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About jayp94

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  1. keep the files that was originally on the OS when u installed it. Intel's HD 3000 graphics is natively supported on Lion due to the Mac Minis using it. So if u deleted it then yes put it back on...
  2. have u tried clicking the 'edit' link top right of the table with the computers in it? after sharing your info, click save and it will ask to type in one of those annoying copy the text/numbers to prove your human and click save again, it should now be online. Try this and let me know how it goes,
  3. i am not familiar with iATKOS but try this, edit your boot.apple.plist file (cant remember where it is maybe in library/... or system/...) and add something (off the top of my head) like <key>GraphicsEnabler</key> <string>Yes</string> (if yours says 'yes' then try 'no') Thats the main one, or <key>Graphics Mode</key> <string>1280x1024x32 (your screen res here)</string> If that dont work then im stumped! Let me know if it works
  4. Thats fine, let me know how it goes. When i first tried the t0nymac method, when i put ib00t to a disk, it took me 4 dvd discs and 3 different burning programs to get it to work. This may have been my stupidity but a bit of googling and experimenting got the job done...
  5. (Let me start by saying i think you said you tried the following so if you have, sorry to repeat something you may know.) I hate to be 'one of those people', but i HIGHLY recommend just buying a genuine copy of Mac OSX Snow Leopard. I bought mine for £25 from the apple store so on ebay they are probably £20. For all your trouble and hassle ect. i bet you dont want to mess around much anymore so this is your best bet. As it is an operating system, you want it to be as close to 100% as possible, downloading the OS, you not only loose tiny bits of data downloading it, you also loose tiny bits of data writing it to a disc. Although these are very small, it could make the OS unstable and in your case unusable. Using iB00t method from T0nyM4c (insainelymac wont let me write the actual spelling but you get the idea) you have alot more support as this is the most common method to instal OSX. I tried a similar method to you, that is downloading the OS and trying to install 2 years ago and it did not work so go for the method i just explained. To round up, dont be a cheapo, buy the retail discs. Let me know what you think.
  6. @g_jj Thanks very much for your comment. Thats good to hear. I haven't yet built the Hack Mini yet so i dont know the temps yet. Any chance i can ask some questions about your build? What did you use to cool the CPU? Did you use a CD drive? How was the motherboard fit and any chance of some pictures? Thanks again,
  7. Ah interesting, iv sold Hackintoshes to graphic designers before. So a little update, i have bought the motherboard and CPU.
  8. Ah brilliant thats good to hear. Just out of interest, what company do you work for?
  9. Thanks for your comment. And yes i live in Bristol. Funny thing about Novatech, I wondered into PC World (Cribbs) and was looking for a HDD and RAM, I asked the manager of the PC parts area for his opinion and he said and i quote "to be honest, we (meaning PC World) overcharge for parts, i recommend Novatech in Portishead". I was shocked in a good way for his customer service so ever since then, i have shopped with Novatech. I find they are reliable and their parts are just as, if not cheaper than parts on eBay! I am considering using them to supply parts for my new top-of-the range computer company. Where i supply SSD drives as standard. So hopefully they stay open. I wanted to share the word about Novatech too as they are just brilliant so im glad you noticed! With you wanting to do this, go for it! unless you want me to do it first to (try) and give some lead or instructions? It would be good to share thoughts and tips.. Thanks again, jayp94
