrollable. For me, windows had to be there as I play WoW so it was always installed. That is, until after 2 destro's worth of Fedora, I switched to Ubuntu (um... /drool /drool omghax it's COMPIZ-FUSION!!!) and started toying with Wine (had experience with Xine on my Apple attempting to run certain simple midi-based software on my G4). I was able to get WoW working. Long story short I was forced back into windows due to drivers not functioning properly and though everything native to linux worked, things like WoW and my guitar software and Ventrilo would never play nicely together. That and Dual-screen Compiz-Fusion not working with xinerama (the proper dual-screen option, the other option is frustratingly stupid at window management, also spans the bars across both screens and multiple resolutions was leaving me with space I could not access) led me back into Windows. I've always read through these forums and wondered if I could get OSX on my pc. I always read the guides and saw things like "this is not for everyday use", or "this is a hobby and is extremely difficult" and was scared away at the though of not being able to enjoy OSX as things just wouldn't work properly. That and I use AMD and always will (Intel has better hardware, I know, I don't support their company and refuse to buy their product for reasons I won't get into). Well one weekend I was bored with WoW and my son was away and I happened to pick up a Kalyway disk for fun. I figured what the H3ll... I'll give it a try! I didn't make it into the installer. I have never, in my life, ever given up on anything that easily so I hit the forums and I hit them harder than I ever have (not posting as there is a plethora of information amongst the numerous noobular posts asking very simple things that can be easily googled for and I didn't want to add to the clouds of dust I had to sift through to find the real expert answers). I downloaded another distro, Lawless PPC I believe it is called. I was able to sometimes get into the installer but it would freeze up on the Apple most of the time. After some research I found an odd solution suggesting re-burning the image at the slowest speed permitted by the burner. After doing this I got past the “Still waiting for root device” errors during setup and I reached my first taste of Aqua on my PC. I had made it into the installer. I ran my first setup of OSX onto my IDE 120gb drive and ventured into firstboot but never saw it happen. I did –v to see what was going on during boot and found the “Still waiting for root device” error again. I attempted many solutions like rd=disk0s1 at boot and such but never got in. I decided to switch around my hard drive configuration to be just the DVD and the target hard disk. I put the hard disk on master and the DVD on slave and got setup to run, finish, and my computer made it into firstboot. I chose randomly at the customize option as far as device support goes. I got a basic install with no video support, sound, or internet and had to dual-boot to windows to get things working. I wrote down all of my devices, their ID’s for Vendor, Device, and Subsys and started researching. I was able to easily mount my windows hard disk from within mac so I could grab downloaded zips right off of my windows desktop folder when booted into osx. I tried various kexts for either net since that, obviously, would allow me to stay in osx for future research. I was having some issues here and there getting things to work properly. Little history on the target disk: It was an old 120gb drive that occasionally would repeatedly click upon boot not allowing the BIOS to recognize it (where I would reboot the computer until it would POST without clicking). I found an old USB->IDE kit and stole the power source from it and got the 120gb to run off of that without clicking and from there on out powered it that way (to prevent the clicking issue on reboot). Well I decided I had enough of this, I was certain that if this OS was successful I would not want it on this drive anyway so I headed to BestBuy and picked up a new 500gb Sata3 (I went with the sata ignoring the potential for issues resulting in attempting to install with an unsupported raid controller). I started setup from scratch (this time choosing more appropriate driver options right out of the box). My chipset was not listed (it’s an AMD chipset on a Gigabyte board, which btw numerous guides say is very very difficult to get fully functional and is highly recommended against using for a haxintosh) so I selected VIA since I was fairly certain it shared many of the same components as mine (Realtec Audio/Ethernet). I also selected the proper NVInjext for my N’Vidia 7800GT 256mb card and was greeted with functioning video on first boot with dual-screen up and running out of the box, Ethernet as well. Having those two out of the way right away was incredibly helpful (even though I think I could have fixed the video with no problems at all but the Ethernet I was still not sure which kext to use). I was able to enable the sound very simply without doing anything too serious. At this point I began installing OSX applications and getting everything organized. I pretty much googled around the web (90% of results came from insanelymac forums) for solutions to problems I was having, mainly small glitches. I got everything in order, and last night I was able to get my final primary goal accomplished, I got my 6ch Surround Sound working (or 8ch, I have 4 stereo output devices and I can map them around however I please which is fantastical!). I tried many different kexts and packages for the ALC888 driver (the one that finally worked was the ALC888Audio.mpkg that I got from http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=34075 after hours and hours of searching. To conclude this I would like to give my thanks to every single person that has poured hours and hours of effort into developing fixes and/or work-arounds for the problems generated by running osx on non-native hardware. I would also like to thank those who put together the “patched” install DVD’s, not to mention the people who worked so hard to incorporate AMD support into the project. And I cannot neglect thanking the people that pay for, maintain, moderate, administer, and develop this absolutely amazing and helpful community. In my entire history with computers, I have never, ever been happier. Thank you SO much. I wish I had what it takes to contribute back but I just don’t. I hope this article encourages the less experienced to not give up on their osx86project of their own, as well as encourage the geniuses out there to continue helping us enjoy an absolutely amazing operating system on our custom PC’s. THANK YOU INSANELYMAC!!!
