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  1. ATI Radeon 6xxx, working QE/CI

    Bootable RAID 0 on GA-EX58-UD5* using Chimera bootloader to load Sapphire ATI HD 6870 in SL 10.6.7 I had a problem installing my Sapphire ATI 6870 with the Chimera bootloader and the bootloader that Andy posted here. Primarily because I was installing it to a RAID volume - and I couldn't get the volume to be bootable by itself, because the Chimera package and Andy's package didn't install to the physical drives. I always needed the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] CD or another hard drive to boot into the Snow Leopard. To get around this, I was able to install Chimera i386 boot files onto the small partitions in the various 'slices' or 'disks' of the RAID volume. For anyone using the GA-EX58-UD5 and most likely any other GA board - this method worked brilliantly for setting up my RAID volume as a bootable disk with the ATI 6870 graphics card. I used digital_dreamer's 10.6 Hackinstaller script to install the Chimera boot loader onto each of my RAID 0 slices. dd's script doesn't have the Chimera bootloader preloaded. So I had to put the Chimera boot files into his script manually, by package extracting out the i386 folder from the standalone Chimera boot loader, and then placing the folder into the ~extra/bootloaders folder for the Hackinstaller script. The beauty of digital_dreamer's script is that it will automatically detect RAID volumes when installing a bootloader. It applies the bootloader files to the small boot partitions of each RAID slice. (The partition you normally lose when creating an array - or at least that is how I understand it.) So, if you are trying to figure out how you are going to boot in with this this card on a software RAID volume I have shared my installation method. I am sure there is a better way to do this, but this is how I went about it. What you will need for the bootable RAID volume with your ATI 6870 card: 1 drive with SL 10.6.7 already installed. (I used the simple Tonymac solution.) 10.6.0 Retail and Combo Update Digital Dreamer's 10.6.7 Hackinstaller script http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=185097 Chimera Standalone v1.4 - tonymacx86 http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewforum.php?f=125 Pacifist for Mac http://www.charlessoft.com/Pacifist_Docume...structions.html ATI Kexts from 2011 MBP Install DVD - Compiled by ^Andy^ http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...p;#entry1655159 Netkas ATY_Init for ATI HD 6870 http://netkas.org/?p=798 Preparatory Phase: Getting the Hackinstaller Script ready... 1. Download Chimera and download Pacifist. Extract the i386 folder out of Chimera using Pacifist. *I only extracted Chimera with Pacifist because I didn't know where else to find the Chimera boot files for bootloader install 2. Download the Hackinstaller script folder by digital_dreamer 3. Open the Hackinstaller folder - and locate the ~Extra/Bootloaders folder. 4. Take the extracted Chimera i386 folder and place it in another folder and give it a name - I called my folder "Chimera v1.40" and added an "Extra/Themes" folder within the new "Chimera v1.40" folder. (I don't know if you need to add a themes folder - but I did. I just made another folder set Extra/Themes and placed them in my newly named "Chimera v1.40 folder") Place the Chimera v1.40 folder into the ~Extra/Bootloaders folder in Hackinstaller. 5. Open the 10.6 folder (for SL) and take all of the 6870 Kexts packaged by ^Andy^ and the the ATY_Init.kext that was realeased by Netkas for the 6870 and place them in the graphics folder. This large bundle of ATI kexts will replace any of the kexts already in for graphics folder for the Hackinstaller script. ***Note - If you are not using a GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard you may need to install some other more specific kexts to the various folders for you build - dd's GUIDE will help you.*** Installation Phase: 10.6 install then 10.6.7 Combo Update 6. Now that you have got all of the kexts and bootfiles in place within the Hackinstaller folder for the Hackinstaller script to read you should start installing 10.6.7 onto the RAID 0 drive (or any other HFS+ volume). 7. Same ol' drill: start the installation of 10.6 and then combo update to 10.6.7 to your target disk. I did this by opening up the OSinstaller.mpkg on Snow Leopard Install DVD disk image - you can find it in the hidden files on the disk under System/Installation/Packages/OSinstaller.mpkg. A disk image is a faster way for you to install the OSX - takes me about 7-9 minutes on my new SSDs. It iis faster and quieter than listening to the optical drive spin up for 15-20 minutes. Run combo update 10.6.7. use the ShowAllFiles app that is included in [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]. Hackinstaller Script Phase: Setting our drive up to boot 8. Run the script file... 9. Select the RAID array as the installation location 10. and start with option 2, 3, skip the OS X installation - because it is already installed, 5, 6, and 7. The script automatically detects that you have a RAID 0 drive - and will install the bootloader to each slice and give it the right UUID-number for the bootloader to boot to or 'target' - no terminal work needed! 22. Modify your com.apple.plist (choose 9). If you are using the ATI 6870 add a new argument for AtiConfig, and then choose your framebuffer - mine is Duckweed. Then you may want to turn on or off verbose argument in the kernal flag selector of the script. You can set SL to run in 32 bit or 64 bit mode with the arch=i386 or arch=x86_64. You can edit your plist however you want... - My ATI 6870 card boots fine with 64 bit. - And has been pretty stable and there are many other modifications that you can do with dd's script. Now boot into your RAID drive without another boot disk. You can set up your RAID disks as the primary boot disk in your BIOS by changing boot priorities. Thanks digital_dreamer for the best script ever, Netkas for the graphics card development and all of the other developers for making the various hardware OSx86 compatible! Sweet... and that is how I solved my boot loader problem with Chimera, my 6870 card, and my RAID volume on my two OCZ drives. - I want to get 4 drives in the array eventually! Happy Hackintoshing! : : student_al : :
  2. Thanks Again DD for the wonderful script! I had to wrap my head around a lot! I was able to use your script to install Chimera v1.4... to the MBR for my SSDs in RAID 0 *so I could easily get support for my ATI 6870 - it seems to be the bootloader that most people are using with this card., using all of your scripts to install to the SSD RAID! I love how well this script works! After farting around with the tonymacx86 Chimera package to get it to install to the MBR on these drives, I forgot that I could use pacifist and just extract out the boot files! Yay - And you made it cleaner than ever to install with your script! - It feels truly Vanilla! The only problem, is I am not able to get my install to reboot. **Fixed**I am thinking this is a DSDT problem. Everything works - sleep, graphics, etc... I was wondering if I have a pre-edited DSDT.aml file if I could just write over the scripted DSDT. Thanks again for writing an awesome script... ****Edit*** Everything is working! :-) There doesn't seem to be any reboot issue once I installed all software updates and did one forced shut down and booted back in! -al
  3. G5-Mod

