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  1. If you install with ModCD/USB on an AMD machine, you boot with legacy_kernel post installation. You'll also need to use the arch=i386 -force64 flags, and find what busratio to use.
  2. So, I'm starting this thread for everyone with a Toshiba Satellite laptop with an AMD A6 APU (or any other AMD processor). From what I can tell, the L77X series of these laptops don't have a lotta documentation floating around, so here's to path weaving. This thread should help you get to a somewhat usable 10.6.8 install. I have yet to find a way to enable video acceleration since the ATI 6520 card (BeaverCreek) is rather annoying. Hardware List Your hardware may not be exactly like mine, but it should be somewhat close. Of course, I'm not going to post the entire list, just what's mainly essential. AMD A6 quad-core APU with ATI Radeon HD 6520G Realtek HD Audio (ID: 780D) Realtek RTL8101E PCIe Ethernet Atheros AR9285 WLAN Synaptics Trackpad The only things I've really come to find that work out of the box with this machine are the keyboard function keys, USB ports, and the internal webcam. Bluetooth worked once for me, then never came back. I haven't tested the card reader yet. Installing Snow Leopard Installing Snow Leopard on these machines is fairly easy. I suggest obtaining a retail DVD (or image) of Snow Leopard 10.6.3 and using Nawcom's ModUSB. This of course requires you to have an up and running OS X or Linux install. Go with Linux (Ubuntu is easy enough to install/can be booted into a Live session). If you have a DMG image, use dmg2img. The second line is needed for formatting your USB drive for OS X. For some reason, the binaries that Nawcom provides don't seem to work on newer Linux kernels. sudo apt-get install dmg2img sudo apt-get install hfsplus hfsutils hfsprogs I'm not going to walk you through the process of creating a ModUSB installer. But, since Nawcom's blog is no longer online, I'll provide the documentation for the process. Now, if you already have all of this done, feel free to skip on down. ModUSB Linux Download ModUSB Guide.rtf I know that the guide is shoddy since I just copy pasta'd it, but whatever. Once you have your ModUSB created, boot it up. When you come to the Chameleon loader screen, use these as your bootflags. rd(0,0)/Extra/modbin_kernel arch=i386 -force64 busratio=20 -v Go through the installation process by opening Disk Utility, formatting a partition (WARNING: Linux partitions will cause a POSIX error and you will lose all data on the drive you are formatting if a Linux partition is present on it), and going through the rest of the steps. Also, not sure if this is needed or not, but I unchecked the VoodooHDA installer (old revision that only detects HDMI). Be sure to customize everything to your needs before beginning the installation. After 30 minutes or so, the installation should finish, and you'll be asked to reboot your machine. Do so, and be prepared to be welcomed by the Chameleon screen again. Before booting into your nice and fresh Snow Leopard install, you're gonna want to use those boot flags I mentioned earlier again. legacy_kernel arch=i386 -force64 busratio=20 -v If you don't do this, your system will automatically shutdown without warning. If all goes well, you should eventually pop up at the GUI. Drudge through the account creation steps, then open up a Terminal, and run this. sudo nano /Extra/com.apple.Boot.plist This isn't necessary, but handy if you don't wanna enter those boot flags each you turn your computer on. Also, this file will be converted to "org.chameleon.Boot.plist" once you update Chameleon. Here's my boot file which you can feel free to use. