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  1. I had skimmed through the readme and found 'Turn off jornaling', but I missed the 'Journaling is left intact and is too useful to disable.' part in the first paragraph. Just forget I said anything
  2. I liked most of the tweaks, but there is one I can't really agree with: journaling is not about performance, but about reliability and failure tolerance. I never want to go back to the Win98 days where a shutdown was guaranteed to corrupt the filesystem (the unjournaled FAT32).
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    UPDATED: AppleAC97Audio for Snow Leopard i386/x86_64

    What exactly are the advantages over VoodooHDA? Or AppleHDA?
  4. Probably, but the colors are doubtful anyway: why not go for silver, light blue, or even green (to match the Chameleon logo lol)?
  5. Was I the only one that hated that yellow-ish color? The theme would be much better with something more neutral that didn't remind of vomit.
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    @gsw953: There are two operational modes for SATA controllers. One is AHCI, which requires drivers and OS support, and allows full use of the protocol. The second is IDE emulation mode, for older operating systems, which is what most motherboars default to. @epicvengeance: Your motherboard's southbridge (ICH7) does not support AHCI, at least according to Wikipedia. I didn't know P41/G41 motherboards had chips that old. I guess you won't be able to make full use of a Vertex 2. You could still do some more research, found out the maximum speed you can actually get, and see if it's worth it.
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    The only thing missing in OS X (on real Macs too) is TRIM support, that tells SSDs what sectors are free for better internal bookkeeping. Most newer drives have some other method for taking care of said issue (internal garbage collecting), and Sandforce drives like the Vertex 2 are pretty resilient anyway. I wouldn't worry very much about that though: you'll get amazing performance unless you intentionally torture the drive by doing random writes all over it.
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    SSDs are pretty much the best you can get to help boot times and application launching. Your motherboard does have SATA 3gbps (300MB/s), so the Vertex 2 would be a great choice.
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    Paragon Rescue Kit for Mac OS X

    Couldn't one just use the installation DVD's Disk Utility instead?
  10. Did you try the opposite, get Chameleon to boot into Windows for you?
  11. I installed Snow Leopard after Windows and also had trouble with bootmgr. What happens is that Windows installs its boot files in the first connected HDD, not the one where the \Windows folder is. Which means that if you try to boot from the Windows partition through Chameleon, some needed files will be missing. What I did to fix things was re-install the aforementioned files through the Windows installation DVD. Boot from it, go into 'Repair your computer', and open the command prompt. Find out what the letter of your Windows partition is by running: diskpart list volume exit After you find it, run the following commands, replacing 'Z:' for the correct letter, and 'en-us' for your language code: bcdboot X:\Windows /l en-us /s Z: /v bootsect /nt60 Z: /force Exit the prompt, the installation environment, then reboot and see if things work.
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    Boot times for you Hackintosh

    The best way to improve boot times is an SSD. My computer is slightly outdated (Core2Duo @ 3.6GHz, 4GB of RAM), but with an SSD, it flies: 10s from power-on to end of POST 10s from POST to desktop (including start-up apps.) And it's not even a fast SSD (OCZ Solid 2 60GB @ 200/120MB/s) for today's standards (a 64GB Crucial C300 gets 300/70MB/s).
  13. Install XCode from your OS X DVD, open the .xcodeproj file with it, then hit 'Build' in the main menu.
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    Sorry another Panic error

    When you get a KP in verbose mode, a list with the contents of the CPU registers and some of last called function's addresses is printed. If the crash happened in a kernel extension, you'll get yet another list with the names of the kexts that successively called into each other until something went wrong. Here is a random example I found on Google showing a crash on the audio drivers:
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    Moving OSX from GPT to MBR

    Yes, I could do so for I have some spare time 'till next week. PM me so we can talk in Portuguese
  16. Currently, I have Snow Leopard installed in a separate, GPT-partitioned hard drive. I want to move my installation to another drive, which must use MBR so I can boot Windows from it as well. Has anyone successfully restored an OS X installation to another drive using e.g Disk Utility?
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    Sorry another Panic error

    Are there any kexts listed on the backtrace?
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    AnVAL (ACPI Loader)

    I was to lazy read the docs on PLTRST#, my bad.
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    Mac Pro Question

    Those 5400's are Core 2s, so they lose quite a bit on performance-per-clock. If the Geekbench scores are right, with 12% more clock and 2x the number of cores, the MacPro you mentioned has about 20% and 40% more performance in integer and floating point calculations, respectively, but half the memory performance. And you still need to take into account it has 50% less RAM. So, I have two recommendations to you. The first and cheaper one would be overclocking. An i7 920 running @ 3.2GHz, matches the MacPro in CPU performance, while keeping double the memory bandwidth. You can go way beyond that with some moderate cooling. The second, while expensive, will probably help you the most with rendering times. Get yourself a 6-core i7 980X. It will seriously outperform that MacPro in pretty much every area, and has enormous OC potential. In your case, the $1000 you'd need to shell out for it will probably pay themselves in the long run. The GeekBench scores I use as reference follow. i7 920 MacPro i7 920 @ 3.2GHz
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    Moving OSX from GPT to MBR

    What I did the last time I needed to install without OS X running already was boot into the installation DVD, make it restore itself to a flash drive, and use MacDrive on Windows to replace OSInstall.mpkg for the modded one. Worked better than I expected. Even that would not unnecessary if union-mounting DMGs in the installation environment didn't cause a panic...
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    What does the Shutdown display means?

    Yes, this is a kernel panic. You should boot the system in verbose mode so the actual errors are shown instead of the 'friendly' message.
  22. You can use OS X's installation DVD to do backups, but not to write to NTFS partitions, so you'd need an external HDD or flash drive formatted as FAT32. But you have to do it through the Terminal. An alternative is using a Linux LiveCD: IIRC, you can read HFS+ partitions and write to NTFS ones, so it should be enough.
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    AnVAL (ACPI Loader)

    The wording on the docs. is a bit unclear: it may mean the bit is set right after a transition to C3/C4 occurs, and cleared when the CPU wakes up, which would make it unreliable for determining the if deeper sleep states are enable, but not currently active.
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    Moving OSX from GPT to MBR

    From what I understood from this article and other Microsoft documentation, Windows Vista and 7 can boot from GPT partitions only on EFI systems. This leaves us with two alternatives, hybrid GPT/MBR or MBR-only. I don't see many benefits in the former: you get a slew of new problems for no gain, considering there are no disks large enough to dual-boot two 2TB partitions as of now.
  25. In which branch are all those memory improvements being pushed to? mozodojo's, rekursor's, or the trunk? Thanks for the great work!