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  1. While it's not actually relevant to the subject at hand I suppose, I have to say you really must love OSX/macOS to have gone through all that to get it running and plan to run it for 2 more years. Aside from that, very very well done guide so congrats on that and getting it functional and good luck resolving the last few aspects you're having issues with.
  2. Well it's been some time since I've been around these parts - I check in from time to time just to see what's happening - but I've got an issue here that may or may not be something anyone can help with so I figured it can't hurt to ask. Yes, I've done a lot of research into this but almost every reference to the audio crackling issue is with an OSX Guest in VMware running on an OSX (or even Linux) host ala a Hackintosh or even a real Mac - I can't find any info about such issues with a Windows host OS so again, it might not be something I can do a damned thing about at all. Anyway, I've got a decent laptop these days: a Dell Latitude E6420 with the following specs: - Core i5-2540m CPU @ 2.6 GHz (2 cores, 4 threads) - 8GB of DDR3 1600 (2x4GB) - 500 GB 7200 rpm SATA II hard drive - Intel HD 3000 graphics (not relevant on the OSX Guest since it's just using the VMware VGA driver anyway but the performance is ok I suppose) Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 fully updated is the host OS, using VMware 11 Workstation as the virtual machine client for the OSX 10.8.5 Guest OS (fully updated) - I have no interest in Mavericks or Yosemite so that's why I stick with Mountain Lion. Yes I realize that using Windows as a host OS isn't the preferred method but my days of bothering with OSX and making a Hackintosh are behind me now and well documented considering my history with the OSx86 Project and all. Nowadays, since machines are more than powerful enough to run a Guest OS at full bore with near-bare metal performance that's what I use this setup for. Having said all that, obviously the audio crackling is damned bad. It's not like I really care all that much about it but sometimes I do "stay" in the OSX VM and fire up iTunes for some Internet radio content and it just crackles constantly. I've adjusted the priority of the VM to be Above Normal when grabbed, no effect. I won't push it further than that since it could effect the Windows host OS which is pretty much in constant use as well so that's not a potential solution (High or Real-time priority when grabbed). I've read about situations where the specific audio card that's being emulated might help to some degrees, aka the Ensoniq driver/kext but that didn't seem to work at all, maybe I'm just doing it wrong. Again, since this is a Windows host and I know that's the evil {censored} OS everyone hates I may not be able to do anything about this - 10.8.5 runs great in a VM on this hardware, it really does. If I can get a decent SATA III SSD at some point that obviously should seriously boost performance overall on the Latitude so I should expect screaming performance (as much as can be expected I suppose) from VMs and the host OS too. So, if anyone has any suggestions I might be able to try out to get the sound working a wee bit better than it does right now, I'd greatly appreciate hearing it. Thanks for reading and for any potential help. Have fun, always... UPDATE: Well, I haven't resolved the audio issue but, here's the strangest thing I think I've ever seen with OSx86 or anything related to it. I decided to grab the Yosemite DMG and set up another VM just to see how it would go. Of course, as anyone knows Yosemite is a resource hog unlike any other version of OSX that's ever existed and I'm not really sure why. It consumes like 1.5GB of RAM just to boot and then a bit more - I've been running it (after fully updating it, of course) for a few hours with a few reboots just for good measure to see how the RAM usage will work itself out. I gave it 4GB (of my 8GB) for the VM and it still chugs along. I did discover the "Beam Sync" issue and yes, when I use beamoff it definitely does improve the graphics performance but the OS itself is still damned sluggish in a VM at this point, probably always will be. I also gave Mavericks a go earlier and holy mackerel that is fast as hell and I never even bothered with beamoff - it's just snappy and responsive in a VM unlike what I was expecting: it's even faster and smoother than Mountain Lion is on this Latitude of mine. But anyway, for the strange part: All three OSes exhibit severe audio crackling issues with iTunes, whether I'm playing an Internet radio stream or even playing local content (mp3 files I encoded myself, LAME V0). I don't know if I can resolve this so I figured I'd check out the QuickTime Player a few moments ago (under Yosemite) and try playing a local video file, a movie trailer for "Accidental Love" which was featured on YouTube and I downloaded it using SaveTube (an addon for Firefox). The file is in a Shared folder on the same partition that Yosemite is running from and, well... it plays perfectly, without skipping, and no damned crackling audio... /me shakes his head, how the hell can a full blown video clip (with no hardware acceleration at all) play back with perfect audio sync on the exact same VM that can't even play an audio file or stream without crackling like crazy? See, I told you it was strange. I even tried a higher bitrate video file (still in mp4 format) and it plays just fine as well, no skipping, no dropouts, no audio crackling. Of course because there's no functional hardware acceleration I see CPU usage (measured with MenuMeters on the toolbar) of about 75% across the 4 "cores" of this i5-2540m but I could care less since it's actually playing the video perfectly which was completely unexpected. But the audio issue with iTunes... there's something funky going on there, I just can't figure out what it is.
