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cryptic unix

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  1. Mac OSX Lion on Ultrabooks ?

    As I was just looking for Ultrabook threads I'd like to throw in my 2 cent. I personally would love to see the Samsung Series 5 Ultrabooks running OS X and would prefere them over a MacBook Air any time. Surely the MacBook Air is a nicely built notebook but it would never fulfill my demands in a notebook. I already thougth about buying a MacBook but I would never buy a PC with a glossy display. And that's the point where Apple is out of the game for me (only 15" models are available and I don't want a notebook that big). Besides this the Air is not offering the connectivity I need. I often use 3 USB ports and sometimes RJ45 so again the Air is out of the game. Hardwarewise Apple is simply not able to fulfill my demands. But on the other hand most of the available hackbooks can't fulfill my demands as well, as they offer glossy displays and are kind of bulky (I want <= 13.3"and 2 kg max). I guess I've to keep looking for a PC that's right for me.
  2. You can simply chainload Chimera using Grub2, that's what I did. If you're going to do this Grub2 (form Ubuntu) will be your primary bootloader, but you have to add another entry to Grub2. In the file /etc/grub.d/40_custom you have to add something similar to this: menuentry "My OS" { set root=(hdx,y) #replace x,y with what you need chainloader +1 } Becareful the numbering scheme of partitions has changed in Grub2 (sda1 is now hd0,1). Now you have to execute: update-grub Now grub should show you an additional entry for booting OS X.
  3. Hi, when setting up a new PC I wanted to dualboot OS X (Snow Leopard) and Linux (CentOS 6.2) from the very same HDD. As this venture took me quite some efforts, I wanted to share my experiences. First of all you must know about two different partition schemes of HDDs. With Linux (and Windows) you normally use an MBR-layout (mater boot record) to partition your HDD (you can look up more details on wikipedia if you're not aware of this concept). But on the other hand Macs (and therefore OS X) normally uses GPT (GUID Partition Table). Generally both systems are not compatible with each other. Now OS X is causing some trouble if you want to set up a dualboot system on one HDD. Therefore the commonly given advice is to install OS X on one HDD and use as second HDD for other operating systems. This is applicable if you use a desktop computer but no solution for Note-/Netbooks. OS X can only be installed on a GPT formated disk (but there is a trick to install onto an MBR disk as well, not explained here as you have to alter the OS X installation DVD for this trick). So you have to set up your HDD as GPT. I myself installed OS X first and used the disk utility to partition my HDD. The installation went fine and I was able to boot OS X using Chameleon. In a second step I installed Linux. The nice thing is that Linux can handel GPT disks as well, so installation of Linux to a GPT disk is not a problem. But the trouble starts when you want to boot both operating systems. If you want to boot an OS you need a boot loader. For a Hackintosh Chameleon or Chimera can do the job. For Linux one normally uses Grub. Lets have a look a them: Chameleon: is normally installed to the master boot record of a HDD or the equivalent of a GPT disk. And it automatically detects other operating systems, installed to other disks or partitions. Grub: can be installed into the master boot record or into a partition. Grub can boot other operation systems as well but it must be aware of the existence of the other OS X and therefore needs an additional entry in its configuration file called menu.lst. With multiple operating systems I normally install Grub into the boot-partitions of the respective Linux system. So I set up the following layout of the HDD: GPT formated disk, setup during OS X installation: 1. partition: EFI-Partition (automatically generated by OS X) 2. partition: OS X system 3. partition: boot-partition for Linux (Grub installed into this partition) 4. partition: LVM formated partition for Linux (used as swap and root) After installation of the two systems (OS X and Linux) Chameleon is starting but it only detects OS X, no Linux entry available. So my plan was to to boot using Chameleon, which should then find Grub in the boot partition and then use Grub to boot Linux (Chameleon -> Grub -> Linux). But as Grub wasn't found this was not possible (even after playing with boot flag settings). So I decided to use a hack: a GPT-MBR-hybrid. This GPT-MBR-hybrid enalbes you to use both systems on the very same HDD. But only 4 partitions will be available in the MBR scheme (that's one the reasons I did only set up 4 partitions), extended partitions are not available with this system. To build this hybride you can use a programm called gptsync. I downloaded it form the internet and used a bootable Knoppix DVD (a Linux system running form a DVD) to boot the PC and to run gptsync via Knoppix. After having the GPT-MBR-hybrid, the bootflag has to be adjusted and set to the Linux boot partition, containing Grub (can be done using Knoppix and fdisk on this DVD). Only the bootloader will be loaded, that is located on the partition the boot flag is pointing to. So this layout will start Grub when booting the computer. Grub is now able to to start the Linux system, but OS is not visible in the Grub menu by now. To make it available you have to add an entry within the menu.lst, which can be found in /boot/grub/menu.lst. The entry looks like this: title OS X rootnoverify (hd0,1) chainloader +1 After this everything is working fine. When the PC is started Grub is shown and lets you choose between Linux and OS X. When you select OS X in Grub Chameleon is started and this is starting OS X. Still there are no entries for Linux visible in Chameleon. So booting OS X looks like this: Grub -> Chameleon -> OS X Hope this helps. One final note. Not every version of Grub can handle GPT partitioned disks. So with a different version of Grub (or perhaps Grub2) the steps might be different from what is described here.
  4. Asus 1201N Installation and support

