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[How to] Intel GMA 900 done right: full QE/CI for leopard

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What is it? This is an enabler kext which gives your Intel GMA900 (i915) graphic card hardware acceleration (QE/CI) support under Leopard. This is not a patched or modified kext. It is supposed to be used in addition to the GMA950 kexts that come with leopard.

 

Details: There are a lot of patched kexts floating around for GMA900 support in Leopard. dfe aka David Elliott has made a great enabler kext which allows GMA900 cards to use stock GMA950 kexts. This means NO patching or hacking is required and you can keep using Apple software updates and take advantage of updated graphic kexts.

 

How to use -

 

Install these two kexts. Reboot. That's all.

 

This works for all GMA900 device IDs (0x2582, 0x2592, 0x2792)

 

 

Notes

  • You must have all stock kexts. If you are using patched kexts currently, please revert all AppleIntelGMA* to the ones that came with your version of Leopard.
  • The framebuffer is old. Some people may be able to use stock framebuffer too, but most often you will need this older framebuffer kext.
  • Resolution changing and mouse artifacts are related to framebuffer. So if you are trying to fix those, the framebuffer kext is what you want to experiment with first, followed by original GMA950 kexts.
  • Please no OpenGL.framework hacking either. Everything should be original Leopard version.

I have not made these kexts, the work is dfe's, I am only bringing it to the OSx86 community and therefore cannot offer any support except maybe adding any new device IDs

ElliottAppleIntelGMA950LegacyEnabler.kext.zip

AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext.zip

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Works brilliantly using the old framebuffer. Slight artifacts due to this framebuffer, but newer ones give worse performance and kernel panics when applications try to set a resolution.

 

Thanks, DFE, for the work.

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THANKS A LOT!

 

I reverted all changes and used your newer FrameBuffer together with the other file and have now QE & CI enabled on my Intel 915 Video Card on my HP dv1000 notebook :-)

 

Specs:

HP dv 1000 (actually dv 13something)

7MB Video and 64 Virtual RAM (Bios Settings) on my Intel 915 Card

Distro iDeneb 10.5.5

Audio: AC97

Trackpad with Scrolling as mentioned here (http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=88811&hl=touchpad) works without a problem - but it's a bit tricky to figure out how to use it actually ;-)

LAN - OOB

BT - OOB

Wireless - 2100 do not work but I have a USB Stick ;-) I think I'll patch my CMOS and get an ATHEROS based MiniPCI WiFi adapter

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THANKS A LOT!

 

I reverted all changes and used your newer FrameBuffer together with the other file and have now QE & CI enabled on my Intel 915 Video Card on my HP dv1000 notebook :-)

 

Specs:

HP dv 1000 (actually dv 13something)

7MB Video and 64 Virtual RAM (Bios Settings) on my Intel 915 Card

Distro iDeneb 10.5.5

Audio: AC97

Trackpad with Scrolling as mentioned here (http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=88811&hl=touchpad) works without a problem - but it's a bit tricky to figure out how to use it actually ;-)

LAN - OOB

BT - OOB

Wireless - 2100 do not work but I have a USB Stick ;-) I think I'll patch my CMOS and get an ATHEROS based MiniPCI WiFi adapter

 

 

Hi, did you get transparent tool menu bar with this?

I use a different kext and I get QE/CI support under system profiler but no transparency on the tool menu bar.

 

Thanks!

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It could be a sticky but in Hardware->Grpahics Cards IMO

 

 

BTW, I tested with 10.5.4 with success.

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What is it? This is an enabler kext which gives your Intel GMA900 (i915) graphic card hardware acceleration (QE/CI) support under Leopard. This is not a patched or modified kext. It is supposed to be used in addition to the GMA950 kexts that come with leopard.

 

Details: There are a lot of patched kexts floating around for GMA900 support in Leopard. dfe aka David Elliott has made a great enabler kext which allows GMA900 cards to use stock GMA950 kexts. This means NO patching or hacking is required and you can keep using Apple software updates and take advantage of updated graphic kexts.

 

How to use -

 

Install these two kexts. Reboot. That's all.

 

This works for all GMA900 device IDs (0x2582, 0x2592, 0x2792)

 

 

Notes

  • You must have all stock kexts. If you are using patched kexts currently, please revert all AppleIntelGMA* to the ones that came with your version of Leopard.
  • The framebuffer is old. Some people may be able to use stock framebuffer too, but most often you will need this older framebuffer kext.
  • Resolution changing and mouse artifacts are related to framebuffer. So if you are trying to fix those, the framebuffer kext is what you want to experiment with first, followed by original GMA950 kexts.
  • Please no OpenGL.framework hacking either. Everything should be original Leopard version.

