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  1. Having worked on this before, my suggestion is to concentrate on running OSX from a USB flash drive. I have seen some 16 GB drives selling for as low as $8 on sale. The DVD is very slow. It cannot be easily updated. Being read-only, it cannot store data/documents that you create or that you download. It requires RAM disks be setup to temporarily store the files that OSX creates in order to run. The flash drive is slow, but faster than the DVD. Since it is seen as a removable hard drive, it is very easily updated. It is read/write and can store data/documents that you create or that you download. It can store the files created by OSX in order to run. Since a flash drive does have limits to the number of times that it can be written, it would be advisable to turn off journalling and to implement RAM disks for those OSX temp files and for the vm files (hmmm...virtual memory in real memory - what a concept ). Typically, we customize OSX to run on the particular PC hardware we own. The previous Live DVD's were based on the modified version of OSX that we installed on our own hardware. This means that the resulting Live DVD probably would not work without modification for other PC's - such as a PC at a library or an internet cafe. But it is difficult to modify the Live DVD to work on other machines or to prepare it to work on a large variety of machines for which you do not know the configuration. Unfortunately, the flash drive method suffers the same problem. But solutions can be implemented more easily when using the read/write flash drive. If someone pursues any of this, I have one suggestion. Build upon the latest Boot-132 method which uses some external files (kernel, kexts, mkexts, etc) to boot a compressed disk image (DMG). modbin and I had already done some work in this area nearly a year ago. The existing Darwin bootloader can already handle this because it has features to support network booting. Network booting is essentially booting a compressed disk image located on a server somewhere on the network. Booting the compressed disk image is much faster. Linux Live DVD's use a compressed file system called Cloop. If you read the Wikipedia article on Cloop you find that the Apple DMG format is compared to Cloop. I would also suggest reading Amit Singh's book for info about netbooting. We successfully booted an OSx86 install DVD in 25-50 seconds using the compressed image. We did have trouble booting an actual compressed image made from OSX which had already been installed. Best of luck.
  2. Leopard Tweaking - Terminal Codes

    In the above commands, try using a number between 0 and 1 like 0.62: sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.WindowServer 'EnvironmentVariables' -dict 'CI_NO_BACKGROUND_IMAGE' 0.62 To give the menubar some color: http://www.manytricks.de/fallback/menubartint Or use LeoColorBar to set a new color behind the menubar: http://homepage.mac.com/mdsw/md%20softworks.html To make the menubar and Dock hide when using particular applications: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?sto...070118003804854
  3. A "private" message is a conversation between two or more people. Censoring words in that private conversation is inappropriate. Yes, a case can be made for the situation where one member doesn't know a 2nd member but sends a private message which includes some graphic language. Suggestion - save the private message in the database without censoring it. Allow each member to set a preference for accepting or not accepting graphic language in PM's. If the member has set the preference to not accept the graphic language, then censor the message appropriately before displaying it to him. Otherwise, deliver the message as written.
  4. What is vp1 and Deviant Disk Utility ?

  5. 10.4.8 Live DVD and Installer Beta Test

    The iso (dmg) created by the installer can be mounted read/write. If you want the Live DVD to have a kextcache with a certain set of extensions, just put those extensions into the Extensions folder on the partition you use to create the Live DVD from. When the installer creates the kextcache for the Live DVD, your extensions will be included. If making OSX compatible with most Hackintoshes was as simple as providing a range of vendor/device id's in the various kexts, we would have OSX install DVD's that install a version of OSX that works out of the box with most Hackintoshes. But it hasn't been that simple. When the Hackintosh community develops a set of kexts that allow OSX to work with most machines without further modification, those kexts can be included in a general purpose Live DVD. Targeting reduced functionality (such as VESA-only video) to increase compatibility does make the task easier. I will be posting version 1.1 of the installer that creates a Live DVD with a faster boot time than the current 1.0 installer.
  6. 10.4.8 Live DVD and Installer Beta Test

