# DAW - based on GA-EP45 incl. hardware list

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EDIT for Snow Leo

Because not too many changes happened since I wrote this guide, I didn´t maintain it that much.

Now with Snow Leo I have to

the hardware list is imho still up to date, if you are using this board. this small guide is still based on a second Leo install on your system.

for SL :

*I won´t provide detailed information for every step, because those informations are available already in this forum.

2.*create a dsdt.aml - I prefer to use *koalala´s acpi patcher and to create it from the original bios.

bios version 10a beta is available, booting much faster with ahci version 1.2 included.

3. *download iaslme and drop the created dsdt.aml on the iaslme icon. it will be decompiled to a new dsdt.dsl.

4. open the dsdt.dsl in text editor and apply the *cmos reset fix manually - save to a new folder.

5. drag the new dsdt.dsl again on the iaslme icon - a new dsdt.aml will be compiled

5. test the dsdt.aml on your working system (AppleIntelCpu kext should be loaded without any disablers).

6. get *chameleon RC3 and chameleon RC2

8. start Tinkertool, check show hidden files and apply.

9. now boot the SL upgrade DVD

10. in SL DVD go to System>installation>packages

11. start osinstall.mpkg and choose the drive to Install SL. uncheck the printer drivers, otherwise installation will fail.

12. install should be done in 30 minutes - don´t boot

13. install *chameleon RC2 on the new SL drive.

14. when done go to SL root and delete the "boot" file

15. copy the "boot" file from *chameleonRC3>i386 to SL root.

16. copy the working dsdt.aml to SL/ Extra

17. replace the kexts in SL/Extra/Extensions with the attached files

18. now boot into SL with options -v arch=i386

19. edit your UUID as described in this post /step13

20. for graphics you can still use your previous boot plist

21. if it´s not possible to repair disk permission in SL, boot the SL DVD again (set show hidden files with Tinkertool) and reinstall the BSD.pkg from the DVD.

for a DAW I would suggest still to stay with 32 bit for better compability with au plugins.

if you are still using any pci cards for sound or UAD´s you should patch the dsdt.aml without the new hpet version - otherwise your pci cards won´t be recognized in the system.

UAD cards still don´t have a 64bit driver - therefore you should also set arch=i386 flag in your boot.plist to make them work. the attached dsdt.aml is compiled without hpet option! you can try it, but not sure if it will work on your system.

Old LEO Version:

After responding to(o) many questions about building a DAW, I decided to write this guide.

If there are any mistakes, please excuse my English . it´s my third language

The goal is to build a perfect machine for a reasonable price and to include a reliable backup strategy. The selection of the parts is based on personal experiences.

I tried to write this guide as simple as possible to make it also understandable for all newbies.

All informations you need are in this guide. I won´t respond to any unnecessary questions.

If you feel like there is still something missing: use this searchengine

for all newbies: you can´t start a hackintosh project without any knowledge.

always search before you ask - you can find yourself a solution!

Although this guide works almost without terminal - get familiar with it. that´s important!

I started myself building my first hackintosh in 2007 and did find all the informations in this forum. I´ve learned a lot by reading (not by asking) from innovative guys like pcwiz, aquamac, netkas, karaakeha1 and macgirl (to name a few).This is a way I´m trying to give something back to the community and to say

thank you !I have a lot of fun with my machines and my music

so let´s start

Mainboard

Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3

this mainboard offers 6 s-ata and two firewire ports. The firewire chip is from texas instruments .This seems to be an important premise for connecting audio devices without troubles. The DS3R is also a good option but offers only one firewire port. The additional raid option is useless on a hackintosh.

CPU

imho on a daw this CPU gives the best performance for the money

RAM

4 GB A-Data Vitesta800

After testing a few brands I was surprised how stable this memory is for that money.

great value!

GRAPHICS

Asus 7300GT 256MB Silent

For the work with Logic or other audio apps a 7300GT is enough. This card is known to work out of the box and silent.

CPU COOLER

Arctic Freezer Pro7

After testing a few brands like Asus,Zalman,Tacens and Thermaltake I must say that this cooler is silent and inexpensive. For that value it has a very good performance

HD´s

1 x WD 800AAJS 80GB

for the small "maintenance" leo install. this one you could replace with any spare s-ata disk you already have.

1x WD 5000AAKS 500GB

for your data and projects in logic and so on......

