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  1. Sounds promising. Thanks for your answer. Any other suggestions?
  2. Hello there, I'm using my hackintosh (desktop) for some years now and it's time to upgrade. I'm willing to spend some money on this, but I want it to be painlessly working (even with Lion). I read that the MSI Big Bang XPower motherboard is a good start as it installs nearly native, but I also read that some things might not work because there are too less ppl that use it as a hackintosh. Are there any other options you can recommend? Gigabyte, ASUS, ... What about the new SandyBridge processors are they natively supported? What about the newest Nvidia graphic cards generation? Here is a list of things that are important to me: Digital Audio Out (S/PDIF) quiet system, has not to be totally passive in general, but I don't like watching a film next to a turbine long-lasting system, I want to keep with it for the next years, that's why it should be kinda high-end (USB3, HDMI 1.4, ..) Bluetooth (3) built in motherboard that supports the Apple wireless devices. I love the keyboard but I hate having to dongle it again (and needing a second keyboard just for entering the system) everytime I startup my Hackintosh. CPU-V support Of course there may be other features of my concern, but these are the essentials. I know that a Mac Pro might be a good choice, but currently I'm just checking my options and I'd like to know about your recommendations. Thanks for your help in advance!
  3. I don't know where to get his version, but I do think that this is the last version avaible: http://code.google.com/p/xnu-sleep-enabler/downloads/list
  4. floordance

    Snow Leopard Graphics Update 1.0

    Can I install that on a Hackintosh or will it harm my setup/kexts?
  5. Sorry to hear that. Again, my sincere condolences.
  6. Seems like its dead now. You might want to try my simple dualbooting instructions from here though. --- In the meanwhile I did update for 10.6.4 (from 10.6.2) and there is nearly nothing to do than hit the update button and later on reinstall the newest kexts using KextHelper b7. You cand find the links for my used kexts in the original 10.6.2 install post. Please note that you should have NullCPUManagement.kext installed (or anything similar) before update. You also need, as for any update, remove SleepEnabler.kext first - if used - from your /System/Library/Extensions (or /Library/Extensions) directory and install a new version after the update. This time I also installed a new FakeSMC mod (download for SnowLeo and used the FakeSMC.kext) to enable some fan controls, you might want to keep netkas' original v2.5 though. Good luck and always consider doing a backup first! --- A few minutes ago I sucessfully updated from 10.6.4 to 10.6.5 using Software Update (you might want to use the combo installer instead) without any problems. Make sure you installed the current versions of all your .kext installed using KextHelper b7. Please check the links given in my original post. Also make sure to remove SleepEnabler.kext before update and reinstall the current version AFTER the update, this goes for any new Mac OS X update. --- Again the updates from 10.6.5 to 10.6.6 and from 10.6.6 to 10.6.7 worked like a charm using the combo or single installers from the Apple website. Please keep to the instructions from above.
  7. Hey whyywhy, any news on that? Did you buy the GIGABYTE GV-N98TSL-1GI 1GB PCIe (passive cooling) and did it work out the box? I got a 8600GT at the moment and got issues with dualscreen support. Now I'm thinking about upgrading to the mentioned 9800GT.
  8. Hey IanT, thanks for coming back to work on this again I do know little bash/shell scripting, so I don't think I might be able to help you, sorry. For myself what I'd like to see in the guides is especially how to setup Chameleon for a dual boot setup as I found out to get all the other things working. Also I'm interested in a quick note on updating the system for 10.6.x updates released, still using 10.6.2 as I don't want to loose my setup Love, floordance.
  9. Hey IanT, Sincere condolences for your loss. I'm very sorry to hear that. It should be self-evident that you take your time before focussing on new challenges. I slightly updated the beginning of my report, though I'm aware that my structure is not that clear... I'm busy ATM, too.
  10. Please give some feedback on your results and on how you did it. Thanks I managed to dualboot Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7 in a dual-drive setup, still using the Mars123 CD. I got two hard drives, first serving partitions for Mac OS X and TimeMachine, second is for Windows 7. I followed some threads in the dualbooting section of these forums and found out that the most easy solution for my setup is to remove the SATA cable from my board for the first drive (the one with Mac OS X) and then install Windows 7 as normal using the DVD. Sadly you have to open your PC case as deactivating the SATA port in BIOS does not work, the flashed BIOS automatically resets to the old settings though saving the changes (this also goes for the AHCI settings in BIOS). Removing the cable is essential so there can be diffrent bootmanagers, one on each harddrive. I recommend having installed Mac OS X first and Windows 7 second using the cable trick, described as following. So I put off the cable and installed Windows 7, mention that during Windows installation you should not be able to see the first harddrive at all. Windows 7 Setup automatically creates two partitions, first is about 100MBs called "System Reserved" (or equivalent), second is the main Windows partition. After installation shut down your PC and connect the SATA cable for the first harddrive again. Put in the Mars123 CD and start up. Chameleon should be able to display two new partitions for you, out of the box. Now it is important to always select the "System Reserved" partition of Windows and not the main partition, as this would give you a "BOOTMGR missing" error (took me a lot of time to find out..) Using the System Reserved partition works perfectly for me and boots up Windows as normal, using the Mac Partition does work for me too. So you now should be able to dual boot. Some sidenote from my experience: I got the Windows 7 MSDNAA RTM DVD which only serves one language. There is a MultiLanguage Pack DVD also in MSDNAA and you have to run some commands to install those languages into your Windows, as it is not official supported to install language packs when not using Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise. You'll quickly find the commands when googling for "dism windows 7 mui", though you might run into some problems running the first command as it might abort with Error code 1603. There is nearly no information on this in the whole google web, but I found out that this error comes along when booting Windows using Chameleon (or maybe other bootloaders, like grub, too). So for installing you should boot up Windows (that is placed on its own harddisk in this setup!) using the F8 key in BIOS and selecting your second harddrive. The languagepack installation should now complete. Good Luck!
  11. Should be possible, got the same situation. Let's hope the dual boot guides are coming soon and are featuring this setup.
  12. Sorry, what do you mean? Am I to wait for some time ("soon") for good news (whatever they might be) on dual booting to come along?
  13. Hey Ian T, nice to read from you again and thanks for the kudos. I hope you moved relaxed into your new home, sounds like you got the job you mentioned some pages ago, congratulations! Though you might have little time for low I'm still hoping you're releasing the dual-boot (Win7 & Mac) guides including updated support discs soon, as I'm still using the Mars123 disc for booting. There is a unofficial Chameleon RC4 installer for download in this forum, but I feel uncomfortable using this as I do not know whether this might work or not (afraid of loosing my mac os setup..) Also this does not use the new PC-EFI v10.6 by netkas, released some days ago. There will also be the 10.6.3 out in the next days, so I'd really appreciate your thoughts on this, too. Have a nice workweek, floordance.
  14. floordance

    MSN Messenger on Mac

    So, what about Bootcamp or VMWare/Parallels with Windows? Sure, that's not the best solution but it might convince your family on the pros of a mac combining both sides, Windows and Mac All-In-One. So they still can use Windows Live and their Windows games, but still have the benefits of all that nicely designed Mac apps.