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  1. Eastwind

    Asus P5N7A-VM

    Hey PP, For the audio issue, have you tried [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] 3.1 to install the ALCXX kexts? I can't recall if it was here or at TonyMacx86 that I read a solution for that. I'll see if I can find what I read in the meantime.
  2. Eastwind

    Simple Hackintosh

    Try the Shuttle SFF barebones, really easy to build and everything works. Add a few kexts, configure BIOS and you're up and running. Also consider the Asus P5N7A-VM too. There's a plenty on that here, just use the really crappy search function. I have made both and they are equally simple. The Shuttle is more limited, but everything on it (that I need or know of) works.
  3. Eastwind

    Asus P5N7A-VM

    I can't. But with Mac, this install was far easier than the Gigabyte board I tried earlier. Beg, borrow or steal a Mac for 20 minutes and you're good. This boards pretty easy to make a Hackintosh, no question.
  4. Eastwind

    Asus P5N7A-VM

    I had a Linksys WUSB-G working. You will need the RT2500USBWirelessDriver.kext too. For some reason I had to unplug/re-plug to get it to work. There was a point that it worked perfectly, but as you might have read pages back, I sometime rush at things without documenting what I did. Not the best way to figure things out. Oh, I seem to recall that you need a specific version of the WUSB too. I can't recall at the moment. Look around as this is a cheap dongle option that works, even if to just some degree.
  5. Eastwind

    Asus P5N7A-VM

    FrodoKenny, I used Uinstaller to install the kexts in my system with the new DSDT and didn't pay proper attention. Later I saw I failed to remove NVkush. Maybe that did it. I was careless in my updating and in trying to get back to a stable system, which made things worse. If you want to add a warning, maybe something like: Pay attention and read. Don't be like me(Eastwind). Maybe call out the kexts you need to remove? I'll give it another shot, but I'll do the kexts one at a time for compatibility. Then I'll try the DSDT. That way if something goes awry, it'll be easier to revert back and know where a problem might lie.
  6. Eastwind

    Asus P5N7A-VM

    Interesting. I found that installing FrodoKenny's work without being careful to read and properly backup results in hosing your system and eating up a few hours of your evening. I'm patiently waiting for 5.1 sound. Everything else is gravy.
  7. Eastwind

    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    I figured out my BIOS flashing. I borrowed a Sandisk USB flash stick and it worked perfectly. It didn't like my other one. Go figure. As for the restart, thanks. I had that kext, but I never installed it. It works great now. I used the Linksys as it was sitting in a drawer. I didn't expect it to work so easily. I really don't need wireless, but I will hope to get WOL working so I can leave this sleeping and spin it up remotely. We'll see. As to the 4GB issue, yeah, honestly, it's way way above me. I read the threads on the 32-bit vs 64-bit mapping and while I understand the words, the rest is out of my league. I saw that netcastle posted a link to Engadget that discussed the 9400 having an issue, so maybe things will work out. If they don't and I need more that 2GB, I'll get a separate video card I guess. I just tried to copy from the USB drive to the SATA HD on a USB/SATA, put it in the the case and still, it's not working. It simply won't boot. I cloned the drive, installed Chameleon PC_EFI, but still, it won't boot. I installed Chameleon after putting it in the case. Think that matters? Any ideas welcome. Edit: I reinstalled and basically started over. It worked fine. Hmm. Cloning just doesn't work for me I guess.
  8. Eastwind

    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    It always worked for me, but I suspect that it has to do with what DiaboliK has said several times, this board is best used with the MBP restore disc for compatibility.
  9. Eastwind

