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  1. Hey all, I've installed and since deleted Ubuntu from my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz. When I boot the machine, I'm given the option to boot into Linux, OS X, or from the CD. I want to get rid of this and just boot into OS X. Does anybody know how to? As I may install Yellow Dog Linux, I'm wondering how best to manage the boot into it or OS X. I'd prefer to simply use OS X's built in "option key" booting rather than a GRUB style boot loader. Is that possible? Any help is much appreciated. -DW
  2. I just went about a completely fresh OS X 10.4.9 install with the goal of adding a Boot Camp partition for Vista that I could virtualize from within Parallels. I used the latest version of all software (well, 10.4.10 just came out yesterday...). My experience: OS X installed and updated with Software Update. Boot Camp 1.3 installed created a 32GB partition for Windows. Vista Ultimate loaded on the Boot Camp partition and restarted. That when things started go slightly off-course: Once in Vista I loaded my Boot Camp 1.3 driver CD and got it going. When it installed either the Bluetooth or Apple wireless keyboard and Mighty Mouse drivers (not sure which) my keyboard and mouse stopped working. Plugging in a USB version of both remedied the problem. Apparently this is a known by-product of the install but not necessarily a bug. I rebooted Vista and lo and behold my Apple wireless keyboard worked when I held down the Alt key on start-up! I selected the Vista partition and it booted fine. On the Vista login screen, however, I couldn't type my password. Using the USB keyboard again got into Vista, removed the Mighty Mouse and keyboard from my Bluetooth devices, reinstalled them per the Boot Camp manual, and all is well. If I had to do it again I'd use the USB equipment on install and then install the Bluetooth HIDs afterwards. I then booted into OS X and opened Parallels. I created a custom VM using my Boot Camp partition. Memory was set to 1024MB (I have 2GB physical) but all other parameters were left at their defaults. I started the machine, loaded Vista (seemed to take a while), and the VM began configuring its drivers and such. Parallels tools installed and then wanted to reboot. I rebooted and I got the transparent Parallels Tools initializing window... and it never went away. I waited for about 30 minutes before deciding that something was clearly wrong. Despite the warning not to do so, I shut down the VM and tried again. This time the initializing window went away after about 45 seconds. All seemed well until the next boot where it got stuck like it did the first time. Per a post I read on the Parallels forum, I booted Vista into Safe Mode, removed Parallels Tools, rebooted, and then installed Parallels Tools using the Parallels menu bar. All seemed well after that. The other goofs I'm seeing is that sometimes Parallels says that it can't find (or maybe use?) the Boot Camp partition. Quitting Parallels and reopening it usually corrects the problem. Weird. Vista runs OK in Parallels but not nearly as well as a native install. With XP I was unable to tell the difference by any seat of the pants measure. Hopefully future builds of Parallels will improve performance. Now if anybody is still reading this, here's a question: say I want to reinstall Vista and recreate my Parallels VM. Will Boot Camp facilitate that? I'm assuming that if I run Boot Camp again it will see the existing Boot Camp partition and allow me to reformat it. Once I do that I think I can just delete the VM from within Parallels and I'm good to go, right? Cheers, DW
  3. [HowTo] X1600/X1800 Full Support (Borisbadenov Method)

