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  1. Thanks for your response and your PM, Pimentel. Here's an update on my situation:


    Before I read your response, I had decided to try a method other than Andy's. This involved using TonyMac's utility for installing Mavericks, and chameleon, chameleon wizard, and kext utility for post-installation. So after I installed Mavericks with TonyMac's utility, I installed chameleon, then ran chameleon wizard to create org.chameleon.boot.plist and SMBios in Extra. I also installed FakeSMC.kext and NullCPUPowerManagement.kext using kext utility. That's all. This method excluded having DSDT.aml, and it worked for me. I can now boot to Mavericks with no booting issues.


    I do have a few issues though; 1) no sleep. 2) no sound. 3)  Every 10 min or so I heard my CD/DVD drive spinning(?) even though I have no disk in.


    1) I read in some of your posts (PimentelX86) that you recommended someone to Create a SSDT and to Patch AICPUPM. Not sure what those are for, but I'm guessing they have to do with power management and sleep. I also guess that you can't have NullCPUPowerManagement.kext if you want sleep enabled. I do want sleep enabled, so what should I do? Can you please tell me if I need SSDT and AICPUPM, and why I need them?


    2) Regarding sound, I read on Toleda's thread that my Asus board's bios version does not support ALC892 kext, so to make it work I have to downgrade my bios to 2xxx. I will work on that and report back to this thread.


    3) With regards to my CD/DVD drive spinning phantom(ly), I have no idea what's going on. But I hear it every 10 or 15 minutes. Any ideas? 



    Thank again, Pimentel. I'll be waiting to hear back from you.



    UPDATE: I downgraded my bios to 2xxx and now sound works.

  2. @PimentelX86:


    Can you please help me? I followed Andy's guide, but after installing Mavericks, I installed Andy's Drivers package but I can't boot from my Mavericks drive as I get stuck on the white screen with white apple logo. I can't even boot on safe mode using -x.


    I created a thread with further explanation: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/295088-mavericks-boot-on-asus-p8p67-pro-stuck-on-white-screen/


    Please consider helping me. Thanks in advance.

  3. Hello.


    I have an Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard, and I've always followed Andy's guides to setup my hackingtosh with this system using his .PKG. My Graphics Card died the other day and I decided to start fresh with Mavericks on a new drive. I followed Andy's guide for Mavericks, but for some reason I was not able to boot from the USB I created. Frustrated, I thought the problem could be my BIOS version, so I updated that to the latest version and loaded optimized defaults. It did no change anything. Then I decided to try [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]. I was then able to install Mavericks, and even update it to 10.9.1 using the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] USB to boot. Once I had the update running, I ran Andy's package to make my Mavericks drive bootable, but I kept getting stuck at the white apple screen after chameleon. I tried different booting flags, including PCIRootUDI= 1 & 2, GraphicsEnabler=Yes & No, -x, and so on with all the combinations. Nothing worked. I reinstalled Mavericks one more time, and added NullCPUPowersManagement to see if it made a difference. It did not. I'm not tech savvy at all, so everything I've been trying is because I read it in some post. Now I don't know what else to. I can't even boot to Mavericks in safe mode. Can someone shade some light on me?

    I've attached a screenshot of the message I get when I boot with -x -v

    Here is the link to Andy's guide: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/top...install-guide/

    Please help. I've been trying this install for the last 4 days and now I'm very frustrated. Thanks in advance.




  4. Hi.


    Thanks for the guide, Andy. I'm having problems booting from the USB. I followed all the steps to the letter, but once I choose the USB from the bios, the screen goes black with the insertion point blincking. Nothing happens after that. I tried booting the USB from my work computer (not my hackingtosh at home), and it recognizes the USB to install Mavericks. Any ideas? Please help.


    Thanks in advance.

  5. Hello.

    My AMD Radeon HD 6870 graphics card just died today. I'm currently running Mac OS X 10.7.4 on an Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard. I'm now debating whether I should replace my card with another one of the same model and keep my system as is, or if I should just update my OS X to Mavericks and upgrade my graphics card along with it. I'm having a really hard time deciding because I can't find a list of Mavericks' natively supported graphics cards. I'm confused as to whether all AMD 7000 series cards are supported, or if I should consider an NVIDIA card for Mavericks. I'm a total noob and I would prefer to avoid messing with kexts and such, so if I decide to upgrade to Mavericks, I would like a graphics card that's natively supported. If I do upgrade, I would do so using Andy's method (found here).


