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  1. WLAN USB/PCI Solutions for Snow Leopard

    Nice! I guess I missed the broadcom/atheros system requirements when I was doing my research I bought the MP2W online and an atheros card off ebay and tried to get them working for hours. I finally found a no-hack, no extra-adapter solution that works very well if you have a spare ethernet port and don't move your machine around too much. http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=219121 it's a wireless-N gaming adapter meant for X-Boxes and the like. Super fast and not a problem with it yet (except for poor documentation on their end)!
  2. Rocketfish Bluetooth issue

    Yup! I bought this Asus BT dongle on sale for $7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...0-035-_-Product It works natively and links up super easy with the rocketfish keyboard and mouse (which i had gotten on sale for $30 a couple years back).
  3. Rocketfish Bluetooth issue

    Is this the model/combo you have? http://www.rocketfishproducts.com/products.../RF-BTCMBO.html Have you tried it with another bluetooth adapter? I have this same keyboard/mouse combo but I don't have the USB dongle anymore. I haven't bought one yet for my hackintosh rig, but I was going to this week. If you say this works, I'll forget about buying a new keyboard!
  4. Thank you, mrjanek! You have a donation on the way! I finally finished my Hackintosh build and wanted to share the specs with the thread. It's built as a low-mid-budget, high-powered Photoshop machine. I think the final cost was under $1600 (not including failed wireless network attempts). My goal was to have a well-ventilated machine for handling >200GB of Photoshop scratch in a 64-bit MAC OS-X environment for Photoshop CS5 and going online and watching HD movies... and I wanted to do it easily without a lot of hacking. I can now work on >60GB files with no lag whatsoever, browse the web thru my apartment's wireless-n router, and play HD video all at the same time on 2 monitors (I was given the Viewsonic monitor a couple years ago from a friend and it's not in the best shape but works for a utility monitor, so I did not include that in my estimate). Specs are in my signature, but I've posted screenshot that should give you a pretty good overview. I can't run ethernet cable in my apartment, so I use an ethernet to wireless-n gaming adapter. Sound works perfect, HD Video hardly taxes the system, and I can play it on my second monitor while Photoshopping on the primary or vice versa. And the shining jewel, 386 MB/s Up/Down large-file throughput for my Photoshop scratch and the hard drives stay a chilly 28-30 degrees Centigrade...
  5. Working Driver Realtek 8187 (Snow Leopard)

    NM about the i7 answer (not that anyone cared/knew apparently). I found my own solution: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=219121
  6. I've tried multiple solutions on this board (usually before reading that someone wasn't running 64-bit, unfortunately) and finally stumbled across a simple and elegant solution for those of us who have working ethernet ports but can't run a wire for whatever reason. I happened to load Newegg.com at the right time to see a Shell Shocker deal on the TRENDnet TEW-647GA wireless gaming adapter (r2.1) for $30 shipped! This was at least $20 less than any of the other solutions I tried for wireless N, so I gave it a go. The WPS setup failed on my Netgear WNR2000 (which may be due to old firmware on the router, as it just asked me to update), but I have a Windows 7 laptop that I could run the manual setup on and had it up and running in under 10 minutes. There's a bug in the initial setup where it asks you to set a new password for the device after typing in the default password (which is nothing). After I put in the new password, it gave an error and i had to quit the setup program. After power cycling the adapter and reloading setup, I tried leaving the login password blank (as per default) but it said that wasn't correct, so I tried the password that I had attempted to assign it before and it worked like a charm! Other than that, just make sure you have the right password for your wireless (it automatically finds the right encryption method and cypher type if you have encryption enabled on your router) and you're good to go! I'm downloading at >600kB/s right now and have no problems. Since it's an ethernet-to-wireless adapter (and meant for gaming consoles like the X-Box which overcharges way too much for their wireless) you won't get the nice little airport menu to actively switch between networks, but I have a tower and It doesn't leave my apartment.
  7. Working Driver Realtek 8187 (Snow Leopard)

