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I can't seem to get Mac OS X installed on my rig. I know it can be done, as there are numerous threads about successes, but I'm having trouble.


Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X58

RAM: 12 GB G.Skill DDR3-1333 (3x4 GB) (But only one 4GB stick plugged in at install time)

Graphics: PNY GeForce GTX 460

Processor: Intel Core i7-970


I tried [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], Boot-132, and P6X58D Premium Mars 132 v2, and only [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] managed to get me to the install screen using the flags "-x -v PCIRootUID=1"


I first tried using a Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB drive as the main one, but disk utility would freeze whenever I tried clicking on the tab titled "Partition." I tried partitioning it myself in gparted, but even with a HFS+ partition that was journaled, using GUID as the partitioning scheme, it froze on the disk selection screen during installation.


I then replaced the Western Digital with a Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB, and it allowed me to select the partitioning tab, but froze upon the "unmounting disk" stage.


I'm using a retail copy of 10.6.0, but can go and get a copy of 10.6.3 if that would help.

EDIT: Just found out that I need 10.6.3 to support a hexacore processor. Out I go to get that.


That's where I'm stuck. Any ideas?


Edit: Sata is set to AHCI mode.

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Have you tried underclocking the cores manually? I bet your 970 is the problem. Also make sure you don't have any extra USB devices besides mouse and keyboard..

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The 970 is certainly a problem, since it isn't compatible with 10.6.0. I'm about to try it with 10.6.3, and hopefully that will work.


The only plugged in USB devices are the keyboard and mouse.


Edit: 10.6.3 hasn't changed anything. How would I go about underclocking my processor?


Honestly, I doubt it's the processor though. It progresses through the install disk normally, it just hangs on anything disk related, which is a big indication that the problem is probably in the area of the disks.

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Sorting these types of installs out are a real adventure. The fact that you have been able to [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] into the install DVD is very encouraging.


I would have both the latest [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] and the Legacy [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] CDs available. Use the 10.6.3 Retail DVD.


I think you can have all of your memory installed (I have not found that the 4 GB limit is meaningful).


If possible, partition your target hard disk on another OS X system (use a USB adapter if needed) and use a small size SATA drive or partition your 2TB drive where you have two small partitions and two large partitions (nothing over 1TB). I use 40 to 60 GB sized partitions to bring up new machines. Two so that you can clone off a working version while you push for additional fuctionality (a way to recover without having to start over).


Also, I have had no end of issues with my PNY GTX 460 on installations. At times I have resorted to using an GF 8400 GS for bring up and then swapping video cards after you can load the Nvidia update.


And I suggest that you only have the target hard drive and the optical drive attached during installation.


Using one of the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] CDs you should be able to get into the DVD installer without boot arguments. Note, sometimes no boot arguments work where even -v will cause the system to halt.


Also, keep notes as to what has been tried and the results.


Have fun,


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