  3. Well I got bored recently and figured I'd check back into how the world of OSx86 has been progressing over the years and decided to give Mountain Lion a shot inside VMware 8/9 (I have both installed for development purposes). I'm using Ubuntu 12.04.2 x64 as the host OS and my issue is that regardless of of which version of VMware I happen to use I'm finding that I get no audio whatsoever. Now, the thing is that the audio hardware is detected and shows up just fine under System Information (analog/digital/etc) so there's something there being detected as audio hardware, but for whatever reason there's just no actual output going to the host audio adapter. I've tried several methods and several variations of the Ensoniq driver but I've still had no luck whatsoever of actual audible audio output. Figured I'd ask and see if anyone else has had a similar experience (OSX in VMware as a guest OS on a Linux host OS and no audio inside the virtual machine even though the "hardware" is detected and appears to be functional). I'll check back a few times over the next few days just in case anyone has any suggestions or potential solutions. Thanks for any assistance.
  4. -edited-

    Yah, it's a great solid laptop, I may end up selling it at some point to get something newer but, it's a rock of a machine hence me pouncing on it when I saw it for that price - they had the wrong price on it and I wouldn't let 'em get away with it so I got pretty lucky with this one. The other aspect that I like about it: it's Broadcom through and through, the Broadcom Gigabit NIC and Broadcom Wi-Fi (BCM4311) so it'll work without issues with OSX. Most current BIOS (A15) patched for SLIC 2.1 also but that's just Windows related, has no bearing on OSX. I'll need to set something up later to do the DSDT creation, don't have a spare hard drive at the moment and I'm not interested in wiping it at the moment - don't have OSX on any Flash sticks either, all I have are DL DVDs I've made or the OSx86 discs of various kinds. I'll drop an email later, thanks for the offer.
  5. -edited-

    BLEH. I just got a Dell Latitude D830 in near mint condition at a pawn shop, of all places, yesterday for (get this) $150 + tax. Only problem as far as OSX goes is it's an Intel GMA X3100 based model, but it's loaded with everything else. I can't handle 1920x1200 on a 15.4" screen but this one is 1680x1050 which is my fave resolution for a screen that size. Dammit... after all these years, nobody has yet figured out how to get Snow Leopard up and functional on these that I can tell. I spent hours doing research and grabbed 4 distros of 10.6 and still no go: each of them craps out when it gets to the first dialogue because the screen goes black and you can't see nothin'... ARGGHHHH Been awhile since I've been around here in these parts but, I wouldn't mind getting 10.6 functional on this thing in a dual boot with Windows 7. Guess it's just not going to happen. /me goes off to check pricing on a replacement D830 mobo with an Nvidia GPU on it over at fleaBay... Nice work, olykwon, wish I could test out your efforts but, alas, I'm still dead in the water for Snow Leopard on this thing.
  6. Well that would certainly cover a lot of the bloat, for sure. The opinions being tossed about are that Fusion 3 was simply rushed out too fast, to try and: a) give Macs a better shot for the holidays and steal thunder from Windows 7 coming out - better yet being able to install it on a Mac, or with Parallels 4 out now they couldn't hold it back. Seems most everyone at the VMWare Fusion forum are complaining these days since 3 came out. I've lodged my own complaints there a few times as well. It's just not what it could/should be, I think.