  10. Hi everyone, (Just a heads up, I give a LONG introduction but it contains important info so please read) I decided I wasn’t going to be another leecher of a forum so I decided to document my new project. As you can tell by the title, I am going to do a Mac Mini mod – referred to as the ‘Hack Mini’. I will try and make it as detailed as I can with lots of pictures. I will try to answer as much questions as I can and answer questions of my project that I would want answered if I was reading it. I will give measurements so it gives people wanting to do this a good idea of the sizes involved. Common Question: “Why a Hack Mini? Why not buy a real Mac Mini? Its just as cheap?” My Answer: “1. Where’s the fun in that? And 2. You cannot buy a quad core Mac Mini (to date) so the Core i5 Quad Core I will fit makes my Hack Mini 2 x faster than the current core i7 (dual core) Mac Mini. Oh, and its about £100 cheaper than the base line (i3) Mac Mini. (This excludes the Mac Mini server, which is a quad core i7 but its only 2.0Ghz and its £849! So mine is still faster and cheaper!” Please Note: I don’t claim to be a genius and I am doing this Hack Mini my way so if you don’t like something, when you do your mod, change it! Also, I HIGHLY recommend you do you’re research! I’m not the only Mac Mini Hackintosh guy out there and I roughly do about 10 hours + research before even starting the project. I don’t plan on “hard modifying” the case or components. This means unlike my G5 mods, I am not going to cut, saw or change the aluminum case in any way. This gives good overall effect and it saves time and money. Also, I do not want to solder unless it is last resort. On the contrary to this, I have ‘designed’ my setup so I would not have to do this. The Tony Mac method of OSX will be installed on this. This is using Tony Mac and a retail copy (I highly recommend a retail copy of OSX of any update (whether 10.6 or 10.7 and the upcoming 10.8)) of OSX Snow Leopard 10.6.3 (will be updated to Lion 10.7.3 after install). Last thing before the mod, pay lots of attention to the online manuals of any motherboard/CPU or components you buy!! I say this because (I will go into detail when I get it but…) the motherboard I am using is very specific. Due to obvious size restraints, most mini ITX boards wont fit (most will fit width and length but not height due to the back I/O ports being to high) and the processors you can use are restrained. For example, the motherboard I am buying supports LGA1155 processors BUT only supports LGA1155 processors UP TO 65W TDP. This narrows the search down but I generally found that LGA1155 processor that end in ‘s’ will work. Although, the main processors I will decide against are either the i3 2105 @ 3.10Ghz (dual core) about £110 and the i5 2405s @ 2.7Ghz (quad core) £165. Both will work. The Intel website is very good for this information. Last last thing, this motherboard has a MAJOR advantage, it doesn’t need an internal power supply. Now this is good for this Hack Mini as there is simply not enough space! This motherboard has a female power port at the back, and like a laptop, gets its power from a power brick on a power lead. (The only con is the power bricks can be expensive as I live in the UK, most are from China or USA). Okay, hope I haven’t bored you! Onto the good stuff now. I started with ordering the Mac Mini case. Mine was bought of eBay for a total of £48 (£43 + £5 PandP). This seller was in the UK so got it the next day! There is a seller of these Mac Mini cases (new) from china and they are £50 + PandP. I did not go for this as there may be a HIGH chance (because its Chinese) its fake. Although it looks VERY realistic. In addition to this, the postage would take about 7-10 days at least and I did not want a delicate case like this handle by that many careless postage guys! Plus they don’t include the back I/O shield/plate which I might need (not decided yet). The case is a 2010 model with the CD/DVD slot. I personally like this, as my Hackintosh will require a CD drive to load i-Boot and install OSX. Plus it adds to the overall practibility of the product and does not affect its looks (in my opinion). Box came today: Box again Just unwrapping it... Still in (opened) apple plastic Top Front Back Bottom View with Bottom off Mac Mini with I/O plate Width of Mac Mini: Back I/O length: Internal length: On my desk with the Cinema Display: (the display is showing my PowerMac G5 Hackintosh screen, NOT the Hack Mini) What disks look like in it: I have to say, it looks fantastic. It also looks untouched! (New for the slow minded). Not a scratch or micro scratch on it! As you can see from the photo, the measurements of the case are 197mm long x 197mm wide x 30mm high. The CD slot is 132mm wide and 3mm high. The INTERNAL measurements are 187mm long x 187mm wide x 21mm high. I think that’s all the measurements you will need. Pay attention to the internal measurements as that is, after