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Hello,

 

I used iATKOS S3v2 to install 10.6.3 and then updated to 10.6.4. I've installed a vanilla setup except for specifying AHCI and JMicron support. I also configured for my Ehthernet card. Those components works really great.

 

I'm having problems getting the system to detect the video card. It sees a generic nVidia card with the wrong max resolution, memory, etc.. It looks OK on the screen, but I can't increase the resolution - I can only get 1024x768 and I don't have advanced graphics features. The card is a BFGTech GEForce 8800GTS 512.

 

I'm using Chameleon 2.0-RC4 and have tried GraphicsEnabler=TRUE, have tried to use the nVideo DVI/DVI EFI strings that are loaded as options during install, I've also tried to EFI Studio v1.1 to update boot.plist. Nothing seems to get my card recognized appropriately.

 

Here are some files:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>Boot Graphics</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Kernel</key>
<string>mach_kernel</string>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string></string>
<key>Quiet Boot</key>
<string>No</string>
<key>Timeout</key>
<string>5</string>
<key>device-properties</key>
<string>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</string>
</dict>
</plist>

 

From System Profiler:

Display:

 Type:	GPU
 Bus:	PCIe
 PCIe Lane Width:	x16
 VRAM (Total):	32 MB
 Vendor:	NVIDIA (0x10de)
 Device ID:	0x0600
 Revision ID:	0x00a2
 Displays:
Display:
 Resolution:	1024 x 768
 Pixel Depth:	32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
 Main Display:	Yes
 Mirror:	Off
 Online:	Yes

 

 

From EfiStudio

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>PciRoot(0x1)/Pci(0x1,0x0)/Pci(0x0,0x0)</key>
			<dict>
			<key>@0,compatible</key>
			<string>NVDA,NVMac</string>
			<key>@0,device_type</key>
			<string>display</string>
			<key>@0,name</key>
			<string>NVDA,Display-A</string>
			<key>@1,compatible</key>
			<string>NVDA,NVMac</string>
			<key>@1,device_type</key>
			<string>display</string>
			<key>@1,name</key>
			<string>NVDA,Display-B</string>
			<key>NVCAP</key>
			<data>
			BAAAAAAAAwAMAAAAAAAABwAAAAA=
			</data>
			<key>NVPM</key>
			<data>
			AQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA==
			</data>
			<key>VRAM,totalsize</key>
			<data>
			AAAAIA==
			</data>
			<key>device_type</key>
			<string>NVDA,Parent</string>
			<key>model</key>
			<string>Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS [G92]</string>
			<key>name</key>
			<string>display</string>
			<key>rom-revision</key>
			<string>Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS [G92] OpenGL Engine [EFI]</string>
			</dict>
</dict>
</plist>

 

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Solved!

 

The problem is that Chameleon was not loading my boot.plist file.

 

Here is the reason:

 

1. I had Windows 7 loaded on 1 drive

2. OSX installed on 2nd drive

3. The BIOS was set to boot to Windows drive and I added a menu entry using EasyBCD to boot OSX from the Windows partition.

 

It turns out that Chameleon only loads the boot.plist file if it exists on the boot drive (which it did not). After changing the BIOS to boot to Chameleon, it worked (sort of).

 

I had to use EFI Studio to generate the hex for my card and added had it update my boot.plist. For some reason, GraphicsEnabler=Yes did not work for me.

 

Hope this helps.

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Solved!

 

The problem is that Chameleon was not loading my boot.plist file.

 

I had to use EFI Studio to generate the hex for my card and added had it update my boot.plist. For some reason, GraphicsEnabler=Yes did not work for me.

 

Hope this helps.

 

So does that mean you changed the boot.plist graphics enabler to "no"?

also, what did you paste from EFI and where (exactly), i have the same rig basically and it's making me crazy.

 

could you post your boot files?

 

Thanks in advance...

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So does that mean you changed the boot.plist graphics enabler to "no"?

also, what did you paste from EFI and where (exactly), i have the same rig basically and it's making me crazy.

 

could you post your boot files?

 

Thanks in advance...

 

Here is a copy of my boot.Plist I've placed it in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>Boot Graphics</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Kernel</key>
<string>mach_kernel</string>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string></string>
<key>Quiet Boot</key>
<string>No</string>
<key>Timeout</key>
<string>10</string>
<key>Instant Menu</key>
<string>Yes</string>
<key>Default Partition</key>
<string>hd(1,1)</string>
<key>device-properties</key>
<string>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</string>
</dict>
</plist>

 

I used the iATKOS S3v2 to install OSX 10.6.3. The only option that I installed was the one for the JMicron ATA support. I also installed Chameleon as the bootloader.

 

Good luck.

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