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About focusedfreedom

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  1. Solved DVI Output (NVCAP) on 8400 GS

    I can switch resolutions pretty well. I only installed the kext. But does this work correctly 10.5.6? I've read that it might not. I would love to go the route of EFI strings but not sure how to proceed with that. Thanks. -- Jeff
  2. Solved DVI Output (NVCAP) on 8400 GS

    I've got this same card (PNY from NewEgg.com) and DVI works fine for me unless the Hackintosh goes to sleep. When it wakes from sleep my DVI connected monitor won't come up. If connected via VGA it does however. I have also seen the blue screen if I change resolutions to something that I shouldn't. Sometimes I'll get the message about waiting 15 seconds and then it will revert back. But sometimes it doesn't display that and it's what hoses me up. If connected via VGA I don't seem to have this issue with blue screens. Thanks. -- Jeff
  3. That's great. I ordered one two but have yet to put it in. I need to be sure I put it in the right way. Supposedly getting that backwards (and it's possible, since it fits both ways) puts a short across the MB. Mine has been a good setup. I've even got DVI working great. The only issue that I've had and still remains is when it wakes from sleep my DVI doesn't wake up too. If I've got VGA hooked up the screen pops back up. But not with DVI. Anyone have a suggestion? This is what I used to get DVI working (installed NVINJECT.KEXT): http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...aded&start= Thanks. -- Jeff
  4. The process I discussed did not require having a working Mac for anything. Also, you might want to check here (post #10). http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboard...-overclock.html I set mine to the same thing as this and now I have a 3.75 GHz machine. It really smokes compared to the stock 2.5 GHz e5200. -- Jeff
  5. Preparing for my first Hackintosh build

    To see how this turned out (great) see here: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=156253
  6. This post contains my build to order and it includes firewire. Hardware is about $350 and is more than just basic machine. My weakest link? Probably the video card but I don't need a more powerful one for lots of games. http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=156253 -- Jeff
  7. For my parts list you can check here: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=154662
  8. Hi all, After building the box here's what I did to get the retail Mac OS X Leopard installed. I can't take credit for any of this as I've pulled from many different posts. But this way doesn't require already having a copy of Leopard. I first download the modified kexts boot 132 iso and burned it to disk using disk utility (on a MacBook that I have.) I found it here: http://hotfilms.org/non-windows/modified-b...opar-24525.html I used the rapidshare link not the mediafire because that one doesn't seem to work for me. Again, it's the "Download with modified kexts" file, not the first one. I originally tried the original boot 132 but couldn't get it to work for me. I booted up with the MB132 CD. I hit enter once it came up. It will ask where you want to boot from. My DVD id was listed by default (f9e, or something like that). Once you're at the prompt you need to eject the MB132 CD and put in your retail Leopard disk. Don't hit enter again with the MB132 CD in there. Wait until the lights stop blinking on the DVD burner (just a couple of seconds) and then hit enter. You should see the Leopard installer come up. Once the installer starts and you select your language you'll want to bring up the disk utility from selecting it under one of the menu items. I formatted my drive with two equal size partitions and I plan to have a backup of my main partition on the other so I can download updates and have something to go back to if something gets dorked. Make sure you click options and select a GUID partition for where you plan to install Leopard and boot from. I did GUID on both my partitions as this was the default. Once you have formatted the drives, quitting disk utility brings you back to the installer. Select your disk to install to and let her run. After it installs you'll need to reboot. The "reboot" button in the dialog doesn't work yet so you'll likely need to hit the reset. As the computer is rebooting put your MB132 CD back in there and boot from it. You'll need it to boot. Once you hit enter you'll want to put your retail Leopard disk back in and go through like you are going to install again. Instead of selecting disk utility choose terminal. Before this I should have noted that you need to download the leopard-install-kit.zip from here: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=156172) Using the terminal from the installer didn't provide an unzip tool so I had to unzip it from another package. Once I had it unzipped I also modified the file, per the instructions in the link, to put my hard drives name in there. I then copied this folder to a USB drive and that's what I put in once I was at the terminal window from the installer. I did a cd to the location of the patch file (/Volumes/...) and ran it. I might have had to 'chmod 755' the file, I don't recall. After the script finished executing I quit terminal. Once back to the installer I just quit the installer and again had to manually reboot with the MB132 CD in the drive. Going back this time around (after hitting return) I then typed in the hard drive number to boot from instead of booting from the Leopard DVD. In my case this was '80'. Leopard came up and I went through the set up process until I got to the desktop. Once there I followed the instructions in the rest of the link above and installed pc-efi v9 and also ran EFI to provide strings for my graphics card and audio. You can eject the MB132 CD that's in there and choose restart. You should see your graphics card being recognized, sound work, reboot, shutdown working, and it boots without the MB132 CD. I've not tested the sleep function yet to see if it works but that's the way I got it installed. Sorry to be so long winded but I hope that helps someone. Now, I just need to learn how to overclock this baby and have a really fast machine. *Please* buy Leopard. I do NOT advocate in any way pirating the software. Take care. -- Jeff
  9. Hi all, Just a brief update. It's working now. Yippee!! I used the boot132 disk to get back to the Leopard install disk. Once I got there I was able to bring up the terminal. I ran the post-install.sh file and now she works just great and comes up like a beauty. Thanks for all for this thread. Now, if I can just determine the settings for best overclocking this E5200 on this MB I'll be golden. The kids will be excited to have a computer to play on. -- Jeff
  10. Hi all, I have almost this same set up (MB, CPU, HD, 8400GS). I only differ on RAM brand and DVD brand (SATA). I also have a purchased retail 10.5.6 DVD. I got a copy of the modified boot-132 and was able to install everything fine. However, when I boot up with the boot132 CD and then select the HD to boot from (80, in my case) instead of the DVD the screen will start up with the nice big Apple in the center but after it finishes displaying that it goes to a blank/black screen instead of to the blue screen with the desktop starts coming up. I can hear the hard drive still being accessed and also see the access light. I've installed it twice, even reformatting and partitioning the drive, but I can't get past that. I'd love to stay as vanilla as I can but I can't, for the life of me, figure out what's wrong. I thought this was a very compatible setup. Do you have any pointers? Thanks greatly. -- Jeff
  11. Hi all, I have a problem that I hope someone can help me with. I bought a retail 10.5.6 DVD and am attempting to install using the modified boot132 CD. Everything works great up to the install. Once Mac OS X installs completely and gives me the reboot message I manually reboot. I still have the modified boot132 CD in and it comes up. When I select the hard drive to boot from Leopard starts to load with the nice big apple in the center of the screen and then the screen goes blank/black. It's not actually losing a video signal or my monitor would automatically sleep. I can hear the hard drive spinning as well. I've hooked up via DVI. My system is below. I hope someone has some ideas on what to try. I can't get it to load up from the hard drive. Samsung HD103UJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive Intel Pentium E5200 2.5GHZ VGA PNY VCG8400SXEB 8400GS 256M RT OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard LG ElectronicsGH22NS30DVD Recorders A google search and search of the forums didn't show up anything helpful. Is this video card supported? I wonder if that is my problem. Thank you very much!! -- Jeff
  12. Preparing for my first Hackintosh build