  12. First off I would like to state that this is my first post on the forums, but I have been reading them for quite some time now. I just want to show my appreciation in any way possible and for now the best way may be to share my true mac story! I also would like to apologize in advanced for I am nearly certain that this isn't the best place for this topic, if a moderator would kindly move it to the appropriate location I would be grateful. Let's begin with the short history of my computer usage. I am currently 23 years old and live on my own, blah blah. I got my first computer when I was 8 (an OS/2 with it's own special OS which we removed and loaded Windows 3.11, my dad and I struggled for months to replace the PC-DOS with MS-DOS, I don't remember much else). I later sold that computer and replaced it with one that had Windows 95 and I was filled with glee, to say the least! I struggled on both computers with understanding how sound/video drivers work. If memory serves correctly that computer had 16-colors because I didn't have the proper video drivers. I tried to sell this computer to gain a replacement, but the person who purchased it was my father's boss's daughter (lol) and she whined enough that my dad's boss put him into a position where he had to spend the money they bought the computer with to upgrade it to their standards. I lost my computer . Once I hit 7th grade (or the summer after), I began working for my dad's company part-time doing data-entry and production work and I gained enough money to build my FIRST computer from scratch. Before this I helped my dad once make his custom PC and we learned quite a lot through trial-and-error. I was able to build a Cyrix M3 300mhz PC with Windows98 and a 4.3gb Hard Drive (lol?). I don't remember much else about the hardware specs. I do remember buying my first DVD-Rom drive and adding it to the machine though! That computer eventually became virus infected and reformatted multiple times. I got my hands on a real-deal copy of Windows 2000 Professional/Server Beta3 Public Test CD (a set of CD's actually) and I toyed with that for a while. In favor of shortening the story I'll advance quicker through time: Throughout high-school my brother and I competed at who could build the best computer and through a series of upgrades (piece at a time) I went through probably 3 PC's worth of parts over the years, and by senior year I had an Athlon XP 2100+, water-cooled and over-clocked to 2.2ghz (equivalent to I believe a 2800 or 2900+ for those who don't understand AMD ratings). It was around this time that I began toying around with dual-booting Linux (Redhat 9 was my first). I got a laptop as part of a program for college and was pretty steadily back on windows after this time (I struggled with linux drivers, otherwise I loved it... still needed windows for gaming however). I began a summer job at a local Computer Repair shop (also built customs) in downtown mpls. It was here where I gained my first positive encounter with Mac OSX. A co-worker (who is now a very very good friend) introduced me to his iBook. I called him a traitor, as I was an avid PC fanboy who utterly despised Mac for no real reason at all. He finally convinced me (by locking me out of my computers and forcing me to pay him back by learning how to lock him out of his) to give them another chance. I fell in love with the OS. It was 10.2 if I'm not mistaken and it was gorgeous and intuitive and revolutionary and pretty much kicked Windows' a$$ in every aspect imaginable (imo). After this I dug out my old copies of WindowBlinds (Stardock) and began trying to transform my Windows UI to look more mac. I used ObjectDock (Stardock) and other such mods to attempt to recreate the OSX environment on my PC. There were many failures but ever since that summer I always had an OSX skin of some sort on my PC. In my 2nd semester of college I became severely frustrated with my gateway laptop (and now hate gateway because of those awful computers) and traded it in for a real mac! (iBook:G4 with 768mb Memory 12" LCD). I was happy for the entire 2 years I had that computer (I sold my PC as I hated using it now). I had to get rid of my Apple because it was under a lease with the school and I was violently shoved back into the Windows world where I frequently became angry with my computer and it's inability to be as pretty as OSX and function as well. I decided it was time to Linux as my hatred for windows had flamed into something uncontrollable. For me, windows had to be there as I play WoW so it was always installed. That is, until after 2 destro's worth of Fedora, I switched to Ubuntu (um... /drool /drool omghax it's COMPIZ-FUSION!!!) and started toying with Wine (had experience with Xine on my Apple attempting to run certain simple midi-based software on my G4). I was able to get WoW working. Long story short I was forced back into windows due to drivers not functioning properly and though everything native to linux worked, things like WoW and my guitar software and Ventrilo would never play nicely together. That and Dual-screen Compiz-Fusion not working with xinerama (the proper dual-screen option, the other option is frustratingly stupid at window management, also spans the bars across both screens and multiple resolutions was leaving me with space I could not access) led me back into Windows. I've always read through these forums and wondered if I could get OSX on my pc. I always read the guides and saw things like "this is not for everyday use", or "this is a hobby and is extremely difficult" and was scared away at the though of not being able to enjoy OSX as things