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  1. Hey, i had just this problem. I installed fine, but the only way to get osx to boot was to put in the DVD and not do anything. The DVD boot menu comes up, counts down 8 seconds, then boots osx off the HDD. If i pressed F8 to get boot options i get hd (111,1) JaS 10.4.8 AMD Intel SSE2 SSE3, pressing enter takes me back to the installer. Also, when i do let it boot from the drive it only gets as far as the grey screen with the apple logo (i understand this is the Darwin loader). It loads for a bit then dies (i'm guessing that that's when it tried loading OSX interface). Gave up in the end, had to install linux to get grub to allow me to access my windows install cus OSX nuked my boot loader. I was trying to install on an ASUS m6va laptop
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    OSX not recognising disc partition

    All the things i tried WERE done with the disc utility in the installer, basically my problem is that it didn't seem to work. I think to clarify i'll add another question, just to check i'm not doing something stupid. How do you take a section of free space on an already partitioned hard drive and turn it into a primary HFS+ partition?
  3. My osx doesn't want to install on the partition i want it on. Basically it doesn't want to format and mount the volume. Details follow. I'm trying to install osx86 on my laptop (ASUS m6va) which already has winXP on it. The 100GB drive is split into -Recovery partition Primary 1GB -FAT16 (part of original laptop setup) -Windows partition primary NTFS(about 30GB) -Free space where i want to install osx (about 16GB) -Data partition Logical NTFS (about 40GB) -Linux swap logical (left over from removed Ubuntu install) My problem is getting the osx installer (JAS prepatched 10.4.8 intel AMD SSE2 SSE3) to recognize and use the free space. I tried leaving it unused and using the osx disc utility to create a partition, but it said it would destroy the data on the other volumes, so i aborted it. I tried using Acronis disc director to create a primary partition with no file system and installing but it didn't work. I tried using "Erase as HFS+" but it still didn't find a drive to install to. I tried formatting it as FAT32 in acronis and using "erase as HFS+" but it doesn't find it. What happens is that it says "erasing", then "mounting disc", but afterwards it doesn't seem to be mounted and the partition type is still listed as Windows_fat32, and this no matter how many time i try erasing as HFS+. I tried doing the same operation from the terminal but got the same result. I tried mounting the partition anyway and it says "drive is already mounted". I tried "safe erase" by writing zeros, but got the same result. I'm pretty much stumped by this. I've always had issues with disc partitioning (spent ages messing with partition magic and eventually solved all those problems by switching to acronis). The only thing i can think of is that i've somehow messed up the disc partitioning table, but i'm not sure how to do that. All solutions welcome (except for "google", cus i hope you realise by the number of "tried and failed" listed above that i've pretty much tried everything i can think of:-P)
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    Help Me Get OS X ON PS3

    Well... i came to this thread because it seemed very promising. Of course i was forgetting that half the people on the internet behave like whiny 14 year olds and most of the 4 pages of discussion seem to follow the lines of "lol fool, that wont work" "ps3 sucks" ps3 doesn't suck" "you suck" , and so on. (and please don't quote that line and then say something like "U SUXORZ" cus that will just prove me right. I don't WANT to be proven right on that particular sweeping generalization because i like to have faith in humanity). Anyway, on topic, and ignoring subjective views on the PS3's relative merits, i doubt you'll get OSX running on it without some serious re-programming. Because while it should be able to run on the general purpose PPC core of the ps3, it'll probably need to be tricked into accepting all the unusual hardware in the PS3. Now this isn't impossible, because the unix for of mac osx is open source -thus the guy who hacked the 10.4.8 kernel. it might be possible to do something like that, but then i don't know if the non-open source bits would still work. More importantly though, there's really no advantage, and won't be unless basically apple decide the want to support the PS3. Which seems unlikely. Because for the Cell to really shine you need to use its 8 SPUs, which non of the stuff for osx does. Also, you're likely to be banging your head against a wall for a long time on this, when there's already officially supported linux distros (yellow dog linux is the official one). Admittedly they lack a lot of the coolness of OSX, but if you want firefox and Openoffice it should to the trick. Finally, it's true that the ps3 has pretty limited ram (256 of XDR clocked at core speed, which means its very fast at least). One idea which makes sense to me tho i haven't seen it mentioned anywhere is to get a good quality SD card with a fast read/write speed (one of those 10* or something). you stick it in the reader slot and get the operating system to treat it as a swap partition. With a bit of hacking you should get the same effect as Vista's readyboost (linux already kinda supports this through its swap system).
  5. i have a Wacom Graphire 3 tablet and was able to install it in safe mode using bog-standard drivers. Unfortunately when i rebooted (into normal mode, which i discovered was working suddenly) it stopped. But this seems to suggest that for some devices the old drivers will work. Maybe it'll be possible to move from MacOSx86 "OMG it works!" to MacOSx86 as a usable desktop. my system: Pentium 4 D 2.8 (no SSE3) MSI 865 platinium MB Ati 9500pro from Hercules 30Gb Maxator ATA100 drive