    An attempt is made to make the kextcache compatible with most PC's. The kextcache in a normal OSX installation only contains info from the kexts actually used by that installation. The kextcache placed on the Live DVD is built by the installer for the Live DVD by using all of the i386-capable kexts found in the OSX installation. In addition, during the first phase of the installation, one of the kexts that is inserted is the IOATAFamily.kext taken from one of the OSX install DVD's. Unfortunately, most Hackintoshes require a lot of tweaking to get them to work with OSX. Until someone creates ultimate kexts that can be dropped into an installation to enable audio, video, disk access, etc without any further tweaking, the Live DVD will suffer the same problems when tested on different systems.
  7. Background Member modbin created a Live DVD that worked on his system using OSX 10.4.8 and the 8.8.1 kernel. He posted instructions ( Part 1 and Part 2 and Files ). However, not many people tested this nor provided feedback with any problems running a Live DVD on their own systems. Some people just wanted the Live DVD posted. But the Live DVD is based on creating a real OSX installation just like what you want your custom Live DVD to look like. Then the Live DVD is created from that installation. Customizing the Live DVD afterward is not so straightforward. I looked at his instructions and decided that an installer script could be created to perform the same steps. This would save potential users much of the hardship of creating the Live DVD. Instead, the user would create an OSX partition configured to look like his Live DVD. Then he would run the installer and the Live DVD would be created for him. I have worked closely with modbin to make sure the installer follows the instructions that he set forward for creating the Live DVD. Beta Test This is a beta test of both the Live DVD and the installer that makes it. The Live DVD that is produced sometimes works differently on my (Intel) system than it does on modbin's (AMD) system. So, more feedback is needed in order to sort out how to make the Live DVD work with all (or most) systems. What You Do Create a new partition with OSX 10.4.8 and 8.8.1 kernel. Configure it as you would like your Live DVD to be. Make sure it is smaller than the size of a DVD since that is what it must fit on. To install 10.4.8 on your partition, it is best to follow the Pastebin or Paulicat methods. As a minimum, install 10.4.6 or 10.4.7 and get it functioning. Then install the Apple 10.4.8 Combo update. Before reboot, be sure to install the 8.8.1 kernel. And install the Paulicat AppleSMBIOS.kext. After reboot, configure your installation as you would like your Live DVD to be. 10.4.8 and 8.8.1 kernel resources can be found here. Download the Live DVD installer: v1.2 (3/13/2007) - also here. (Previous installer: v1.1 (3/10/2007)) (Previous installer: v1.0 (2/27/2007)) Run the installer, you will choose a folder to save the Live DVD ISO in. NOTE: The ISO must not be saved on the same partition as your Live DVD OSX installation. This is because the installer uses the Disk Utility Restore function which will try to save the ISO into the ISO and it just won't fit. Besides this being a circular problem. You must save the ISO on a different partition from the Live DVD OSX installation. The different partititon should be an OSX (HFS+) partition for best results. After choosing the folder, you are warned that the next 2 operations will be taking up to 10 minutes to perform. You should be patient for this. During this time, a blank ISO image is being created. And the OSX installation is being copied (restored) to the ISO image. Following those 2 lengthy operations, some files are rearranged and permissions are repaired. When the installer is done, it will open the Live DVD folder and show you the finished Live DVD ISO (DMG). Burn the ISO (DMG) to a DVD. Simplest way is to open Disk Utility and click on the Burn icon in the toolbar. Select the Live DVD ISO and insert a blank DVD. Click Burn. Boot the burned Live DVD. The first step is to press "any key" to start the Live DVD. Otherwise, the countdown will finish and your active partition will boot instead. The next step is to type in a size for a RAM disk. Minimum size is 30 (MB). If you have 1 GB of RAM, try 60 and if you have 2 GB of RAM, try 120. Watch the verbose messages for errors during boot. Unfortunately, booting is rather slow. If you get booted to the Desktop, try out various features of your Live DVD. The first time you access something after boot, it will be slow. The second and subsequent times will be faster. Report any errors/problems encountered during install, during boot or after reaching the Desktop. Installer Known Problems The progress bars may disappear prematurely. This will not affect the performance of the installer, it will just leave you with reduced feedback. In the worst case and all progress bars fail, you will know that the installer is done when it shows you the finished Live DVD ISO. The whole Phase 2 process should take 10-15 minutes depending upon your computer. The progress bars are displayed using a program called CocoaDialog. This is recommended by many developers including Apple. I have found it to be rather finicky and will throw up errors at random times. Running it 10 times in a row, it may break 3 times under the same conditions. Unfortunately, short of learning Cocoa, this is the best available solution.
  8. I talked to this guy in PM and he isn't willing to do the work. He wants it handed to him on a silver platter. I pointed him to links in my signature on how to deal with Vendor/Device ID's and plists, Wireless and Cardbus/PC Card/PCMCIA. First you have to be sure that the PC Card slot controller has the correct driver. His vendor/device id for his TI controller is 104C:8031. If you go to the Misc link in my signature and read the Cardbus section, the second patch there refers to that vendor/device. The kext for the controller probably needs to be replaced. Once the Cardbus is working, then you can concentrate on getting the wireless card working 168C:0013. It looks to me that his Info.plist already has that vendor/device combo in it. Since he is running 10.4.7, I'm not so sure he should be incorporating any 10.4.8 kexts. In most of the instructions I've seen here, you are forgetting to rebuild the kext database. Be sure to delete the Extensions.mkext and Extensions.kextcache so that a new database is built with the changed kexts.
  9. TED: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23813
  10. Boot Menu

    Acronis gives pretty icons but is slow and can sometimes corrupt itself. Acronis provides a feature for a repair CD. Make sure you make one and store it somewhere.
  11. Using Purchased copy of OS X

    The only OSX DVD sold by Apple is compatible with PPC Macs and won't work with PC's. Even Restore DVD's from Intel Macs would require extensive patching to make them work. Many of the patches would need to be obtained from existing patched DVD's. So, your only recourse is to find a patched DVD if you want to install OSX on a PC.
  12. It installs two Quicktime components: QuickTime.framework QuickTimeStreaming.component I have not yet installed the update, but I see nothing in it to cause problems for Intel or AMD - SSE2 or SSE3. If you are worried, back up your existing components in: /System/Library/Frameworks/QuickTime.framework -- and -- /System/Library/QuickTime/QuickTimeStreaming.component
  13. What packages did you select in Customize during installation? http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?act...ost&id=4499
  14. How to change Darwin boot order

    The Darwin bootloader defaults to the active partition as the one to boot. So, as long as the Vista partition is active, Darwin will default to booting it. It is hardwired in the code of the bootloader. You would have to rewrite the code, recompile it and install it to get a different behavior. There is no config file to modify. When OSX was on a different drive, I bet it was the active partition for that drive (each drive has its own active partition).
  15. From a Google search, the error means you have maxed out the number of processes that can be spawned. Which means you may have something running away and creating processes that you don't need. First simple suggested fix is to delete these two files and reboot: /Library/Caches/com.apple.LaunchServices.6B.csstore ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist Second suggestion is to turn off Windows sharing (if you have it on) and reboot. Third suggestion was if you need Windows sharing, then edit a Samba file. In the file, you find the line "/usr/sbin/smbd" and then after that, add a new line with "-F". Read about "The Fix": http://www.macwindows.com/OSXServer.html#608