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Building an OSx86 - JaS 10.4.8 w 8.8.1 k SATA


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Need to work on the SATA issue after I ran xbench. It shows how slow my disk response to the benchmark. Again, digging up the forum and found some tutorial, guide or whatever it says on how to get it work.


I editet /System/Library/Extensions/AppleVIAATA.kext/contents/info.plist:


sudo nano /System/Library/Extensions/AppleVIAATA.kext/contents/info.plist


then search for:


<key>VIA SATA Controller</key>




<key>Hardware Name</key>

<string>8237 SATA</string>




<string>0x2363197B 0x31491106 0x00e310de 0x005410de 0x005510de</string>





<key>Serial ATA</key>




add the vendor and device id marked in red.

edit /System/Library/Extensions/AppleAHCIPort.kext/Contents/Info.plist:


sudo nano /System/Library/Extensions/AppleAHCIPort.kext/Contents/Info.plist


then search for














<key>Vendor Name</key>

<string>Generic AHCI</string>



change the vendor and device id to the value marked in red.

then do the usual things:


sudo rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions.kextcache

sudo rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions.mkext

chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions && chmod -R 0755 /System/Library/Extensions

diskutil repairpermissions /


credit to thedguy


and then, I shutdown the PC and hook the HDD into the purple SATA. Reassamble the USB enclosure and hook the optical drive into the IDE port.


and YESSS! It shows incredible changes using xbench! I pick up the phone and call some of my friends all over Jakarta city in Indonesia about my success "expensive" experiment though compare to buy a new real Mac box, this is only half of the price ??


Next awaiting task is to try the Adaptec SCSI on my PC. want to try if this can be done with the OSx86. See my screencaps on the next article.

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