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Hello everybody,

i startet to build a hackintosh from these components using iAtkos s3 ...

 

- Asus Striker Extreme Motherboard (BIOS Version? - where do i find this Info?)

- Intel Core 2 quad Q6600 2.4 GHz

- Asus EN8800 GTX

- 4GB RAM - Kingston 2x 2GB PC2 - 6400 CL5 240 - 800MHz

- 2 SATA HDDs

- SATA PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-212

 

Ok, here´s what i did.

I am not a specialist and osx86 newbie. I couldn´t run the distro from Disc and constantly got the "Still waiting for root device" error. After reading that SATA stuff was causing problems i disabled all SATA functionality on the board. Didn´t have a IDE HDD, so i used USB drives instead.

 

- restored iAtkos s3 to USB drive and used the Chameleon RC5 Bootloader on it

- installed the distro from this USB drive to another usb drive

- then bootet into OSX from the USB drive and restored OSX to one of the SATA drives

(it never worked to directly install to the SATA drive - although it showed up in the list)

 

About this mac - Post install

I just checked the Graphics Enabler option for the install. Nothing under the VGA options in Install customization. The system booted with a 1024 resolution and didnt recognize my 8800 GTX. I used EFI Studio 1.1 in hope it would solve the problem (dreaming). After the card showed up in "About this mac", but no CI or Quartz support and im not sure if it was useful at all. The system started with a 1440 resolution, but other than that i dont know if it is running correctly. Since trying to change the resolution always grills it to a very low reso, i downloaded SwitchResX and at least now i can get the native 1680 resolution for my 22".

 

Other than that a lot of specs in "About this mac" are wrong.

 

- CPU specs

- RAM is shown as 4x 1GB 667MHz

- no Sound - but i have sound

- no Ethernet - but i have internet

- DVD drive specs look ok - but its not reading

 

... and probably more

 

OK My questions

1. I am a little lost on how to get my GPU working correctly and how i can test this. I read about kexts and strings, but i just don´t know where to start. Maybe there is a installer (dreaming)?

 

2. Any idea on how to get the DVD drive working?

 

3. Any suggestions on what to do to tweak the system a little more. Maybe some easy to do tweaks and details?

 

I am very thankful for any help from the community!

Cheers

Mark

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Hello everybody,

i startet to build a hackintosh from these components using iAtkos s3 ...

 

- Asus Striker Extreme Motherboard (BIOS Version? - where do i find this Info?)

- Intel Core 2 quad Q6600 2.4 GHz

- Asus EN8800 GTX

- 4GB RAM - Kingston 2x 2GB PC2 - 6400 CL5 240 - 800MHz

- 2 SATA HDDs

- SATA PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-212

 

Ok, here´s what i did.

I am not a specialist and osx86 newbie. I couldn´t run the distro from Disc and constantly got the "Still waiting for root device" error. After reading that SATA stuff was causing problems i disabled all SATA functionality on the board. Didn´t have a IDE HDD, so i used USB drives instead.

 

- restored iAtkos s3 to USB drive and used the Chameleon RC5 Bootloader on it

- installed the distro from this USB drive to another usb drive

- then bootet into OSX from the USB drive and restored OSX to one of the SATA drives

(it never worked to directly install to the SATA drive - although it showed up in the list)

 

About this mac - Post install

I just checked the Graphics Enabler option for the install. Nothing under the VGA options in Install customization. The system booted with a 1024 resolution and didnt recognize my 8800 GTX. I used EFI Studio 1.1 in hope it would solve the problem (dreaming). After the card showed up in "About this mac", but no CI or Quartz support and im not sure if it was useful at all. The system started with a 1440 resolution, but other than that i dont know if it is running correctly. Since trying to change the resolution always grills it to a very low reso, i downloaded SwitchResX and at least now i can get the native 1680 resolution for my 22".

 

Other than that a lot of specs in "About this mac" are wrong.

 

- CPU specs

- RAM is shown as 4x 1GB 667MHz

- no Sound - but i have sound

- no Ethernet - but i have internet

- DVD drive specs look ok - but its not reading

 

... and probably more

 

OK My questions

1. I am a little lost on how to get my GPU working correctly and how i can test this. I read about kexts and strings, but i just don´t know where to start. Maybe there is a installer (dreaming)?

