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About PBear.SF

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  1. Dell e520 ICH8R Retail Snow Leopard Install

    The only boot CD I ever found that would let me boot the OS X install disc successfully on my Dell E520 is the one referenced in blkhockeypro19's guide here (go to the first message in this thread, back on Page 1). I think it's because it's one of the only boot discs out there that loads the required RAID drivers. Whatever it is, it worked on my E520. Download and burn the "cdbootSnow_e520.iso" disc, using the link in Step 1 of the instructions, and see if that solves your problem getting the install disc to boot. I installed OS X on my E520 using a rather convoluted combination of the instructions and materials included in this guide and those in wmarsh's guide, http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=192626, and wound up with an installation that worked on a regular MBR-partitioned drive (sharing Windows and OS X on the same drive) and still using the "RAID ON" setting in the BIOS. The main trick to doing a highly unconventional install was to install OS X to an external USB hard drive first, then "restore" it to an HFS+ file system partition on the primary hard drive. Good luck.
  2. Are you sure that's how to enter it in Boot.plist? I thought boot commands with equal signs were kernel flags, so that you would enter it like this: <key>Kernel Flags</key> <string>pmVersion=0</string> Or does it matter?
  3. Dell e520 ICH8R Retail Snow Leopard Install

    Well, no, not after the fiasco that occurred after doing that with the 10.6.2 update (got "update failed" message at the end, machine froze and, when I rebooted, none of my partitions was bootable anymore, including Windows). Apparently the update went berserk trying to update the bootloaders on all my partitions and set my Windows 7 one as "inactive." Once I got the boot problems cleared up and working, the 10.6.2 installation was a mess of kernel panics and "machine kernel mismatch" errors, so I started over. Since I was doing the update to Snow Leopard on an external USB hard drive, I redid the whole thing by restoring my working 10.6.1 backup, downloading the standalone 10.6.2 update, disconnecting my hard drives, then reinstalling the update with only my USB drive attached. Worked like a charm that time. Only problem was a kernel panic, immediately after starting OS X, caused by my GeForce 7300 LE video. I replaced all five GeForce files in S/L/E with the ones from 10.6.1 and everything was perfect (except for waking from sleep, which I've never been able to get working right). Used this 10.6.2 install for almost two weeks without a problem, no KPs or anything, so decided to tackle 10.6.3 a couple of days ago. Followed the exact same procedure as above (downloading the 10.6.3 standalone, not the "Combo" version, since I was updating from 10.6.2 now, not from 10.6.0 or 10.6.1) and the results were the same except now, instead of getting a KP from the video card, OS X was hanging at a plain blue background screen immediately after loading the desktop (just before the wallpaper loaded). Tried replacing the GeForce kexts, again, with the ones from 10.6.1, like before, which fixed the boot problem (and seems to be stable) but -- now -- I no longer have accelerated graphics (what's it called, QE/CI?). I had the transparent toolbar and desktop ripple effects just fine, all the way up through 10.6.2, but now they're gone, using the exact same add-on kexts and device string in com.apple.Boot.plist as before. Haven't been able to figure out a fix yet (or find one online). Noticed that one of the GeForce kexts in 10.6.3 -- actually, it's a "bundle" file, not a kext -- has been renamed with an "8xxx" string (which shouldn't affect me, since I'm using a "7xxx" series card) but, nonetheless, maybe it's just a matter of using some magic combination of GeForce files from 10.6.1 and from 10.6.3 in S/L/E that's needed. Probably not that simple, so I'll probably have to rely on someone, somewhere, having the same problem and posting a fix here or on one of the other forums. Let us know how it goes with you if you decide to take the plunge.
  4. I've been following several posts in the "Installation-OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)" forum for some time. Today, not having my bookmarks handy, I tried to find some threads I've been following by using your Search function. No matter what search string I put in (using options Search All Forums, Search in Titles Only, Search All Dates), absolutely no results are ever returned for any of the Snow Leopard forums -- only for Leopard, Tiger and other miscellaneous forums. I have searched for key words that I know exist (that are in the titles of threads I've been following), but nothing will make those threads appear in the search results. Also, when I try selecting only a specific Snow Leopard sub-forum to search in, I either get a "no results found" page or an error page saying "no such file or directory." Could somebody look into this maybe?
  5. Thanks. That helps a lot.
  6. Nice (but a little confusing). Might help if you explained what the arguments can be and what strings should be entered in com.apple.Boot.plist (afraid I don't know what a pmVersion, or even a "pm" is).
  7. Just ran into the same problem. Fixed my AppleLCD.kext so I can now get "Start up automatically after power failure" option in Energy Saver Preferences. Added SleepEnabler.kext to AHCIPortInjector.kext FakeSMC.kext IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector.kext NullCPUPowerManagement.kext OpenHaltRestart.kext PlatformUUID.kext in E/E folder; repaired permissions; restarted. Now computer will go to sleep; it will also wake up (light on front stops blinking, turns on solid), but my monitor will not wake up -- monitor's power light stays yellow (it has on/off button that's green when fully on, yellow when asleep). Dell Dimension e520 Core2 Duo nVidia GeForce 7300 SE (set in com.apple.Boot.plist, not with kext) Also have this rather strange entry in System Profiler (why does my monitor not show under Display Connector, but separately?): Displays: Display Connector: Status: No Display Connected DELL E228WFP: Resolution: 1680 x 1050 @ 60 Hz Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888) Main Display: Yes Mirror: Off Online: Yes Rotation: Supported Anyone know how fix this and get monitor to wake up after sleep?
  8. OS X on Intel Matrix RAID