    Can you guys help me decide for a good graphics card for Mavericks? I do a lot of video and photo editing, so I would like a robust card. However, I'm kind of in tight budget since I did spend some money over the holidays.


    Any Input would really be appreciated.


    Thanks in advance.

  6. Never mind. I went ahead and installed this update. My system seems to be working normally so far. After doing some further research, I came across this post with more details on another forum, just in case anyone else is interested:



  7. Hello.


    I recently updated my computer to 10.7.4 from the combo update package. After installation, Software Update showed a Mac OS X 10.7.4 Supplemental Update.


    This update addresses an issue where certain new APIs for file access are not present on some systems.


    Does anybody have any experiences they want to share with this update? Is it safe to install from SU? Are there any precautions one should take before installing, I.E. kexts backups, etc? Thanks.

  8. UPDATE:


    I read on a previous post on this thread that all I needed to do was backup AppleHDA.kext. I did so, and after installing10.7.4 Combo Update, I rebooted, and I got a kernel panic alert. I freaked out. Fortunately, I have a cloned hard drive, so I booted into it. I then ran P8P67 Pro Installer.pkg and installed on my just updated 10.7.4 hard drive. After a reboot, I couldn't get past the legacy logo screen with the gray circle turning around. I rebooted again, but this time in safe mode from Chameleon. After a while, all I got was a white screen. I rebooted once more, and Lion booted up alright. I then ran kext utility and restored my backed up AppleHDA.kext. I also restored a backed up com.apple.Boot.plist. Rebooted again just to make sure everything was OK. So far, it all seems normal.



    I now get a Mac OS X 10.7.4 Supplemental Update under Software Update. Is it safe to install this? Do I need to take any precautions before installing? If anybody can share a though on this, I would greatly appreciate it.


    Thanks in advance.

  9. Hi Andy. Hope all is well. So I followed your guide many months ago, and then I followed another guide to install SpeedStep to be able to put the computer to sleep. Everything has been working as it should, and for this reason I've been reluctant to update to 10.7.4 from my current 10.7.2. Lately, however, I've been considering doing the update, but I would like to ask you first if there is a special procedure I need to follow, I.E., what kind of files I need to backup and restore later, of if I should run ######## again once the update is complete. Can you please give me some advice on this matter?


    Thanks in advance.

  10. Thanks for responding, Rorydaredking. I finally got my Lion drive to boot with working OC. Since there was the remote possibility of having to reinstall Lion, I decided to test messing with SpeedStep. It turns out my Lion drive did need it. My Geekbench score went from 12XXX to 15XXX. I followed this thread:




    Since it worked on my Lion drive, and since my geekbench scores on my SL drive were also around the 12XXX, even if I could boot up with OC, I decided to test this same method on SL. For some reason unknown to me, this method did not work on SL. My geekbench score dropped down to 5XXX. I replaced the modified kexts from the method with my backed up ones, and geekbench score is at normal with 12XXX.


    So, to sum up, Lion has working OC. Snow Leopard boots with OC but geekbench scores don't reflect the OC. I'm doing most of my work on Lion now, so as long as it works on this drive, I can't complain.


    One last note: My "about this mac" does not reflect the OC on either drive. I will try adding this string to my smbios.plist:


    <key>SMmaximalclock</key> <string>4000</string>


    Thanks again for responding.

  11. I've overclocked my Pentium D from 2.66 GHz to 3 GHz; in Snow Leopard it is recognized and utilized.


    I would try reinstalling Lion with the overclock enabled during the install. If the installer panics, post a pic here.


    Thanks for responding. Do you think there is another alternative? I would hate to have to reinstall Lion, because I've spent the past 3 weeks installing apps, syncing mail + address book + calendar + keychains + itunes + etc, installing plugins, copying all my files, and so on.


    I'm hoping this could be resolved by a simple patching or addition of kexts, or maybe even by a better understanding of SpeedStepper (see this thread). Yet again, I'm lost in that regard.


    But let me ask you something: how do you know SL recognizes and utilizes you OC? Is there a command-line that can tell you the accurate speed of your CPU? Or do you use one of those benchmark programs? In either case, can you please tell me what you use?


    Thanks again.

  12. Hey guys.


    So, I've been trying to understand how OC works on hackintosh. So far, I have not learned much. After spending a lot of time reading threads in various forums, I'm still at square one. I've yet to find a simple, clear explanation of what is required to achieve stable OC'ing on Macs. I am, of course, a total noob. I've came across mentions of SpeedStepper and AppleIntelCPUpwm, but I still have no idea what they are (or what they do), and if I need them or not.


