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    My friends, my family, my computer. Jogging, fencing, aikido, kendo. Reading, writing, drawing, painting, coding, hacking. I have many interests...
  1. Matt K.

    Just how important is QE/CI?

    Thanks for the info! I have Photoshop CS5 (just ugraded) and Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver CS4, GameSalad Creator, and iLife and iWork '09. (With regard to iLife, I really only use iTunes, iPhoto, and occasionally Garage Band.) I'd prefer not to hunt around and buy older software just because I lack QE/CI, so do you think these will run? EDIT: I've heard from a number of sources that my wireless chipset, the AR5B93, will work automatically with the latest Snow Leopard 10.6.3 update. Can anyone confirm or deny that directly? Anyway, I'm going to do the installation this weekend, as soon as I finish backing up all my stuff. 40G partitions each for Snow Leopard and Windows 7, and another 80G partition for all my personal files. Excitement~!
  2. When I first got my new laptop, an Acer Aspire 5532, I rushed out to download the latest iDeneb release and installed. This was Mac OS 10.5.5, I believe, and it was a total disaster. My internal wireless card didn't work at all, and everything I tried just seemed to make it worse. I tried to use two different USB wireless adapters, which also didn't work. Then there was my graphics card, which I played around with for a long time and finally managed to get native 1366x768 screen resolution with, but never QE/CI. Audio failed for me with the Apple Azalea drivers, but before I could play around with that anymore, I gave up and went back to Ubuntu. Now, about six months later, I've been hearing great things about Snow Leopard and its relationship with Hackintosh. I've been doing my research and seen some apparent improvements. According to forum posts, VoodooHDA now supports my sound card, albeit with the occasional bug and without internal mic access. It's still possible to get full screen resolution in Snow Leopard, and it's also still impossible to get QE/CI. The reports on my wireless card have been considerably more varied and less helpful, but it seems at least some people have had successes with it. So here's what I need, if any kind souls can answer my questions or point me in the right direction: Just how important is QE/CI to the system? I mean, can I still run Photoshop, InDesign, and maybe some iPhone game development software without it? Can I still watch movies and listen to music (locally and online) without it? For god's sake, can I even see the screensaver without it?! I need a reliable Atheros AR5B93 kext, and preferably some firsthand experience using that wireless chipset in OS X. In fact, if anyone's tried OS X on this laptop or with this kind of hardware before, I'd love to hear from you. At this moment in time, is it possible to dual-boot with a Snow Leopard Hackintosh partition and Windows 7? Then I could use OS X most of the time, but I'd still have the option for Windows if I wanted to play a game or something...awesome...
  3. Matt K.

    Dell Optiplex GX520

    Okay, I've recently acquired a refurbished GX520 as my "summer project computer." It has surprisingly workable specs for such an old machine, but I also bought an internal DVD drive to replace the built-in combo drive; another gig of memory; a USB wireless adapter confirmed to work with OSx86 in the wiki; and a new GeForce 9400 video card (512M). The computer came with no OS installed and, as you can probably tell by now, my goal is to install Leopard 10.5.8. I've found an excellent Kalyway guide here, which details how to get all the out-of-the-box hardware working and update all the way to 10.5.5. With that in mind, here are my questions: 1) Does the information in this guide also apply to iDeneb? I have an iDeneb 1.4 DVD that installs 10.5.6 out-of-the-box, and it does have all the drivers and stuff suggested in the tutorial. 2) Is it possible to update to 10.5.8? I'm looking for details on iDeneb mostly (something like an iDeneb combo update would be great!), but info on updating Kalyway would be appreciated too if I decide to go that route. 3) As for my upgrades... do I install everything before I install OS X, or do I install OSX, get all the vanilla hardware working, and then install my new hardware one by one? Obviously, I'm going to have to swap in the DVD drive before I can install OSX, so I'm asking your thoughts on the video card and memory mainly. Thanks for any help you can provide! I'm excited to begin
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    ATI Radeon HD 3200 Drivers

    I'm a total newb about driver programming and all that, but how hard would it be to port the Mobility Radeon HD drivers from Linux to Mac? Seriously ... they're both based on Unix, and the HD3200 is fully supported on my Ubuntu laptop. This is the one thing keeping me from diving back into Hackintosh. I know it would be a big project, but a substantial amount of wannabe-Hackintoshers are ATI users. So tell me, would that be possible?
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    iDeneb v1.4 Boot Problems

    EDIT: By accident, I found a fix to the problem. All you need to do is plug something into your USB port (flash drive, external mouse, whatever) when you get to that error. After that, it continues booting up without a hitch. Posted here just in case anyone else is having this difficulty...
  6. Matt K.

    Acer Nplify on Leopard

    Bump ... any ideas?
  7. Matt K.

