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Okay; I've been searching through the forums looking for a good motherboard to upgrade to. My current Hackintosh runs really good; I just can't use some software that I want to use because of the kernel (VMWare Fusion).

 

So I've come up with some MB's that I want to use; and I'm hoping that someone can either tell me it's a good idea; or give me a suggestion of something else to try out.

 

I'm going with the Intel E6850. The price is right, and I want something fast, and a lot faster then I've got.

 

I'm going to use the RAM and the Video card I have now. I have a ATI HD3875 512MB in my other machine if I feel I want to use that instead. And I know both these cards work out of the box with the Kalyway 10.5.2 DVD, so that's the install method I'm going with.

 

I just want to use the Vanilla Kernel 9.2.2, have sound working, LAN is not a big deal, I have a PCI card that works out of box, and I really need USB working, cause I have an Apple Aluminum keyboard, and it needs to have legacy enabled to work.

 

I've looked at getting the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L. I've heard a few people having really good luck with that board; it's inexpensive and will work with everything I want, so it looks. But I've heard that there's issues with USB...

 

So, anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking to spend up to $200 on the board, so I just want open suggestions.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Hmmm; good point. That CPU is a lot better then the one I'm going with.

 

I think the reason why I didn't pick it, was because I just picked one off the Hardware Compatability list that showed up correctly in Mac OS; and was 100% working with the Vanilla Kernel.

 

It works with Vanilla right? I'd hope so...

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yes it works with Vanilla, 99% works.

1% that didn't is the about this mac shows as unknown cpu, that is just because osx didn't recognize it, else works fine.

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What about your MB, GA-EP35-DS4?

 

That looks to be a really good board, I see in your sig that everything works good; what about USB? Any issues getting everything to work?

 

What version of the kernel are you using, 9.2.2?

 

And did you try and get EFI to work?

 

Sorry about all the questions, just making sure...

 

Thanks!

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What about your MB, GA-EP35-DS4?

 

That looks to be a really good board, I see in your sig that everything works good; what about USB? Any issues getting everything to work?

 

What version of the kernel are you using, 9.2.2?

 

And did you try and get EFI to work?

 

Sorry about all the questions, just making sure...

 

Thanks!

 

i haven't had any problem with my build, the only problem is my VGA card's s-video not working.

kernel 9.2 sleep, shutdown fix netkas version, usb, sata, firewire etc works. IDE not tested.

From what i read DS4 is one of the most osx compatible board.

 

for reference check here,

http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.ph....2#Motherboards

 

please don't hesitate to ask question. :D

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I don't know... Cause I can't have it; that's why....

 

Doesn't that run the best out of all of them? I'm just pissed because there's software that I want to use, mainly VMWare Fusion, and it won't work unless I have a different kernel, because mine FREAKS out when I try and install it. And the few people that I know that it does work on their Hackintosh's, use the vanilla...

 

Now; if I'm wrong, please correct me before I go out and spend all this money for nothing.

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I don't know, I don't notice a difference either way. I've used netkas kernel and vanilla and see know difference. The only thing that kills my hackintosh is JMicron IDE which is why I just ordered a Seagate 320GB SATA drive so I can move windows to that and finally use VMWare fusion without JMicron freaking out.

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Yeah; I'm using SATA currently. And I've used IDE before, on my last Hack-Box and it messed up a lot. So that upgrade should do you wonders. Have you tried to install VMWare before, it sounds like you have, what happened?

 

Can I download other kernels, like the netkas from somewhere and try it with the Kalyway version of Leopard, or do I have to stick with the ones that he made for it?

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Well I know what's causing it so it's fine. JMicron always has been and always will be low quality. The only reason they're used is because Intel doesn't have one as part of their chipset so the motherboard makers slap on JMicron just too make people happy. I can't stand it though.

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I have vmware and it runs normal...

the only thing i heard is FCP and CS3 may have problem with old kernel.

But i haven't had any problem with them yet with this kernel that i am using now.

Give it a try before upgrading.

 

go:

http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=83931

 

download it and only install the kernel, restart, and see if you still have problem installing vmware.

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I don't know... Cause I can't have it; that's why....

 

Doesn't that run the best out of all of them? I'm just pissed because there's software that I want to use, mainly VMWare Fusion, and it won't work unless I have a different kernel, because mine FREAKS out when I try and install it. And the few people that I know that it does work on their Hackintosh's, use the vanilla...

 

Now; if I'm wrong, please correct me before I go out and spend all this money for nothing.

 

I just built my first hack around the p35-ds3l. I am using the speedstep kernel installed from kalyway 10.5.2 and vmware fusion works fine (XP, Vista, and Ubuntu). The only issue I have thus far is sleep (when running the sleep kernel). It would go to sleep just fine, but the nic would not respond when it came out of sleep. I built this to be a 24/7 on development system so sleep is not something I care about anyway.

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I just built my first hack around the p35-ds3l. I am using the speedstep kernel installed from kalyway 10.5.2 and vmware fusion works fine (XP, Vista, and Ubuntu). The only issue I have thus far is sleep (when running the sleep kernel). It would go to sleep just fine, but the nic would not respond when it came out of sleep. I built this to be a 24/7 on development system so sleep is not something I care about anyway.

 

I never understand why so many people want sleep support. It takes my system about 30 seconds to boot; I've never used sleep, on any of my computers. I was always told not to, cause it was bad on the hardware.

 

I'll have to mess around with different kernels and see if I get any different results. Regardless though, I do need an upgrade. The processor I have now won't support much in the line of virtual machines. But thank you.

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I used Gigabyte P35-DS3L with Core2Duo E8400 and works great, USB works OK with patched 9.2.0 Netkas kernel.

 

Great board, great processor! FULL COMPATIBILITY. Audio output & input works. LAN works out of the box with Kalyway 10.5.1 DVD updated to 10.5.2 with Kalyway Combo Updater.

ICH9 works configured in SATA Native mode or AHCI mode too.

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I'm running Vanilla 9.2.2. kernel right now, sleep doesn't work with any kernel which makes me kind of sad, or maybe it does. I think what I think of as sleep is different from everyone else's version. I expected sleep to be like Stand By in windows where my fans go off etc...The best I've had with sleep on a hackintosh is having the screen go back, fans are still on and then when I press the power button, it wakes up. I could just as easily turned the screen off. My MBP on the other hand has full sleep support :)

 

Edit---

 

Much easier to say, I want S3 sleep, the best I've gotten is S1 which is useless to me.

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