    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    I want to say thanks to you all. (especially Signal64, DiaboliK, netcastle, stan78) Maybe is it just me, but having a hackintosh in front of you makes this thread more meaningful and understandable. I read it several times, and it never made as much sense as when I could actually try this out. I did most of this while I had a cold and I may have made a few errors in my recollection. My setup: E7AUM-DS2H 2 GB DDR 800 RAM 2.5GHz E5200 Samsung Spinpoint 1TB SATA Lian Li PC-351 Thermaltake 500W PS Samsung SATA DVD So here is where I am. I have a functional 10.5.6 build running off an external USB HD. I used a MBP restore disk from a friend (the nicest laptop I have seen) and partitioned the USB HD in 2 partitions. I used the MBP restore to one partition. I swapped out the OSInstall.mpkg (in Signal64's post #204) and I installed on the 2nd partition. I updated to 10.5.6 on the 2nd partition and I used UInstaller to set the timeout to 8 seconds, made my resolution to 1024 x 768, the Chameleon PC_EFI v9, the EFI Time machine fix. The Time Machine fix never worked for me. I always got an error message. I installed Signal64's DSDT too. I booted into safe mode ( - x) and I installed NVKush and the kexts from grub-dfe.iso using Kext Helper b7. I rebooted and it hung at the AppleACPIPlatform.kext , so I used the kexts from Signal64 (7301_ACHI.zip). At that time, I was careless in adding some kexts and it crashed on startup. DialboliK corrected my screw up, as I installed dsmos.kext and AppleDecrypt.kext. You need one or the other. I fixed that and it booted fine. I installed the audio fix that stan78 posted, which worked fine. Sleep works, audio works, shutdown works, but restart doesn't. I have 2GB RAM installed, I haven't even tried 4GB and I hope that we'll have a fix so I can install the rest, though I don't think I really need it. I have no QT issues, HD plays really well, Plex runs smooth, flawless really. I have a Linksys USB wireless that works well, but only after plugging in after booting or unplug/replug. It is running via the RALink RT2500USBWirelessDriver.kext. Bluetooth runs perfectly, so far running a BT mouse/keyboard. I cloned the USB HD using CCC and SUperDuper! and it simply will not boot. The root shows it isn't a boot drive, the icons give that away, without looking anywhere else. I haven't been able to install to the internal HD, I don't know why, but it simply will not boot. It hangs endlessly in BIOS, something I believe that netcastle and Signal64 both experienced. Since my external USB is a 2.5 and IDE, I can't use it to format my 1TB SATA. I have a USB/SATA enclosure that I am going to use tonight to install to and hopefully, that will get me booting properly. A few issue that are bugging me: I can't update the BIOS with a USB flash drive. I wiped it, installed FAT32, but the MB will not see it. So, I am behind 1 revision on the E7AUM. I am borrowing another USB flash drive to see if it doesn't like the brand. The wireless USB work, but I have to do the unplug/replug thing. Once this is installed as the HTPC, that isn't goingto work for me, but I will probably use ethernet. I'm expecting that I'll have the WOL issue, which sucks, as I want to be able to access my HTPC remotely. I hope I'm wrong about that. Overall, I am quite happy with how things have progressed. There were a few days of frustration, but I hope the worst is behind me. That's all for now. Again thanks to the many of you that helped get me this far. Koala- If you can solve the 4GB issue that would be fantastic!
  10. Eastwind

    Grey screen and dark grey Apple

    If you can get the -v to give you some output, then you might have something you can ask more specifically for help. It might even give you an idea of what to search for. Try that and see if you can see what is happening when the kernel panic happens and hopefully someone smarter than us can help you.
  11. Eastwind

    Grey screen and dark grey Apple

    I think you and I *might* have the same issue as I posted here: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...p;#entry1110714 We both have kernel panics going on to be sure. The -v should give you all text and I'd guess that if that you shouldn't see the splash screen, just text. Try again to see if you can get the messages displayed.
  12. Eastwind

    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    I'm limited in my experience, but here are a few thoughts. First, can you increase the computer volume? I realize you may have done that already, but I have to ask. Second, can you use the optical out? Do you have an A/V receiver as well or just the TV?
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    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    Good catch, Netcastle. I goofed. Twice. Now what do I do with the 4GB of RAM if I get the Gigabyte? I am committed now, I have most everything ordered, but the board and the power supply. I really want the 9400 chipset, but I want this to be an operational HTPC more than a hobby. More than anything I was undecided about the case. I finally went with the Lian Li 351:
  14. Eastwind