    I seem to have the Trim Support added with the TRIM Support Enabler program by grohs.org. And I setup my RAID with the apple disk utility - in striped mode, with 128kb blocks. I'm not sure if this is doing what it is supposed to, but my system profiler does indicate that TRIM Support is enabled.
  4. G5-Mod

    OK, So, I have finally figured out some random problems with my RAID array. It boots now! By itself! The only problem now is that the boot loader isn't working properly. I am using Chimera - because it easily supports my 6870 card. For some reason it is like the boot loader - which I believe to be Chimera - is not able to grab the graphical theme in the extra folder. So my boot loader screen now looks like this… - What do I do with that? How do I fix it? So, I have gotten everything out of the main part of the G5 case, I just have to work out how to do the top section. I need to remove the DVD Rom drive, and pull out the plastic piece that keeps the door in place. Well - as usual - any bright advice? I opened up the original PSU - it looks like I will be able to fit my Seasonic X-Series in there pretty well. I just hope that by switching fans from the original to the new smaller fans works ok. I hope that the Seasonic board has a standard molex connector. - Are most other PSU fans connected by molex (3 prong)? It looks like the fans are 60mm for the PSU. I am torn on ordering 50mm or 60mm sizes. I I want there to be enough space for the fans in the bottom of the case. I will probably order 2 Fractal designs 60mm fans. It is a pity that Noctua doesn't make fans below 80mm. Well, any advice on the boot loader would be uber nice. I am using Chimera. I don't know why it doesn't have graphical support. - hmmm.... mysterious. Well y'all - Keep on hackin' student_al
  5. G5-Mod

    Thanks! I have managed to get the motherboard out! The central plate gave me a lot of confusion! Thanks ShiroiHusky, I finally figured it out with the help of some liquid magic - mmm mmm beer! Now, as I have been disassembling my case I have into another problem! I am trying to set up my two 60GB OCZ vertex 2 SSDs in RAID 0. This has become more tricky than I began to imagine. I have succesfully set them up in an array, but I can't boot into them, unless there is another disk set as the primary drive in the boot setup. It would be awesome of find a solution that would show my RAID 0 as a single disk either the Chimera or Chameleon bootloaders... and can boot up all by itself. I don't think this is possible though. - Any bright ideas? Edit*** I can boot into them now! Yay!
  6. G5-Mod

