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"OSx86DeFacto" USB Flash Drive

OSx86 Install DVD Booter

 

A concept & work in progress

Reason for release:

 

There are many posters in my nForce chipset + Intel CPU MOBO topics reporting difficulties in installing OSx86 (i.e. OS X Leopard on x86 system) onto a SATA HDD, most often when using a SATA DVDRW (although it must be said that some posters even have difficulties with SATA/PATA, PATA/PATA, PATA/SATA DVDRW/HDD combinations generating the now infamous "still waiting for boot device" boot screen error).... :dev:

 

For an example of the convoluted routes that have had to be used to get a working OS X installation, see here...... :rolleyes:

 

For this reason, I have decided to release now, what I still regard as a concept & as work in progress that I have developed into a working solution for myself and Yossarian22 to overcome the problem of OSx86Install DVDs that were OK (i.e. with no burn or patching errors) but which would not install OSx86......a USB Flash Drive OSx86 Install DVD Booter.......called "OSx86DeFacto"..... :graduated:

My Concept:

 

My idea was generated by my use of XPostFacto, which is software that enables the installation of OS X Tiger on unsupported G3 and G4 PowerMacs......namely, the concept of being able to start the boot process using a bootloader supported fully by the computer system/hardware and then pass the initiated boot process onto the OS to be installed, which would then take the boot process forward to completion..... :rolleyes:

 

So, based on (i) having a MOBO that supports BIOS booting from USB devices and (ii) knowing that many (BUT not all) USB flash drivers can be formatted as bootable drives, I thought about using a USB flash drive to initiate booting via the Darwin non-EFI bootloader and to then pass the boot process over to the OSx86 Install DVD in the SATA or PATA DVDRW in order to bypass the SATA/PATA, PATA/PATA, PATA/SATA DVDRW/HDD combination "booting from DVDRW/HDD boot device recognition" issues..... :rolleyes:

My Implementation:

 

I have been able to implement this concept ONLY by standing on the shoulders of OSx86 "giants" such as ToH, Kalyway, iATKOS, etc. and by using OSx86Tools by ~pcwiz, who likewise credits the various developers etc. who have brought OSx86 development to where it is now…… :rolleyes:

 

Thus, I claim absolutely no credit for the component parts of the working solution that I have compiled...... :rolleyes:

 

My Testing Results:

 

OSx86 install DVD================Booting passed to DVD===OS X Installer Launched

Kalyway Leopard 10.5.1------------------------Yes (rd=diskXs2)---------------Yes

iATKOS v1.0r2 Leopard 10.5.1-----------------Yes (rd=diskXs3)---------------Yes

iATKOS v1.0r3 Leopard 10.5.1-----------------Yes (rd=diskXs3)---------------Yes

Kalyway Leopard 10.5.2------------------------Yes (rd=diskXs2)---------------Yes

iATKOS v2.0i Leopard 10.5.2-------------------Yes (rd=diskXs3)---------------Yes

JaS Leopard 10.5.4 (unpatched)---------------Yes (rd=diskXs2)---------------Yes

JaS Leopard 10.5.4 (nForceATA patched)-----Yes (rd=diskXs2)---------------Yes

iDeneb v1.1 Leopard 10.5.4--------------------Yes (rd=diskXs3)---------------Yes

iPC OSx86 10.5.6 (unpatched with PPF1)----Yes (rd=diskXs2)---------------Yes

N.B. The value for X in rd=diskXs2 or rd=diskXs3 is dependent on the number of storage/media read/write devices connected to the MOBO…..X starts from 0 and Y starts from 1. For example, the first volume on the first internal HDD will have the Disk Indentifier of disk0s1, while the second volume will be disk0s2 and so on.

 

My Disclaimer:

 

(i) MYSELF AND MY ALPHA TESTER (YOSSARIAN22) HAVE nForce chipset + Intel CPU MOBOs, THUS NO TESTING HAS BEEN DONE ON NON-nForce chipset (e.g. Intel, VIA, ATI) and/or NON-Intel CPU (i.e. AMD) MOBOs.

 

(ii) THUS, NO WARRANTY IS IMPLIED OR GIVEN AS TO WHETHER OR NOT OSx86DeFacto WILL WORK FOR YOU AS IT DOES FOR US, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE AN AMD CPU MOBO, AND

 

(iii) REMEMBER NOT ALL USB FLASH DRIVES ARE BOOTABLE AND NOT ALL MOBO/BIOS COMBINATIONS PERMIT BIOS BOOTING FROM USB DEVICES....OSx86DeFacto REQUIRES A BOOTABLE USB FLASH DRIVE OF AT LEAST 256MB CAPACITY AND A MOBO/BIOS THAT WILL ENABLE BIOS BOOTING FROM OSx86DeFacto.

 

(iv) IT IS NEITHER GUARANTEED NOR CLAIMED NOR IMPLIED THAT OSx86DeFacto WILL ENABLE BOOTING OF EVERY OSx86 Install DVD DISTRIBUTION AND/OR OF A TESTED OSx86 Install DVD DISTRIBUTION ON EVERY PC SYSTEM.