    I've got my x1800XL workng with 3.2 (I haven't tried a higher version) but... Does anybody know how to modify my resolution settings to something that isn't in the list of available resolutions after the NeoPheus install? I've got a 16:9 screen that works at 1024x768 (4:3) but anything higher in the vertical is out of range. I'm hoping to go 1365x768. Any help is much appreciated!
  4. Thanks for the reply. I did remove the ATI card and tried with on board graphics with the GMA900 package selected. Also no go. I'll give it a whirl with the GMA900 unchecked and see if it that makes a difference. Info to come.
  5. I've been out of the OS X x86 community for a few months and in that time things have changed - a lot. I've been trying to install the latest JaS 10.4.8 DVD without much luck and I think that might be due to the kernel selection process. Per my understanding, the DVD permits the installation of either the semthex kernel OR the mikfi kernel - at no point should both boxes be ticked. The former can be used with or without HPET and NX support, the latter is intended for boards/CPUs that support them. Right? That said, what happens if you don't select either the semthex kernel or the mikfi kernel during install. Will it install the old school pre-hacked kernel? Much appreciated, DW
  6. Hey all, My Shuttle SB86i with a P4 630 and an ATI x1800XL worked perfectly with JaS 10.4.6 and the NeoPheus installer. I'm trying to install 10.4.8 on to the same machine but I'm not having much luck. During installation I formatted the drive with HFS+ (Journaled) using disk utility then got to the customization screen. I installed the 10.4.8 bundle, the 1st SSE3 package, the 2nd SSE package*, USB 2.0 support, SoundBlaster USB audio, "About This Mac" fix and ATI Radeon PCIe NeoPheus/Boris package installer. The installation goes normally. Once machine reboots and I'm confronted with the "This computer needs to be restarted" window - the one that says the same thing in several languages. All reboots produce the same result. * the second SSE package is the one that says click this if you have HPET or NX (I think). In my mobo BIOS I found the ability to disable NX (but i didn't) so I clicked that package. Is that correct? Any help is much appreciated. -DW
  7. x86 in Shuttle SB86i , success

    @ Scotty I got my SB86i running perfectly with an ATI X1800XL and a Turtle Beach Advantage Micro USB Soundcard. For sound I simply dsiabled onboard sound in the BIOS and used the JaS 10.4.6 install disk with the USB audio support (Sounblaster I think?) selected. To get the video working fully I used NeoPheus' installer for the Boris method. Worked awesome. The only quirks are restart related; during the install you'll have to manually power down the machine as it won't restart itself. Turn it back on and it works fine. Also, restart from within OS X won't work until you do the Mach kernel mod (pretty easy). All in all it is a great machine - slightly bigger thana Mini but with WAY more power potential! -DW
  8. [Updated]Buying new hardware

    Go for an x1800 (XT or XL) instead if you can foot the bill. It's a better, faster card and works great with OS X. I'd have bought an XT if I had the extra slot for cooling but went with the XL as it fits in my small form factor case.
  9. Where is Maxxuss?

    maxxus? That's you isn't it!?
  10. Why wont the osx86 install disk show my hdd?

    Are you using SATA? If so, which chipset does your motherboard have?
  11. Bingo! The unibin Azureus fixed that problem. I had used the Azureus PPC version before with no problem so I figured I'd just download the same one again. THanks for the tip! You are correct! QT 7.12 downloaded directly from Apple fixed it. I removed the previous install first as well. Many thanks fellas.
  12. I'm having a strange issue with my machine. When I try to execute certain programs, namely Azureus and Call of Duty 2 from the Finder they show up in the dock for a moment and then disappear without the program opening. Anybody have any idea as to what the issue could be? BTW, they never worked so the issue must have been related to either my install or 10.4.7 upgrade or one of the various hacks I've done since (disable BeamSync, fix restart, etc.). Any help is much appreciated!
  13. [HowTo] X1600/X1800 Full Support (Borisbadenov Method)

    FYI, I installed the 10.4.7 update per the instructions on the forum. After rebooting it seems to have reset my resolution to 800x600. I had to go back and change it to 1280x1024. Succesive reboots haven't reset it to 800x600. Anybody else seen this too?
  14. [HowTo] X1600/X1800 Full Support (Borisbadenov Method)

    I can confirm that the display will sleep but will not wake. Crud. My workaround will simply be to change the display sleep time in System Preferences > Energy Saver to "Never" and to implement a screen saver.
  15. [HowTo] X1600/X1800 Full Support (Borisbadenov Method)

    Hey man, haven't tried it yet. I know with GMA900 graphics my machine would wake to ultra-low resolution. I eventually just turned sleep off. I'll report back with the results with the new graphics card.