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>GraphicsEnabler</key> <string>No</string> <key>Kernel</key> <string>legacy_kernel</string> <key>Kernel Flags</key> <string>arch=i386 busratio=20 -force64</string> <key>Timeout</key> <string>5</string> </dict> </plist> Note that disabling GraphicsEnabler is absolutely necessary until someone figures out how to make the 6520 work. If you don't disable it, Chameleon will give you a nice "0xdeadbeef" error. Save the file (ctrl+O), and close your Terminal. Oh, as a side note, you don't need to do this with nano. It's just a habit of mine and makes things simpler. Now, you need to download the 10.6.8 Combo Update from Apple (which you'll probably need to do on a separate machine). MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.8.dmg Mirror For When the Apple Servers are Being Dumb Also, grab MB for SL. Link Finally, download a 10.6.8 legacy kernel. Here's the one I'm using. Link If you'd like Nawcom's kernel, here it is. Link Once you've got all this of this {censored} downloaded, run the combo update. DO NOT reboot when asked. Run MB and select these. System Utilities -> Both Drivers & Bootloaders -> Kexts & Enablers -> Miscellaneous -> ElliottForceLegacyRTC, EvOreboot, NullCPUPowerManagement, PS/2 drivers Drivers & Bootloaders -> Kexts & Enablers -> Network -> Lnx2Mac's driver [Optional] OSx86 Software Install all of that, then once that's finished, install a legacy kernel. Now you can reboot. Congrats. You now have Snow Leopard 10.6.8 running. Resolving Other Hardware Issues WiFi: The Atheros AR9285 card likes to be difficult. It's easily fixable, but it took me some time to find a working kernel extension. Download this pack (thanks go out to yonsje) and open up the Terminal again. Atheros_AR9285.zip sudo mv /System/Library/SystemConfiguration/Apple80211Monitor.bundle /Backup\ Extensions/ cd to wherever you extracted the pack sudo mv Apple80211Monitor.bundle /System/Library/SystemConfiguration/ Use any KEXT utility to install "IO80211Family.kext". Also make sure to update your caches and whatnot (KEXT Utility that comes with MB can do this for you). Audio: This is an incredibly easy fix. Just download the VoodooHDA installer here and run it. I got a kernel panic after installing this and rebooting, but fixing my cache seems to have resolved that. Also, you'll notice that there might be some white noise/static coming from your speakers (especially if you have headphones). Just open up System Preferences, then VoodooHDA, and turn down "Input Gain". You should now have a somewhat usable system. I apologize for the lack of accelerated graphics, but there's not much on the 6520 card out in the wild. Also, it seems that MB is a no no here, so a mod can remove that bit from this post if need be. I'll just post the files separately. OSx86 is still a huge learning process for me, so when I come across something for this system, I'll add it to this thread (Bluetooth is next on my list, I think...) If you have anything at all to contribute, please do so. Oh, another thing. I was getting random kernel panics every five to ten minutes, but they seem to have stopped. I don't know what I did to resolve this, but if you experience the same issue, see if you can find what causes them and post back.
  3. I'm starting this as a guide for new users with this laptop and as a log for myself. In this thread, I'll be teaching you how to get a nearly perfect setup on a Dell Inspiron 1545. The only thing that will be lacking is Quartz Extreme and Core Image. Hardware Information Toshiba 250 GB S-ATA HDD Intel GMA 4 series (varies) Intel HD Audio Intel Core 2 Duo What You Need The actual computer (of course) A retail Snow Leopard 10.6.3 DVD or an image of one. An 8 GB flash drive or dual layer DVD if you have an image. Beginning I won't cover the process on how to burn a DVD or create a bootable USB installer. If you'd like to make a bootable USB installer, use Nawcom's ModUSB method or MyHack (OS X only). If you choose Nawcom's method, you'll need an active Linux partition or Live CD. Ubuntu works just fine. If your image is a DMG image, use AcetoneISO to make it an ISO. Installation This part is pretty much the easiest part. Once you have your installation media ready, pop it in and boot with it. You won't need to take any extra precautions to boot into the OS X installer for this system. Once you get passed the language selection window, click Utilities, then Disk Utility. Partition your hard drive accordingly as Mac Extended Journaled. (If you want to dual boot, look around for another guide on how to do it post-installation.) After you've partitioned your drive, close DU and select it from the installation locations. Don't start the installation though. Click Customize and uncheck the VooDooHDA option. Leave the rest untouched (unless you want Quicktime and Rosetta). Now you can install the system. Drivers and Post-Installation Ok, so