all, what you need to know. Most mini ITX boards are 170mm x 170mm so that not a problem. The problem (as mentioned above) is the back I/O ports are too high. So just to clarify, the Mac Mini’s corners, although do take up room, would not effect an ITX board’s placement due to the length and width of the Mac Mini. The setup I will be installing is Intel DH61AG and 150W Power Supply – eBay - £115 Core i5 2405s @ 2.7Ghz (quad core) – eBay - £165 OCZ Agility 60GB SSD (fast!) – Novatech - £60 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333Mhz RAM – eBay - £25 Apple Airport Extreme Wireless Mini-PCI card – eBay - £15 Power button – eBay - £5 Slot Load DVDRW SATA – eBay - £15 USB Bluetooth – eBay – No more than £5 (I already have one) (all prices include postage) Total = £400 Including the Mac Mini Case £448 The cheaper option would be Intel DH61AG and 150W Power Supply – eBay - £115 Core i3 2105 @ 3.10Ghz (dual core) – Novatech - £110 Seagate 7200rpm 2.5” 500GB HDD – eBay - £60 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333Mhz RAM – eBay - £15 (No wireless, some people use USB wireless or wired internet) Power button – eBay - £5 (May not need a CD drive, you might have an external USB drive or use USB sticks to install OSX) Total = £305 (Including mac mini case = £353!!) Add/Upgrade the components at your discretion. So no graphics card? No, The CPU’s in the list’s above have Intel HD 3000 graphics which is natively supported on OSX and it is apparently not bad, games like battlefield can be played or Skyrim. Although this not meant to be a gaming machine (see my G5 Hackintosh for that) it could be. Intels HD 3000 graphics is on the current Mac Mini models anyways. Possible problems. Fitting it all in. I am 95% confident it can fit all the above in no problem but you never know till its in front of you. The Slot load drive may effect space even more! Cooling the CPU and airflow. Details below Motherboard compatibly with OSX More below as well So the CPU. I am planning on installing a laptop heatsink. This will have to be left until I have the Motherboard and CPU so I can see exactly how much space I have (or don’t have!) to work with. I will fit the biggest cooler in there as possible. I think I read somewhere that this (or ITX motherboards in general) are made so cooling is not essential. I, however, will ignore this, as it would give me peace of mind if there were a cooler of some sort in there. Motherboard compatibility. I THINK I can get this to work 95-99% (no ATX motherboard is 100% with OSX). This means sound, display, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 ect. Again, when it’s all together and working, I will see then. What do you guys think? I did not intend this to take 1400 words but at least its pretty detailed. Keep tuned for the next update – probably the motherboard and CPU. I may sell this at the end so tell me if you’re interested! UPDATE #1 Bought the CPU (i5 2405s), Motherboard, Power Adaptor, RAM (8GB), and the Power Button. Just need to buy the SSD/HDD and Airport Card. I am also going to experiment with an internal speaker. Not the little black beeper things some motherboards have, I'm talking about a proper speaker. This would complete (apart from the optical drive) the Hack Mini. Okay so the slot load drive will be on hold for a while. I am going to wait until i have the rest of the components and see if there is space. I have not needed my Optical Drive on my Powermac G5 Hackintosh so i will not go to extreme lengths to make one fit in this one. UPDATE #2 Bought a Corsair Force 60GB SSD with a 250GB Samsung HDD. Also an internal speaker, bluetooth, Airport extreme wireless and cable ties. The next set of pictures is coming Friday so keep tuned and dont forget to follow this thread! To add more detail, the total cost of this build is £394.98. My budget was £400. My build: Intel DH61AG and 150W Power Supply – eBay - £116.35 Core i5 2405s @ 2.7Ghz (quad core) – external website - £149,99 Corsair Force F60 60GB SSD – eBay - £48.09 250GB Samsung HDD - eBay - £31.05 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333Mhz RAM – eBay - £29,54 Apple Airport Extreme Wireless Mini-PCI card – eBay - £10 Power button – eBay - £4.99 USB Bluetooth (Ultra low profile) – eBay – £1.28 Internal 0.5w speaker - eBay - £3.69 (all prices include postage) So again photos and videos of the build to follow shortly and thanks for your support. Remember to FOLLOW THIS THREAD!