    A Few Driver Questions

    Everything I've seen pretty much seems to be a dead end. The Atheros fix I tried (posted here on these forums) did absolutely nothing for me, and there was no plist file for me to modify like the tutorial said there would be. There are no working kexts for the ethernet or the graphics, and it looks like both projects intended to make some have dead-ended. Azalia didn't work for my audio - in short, the whole thing was a disaster. I managed to reinstall Win7 Ultimate over my corrupted partition. so now I can see more detailed information about my hardware and have updated my original post. Still, unless there's somewhere I'm not looking, OS X on an Aspire 5532 seems pretty hopeless.
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    Acer Nplify on Leopard

    I've just done a pretty basic iDeneb install on my new laptop. Voodoo kernel, seatbelt fix, and the default options were all I selected. As soon as I had it up and working, I tried following the Atheros tutorial from this forum to get my wifi up and running. Needless to say, it does not - I copied over the IO80211Family.kext, fixed the permissions and enabled it, but nothing happens when I launch my Network preferences. Is there any way to get my built-in wireless working? It's an Atheros AR5B93 and listed as "Acer Invilink Nplify 802.11b/g/Draft-N". Please help me out here - I've gotten myself into a bit of a mess.
  9. Hey, I installed 10.5.6 on my Acer Aspire laptop a few hours ago. I was told to install without selecting anything other than the Voodoo kernel and the seatbelt fix, so that's what I did. Now I have a Leopard install in which I can do basic stuff - like type, or click on things - but I don't have (in order of priority) wireless, graphics, audio, Ethernet, or my built-in card reader working. Here's the information provided by Acer for my hardware: Wireless: Atheros AR5B93 Wireless Network Adapter (code-named Acer Nplify). Graphics: For the display, it uses a generic ATI VGA Driver. My graphics card is an ATI Radeon HD 3200. Audio: I have Realtek integrated audio, using the "Realtek Audio Driver" driver for Windows. Sorry I can't provide more information than that Ethernet: Atheros AR8132 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller. Card Reader: Also by Realtek. For windows, it uses the "Realtek Card Reader Driver 6.0.600.20125". I don't know what to do now. Do I download kexts? Do I have to compile my own ... and how would I do that? Please please please help me any way you can ... my Windows partition seems to be corrupted and I need help. Thanks guys!!
  10. Alright, I know my laptop is compatible with Hackintosh. It has SSE3 and everything. I tried booting from my iDeneb v1.4 DVD this morning, and it seemed to be taking a very long time just sitting at the white Apple screen. No spinning wheel or anything; it was just the apple. So I rebooted with verbose mode turned on, and it stalled here: It has been stuck on this screen for the past hour (and counting!) So enlighten me, InsanelyMac users … what do I have to do to make it boot? Check my sig if you need info about my computer. Thanks in advance
  11. Matt K.

    Hardware questions

    Bump ... because I need to know soon ...
  12. Matt K.

    Hardware questions

    Hey, I just had a few quick questions about my computer's compatability with OSX. Does the ATI Radeon HD 3200 work with Leopard? What about Acer InviLink Nplify wireless? Thanks for any help you can provide!
  13. Matt K.

    Acer Aspire Notebook + OS X?

    Bump, because I just bought mine and I really need to know what OS to use. I'm downloading Kalyway 10.5.1 as we speak, but I can't definitively figure out whether or not it works on AMD. Should I be using iDeneb or something instead? Help please!
  14. Matt K.

    A few questions...

    Hello again, everybody. I've been doing a bit of Hackintosh research around the internet, and seem to be getting some conflicting information. Some sources are saying that Kalyway is ONLY compatible with Intel architectures, but I've had other people tell me that it will work just fine on a modern AMD system. I've just begun downloading a Kalyway 10.5.1 ISO, and I would really rather not waste the next twelve hours doing that if it won't work anyway. I have an Acer Aspire 5532 notebook, which has the AMD M780G chipset and an Athlon Neo processor (clocked at 1.6GHz with a 512KB cache.) I have checked my instruction sets, and it's capable of basically everything: MMX, Extended 3DNow, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, AMD64, Cool'n'Quiet, NX Bit, AMD-V. Please let me know quickly whether this will work or not! I can provide more information if I need to. Thanks a million
  15. I finally decided on a notebook to buy - an Acer Aspire 5532 from Best Buy. It's basically a budget laptop with a couple of pretty high-end features, making it great worth for the price. I can't decide what OS to run, as Windows 7 is still too buggy for my taste; but I've always liked OS X and want to know whether it'll run. Here's the Aspire's spec: AMD Athlon 64 processor, 512KB L2 cache, supports MMX/SSE/SSE2/SSE3 AMD M780G chipset ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics with up to 2GB of HyperMemory 3GB dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM 250GB hard disk drive 8x DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive Multi-in-one card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD) 15.6" HD 1366 X 768-pixel high-brightness display Two built-in stereo speakers Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam Acer Invilink Nplify 802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi I know OS X will install in theory. Does anyone have any experience with this specific notebook, or any of these components? Again, your opinions would be great.