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  1. I tried the Beta2 version on ML 10.8.4, but it didn't create a bootable USB installer for my EVGA X58 132-BL-E758-A1 mobo (GTX 285 grapgics card) I also tried Digital_Dreamer's Hackinstaller script without any success. What finally worked was Conti's MyHack installer. I did need several boot flags and a few simple [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] touchups, but nothing too heavy. All of the aforementioned tools are great aids for us non-hackers who are here because we need a working computer for our profession. I don't understand people who oppose such great efforts and encourage endless hours on the Terminal, one patch after another. Whoever wants to make hacking their hobby, there's nothing stopping them. I prefer getting the job done as quickly as possible, so that I can use the Hackintosh to create music and graphics. To each their own!
  2. EVGA x58 Installation Guide

    Dear Jae-V, I'm back after a busy week. As per your suggestion I worked on the bootloader, what I did was replace the boot file at the root of my Snow HD with the one from Chameleon 3 installer (#658) I did get the SL to boot normally. (although if I try to start my Leo 10.5.8 from the Chameleon RC3 on the Snow HD, it crashes). I followed the advice of some other people to disable Spotlight and re-enable it later. Also reinstalled BSD from SL so that repairing permissions works OK in Disk utility. But NO INTERNET , NO AUDIO (even though I put the VoodooHDA into S/L/E, see image) and, the weirdest of all, only my USB external drive shows on the desktop. I can still access other drives through the USB icon or the garbage bin, they only do not show up on the desktop. Please see the desktop snapshot. It is also showing the contents of my Extra folder. The Ethernet ports are kind of seen, but they do not connect. I've tried to copy the info from my Leopard window and enter values into the network window (in manual mode), it turns green but does not connect. Installing Realtek kext didn't help either. Any help would be highly appreciated. http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/1600/sc...090916at110.png EVGA X58 SLI A1 9800 GTX+ 6GB CorsairXMS3 DDR3 1600 i7 920 WD 1TB Leopard 10.5.8 WD 1TB SL 10.6.1 250 GB Windows 7
  3. EVGA x58 Installation Guide

    Dear JaE-V and other knowledgeable people, Can anyone offer me an advice in a case of a kernel panic? EVGA X58/ NVidia 9800 GTX+ 512/6GB/ 2 WD 1TB Black Kaviars, one of which with Leo 10.5.8 (demonoid downloaded retail) 10.6.432 http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/8520/sv300051.jpg Chameleon RC2 with SL compatible Boot file replaced, EFI string in boot.plist generated to Aquamac's guide, tried a couple of different dsdt.aml files in Extra folder. Haven't installed Voodoo.HDA into S/L/E yet, thought I'd get it to boot first please help. ztjangle
  4. Great work, sthacker23! I removed the 10.5.8 AppleHDA.kext first using these commands in Terminal: sudo -s (enter password) mount -uw / rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/AppleHDA.kext after that I installed the 10.5.7 AppleHDA.kext using kext helper b7. Drag your file into the window and enter password. ( http://mac.download3000.com/download-kext-helper-5284.html ) It put the file in S/L/E, NOT Extra. Everything worked as smooth as butter! thanks so much!
  5. Try this: http://www.kuflux.com/?p=7
  6. I have the same problem...updated tp 10.5.8 on EVGA X58 SLI and lost audio. Did several things after that to get it back: reinstalled Chameleon 2 overwrote EVGA kexts in th "Extra" folder erased LegacyHDAController and Platform driver from "Extra" and installed them into S/L/E uninstalled AppleHDA.kext from S/L/E none of this helped. I do have a carbon copy of my drive with 10.5.7 on it but I'm trying to fix this. Iwas going to use iDeneb's updater (see torrent sites) but was hoping a plain update would do. I guess not... Any clues, all you lil' OSX86 geniuses out there?
