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    Any DSDT or kext beginners guide for Mountain Lion?

    My laptop is an Acer Aspire 6935G. I followed the Mountain Lion vanilla guide for beginners, from the tutorials subforum. Everything went fine (I even managed to keep a Windows partition and get a multiboot installation), but now I'm really lost at the post-install, because I cannot find docs to follow. To begin with, I don't know if I've to install kexts for all the devices listed in the System Info window, or if such list includes both working and non-working stuff. Second, just as an example, my audio device is Intel HD Audio (device ID 293e). Searching by id# at the kext repository, there're a lot of kexts for Mountain Lion. I suppose I've to use the VoodooHDA, but no idea about the version number, and also I see there're manual edits to perform... lots of undocumented stuff which I don't know where to learn from.
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    Any DSDT or kext beginners guide for Mountain Lion?

    Thanks a lot for your help, TheEnthusiast. I hope that Olarila forum will guide me, because, honestly, I searched on the InsanelyMac forum and didn't find any helpful post-install guide for 10.8.4. I just see a ton of unrelated tools and procedures, which I don't know if I have to apply or not, nor how. Those Olarila steps seem relatively clear. Maybe I'll join that forum too.
  3. Hi, I just installed Mountain Lion (10.8.4) on my laptop, by following the steps from the beginners guide found in the tutorials subforum. However, that guide doesn't explain how to proceed with DSDT or kexts... it just mentions you use that for fixing incompatibilities, and tells you how to extract your DSDT from BIOS, but that's all, there're no more directions to follow from there. There're some things that don't work in my laptop: -Bluetooth -Audio -Ethernet -WiFi (I can live without it if Ethernet works) -When I deleted the NULLCPUPowerManagement, it boots fine, and works fine, but it hangs when you try to reboot or shutdown. Do I need a patched kext for this? From where? Or should I revert to the NULLCPUPowerManagement kext? Do you know of any guide which would help me to have all that stuff working? Please help, I've no idea on how to proceed...
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    Is my DDR3 RAM 1067MHz or 797MHz?

    Fixed. Just in case anybody comes here with this same issue, just inform you that this laptop BIOS had a bug (or limitation) in versions older than 1.10, which prevented the DDR3 RAM to go above 800MHz. My BIOS version was 1.05. I updated it to the latest BIOS for the Acer Aspire 6935G (which is 1.20 at the time of writing this), and now Mountain Lion correctly reports 4GB 1064MHz DDR3, so I'm very happy In fact I'm double happy because I know I could have bricked the laptop by updating the BIOS, so it was a double happy event: having 1064 MHz DDR3 and not bricking the laptop
  5. I'm seeing a weird thing after installing Mountain Lion on my Acer Aspire 6935G. I thought the RAM in this machine is DDR3 1067MHz. However, OSX says it's DDR3 797MHz. What's right? Do I need to fix anything?
  6. Thanks a lot. It worked. I've my system most functional now. Removed the NullCPUPowerManagement.kext and didn't get a kernel panic. However, still no Bluetooth, and no Internet (neither ethernet nor wifi). I'm not sure how the DSDT editor and the System Info app work, since I don't see a listing of what's not working (or better yet, I've no idea if the list I get is from stuff that works or doesn't work)... I hope there's a more detailed tutorial about how to use these tools.
  7. Well, installation finished, and everything seems to go fine. However, I arrived to another show-stopper: How do I install the "Java 6 SE" ? It seems both the DSDT editor and the system info tools need Java, but I did a direct install of 10.8.4 and it seems to come without Java. I've no Ethernet nor WIFI (I need the DSDT editor for fixing that, but I cannot run the DSDT editor without Java, so I'm lost in a loop... ) How do I get "Java 6 SE" in Mountain Lion without an Internet connection? Can I download an installer from other machine? (if affirmative, please address me to an Apple _official_ download)
  8. Oops!! Something really strange: it was the pendrive. I tried it several times, and it always failed in the same way. I tried another pendrive and it worked fine. No idea about the reason, I did exactly the same steps on both of them (GUID scheme, etc)... Well... it seems I'm getting ready for the install!! (note: I'm not sure your MyHack suggestion is ready for MBR, so I'm trying to use this guide instead)
  9. Well, I've progressed a bit, with some googling, although I've been unable to start the install. What I've learnt from other sites: 1- Apple has updated the Mountain Lion installer to 10.8.4. This means that if you bought ML last year but download it again, you now get a complete 10.8.4 installer, without need to download updates. Now I believe I understand why there're different MBR patches for each ML version. I guess I need to use the 10.8.4 MBR patches if I redownload ML today and create the USB from it. Well, I'm just guessing it, although some explanation of this would be greatly welcome. 2- In general it's a pain to update the OSX version on a Hackintosh. So, if you can install 10.8.4 directly, it's better. The bad thing is that 10.8.5 will be released soon and I'm going to install 10.8.4, but, well, 10.8.4 is mature enough IMHO, so I'll keep it forever on this Hackintosh. 3- No idea on how to resize the free space on the usb, though, so I cannot copy the Packages folder into it. Googled this problem, but found no solutions. Disk utility says the usb partition is 8 GB, with 1GB used, and 123MB of free space. Where are the resting 7GB? How can I increase the 123MB? It seems Disk utility can resize partitions, but not this one. So, well, progressed a bit, but cannot start the install until I find how the USB is created with size enough for the Packages folder. Anybody successfully created the USB? How did you fit the Packages folder in the 123MB ? EDIT: Incredible, people seem to just drag the >1GB Packages folder into the usb and it works for them even if there're only 123MB available. I don't know why this works on their machines. On my machine (a MBA with 10.6.8, it won't copy it, showing a "disk full" error). Is it because I'm using 10.6.8? I don't know what to do, I think I'll sleep...
  10. I feel myself a bit lost... not only I cannot figure out how to copy the Packages folder into the USB if there're just 123MB free (no matter the pendrive size it will always be 123MB free because that's the free space in the original OSX Base System DMG), but... in addition to that... I now have serious doubts in how to proceed because I wished to update to 10.8.4, but it seems it's not easy to do so... I've just found a guide in another subforum explaining how to install 10.8.3, and it's a bit of a nightmare... you download the 10.8.3 update but without rebooting, then some kext tasks... well... it seems a bit overkill for me. I think my media is 10.8.0 (I bought it last year). To complicate things even more, the MBR patches have different files for 10.8.0, 10.8.1, 10.8.2, 10.8.3, and 10.8.4... why would you need those if the ML media is 10.8.0? Or you need them when you update? Well, it's clear I'm not a beginner, but several steps lower...
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    What guide/procedure for an Aspire 6935G Hackintosh?

