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About dustonio

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  1. Bounty Offered! How to configure dual video cards

    Well here is the solution that I found after doing A LOT of research all afternoon. I ended up finding how to set-up both video cards using the tutorial on the aquamac forum, along with some modifications to the instructions. This will be helpful for others who have used the Lifehacker method from 2009. Here is a link to what helped me get started down the right path: http://aquamac.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=hack1&action=display&thread=569&page=1 Here are the specs of what I have got in my build: * GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard * EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card * Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80580Q8400 * (this is the 2nd video card I purchased recently in Sept 2010) EVGA 512-P3-N944-LR GeForce 9400 GT 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card I followed the steps in detail from the Aquamac Forum, and then copied over the HEX string to the com.apple.boot.plist which was located in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration Each card would work independently, but they did not work together. So I read further and changed the BIOS from PEG to PEG2 -- but that did not work either. After poking around some more, I found that I had TWO com.apple.boot.plist files. The second one was located in /Extra I therefore pasted the same HEX string in the /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist and then changed the BIOS back to PEG, and it worked! Dragging the windows around in each of the monitors seems jerky-looking, but it works good enough for me now and I have got three monitors running together. Eventually I'll test a fourth monitor and see how that works. It seems that this method did not require me to insert any Kext files.
  2. I have a hackintosh running snow leopard 10.6.4 using the Lifehacker tutorial from 2009. My main video card is EVGA Geforce 9800 GTX+ 512MB. My desire is to run up to four monitors, so I have purchased a 2nd video card: EVGA GeForce 9400 GT 512MB However I cannot figure out how to enable the video card. For three days I've read through the advice on this forum and others, but am still confused as to where I should make changes, because it seems that dual video cards isn't something that a lot of people are doing. I will gladly offer a $50 USD bounty to somebody who can offer me step-by-step instructions guiding me through the ability to make four monitors run. And to give back to the community, I would be happy to post these instructions here so that others who have followed the easy-to-use Lifehacker instructions can benefit if they also want to run four monitors using two video cards.
  3. Is there a way to run VMWare on the Hackintosh? It seems the latest version does not run. I get an error message stating that VMWare will only run on a 32-bit version, not a 64-bit. Do we just have to wait for the people at VMWare to update their software?
  4. I'm getting kernel panics every once in a while. the last one showed mds. I was trying to use SuperDuper! to back up my entire hard drive at the time. I wonder if other people are having problems with SuperDuper and/or Time Machine. Another crazy thing that happened, is that all programs will all-of-a-sudden close, as though I was shutting down. The screen would turn blue, and then after a few seconds, the Snow Leopard background image would show and my dock would re-appear. I then needed to re-open all the programs. Strange...
  5. Ok, I got it to work. This is what I did: I went back to the No-Hack install. Even though I would get a Kernel Panic while installing to my hard drive, it will eventually complete the install. (sometimes it takes a bit of time). I then realized you're supposed to keep the USB boot drive in the computer to get the hard drive to boot. It always defaulted to the Snow Leopard installers...but here is why it defaulted to the Snow Leopard Installer: I was using an OLD monitor -- a CRT that couldn't handle the higher resolution required. It was giving me an "Out of Range" signal. Since I didn't respond to with any arrow keys to select the hard drive monitor, by default it selected the Snow Leopard installer (from the USB key for me) after several seconds. Once I used an up-to-date monitor that could handle a higher resolution, I was successfully able to see the Boot Screen and select the hard drive on my own. And now, happily, Snow Leopard boots for me. Hopefully this gives some of you some help, as it had me stuck for about a day as I was trying to troubleshoot it. So keep the USB key plugged in And use an up-to-date monitor.
  6. I had problems using the No-Hack Method (http://lifehacker.com/5360150/install-snow-leopard-on-your-hackintosh-pc-no-hacking-required), so I decided to do the all-Terminal method. However after going through the entire process, after the "Verifying DMI Pool Data" I got the following results: boot0: GPT boot0: testing boot0: testing boot0: done boot1: error I used the recent release of Cameleon-2.0-RC3-r658-bin and am stuck. Both the No-Hack and the all-Terminal method get me stuck.
  7. Here's my configuration. I changed the CPU and hard drive to save a bit of money, and also had to use G.Skill RAM because the other one that was mentioned in the Lifehacker article was out of stock. Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-218LBK LabelFlash Support - OEM Item #: N82E16827129045 TRENDnet TEG-PCITXR 10/ 100/ 1000/ 2000Mbps PCI Copper Gigabit Network Adapter - Retail Item #: N82E16833156139 Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM Item #: N82E16822136074 EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail Item #: N82E16814130339 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail Item #: N82E16820231166 Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q8400 - Retail Item #: N82E16819115057 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail Item #: N82E16813128358 I initially had problems booting with the USB Stick and kept getting "Verifying DMI Pool Data", and then I realized I missed the important step of applying the EP45UD3P Snow Leopard patch to it. Once I did that, I was thankfully able to get to the next step of installing Snow Leopard. I had several kernel panics while attempting to install snow leopard. It would get stuck at 28 minutes left, but finally, after my third or fourth attempt, the Snow Leopard install to the hard drive worked. If I keep the USB drive plugged in, it automatically loads up the Snow Leopard Install screen. If I disconnect the USB drive and attempt to boot only to the hard drive (which it sees and recognizes), I get stuck at the nasty "Verifying DMI Pool Data". I have re-installed Snow Leopard to the hard drive twice and keep getting this message. Any help would be greatly appreciated.