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I have done a ton of searching and came away very confused but still decided to try my hand at installing Snow Leopard on my spare PC. I acquired a copy of Hazard 10.6.6i.


These are the hardware specs:


HP Pavilion A1710N

CPU AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 4200+


Motherboard Asus A8M2N-LA


Chipset GeForce 6150 LE


Graphics Nvidia 9500 GT


These are the options I chose :


Kernal (Legacy....I have read this is for AMD?)


Graphics NVenabler


Sound VoodooHDA


LAN NforceLan


Chipset AppleNforceATA


and USb fix


I am booting the first time(from the DVD because of no bootloader) -v -f

When it boots the intro video is slow but the sound is working. After the initial setup(name, timezone and all that) everything appears to be working great except all the animations are really slow. Also all programs are VERY slow. I am set on my native resolution (1680x1050).The mouse pointer is very fast and twitchy. I have tried to figure it out but I am VERY new at this MAC stuff. So if anyone can help me I would really appreciate it.


Am I choosing the wrong options? Is there a fix for my problems?

Like I said I am very new at this so the more detailed instructions the better.


Thanks in advance.

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Did you disable the onboard video card in your BIOS? So that the Nvidia 9500 GT is the only one?


The GeForce 6150 LE is not supported at all because of the shared memory.


I pulled this up fromhttp://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=139775"] this ://http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/in...75"] this ://http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/in...75"] this ://http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/in...75"] this thread.


Device Information:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation Unknown device [10de:0640] (rev a1)



- your specific 9500gt NVCAP (read how to obtain down this post)

- osx86tools

- OSx 10.5.6 or 10.5.7 running (not previous versions, 10.5.7 or at least 10.5.6 frameworks needed)

- Nvidia 2009 modified drivers: I attached on #33 (click to download) these are newer then 10.5.6 and older then 10.5.7, so those above 10.5.6 doesn't need those kexts (I know it says 10.5, but I saw a post in that thread that said that it worked in Snow Leopard. The Best of Luck!)

- Use KextWizard, you can find it with a quick search on the forum.


NOTE: those who are running latest 10.5.7 OSx don't need *any* kext driver installation, because they have latest nvidia driver available atm already native installed. So starts from the EFI string creation, as stated down this post.



How to get your NVCAP (you can search the forum, anyway):

You have to get your specific nvidia video card ROM, something like this http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=246530


The software you need to obtain your NVIDIA rom file is nvflash and you can simple google for it, then you must boot in DOS, with a usbkey, or maybe in your windows partition, you save your *own* nvidia rom bios file (and this is the reason I didn't any one-click-install), then you give it to NVCAP MAKER and now you have the NVCAP string, you need this while creating the EFI string.

Reflector says: it's easier to use NVIDIA BIOS Editor to save the ROM instead of using NVflash though as it runs in windows




- remove from /System/Library/Extension every nvidia injector (natit titan nvinjector nvdarwin etc etc) you could have installed, then remove /System/Library/Extension.mkext.

If you've never installed one you're clean and ready to go.


Howto get QE/CI enabled on 9500gt, let's start:

- ONLY for 10.5.6 (this is unneded for those with 10.5.7 and above) install Nvidia 2009 modded drivers for 9500gt(CLICK) with kexthelper

- clean everything with OSx86tools check all the options on main panel, run permission repair and clear extension kext

[those with 10.5.7 and ABOVE SL included starts HERE and they don't need any kext installation]

- again on osx86tools: click on the button add efi string

- click on gfx string

- choose custom geforce (you need to scroll the list is the last one)

- enter your video card name: nVidia GeForce 9500 GT

- enter your video card memory size

- NOW choosing your display configuration, choose custom

- enter *your* NVCAP

- import string to boot editor

- apply changes to com.apple.boot.plist

- reboot with -x -v -f

- shutdown and boot


You can even enable Quartz Extreme from the main panel of osx86tools "enable/disable quartz GL"



Snow Leopard removed the QE/CI notification in "About this mac", read this: http://prasys.co.cc/2009/09/quartz-extreme...n-snow-leopard/


My Peak 9500GT 1GB with DVI TV-out and VGA connectors, has this NVCAP: 0400000000000300040000000000000700000000

So if you have the same GPU from Peak you can use it. Note, this NVCAP should even work with some other 9500GTs, read the thread about this.

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