    Bump for an answer about Intel i7 use with this Wireless solution
  8. Unfortunately my budget is around $400 for now. I know that throughput is important for writing/reading the Photoshop scratch file, but Adobe's language is vague regarding RAIDed HDs vs. SSDs. from http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/404/kb404440.html#scratch: Since they mention defragmenting regularly, and we know that that's terrible for SSDs, should I assume they are talking about standard HDs? Since money is a factor, and I can't afford a massive RAID array or 128GB of RAM, should I take from this Adobe information that a SSD RAID 0 array would be the most efficient method of improving my Photoshop performance? If that is the case, should I buy a $400 ~128GB SSD now, and plan on buying it a mate in a couple of months to make it a RAID 0? Or should I just buy two 128GB raptors and save up for more RAM in the future (although I'll never be able to afford 128GB of it)? EDIT (P.S.): For instance, the OCZ Vertex Turbo for around $375: OCZ boasts an average sustained write of 120MB/s while Tom's Hardware's benchmarks rate it with an average write throughput of 219.1 MB/s (well over the Samsung Spinpoint at 115.30 MB/s or WD VelociRaptor at 103.21 MB/s). Would this be a better investment than buying 3 Spinpoint F3's for around $250 (I only have 3 empty SATA II ports unless I unplug my DVD player or find a fix for the other set of 4 SATA ports I was told I had to disable to get my Kakewalk install working) and setting them up RAID 0?
  9. I'm a photographer and I've been making digital montages of 500+ layer files for years now (file sizes ranging from 2GB to 35GB on average). I've gotten used to waiting for the computer to crunch the numbers whenever I make a change over the last few years, but I recently decided to replace a failed notebook with a Hackintosh tower to try and speed up my process. Here's my current build: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm CPU Cooler Corsair XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM (Main install) Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 5400 RPM (Backup install + multimedia storage) I've been running my Hackintosh build for a couple months now and love it. I use it mostly for Photoshop work on CS4 (can't wait for CS5!!). I was under budgetary constraints when I started the build, but I've managed to save enough to get myself a dedicated scratch disc or two. My Photoshop scratch size can get up to 90GB pretty quickly even with conservative caching and history settings, so I think a 128GB solution should work fine. Here's the thing, I've been reading VERY mixed suggestions online as far as SSDs vs. Velociraptors for Photoshop scratch. SSDs are kings of random reads, but the newer ones show improvement in sustained read/write operations. Velociraptor RAIDs still kill it when writing and reading large files (after spin-up), but is that how Photoshop accesses the scratch info? Anyone know if I should go with something like a Corsair P128 CMFSSD-128GBG2D over two Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS drives in RAID 0?
  10. Wireless USB Kext question

    Ever get this figured out, Fischer?
  11. Working Driver Realtek 8187 (Snow Leopard)

    Anyone try this on an i7 in 64-bit 10.6.2 or 10.6.3? I've heard of other methods that work on other cards but using an i7 processor with hyper-threading breaks the fix (and I NEED hyper-threading). ...Please god, I'm tired of using my Windows 7 laptop (AKA space-heater) for internet...
  12. My graphics card has 2 DVI outs and 1 S-Video (which it calls HDTV Out on the packaging). My DVIs still work great (even remembered my second monitor settings), but I have yet to test the S-Video on any OS build since the S-Video cable I have doesn't reach my TV from my machine and my 23" Samsung HD monitor is so much more pleasant anyways. If anyone wants to donate a REALLY long S-video to me, I'll be happy to test for them.
  13. WLAN USB/PCI Solutions for Snow Leopard

    Thanks! Still waiting on news of a No-hack 64-bit-compatible wireless option... Anyone?
  14. WLAN USB/PCI Solutions for Snow Leopard

    I'm also looking for a wireless solution for my snow leopard hackintosh. I'd like to have an N adapter without kext mods, but I haven't found any reliable info on the matter. Also: What bluetooth dongle are you using? I'd like bluetooth
  15. D-Link DWA-110 doesn't work in Snow Leopard

    ::Zombie Emoticon:: Bump for an answer for a dead thread. I need a cheep card to use in 64-bit Snow Leopard and I'm hoping this is the way to go.