    @otropatolucas I think you mean hdapm for OS X is the same as hdparm for Linux. When it comes to power management you're right, as you can set the "performance level" for a HDD with both programms. But besides this hdparm can even be used to do more. So hdapm offers only a certain functionality of hdparm.
  5. Hi, after setting up my Hackintosh I decided to post my procedure, hoping it might be of some use to others. I wanted to setup a rather cheap Hackintosh as I don't need bleeding edge components. Todays hardware has already been powerful enough for some years to accomplish most tasks. So I decided not to go with a Core-i processor but with an older Core2Duo. So this is the setup I built: - motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L rev. 1.1 - CPU: Core2Duo E8400 - 2 x 2 GB Ram - ASUS GeForce 210 (512 MB) (EN210 SILENT) (You might get this for approx. 150 Euro used and set up a very nice Hackintosh.) So here is my installation procedure: I use Tonymac's i Boot and [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url] method (here is a link for those how don't know: http://tonymacx86.bl...ac-os-x-on.html). The installation was even working having two screens plugged in (HDMI and DVI), but only DVI was showing a picture. 1. Boot your PC using the i Boot 3.2 CD for Snow Leopard 2. Follow the insctructions by Tonymac (see above link) 3. Install 10.6.3 via DVD - during installation you can partition you HDD and adjust the software to be installed (I deselected additional languages and printer drivers) 4. Install and wait for reboot 5. Your PC will not boot right now so you still have to use the i Boot CD to start up your installation 6. OS X will guide you through the configuration of your newly installed OS 7. Right know you will have only some basic functionality e.g. no QE/CI, we will fix this 8. Install Comboupdate from Apple to bring your OS X from 10.6.3 to 10.6.8 - do not reboot 9. Now you have to copy a file to your desktop, is teh DSDT.aml for your system (I attached the file, I found this file on root86.org and am very grateful for this file as it's the core of your custom Mac) 10. Run [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url] (if it crashes just restart the programm) and select: - User DSDT Install - System Utilities - OSX86 Software -> KextHelper b7 11. Copy one the kext EvOreboot.kext to /Extra/Extensions (again found on root86) - without shutdown will now work proberly 12. Now you can reboot your PC QE/CI will now be working with the above used graphics card thanks to the correct dsdt.aml file. But sound is still not working correctly. You need to copy two kexts to your system using kexthelper. Those kexts are AppleHDA.kext (extracted from [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url] and legacyALC883.kext (from root86). I attached both kexts in the audio kext zip-file. You only might need to configure the output port of you sound card using the systemsettings. Now you should have a fully functional Hackintosh. With QE/CI, Sound, Sleep and everything offered by the hardware. Greetings! dsdt.aml.zip EvOreboot.kext.zip Audio kexts.zip
  6. Asus 1201N Installation and support

    This is probably due to the kind of power management of the HDD. Many 2,5" disks (and an increasing amount of 3,5" disks) have pretty aggressive power saving settings. They bring the heads quite fastly into a parking position if the disk is not accessed. I'll give you an example (with arbitraty numbers), let's they the heads are parked after 5 seconds of inactivity. But on the other hand the OS is using the HDD every 10 seconds. This will result in parking/unparking in a 5 second cycle, causing those clicks. One smart value of the HDD corresponds to this, the load cycle count. Considering an average lifetime of 300,000-600,000 load cycles for a common HDD this agressive power saving of a HDD can easily cause to reach those numbers within a view months. Besides this annoying clicking this behaviour can even cause harm to your HDD (Linux has this problem as well here you can use hdparm to change the apm settings). Changing the the power saving settings like you did is your best bet. With some HDD the manufacturer offers a tool to change those settings within the fireware (I think WD provided such a tool for some of its HDDs). Besides this you can only change your HDDs but unfortunately many HDDs within nowadays have this problem. I only tend to use 24/7 2,5" HDDs, which should not be expected to park their heads that often. I myself exchange the HDD of a notebook most of the time by a 24/7 model. You could use the old HDD as an external usb-drive. As a none system disk the disk will not encounter so many accesses. Hope this helps.
  7. Asus 1201N Installation and support

