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  1. Triple Booting OSX, Vista Ultimate x64, and Windows 7 RC on an HP Pavilion m9250f desktop. OBJECTVE: Install OSX on a pc that already has dual-boot installations of Vista Ultimate x64 and Windows 7 x64 RC1. In effect, this will allow you to choose any of the three operating systems (and not throw away thousands of dollars for a shiny aluminum case with light-up fruit on it **This will be quite similar to a guide over on Hackint0sh.org that I used during my install. Many many thanks go to icchansan for a lot of this info. Disclaimer: I'm not completely done with this guide yet, nor is my installation completely perfect as of this moment, and I'm taking no responsibility for the accuracy/inaccuracy of this guide. If you screw things up, it's all on you. I'm still learning a lot myself, and my system isn't what I consider 'flawless,' but it's running great, with no operational issues to speak of. I'm just writing this to share my experience with you all, in the hope that it helps other OSX n00bs like myself in the future. As with all nerdery, back up EVERYTHING before you change anything, read the entire guide before doing anything, and make sure you fully understand each step before you start doing it. Ok, here we go: My hardware list: Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Motherboard: Asus (Benicia) IPIBIL-LB Chipset: Onboard Intel G33 Express Ram: 4GB (800mhz), Hard Drive(s): 2x500GB Seagate SATA Graphics Card: nVidia 8600GT 512MB Audio: ALC888S (Onboard audio) DVD Drive: HP OEM Super-Multi SATA drive Hauppage WinTV tuner (Not gonna work in OSX, of course) If your system is not the same, the following guide may not work at all, so be careful. Prepare for Installation 1. Find a copy of iATKOS 5i (OSX 10.5.5). I won't provide a link to it, but it's easy to find. I haven't tried iATKOS v7 yet, but I'll do it soon and update the guide accordingly. I tried using iDeneb and iPC, but they would freeze during boot, giving me the white apple screen, sith the NO icon over the apple. More on that later, but I'd recommend getting iATKOS 5i. 2. Make a backup of your motherboard's BIOS. Flashing the BIOS can be a risky. It can brick your motherboard, rendering your computer a rather large paperweight. But it's necessary for OSX to run on this particular system, and it went just fine for me. The BIOS on my particular motherboard is an AMI (American Megatrends), version 5.23. Check your boot screen for your particular version. ** If you don't know how to back up an AMI BIOS, google it, and you'll find what you need pretty quickly. 3. Download this file from Kabyl. It's a modified BIOS file for the ASUS IPIBIL-LB Motherboard that gives you more options/control than the crappy stock HP BIOS. Remember, this is for the stock ASUS IPIBIL-LB mobo, with AMI bios 5.23. DON'T TRY TO FLASH OVER A DIFFERENT MANUFACTURER'S BIOS!! REMEMBER TO MAKE A BACK-UP FIRST!!! 4. Download this Bios Flashing Utility from American Megatrends. This is needed to flash the modded BIOS onto your mobo. 5. Close all other programs, and open the amiflash .zip file. Find the appropriate afuwin.exe file for your system, and run it. I used the 64 bit version, as the m9250f is a 64 bit system. The following image shows you exactly what you need to select in the utility to successfully flash the bios. When you have everything EXACTLY as above, take a deep breath and click Flash. 6. If all went well, reboot the computer, and enter the BIOS menu. If not, google on another machine is now your best friend. 7. In the ADVANCED tab, set your SATA1 Controller Mode to AHCI. NOTE: I did not do this step, and I just left it as it was. My Vista and W7 installs are set up for IDE SATA, and it gave me some trouble booting when I switched it to AHCI. I could have modded the Windows registries without reformatting everything, but I just decided to leave this option alone. But others have said that it's necessary. I dunno on this one, but I personally didn't need to do it, and it's working great for me thus far. 8. In the POWER tab, enable the processor's XD features. Mine were enabled already, so I left it alone. 9. Decide where you want to install OSX. The m9250f comes with 2 500gb sata drives, so you can either wipe out one entire drive and install it there, or create a partition on an existing drive if it has enough free space. I'd personally recommend installing it on its own hard drive, as that's generally the safest way. But You can create a partition and do it that way as well. Just back up your important stuff, as partitioning can destroy your data. - I recommend using Gparted from a Linux Live CD for partitioning a hard drive. Vista's partition manager will work fine, but I just like Gparted more. It is very easy to use, and there are instructions for its use all over the net. Just google Gparted. If you do decide to go this route, I'd recommend giving it at least 70-80 gigs, so you can actually have some usable space for programs and media, but the more the better Installing OSX Leopard 1. Burn the iATKOS 5i disk image to a DVD using your preferred iso burning program. Place it in the dvd drive, and restart the computer. 2. Boot from the DVD by pressing ESCAPE at the blue HP bios screen. Select your DVD drive, and let it do its thing. 