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Hi all!

Please help me make the Mac OS to work consistently on my machine

I installed Mac OS on AMD machine, but after reboot the system not booting correctly.

My system configuration:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE (unlocked 4 core and a stable working, installation as successful with two cores and four)

RAM: 2х2Gb DDR3 GSkill

Moterboard: Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3 v3 (AMD 870 Chipset + SB850, audio Realtek ALC889, and Realtek RTL8169/8110 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter)

Video: Gigabyte Radeon HD 5770 1Gb GDDR5 (GV-R577UD-1GD)

 

On Youtube I saw two people have successfully installed Mac OS Snow Leopard on a system with this processor, as I. But they had a different motherboard. In another ASUS, while the second was the motherboard MSI. So I decided to also try their luck

 

I installed Mac OS on the following scheme:

1. in the BIOS I enabled AHCI mode for SATA

2. Loaded from disk Nawcom ModCD (with on the Internet I learned that this CD is best to install Mac OS on AMD)

3. Replaced Nawcom ModCD on Mac OS Snow Leopard Retail 10.6.3, and started the installation with the following parameters: rd (0,0) / Extra / modbin_kernel busratio = 18 arch = i386-v (By the way is the only way I managed to fully install Mac OS on your system. Before I tried to set different hacking DVD-collection)

4. After installation, I launched legacy_kernel-10.7.0, then MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.7, then [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]-3.10.1

 

But after installing [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] and restart the system is not loaded. I think the reason that I choose the wrong option (checkbox) when installing [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]. Because once I zahruzyvsya after installation [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], and even worked the Internet and video, but sound did not work. I tried to install the kext for audio, but after restart the system will not startup even with flag-f-x. Once I repeatedly installed new Mac OS, but always after installation [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] system is not loaded. Log loading stopped at still waiting for root device. :(

 

Please help me!!! :cry: I do not know what to do, but those videos from Youtube I do not give sleep. :cry:

Tell me please how to install [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] for my system (which options to choose).

Or say that there are still options for installation Mac OS on my PC. You are my last hope ....

 

P.S. Sorry for my English, i am writing you from Ukraine

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Hey there, I'm from your PM, remember? :-)

 

 

I will post a guide for you asap, I think tomorrow. So, stay tuned!

I saw that you had 1 post / topic, so I thought I'll use that so everybody else with the same mobo knows what to do if they don't know already ;-)

 

Kind Regards from Holland,

 

Wcool

 

P.S. for everybody else, I've got an Ati HD4850 + GA-870A-USB3 (almost) fully functional including USB3 SuperSpeed ports. If you need any help, post or PM me!

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Here is part A of your guide including update to 10.6.7, it worked on my GA-870A-USB3 this way, but I created a DSDT now, but this guide is for ppl without DSDT ;-)

Hope this helps.

 

I’m sorry if any English is not spelled correctly.

 

 

Prerequisites:

 

- Basic or moderate PC / MAC knowledge is recommended!

- A MAC OS X Snow Retail DVD (GM is also OK).

- A Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3 or similar board.

- [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] 3.10.1, you can get it at tonymacx86.com

- Nawcom’s ModCD 0.3.1, download it from nawcom’s blog.

- Nawcom’s Legacy Kernel for Snow 10.6.7 and 10.6.8 (So, 2 files!).

- Combo Update 10.6.7 and 10.6.8 from Apple Support Site. (2 files approx. 2GB).

- A blank HD or HD is formatted as a GPT disk

(it didn’t work with MBR in my case, but of course, feel free to try).

- Lots of patience!! :)

 

 

Setting your BIOS:

 

1. Turn on your PC and press DEL to get in the BIOS.

2. Load the CMOS defaults and then change the defaults to the values below:

- Advanced BIOS Features à EFI CD/DVD Boot Option [EFI]

- Integrated Peripherals --> OnChip SATA Type [AHCI]

- Integrated Peripherals --> OnChip SATA Port4/5 Type [As SATA Type]

- Power Management Setup --> ACPI Suspend Type [S1(POS)]

- Power Management Setup --> USB Wake Up from S3 [Disabled]

- Power Management Setup --> HPET support [Enabled]

- Power Management Setup --> ErP Support [Enabled]

 

I recommend you to save these settings, just in case your CMOS will be cleared on reboot. To do this, go in your BIOS and press F11 and give the settings a nice name :)

 

 

Installing MAC OS X Snow Leopard:

 

1. Press F12 at the boot screen and select your DVD drive from the list. Boot with

Nawcom’s ModCD!

 

2. When loaded you’ll see your drives, swap the BootCD with your Retail or GM disc and when the light stopped blinking on your DVD drive press F5.

 

3. Select your DVD drive if it isn’t selected and simply press ENTER. If you have an unsupported graphics card you may need to type –x first before you hit ENTER. If this doesn’t work try: -arch=i386 –busratio=<your busratio here>.

 

4. Congrats! You’ll see the home screen of the setup of your Retail DVD!

 

5. I assume you have a blank HD, if not, create a partition using the builtin MAC Disk Utility. There are plenty guides for that, so I’m not going to cover that process. Do make sure that the partition hasn’t had a fast-format!! I did a fast-format for a reïnstall once and my MAC wouldn't boot (I think it still used some earlier kexts, because voodooHDA was showing up but wasn't installed).

 

6. If you reach the screen where you can choose the drive to install SL (Snow Leopard) to, click the button at the bottom-left corner of the screen, called Customize.

