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HP XW4600 Geforce 9800 GT success with snow leopard retail

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Hi guys

This is my very first post on this forum and also my first Hackintosh build.


I got so much information from this site that I thought I should say thanks to everyone as I was a total newbie to this and share my experience back.


The story....


I tried the ideneb 10.5.7 first just to get a feel for things. This installed ok but it needed a few tweaks with kexts.

I then decided to jump in at the deep end and buy the Snow Leopard Retail Disk and use the chameleon-20-rc3-with-snow-leopard-and-large-disk-support, boot method. (big learning curve for me.....a few days later.....)


Everything installed great, firewire and usb all worked, but I needed to sort the graphics card, sound & network.

I got the graphics card going using a EFI string and everything seemed like it was working ok on the graphics side, but I had a few problems with software asking for Quartz Extreme. After a few days of trying to find out what was going on as everything looked like Quartz was enabled, I eventually removed the EFI string from the com.apple.Boot.plist and just replaced it with the following instead:-





That enabled everything on the Geforce 9800 GT and tada! no more software problems.



The onboard Sound:

I think this could have been sorted eventually but I had a Mac compatible USB audio interface which just worked straight away. So I use that.


The onboard Network:

I had a go but with no success, I read many articles and decided that the easiest thing to do was buy something that was compatible. I bought a Broadcom Dell PCI-E 1GB 5721 Network Card which amazingly just worked as soon as I plugged it in.


So far the system has been perfectly stable and is running Final Cut Studio 3 with Snow Leopard very well.





HP XW4600

Intel Q6600 Quad Core

8 GB Ram

BFG NVIDIA Geforce 9800 GT

Tapco Link USB Audio Interface

Dell - Broadcom 5721 Network card

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