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  1. Snow Leopard on HP HDX18t

    To whoever manmal directed this at, could you please post it in the topic? Mediafire is a great file hosting service. I've been meaning to get back into OSX86, but I lost my usb wireless card, which made it pretty much useless to me.
  2. Snow Leopard on HP HDX18t

    About Quad Cores and DDR3 memory: I understand your need to future proof your laptop; I had a similar reaction when I first came across the 18t. There's a thread in the hphdx.net forum all about this topic. I highly recommend you direct any of your hardware questions there. It is a great wealth of information, and the admins are very nice. However, with my somewhat limited knowledge on hardware that isn't mine, I'll try my best to answer my questions. Excellent. I have never had a detailed reply for my questions in other forums. Sorry to bump the posting within a single day as I'm seeing a 30% off coupon on deals2buy.com and it may end anytime soon and I wanted to hurry up. I wanted to wait for a positive reply before shelling out money on 18t. Anyways, here are my questions again (kind of curious 1. If the article says SL supports quad cores, then it does. 2. From what I remember, quad cores don't really help you much yet. Inevitably quad cores will be faster than core 2 duo's, it's just a matter of time. This is similar to 64bit support in SL. While it is not useful yet because we don't have 96gb of ram, in the future it will be. Hardware drivers will come in time. 3. The 9600m GT is a great GFX card. For gaming I would understand the upgrade to the 130, but if you're editing movies, I'm not sure how great of a gfx card you need. On the other hand, SL does now have support for using your gfx card as a CPU booster sort of thing (I'm not using the right terminology), but that might help you with rendering. 4. I don't have the writer, but I don't believe even the DVD writer works in Leo or SL. It will load CDs and DVDs, but it will not burn them. Also, Mac OS X in general does not yet have support for blu-ray, because macbooks don't have bluray drives. In fact THERE IS a laptop, and it's the cousin of the 18t. It's the HP HDX16t! It comes at a smaller size, and still gives you that 1080p goodness (one of the major reasons why I bought this laptop!). However, I would definitely do a price "cross check" between the 16t and the 18t. Try to do the exact same settings between the two. I found that with almost the same settings, the 18t is a much better value. Try it and you'll see what I mean. I'm a guy who likes good details, and I've also been trying to tell someone about my experiences with this laptop, and finally someone comes along with questions. I'm sorry that I'm not directly linking you to anything, but it takes time and I have already read most of the information myself already.
  3. Snow Leopard on HP HDX18t