3. Select your perferred language. 4. Before you actually install the os, you must go into the Utilities menu. Select Disc Utility. Inside the Disc Utility, select the drive/partition where you want to install OSX. Under Format, select either Mac OS Extended or Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Journaled systems create a log of every system mod or change, and can sometimes be reverted back in case of problems. But it does eat up some processor cycles and hard drive space. I chose not to have a journaled system, but it's up to you. 5. Click ERASE to format the partition with your new settings. 6. Exit the Disk Utility, and select your install drive from the list. 7. IMPORTANT!!! before you click Install, click Customize at the bottom of the installer window. 8. In the Customize menu, select these options: Bootloader: - PC Efi v9 X86 Patches: - Decrypters: -- AppleDecrypt - SMBIOS Drivers: -- Apple SMBIOS Enablers: --- SMBIOS-EFI - Disabler.kext - OHR - PS/2 (For these with PS2 Keyboard/Mouse) - Remove Thermal Kexts Drivers: - VGA -- NVinject -- nVidia: --- EFI String for nVidia: ---- 8600 GT 512MB System: - SATA/IDE: -- Intel AHCI SATA Note: I selected both the AHCI and non-AHCI SATA drivers, since I didn't know at the time If I was going to need the AHCI method. ** I also found and selected my motherboard's chipset LAN drivers from the menu, so that I could have a direct connection to my router. I personally hate wireless connections for my desktop, unless it's absolutely necessary. 9. Install Leopard. It can take quite a while, so go relax somewhere for a bit. Once OSX has installed, you will need to remove the iATKOS disc, and restart. Congratulations, your computer should now be running OSX (although not flawlessly yet). Before you start playing with your new toy, read on for more info. Getting all 3 operating systems to boot - A part that I had some trouble with When OSX installed, it seemingly killed my two Windows installations' ability to boot. I got this error: "BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" Apaprently, installing OSX can change the active boot partition, screwing up other OS' boot managers. Here's what I did to fix it: 1. Restart and boot from a Linux Live CD. Run Gparted from the terminal, and make the Vista partition 'Active.' Google Gparted if you don't know what it is, or don't know how to use it. You can also use fdisk from Leopard, if you know how. 2. Insert the Windows disc, and boot from it. Follow the instructions HERE to reapir the boot manager, and you should be good to go. 3. You may notice that Leopard is not listed in the boot options when you restart your computer. This is where I don't have an answer (yet). iATKOS does not play well with Windows' Easy BCD program, and therefore it does not show up in the boot options. I'm still working on it, but it's not too big a deal to me. All three operating systems work, and that's enough to make me smile. I can easily get into OSX by restarting, and pressing ESC to enable the boot menu, and select my OSX hard drive. Getting all your hardware to work: This is where the majority of my time has been spent thus far. 1. Onboard HD Audio driver (AHC888 ICH9): Download 2. Sleep/Wake issue fix: Download (This is for those who get issues while sleeping/waking the computer) 3. Graphics Card (Nvidia 8600 GT): Download Note: The above graphics card mod (called 9f23) requires a bit of an explanation: 1. Install the 9f23 package, and install EFIStudio that comes with it. 2. Select your graphics card type (in my case, it's an Nvidia 8600 GT 512mb) 3. Add your graphics card to the list in EFI Studio, and finish the driver installation process. 4. When done installing the drivers, reboot. You will know you did it right if you go into the System Profiler and it says that Quartx Extreme is supported. 4. Wireless USB dongle drivers: Download (This is only for Ralink-based chipset RT73 wireless usb dongles. It MUST be compatible with OSX in order to operate with this driver. Many aren't compatible, so use google for more info. I personally don't use wireless, so as to avoid headaches) 5. For general tweaks and customization, I recommend OSx86 Tools. Great program, and it can back up and restore your kernel files and extensions if you get into trouble. In addition, Kext Helper can assist you in installing all your modded kernel extensions (kext files). Getting Windows and OSX to share files with each other: This is an important thing for most multi-boot users. OS X cannot write to NTFS partitions, and Windows cannot read or write to HFS+ (Mac) partitions, unless you install some third-party applications. Here's what to do: In OS X: 1. Download MacFuse and install. 2. Download NTFS-3G and install. 3. Bingo, you can now access Windows files from Leopard. In Windows Vista: 1. Get a copy of MacDrive from Mediafour and install. You now can read/write from either OS. ------------------------------------------- Anyway, that should be good enough to get you rolling. I hope this guide will be of help to you all, and good luck. Once again, a BIG thanks to all those that have helped me along the way, especially icchansan, Kaybl, . If you have any input or questions, feel free to post them, and I'll try to answer them as best I can. In the meantime, here's a low-res screenshot of my new Leopardy hotness: