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About macman88

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  1. Last year, my 1st generation MacBook started acting up and the battery won't be detected. I went to a genius and he told me it appears to be a motherboard issue, so it would cost me about $800 to get it fixed. Seeing as how I paid $1k for that thing only 2 years ago, I was pretty pissed, and decided to go the hackintosh route. I ended getting a pc notebook for about $300, and after hacking it, liking it. I designated by MacBook as my "desktop" mac now, seeing how the battery unit isn't reliable anymore. Well...now I'm getting those random shutdowns that happen to 1st generation macs. It looks like I'll have to throw this thing into storage now since it appears the reliability is gone....can't afford to write a term paper only to have it disappear due to the random shutdown/the autosave not saving the latest version in time. Right now, I'm looking for a motherboard that will run os x as vanilla as it can. I'm hoping for integrated graphics and onboard audio, too. Again, it doesn't need to be a powerhouse -- I just need something relatively cheap so that I can browse the web, watch youtube videos, and type up essays on. Any suggestions? Also, what do you think about following the EFI-X compatibility list? I don't think i'm willing to plop down $200 for a EFI hardware bootloader, but I'm thinking...if it's on the EFI-X list, then wouldn't chances be that it'll run fine on Chameleon EFI? I know osx86project has their own HCL too, but that thing is a giant mess to sift through.
  2. I am running an Acer Aspire 3680 on the latest version of Leopard. While it runs perfectly fine with the laptop's LCD display, I wanted to hook it up to my monitor & full keyboard setup on my desk. When I first hooked it up, it displayed the expanded desktop mode fine. But since I was hoping of something more along the lines of cloning the display onto the external, I went into the display settings and switched it from extended to mirror. After switching it, the graphics driver would always glitch up when I would run OS X with the external monitor plugged in. When I pulled the VGA cable out though, the LCD screen on the notebook would return to normal. Since the option to reconfigure the secondary display is only available when there's an external monitor is connected, I can't switch the mode back to extended desktop (which didn't cause the graphics to glitch up.) Is there a way to delete my external monitor's setting without having to access the menu?
  3. 10.5.4 Update Woes (Netkas method)

    i'm in the same boat as you. internal laptop keyboard & mouse wont work. tried installing the old kexts i backed up from my 10.5.3 system, but it didn't work. my post is here: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=115488
  4. i have an acer aspire 3680 laptop with an intel celeron M processor (OS X sees it as a core 2 solo) running the vanilla kernel. i updated from 10.5.3 using the combo updater. prior to updating, everything was running fine. after i ran the update and rebooted, i began to have problems. my networking and laptop keyboard & trackpad didn't work. I was able to fix my networking by using the backed up copies of the modified kexts I had to use for 10.5.3. however, when I moved the ApplePS2Controller.kext from my backup to my machine, it failed to do anything. I still have to use a USB mouse and keyboard. i have tried fixing this by repairing permissions and that didn't work. I also tried moving the system.kext backup to my installation (i read somewhere that might work), but it didn't help either. any suggestions on what else I should try?
  5. tried that, didn't work. i found out the problem though -- it's because the PCI express bus isn't starting right. I used chun nan's patched networking drivers and got it to work.
  6. i've tried to reinstall the io80211 kext, but it still shows me the no airport installed error when i click on the airport icon in the menu bar. i've also deleted the networkconfiguration.plist in hopes that os x will rediscover the airport, but no luck... any ideas i should try? the release I used was iATKOS v2.0i (10.5.2).
  7. update: i went ahead and bought an acer aspire 3860. its supposed to be the same as a travelmate 2480 only with a glossy screen and a few other things, but the reason why i bought a 3860 is because i got it at a steal off ebay. that specific unit i looked at was selling a lot cheaper than the travelmate 2480s on that day. oddly enough, a few days ago, my macbook decided to accept the battery again & start charging. i've been messing around and it seems to be working fine again. VERY weird. nevertheless, I think i'll keep the 3860 around for backup in case my macbook decides it wants to act like a desktop again in the future...and plus, having a PC laptop run OS X is always a good conversation starter.
  8. did they ever get power management working on the 2480 again? In that post, the author said it stopped working after the 10.4.8 kernel because the processor doesn't have speedstep..
  9. yeah, it's not the same one. on my old battery, the rubber foot on it was worn and it was showing the green rubber underneath the gray paint. this battery's foot is completely gray. also, when the genius swapped out the old battery, it had a full charge. this new one comes with only a half charge from the factory. it's definitely a different one.
  10. Before I headed off to my 1st year of college, I bought a real Mac - a MacBook Core 1 Duo. Paid $1099 or so for it. Unfortunately, it's been plagued with problems since I've got it - first the palm rests went discolored and the top case cracks. I got it replaced under warranty. Then the backlight starts to flicker...1 month after AppleCare expired. Finally, this past month, the MacBook simply won't charge or detect the battery. I took it back to The Apple Store, the genius tried swapping the battery -- didn't fix my problem. He said it was a logic board (motherboard) failure--most likely the chip that monitors the battery life/etc. He said it'll cost about $900 (parts & labor) to fix or I could get a brand new MacBook for $1000 after my college student discount. Given my bad experience, I'll have to pass on both. I love Mac OS X but I simply don't have the $ to spend on a new MacBook and I can't trust Apple's product quality anymore. That brings me to my question - for my college, they require every student to have a laptop; desktops don't cut it. It doesn't have to be a super-powerful Core 2 Quad or anything -- only something that I can use for word processing, music, viewing streaming HD videos (think Quicktime HD trailers), etc and the occasional PC gaming (by that I mean The Sims 2, not Crysis, so integrated graphics are fine). My budget is about $500 tops, preferably something in the $400 or less range. I'm looking for a notebook computer that's VERY OS X compatible - either out of the box or via a few (simple) driver hacks. I would like it to be able to run sound, video, and wifi smoothly without much patching. Do you guys have any recommendations?
  11. I'm a real mac user and I moved to leopard. But apple screwed me over so now I'm making a hackintosh. Sticking it to the man. MacBook 13" with well-known flicker defect (which apple isn't admitting) http://appledefects.com/wiki/index.php?tit...#Screen_Flicker Honestly, since Apple only makes drivers for such a small hardware set (Mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro), I don't think i'll matter to us third party users--our equipment still won't be, if you will, umbrella'ed into apple's drivers.
  12. It's in this laptop which i'm eyeing to buy, so I don't have much free room to pick-and-choose components. Processor Intel Pentium 4 Dual Core Video card Intel Mobile GMA 965 Wireless LAN Lan-Express AS IEEE 802.11g PCI-E Adapter Ethernet LAN Marvell Yukon 88E8039 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller Model: Sony Vaio VGN-NR110E I think i'm pretty safe for the ethernet & video. Wireless I might have to get a usb dongle?