now you've got the system installed and you've probably already noticed the low resolution of 1024x768. You'll notice other things but for now, we only need to focus on updating. DO NOT update to 10.6.8 yet. Download the 10.6.7 combo update from Apple's site. After that's done don't run it just yet. I've created a pack of drivers just for the 1545. It can be downloaded here. You'll need an archiver like Keka to uncompress it. Firs thing's first is the resolution. Thanks to Deviato, we can now get our 1366x768 resolution back. Open com.apple.Boot.plist in /Extra in a text editor and add this. [b]<key>Graphics Mode</key> <string>1280x720x32@60Hz</string>[/b] Save it to your desktop then replace it. Do the same for com.apple.Boot.plist in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration. Now, extract the included Chameleon folder to your desktop and open a Terminal. cd Desktop/ChameleonMR2 sudo cp boot / Reboot and you'll have a 1366x768 resolution. After you reboot, install the 10.6.7 update. When prompted to reboot, don't. Use Kext Helper to install The AppleHDA KEXTs, the Voodoo PS/2 KEXts, the IO80211Family KEXTs, use Kext Utility to fix your permissions, place the included DSDT.aml in /, and use [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url] to rollback your USB drivers. Now you can reboot. If everything went correctly, you should now have a fully functional trackpad, working volume and media keys, a 1366x768 resolution, working audio, working wireless and Ethernet, and working USB/card reader ports. As far as QE/CI goes, I can't help you there. I'm hoping someone will find a fix soon. Enabling Sleep Download this and place the DSDT.aml file in /. It will replace the one used earlier which is ok. I'd like to thank Deviato for all the work he's done for this system. He's truly an awesome guy and I wish he were still apart of the project.
  4. I'm basically starting this thread as a log of my experience and for a reference page. You can also log yours as well for different models as well as your experience. System Specifications HP Pavilion dv6607rs Chipset: nForce 630m/i (applications have told me 560i though) Hard Disk: Hitachi 160 GB S-ATA GPU: GeForce 7150m Input: Synaptics Touchpad/standard US 101-102 character keyboard Processor: AMD Athalon x2 TK-55 Sound: Conexant HD Audio Locked Phoenix BIOS F.31 (this means that there is no advanced menu available meaning I can't change my hard drive preference - I'll be updating to F.34 soon in hopes that an advanced menu will be added) Past Experience Most distrobutions that I've used always failed due to the fact that Disk Utility never recognizing my hard drive. When I saw that, I just gave up. The closest I got to installing was with Leo4All v4. DU would see my HD but when beginning the partition process, it would always time out and corrupt the partition table. Thinking DU wouldn't worked, I used GParted instead to format my drive to HFS+. The installer noticed it right at the beginning. After customizing my selection for install, I began the installation. About 5 minutes into the install, it would fail every time and tell me to reboot (it would also corrupt the partition). Other distros didn't even make it this far. Current Location I decided to take a break from trying so much and pursued Linux for a couple years. After giving Snow Leopard to get settled in and allow the community to get its hands on it, I got back in. Installer of Choice: Snow Leopard 10.6 retail with ModUSB by NawCom on an 8 GB SanDisk Cruzer After going through the process of creating a bootable USB with a retail disc, I was eager to get started. Immediately after booting up, I got a kernel panic. The Firewire kexts were causing it. Simple fix; just remove them. I also added mach_kernel.test7 to the USB which gave me better results. After fixing the KP issue, I was finally able to get to the installer. I accepted the EULA and went to Disk Utility to format my drive. Once again, my hard drive is not listed on the left pane. Now then, I've been adding many kexts (Medevil's, SuperATA, an "optimized" ATA kext SL) to E/E in hopes that it would fix the issue but so far it has not. I'm still in search of a fix for this because I've been waiting for years to get this on my laptop. I'm hoping someone here has an available solution.