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Hardware: Gigabyte 965p-ds3 / C2D 4300

 

Ok, here's the deal. I have successfully installed a retail copy of Snow Leopard using the Empire EFI cd. I followed this guide because the author had the same motherboard as I do:

 

http://doctorevil30564.blogspot.com/2010_01_01_archive.html

 

Now, the first time I installed it, I also installed the recommended kexts to get my audio working. Unfortunately, this caused a Kernal panic. I reinstalled Snow Leopard again, this time I did a little research on the internet and downloaded some other audio kexts that got my audio working, no kernal panics.

 

The problem:

 

The author of the guide suggested that I do not install the SleepEnabler kext if I wanted to be able to download direct software updates from Apple. I followed his instructions, but in my brilliance, I decided to click on "Sleep" the other night just to see what happens. Horrible idea. SL basically would basically freeze at the gray screen. I tried loading SL using the Empire EFI cd, and noticed that it would basically freeze on this error "FakeSMC: Key not found msds length -6".

 

I somehow managed to download Mac drive 8 on my primary hard drive running Windows 7, and replaced the existing fakesmc.kext with the latest version (2.5) and set debug=false. This basically let me bypass the "key not found" error and load into SL. It seems like the only way I can boot into SL is if I use the Empire EFI cd. SL just doesn't load straight from the hard disk, as it freezes up at the gray loading screen, and I eventually see a small (slightly distorted) "DO NOT" sign.

 

Any help or insight would be much appreciated. Also, if anyone can tell me how I can use terminal from the Leopard DVD to make changes to my existing SL install, that would be awesome.

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I've managed to bugger my install a couple times already. The fix has been easy each time. Boot into SL using the boot disk. Go to disk utility and select your efi partition, then erase it. The go back to the desktop and open up the Empire EFI disk and run through the MyHack installer again. Problem should be fixed. There may be a better way, but that's how I do it.

 

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The MyHack install automatically selects the 32 bit kernel. If you get it running again with the above fix, try editing your boot.plist (its in your extra folder). The line that reads "arch=i386", just change to "None". Then create a DSDT.aml using a tool like fassl's (google fassl dsdt patcher, it's in the first google hit) and drop that in your extra folder. Then grab the 64 bit voodoohda.kext (google will take you there too) and install on you SL partition using a utility like kext helper (or terminal, but I'm just not that savy). Reboot and enjoy your 64 bit SL. I apologize if you already knew all this. Hope it goes well.

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I've managed to bugger my install a couple times already. The fix has been easy each time. Boot into SL using the boot disk. Go to disk utility and select your efi partition, then erase it. The go back to the desktop and open up the Empire EFI disk and run through the MyHack installer again. Problem should be fixed. There may be a better way, but that's how I do it.

 

BTW-

The MyHack install automatically selects the 32 bit kernel. If you get it running again with the above fix, try editing your boot.plist (its in your extra folder). The line that reads "arch=i386", just change to "None". Then create a DSDT.aml using a tool like fassl's (google fassl dsdt patcher, it's in the first google hit) and drop that in your extra folder. Then grab the 64 bit voodoohda.kext (google will take you there too) and install on you SL partition using a utility like kext helper (or terminal, but I'm just not that savy). Reboot and enjoy your 64 bit SL. I apologize if you already knew all this. Hope it goes well.

 

I definitely did not know any of that, and will be trying your suggestions shortly (will post results).

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