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    Virtualization without VT-x - Possible or not?

    Wow, that's good to know oldnapalm. I've always taken this thread as the truth, but also suspected it was just an artificial software limitation to comply with Apple. http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=31474
  2. Snow Leopard 10.6.4 Recently I had a situation where I couldn’t get into the GUI (even with safe mode –x). I knew I had to replace a certain file on the root with a file I had stored on another drive. Now if this was DOS, it would be trivial to copy the file over – not so in OS X. In order to use the mount command, we first need to know three pieces of information. 1. The name of the drive we want to mount (what do we call it?) 2. The type of file system that drive uses. 3. The folder we are going to mount the drive in. First we need to enter Single User Mode. For Chameleon-type hackintosh bootloaders, hit any key then type –s enter. For legit Mac users I think you hold Apple and s key as you boot. After booting, somewhere on the screen, you should see a line similar to this: BSD root: disk0s1, major 14, minor 1 This tells us that we are currently on disk 0, partition 1 (ignore the major, minor). You can now go ahead and enter the two commands listed on the screen. fsck –fy mount –uw / The first command will check your disk for errors and the second will give you write access to the root. You now need to be EXTREMELY CAREFUL about making inadvertent or damaging changes to root. We need to know what the computer has called our drives and partitions. We use the ls command (similar to dir in DOS). ls –l /dev/disk* We get some output which contains something like this: /dev/disk0 /dev/disk0s1 <-- we know we are on this partition /dev/disk0s2 /dev/disk1 /dev/disk1s1 /dev/disk1s2 <-- the file we want is here (we think) Note this list seems to change and there is no guarantee that partitions named in the GUI using diskutil will have the same names here. Also CD’s and DVD’s take a while to show up sometimes so just repeat the command (use up arrow) until they do. Check the file system used by the drive we want to mount. In my example it is a Windows NTFS partition. fstyp /dev/disk1s2 ntfs <-- ok that’s what we expected Now we create a folder to mount the drive to. For easy access let’s make a folder on the root called “drive2”. mkdir /drive2 Now it’s time to use all this information in the mount command mount –t ntfs /dev/disk1s2 /drive2 With some luck it worked. We check to see if our files and folders are there. ls –l /drive2 If the device was a HFS/HFS+ volume (Mac OS) then we would use this command: mount –t hfs /dev/disk1s2 /drive2 USB hard drives and flash drives would use similar syntax depending on what file system the device was formatted with eg. NTFS (windows), HFS (mac), MSDOS (older / smaller usb sticks). For a CD… mount –t cd9660 /dev/disk1s2 /drive2 For a DVD… mount –t udf /dev/disk1s2 /drive2 if this doesn’t work then try the cd9660 switch as if it was a CD. Mounting a Samba network share does not seem to work in Snow Leopard 10.6.4. At this point you should be able to do the things you wanted to do (cp files etc.). Note, HFS drives are mounted with WRITE ACCESS by default even if the root is read-only (use -r switch if you want to mount read-only). NTFS drives are mounted as read-only and there is no native support for write access. We can unmount the device using this command (note spelling of “umount”): umount /dev/disk1s2 When you are finished, use the reboot or shutdown command. DO NOT use the exit command which will continue booting into GUI. NOTE: Please do not reply to this thread to troubleshoot your problems. I'm not an expert, I just taught myself what I needed to know to get the job done. Single User Mode has an excellent man command (short for manual). This is the best way to teach yourself. Also look in the /sbin folder for variations of the mount command for other file systems. If you have something useful to add, for example you know how to get SMB shares to mount, then please contribute.
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    Download Windows 3.1

    This brings back some memories... I still remember the "innovative" procedure we stumbled upon as students to set up the venerable Windows for Workgroups 3.11. We copied each floppy into a folder named DISK1, DISK2 etc. onto our huge 100 MB hard drive. Then just ran the setup from the first folder and it finds all the rest of the folders itself. We tried this as an experiment one day (before the internet) and it worked, and of course, we were really impressed at how fast it installed compared to inserting all those floppies. I think we got more kicks out of installing it than using it. Not much has changed I suppose, cause that's basically what I'm doing now with Mac OS. The zip file the OP downloaded (and the method I've described) is the network install method for deployment across an organisation. I think we used the same method for other floppy releases of the time - Win NT, 95 etc. EDIT: Just installed it in DOSBox. Now I remember, you gather all the setup files from each disk into a single folder and run setup from there - it doesn't ask for any floppies. BTW it was much easier to setup 3.11 in DOSBox compared to Virtualbox. The big difference is you don't have to use virtual HD and FD images - you just give it a folder on your hard drive and drag stuff in.
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    Essential Windows Programs

