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i apologize - i do not know what you mean by "QE/CI"??

 

It may or not be related, but i also notice a lot of error entries in the console (see below for sample). These errors do not appear with SnowLeopard on the same rig.

 

Finally, Lion was installed from scratch on a virgin disk using the instructions at the head of this post. The instructions were followed exactly, and were tried three separate times with identical results

 

 

 

6/23/12 4:36:20.000 PM kernel: [en0:R1000TxInterrupt] R1000TxInterrupt cleaned up 6 Tx packets

6/23/12 4:36:20.000 PM kernel: [en0:R1000TxInterrupt] R1000TxInterrupt cleaned up 7 Tx packets

6/23/12 4:36:20.000 PM kernel: [en0:R1000TxInterrupt] R1000TxInterrupt cleaned up 5 Tx packets

6/23/12 4:36:20.000 PM kernel: [en0:R1000TxInterrupt] R1000TxInterrupt cleaned up 5 Tx packets

6/23/12 4:36:20.000 PM kernel: [en0:R1000TxInterrupt] Tx packet at index 286 is pending

6/23/12 4:36:20.000 PM kernel: [en0:R1000TxInterrupt] R1000TxInterrupt cleaned up 7 Tx packets

6/23/12 4:36:20.000 PM kernel: [en0:R1000TxInterrupt] R1000TxInterrupt cleaned up 2 Tx packets

6/23/12 4:36:21.000 PM kernel: [en0:R1000TxInterrupt] R1000TxInterrupt cleaned up 1 Tx packets

6/23/12 4:36:21.000 PM kernel: [en0:R1000TxInterrupt] R1000TxInterrupt cleaned up 2 Tx packets

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Wow fsck failing! Are you sure your disk is ok?

 

Yeah, my disk is luckily fine. Wonder what could explain fsck doing that.

 

Anyone here tried the next big cat on UD3R yet? I've been looking for a thread discussing the installation (or a guide installing it) but haven't had any luck as of yet.

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Yeah, my disk luckily fine. Wonder what could explain fsck doing that.

 

Anyone here tried the next big cat on UD3R yet? I've been looking for a thread discussing the installation (or a guide installing it) but haven't had any luck as of yet.

 

Yes I am running ML just fine on my motherboard. Had to upgrade a few kexts and Chameleon to versions that work with ML and bring over my audio fix for 889a but everything is fine.

 

i apologize - i do not know what you mean by "QE/CI"??

 

That's Quartz Extreme/Core Image. To test if its working well, try to see if you can trigger the water ripple effect in Dashboard when you go to manage a widget. If you get the effect, your graphics are good. Also make sure you are running a newer version of Chameleon.

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Alright, this is the screen, just before it reboots:

 

I suspect it has (to have) something to do with power management of sorts. Because after the reboot it goes into an endless loop, restarting over and over again. The only thing that helps is to pull the plug, and wait for a while.

 

Now, if I start it in single user mode, with "-v -s", and manually fsck and mount the root drive, then exit - it work's without a hitch.

 

Any ideas? I'd rather not downgrade to 10.7.3 anymore, especially since Mountain Lion is just around the corner.

 

Thanks!

 

PS. Should the DSDT be edited to match the latest AppleRTC, and in this way prevent the CMOS reset on reboot?

 

fsck failing seems to be RAM related. If you have more than 4 gigs, try removing them until you only have 4 gigs and see if it boots. Follow this link and it shows how they fixed it.

 

http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=219229&view=findpost&p=1534545

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fsck failing seems to be RAM related. If you have more than 4 gigs, try removing them until you only have 4 gigs and see if it boots. Follow this link and it shows how they fixed it.

 

http://www.insanelym...dpost&p=1534545

 

Hm, I do indeed have more than 4GB RAM (6GB [2+2+1+1]). What I still don't get is how this setup worked without problems before 10.7.4.

 

Anyway, I'll take a look at that thread, and see if I can find a solution there. Otherwise I'll just refrain from rebooting and wait for Mountain Lion.

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Ah, upgraded to ML. All is fine now. My previous problems seem to have been caused by file(system) corruption during the update to 10.7.4.