just wouldn't work properly. That and I use AMD and always will (Intel has better hardware, I know, I don't support their company and refuse to buy their product for reasons I won't get into). Well one weekend I was bored with WoW and my son was away and I happened to pick up a Kalyway disk for fun. I figured what the H3ll... I'll give it a try! I didn't make it into the installer. I have never, in my life, ever given up on anything that easily so I hit the forums and I hit them harder than I ever have (not posting as there is a plethora of information amongst the numerous noobular posts asking very simple things that can be easily googled for and I didn't want to add to the clouds of dust I had to sift through to find the real expert answers). I downloaded another distro, Lawless PPC I believe it is called. I was able to sometimes get into the installer but it would freeze up on the Apple most of the time. After some research I found an odd solution suggesting re-burning the image at the slowest speed permitted by the burner. After doing this I got past the “Still waiting for root device” errors during setup and I reached my first taste of Aqua on my PC. I had made it into the installer. I ran my first setup of OSX onto my IDE 120gb drive and ventured into firstboot but never saw it happen. I did –v to see what was going on during boot and found the “Still waiting for root device” error again. I attempted many solutions like rd=disk0s1 at boot and such but never got in. I decided to switch around my hard drive configuration to be just the DVD and the target hard disk. I put the hard disk on master and the DVD on slave and got setup to run, finish, and my computer made it into firstboot. I chose randomly at the customize option as far as device support goes. I got a basic install with no video support, sound, or internet and had to dual-boot to windows to get things working. I wrote down all of my devices, their ID’s for Vendor, Device, and Subsys and started researching. I was able to easily mount my windows hard disk from within mac so I could grab downloaded zips right off of my windows desktop folder when booted into osx. I tried various kexts for either net since that, obviously, would allow me to stay in osx for future research. I was having some issues here and there getting things to work properly. Little history on the target disk: It was an old 120gb drive that occasionally would repeatedly click upon boot not allowing the BIOS to recognize it (where I would reboot the computer until it would POST without clicking). I found an old USB->IDE kit and stole the power source from it and got the 120gb to run off of that without clicking and from there on out powered it that way (to prevent the clicking issue on reboot). Well I decided I had enough of this, I was certain that if this OS was successful I would not want it on this drive anyway so I headed to BestBuy and picked up a new 500gb Sata3 (I went with the sata ignoring the potential for issues resulting in attempting to install with an unsupported raid controller). I started setup from scratch (this time choosing more appropriate driver options right out of the box). My chipset was not listed (it’s an AMD chipset on a Gigabyte board, which btw numerous guides say is very very difficult to get fully functional and is highly recommended against using for a haxintosh) so I selected VIA since I was fairly certain it shared many of the same components as mine (Realtec Audio/Ethernet). I also selected the proper NVInjext for my N’Vidia 7800GT 256mb card and was greeted with functioning video on first boot with dual-screen up and running out of the box, Ethernet as well. Having those two out of the way right away was incredibly helpful (even though I think I could have fixed the video with no problems at all but the Ethernet I was still not sure which kext to use). I was able to enable the sound very simply without doing anything too serious. At this point I began installing OSX applications and getting everything organized. I pretty much googled around the web (90% of results came from insanelymac forums) for solutions to problems I was having, mainly small glitches. I got everything in order, and last night I was able to get my final primary goal accomplished, I got my 6ch Surround Sound working (or 8ch, I have 4 stereo output devices and I can map them around however I please which is fantastical!). I tried many different kexts and packages for the ALC888 driver (the one that finally worked was the ALC888Audio.mpkg that I got from http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=34075 after hours and hours of searching. To conclude this I would like to give my thanks to every single person that has poured hours and hours of effort into developing fixes and/or work-arounds for the problems generated by running osx on non-native hardware. I would also like to thank those who put together the “patched” install DVD’s, not to mention the people who worked so hard to incorporate AMD support into the project. And I cannot neglect thanking the people that pay for, maintain, moderate, administer, and develop this absolutely amazing and helpful community. In my entire history with computers, I have never, ever been happier. Thank you SO much. I wish I had what it takes to contribute back but I just don’t. I hope this article encourages the less experienced to not give up on their osx86project of their own, as well as encourage the geniuses out there to continue helping us enjoy an absolutely amazing operating system on our custom PC’s. THANK YOU INSANELYMAC!!!
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