    I've only been able to OC my system to a stable 4.4GHz on my Win7 drive just by messing with the BIOS. I have two other drives, one with Snow and one with Lion. Both Snow and Lion were made bootable with Andy's Boot CD 5. With the mentioned OC configuration, I can boot to Snow with no problem, but I don't know how to test if Snow is recognizing the OC (or if those settings are actually applied to the OS). I downloaded Geekbench, and my scores with and without the OC are the same.


    My Lion drive, on the other hand, does not boot with my 4.4GHz OC configuration; I get a nasty kernel panic right after Chameleon. Again, I have no idea why. Do I need SpeedStepper for this? Is poking around with the BIOS not enough for Lion?


    If anyone here can share their knowledge on this topic with me, I would very much appreciate it. So please, if you have any suggestions or if you can point me to a good OC'ing guide, I bed that you do.


    Thanks in advance.


    PS.- You'll find my system configuration on my signature below.

  13. Glad to hear it's working!


    I have 2 p8p67 pro systems - one a revision 3.1 overclocked to 4.8 and the other a first edition board overclocked to 4.4 (stock cooler). Both systems use an i5 2500k.

    To overclock to 4.0 should be a simple case of setting the bios to overclock by all cores and setting the multiplier to 40 - that should be all thats needed as far as the bios is concerned.

    However the overclock wont work (it will be ignored by lion and snow) unless you install speedstepper or use a modified bios which is a whole different matter (there are threads on this already).


    Is it wortth the aggravation? Probably not unless you are bored and like screwing around with these sort of things.


    Lol. It's not exactly that I'm bored, but I work with video and I end up doing a lot of render and video conversion, so it would be nice if I could speed up those process'. I started digging into this issue with a few searches on google and on both major forums, but I can't seem to find a good starting point. I won't bother you with this stuff, but if you remember a good guide or thread of the top of your head for OC'ing hackingtosh, please let me know. Thanks again, my friend.


    This not great guide for the OC. I tried this guide and dont get good result. Im using 4.8 OC all the time in my Lion. There is video on Youtube for our boards and there is some pictures on Tonymacs forum. Im using this both guides same time. My cinebench score really really high. All render time now really fast in C4D and After Effetcs.


    Thanks for replying, Telepati. As I mentioned to Andy, I can't seem to find the guides you are talking about. The youtube videos I've found so far are more about guys bragging about their system than actual guides. If you can point me to the video and the Tonymac pictures, I would really appreciate it.


    Cheers, guys.

  14. You, sir, are brilliant. This totally worked. I wanted to run a few testes before I could confirm this, but after testing booting Lion and booting Snow, and restarting, and shutting down, and so on, I can finally confirm that I can boot to both Lion and Snow with GE=Yes set on both boot.plist's.


    One thing I tried that did not work: Overclocking. When I messed with the settings on the bios, I rebooted and got the nasty kernel panic again after Chameleon. I then hit the restart button, and the same kernel panic came up. I had to restart, load defaults on bios, completely shut down the computer and wait a few minutes to boot again. After that, it all seems ok. You previously mentioned that you are OCing on you machine, so why do you think mine is being difficult? BTW, I tried to OC to 4GHz following this guide:




    I don't NEED to OC, but it would be nice to get more juice out of this system. If you feel it would complicate things too much to go over the OC process, then don't bother. If it's something simple, maybe you can share your bios settings or point to another guide. But either way, you've proved to be a really cool guy. Hats off to you. I can't thank you enough for all your help. Respect.


    PS.- Forgot to mention that before I tired to upgrade to Lion, I was running an OC on Snow. I set defaults on the bios before trying the Lion adventure, but I saved my OC settings on the bios. These same are the ones that failed this time.

  15. Hmm. Now you got me wondering. I thought I did have my Lion drive set as the default boot drive on the bios because when Chameleon loads. the default drive is my Lion drive (i.e., it is the one with the arrow when I press any key). Before I changed the drive order in the bios, my Snow drive was the default drive on Chameleon. Thing is, both drives are the same model, so it's pretty hard to know which one is which in the bios.


    And yes, I do have an extensions folder and extensions.mkext in /Extra on my Snow drive:



  16. This is my current .plist. The only thing I've change in the past is GE=Yes, and maybe adding the lines <key>AtiConfig</key> <string>Duckweed</string>


    <?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">




    <key>Kernel Flags</key>










    This is what my /Extra folder looks like:




    I don't know if it's relevant or not (or if it's normal or not), but I don't have a org.chameleon.Boot.plist in there.