 

How did you upgrade to ML ? Just with the App Store Mountain Lion installer (with no patching), or you have been installing with usb stick ?

I managed to install Lion 10.7.2. But now i am stuck to upgrade.

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How did you upgrade to ML ? Just with the App Store Mountain Lion installer (with no patching), or you have been installing with usb stick ?

I managed to install Lion 10.7.2. But now i am stuck to upgrade.

 

I created a separate installer partition on my SSD, but the process is basically the same as if you make an USB stick installer. I made a clean installation, partly because of the problems I've been having with Lion (didn't want them to make the transition), and partly because I like to clean things up now and again. I followed this general installation guide:

 

http://www.insanelym...howtopic=280756

 

But it would be nice if someone would update this guide to Mountain Lion as well.

 

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Is it possible to fix the CMOS-reset bug re-introduced in 10.7.4(?) and still persisting in 10.8 by editing the DSDT somehow? Because now I had to "patch" AppleRTC.kext manually afterwards.

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Managed to upgrade to ML too. But it's not that smooth as Lion. An app called Reportcrash is running all the time. Something is crashing. Perhaps something about core location or like that. And i can't load Privacy settings, it hangs. I had to disable Gatekeeper with command line.

CPU runs 15-20 Celsius hotter. I have Q8200. Do you have working ssdt settings ? I could need one, cause i am still struggling to get it right.

I had no problems with CMOS resets until now. That might works well in my DSDT at least.

 

Update :

I am not that sure that CPU is hotter because of any settings changed, rather because it's never idle ! Something gets crashing all the time. Console is overloaded with the same error message. Every 9 seconds a task respawns without success. Something needs to get shut down. More info here : http://www.insanelym...dpost&p=1839656

 

Update2:

Solved! :) more here : http://www.insanelym...dpost&p=1839692

I had to remove a plist from LaunchAgents folder to prevent that process from respawning (com.apple.UserEventAgent-Aqua).

Also Spotlight indexer was indexing my ntfs drives, so i had to turn that off in Control Panel. Now CPU has cooled back and idling again! :)

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Is it possible to fix the CMOS-reset bug re-introduced in 10.7.4(?) and still persisting in 10.8 by editing the DSDT somehow? Because now I had to "patch" AppleRTC.kext manually afterwards.

Chamelon Wizard is a great tool : http://www.insanelym...howtopic=257464

Perhaps it can help.

Here is my DSDT. It might not contain all fixes possible, but it works fine for me.

Maybe check the differences, you might find something.

DSDT_UD3LR_ML_Bandes.rar

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HELP needed. With the guide, I have managed to install Lion GM (10.7.0), onto a GPT partition on a separate HDD. I have F13e BIOS (EP45-UD3R), and GTX570. The only thing not working now is the monitor resolution (and i guess the VGA acceleration neither). I had to use Chameleon 1812 (built into the Wizard), and npci=0x2000 to boot properly. Right now GraphicsEnabler=1.

 

How exactly do I proceed to have fully working video, acceleration and monitors? I have 10.7.3 Combo update downlaoded, I have the official Nvidia Quattro 10.7.3 driver downloaded, none of them installed yet.

 

What do I need to do, step by step please to have a 10.7.3 system fully operational? I need 100% working graphics.

 

Thank you in advance!

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You might need to add your device id into in NVDAGF100Hal.kext.

http://wiki.osx86pro...L_10.7.0#NVIDIA

 

or try this

Installed GTX Enabler.pkg (found here: http://www.mediafire...92i32u5vcze4oci)

http://wiki.osx86pro...L_10.7.2#NVIDIA

 

or this

[url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] 4.4.1

Graphics > NVIDIA 4XX/5XX Support

/

[url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] 4.5.1

Graphics > OpenCl Enabler

http://wiki.osx86pro...L_10.7.4#NVIDIA

 

also netkas.org has always some infos for new ati and nvidia cards.

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I followed your guide for my config (Cartri bios with EP45 DS4) and it work fine (just sometime some KP).

