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  1. Hi Andy, I really held back as long as I could but I NEED to confirm this with you. I've been reading your replies on the tonymacx86 forums but I'm still slightly unsure of the answer. As the Asus boards are running a UEFI bios would I be correct in assuming that the bios overclock would be applicable in the OSX boot..? The assumption being that the UEFI overclock is running before any boot-loader for the OS initiates. I ask because as I have found out too many time "assumption is the mother of all f***-ups...!". Sorry to bother you with such stupidity.
  2. Hi Andy, I was just wondering about your temps. with the i5 at 4.8GHz, are they manageable on good air or was the H50 something you thought was necessary..? HarshaDS
  3. Hi Andy, First of all thank you for all the hard work you've put into this guide. I've read through all of it and it seems that you have managed to give a working Asus motherboard based solution for the i7. At the moment I'm running a stable : Q9550 @ 3.8GHz (on air) Asus Maximus II Formula 8GB GSkill PC2 8800 Pi Nvidia GTX260 896MB My one bottleneck at the moment is the availability of RAM. There doesn't seem to be too many DDR2 16GB kits and the ones that are available are not running at a high enough clock speed to keep my overclock stable. I have been looking at Maximus IV Extreme as the basis of a new build, I was hoping for your advice as to which direction I should go to build a 4-5GHz i7-2600K machine as the DDR3 16GB kits seem to be easily available. Any help or advice on this would be greatly appreciated before I invest in hardware. Thank you in advance HarshaDS
  4. Asus Maximus II Formula + Ideneb v.1.3

    Hi Gounah, Please don't apologize for anything, you have been very generous with your time and knowledge. My current set-up is working very stably and that is all thanks to you my friend. I have a possible suggestion that might help with the CROSSFIRE situation. Within the BIOS there is a way to enable or disable a memory remap which I think allows for the VGA to use system RAM for buffer overflow, this might be allocating system RAM without it being necessary. If you disable that, it might get rid of the choppiness in video playback. I'm not 100% sure if that is the solution but it might be an avenue to investigate. Hope work doesn't get you too busy to stop you playing with the new CROSSFIRE set-up. Thank you again for all the help given to make my transition to OS-X so easy. H.
  5. Partitioning for FCP 7 editing

    Hi Lanceomni, OK...got some sleep.....drank some coffee....ran out and got another Black Caviar 1TB and was just getting ready to format the 1TB and stopped to think... ...? Would there be any issues if I formatted the 1TB in NTFS so that both OS's could see and read and write to it. My logic is that it would allow me to transfer between OS's the stills and audio which the Vista is already set-up to do. The other major thing is of course transfer times from CF card to the media files folder, I can get an SATA CF card reader with drivers for Vista at reasonable price in Akihabara. Is there a down side as far as transfer read/write speed of files if the media folder is formatted in NTFS. Would there be file bloat as far as OSX was concerned..? Sorry for troubling you with these questions, but I thought it might be prudent to ask before starting to do something that might actually slow down FCP 7. H.
  6. Asus Maximus II Formula + Ideneb v.1.3

    Hey Gounah, Sorry for the last post but I sat down with a friend of mine who is far more competent than myself and he managed to get the dual boot working with Vista boot loader. He worked out what I was trying to do and managed to get me to boot from either OS in the post BIOS screen before the VISTA or OSX mbr/efi(Darwin) initiated. Its not as elegant as the Chameleon GUI interface but it allows me to have a slaved HDD's for DATA per OS. I can also unplug either OS and have the remaining one boot without any issues, the only thing I find weird but fun is the fact that OSX can grab files from the Vista drives though not the other way around. Forgive the crudeness of this email but I haven't slept for over 42hrs and I think I need to collapse on my bed. H.
  7. Asus Maximus II Formula + Ideneb v.1.3