 

2. Any idea on how to get the DVD drive working?

 

3. Any suggestions on what to do to tweak the system a little more. Maybe some easy to do tweaks and details?

 

I am very thankful for any help from the community!

Cheers

Mark

 

Hi Mark,

 

Welcome to nForce OSx86..........I know there is a lot of reading to do but my blog nForce chipset MOBO + Intel CPU install guides for distros (Snow Leopard and Leopard), and my nForce chipset MOBO + Intel CPU Snow Leopard Install Guide here and my Leopard nForce Series 7 thread here do offer much helpful advice...... :)

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How do i test that my GPU is fully working? How do i test QE and CI? "About this mac" is not very reliable i guess.

 

Cheers

Mark

 

As explained here:

 

If CI and QE are not fully enabled for your graphics card(s), then you will probably experience so-called mouse pointer "tearing", display-screen artifacts such as horizontal dashes, poor display refresh-rates, fixed screen-resolution etc.

 

In Leopard, System Profiler > Graphics/Displays would directly indicate this because Core Image would be shown as "Hardware Accelerated" and Quartz Extreme as "Supported" BUT this is no longer the case in Snow Leopard.

 

However, there are 3 key ways to confirm that the Core Image functioning is hardware accelerated and that Quartz Extreme functioning is supported:

 

1. The top-menu bar is transluscent i.e. the underlying Desktop image is visible through the menu bar

 

2. When you run the Front Row app, it opens and functions fully....

 

3. If, when you click on the Dashboard icon in Dock or run the Dashboard app and add a widget, either via the LHS "+" button and clicking on a widget icon in the bottom widgets bar, or by 'dragging and dropping' a widget, you should see a "real-time" water-ripple effect as the new widget is "dropped" into the Dashboard.......

 

For About this mac, use an SMBIOS.plist in /Extra/..........

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@verdant

 

Thanks a lot! I was reading your blog before i installed actually, but its just SO MUCH stuff to dig through on tons of different configs ...

 

Seems like QE and CI are functioning correctly. The only big thing left would be the DVD drive. Well, lets go (reading) ... :)

 

For About this mac, use an SMBIOS.plist in /Extra/..........

 

You´re talking about cosmetics? I was wondering in general > wrong is only the description, but the hardware (RAM e.g.) is working with its real specs?

 

 

 

 

 

PS: How do i make the drives show up on the desktop?

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@verdant

 

Thanks a lot! I was reading your blog before i installed actually, but its just SO MUCH stuff to dig through on tons of different configs ...

 

Seems like QE and CI are functioning correctly. The only big thing left would be the DVD drive. Well, lets go (reading) ... :)

 

You´re talking about cosmetics? I was wondering in general > wrong is only the description, but the hardware (RAM e.g.) is working with its real specs?

 

PS: How do i make the drives show up on the desktop?

 

Yes, the hardware functioning is BIOS setting controlled........

 

Which drives are you referring to...........your SATA DVDRW is unlikely to read/burn DVD/CDs under OS X.............

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Yes, the hardware functioning is BIOS setting controlled...

 

Ok, makes sense

 

 

Which drives are you referring to...

 

The HDDs ... i just saw that its just the FINDER prefs. I didnt know its now disabled by default.

 

 

your SATA DVDRW is unlikely to read/burn DVD/CDs under OS X

 

Oh ok ...

 

Thanks again

Mark

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Ok, makes sense

 

 

 

 

The HDDs ... i just saw that its just the FINDER prefs. I didnt know its now disabled by default.

 

 

 

 

Oh ok ...

 

Thanks again

Mark

 

So have you now sorted all your issues?

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So have you now sorted all your issues?

 

Well, at least the big ones i would say. I did this install only yesterday and did not yet run any pro software. I think SLEEP/POWERMANAGEMENT is not working. I didnt enable the sleep fix at install, maybe that was a mistake. Right now i disabled any powermanagement.

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Well, at least the big ones i would say. I did this install only yesterday and did not yet run any pro software. I think SLEEP/POWERMANAGEMENT is not working. I didnt enable the sleep fix at install, maybe that was a mistake. Right now i disabled any powermanagement.

 

Sleep does not work under Snow Leopard on nForce MOBOs by all reports.......and AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext is usually disabled.........

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