  7. Only days after my successful OSX86 installation on an EVGA X58 SLI motherboard, i gathered all my courage to venture into the overclocking realm. I am a newbie at this and I knew I could easily cause a lot of damage if not careful. I asked ihavearedcouch whose installation guide I specifically followed to arrive at a successful installation of Leopard 10.5.7 on this great board. He pointed to the following post which I studied and applied to an extent, but I thought it lacked detail and options: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/evga_x58_sli/8.htm I also checked out this, rather extreme overclocking guide. Like the first one, it primarily dealt with overclocking through Windows and E-LEET aopplication that came with the board: http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.asp?m=642527...page=1&key= When I followed the initial guide my computer crashed during boot and I was getting nowhere, just poking around BIOS frequency page and changing values hoping to get a satisfactory result. It crashed over and over, so I finaly had to revert to a default, non overclocked setting. (later I discovered a post on page 25 of that same guide that made more sense...) You know, that E-LEET in Windows isn't really useful for OS X people because its settings are not stored in BIOS. It can of course serve as a Windows tool, but if you overclock the system rather strongly in Windows and then write the E-LEET settngs down and put them manually into BIOS, chances are that Mac OS will crash with those same settings. I guess overclocking stresses the whole system differently for each OS. Having painfully leared all that through my own experience, I set out to tweak parameters one by one slowly untill I arrive at something usefull. So here are the settings I stored in BIOS as my presets (bottom of frequency page, don't make me take a photo now) I assume all of your other BIOS settings are correct, in particular those pertaining to SATA mode (see the following link, thanks to ihavearedcouch) http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/5121/img0033z.jpg All of these settings are stable and give great results in Geekbench, Xbench and Cinebench. Of course higher frequencies and higher voltages will heat things up more, possibly up to 70 degrees Celsius at extreme settings (only during stressed CPU work--it cools down nicely afterwards, if you have a decent cooling rig--I use V8 by Cooler Master and Antec 900 two case) Make sure you monitor your temperatures with Tempwerature Monitor or a similar application. Again my processor is i7 920. Overclocking Profiiles:-------1----------2----------3-----------4------------5-------------6----------7 Dummy O.C.--------------off---------off---------on----------off----------off------------off----------off CPU freq-----------------2666-------3606-------3206--------3806--------4006---------3406--------3711 Memory freq-------------1067-------1442-------1282---------1602-------1602---------1362--------1562 CPU clock rato-------------20---------20---------20----------19----------20-----------20----------19 CPU Host freq-------------133--------180--------160----------200---------200---------170---------195 CPU VCore----------------auto--------auto-------auto--------1.375------1.38125-------auto---------1.30 DIMM Voltage-------------auto--------auto-------auto--------1.625-------1.625---------auto--------1.575 QPI PLL VCore-------------auto--------auto-------auto---------auto--------auto---------auto---------auto All settins not mentioned in the table are default. Dummy O.C. only for mild overclocking. As you can see I left QPI at auto as well, there was no need to mess with that, the other settings did it. I didn't even try to go past 1602 on Memory, some people pushed it as high as 1650, but I was happy with what I got. I should finally mention that if you put in extreme overclocking settings and your computer crashes so that not even BIOS comes up when you restart, you need to clear CMOS (small red switch just above optical SPIDIF connector at the rear side of your computer). All BIOS settings will be back to default. You need to readjust the SATA settings again. If even that does not help, you've probably damaged the motherboard so be carefu. You can ask questions but this is as much as I know. Good luck with your overclocking. Zoran (ztjangle), Vancouver, BC, Canada Well, that table came out pretty crooked even though I tried hard to keep the columns straight, but you get the idea. Follow all the figures down from each profile number in a serpent-like fashion.
  8. Hi Alan, thanks for your reply. I did a fresh installation using the retail 10.5.6 followed by an update. It seems to be more stable now. As for th ghost CD image, it comes from the LG drive. It's there in XP, too (on My Computer page). Doesn't bother me any more. I swapped my GTS250 card for a 9800GTX and installed aquamac's latest driver. It only worked after I installed the ATY_Init.kext injector. Not any better than GTS250. The overclocking is now the main issue. True, the smbios settings don't do a thing. I started in BIOS followed by E-Leet in XP. E-Leet settings don't stay after rebooting in Mac OS, and are hence useless. Good for checking overall OC-ing abilities of the system. Even in Windows, I was only able to OC up to 3.9/1600. And that only after raising voltages in BIOS as recommended by this guide: http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.asp?m=642527...page=1&key= When I ran the geekbench test in XP, I was only able to get a score of 10100 or so. (compared to some guys that bragged of 12000 in 10.5.7) Momitoring CPU temperatures on E-Leet, they showed 47-50 Celsius at idle to over 70 at stressed CPU. Scary! With those settings I rebooted in Mac OS. It crashed right after the chrome apple logo! I started lowering voltages and ratios, but OS X was crashing over and over. Finally I had to load default Bios settings and only readjust SATA to AHCI. Such a turtle-slow clock only yielded a geekbench score of 8700. That's where I am now...do you think I should start my way up, slowly raising ratios and voltages? I hope I haven't fried anything, the system still works....even at my highest voltage settings I was still on the bottom green setting in BIOS. What are your BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings? Do you have an image anywhere at hand? thanks a lot again, --Zoran