Now I would like to install ML and I want to know if I can follow your guide to prepare my USB key like Lion (same Kext same config..)?

Thanks you for your reply

Spalax2001

 

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these guides are overrated. i installed lion from iatkos l2 distro. i only had to choose the right options at install.

only my nvidia card was not working ok. i did find a dsdt solution for that though, and it was ok then.

next step, there is a dvd and an usb image of ml on pbay. i used the dvd image and upgraded with that to ml. i had to use some special boot flag options because the installer was kernel panicking. but then it was ok, and went on fine. had some minor problems then with ml as listed here, but the drivers and the system was basically fine from beginning.

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these guides are overrated. i installed lion from iatkos l2 distro. i only had to choose the right options at install.

only my nvidia card was not working ok. i did find a dsdt solution for that though, and it was ok then.

next step, there is a dvd and an usb image of ml on pbay. i used the dvd image and upgraded with that to ml. i had to use some special boot flag options because the installer was kernel panicking. but then it was ok, and went on fine. had some minor problems then with ml as listed here, but the drivers and the system was basically fine from beginning.

 

Overrated to YOU, but a lot of us want to know exactly what is being put into our machines and not have it all done for us by some distro. I can tell you that my machine is more stable and never crashes thanks to the fact that I learned how to install everything vanilla like this guide teaches you to do and I am the better for it. You should not have to find a DSDT solution, you should know how to create one yourself since using someone else's DSDT could easily introduce problems as even a single motherboard line can use different chipsets and BIOSes which the DSDT is based on.

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Overcomplicated too. Why not use a distro which is made already by pro people ? I don't want to mess with osinstall and other things others already worked out, and distributed that.It's ok, if someone needs to make it on his own. But since i found that other way which looked easier, gone for that and worked well. I was still in the dark with what things to choose at install, but i made right choices after some thinking. I was messing with boot0 and chameleon installing with snow leopard. Not anymore here, installer made the work just fine. And by the way I have a self made dsdt. It was working fine with snow leopard. But then with lion black screen. Others had this too, it was a specifiic issue with my nvidia card. Making "your own dsdt" is pain in the a s s anyway. Finding solutions, since there is no clear way, just patches here and there, and good luck finding the ones you need.

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Overcomplicated too. Why not use a distro which is made already by pro people ? I don't want to mess with osinstall and other things others already worked out, and distributed that.It's ok, if someone needs to make it on his own. But since i found that other way which looked easier, gone for that and worked well. I was still in the dark with what things to choose at install, but i made right choices after some thinking. I was messing with boot0 and chameleon installing with snow leopard. Not anymore here, installer made the work just fine. And by the way I have a self made dsdt. It was working fine with snow leopard. But then with lion black screen. Others had this too, it was a specifiic issue with my nvidia card. Making "your own dsdt" is pain in the a s s anyway. Finding solutions, since there is no clear way, just patches here and there, and good luck finding the ones you need.

 

One easy answer, because no 2 systems are alike. You want easy? Use Kakewalk for Mtn Lion. Chameleon does use an installer you know so you don't have to do things by hand. PS, if your DSDT was working in Snow Leopard just like mine was and then black screen in Mtn Lion, try removing ALL graphics edits from your DSDT file which is what I had to do. And make sure and remove all enablers. The newest versions (I'm at 2042) of Chameleon do a great job of detecting graphics cards. I too have an Nvidia card, 8800GT 512 from eVGA. Works flawlessly in Mountain Lion.

 

PS, for those who are wondering, upgrading to 10.8.1 was easy through software update. Didn't even have to work on my audio.

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One easy answer, because no 2 systems are alike. You want easy? Use Kakewalk for Mtn Lion. Chameleon does use an installer you know so you don't have to do things by hand. PS, if your DSDT was working in Snow Leopard just like mine was and then black screen in Mtn Lion, try removing ALL graphics edits from your DSDT file which is what I had to do. And make sure and remove all enablers. The newest versions (I'm at 2042) of Chameleon do a great job of detecting graphics cards. I too have an Nvidia card, 8800GT 512 from eVGA. Works flawlessly in Mountain Lion.