  7. Does the same thing for me with Workstation 7 under Windows 7 and Fusion 3 under Leopard 10.5.8 with the usual mods to get it to boot (SL client, that is, but even SL server sticks). Wish we could get past that but, so far it's not happening. I know I've read that Fusion 2.0.6 is supposed to support SL Server fully but, I've got a legit SL Server install DVD sitting here, same thing: spinning beach ball, stuck. BLEH.
  8. It's because it's checking for a digitally signed file on the installation media that IDs it as the Server version - technically the only allowed usage of OSX in VMWare Fusion is with OSX Server, so... this page has the info to "fix" that little issue and then be able to get Snow Leopard client to install in Fusion 3 (the instructions were created back when Fusion 2 came out but the author of this blog just posted yesterday saying the methodology works with Fusion 3 also and tested it just after 3 was released on Tuesday): http://blog.rectalogic.com/2008/08/virtual...ard-client.html It does boot the Snow Leopard ISO but I'm getting stuck just after the graphical portion starts, I get the standard grey background screen and the spinning ball cursor and it just sits there. I asked the blog author if he could offer some advice but he's not responded yet. You can't use the DVD in the optical drive to do this, you MUST image it to the hard drive as an ISO using Disk Utility or whatever tool you want, just as long as you end up with the ISO because you have to use the touch command as noted on the blog to modify the ISO by creating the Server.plist file that Fusion is looking for. Obviously, you can't modify a burned DVD in the drive, hence you having to make the ISO for this. As stated, it does "work" as far as booting the Snow Leopard ISO; I'm just stuck at the spinning ball point, pre-language selection and I haven't been able to resolve it just yet. The instructions aren't as complicated as they seem, really. I did all of them (just a few lines copied into Terminal from that blog - but make sure you scroll down near the bottom to get the full working commands; the blog author modified them with tips from others). Just remember: the answer here lies in the darwin.iso, in modifying the Snow Leopard installation ISO, and patching the digital signature - none of this has anything to do with the vmx options this time out. Good luck...
  9. Good thing. The links were not functional for several hours yesterday when I was attempting to download them, hence my post, but it seems to be resolved now. Working on creating a Snow Leopard VM in Fusion 3 under OSX that I can then transport over to Windows 7 with VMWare Workstation 7, should work but I keep having issues with SL installing in Fusion 3. Got past the "Server" limitation but the installation just isn't happening... As far as your "links" being copied, they're on a public file hosting site that's indexed by Google so, sorry to tell you this but they're already all over the place, have been since you put 'em up. There's no such thing as 'secrecy' or anonymity anymore. Bleh.
  10. Can someone host the 3 relevant files someplace, as they're not available at any of the links I've found in this thread so far. The files: vmware-darwin-200 vmware-darwin-snowy vmware-darwin-voodoo Would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
  11. Will be giving this a shot later on today, just wanted to point out that VMWare Workstation 7 is now a finished product as of yesterday: http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/new.html I'll report on my experiences as I can. Currently running 10.5.8 perfectly... Q8400 2GB DDR2 667 250GB Maxtor 7200 rpm 16MB SATA I LG Blu-ray multiformat drive (reads/burns BD, reads HD DVD, reads burns DVD/CD) PNY 9500GT 1GB (CI/QE support with just an EFI string courtesy of OSx86Tools) so I'm hoping to get this "SnowKitty" working in a VM as my primary OS is Windows 7 x64.
