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About sircastor

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  1. [TOTALLY VANILLA] Retail Snow Leopard

    Okay. I FINALLY got everything working fine - *phew*. What I found (and maybe someone mentioned this and I missed it) is that the Updater script could not change permissions on the USB drive that I was using. I don't know if this is a common situation on USB Keys, or if it's something weird, but as soon as I moved the SL_MacLoader directory onto the harddrive, and ran the updater, everything went fine. Rebooted no problem. In case it's not clear to anyone else (as it was not to me), You need to run the scripts on the computer that you're installing on. I initially ran the Get_DSDT on my iMac thinking it would work fine. The DSDT is hardware specific, one coming from an iMac isn't going to make everything work on your Hackintosh. Also, I learned a TON from this whole process. One of the most important things I can say to anyone getting into this is to search around and try and figure out what's going on and why. Most of the answers to your questions are not nearly as complex or difficult as you think, you just don't know how the process works or what's going on and that's why it seems foreign to you. I'd recommend everyone open up the scripts in the ScriptFiles directory and learn what's going on during the process. It can open your eyes to the process and the way things work and make you a better citizen of the community here. Thanks again for your work MACinized. You've done a service to the community.
  2. [TOTALLY VANILLA] Retail Snow Leopard

    FYI, I've found that there's actually a hiccup in the SL_MacLoader. For some reason, it's not generating the mkext file on the EFI partition. I'm not sure why this is. I attempted to do it by hand but didn't have success, had a KP almost immediately. I'm going to push forward and see if I can make this work. Any ideas why the Updater or the Loader wouldn't being able to produce the mkext file? I'll have to go look at the logs I guess.
  3. [TOTALLY VANILLA] Retail Snow Leopard

    This is pretty awesome. Thanks for taking the time and effort to put this all together MACinized. To anyone who knows more than I: After some struggling with getting everything setup, I managed to get my USB drive to boot and to install without issue. I cannot get my snow leopard install to boot. If I boot off of the USB drive, and then choose my SL installation, it boots just fine. If I don't boot with the USB drive, the SL installation will run, but it will hang at the gray Apple screen. In verbose mode, it hangs at: ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin::start - waitForService(resourceMatch(AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement) timed out. Any ideas on how to address this? I had read that NullCPUPowerManagement disabled the kext above. Any help is much appreciated.
  4. Have any of you guys had problems with Fan noise? I pulled out the board from my wife's cube because it was making a horrible racket. Loud, awful vibration. The fan seems to have worked itself against the heatsink in such a way that it vibrates pretty horribly when it's running, although it's not all the time, just occasionally. Right now, for instance, it's just fine, making the normal amount of sound. Just curious if anyone else has run into it. I've read that the fan they chose was not top of the line, and for a little cash, you can get a better one, however, the Heatsink appears to be the problem for me. Even tightly screwed in, the fan makes noise.
  5. I don't see why not. I thought about pulling them off myself, but was too lazy. I also wanted to preserve the potential for selling my cube as a whole when I get the chance to replace it with a genuine mac. I don't know that removing the ports will make the board fit better. I think at best you'd be able to avoid cutting as large a hole in the bottom of the case. Either way, be careful, there are a LOT of contacts down there to de-solder.
  6. Just a quick update: The Cube has been in use for a week with no heating issues. That is to say, the computer doesn't seem to be panicking or shutting down due to over heating. I don't know if this would be the case with the D945gclf2, but I suspect it would be just fine, as there's no significant changes in cooling. (There is a taller heatsink on what I believe is the southbridge, So long as it fits in the case, I don't see it being a problem) My picoPSU 120 was making contact with the parallel port, which was causing some spinning beachball problems, mostly in Firefox. I don't know why that was the case, but it was replicable, so it's the only thing I can conclude. I got a longer Power cable, and moved the PSU to a (slightly) roomier location. It's being held in place by other wires so it won't short/ground anywhere. I plan to replace the 120 with a Pico90 so I can plug it directly in. Plus I need the pico 120 for a different project.
  7. The same thought occurred to me as I put this board in a G4 cube. It is an "Apple Branded Computer". I'd like to think that our justice system would see through that and interpret the spirit of the law, rather than the letter, but if not I'd say it's a nice little loophold. Regarding the Droboshare question, I'm putting together an atom based NAS and it looks like it's going to come in a Good 50-60% cheaper. I don't know if I'm going to run OS X on it or not, but it's hard to go wrong with this board!
  8. I checked it out, and it seemed to make perfect sense. Actually though, my Pico was made after August. I after having a bit of trouble in terms of display resolutions, I wiped all of the kexts and reinstalled them from the v2.5 pack. I guess I missed something the first time around because Sleep works no problem now. I can say though that on the D945GCLF, sleep does not work out of the box, and neither does the network. Either way, everything's working now and the only problem is minor minor minor occasional artifacts on the screen. They don't happen enough to bother my wife, and she's in Photoshop all the time. Photoshop, BTW, runs just fine of this machine (CS3)
  9. Update to my constructions folks. I did finish it and get it working Christmas eve in time to put a bow on it and have it available for my wife to boot up Christmas morning. A couple of more things to take note of as you're doing this, if you're doing this: Make sure that your top plate (the aluminum piece that goes in first when putting the chassis back in the case.) Does not stick out, or up. Everything needs to be tucked into that cube space. The case was not designed to reach beyond that area. I tried to use my 120w Pico PSU and it just plain did not fit. I eventually got an ATX extension cable and moved the Pico down the way a bit. so it wasn't bumping into the top. I'm minorly concerned about potential short-circuiting issues because the pico is not insolated, but it's pretty tightly fit in there and I don't think it's going to move. As I mentioned in my above post, you can do this without cutting off the heat sink. It is a tight fit. So far there have been no cooling problems so far. The heat buildup appears to be not enough to cause a problem. There is some heat coming out of it In retrospect, I'm not sure what my preference is. I like not having to cut down the heatsink because my least favorite part of the project was the cutting and cleaning of the case. I also have minor structural concerns about taking out the heatskink. On the other hand, without that big block of metal there, you have a LOT more room to put wires and more room for cooling. If you choose to keep the heatsink in, note that you cannot run wires over it. The "chimney" meets right up against the heatsink and there's not room there for anything. I haven't taken any more pictures or anything because I don't want to interrupt my wife's use of it. She's very pleased with it, and the only current complaint is that the Desk she has doesn't accommodate showing it off. (very small desk). Given the opportunity, I will pop it open and get some pictures.
  10. Network Hanging with realtek 8169/D945GCLF