    It's strange that you posted here, I was about to write up a guide for installing Snow on the HP HDX18t. I'll answer the questions that I can, and then give you a run down of what I have so far. Also, don't bump your own thread after only a day; there aren't all that many people who have this model, though there is a thread for this and the 16 in the Leo Install forum. This is also the first week SL has been out. I would say to go with Leo until most of the SL issues clear up. This is how to install on Leo: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...aded&start= PROTIP: You can't install SL as of yet without Leo. I got Retail to work, though iDeneb is supposedly much easier to use. 1. I don't have a quad core myself, I have a core 2 duo. However, even with that said, 64 bit mode does work, and by default it boots into 64bit mode. I believe quad cores work on SL, but I would research that individually if I were you. 2. I don't have the GT 130M, I have the 9600m GT. The 9600 does NOT work with EFI strings as it did in Leo, but it DOES work with the NvInject 64bit kext, and the NVInject 32bit kext. As far as I know, there is no "hybrid" NVInject kext as of yet. 3. I have not had experience with exchanging the internal wireless, though I hear it is difficult to do. The HP Whitelist is supposed to be pretty strict. Replacing the wireless card usually takes BIOS hacking, which is also dangerous. I use an external usb wireless card. Also keep in mind that most drivers don't work yet for 64 bit mode, so you will have to most likely run in 32bit mode (I have to do this for my wireless card). 4. The backlit keyboard is hardware controlled, so yes it works on any operating system. I also highly recommend getting it. The $50 is entirely worth it. 4 1/2. (Audio) The short answer, yes the audio works. Now the long answer. In Leo, there was a kext for the HDX18t that worked downright beautifully with HDAEnabler. Everything worked, from int and ext mic to line in, speakers and headphones. However, in SL this kext does not work so well. I have heard there is a 64bit HDAEnabler kext, though I have not found it yet. Also, the AppleHDA kext we used in Leo is not 64bit compatible. However, there is hope. I have tried VoodooHDA 32/64 hybrid kext, and it does enable audio. Speakers and headphones work, ext mic, int mic and line in don't work. Also, the traditional volume controls don't work except for mute. I have also stumbled across a thread at Infinitemac that depicts how to make a AppleHDA kext for SL, but the process is a long one. When I have more time, I will do this and then post my findings in the HP HDX18t install thread I plan on making in the future for SL. 5. Like I said earlier, VoodooHDA really only makes ext speakers and headphones work. I am currently looking into a fix. The webcam itself works on first bootup, but after that does not. You can fix this by removing AppleHPET.kext from Extensions. The webcam works natively in both Leo and SL. On video output. Two things to clear up. This laptop does not have DVI output, it has VGA. I have not tried output yet in SL (sound is a just a bit more important), but in Leo I believe that HDMI works but VGA does not. The thread gave mixed results, and I believe most of those results were negative. Ok, as an owner I have a few tips to give you. First of all, check out this forum that is all about the HDX16/18. http://www.hphdx.netAlso, the thread on Notebook review is also quite useful: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=300221 About your specs: Good choice on OS, you can always upgrade later. You probably don't need the Quad core processor. There's a thread on hphdx.net that discusses the pros and cons. I encourage you to read it. If you're going with the quad core processor, get yourself some more ram. With 64bit, you can go way past 3. Some people have had very good luck with the 8 gigs of ram. It's good you are getting two drives; it makes the install process much easier. I personally like the 9600m GT. It's a little more compatible, and it still supports 1080p resolution. Lightscribe is pretty useless, but maybe you will use it. For $25, the bluetooth dongle isn't worth it. Buy a cheapo one and save yourself the time and the hassle. I would pick up either an extra battery. The battery life for a laptop this size is pretty damn good, but if you're watching a long movie on a plane (not that this really fits on planes), it will run out on you. My personal experience with HP: Good, although some have had a really hard time. If you live in the US, it's easy, but outside the US they tend to give you a lot of {censored}, or so I've heard. Also, they run coupons toward the end of every month, trying to meet quotas. They offer a $250 dollar off or a 30% off depending on the month. For the 30% off, the more you spend the more you save. Check the hphdx forum for more info. There's also a free upgrade to Win7.
  4. For anyone getting the error "System config file '/com.apple.Boot.plist' not found," (I got it on a Toshiba A65-S1362) I believe I have a fix for you. From Smart BootManager's site - http://sourceforge.net/projects/btmgr/ "Smart BootManager is an os independent BootManager which has easy to use interface and many other features. The main goals of SBM are to be absolutely OS independent, flexible and full-featured. It has all of the features needed to boot a variety of OS." I know it's kind of old (2001), but I've found that using SBM allows you to boot Kalyway's 10.5.2 Install DVD, Leopard (when installed), and even provide bootable usb support for bios' that don't support it directly. I found sometimes that it would fail to boot other cds such as Hiren's BootCD 9.5, so I used my built in BIOS boot manager to boot those. My BIOS is also PXE, which probably has something to do with my problem. This also allowed me not to have to install grub with ubuntu, which saved space on my 30 gb laptop hdd. To install: Pickup a copy of Hiren's BootCD 9.5. (There's a torrent of it somewhere). sbminst is on this LiveCD under BIOS and stuff. (If you don't see BIOS, etc. it's on the next page of Hiren's. Install from Windows using the download from their site. To use: Navigate to the directory where you saved sbminst, or on Hiren's just simply type this in after selecting the application. sbminst -t us -d 128 -t defines the flavor of the install, I chose US because that's the default for most people. Type sbminst without modifiers for more info on this. -d tells sbm to install on the first hard drive. That's about it, once you're in sbm itself, you can mess with options and such. If you have any questions, feel free to post. P.S. Sorry if someone already posted this, but the search function on these forums is unbearable. And if so, a thread like this should be at least linked to in one of the solutions Howtos.
  5. I've done a lot of research on osx86, but I still have some unanswered questions: Ok, so I downloaded the JaS.10.4.8.AMD.Intel.SSE2.SSE3 iso from demonoid, and I was wondering how to check it it's the correct iso since there's not sfv file or anything to check the 200+ rar files that it is split into. How do I know if my iso is valid? Btw, I did unzip it sucessfully without any errors, does that mean my iso is good? Also, should I apply the vp1 patch, and that other patch made by the_defiant? If anyone cares, this is my computer: http://www.compusa.com/products/product_in...7-_-footer_link It supports SSE2 and SSE3, so I should be able to install OSX. Also, I was wondering, how should I burn my disc, becasue I have been having a lot of problems and made a lot of "coasters". I heard that I should burn it at 1x or something like that, how would I do that and with what? I am willing to do whatever it takes. I'd rather not use vmware if possible, just natively install it with a bootloader like grub. Another question, which bootloader wwould you go with? Grub, Lilo, or something else? Wow, I think that's all. Jeez.
  6. Kind of new here, but whatever gets the job done, I'll do it. Ok, so I installed JaS.10.4.8.AMD.Intel.SSE2.SSE3 iso onto a primary HFS+ partition on my HD. I got it to install, and when I boot it up I get: localhost mDNS Respnder: Adding Browse Domain Local And it stops. Any ideas? P.S. I let it sit there for a while, and nothing happens.