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After spending the better part of a week, I have finally declared complete success in installing Leopard 10.5.5 on my PC. Because I have been doing all of my testing on a defective hard drive, I have been able to streamline the install process purely from repetition.


System Specs:


AMD Athlon X2 6000+

8 GB 800 MHz DDR2


nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX 512Mb

On-Board LAN and Audio

320Gb Seagate (SATA2) HDD




Here are the options I selected for the Leo4All v4.1 install:


Chipset: NForceTest

Audio: Azalia_ADI1988


EFI Kernel: Kernel-9.4.0


EFI ACPIPlatform: 1.1.0

EFI Bootloader


I did not install any video drivers, network drivers, or non-EFI options during the initial install


Here's a list of the drivers I used (Click the credit link for the driver download):


Networking: nForceEthernetController.kext (Thanks MikeInNS)


* Note * I had to add the cpus=1 boot flag in order to prevent occasional lock-ups when downloading large files


Audio: Taruga_AD1988b_rev3_installer (installed AFTER the Azalia_ADI1988 driver) (Thanks Taruga for making it and Xomiak for reposting it)


Then after using ASU to upgrade to 10.5.5 (read a guide so you can avoid the AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext issue),


Video: 9f23installer.pkg (Selected 8800 GT as the video driver) (Download Here. Special thanks to aqua-mac for his tremendous contributions. This installer just makes the configuration a little easier)


and finally, I used OSX86Tools (thanks PCWiz) to create a custom EFI string so that my graphics card shows up properly in System Profiler.


I will post more detailed instructions/screenshots at a later date.

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I installed with the DVD leo4all v4.1, following his steps and had no success, I have a hardware like his but my motherboard is a M2N-X and my HD is a SAMSUNG SP1203N (120 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133) not partitioned.

After the installation i have a flashing a line on the screen, something like to be expected that some command and does not show any error message.

do you went through this?

do you have any suggestions to solve?

Thank you



specifications of my computer:


ACPI Multiprocessor PC


CPU Type DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2200 MHz (11 x 200) 4200+

Motherboard Name Asus M2N-X (3 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 2 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, LAN)

Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce 520, AMD Hammer

System Memory 2048 MB (DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM)

BIOS Type AMI (05/01/07)


Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB) [10DE-0622]

Monitor Acer AL2216W [22" LCD] (LA10C0414010)


Audio Adapter Realtek ALC883 @ nVIDIA MCP65 - High Definition Audio Controller



IDE Controller Controlador de canal duplo padrão PCI IDE IDE

Storage Controller ACIKJ0N9 IDE

Disk Drive SAMSUNG HD161HJ 41R0186LEN (160 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)

Disk Drive SAMSUNG SP1203N (120 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)

Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4167B (DVD+R9:8x, DVD-R9:4x, DVD+RW:16x/8x, DVD-RW:16x/6x, DVD-RAM:5x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM)



Network Adapter NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller PCI / PnP Network nVIDIA MCP65 - LAN Controller (PHY: Attansic Unknown) ID: 004D-D021

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