    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    That was me. Slashack was one of the people that helped diagnose and wrote 64 bit addressing kexts in that thread. If you take the time to read the whole thread, you'll see how tirelessly slashack worked, helping people and testing and diagnosing the issue. You'll also see it's like DiaboliK said, people don't read. If you are going to use the kexts he wrote, don't use the DEBUG kexts. It doesn't hurt to use them, but there is a lot of reporting that comes across the screen and several people kept asking why that was. Just use the standard kexts. Good luck.
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    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    Which makes the Asus kind of tempting. A pcie Firewire card and it's about the same board. I've read enough that I now know the Gigabyte runs everything that I need, but I would have to install a few kexts. They are within a few dollars of each other too. Well, I have to buy one in the next few days. Maybe a coin toss?
  16. Eastwind

    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    I had my mind set on the Gigabyte as an HTPC, but now I am seriously looking at going with the Asus P5N7A-VM. The same board it looks to be the same spec for spec. What isn't working on it? Any downsides?
  17. Eastwind

    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    Did you check out my post above and try the kexts that solved the memory issues for a lot of people using > 2GB? I hope it helps.
  18. Eastwind

    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    Hey DiaboliK, It doesn't seem to have to do with the BIOS. I just finished reading http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=127611 and slashack (and others?) re-wrote kexts to be able to address the 64 bit space, instead of the 32 bit space that caused crashes over 2.5/3GB of RAM. It seems the issue is solved now. Or am I misunderstanding? I don't think I am, but I am not 100% sure, as this thread has been mentioned here before. The kexts are here: http://code.google.com/p/darwin-ata/downloads/list I'm just sayin'.. Edit: Fixed link
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    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    Hmm. True, 2GB is plenty. I will have to reread this thread. I hereby retract the nut kicking idea.
  20. Eastwind

    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    Thanks for the suggestion. I was really hoping to use the Gigabyte considering the success across several of their MBs and the general compatibility so far. With the news of Apple expanding the use of the Nvidia 9400, I thought that this would be a good board as well. I liked the size of the board and all the outputs, most especially, the HDMI. I want to make a combo HTPC and general desktop. I guess I'll have to wait for progress on this board, switch to the Asus you liked to or go for a bigger board like the UD3P, because I like the Gigabyte boards. I'm also torn a bit, as I want to build with a as good of a possibility of running 10.6 as possible.
  21. Eastwind

    Gigabyte's Nvidia 9400 powered M-ATX MOBO

    Are you f**king kidding me? I read 20 damn pages to see that I can't use this board to make a HTPC? I'd prefer you all just kick me in the nuts. Simultaneously. I hope things aren't over, but regardless, much thanks to those that tested and worked hard to get the results you did.
  22. Hey everyone! First, my head is spinning. So many options, but here is what I am looking to do. I read the forum quite a bit and I know what I want to build, but I am still uncertain what components to use. I want to build an upgradable Hackintosh, one where I can upgrade CPU's, HD's, RAM, etc. Not so hard to figure, but which motherboard I am wondering. I want to be able to upgrade to 10.6 when it comes out, understanding that it may not be that easy as with Apple hardware. I want to make a home computer and attach it to my projector as a media center and use wireless keyboards and mice to make it complete. It all began with the MSI desktop, but the 1.6Mhz Atom can't do the HD for the media center. I looked at Gigabyte MB's that hold tons of RAM and use Quad and Duo cores. I have read the OSX86 wiki on component compatibility and I think I have too many choices. I know I can build the MSI for a few hundred, but I have a Mini if I just wanted to do that. I'm looking to build something more powerful. I am just a little lost. Here is what I am thinking, so correct me, give me suggestions if you can. 3.0GHZ Core 2 Duo or better Gigabyte MB 2 or 4 GB RAM Fairly powerful video card Creative Labs USB Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 As small a case as I can find that fits Seagate 500GB 7200 rpm SATA (maybe few- RAID for the media center? What has me thoroughly confused is the patchwork of what works, what doesn't etc. I really appreciate being pointed in the right direction.
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