  9. Hi Alan, Thanks so much for your speedy reply. As for Windows, I did try reinstalling it with AHCI on (the only way Mac OS will boot) but it always freezes half way through. I have looked into it though, and found some XP installers that have AHCI support. DL-ing as we speak. Your tips on SATA ports are very helpful and I will use them to further finetune the installation. I did get through yesterday though, a few hours after I posted that desperate reply. That ingenious RUN_PATCH_INSTALLER by DD did the trick. Yes my version of Mac OS did come with a Macbook. But I guess somehow the 10.5.7 combo updater straightened it out..?! I was too impatient to wait for the 10.5.6 retail to finish downloading... but now it's almost done and I will immediately try with the non-book version. A couple of things I noticed as I fiddled with the newly installed 10.5.7 on the i7: A ghost CD image, named "Bluebirds", sits on the desktop, disappears when I eject the (already empty) DVD drive, gets replaced if I put in a real disk, but reappears as soon as i close the empty tray!! Weird!! If I open it, it has some exe files on it. Would be nice to get rid of that. Sleep function doesn't work as it should. Haven't had a chance to try audio yet. Changing display resolutions is a pain in the butt. A blue screen often hangs, if I press the Pwr button briefly to engage sleep it sometimes helps. Often have ro restart. I guess mainly because my GTS250 card doesn't have a full support but I'm using that ATY_Init.kext injector? Or is it my cheesy 17" LCD run through a DVI to VGA adapter? Maybe I should replace the card with a 9800 card...I know so little about graphic cards... The goal for this machine is to be a very potent video and image editor and also be able to handle Pro Audio apps (like Logic Studio) with ease. I'm hoping the regular PCI slots are being supported as I plan to use 2 older Lynx AES16 audio cards. I did boost the clock up to 3800 in the smbios.plist. I guess i should also change the memory frequency from 1066 to 1600? Do these settings override the BIOS ones? Next step is to mess with the voltage settings, too scared for that right now. Would be nice to install some utilities trapped on my XxX OSX86 installer DVD that doesn't work on the i7....Now I'm getting greedy, hours after my first successful i7 installation! Hey, thank you so much, I will definitely post a condensed EVGA X58 installation "tutorial for dummies" as soon as I get through this first cyber-shock! --Zoran
  10. Hi Alan and the Insanely Mac family, Thanks for your generous tutorial on EVGA X58 3X SLI mobo installation. I have a few questions after fiddling with my installation for 2 days and a stalled boot. (see http://img55.imageshack.us/img55/4819/i7stall1.jpg) My hardware is: EVGA X58 SLI (E758-A1) 3x2GB Corsair XMS3 1600MHZ (currently only one card in) Intel 920 i7 2 WD 1TB Black Caviar SATA drives EVGA GTS250 graphic card LG 22x SATA DVD DL RW Antec 900-two case TX750W Corsair PS Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler Second computer: Dual boot Lenovo ThinkCentre dual core intel 1.8GHz XxX Hackintosh 10.5.7/Windows XP (The 10.5.7 is rock solid on that one). I put in the latest E758 BIOS smoothly. I also did a smooth Windows XP installation on one of the WD drives. Installed Chipset and Graphic drives in XP easily. After I switched over to AHCI SATA mode in BIOS (according to your pic (http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/5121/img0033z.jpg) not only would XP not boot, but I couldn't even get to BIOS without disconnecting the HD. After that and restored BIOS defaults, I was able to get the XP back. So Dual boot wouldn't work with AHCI unles there is a workaround. I decided to prepare the other Caviar in my Lenovo Hackintosh. Connected it in place of my Windows drive there. Did everything you said, used Digital Dreamer's script, run-patch installer to activate the GUID-formatted and partitioned HD and install the Retail 10.5.5 macbook OS and upgraded to 10.5.7. Didn't quite understand what the need for a Hackintosh installer DVD would be although I have an XxX and an iPC OSX86. The i7 wouldn't let either run (unlike dual core CPU machines). I didn't find the instructions on when and how to use the Boot-132 CD either. Installed Chameleon 2.0 RC2-r640 and replaced the contents of Extra/Extensions with those of the EVGAx58Kexts folder. I didn't bother to look for the Graphic card driver at this point. The DSDT patcher warned me that it needed to be run on the same hardware it would be used on, so I chose to do that later on the i7 since Lenovo only has a dual core. I also skipped editing the "com.apple.boot.plist" file as the Chameleon lets me chose the verbose mode as well. At this point I shut down, took the Caviar HD out and put it in the i7. Made it the boot choice in BIOS. At boot, Chameleon opened nicely. I chose verbose mode. Seemed the OSX booted nicely, but stalled after 2 minutes. (see pic) I'm thinking of using a USB drive instead to experiment as removing SATA drives is slow. Can somebody offer an advice? I would be very grateful and include all my detailed posts after a successful installation. Thanks so much, Zoran Vancouver, BC, Canada