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About dj_krypt

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  1. Hi All, A few weeks ago I decided it was time to build a new rig and upgrade from my older GA-P35-DS3 based system. I settled on the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5 and a Gigabyte ATI 6870. This hardware set was recommended on tonymac's site as one of the "customac" builds. I will never be using a guide or resource from the tonymac site again. I doubt this configuration was tested by them and if I could do it all over again I would have chosen a different hardware set. Also that stupid apple logo of theirs with the eyes is {censored} and annoying. That said, I spent a few nights (about 10) reading up and performing failed builds but now have a stable system. I first tried Lion however I had the BIOS reset issue after sleep and reboot so i decided to go for 10.6.8 which is fine for my needs in a recording studio. I still don't have sleep but at least i can reboot without resetting the bios. NOTE: I am not using onboard audio so I have not tested it and I have disabled it in BIOS. What you will need: - Hackboot v7 boot CD - 10.6.0 retail install disk - 10.6.8 combo update package - Chameleon 2.0 RC5 r1083 installer package - Realtek 2.0.6 gigabit ethernet installer package - DSDT for the board (I created my own by grabbing the DSDT from within windows and patching using autopatcher) - Imac 12.1 system definition file (Not sure if this is required). Here is my guide: Firstly set the following parameters in BIOS: - Load optimised defaults - Set AHCI on all interfaces - Set HPET to 64bit 1) Boot from Hackboot v7 boot CD, once at bootloader screen insert 10.6.0 install disk, wait about 20 seconds and press F5 to display the 10.6.8 disk. 2) Select the 10.6.0 install disk. 3) Once in the OSX installer environment use Disk Utility to partition your drive as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and set GUID scheme 3) Install OSX 4) Once finished reboot with Hackboot v7 boot CD in your drive and this time, once at the bootloader select new OSX installation. 5) After loading into OSX set a password when prompted and complete the remainder of the wizard you get when OSX is loaded for the first time. 6) Delete ACPI_SMC_Platform family plugin.kext (which you can find by browsing to S/L/E/IOPlatformplugin family.kext and selecting "show package content"). I found this was necessary to avoid kernel panic when performing the 10.6.8 update. 7) Launch terminal and type "sudo touch /system/library/extensions" without the quotes. (You may be prompted for credentials and this is why we set a password in step 5). 8) Repair permissions using Disk Utility and reboot. 9) Repeat step 4 10) Install 10.6.8 combo update but DONT REBOOT 11) Install Chameleon, Place DSDT and system definition in /extra 12) Repair permissions using disk utility (not sure if this is critical) 13) Reboot this time without the hackboot disk as you should now have a bootable installation 14) Install Realtek ethernet package for network 15) Enjoy Issues I still have to iron out (I have disabled sleep till I find a solution): - No sleep. system attempts to sleep however wakes up instantly with error message saying USB drives were not ejected gracefully. - No firewire connection to my audio interface (Presonus Studio Live) after sleep Dual monitor is working with GE=Yes however only one DVI port is working. I used a HDMI to DVI adapter for my second monitor. I have attached my plist for reference. If this sparks some interest and has some value for people I will rework the guide for clarity. I welcome any suggestions or improvements. Cheers from down under. com.apple.Boot.plist.zip