    FYI for anyone trying this: I installed RealTek's driver for this chipset, and setup the network manually. No luck on DHCP, but this works, so I'm okay with it.
  11. Hey everyone, I've run into a problem with the earlier version of this board and wanted to know if anyone here had any thoughts on it. So far, this installation worked on my D945GCLF (note this is not the 2 version), and the only problems I am encountering are sleep, and more importantly, Ethernet. I've gone through a few kexts, but they don't seem to be working. The problem arises from different ethernet chipsets on the boards. the 2 has a gigabit enet chispet, but the original is a realtek RTL8169. I tried pulling the kexts from the kalyway install, but they both cause the network pref pane to hang on clicking, and then crashes the preferences app. any thoughts, Ideas? Thanks
  12. Hi folks, I'm trying to do a Retail install via Boot 132 and Chameleon on an intel D945GCLF (This is a very popular mini-ITX board). Most everything works so far, but my major stumbling block has been the ethernet. The port doesn't show up at all in the Networking pref panel. I have so far tried a few of the ethernet kexts out there. The chipset on the board is the R8169. There's a homebrew one called the RT1000 which shows the port, but it won't talk to anything. and then two that I pulled from the Kalyway 10.5.2 installer, neither of which work unfortunately. with the latter two, the network pref pane hangs after being selected and then auto fails with a message to report to Apple. I hope this is enough information. Has anyone had success with this? Unfortuantely, the sister board (D945GCLF2) has a different chipset and doesn't apply here. Any ideas or help? I am definitely a noob here, so any additional reading recommendations I'm also open too. thanks
  13. If you go through the thread here, you'll find LOTS of discussion D945GCLF2. In short, yes it works. If you want more information, read through the pages in the thread.
  14. I will watch for it. I hadn't given it a great deal of thought in that regard, but I think it should be okay. The Heatsink leaves a bit of clearance at the top and I'm hoping the air will just sort of sneak out. I In addition to the central "chimney", there is also the vent on the rear side that was used for the motherboard. I haven't checked to see if lines up well or not. I will watch it to see what happens. Thanks for the heads up on it. Also, I got the heatsink idea from this site, which has a lot of useful pictures and info on it. Project Mac Cube
  15. FWIW, I have done a retail install on the D945GCLF (not the 2), and sleep is not working. I assume it's the difference between the boards, not sure at this point. I also do not have ethernet working (but that I think is a matter of ethernet EFI strings)