My OSx86DeFacto Setup and Use Guide:

 

How to set up and use the OSx86DeFacto USB Flash Drive OSx86 Install DVD Booter:

 

Step 1. Obtain one or more 256MB USB Flash Drive (or higher capacity) to test for bootability, or only one if you know that it is bootable….

 

Step 2. Use the Partition function of Disk Utility in OS X on an Intel Mac to partition the USB Flash Drive as Master Boot Record (MBR) and format it as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as a single partition or on the first volume as OSx86DeFacto.

 

Step 3. Use OSx86Tools to install the Darwin non-EFI bootloader onto the USB stick by clicking on Install EFI/Run FDISK, choosing for Disk to Use:

 

"OSx86DeFacto"

 

and for EFI to Install:

 

"No EFI (Darwin Bootloader)"

 

and then clicking on Install EFI button......if successful it should say "Non-EFI Bootloader installed!".

Step 4. Owners of nForce chipset + Intel CPU MOBOs who post in my nForce chipset + Intel CPU MOBO topics, who I believe have exhausted all other options for solving their DVD and/or HDD OSx86 booting problems will be invited by myself to PM me to get the download link for OSx86DeFacto, which they must agree not to (i) post in the public domain, e.g. in this forum or in other fora and/or (ii) pass on to another person or persons without my agreement.

 

Step 5. Having downloaded the OSx86DeFacto.zip file, unzip it (using Unarchiver, BetterZip, Stuffit Expander, or whichever unzip software you use) to extract the OSx86DeFacto.dmg file.

 

Now you have two options for copying the OSx86DeFacto.dmg file onto the USB Flash Drive BUT REMEMBER WITH EITHER OPTION DO NOT SELECT THE OPTION TO ERASE THE TARGET VOLUME i.e. the USB Flash Drive!

 

Option A. Use Restore Function of OS X Disk Utility

 

Use "drag and drop" to place the OSx86DeFacto USB Flash Drive volume into the Destination: box, and click the Image button to navigate to the OSx86DeFacto.dmg file and select it as the Source, or use "drag and drop" to place the OSx86DeFacto.dmg file into the Source: box.

 

DO NOT CHECK (TICK) the Erase destination checkbox!!!!

 

Click on Restore button.

 

 

Option B. Use Carbon Copy Cloner

 

Use Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1.1 or 3.1.2,and click on "Select a source" and choose "Restore from disk image...." for the Source Disk and then click on "Select a target"and choose "USB_Boot_JaS_iATKOS.dmg" as the source, and for the Target, select your USB memory stick OS X volume "USB_JaS_iATKOS_Bootloader"..... Now choose for Cloning options: "Backup everything"

 

DO NOT SELECT "Erase the target volume" option or "Delete items that don't exist on the source"!!!!

 

Ignore the "The target volume will not be bootable because a required system file (bin) does not exist at the root of the source volume." warning message.

 

Step 6. Place the chosen OSx86 Install DVD in the SATA or PATA DVDRW of the PC onto which you want to install OSx86, then eject the USB Bootloader from your Intel Mac (or other OSx86PC) and plug it in your PC.

 

Step 7. Determine the value of X, in rd=diskXs2 or in rd=diskXs3 as appropriate for the chosen OSx86 Install DVD, based upon the number of the number of storage/media read/write devices connected to the MOBO (whether internal or external devices), noting that X starts from 0 and Y starts from 1.

 

For example, the first volume on the first internal HDD will have the Disk Indentifier of disk0s1, while the second volume will be disk0s2 and so on; a second internal two volume HDD would have disk1s1 and disk2s2.....

 

It is strongly recommended that, apart from the OSx86DeFacto USB Flash Drive, you have no external storage/media read/write devices connected to the MOBO......i.e no other external devices connected unless you are attempting to install OSx86 onto an external HDD (USB2.0, eSATA or Firewire (IEEE1394a or :rolleyes: and/or are using an external SATA or PATA DVDRW......it will simplify the matter of determining X for the SATA or PATA DVDRW..... :rolleyes:

 

PLEASE INITIALLY TRY OSx86DeFacto WITH THE rd=diskXsY OPTIONS GIVEN IN THE TABLE BELOW according to the chosen OSX86 Distribution DVD and the deduced X value for the PC system PC onto which you want to install OSx86:

 

OSx86 install DVD================Booting passed to DVD===OS X Installer Launched

Kalyway Leopard 10.5.1------------------------Yes (rd=diskXs2)---------------Yes

iATKOS v1.0r2 Leopard 10.5.1-----------------Yes (rd=diskXs3)---------------Yes

iATKOS v1.0r3 Leopard 10.5.1-----------------Yes (rd=diskXs3)---------------Yes

Kalyway Leopard 10.5.2------------------------Yes (rd=diskXs2)---------------Yes

iATKOS v2.0i Leopard 10.5.2-------------------Yes (rd=diskXs3)---------------Yes

JaS Leopard 10.5.4 (unpatched)---------------Yes (rd=diskXs2)---------------Yes

JaS Leopard 10.5.4 (nForceATA patched)-----Yes (rd=diskXs2)---------------Yes

iDeneb v1.1 Leopard 10.5.4--------------------Yes (rd=diskXs3)---------------Yes

 

I would suggest that for iATKOS v4i, iATKOS v4.1, iDeneb v1.3 10.5.5, you try rd=diskXs3.

