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  1. grc

    Dual monitor problems

    Is the card the GTS250 from your signature? If not, what is it?
  2. I haven't found any solution to firewire problems. I've tried ti chipset PCI Express, ti chipset PCI, VIA chipset PCI. Nothing works. The best was the ti chipset PCI Express, but even that crackles occasionally with audio data, and disk access is unreliable. This is on an ASUS P5KPL-AM but I guess that doesn't matter as the firewire cards I was trying are all add in cards. I wanted it to use various firewire audio modules that I have. I've replaced some of them with USB versions now and they work just fine. I really do wish I could find a firewire solution though. I spent ages messing with PCI timings in the BIOS, some had a beneficial effect, some made it worse, but none cured it. Good luck!
  3. Update: Posting this from my Quad Core Q8400 Snow Leopard now. I think the BIOS upgrade is to blame. I have had to set it to 'Compatibility SATA'. It's knocked 50% off some of the Xbench disk scores. But it boots. If I set it to 'Enhanced' (i.e. AHCI), it won't boot. So, at least I know. Next question is though, _why_, and how do I fix it so I can use AHCI again.
  4. I had a nice stable system, running on 10.6.2. I decided I needed more 'oomph' and replaced the E2180 Pentium Dual Core CPU with a Q8400 quad core. This required a BIOS upgrade. The board is an ASUS P5KPL-AM I booted into OS X after updating the BIOS, but before changing out the CPU. Just to make sure the BIOS upgrade didn't break anything. Since replacing the CPU though, the OS won't boot. I had 3 OS installations on the machine, a 10.6.2 on an Apple RAID, and two separate single partition installations for rescue use. None of these will boot now. In verbose, all three installed OSes hang at the same point: jnl: unknown-dev: replay_journal: I'm using Chameleon 2.0 RC3 bootloader. Both of the RAID volumes have Chameleon on. The only thing I've been able to boot is my USB memory card with the Snow Leopard installer and chameleon on it. I can boot this and launch into the installer. I might try installing again on to one of the rescue partitions and seeing if it boots. I even tried Chameleon 2.0 RC4 on another memory card, but it made no difference to the boot sequence. Still hangs after replay_journal I'm running with a dsdt.aml and the following Extra/Extensions AHCIPortInjector.kext FramebufferDisabler.kext IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector.kext NullCPUPowerManagement.kext OpenHaltRestart.kext PlatformUUID.kext fakesmc.kext Video is an 8500GT 256MB The new CPU supports VT-x where the other didn't. I'd really appreciate some suggestions. I didn't expect that upgading the CPU would break it so badly! Thanks everyone
  5. UPDATE: I installed iAtkos 5i again on a spare drive, with 10.5.5 The plugin verification worked with the iLok using the latest PACE iLok kernel driver package. This contains Leo and Snow kernel modules. So it's something to do with the 10.6 build - either that or PACE have built extra checks into their 10.6 driver. Can someone suggest which of these differences might be most likely to be causing my problem, and what to do about it: bootloader: 10.6.2, Chameleon, 10.5.5, PC-EFI That's a big change right there. Can I boot Snow with PC-EFI ? Not sure. Possibly something in the smbios ? Or DSDT ? A totally wild-eyed-guess is that the kernel module for PACE is detecting something it doesn't like in the kernel space of the 10.6.2 build and refusing to authenticate the plugins. A decrypter or disabler or something. Once again, appreciate any help.
  6. Firstly, bit of history. I was running an iMac G5 with Logic Studio and several Antares Audio plugins authenticated by PACE iLok under 10.5. The iMac expired due to capacitor failure so I switched to a Mac Mini, but I never ran my Logic on it. Too chuggy. At the time, Leopard, I built a hackintosh with iAtkos 5i, and I used Logic and my iLok and plugins with that no problem. That iAtkos machine expired (perils of cheap PSU, took out mobo and HDs) and I forgot about Logic for a while, doing other things. I migrated my Mini up to Snow Leopard, and now I have more Logic projects to do so I built a new Hackintosh using Snow Leopard. It's on an ASUS P5KPL-AM board, 4GB RAM, 8500GT 256 MB. It runs Logic really well. I have the whole thing running from an Apple RAID 1. Good stuff. It's really stable and I've thrown the kitchen sink at it. EXCEPT, the iLok doesn't work. It works if you go to ilok.com, in that the web site can query the iLok device and report what's on it, do a synch etc. Problem is, Logic, Garageband or whatever won't authorise the audio plugins. I tried the latest downloads of the audio plugins with my iLok on my Mini on 10.6.2 and they authorise on there correctly so it must be something about the hack build that's stopping the PACE iLok from working. When this last worked on a Hackintosh for me with iAtkos 5i 10.5.6, it was an older PACE iLok kernel extension which I can no longer use as the plugins force a new version of PACE iLok kernel extension on you. Can anyone suggest what it is about the hackintosh build that's stopping my iLok from working? I know I'm not supposed to treat an OSX86 as a Mac substitue, and I know I have a significant investment in audio software, but still, I can't afford a new mac fast enough to run Logic again right now and I'm only a hobbyist user, despite my use of pro audio software. Sorry for the long post, and any hints would be greatly appreciated. Cheers folks.
  7. Sorry Admins. Please delete this. I think it belongs in Hardware.
  8. grc