    I want to Install Snow Leopard (not Lion) to an Asus 1201N but I'm a bit confused about all the guides. So should I be following the guide from the first post (with the Google Link: https://sites.google...site/asusguide/) or the one quoted below? My next question is, if I follow the below quoted guide can I be using a 10.6.3 Retail DVD (which I have) or do I need a 10.6.0 DVD? It would be great if I could use the 10.6.3 DVD which I already have. Thanks!
  8. Hi, I've been trying to find a nice notebook or netbook for a while now and after doing a lot of searching - wihtout success - I was hoping to get a hint from you. I possess an MSI Wind U100 which makes for a beautiful OS X netbook and I was able to install OS X onto my Asus UL30A notebook. But the problem is that OS X is only running without QE/CI, sleep and sometimes doesn't show any graphics after closing and reopening the screen. I would love to own something just a little more powerful than my MSI Wind. A dual core netbook would already get the job done. So I'm looking for another notebook or netbook with a screen size of 10-13.3 inches. But it must be a non glossy screen (that's the reason why a 13" MacBook Pro is not an option, it only comes with a glossy screen). I've been browsing the Netbook Compatibility Chart and other resources but couldn't find a convenient netbook or notebook yet. I would be really happy about some suggestions. I would also consider older computers as well, as long as it's available on the bay. In short that's what I'm looking for: size: 10-13.3 inches weight: not more than 2 kg / 4 lbs rather less non glossy display any dual core processor will do it sleep must be working QE/CI must be working sound must be working can live without Wlan Thanks for reading.
  9. Recommend me a passively cooled graphics card - please

    One final update: By supplying a convenient DSDT-file the EN210 was recognized OOB. In this case the EFI string is not needed anymore.
  10. Recommend me a passively cooled graphics card - please

    Just wanted to add something in case somebody else searches this topic. After setting up a new PC I was able to acquire a very cheap EN210 graphics card too. So I've been play a little with this graphics card and was able to get it up and running under Snow Leopard 10.6.8. It didn't work OOB but after adding an EFI string to the Boot.plist everything works fine so far. I just followe this howto: http://forum.netkas.org/index.php?topic=222.0 I used the DVI-I / DVI-I option which gives me a dual screen using DVI and VGA ports. I couldn't try the HDMI port due to lack of hardware.
  11. Recommend me a passively cooled graphics card - please

    Thanks! The 9500 consumes more engery than I want my graphics card to consume. But I found a cheap 8400GS (needs 41 watts max.). Again thanks for the help.
  12. Recommend me a passively cooled graphics card - please

    Thanks! I'll have a look at this card. I was thinking about buying from ebay anyways. So older and used cards are welcome.
  13. Hi, I'm just in the process of building a PC. I've most of the needed components but I'm stuck with selecting a graphics card. I want Nvidia (as the PC shall be running Linux too). I'm looking for a silent, this means passively cooled, graphics card, which doesn't consume to much power, something like 30 watts would be great. I'm thinking about two cards: Asus ENGT520 Silent Asus EN210 Silent Both are suppose to be working according to the wiki but after doing some research I doubt that it's really trouble free. At least for the GT520, as there is a discussion about this card in this thread. So can you recommend me either one of the above mentioned cards or is there another passivly cooled graphics card consuming only few watts? Btw. I want to be running 10.6.8. Thanks a lot.
  14. OS X on Samsung 300U1A

    Hi, my MSI Wind got me addicted to OS X and so I installed it on my Asus UL30A as well (here is my installation route: http://www.insanelym...0). But the Intel GMA4500 will probably never work correctly with OS X. Therefore I'm still looking for a new Notebook (sometimes the Wind is just not powerful enough) that is able to run OS X. Buying an original Apple is not an option as I want something not larger than 13.3" with a none glossy screen (this kills the Macbook Pro 13.3"). During my search I found the Samsung 300U1A (http://www.samsung.c...ubtype=series-3) which is a very nice 11.6" Notebook with a none glossy screen. This would offer everything I need in a Notebook as long as it is capable of running OS X. By having a look at the graphics chipset I figured out that it has an Intel HD 3000 graphics which is used in the newest Macbook Pro, too. So the graphics should't cause any trouble. By doing a little search on here I was able to find one tiny post about this Notebook where it is supposed to be working - well mostly (http://www.insanelym...1). Can anybody confirm this? I would be very pleased as well if anybody has a hint for the installation procedure as well. Having a starting point, that is known to work, is always pretty helpful. Thanks for any hints. Cheers Cryptic Unix
  15. OSX on ASUS UL30A

    Found a solution for the video issue! After noticing that avidemux2 (video cutting program) is able to display and play videos, I've been trying different video players and I found one that's working quite nicely. It's MPlayer OSX Extended. Another one that's also able to play video is Miro, but that one couldn't play all my file formats. I also tried one more that didn't work: NicePlayer. So thanks to MPlayer I have everything I want.