 

7. De-select all printer drivers and only select your language (to speed up install).

 

8. Unfold the CUSTOM OPTIONS dropdown list and select the following:

- Legacy Kernel.

- ElliotForceLegacyRTC.

- SleepEnabler.

- DO NOT SELECT ANY AUDIO OR DISK OPTIONS! These caused my install to fail!

 

9. The best part, hit the Install button and your MAC will be installed, YAY!! :D

 

After installation reboot and boot with your BootCD, don’t do any other things!

 

 

Installing Combo Update 10.6.7 and running [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url]:

 

1. At the BootCD screen navigate to the HD or partition where you’ve installed MAC and press ENTER, you may need to press a key again continue booting.

1.1 If you cannot boot, try it with –x or –v or arch=i386.

 

2. If you’ve booted in your MAC, CONGRATULATIONS! :)

 

3. Open the combo update 10.6.7 you’ve downloaded earlier, but do not install yet, only start the install package (install screen).

 

4. Open [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url], but do not install yet. If you’ve opened [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url], go ahead and install the combo update 10.6.7. Do not reboot after installation!!!

 

5. If the combo update went fine, go ahead and run [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url]. The options

below are for NON-DSDT USERS ONLY!!!

Select the following in [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url]:

- System Utilities.

- Drivers & Bootloaders --> Miscellaneous (all checked, except the IOUSBFamily Rollback!).

- Drivers & Bootloaders --> Audio --> Universal --> VoodooHDA 0.2.7.2 (VoodooHDA has better sound, more crystality).

- Drivers & Bootloaders --> Network --> Lnx2Mac's RealtekRTL81xx Ethernet

- Bootloaders --> Chimera v1.7.0 r1394.

- Customization --> Boot Options --> 64-bit Apple Boot Screen.

- Customization --> Boot Options --> Generate CPU States.

- Customization --> System Definitions --> Mac Pro --> MacPro 3,1 (most used and most similarities between quad-core systems).

- Customization --> Themes --> tonymacx86 Remixed.

- OSx86 Software (all checked).

 

6. Hit the continue button in [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url] and then the Install button.

 

7. When [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url] is finished, install the Legacy Kernel 10.6.7 (all options checked).

Reboot and boot from your HD where you’ve installed MAC, if everything is OK you should be able to boot from your HD and you should get in your installed MAC. To check your MAC version, goto the apple logo at the top-left corner and click on the About this Mac function! If everything went okay, you should see 10.6.7

 

The update to 10.6.8 part of this guide will be completed very shortly! Stay tuned! This 10.6.8 guide will also have videocards covered! (not all of course ;))

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Wcool, you can use MBR with the ModCD, as long as you use a DVD and not an external drive. The ModCD automatically patches the OSInstall.mpkg already, so you don't need a patched OSInstall.mpkg. This includes MBR installation. (bold is only for emphasis :)) Also, you do not need [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url]. The ModCD already installs Chameleon, unless, again, you are using an external drive and not a DVD (I don't understand why you don't select VoodooHDA in the ModCD installer??). Honestly, the ModCD is much more superior than [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url], so I would use [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url] as a last result.

 

Also, if you're interested in getting your Voodoo to work, let me know; I just got all my inputs/outputs working.

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Wcool, you can use MBR with the ModCD, as long as you use a DVD and not an external drive. The ModCD automatically patches the OSInstall.mpkg already, so you don't need a patched OSInstall.mpkg. This includes MBR installation. (bold is only for emphasis :)) Also, you do not need [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url]. The ModCD already installs Chameleon, unless, again, you are using an external drive and not a DVD (I don't understand why you don't select VoodooHDA in the ModCD installer??). Honestly, the ModCD is much more superior than [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url], so I would use [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url] as a last result.

 

Also, if you're interested in getting your Voodoo to work, let me know; I just got all my inputs/outputs working.

 

My mobo works with hdaEnabler, which has done the job fine for me, but voodooHDA had sometimes some popping, just sounds like the buffer can't fill fast enough :S

I just read today about patching voodooHDA for pin patching. Is this right? How does this work? Otherwise I'll open a new topic for this subject to stay on-topic ;)

I didn't know it installs Chameleon, thanks for the tip!! But isn't Chimera better? :S

 

P.S. This is the guide how it worked on my config, but there are also other methods, I know. I am just relatively new to hackintoshes, please understand :) No offence or anything, just saying I'm relatively new to this also ;). I thought that if you boot from HDD (without modCD) there is no bootloader? Is this right? Because my guide is aimed towards self-booting without any help of modcd's ;)

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One last note: the waiting for root device error means that your hard drive can't be found; you would either need a different kext for your chipset or try enabling AHCI (which I see you did do).

 

Yes, it is pin config patching. PM me or start a new topic and I'll help you out. :)

 

Chimera is just a different type of Chameleon. The reason why the ModCD's unique is because you do not have to reboot with the CD again (like what is needed for [url=&quot;http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/&quot;]#####[/url]).

 

P.S. I totally understand. ;) I merely wanted to clear some things up. No harm done, I hope. ;)

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One last note: the waiting for root device error means that your hard drive can't be found; you would either need a different kext for your chipset or try enabling AHCI (which I see you did do).

 

Yes, it is pin config patching. PM me or start a new topic and I'll help you out. :)

 

Chimera is just a different type of Chameleon.

 

P.S. I totally understand. ;) I merely wanted to clear some things up. No harm done, I hope. ;)

 

Nope, I'm always open to learn something new! :D

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