    Windows 7 Internet Explorer Office 2003 All apps are totally free or open source Avast Antivirus - does not slow down your system like some others. Windows Defender - built in weekly spyware / malware checking. MVPS Hosts file - blocks your machine from contacting known advertising / malware sites. OpenDNS - free DNS service that provides parental filtering (no software installed) Including your router, Windows Firewall and User Account Control, there are many layers of security, no need for additional firewalls such as Zone Alarm. Also additional registry cleaners and spyware checkers are of questionable benefit and are no substitute for good housekeeping and safe practices. Emule - for rare stuff uTorrent - for new stuff XnView - only picture viewer worthy of replacing ACDSee Classic Media Player Classic Home Cinema - for video VLC - for streaming Windows Media Player - for music ffdshow - codecs and splitters MediaPortal - for entertainment centre including TV GIMP - open source alternative to Photoshop AVISynth - frameserving AVI files and non-linear editing and scripting VirtualDub - for editing and capturing MeGui - for compressing MediaInfo - for getting properties about videos 7zip - opens absolutely everything incuding iso's ImgBurn - for burning CD / DVD's VirtualBox - virtual machine emulator MSN , Skype For the home user or hobbyist, you should be able to do almost everything with free or open source software, no need to use pirated or cracked stuff.
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    New Member Introduction

    If you're not prepared to put in more effort than this, then the answer is NO. If you're prepared to learn about every part of your PC and spend maybe a week or two of your life on it, then the answer is MAYBE. I actually have the same CPU and know that works out of the box. Check the ATI hardware sub forum to see how difficult it is to get your VGA card working. Check your motherboard manual to see what sound device you have built in then check the hardware>sound forum to see what they've done. These are your biggest hurdles and there will probably be others - LAN, keyboard, sleep etc. Still interested?
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    Post Installation Troubles (retail with boot132)

    I use a PS/2 keyboard and USB mouse. It works perfectly with the VoodooPS2Controller. Even the volume buttons work. If I use the Apple legacy keyboard option in the installer, the keyboard doesn't work. Once I'm in the GUI I unplug it then plug it back in, then it works. The distro is iAtkos S3 v2 (10.6.3). Motherboard is a GA-EP45-DS3R I also tried selecting no PS/2 keyboard options in the installer, hoping the vanilla Apple one works but it can't find my keyboard at all, even after I unplug and re-plug.
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    video cards for Hackintosh

    The lastest range of iMac's have i3, i5 and i7 processors and ATI HD 4670, 5670 and 5750. http://www.apple.com/imac/ This is the direction I would go for my next build. Socket 775 is almost dead. The price premium is small enough to move up to the newer sockets. For that you get access to DDR3, USB3, SATA3 - all of which has negligible real world speed benefit - except maybe USB3. The main thing is you'll be current for a while longer as these technologies become mainstream.
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    iAtkos S3 v2 in VirtualBox

    As long as your processor has VT-x, which I think may not.
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    iAtkos S3 v2 in VirtualBox

    Might have something to do with you setting up the VM as a BSD machine and not Mac OS X.
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    ALC889A setup for 10.6.4 the easy way

    @thecat58 From 10.6.3, ALC888 requires a different setup than ALC889A. My procedure was NEVER meant for you. You foolishly try it and then blame me for breaking your system. You then ask for my help! All this because you want an "easy installer". YOU ARE IN THE WRONG PLACE. START YOUR OWN THREAD. DO NOT HIJACK MINE.
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    What is the best RAM to use for OSx86?

    To troubleshoot try just using one of the new (2 GB) sticks at a time. Try each slot individually. Even try the old ram in different slots. Make sure in BIOS the RAM settings are not overclocked. Set all the timings to default or auto. Does the problem occur in Windows (try under heavy load). "Do I need a certain kind of RAM?" Check the Memory Support List for your MB as a starting point but usually any RAM will do as long as it's operating within it's specification (not overclocked) and with the spec of the board. 2x2 GB 800 MHz branded RAM on your board should be perfect.
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    ALC889A setup for 10.6.4 the easy way

    I'm no expert and don't know anything about the Azalia patch but I suspect your AppleHDA.kext is not vanilla. It may have been patched when you installed the Azalia patch. I would find a vanilla AppleHDA.kext - the right one matching your OS version. It will be in your install or update dmg. You can use pacifist to extract it and Kext Helper to install it. Afterwards you may have to reinstall the two kext in my OP. Again, this is just a guess.
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    OS X in vmware is slow

    I haven't played with VMWare, but in Virtualbox, the VM seems to slow down A LOT if you give it more than one core. Also according to some articles, Virtualbox is just generally faster than VMWare (and it's totally free). Look for a guide by Lifehacker using the Hazard distro on Virtualbox if you are interested. There is no 3D acceleration in Virtualbox so probably none in VMWare. I only give the OS X guest 512 MB of RAM and default 10 MB of video ram, runs no problems. Using the Hazard distro, internet (NAT and Host-only) work out of the box. Sound does work not but there is a patch on the Virtualbox forums, but sound is very poor. If you saw guides installing retail SL then it was most likely onto a native Mac VM host because that is the only situation it was designed / licensed for. If you're on a PC host then the retail DVD won't be any easier, you will still need to hackintosh it (bootloaders, custom kernels etc) so may as well just use a pre-made distro with nearly vanilla options.
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    ALC889A setup for 10.6.4 the easy way

    @ thecat58 According to YOUR GA-EP45T-UD3LR USER MANUAL You DO NOT have ALC889A. Good first post, idiot. PS. Could a Mod please remove his post (and this one too)?
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    [WORKING] ATI Radeon HD 4670 (10.6.4)

    Snow Leopard Graphics Update v1.0 successfully installed on 10.6.4 with HD 4670 Ran OpenGL Extensions Viewer and found no changes in the benchmarks before and after. I don't really care about speed, but it's good to know the upgrade works without breaking something.