3x WD 2500AAKS 250GB

one for your main leo install , two for a 500GB softraid for samples. A softraid for the "samples" disk shortens the loading time for samples and makes really sense. more raid configurations are luxury and a question of available ports. Of course you could decide to take disks with more capacity.The WD AAKS disks are meanwhile my first choice. They are really fast and inexpensive.

DVD BURNER

LG GH20NS15

had always good experiences with LG. This one I didn´t test, but it has very good reviews

POWER SUPPLY

OZC Stealth Extreme 600W

with the listed output this power supply still has 200 - 300W headroom. Works in my daw very silent and stable.

calculate the requirement here

CASE

Thermaltake WingRS VG 1000BNS

this case has enough place for the drives and two 120mm fans - stable built,good price

FANS

XIGMATEK F-1253 120mm

this is the only recommendation that I couldn´t test myself. After reading some reviews this was my choice. Problem is also that we don´t have the same products in Europe.

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"Click the button below to restart your computer and begin the installation process".

I am hesitant to do so because i am not certain that the second install will be clean, or at least preserve the first install so that i may then use OSX86 tools/EFI to make the MacHD install bootable. Is there a way to boot a kaly from the LeoX install without rebooting? or should i just reboot and install and then EFI/osx86 tools will be useable?

Cheers

Steve

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if you follow the guide 100% there shouldn´t be any issues. the P45 boards work better with the retail install. if you search the board you will see that the most problems appeared using patched versions.

nevertheless there shouldn´t be any problem to install also kaly this way - this problem appears only if you didn´t select the right destination to install to(to MacHD in this case).

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if you follow the guide 100% there shouldn´t be any issues. ... shouldn´t be any problem to install also kaly this way - this problem appears only if you didn´t select the right destination to install to(to MacHD in this case).

I had to reset to install kalyway 10.5.2. The install was sucessful and upon restart i booted into my LeoX install. However, after running the osx86tools fdisk and efi instructions, and then reseting, there was no option to boot into MacHD. In fact, i couldnt see the MacHD install at startup . When i am running off LeoX i can clearly see the HD and all relevant installed files for OSX).

One thing i noticed after executing fdisk is that in osx86 tools it says

chmod 775 /Users/Steve/Desktop/OSX86Tools.app/Contents/Resources/FDISKEFI.app/Contents/Resources/fdisk

echo 'f 2\nu\nw\ny\nq\n'| /Users/Steve/Desktop/OSX86Tools.app/Contents/Resources/FDISKEFI.app/Contents/Resources/fdisk -e /dev/disk1

Enter 'help' for information

fdisk: 1> Partition 2 marked active.

fdisk:*1> Machine code updated.

fdisk:*1> Writing MBR at offset 0.

fdisk: 1> Invalid command 'y'. Try 'help'.

fdisk: 1> [/i]

FDISK completed."[/i]

Should this command be copied and entered into terminal manually with replacing the y for its appropriate value.. ?

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to stay clear: did you switch your bios to boot into the MacHD? (I can´t see it in your post)

there won´t be any startup options without hitting F12 at the boot screen

for manual fdisk

diskutil list (this will list the disks and partitions)

fdisk -e /dev/rdiskX (choose MacHD X= number of disk)

update

f y (y=number of partition,don´t choose EFI - usually it´s 2)

w (means write)

q (means quit)

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Thanks peach. Its all making more sense now.

i did not boot to MacHD. Usually i hit F8 and then see what i can boot too - this didnt show the Mac HD partition but i havent tried F12 yet....

I ve been looking at installing the kaly 10.5.2 from the LeoX install by using osxinstall.mpkg. I found the file in the kaly cd under /volumes/kaly ...etc/system/installation/packages

The result was a problem with UUIDs and as a result i installed smbiosresolver.kext. Then upon executing osxinstall.mpkg from the kaly cd, i noticed that it wouldnt let me select the destination MacHD. Instead the installer would skip that step and tell me it was installing it to leoX.

Now i checked out this post and realised that i can edit the osxinstall.mpkg file:

http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...16505&st=20

But thats for an iso file (the kaly dvd is read only) which is all good if i burn another dvd i guess. Im not sure whether there is another way to be able to choose my install destination when executing osxinstall.mpkg from LeoX.

If there isnt, ill run the kaly cd from boot and install it to MacHD and then try this F12 thing to boot into MacHD.