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  1. Okay, so. I have an old Toshiba Satellite A205-S7464 with a busted-up screen. So I thought, why not make it a desktop machine and remove the lid? So, I find the iAtkos s3v2 disc running 10.6.3 and install it to the same specifications used for the S5000 series, as there are more or less the same machine. Everything, aside from wi-fi, works pretty much standard. Graphics are good, it can sleep, it boots without a bunch of to-do. I expected the wi-fi to not work, but I did not expect to run into the following problem. First I tried to install PDANet, an Android-based client that allows for free USB tethering. As the drivers for PDANet are installing, Network Preferences notices my phone, so I'm think that all has gone smoothly. But then I restart, as required, and the machine goes into Kernel Panic and ceases to work. So, I end up reinstalling. Then I go out to Best Buy and buy a Belkin N300 adapter, known for having 3rd party driver support for OSX. I first test it out on my Hackintosh Netbook (Dell Mini 10v), and I get the adapter working without any sort of fuss. Now I'm feeling pretty confident, so I try to install it on the Toshiba. The drivers install, and again, NP bounces up and notices I have a new connection. I restart and BOOM. Instant kernel panic. I'm confused as to why this is happening. Both PDANet and the Belkin (Realtek) driver packages use an installation wizard, though the only step I can remember off hand is "Updating registered components" or something to that effect, and this step also takes the longest. So, I need a little help. I have some theories, but I'm not a hardware brainiac, and I'm far better with software. Are these driver wizard overwriting something essential to the iAtkos boot? Or perhaps are these drivers conflicting with the useless internal chip that OSX can't recognize anyway? I know that there was somebody else who had this issue, but the thread didn't go anywhere. This is standing in the way of an otherwise extremely capable Hackintosh, and I want to get it all fix up soon. So, is there a possible fix to this? If not, are there any other distros/methods that would possible work better with my machine?
  2. Americans

    To the one who lives in Berlin, I have to disagree. I'm American, and I routinely deal with incompetence and rudeness here. But when I'm spending time in Germany, it's the complete opposite. Germans are so polite and eager to help with any problem I may have. Most trip over themselves to speak English, when it's really not necessary.
  3. The first Mac you ever used.

    A mid-90s Power Mac running (I believe) OS 7.5 or OS 8. I don't remember.
  4. Introduce Yourself

    Quick intro: Yo, I'm Rockbird. Music collector and hopeless geek. Will spend hundreds of dollars on headphones, records, and concert tickets; but I won't spend more than 5 bucks a year on basic necessities like clothing. Raised using Windows machines, which is good, because it's certainly a language I'll never forget. However I prefer OS X (running on my HP Mini 110 and Macbook). I've almost entirely made the switch to Mac, and now I'm going backwards to see if I can remember how to use the old operating systems. I can run and get by using almost all Windows operating systems, but I feel there's a lot more I need to learn about the Mac OS. But turning my netbook into a Hackintosh is certainly helping me with that. I also hate both Microsoft and Apple as companies, and I wish I could add up just how much money I've cheated from them over the years. Currently running: Windows XP Pro (Compaq Presario) Mac OS X Tiger (Mac Mini G4) Mac OS X Leopard (HP Mini 110) Mac OS X Snow Leopard (Macbook) -- Emulating: Mac OS 6 via MinivMac Mac OS 9 via Sheepshaver