    Hi Gounah, My apologies for not getting back to you immediately but I was busy with some boring work..sadly that pays the bills. I've been trying not to bother you too much as you are the Sensei that got me a working OSX Leopard and I realise I was using up your time quite a lot. I have been reading up as much as I can on forums and asking a few questions about various things and have come up with some more questions...forgive me. I see there are a few people that are saying that Snow Leopard 10.6 has some issues with FCS 3/FCP 7, as this is the primary reason that I want to use a Mac is there a reason to upgrade as yet to SL or should I stay on Leopard 10.5.7 for a while ? At the moment the original install you walked me through is very stable and I feel that the upgrade to SL might not be worth it for me yet (I have carefully archived your SL upgrade though for later use...thank you for taking the time to do it). My only concern now is the dual-booting, I went to the Chameleon site but to be honest the install process was quite confusing for me. I would happily use Chameleon but I am rather scared of it, added to that the "Using Chameleon 2RC" document was pretty terrifying since it assumes you know the various kekts needed for you specific set-up of hardware. A simple guide to get me to a point where I can choose Leopard 10.5.7 and Vista64 through the graphical interface would be very appreciated if you have the time. My ideal set-up would be to have 4 physical drives altogether : 2 physical drives for Leopard..... (HDD 1) 300GB Velociraptor as my OSX an FCP install (HDD 2) 1TB WD Caviar BLACK for DATA 2 physical drives for Vista64....... (HDD 3)Vista64 and Applications (HDD 4) 1TB WD Caviar BLACK for DATA If you could help me with an idiot guinea-pig guide to getting Chameleon in a GUI to boot between these 2 OS's in this configuration I would be most grateful. I know it is asking a lot and there is no great rush to get this done. My thanks again for all the help you have given me and you might get a torrent of people asking you for help as I mentioned you on HERE..!!! H.
  8. Hello all, I was looking at EasyBCD as an option to dual boot OSX and Vista on seperate HDD's. Just to clarify the process may I ask if this is correct.. : install EasyBCD on Vista with the OSX HDD unplugged Re-boot with OSX HDD plugged in but setting Vista HDD as primary boot in BIOS Add OSX HDD in Vista through EasyBCD as second boot device As EsyBCD is only meant to look look for bootable drives will there be an issues with both Vista and OSX if each OS has a separate extra physical HDD used for DATA ? Sorry for asking this instead of trying it myself, but I'm rather apprehensive about the chances of messing this up as both run stably at the moment but I can't afford to mess up the Vista OS as it is my main system. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. H.
  9. Partioning for FCP editing

    Hi Adrock42, Thank you for the welcome to these forums. I am indeed talking about the Canon 5D II camera, and though it has limitations, it also has the advantage of being able to fit all my Canon lenses and give me the same control I have for taking stills. My thoughts are now after having read the information you have so graciously given, is to use the WD Velociraptor with a single partition with OSX and FCP on it and get a Caviar BLACK 1TB to keep the assets and scratch on, with 300GB for just the OS and Applications the VR might also be enough to let it handle the scratch. I just put up my specs. up for the machine I'm running which is a Q9550 quad core running @ 3.8GHz and 8Gb of RAM with a GTX260 Nvidia graphics card. I'm hoping that this will allow me to work as close to real time editing for the type of footage I'm hoping to start working with. Your help and advice is gratefully received and I thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. H.
  10. Partitioning for FCP 7 editing

    Hi Lanceomni, Thank you for your advice, I've been playing with the 5D II files and as you said the advantages to partitioning seem to be difficult to see. I actually started to search and found the Activity Monitor which allowed me to do a very rough estimation of memory and HDD usage along with data throughput. I think as you said the implementation of OSX is superior to Vista in efficiency as far as memory and HDD usage is concerned, if I keep the 300GB Velociraptor for my OS and applications (basically FCS 3) on the 300GB and use a WD 1TB Caviar Black as the SCRATCH and DATA folders will that be good enough as a BASIC setup for the moment ? I plan to use the RAID box later on for the video and scratch but I need to migrate the files on it onto the NAS first. I think you home setup is going to be what I shall aim to try and achieve initially. I was wondering what the directory convention for COLOR 1.5 was, when I opened it there seemed to be $/users/xxxx.... and I was unsure how to point to another partition. Thank you again for your help and advice, I truly appreciate the fact that you have taken the time to answer my questions. H.
  11. Partitioning for FCP 7 editing

    Hello Lanceomni, I run a completely external hardware RAID array with redundancy using a 3Ware card at the moment, but was thinking of porting my my digital photo archives over to a eSATA NAS, as there doesn't seem to the need for the extra speed I gain for just digital stills editing. The reality of higher data throughput for the 5D II footage was the primary thought behind the partitioning, editing ProRes 422 (not 422HQ) would be the standard I would wish to achieve. Fortunately I'd already done my partitioning and formatting before I read that link, I think I would have had a coronary if I had to go the command line route . I only have OSX and FCP on-board at the moment, and I'm still just playing around with less than 20GB of 5D II files so a complete reinstall is not too time consuming. Is there an equivalent of task manager in OSX.. ? I would be better able to gauge the need for the scratch if I could somehow monitor the system. My instinct currently is to right click to try and refresh at the moment which is annoying but even with that being said I was wondering what the procedure was to flush the memory was in Leopard. I think I might take a bit of time to get acclimatised to the new OS so forgive me for asking these silly questions . What would be your recommendation for setting up my OSX system based on the fact that it will only run the operating system and FCP 7 ? Any advice would be gratefully received. H.
  12. Partioning for FCP editing