 

PS, for those who are wondering, upgrading to 10.8.1 was easy through software update. Didn't even have to work on my audio.

 

I don't trust that much Kakewalk. That's also just an installer i guess which drops in a dsdt, the few important kexts and installs chameleon.

My Snow Leopard died when i installed a "proven dsdt" for my mobo from tonymac's dsdt database.

After bootup "PCI Configuration Begin" message appeared and it started scratching my drive. I pressed reset, then after boot even windows wanted to chkdsk the ntfs partitions. The hfs partition became highly damaged, with inaccessable folders. So that's it about "proven stuff". The lesson is, never try to fix something which is more or less working. My own made DSDT was better as it looks. And now after some editing the nvidia section, the black screen is issue is gone, so i am not bothering doing any changes now anymore.. :)

I am about to upgrade to 10.8.1 soon..

 

Update : Uprading was flawless :) Like on a real Mac.

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I don't trust that much Kakewalk. That's also just an installer i guess which drops in a dsdt, the few important kexts and installs chameleon.

My Snow Leopard died when i installed a "proven dsdt" for my mobo from tonymac's dsdt database.

After bootup "PCI Configuration Begin" message appeared and it started scratching my drive. I pressed reset, then after boot even windows wanted to chkdsk the ntfs partitions. The hfs partition became highly damaged, with inaccessable folders. So that's it about "proven stuff". The lesson is, never try to fix something which is more or less working. My own made DSDT was better as it looks. And now after some editing the nvidia section, the black screen is issue is gone, so i am not bothering doing any changes now anymore.. :)

I am about to upgrade to 10.8.1 soon..

 

You are saying the same thing as me. YES, do your own custom work and you will be better for it. I never would use anything from that site you mentioned. I built my own USB installer from Mtn Lion and it rocked! My nVidia 8800GT is rock solid again.

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Also curious if any of you are upgrading to a newer board and what you are thinking of getting? This one has been pretty easy.

 

Well I just bought my new system, receiving it tomorrow.

Keeping everything else, including video card ( 9600gt ), I'm not a big gamer, maybe down the road I'll upgrade but as long as it plays 1080p movies flawlessly I'm happy.

Just upgraded to

- i5-3570k ( almost same as i7-3770k but without hyper-threading, it might be a good thing but didn't have that extra $100 for it )

- corsair vengeance 2x8gb (CML16GX3M2A1600C10), the low profile version, in case I upgrade the included cpu cooler to a monster size one ( the timing aren't as good as the 4x4gb package for the same price, but didn't think this would be really noticeable ) so that I can eventually and easily upgrade to 32gb down the road, ( Firefox, Lightroom and photoshop running together are going to be happy )

- the gigabyte ep45-ud3r was good with me, ( unlike the shuttle computers that eventually all died, sad because they ran osx rather well, those good quality capacitor in the gigabyte does play a role and isn't just marketing on the box) so decided to stick with them with a GA-Z77-DS3H, cheaper end of the available spectrum, but probably best buy for the money. At least it is latest technology ( USB 3 is onboard, don't know yet if it works with osx, but since apple has it in the new MacBook Pro I believe it should be working out of the box, the usb3 being run by the intel chipset and the CPU, no third party chipset)

 

A rather fresh computer under the hood for $410 isn't too bad. Cheaper and much much faster than a current Mac mini. ( of course recycling the case, psu, hard drive and video card does help keep the price down )

 

I did a little research at what is available and that seemed like a good buy for the money and power, if you have an extra $100 to throw in then get the i7-3770K for it's hyperthreading if you think it will benefit you.

( K is for unlocked, OC potential, which I may do if I see an actually difference in speediness in a regular daily routine)

 

Plus that system is also recommended by the hackintosh community ( tonymacx86's website, so should be really easy to get osx up and running in no time.

 

And the board comes with a VGA and dvi and hdmi out which uses the graphic processor integrated in the CPU, so three monitors might be happening ( well not yet for me ) and if it does work in osx, which I tend to believe so, since MacBook Pro uses it.

 

Cheers!

 

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