    OK, So my case and my motherboard tray arrived today! Tomorrow the new SSD and the Seasonic X-Series PSU and a new video card will be here! Mine is so loud!!!! I will probably be buying a passive VGA heatsink as well. But here is what I am working with for now. My current setup. Now, my 'new' G5 case. I just don't know how to start ripping this out, without damaging anything... some advice would be appreciated! What do I take out first? Where to begin? So is there any good guide to taking out the components? Or, pointers that anyone has... This setup has the most non-intuitive setup I've ever seen.... How do I remove that middle airduct plate - just above the processor? -Well you get the picture; I'm kinda lost... Thanks for any help and suggestions! -al **Edit** OK - Finally making some headway on removing the parts. I think I understand how they put the mobo in... The G5 has at least 4 different types of attachments... ***There is nothing standard about a G5 - frustrating - but I like it... Well - back to work
  7. G5-Mod

    More importantly, does anyone know of any good PSU that can be disassembled to lay flat?
  8. G5-Mod

    Does anyone happen to know what the height is from the floor to the lip? I was thinking of breaking down the PSU, and I need to get some fan replacements. Perhaps someone knows of some good replacement fans that will fit nicely in the bottom? Edit*** How much room is at the bottom of the g5 case? I think that I am going to rip apart my PSU, and give it a cover, like this build. http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...st&p=146690 However, I am curious what you think the fan size is on those. How much clearance do I have? I was thinking it was probably a 50mm fan? Right?
  9. G5-Mod

    Yes, the box at the bottom would be the PSU... I'm going to try to cover it with aluminum. I don't really want to destroy a good power supply by ripping it apart! Especially one that is designed to be silent. The placement of PSU has been giving me fits though - it literally keeps me up at night. I really liked your sol'n to the problem, I'm not sure exactly how I am going to do it though. I will have two different cases, so maybe I will make the cases in different ways, and then go with the one that is right. I really was thinking of doing no cuts with one of the cases... which is why i fell in love with your rear back panel. I may also try to hijack the apple PSU and retro fit it. We'll see what happens. I need my case to arrive before I can make any real decisions. Either way, there is going to be no noise! and the wires are going to be neat or hidden!
  10. G5-Mod

    Hey All, So of course - as soon as I decided that my computer was too noisy I decided to look for new case/noise solutions for my OSX86 project! I really liked the fractal designs model! - and someday I might get one of those cases - only because they are the sleekest PC cases on the market these days. - The only problem with them is they are manufactured with fairly thin steel. ( So, I decided with the approach that many in the OSX86 community have come up with - have an apple computer w/o the apple TAX! So here is my mock-up design. My g5 case(s) is/are in the mail ! And now I am just waiting for a couple new upgrades to my system - namely the SSDs! I have been thinking about how I am going to build it for a a couple of days, and now I am open to suggestions and revisions. Thoughts.... ?!??!
  11. Pre-made Custom G5 Rear I/O Ports + Cables

    Is it possible to remove the connectors from the g5 motherboard?
  12. Pre-made Custom G5 Rear I/O Ports + Cables

    I am not sure if I would rather to a cable extension or cut the case... it is a pretty hard decision!
  13. Pre-made Custom G5 Rear I/O Ports + Cables

    This is the 9 pin FireWire 800 http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch...me=1734047-1-ND And you can add me to this list - I don't know how or where to sign up though... Can the Firewire 400 (top fire wire) connector be a strait back pin, and glued directly to the board? - Not the prettiest option, but it is an option! Apple special engineered and contracted that stupid connector! It is definitely not a standard plug!
  14. Pre-made Custom G5 Rear I/O Ports + Cables

    Yes! I am interested! That looks incredible! So, I will look for a solution to the firewire jack situation. You are right, the jack pins all seem to go in the opposite direction on the vertical 1394 (Firewire 400) jack. http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch...ame=151-1087-ND I was thinking, a solution might be to use another board on the opposite side of the one you are mounting... What are the specs on the other Firewire port? It's a firewire 800 9 pin connector or something like that? Also, would it be possible just to salvage old connectors from the original apple motherboard? How can I get in one these? This is an elegant solution for an elegant case! - The primary reason I am doing the OS X 86 mod! I do love your solution zammykoo - super props! **Edit** OK, So, I found the 9 pin connector. It is here! I am not sure how it mounts onto the board, but... something is better than nothing! http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch...me=1734047-1-ND
  15. Hey All, I was curious about what is the aluminum width and type is in the G5 case. I am going to try to make it look pretty, and it looks like I am going to have to order some sheet aluminum, and I want it to be just right for the various parts of the case. Thanks All!
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