    Hi all, I've just entered the world of OSX and made the transition quite smoothly ( only ONE sleepless night.. ) thanks to the help of GOUNAH , my sensei in this endeavor. My system is working very smoothly with all components recognised and working (yes sound too... ). I am familiar with the setting-up of partitions for Vista for my needs, usually keeping my 1st physical HDD partitioned as follows: 100GB ---- Vista64 30GB ---- Applications 100GB----- Scratch (including page file if editing large images or HD files) 270GB----- Data That approximates the way I have a 500GB setup for both photo and video editing for the first disk, the rest are for DATA including a 4TB RAID array for Video editing and photo archival. With the acquisition of a 5D II, the editing needs of the format basically pointed to FCP as the solution. Well I built the Vista machine, and even though all my hardware doesn't seem to be in the HCL for OSX, I managed to get.... let me rephrase that ....Gounah managed to get me up and running with my hardware and iATKOS v7. Now I wish to see if there is an correct way to get my OSX86 Leopard 10.5.7 and FCP 7 running optimally for 5D II editing. I have a dedicated 300GB Velociraptor for setting up the OS and FCP, not being familiar with how OSX deals with page files (not sure they even exist in OSX) or if you need to or even can set up your applications on another partition I come to you for your expert advice. Forgive the long winded post, but from what I have read elsewhere on here it seems to be better to give as much information as possible in asking a question. H.
  13. Hi all, I've just entered the world of OSX and made the transition quite smoothly ( only ONE sleepless night.. ) thanks to the help of GOUNAH , my sensei in this endeavor. My system is working very smoothly with all components recognised and working (yes sound too... ). I am familiar with the setting-up of partitions for Vista for my needs, usually keeping my 1st physical HDD partitioned as follows: 100GB ---- Vista64 30GB ---- Applications 100GB----- Scratch (including page file if editing large images or HD files) 270GB----- Data That approximates the way I have a 500GB setup for both photo and video editing for the first disk, the rest are for DATA including a 4TB RAID array for Video editing and photo archival. With the acquisition of a 5D II, the editing needs of the format basically pointed to FCP as the solution. Well I built the Vista machine, and even though all my hardware doesn't seem to be in the HCL for OSX, I managed to get.... let me rephrase that ....Gounah managed to get me up and running with my hardware and iATKOS v7. Now I wish to see if there is an correct way to get my OSX86 Leopard 10.5.7 and FCP 7 running optimally for 5D II editing. I have a dedicated 300GB Velociraptor for setting up the OS and FCP, not being familiar with how OSX deals with page files (not sure they even exist in OSX) or if you need to or even can set up your applications on another partition I come to you for your expert advice. Forgive the long winded post, but from what I have read elsewhere on here it seems to be better to give as much information as possible in asking a question. H.
  14. Asus Maximus II Formula + Ideneb v.1.3

    Hi Gounah, I'm petitioning for canonization for you right now.... if all goes well you should officially be a saint by next week (errr....my apologies if you are a devout Catholic as I only mean this in jest). EVERYTHING WORKS...!!!!!!!! I'm going to start testing now to see how processing my 5DII .MOV test files go. The offer of the beer is still on and I'll stay in touch. Thank you for being so patient with some of my stupid questions and being able to help so promptly with such precise answers and insight. H.
  15. Asus Maximus II Formula + Ideneb v.1.3

    Hey Gounah , Seriously you are a saint , I feel stupid ( as per normal ). I knew it was the OS addressing the NIC issue that was causing me the problems, but my head was unable to get around the re-assign for the en(2) and en(3) issue. I wasn't aware that OSX (I'm still on 10.5.7 not Snow Leopard) was able to query new hardware on boot. I've proved again what an ideal candidate I would be for the "Idiot guinea pig" position.. . I'm going to try it now....wish me luck, and thank you again for being so generous with your time and advice. H.
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