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  1. EVGA GTX 285 SSC 2GB

    I have recently acquired an EVGA GTX 285 SSC 2GB card. This thing is a beast when it comes to performance and I am finding I have 2 issues that are hopefully small. I have searched all over the place on the web and basically hit dead ends or dead threads. My system profiler shows my graphics card as having "4294965248 MB" of memory, and when I try to use any Apple Pro Apps, i.e. Final Cut, it says that my system must have 128 mb vram to operate and that my computer has -2048mb of vram. I have tried the 3 Nvidia injectors, no luck, I have tried adding in device properties string, no luck, and I don't have a 10.5.8 install to try to make my own. I tried 1 device properties string that showed 1024 MB in system profiler but Final Cut would not launch with the previous error of -2048mb. I have searched all over the place and cant find an answer, everything leads to a dead end. So Anyone know how to fix this please? P.S. I seem to be able to play Starcraft II just fine on my mac side.
  2. GeForce 200 series support

    Maybe I missed this, but has anyone gotten the 2GB version of the GTX 285 working properly? I have an EVGA GTX 2GB SSC and it is reported as something very weird. I have tried installing the pro apps and it says I have -2048 MB of memory, and System Profiler shows 48,000+ MB??? Any help is greatly appreciated.
  3. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    This is what is soo stoop-id! All the exe does is extract out the BIOS. Its a self contained unzip utility if you will. Basically double clicking it unpacks the files you need. Just put everything onto the flash and select it in the BIOS update. Don't know if the library computer will work for you, they might have some restrictions in place preventing you from downloading, or opening the exe, or both!
  4. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    I wondered this very damn thing, and it came down to, I had to install Winblows just to get the BIOS out of the damn exe and put onto a flash drive. I might say, use a friends computer with windows, extract the bios and put it on your flash drive there. That was the quickest and easiest way when I updated my BIOS from the BIOS updater, not from within Windows. I have particularly never liked the idea of flashing from within windows, ick... lol
  5. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    If BIOS is freezing it could be a few things with everything disconnected. Bad board, Bad processor, Bad RAM. I hope its just a bad board and nothing else. I have seen a few systems get "hosed" and it killed everything. Good luck to ya.
  6. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    And we might have the culprit! I have had some problems with USB peripherals in the past, such as a defective USB hub that kept my computer from properly booting, both original G5 Powermac and Hack-Intosh. Do you have another 8GB USB Flash Drive you can try? And if you want to, you can upgrade your BIOS, from my experience FB was a little finicky when trying to enter BIOS and moving around with the keyboard keys, and that was fixed in FE. I would say, do an all around general backup. Then do a complete re-install, if you want, and try the Kakewalk installer. I like it so far, and I have noticed that Kakewalk and 10.6.4 are giving me CORRECT temps in iStat FINALLY!!!!
  7. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    Lets try to simplify a bit... Disconnect all non-essential items from your computer, All Hard Drives, everything in the USB ports except keyboard and mouse. Next, unplug the power and let it sit without power for 5 minutes. Nice power cycle to drain anything in the system. Then Clear the CMOS by putting a jumper on the CMOS jumper (might need to see manual) Next with only the essentials plugged in, boot and see if you can get into the BIOS, make the necessary settings, and then see if you can boot from the USB drive. Once all that is taken care of, you can update your BIOS by following their guide on the site for the EP45-UD3P. I would just make sure you have your system up and running first.
  8. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    Couple of quick questions for you..... First, does the computer boot at all? to where you can see the BIOS at least come up... Second, if it does come up, have you tried to hit the delete key? as mentioned earlier Third, do you have a separate mac? just in case you need to make a new USB installer... Also, its MacTech84, not 64 or tech 64, lol, just wanted to clarify...
  9. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    When in doubt, delete the extras folder, and re-install the V3 installer. Or go with Kakewalk.
  10. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    Unless you added it to the mkext's in the boot-loader, check the extensions folder under Mac HD/System/Library/Extensions. If you see it there, go ahead delete it, repair permissions to that drive, and then reboot and see what happens.
  11. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    I have not tried the BIOS mod yet, if it works then it works. Will it be a better solution in the future? yes, but we are not at that point just yet. Since the Kakewalk installer will be updated, I figure its a good go between till then. I like the simplicity of the boot-loader package right now anyways. Make sure your BIOS setting are correct, and which version BIOS is your board running?
  12. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    I myself am a guinea pig so I always like to stay updated. I would bring the board to the latest BIOS and set the settings from there. The only difference from Stell V3 and Kakewalk is that the guy that makes Kakewalk is going to be supporting it better as I have heard Stell is no longer going to update. Stell V3 includes Chameleon RC3, Kakewalk has Chameleon RC4. These two installers including everything for the EP45-UD3P, two kext's, DSDT, and the boot-loader. Beyond that, I would recommend asking them. I have been trying to find info on how to make this kind of installer personally but without success, this is my area of lacking...
  13. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    The simplest method, go by the lifehacker guide and use the V3 installer from stellarolla, it still applies up to 10.6.4. As for the parts, the board is the most important part, and you can stick to the lifehacker build if you like, or vary a little bit such as a different graphics card in Nvidia's line up, up to the 400 series (not supported yet!). Myself I am using the Kakewalk installer I mentioned a few pages back, works great since Stella is no longer making his magic installer. And I did my original install on an Nvidia 650i board, that was a nightmare! Simplest step, image the 10.6.3 to a USB drive, installer your bootloader, Kakewalk or Stell V3. Use the same BIOS outlines from lifehacker for the setup, and Install 10.6.3. Upon reboot, install Kakewalk or Stell V3 to the primary drive and restart without your USB drive in. You can then run whatever updates you want and its done! Hope that helps.
  14. Lifehacker Guide with GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard

    CCC is the only tool I now rely on for imaging drives. As a side thing I do, I need to have a bit by bit exact duplicate of the drive I am cloning. Super Duper is great and lets you update existing images with changes that have been made since the last clone, but for reliability, its hands down Carbon Copy Cloner. If you decide to go that route and do a re-image, I would recommend re-installing the boot-loader once up, just to be sure.