    Hi all, Unfortunately I'm running into problems. I used the boot 132 with modified kext iso (generic.iso) and followed the instructions to get retail Leopard to install. I was able to install but instead of rebooting the screen went black after it was installed. I restarted with the boot 132 cd in again and entered the number for it to start up with (80, in my case). However, all I'm getting is a black screen once it gets past this point. Does anyone have any ideas on what to try next? I've searched and can't find anything. It's like my graphics card isn't supported and I can't see anything. Thank you very much for your help. -- Jeff
  13. Hi all, I'm preparing for my first build. I've been reading these forums and was also encouraged by two other sites: http://basshead.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/hackintosh-part-1/ http://rogersmj.com/2008/03/26/goodbye-imachello-hackintosh/ I've ordered the parts and some have already arrived. What I have is: eWiz.com - (1/23/09) Samsung HD103UJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive = $89.99 - $6.30 CB = $83.69 buy.com - (2/17/09) IntelBOX PENTIUM DC E5200 2.5GHZ 2M 800FSB S775Component- Processors = $64.99 - $0.65 CB = $64.34 newegg.com - (2/19/09) HEC 6K28BBX585 Black 0.8mm SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 585W Power Supply = $54.99 - $1.65 CB = $53.34 newegg.com - (2/18/09) VGA PNY VCG8400SXEB 8400GS 256M RT - Retail = $29.99 - $15 RB - $.82 CB = $14.17 newegg.com - (2/21/09) OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory = $63.99 - $40 RB - $1.76 CB = $22.23 buy.com - (2/20/09) GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard = $56.24 - $0.56 CB = $55.68 newegg.com - (2/23/09) LG ElectronicsGH22NS30DVD Recorders = $24.99 - $0.69 CB = $24.30 newegg.com - (2/22/09) COOLMAX ES-200 eSATA PCI Bracket Cable - Retail x 2 = $8.97 monoprice.com - (2/21/09) 4 PORT VIA IEEE-1394 FIREWIRE CARD KIT w/ Software and Cable = $10.21 This totals $336.93 I also plan to order the Mac Box Set for another $150. I hope to be able to do a retail install as much as possible. I realize there will be learning pangs along the way. I hope none of the above are show stoppers and I chose the Gigabyte board simply because it will hopefully make things go more smoothly. I'm a Mac fan. We needed a new Mac for the kids to use but a Pro is out of the question. The iMac is too limiting and costly! I will keep everyone posted on how it goes. I plan to take pictures and document the process for others to learn from. If there is some guidance you could provide before I get started that will very much be appreciated too. Take care. -- FF