I have not made these kexts, the work is dfe's, I am only bringing it to the OSx86 community and therefore cannot offer any support except maybe adding any new device IDs

 

 

It is the 1 i need but i don't know how to INSTALL. im new be in OSX86. anybody pls teach me. thx

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Installed on a sx280 small form factor running iDeneb 10.5.5, full QE/CI and I got transparent top menu bar, excellent!!! :) thanks so much... (now if I can only make the NIC to work could be a perfect install "BCM5751" :D )

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Hi, did you get transparent tool menu bar with this?

I use a different kext and I get QE/CI support under system profiler but no transparency on the tool menu bar.

 

Thanks!

 

I do not exactly know what you mean with transparancy...

 

If it's the background image which shines through I will check it later, but I musst say I do not like it at all... It anoyed me all the time on my other machine

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Installed on a sx280 small form factor running iDeneb 10.5.5, full QE/CI and I got transparent top menu bar, excellent!!! :D thanks so much... (now if I can only make the NIC to work could be a perfect install "BCM5751" :wacko: )

 

What's wrong with your BCM5751? 00:00:00:00:00:00 MAC address?

 

If yes, then check out my DC7100 guide at http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...amp;mode=linear and follow the steps to get BCM5751 working. It involves using a script that sets your MAC address once en0 is created. Works well.

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What's wrong with your BCM5751? 00:00:00:00:00:00 MAC address?

 

If yes, then check out my DC7100 guide at http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...amp;mode=linear and follow the steps to get BCM5751 working. It involves using a script that sets your MAC address once en0 is created. Works well.

 

I tried different kexts I found and I think one of them gave me the 00:00.... mac address but I cant find it anymore, the one I tried last night hangs my pc when booting so I need to get it back to the original kext.. the one is for pci14e4,1677 - which is already listed on the kexts. I will try yours tonight and get back with the results, thanks - once I get this fixed the mac should be perfect.

 

opfobo - Yes, its the background that shines through the top menu bar, I like it, I can see that some dont like it but I do :-), of course also depends on the wallpaper used I guess...

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Great Job!

 

Got my Dell Dimesnion 5000 up and running now.

Are you working on a fix for the framebuffer.

 

Best Regards and thanks for this gorgeous method

cman

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Man, we have been waiting MONTHS and some even YEARS for this...

 

"yeah 900 GMA...not going to happen, get a better graphics card" and then you come and conjure up this piece of work.

 

Awesome job. Gonna try it out after ccc, andy4life, h2a's method. I wonder if it comes with no paperclip/external monitor support.

 

Again, nice job!

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It works! But since I'm using speedstep, I don't know if it hinders the performance of videos and audio. With the other method (the not done right method), the videos seemed to be okay. Or it could be something else.

 

Which is one requires more resources? This method or andy4life, h2a's, ccc's etc. method?

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Really good job! It works on my HP dx6120 (Intel GMA900 desktop) with leo4all 10.5.5. Since QE/CI are enabled, the graphics performance is significantly improved.

 

However, I have only used the ElliottAppleIntelGMA950LegacyEnabler.kext. It seems that AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext is unnecessary.

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This works great on my D610! I have to use the AppleIntelIntegrated Framebuffer because the original from 10.5.6 gives me a blue screen. I also changed some settings on the AppleIntelIntegreated buffer to control the brightness. Anyone interested for D610 brightness control, let me know :)

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Hi Guys...

 

 

:( It doesn't work!!! I'm desperate!

 

i've tried with the attached framebuffer and I had a black screen with the pointer. Then I tried with the latest from leopard 10.5.6 from my other mac and no success either: the computer is working fine but instead of the blue screen i have the Apple grey screen stuck.

 

So i revert to the tiger one. 10.4.7. Either no success. BLACK SCREEEEEEN.

 

In all the cases the computer is working.

 

the id is 0x2582

 

Any help is really appreciated. My sister is going to kill me if I don't fix her "Mac"!!!

 

pleeeese.. :)

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Did It!!!

 

Thank you! I had to download and install the leopard graphics package upgrade for 10.5.2. Reboot it and.. now QE/CI is working great! Still I can't change the res, but i won't quit...

 

good work!!!

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