  17. And if you press f8 after post screen and select the lion drive to boot from and use graphicsenabler=y does it work?


    I tried that this morning when I first booted my computer (without haven't read this yet), and yes, it did work, although I used GE=Yes, AC=Duckweed. I haven't restarted since, because I fear the problem comes back when I restart. Right now my boot.plist has GE=No, but I'm starting to suspect that when boot.plist has GE=Yes, that's when the problem occurs. The only two times I was able to boot with GE=Yes as boot flags yesterday, my boot.plist had GE=No. The problem came when I changed the boot.plist to try the flags I used on Chameleon, i.e., GE=Yes, AtiConfig=Duckweed.


    I really hope this can narrow down the causes. Thanks again, Andy.


    UPDATE: Ok, I just tested that theory, and it proved right. My boot.plist has GE=No and I haven't touched it. I restarted, used the same boot flags on Chameleon GE=Yes, AtiConfig=Duckweed, and I was able to boot with no problem. Card is recognized, DVD Player works, etc. So, adding GE=Yes to the boot.plist is what causes the problem.

  18. Sorry to be so insistent. I keep reading threads and I found out that when I run the command bdmesg in terminal, I get this:




    Using PCI-Root-UID value: 1

    Read HFS+ file: [hd(0,2)/Extra/smbios.plist] 403 bytes.

    SMBus CmdReg: 0x3

    Scanning SMBus [8086:1c22], mmio: 0xfe724004, ioport: 0xf000, hostc: 0x1

    SPD[0] (size): 146 @0x50

    Slot: 0 Type 24 4096MB (DDR3 SDRAM) 1600MHz Vendor=G Skill Intl

    PartNo=F3-12800CL9-4GBXL SerialNo=00000000

    SPD[0] (size): 146 @0x51

    Slot: 1 Type 24 4096MB (DDR3 SDRAM) 1600MHz Vendor=G Skill Intl

    PartNo=F3-12800CL9-4GBXL SerialNo=00000000

    SPD[0] (size): 146 @0x52

    Slot: 2 Type 24 4096MB (DDR3 SDRAM) 1600MHz Vendor=G Skill Intl

    PartNo=F3-12800CL9-4GBXL SerialNo=00000000

    SPD[0] (size): 146 @0x53

    Slot: 3 Type 24 4096MB (DDR3 SDRAM) 1600MHz Vendor=G Skill Intl

    PartNo=F3-12800CL9-4GBXL SerialNo=00000000

    SPD[0] (size): 255 @0x54

    SPD[0] (size): 255 @0x55

    SPD[0] (size): 255 @0x56

    SPD[0] (size): 255 @0x57

    CPU is Intel® Core i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz, family 0x6, model 0x2a


    Other people's results do show ATI VGA controller:


    Using PCI-Root-UID value: 0

    ATI VGA Controller [1002:6738] :: PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1,0x0)/Pci(0x0,0x0)

    Framebuffer @0xD0000000 MMIO @0xFDDC0000 I/O Port @0x0000DE00 ROM Addr @0x00000000

    ATI card POSTed, reading VBIOS from legacy space

    ATI Barts AMD Radeon HD 6870 Series 1024MB (Duckweed) [1002:6738] (subsys [1682:3100]):: PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1,0x0)/Pci(0x0,0x0)


    and another example:


    Using PCI-Root-UID value: 0

    ATI VGA Controller [1002:68f9] :: PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1,0x0)/Pci(0x0,0x0)

    Unsupported card!


    Does this mean anything relevant?

  19. UPDATE 2: Everything points to a problem with GraphicsEnabler=Yes. If GE=Yes, then I get kernel panic. If GE=No, I can boot ok.


    2 weird things have happened: After reading lots of other threads, I decided to test a few boot flags on Chameleon:


    1.- GE=Yes, AtiConfig=Hydrilla

    RESULT --> One-time lucky boot. I got DVD Player working and graphics card was showing correctly. Changed boot.plist with these settings, but after a reboot, I got the same kernel panic. Kept trying with different framebuffers, but nothing worked.


    2.- PCIRootUID=0, GE=Yes, AC= Duckweed

    RESULT --> Another one-time lucky boot. DVD Player was working and graphics card was recognized correctly. Changed boot.plist with these settings, but got same KP after I restarted.



    Please, if anyone have any suggestions, let me know. This situation is becoming very frustrating.