    RAM upgrade = no sleep

    Talking to myself as I add new bits of info. I've tried with one DIMM in either slot for 2GB - all works. The other DIMM in either slot, all works. With both DIMMs in either way around, no sleep. Still searching for clues as to why it stops sleeping correctly with 4GB on board.
  9. I have a vanilla system originally installed from iAtkos5i and subsequently patched up to 10.5.6. I installed on to a 160GB drive, split in two partitions. Boot and Spare. The iAtkos originally went on to 'Boot' partition. The bootloader shows both partitions as bootable options. When I was going to run Software Update to go to 10.5.6, I used CarbonCopyCloner to clone my 'Boot' partition into 'Spare'. I then booted from 'Spare' and ran software update. This worked great, updated to 10.5.6. I then installed all the major apps I want to use so I'm at a good starting point. I thought then I'd clone back to 'Boot' again so I ran CCC to clone 'Spare' back to 'Boot' The system would not boot afterwards at all. To resolve it, I had to re-install iAtkos5i to 'Boot' partition, then I could use the bootloader to specify a boot from 'Spare' again at startup time. A couple of questions I guess - what's the preffered way to clone working boot partitions from one disk to another, preserving EFI and all the bootloader stuff. Say I wanted to clone my working system, from this 80GB 'Spare' partition on to a whole new 500GB empty disk - what would be the procedure? Thanks for reading, and for all the other help I've gotten from reading these forums. Gary
  10. grc

    RAM upgrade = no sleep

    Can anyone shed light on this? I'd really like to get sleep working with 4GB and I really can't understand why it won't, when 2GB works fine. Incidentally, with the 4GB in, it won't shut down fully either. It gets to the same state as sleep mode, but the thing isn't shut off yet. It needs the power button held in to get it to go off completely.
  11. I'm running an ASUS P5-KPL intel motherboard, E2180 CPU and 8500GT video. The installation is iAtkos 5i vanilla upgraded to 10.5.6 I did have 2GB RAM in here, everything worked perfectly, shutdown, restart and sleep. Now I've upgraded to 4GB by adding a second DIMM, sleep doesn't work. The video shuts down but the graphics card fan still runs (previously, the fan stopped) and it won't wake up again. If I take the RAM out, sleep works again. What gives? Is it the interleaving or something else?
  12. grc

    lastest drivers for nvidia 8800 gt 512 ?

    Yep. But as in my thread - great success with 8500GT but need a DVI->VGA adapter with the monitor plugged in via VGA (into the adapter) to get resolution changes to work. Try iAtkos 5i, and install the EFI string via OSX86Tools. Don't use a kext. That's what I did and have a fully upgradable 8500GT system with no kexts and everything works. You might have success with your 8800GT with the same methodology. BTW, if you get a blue or black screen, try suspending CMD-OPT-EJECT then resuming. That got my system back working to whatever resolution got switched to before I was pointed to the DVI->VGA thing.
  13. grc

    Resolution change with NV 8500GT 256MB

    Okay, I used a DVI-VGA adapter on the DVI port of the card and bingo! She's fixed! Resolution changes all work fine. Thanks for the suggestion, I'm using a borrowed adaptor, time for ebay I think.