    I've just run into the same problem after installing OS X 10.6 according to wmarsh's guide -- except for installing it to an external USB drive -- which worked perfectly, except for this. My Windows 7 install is on the internal RAID 1 drive array -- which is showing up in Finder and Disk Utility as two separate SATA drives. Now that I know OS X works, I'd like to move (restore) it to a second, empty partition on my hard drive array. I'm afraid of messing things up, though. If I restore my OS X partition to just one of the hard drives that shows up in Disk Utility, will the controller freak out when I reboot and it sees that Partition 2 of my hard drive array isn't mirrored? Or will it be mirrored? Or will Intel Matrix Storage Manager repair the drives after I boot back into Windows? If it does that, then I guess it will do it every time I boot back into Windows after running OS X -- because there will always have been changes to one of the drives if OS X isn't recognizing them as mirrored. Ack! What to do?
  9. Dell e520 ICH8R Retail Snow Leopard Install

    I'll try it out - there's also heliacal's OpenHaltRestart.kext which I downloaded but haven't installed yet. I'm very confused about all these kext directories: Most guides say to put user-installed kexts in /Extra/Extensions (vcad's Kext Utility looks for them there and won't finish repairing permissions correctly unless they're in that directory), blkhockeypro19's post-install script installs Chameleon and puts them in Extra/CustomExtensions, and helical says to put them in Extra/AdditionalExtensions. He even goes so far as to say you should move kexts out of Extra/Extensions and put them in Extra/AdditionalExtensions. What on earth for? What's the difference? I renamed my Extra/CustomExtensions directory back to just Extra/Extensions to get Kext Utility to run properly and, after rebooting, everything seems to be opening/running the same as before. Is that a problem? Does OS X simply look for kexts in ANY directory underneath Extra when booting? It seems like the more I learn, the more I don't know.
  10. Dell e520 ICH8R Retail Snow Leopard Install

    Thanks for the reply, Ken. My sound problem was fixed by turning the volume up (couldn't feel any stupider if I'd forgotten to check if the computer was plugged in!). Kext Helper crashed exactly the same way as OXS86Tools and Kext Utility before it, with the same console message about a file named MultitouchSupport being of unrecognized type. I copied the MultitouchSupport file from the install disc over the one that was installed and, there you go, all three programs now run fine. Like I guessed, the file must have been corrupted during installation. Found that OSX86Tools was essential for getting my screen resolution to work right. Just putting a "Graphics Mode" string of "1680x1050x32" in com.apple.Boot.plist only resulted in rebooting to a max resolution of 1280x1024 instead of 1024x768. In order to get the optimal resolution from my graphics card, I had to generate a humungous device-properties section in that file, as well, by choosing my video card from the option in OSX86 Tools. Ran all the permission-fixing and clean-up tools from OSX86 Tools also, but still cannot get OS X to recognize my hard drive or DVD drives. Don't think the DSDT.AML file I'm using is the problem -- it's blkhockeypro19's file, but it's the one linked to by wmarsh in his Dell e520 guide, the one written specifically for RAID configuration. (It's apparently the same file used in this guide -- or, if not, it's written by the same person. Anyway, I downloaded it from wmarsh's guide link and replaced the one that came with the files linked to in this guide.) Nevertheless, I'll check out DSDTSE and the links that blkhockeypro19 posted here for making a DSDT and try making one of my own just to be sure. If anyone can think of another reason why my drives aren't showing up -- and also, why I can't shut down or restart properly (I now realize that shutting down hangs every time and I'm forced to power off the machine) -- feel free to chime in.
  11. Dell e520 ICH8R Retail Snow Leopard Install

    Installed 10.6 from inside a 10.5 VMware distro, then used the post-install methods in this guide. Did the install to an external USB hard drive, using MBR partitioning scheme (so I could have an additional NTFS partition on the same drive to store files I could access from both Windows 7 and OS X) and keeping RAID ON setting in BIOS (would have had to re-install Windows otherwise). wmarsh said somewhere (in comments here or on his guide) that RAID ON was no problem with the post-install files here if doing an external USB drive install and, since this guide is so much simpler than his, I decided to go that way (at least for this first try). And it all seems to have worked fine, at least as far as booting. After installing the Chameleon, kexts and DSDT.AML file found in the links here, OS X boots like a charm (and fast!) on my e520. OSX86 Tools seems to be missing from the links here but, after I found it on Google, it turns out that it crashes in my OS X 10.6 install anyway (something about an unrecognizable library file for "multi-something" -- could be a corrupt copy of that library file got installed), so I had to do the kexts manually, according to wmarsh's guide (your kexts, his method, including repairing permissions). Until I did all these post-install procedures, I had no network connection in OS X (NIC card not recognized whenever I booted from your cdbootSnow_e520.iso CD), so I had to keep booting back into Windows to get the extra info and files I needed. Anyway, kudos on a great-working loader (nothing else I downloaded, like multiple versions of EmpireEFI, would boot OS X on this computer at all). Now, all that seems to be wrong in OS X is: No audio -- and my e520 does have Sigmatel STAC92xx audio. More seriously, OS X doesn't see either of my CD/DVD drives OR my internal hard drive (Windows) -- none of these show up even in Disc Utility so I can mount them manually. Any suggestions for the above two problems? Thanks.