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About dechamp

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  1. nothing interesting here

    Here is one fix that I figured out for my motherboard (Asus P5GV-MX) and SSE2/SSE3 problems: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?s=&...st&p=202604 Basically it was a bios setting for Max CPUID Value Limit - Mine was enabled. My older motherboard (ECS RS400-A) had a similar problem and fix, but I don't remember exactly what the setting was called. On topic - Getting the kernal updated for performance issues is exactly what we need. You can't expect to run mac-like performance on a 1.7 Ghz P4 or similar AMD processor or expect an offbeat sound card or nic to work at all. That's like people who complain that WinXP runs too slow on their 5 or 6 year old relic that came with Win98. Those people who want to run a fast, reliable, and capable hackintosh will need to upgrade their hardware to something made in the last year or so. Apple has never designed their OS to be run of the mill. The OS pushes the chip's abilities pretty hard. They did wonders working with the old chips they used but even my older dual G4 1.42 tower with 10.4.8 has needed an aftermarket video card (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro w/512) and a boot raid setup to help performance. Jas and Kiko, you've done wonders already. Jas, the PayPal was sent a minute ago. Kiko - get setup for donations and see some real appreciation for all your work. We gotta keep you guys interested in dealing with all this "free" tech support... I'll keep reading. I understand about 25% of this stuff. I guess that's how I got a 91% benchmark
  2. Running these later OS's will require a current CPU and infrastructure, or what's the point? A 4 year old PC can't run Vista properly, and if you can get it to run with upgrades you don't see the power. XP will run on some pretty slow processors and little ram, but it's not worth the time... I don't expect to be able to build a hackintosh for $200 to run a system and applications designed to run on a machine that costs 10 times as much. If you are not trying to use high performance hardware you should expect a pretty crappy performance. That being said, I do appreciate the ability to "roll my own" Mac and try to economize with off the shelf components. I'm not ready to sink another $3K into the latest Mac tower until they have gone through a couple more updates with the processor of the month from Intel. It's Core Duo right now, but by June we are probably looking at some type of Core Quad or ... I expect to have to upgrade my MB and CPU to play with Leopard and have a satisfactory experience. The information here is a godsend! I know a hell of a lot more about Unix and Terminal and how this OS works. I'll keep reading to learn the latest that some pretty smart thinkers come up withjava script:emoticon('', 'smid_2')
  3. SSE2 and SSE3 information PLEASE READ

    Yes, it seems to have the whole alphabet of instruction sets.
  4. SSE2 and SSE3 information PLEASE READ

    I finally got SSE3 to work with my Pentium 4 630 3Ghz. I've got a Asus P5GV-MX with 2GB ram and a couple of SATA drives. I'd used this CPU chip on another motherboard with an old Goatsex DVD and had SSE3, but when I bought an ATI X1600 PCIe card I found the old MB had a bad PCIe slot and the onboard sound and X200 were not supported. Put this rig together and the onboard nic, sound, sata, usb work great. I added a cheap PCI firewire card and have front and back firewire and usb in this Sonata case. The X1600 is supported by Jas 10.4.7 (what a dream job - Jas the Man!). Everything works if I install and just choose the SSE2 patch. The SSE3 patch stopped the machine from booting and I got the blinking cursor. Spend a couple days reading and working on activating the boot partition - that's not it for me. This motherboard bios has an option under Advanced/CPU Configuration/Max CPUID Value Limit - Mine was enabled. I disabled the option and was able to install 10.4.7 with the SSE3 patch and boot fine. When I re-enabled the option I got Kernal Panics. Cool, turn it off... The description of the option from ASUS: Enable to Boot Legacy OSes unable to support CPUs with extended CPUID functions. I guess thats for an OS that doesn't deal with hyperthreading or the prefetch or something? Now I'm stoked! Got a 91.84 with xBench 1.3 and I'm looking at the Jas 10.4.8 for SSE3 update right now:) One nice thing about this MB is the F8 option at post brings up a boot selector to choose which drive to boot from. I set up the Mac drive as the default in the bios, but can just choose the WinXP drive on the fly without going into the bios and changing the drive order. No partitions or boot loaders to install, configure and deal with later... You can still use the F8 key for Safe Boot with XP if you wait until the post is done. I love the Macs, but my old Dual G4 is getting a little long in the tooth and I'm not going to buy a MacIntel until the 3rd generation Intel CPU's are in next spring. You guys have saved my ass on every turn and decision. I read and read, now I can't stop crowing:)
  5. I installed Jas 10.4.7 on a P4 630, 2 GB ram, P5GV-MX Mobo with an ATI X1600 PCIe video card and found that the onboard SATA, sound, nic, full video resolutions and extras, a Firewire PCI card all worked. I was stumped by the File Sharing but the above solutions worked perfectly! Now to get SSE3 and a wireless card to work and quit worrying about it and just use it. Thanks a bunch. You guys have made my week! (but I'll keep reading...)
  6. Way too cool, worked for me too! Thanks