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10.4.6 install issue + a few more problems.


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First of all, I'm pretty good when it comes to PCs, hardware wise and driver wise etc - but all of my experience is with Windows NT (XP and Vista).

 

My laptop is an upgraded Toshiba Equium M40X 189

Pentium M 740 (1.73GHz)

Intel 915GM chipset

1Gb PC2700 RAM

My hdd i'm installing on is a spare 10gb IDE drive (I use my primary for Vista atm).

 

I have about 30 minutes experience with OSX (10.4.3) - my current OSX install.

 

The current 10.4.3 is all fine except for the Intel 2200BG wifi which I understand will not work at all, my wired network card is fine though, and my screen res is at 1024x768x32, rather than 1280x800x32. Like I say I have almost NO OSX experience at all so I'm actually finding a few guides hard to follow. IS there a way to get 1280x800 on an i915GM. A few guides said I could use an external monitor too, but I don't have any available. The only other external monitor would be my TV via the S-Video connection. Would this work?

 

I also have a 10.4.6 DVD I burnt, when I boot from the DVD though I get the white screen with the apple logo, then the next screen that follows is the blue screen, but it freezes there. On my 10.4.3 disk that is the point I get all the options but it freezes on 10.4.6. Is it really worth the upgrade to 10.4.6 or should I stick with 10.4.3?

 

Thanks for your time and patience, Bio

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Crossed pins 6 and 12 - worked a charm :D

 

Only problem now is when the install is complete, I'm getting an invalid partition table and the laptop refuses to boot from it. I'm not sure whether the drive has failed or anything, but I cannot get this drive booting anymore.

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I don't know how you set up the drive, but for Hackintoshes it has to be setup using Master Boot Record like Windows. If you did all of your work using Disk Utility (without the right options), then the disk is probably set up as GUID which is for real Macs.

 

Two ways to attack this:

 

1) Format the entire drive as FAT32 using some Windows utility. This should set it up as MBR. Then during the OSX install, use Disk Utility to choose the (one and only) partition (not the hard drive) and format it as MacOS Extended Journaled.

 

2) Use Disk Utility with the correct options: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?s=&...st&p=175520

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I actually just started an XP installation, formatted the drive to FAT32, let the initial files copy so that it could proceed to setup and then made sure it could boot into setup. Once it reached there I cancelled it (Drive still formatted as FAT32) then ran the OSX installer again. Sorted :(

 

I'm following Ned Productions guide for 10.4.6 and the last bit I'm stuck on is - how the hell do I install a driver? I have a touchpad and want to use the scrolling function and also sort out the fan problem. If I extract the kext files (are these the OSX driver files btw?) to the desktop will someone tell me what I need to do from there?

 

Cheers again - I know it seems very noobish asking all these questions - but i'm so used to WinNT now!

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