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  1. I'm new to this site and the whole installing-OSX-on-a-PC lark. I had real trouble finding any information to get me going, so I just thought I'd share my experience of getting up and running. I started off with an ISO file that was listed as OS X 10.4.8 JaS AMD Intel SSE2 SSE3 PPF1 & PPF2 I created a new partition on my main hard drive using Acronis Disk Director Suite. I already had two partitions on it and I decided to add two more: one for OS X and one for sharing files between Windows and OS X. I created both partitions as FAT32. In goes the disc. Reboot. Boot from disc. Grey screen with the spinny thing. It's going okay. The installation dialogue appears. And of course, it won't install to my new partition. But I expected that as it's FAT32 and not Mac Extended format. So I go back to the initial install screen and head up to the top menu to select Utilities and run the Disk Utility. In the disc utility I select my partition and Erase it into Mac Extended (Journaled) format. It wipes and formats the partition and then fails to mount it. Hmm. Back to Windows. Back to Acronis Disk Director Suite. The partition has lost its label name and it's in FAT32 still. So I delete the new partitions, recreate them and try again with the same result. I do note that although it's the third of four partitions, my intended OSX partition is listed at partition number five (more on that later). Anyway, I boot off the disc to the same result. Luckily, I have an extra blank hard drive as my secondary master. I split that into two partitions and try again. This time it works. The Disk Utility erases, formats and mounts my hard drive just fine. I set it as the drive to install OSX to and make sure that I select as few options as possible under the Custom Install page. OSX installs just fine and it boots up to the Mac desktop. Success! Back to Windows briefly to install the Acronis OS Selector (comes with Disk Director Suite). It works fine. Now, my nVidia 9800GT isn't working properly and there's no sound from my onboard sound chips. I had kind of expected this. My onboard sound is "Intel 82801GB ICH7 - High Definition Audio Controller [A-1] PCI" according to Everest. And I reckon that's an ALC888 setup. I obtain an 888 kext and an 889a kets and install script. I modify the install script to handle the 888 kexts instead. I open a Terminal window, type "sudo -s", enter my password and drag the script onto the Terminal window. No sound. After a reboot, no sound. Ah well. After searching these forums for info on the 9800GT, I find that it's pretty difficult if not impossible to install it on the version of OSX I'm running. Time for a new install with a fresh image. I try "iPC OSx86 10.5.6 Universal PPF5". It installs in pretty much the same way as before. I make sure I Erase the disk before installing and I hunt through the custom installation settings for the right stuff. There isn't a driver for my graphics card, but there is one for the 9800GTX. I select that one. Install, reboot, and there's sound and full resolution graphics. It even recognises my monitors (I've got two) and installs the correct colour profile for them. Wow! And that's where I'm at just now. Video plays in Quicktime player, but not in VLC. I've discovered that this is down to an incorrect graphics driver not enabling CI and QE. So now I'm on a quest to get those working. In the meantime, I've downloaded the Mac driver for my Logitech G15 keyboard and it worked first time. I then installed the driver for my Wacom Graphire graphics tablet and it worked too. That surprised me as it's actually plugged into one of the USB ports on the back of the G15 keyboard. But work it did. I also learned at this point that OSX will only be able to properly recognise and mount the first four partitions on a disk. Or at least it will handle any partitions labelled with a partition number of four or less. My first attempt was with what was seen as partition five, so it failed. Onwards and upwards. I've found searching through these forums to be a dreadful experience. There's a wealth of information here, but when you first try to get this running, there's very little that one can easily find to hold your hand. Now that I've got specific questions, I find I can search the forums very easily. Anyway, those are my experiences so far. I hope they help someone.
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