  12. Bleh. Been away from the OSx86 scene of late but decided to get back into it because I acquired a 16GB iPhone 2G at a pawn shop recently for a fantastic price. Now my focus is on potentially creating an app or two for the App Store so, that means it's time to put together yet another Hackintosh. I read through this thread a few times and decided to grab a D945GCLF2D (yes, the non-S-Video version) and get to work. 1GB of DDR2 667 (running at 533), an old Maxtor SATA I 250GB 16MB 7200 rpm drive (yes, SATA I), a Lite-On iHAP322 optical drive, a cheap power supply, and a simple cheap USB keyboard and Microsoft Optical mouse, that's it. It's actually laid out on my bed (all of it) and hooked up to my Sony G400 19" CRT. BIOS is at defaults meaning HT is enabled. I'm currently running 10.5.8 and it's fully updated with nothing but: - the installation of 10.5.6 retail using Onetrack's rEFIt method, no issues to speak of. One tip: you should run the makeusb.bat file inside an Administrative Command Prompt. That is what it requires on Vista or Windows 7 - with XP it shouldn't be an issue but I wouldn't touch XP anymore if someone paid me. But anyway, do it from inside an Admin Command Prompt and it takes less than 5 seconds, no errors whatsoever. - once the installation was finished, reboot as required, remove the DVD from the optical drive, choose the hard drive in rEFIt, boot into 10.5.6 and verify everything is working. NIC works - I don't see the need for the RealtekR1000.kext patch, the NIC works by default (at least for me), but audio was dead. Downloaded Kext Helper b7 and installed it, copied the AppleAzaliaAudio.kext from the USB stick (EFI FAT32) to the Desktop, installed it with Kext Helper, rebooted, audio works. - at this point I have a fully working native retail 10.5.6 - and it all works without one single issue, even the audio at that point. DVD player works, GMA950 is flawless (little laggy but, hey people, this is an Atom, it's not meant to be a monster processing machine, just a low power high efficiency alternative). - I thought about installing the 10.5.7 combo update but I knew from reading these posts that I'd end up disabling HT - could care less about that at this moment so, instead of 10.5.7, I decided to jump directly to the 10.5.8 combo update. Downloaded it, installed it, rebooted - with HT enabled - and course instant kernel panic (hey, I had to try anyway, can't learn nothing unless you do it yourself). Rebooted, reset BIOS to HT disabled, rebooted, bam, I'm starting at the fully functional 10.5.8 Destkop. But I ain't done yet. - I decided to go ahead and do a full Software Update, everything that's currently available and see what happens. Grabbed everything available, installed it, rebooted, voila... as the picture shows. I don't understand how some people are having so many problems with the basic 10.5.6 install that Onetrack put together, and the tools he threw together to make the USB stick - and I've got no beef leaving a USB stick plugged in, they're so cheap I could go buy 10 1GB sticks for less than $20 these days if I tried. Onetrack's instructions are crystal clear and not really open for a bunch of interpretation - do what he explains step by step, you get the same results (unless your hardware is defective, of course). But at this moment, I'm staring at a 10.5.8 fully functional Hackintosh. Once again, I'm running OSx86 just as I was way back in 2005 when this whole project got started (was using a Dell P4 laptop in those days). It's been a long time but it's nice to see things are a bit easier and the hardware works even better since I helped start all this stuff get rolling. Not sure what else I can show in the screenshot but, here it is... good luck, folks, I've got some iPhone programming to get started on.
  13. .DAT file converter

    If you have some .dat files from VideoCD or some other materials, they're just MPEG1. Change the file extension to .mpg and you can read/edit them with almost any video editing software ever created. MPEG1 is one of the oldest video compression formats available. The standard specs are 352x288 at 30 fps, but the more common usage is 320x240 @ 30 fps. Hope this helps...
  14. My personal osx86 story!

    *ahem* You're welcome, from one of the people that got this all rolling years ago. I'm sure everyone that's been a part of the project since inception feels the same way.
  15. Well, I finally got it to work. Except for my PS/2 keyboard, of course, but... I've got working audio without issues, working GMA950 (using the 10.5.5 kexts except for the framebuffer which is still the 1.4.2 older one, not a big deal at this point), and I'm pretty jazzed to have finally made it all come together. As my Wife uses a USB keyboard (which I'm using right now just to make all this work in the first place), it won't be an issue since I won't be using OSx86 at all. Thanks to those that have worked diligently and put forth the effort to get this mobo functional pretty much 100%...
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