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About aronswritingdesk

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  1. Discuss 8400M GT for Vaio only

    Sony has disabled ROM reading so it is not going to be easy to find out the NVCAP values for Vaios with Nvidia GPUs.
  2. NVIDIA 9 Series Driver Installer v2

    Still no go. This is what I did. Reinstalled Leopard's NVidia drivers. Updated NVDANV50Hal.kext by adding 0x040710de&0xfff0ffff. Installed your Vaio NVdarwin.kext. Ran permissions fixes. Rebooted with -v -f Result was a blank screen again. I've also tried NVCAP values from Dell 8600M GT 256MB (0400000000000100020000000000000700000000) I have had to delete all the kexts and EFI strings to boot back into Leopard. That seems to be my only choice at the moment. I think Sony is using an NVCAP value that nobody has sussed out yet because they can't save or read the ROM. Is there any way to get the information from Windows NVidia drivers or Mobility Modder?
  3. NVIDIA 9 Series Driver Installer v2

    Will putting NVCap values in NVDarwin or NVInject make any difference though? I don't get the blank screen problem with either the Boot.plist, NVDarwin or NVInject (unless the Apple provided Nvidia drivers are installed too) because these options never activate hardware acceleration for me. The only driver that seems to activate hardware acceleration is NVDANV50.kext. How would I add NVCap values to it though to force the screen to awake? Also, when I edit info.plists in NVDANV50.kext, Geforce.kext and NVDAResman.kext where it reads <key>IOPCIMatch</key> <string>0x040710de&0x0000ffff</string> Should I remove the last part so that it just reads <key>IOPCIMatch</key> <string>0x040710de</string> I don't understand what the zeros and Fs are so they could be wrong.
  4. NVIDIA 9 Series Driver Installer v2

    Thanks aquamac. This is my progress so far. First, I can't save the Vaio 8600M GTs ROM in Vista using GPU-Z. The app tells me "BIOS reading not supported on this device". That confirms we cannot save or read Vaio GPU ROMs. Second, with the zip you just gave me I have created an out.hex with gfxutil using your instructions on your forum. With that I created the following com.apple.Boot.plist I deleted all graphics drivers, repaired permissions and rebooted with just the Boot.plist above. System Profiler gives the correct info but no hardware acceleration: With that Boot.plist still in place I then reinstalled the graphics drivers that Leopard ships with and rebooted with -v -f I indeed saw NVDANV50.kext load correctly without the "NGFX : family specific matching fails" error but then the screen went blank when Leopard booted. My next step was to modify Geforce.kext, NVDANV50.kext and NVDAResman.kext with my Vendor and Product ID. I know the IDs are correct but I don't know what those zeros and Fs mean. Should I delete that part and just keep the IDs? I wasn't able to find where to put the NVCap values you gave me from the MSI and Acer machines because there were no NVCap values in any of the three kexts above. I rebooted and got the same result. NVDANV50.kext loaded but I got a blank screen. Now I have deleted Leopard's Nvidia graphics drivers and tried NVDarwin. NVDarwin's default NVCap reads like this I changed the whole value to the ACER/MSI string you gave. <data>0400000000000500020000000000000700000000</data> But that won't make much difference to me yet because NVDarwin doesn't load if I have the EFI string in the Boot.plist and without the EFI string NVDarwin or NVInject has never given me hardware acceleration. Should I be putting the NVCAP in Geforce.kext, NVDANV50.kext and NVDAResman.kext instead?
  5. NVIDIA 9 Series Driver Installer v2

    Indeed there are no Sony Nvidias listed. The site says GPU-Z can extract a BIOS so I'm going to give that a try too. All the 8600M GTs listed are 512MB DDR2 versions. I have a 256MB DDR3 version. Would that pose a problem?
  6. NVIDIA 9 Series Driver Installer v2

    I did previously try an NVCap string that someone posted online. It was from a MacBook Pro's 8600M GT. I can't confirm if it was a genuine string because it didn't work for me. NVFlash can't access the card's ROM so will need to download an 8600M GT 256MB ROM from somewhere to use NVCap on. The database of ROMs you linked to did not have the 8600M GT. Any other places to find ROMs?
  7. NVIDIA 9 Series Driver Installer v2

    I've read that some Vaio owners have been able to use an external with CI & QE enabled, but can't speak for myself as I don't have an external screen. I'm pretty certain Sony is using a proprietary ROM otherwise I would be able to install drivers in Vista without modding them. So replacing the ROM could be the answer. The new ROM would also have to be compatible for dual booting between Vista and Leopard. Would a standard Geforce 8600 GT ROM work on an 8600M GT? Even if we could find a compatible non-Sony ROM online how would we be able to upload it if NVFlash can't talk to the card?
  8. NVIDIA 9 Series Driver Installer v2

    Thanks aquamac, Unfortunately I can't save the 8600m GT's ROM using NVFlash because the program can't find an Nvidia card in my system. The same happens when I try to apply drivers from Nvidia's site. The driver installer says it can't find my card. It seems Sony has blocked off some access. I get around this by using Mobility Modder on Nvidia's driver package to install the latest Vista drivers. I am not aware of any Vaio owners who have gotten to activate their hardware acceleration on Leopard. There is a dedicated thread here: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=137685 It seems that as soon as we get a card to activate hardware accelerated Core Image and Quartz Extreme, the system boots up to a blanked out screen. At first I thought the system had not booted up because the screen went blank but my EyeTV was connected and I could hear television being played by EyeTV. The problem therefore isn't the drivers (NvDarwin, NvInject, etc) but the ROMs that Sony is using with Vaios. What could the best solution be considering NVFlash can't even see the card?
  9. Some tracks for VAIO display support

    I have the same problem and tried all drivers. My monitor turns off if I try some good drivers.
  10. NVIDIA 9 Series Driver Installer v2

    Dear aqua mac, A bit OT but can you help me with my problem of activating hardware acceleration on my Vaio's 8600M GT 256MB? I have tried Leopard's native drivers (NVL50Hal loads but then I get "NGFX : family specific matching fails"). I've tried Leopard's native drivers with Vendor and Product IDs added to plists. This fixes the NGFX problem but the screen goes black when Leopard loads. NVInject (No CI/QE, doesn't report card model) NVKush (No CI/QE and reports 32MB) EFIStudio and NVDarwin (Both correctly identify card but no CI/QE) I have to delete the drivers that come with Leopard when I install any other driver otherwise I get a black screen. So far no luck getting Core Image and Quartz Extreme support. In all cases I added the Vendor and Product IDs to the info.plist. These are the values: Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de) Device ID: 0x0407 Revision ID: 0x00a1 Thanks for the help!
  11. Calling VAIO Owners with NVIDIA 7600 GO graphics

    My laptop is a Sony Vaio AR61S with 4GB memory, Geforce 8600M GT 256MB, 2x200GB HDDs, Bluray. I'm using iPC 10.5.6 Final. I have managed to get the ethernet adapter (Marvell Yukon 88E8055) and Sigmatel 7664 audio working just fine. I can't see my internal SATA HDDs but that's not a problem because I'm running Leopard off an external USB drive. My only problem is the graphics card. I'm currently using NVDarwin256. System Profiler correctly identifies my chip but I don't have hardware support for CoreImage or Quartz Extreme. I've tried some other drivers but no luck there too. System Profiler and OSx86 Tools both correctly display the Vendor (10de) and Device ID (0407). This is the string: This is how it appears Device Manager in Vista: Any help getting hardware acceleration to work would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. You're great guys.