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I stuck a ghost image i found on usenet on the 2nd primary partition of a nice maxtor 300gb drive, set the active partition to it and rebooted. i sat back in amazement as it actually booted up! :(


the motherboard is a nice cheap MSI-865GM2-LS, using intel 865 chipset, onboard intel extreme graphics, onboard sata, onboard sound. i was using an intel Celeron D 330 2.6ghz cpu (which has SSE3!). everything worked although dragging windows around seems a bit juddery and the whole thing feels slow.


i might see if i can find a bootable dvd and do a fresh install rather than using the ghost image i found on usenet.


The motherboard cost me £23 from ebay, the cpu was £55 from www.scan.co.uk


here's a url to the board itself:



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ok, so after doing a bit of hacking i figured out a bunch of things and now it's running sweet!


here's some pics of the hacked-up setup!




I hadn't disabled the TPM module, this made everything quick, i also stuck in my 9800 pro card and got that working using the standard vga driver (removed the 9700 driver that caused it to crash/YSOD)


I unpatched the coregraphics file and restored the original sse3 version and as you can see from the photos itunes works (and i upgraded it the latest version via the web just for the heck of it too)


Here's some stuff i learned:


Handy OSX commands:





nm <file>


Redo Setup


boot with -s


/sbin/fsck -fy

/sbin/mount -uw /

mv /var/db/netinfo/local.nidb /var/db/netinfo/local.old

rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone


Restore Original Coregraphics with SSE3


cd /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/CoreGraphics.framework/Versions/A

chmod 755 CoreGraphics.sse3

sudo chown root:wheel CoreGraphics.sse3

sudo mv CoreGraphics CoreGraphics.original

sudo mv CoreGraphics.sse3 CoreGraphics



ATI9800 card (0x1002, 0x4e48)


Boot with -s


Mount the filesystem as displayed onscreen


mkdir /usr/local/backups

cd /System/Library/Extensions

mv /ATIRadeon9700.kext /usr/local/backups


this boots using standard VGA driver, card is on PCI not AGP bus.


AGP Bridge


XP Lists:

"Intel 865G Processor to AGP Controller"

Vendor 8086, Dev 2571


"Intel 82801 PCI Bridge"

Vendor 8086, Dev 244E


vi /System/Library/Extensions/AppleI386PCI.kext/Contents/Info.plist


Speed fix




boot with platform=acpi|x86pc




mv /AppleTPMACPI.kext /usr/local/backups




vi /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist

edit the <string> section just after Kernel Flags



Root Password


root account is not enabled by default

1) Open /Applications/Utilities/Net Info Manager

2) Then Authenticate (Menu -> Security -> Authenticate or Click the lock at the bottom of the window) The password you use must be a admin password

3) Next Click the Menu Security -> Enable root user

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