    I'm having a problem creating the installer USB: It's a restore of the OSX Base System image, so it has only 123MB free, no matter how big is your USB. Because of this, the Packages folder cannot be copied into it, and I cannot proceed beyond this point. I've posted this question at the guide thread, here: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/280756-guide-the-all-in-one-guide-to-vanilla-os-x-including-chameleon-dsdt-for-beginners/?p=1937094
  12. Honestly, I'll happily format the entire HD of this Acer if I knew that all OSX features are going to work fine on it. That way, all the 320GB HDD would be for OSX, and it would be great. However, because I've reasonable doubt that some stuff can fail, I want to keep the door open for a possible restore of the original system. This is an Acer, so I'm also keeping the factory recovery partitions. Anyway, in the link you provide I see no reason to conclude that it won't be possible. This Mountain Lion guide details how to install on a MBR scheme, so I don't know why you say it won't work. Anyway, I found another problem: I'm building the USB for installing, but... when deleting the Packages link, and copying all the Packages directory into the USB... how am I supposed to do it if the USB (which is a restore of the image of the OSX Base System) has only 123MB of free space? (it has only 123MB free because that's the free space in the original OSX Base System image). I know I did it right because the screenshots in the guide also show 123MB free... what I don't know is how the guide author was able to copy all the Packages folder if the free space was just 123MB... Any clues? Thanks a lot!!!!
  13. Never mind. No wonder there's no guide for repartitioning, because it's tough and there're no good and free tools for Windows repartitioning. Gparted failed with my NTFS partition. Then, after googling, I realized I really wanted to use the native partition shrinking tool available in Windows Vista, because it's the cleanest and most guaranteed approach. But, alas, I couldn't use it because of unmovable blocks in the disk. Then I tried free defragmenters. No joy, they cannot deal with unmovable blocks. I googled and found PerfectDisk, commercial but with downloadable trial, and able to move unmovable blocks. But it didn't work fine either: it didn't want to move all unmovable blocks to the beginning of the disk. So, I shrink the partitions in several steps: Use PerfectDisk, the unmovable blocks are moved to the middle of the partition, so I can shrink it to a half. Use it again, then I shrink the partition another half. And so on. Finally, I've resized my Vista partition to 40GB, and I can start the process... Woa... now I know why I've loved computers during all these years using Macs... I almost forgot about these PC pains... The conclusion is that it's impossible to do a repartitioning guide, because there're just no free and reliable repartitioning tools that will resize a NTFS partition with a single button press. And there's no fail-safe procedure either. It's just a matter of trying what tool works with your system. Well, now I'm closer to being able to start... I just need to google what issues can I face if I install 10.8.0 and update to 10.8.4 (when do I update and how?), and also how to create the OSX partition (I think this was done with the OSX installer, but I'm not sure, because I don't want to trash now the Vista partition which has taken me a couple of days (!!) of fighting for shrinking it...
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    What guide/procedure for an Aspire 6935G Hackintosh?

    I'm almost ready to begin. However, I've one doubt about the guide: What MBR patch should I choose? I see there's a different patch for each of the 10.8.x releases. I bought Mountain Lion last year at the App Store, and I burnt it into a disk. I think it was 10.8.0, but however I wish to update to 10.8.4 later. What patch version must I choose?
  15. Being a total newbie to Hackintoshes, I miss in this guide some chapter about partitioning for those of us who install into a laptop and wish to keep the windows partition because it contains vendor-specific stuff. My laptop (Acer Aspire 6935-G) came brand new with a couple of Windows Vista partitions (one is the real one, while the other is a restore partition by Acer). Some years ago, I resized the Windows partition and installed Ubuntu. Now, I want to delete the Ubuntu partitions, and resize the Windows Vista partition to the minimum. And in the resulting free space, I wish to create the OSX partition. What's the best procedure for doing all of this? What partitioning tool is best recommended? What partition type do I create for OSX? As I said, this is the stuff I missed in this guide. I don't know what's the best way to proceed, so if there's any other recommended guide for this, please tell!! Thanks a lot!!