 

For Leo4All v3 and other OSX86 Install DVDs, it will be a matter of initially trying rd=diskXs2 or rd=diskXs3…….there are so many now…….

 

Step 8. Reboot your PC and press the F8 key (or whichever key you need to) IMMEDIATELY after the message "Press DEL to enter SETUP, Press TAB to display BIOS POST message" or similar appears on-screen, in order to bring up the message "Loading Boot Menu......" and when the PC BIOS "Boot Menu" window appears on-screen, select your USB flash memory drive from the list of bootable drives presented in the "Boot Menu", and press Enter......

 

When the Darwin Bootloader appears, press any key quickly and at the "boot:" prompt, type

 

-v  rd=diskXsY

 

where X is your deduced value and Y is either 2 or 3 (very unlikely to be an integer higher than 3)

 

and press Enter.

 

If the bootloader starts loading kexts e.g. AppleNForceATA.....and freezes with "Still waiting for root device error", then the appropriate value for X in rd=diskXs2 or rd=diskXs3 has not been chosen (assuming of course that the DVD is not corrupted or damaged in any way)........so repeat Step 8 using "rd=disk3s2 -v"......etc. until booting from the OSx86 Install DVD occurs…….

 

If booting from OSx86DeFacto fails with boot screen error messages and/or a kernel panic, and/or the booting process cannot be passed on to the OSx86 Install DVD no matter what X and Y values are tried, then I am very sorry BUT please read the DISCLAIMER above.

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Can I plz have the file I have tried everything to get past STILL WATING FOR ROOT DEVICEmy email: Sonic2756@gmail.com

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I get it to finally load past the "looking for root device" by using "rd=disk1s1" but then it states that it is "unable to mount /dev/disk1s1" and goes to the blue screen (right before loading the osx install menus) and freezes there... any reason why?

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OSx86DeFacto is for nForce chipset + Intel CPU MOBOs ONLY......If you have a Pre-Series 7 nForce chipset MOBO + Intel CPU e.g. 650i, 680i post hereyour full system details and the nature of the problems you are having i.e. how and when you get "still waiting for root device error"......BUT if you have a Series 7 nForce chipset MOBO + Intel CPU e.g. 750i, 780i post here your full system details and the nature of the problems you are having i.e. how and when you get "still waiting for root device error"......

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I have big problems with the installation iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6. I want to try as you wrote. Send me please USB Flash Drive OSx86 Install DVD Booter. Thanksmoto_q82@yahoo.de

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I have big problems with the installation iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6. I want to try as you wrote. Send me please USB Flash Drive OSx86 Install DVD Booter. Thanksmoto_q82@yahoo.de
If you have a Pre-Series 7 nForce chipset MOBO + Intel CPU e.g. 650i, 680i post hereyour full system details and the nature of the problems you are having i.e. how and when you get "still waiting for root device error"......BUT if you have a Series 7 nForce chipset MOBO + Intel CPU e.g. 750i, 780i post here your full system details and the nature of the problems you are having i.e. how and when you get "still waiting for root device error"......

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I have big problems with the installation iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6. I want to try as you wrote. Send me please USB Flash Drive OSx86 Install DVD Booter. Thanksmoto_q82@yahoo.de
If you have a Pre-Series 7 nForce chipset MOBO + Intel CPU e.g. 650i, 680i post here in my new thread (old topic in post above is closed......), your full system details and the nature of the problems you are having i.e. how and when you get "still waiting for root device error"......BUT if you have a Series 7 nForce chipset MOBO + Intel CPU e.g. 750i, 780i post here your full system details and the nature of the problems you are having i.e. how and when you get "still waiting for root device error"......

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Hi, I just installed iPC OSx86 on my PC, and everything during the installation went fine. I restarted my system, flagged boot with -f option, but the system won’t boot. I tried the verbose mode and it says something about AppleACPI… and then it freezes… Can somebody help me? I’m using a Pentium 4 with HT tecnology, Intel d915gux mobo (a little bit old…) with integrated Intel GMA 915 graphics…Portable Hard Drives | Desktop Hard Drives | Network Storage solutions

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Hi, I just installed iPC OSx86 on my PC, and everything during the installation went fine. I restarted my system, flagged boot with -f option, but the system won’t boot. I tried the verbose mode and it says something about AppleACPI… and then it freezes… Can somebody help me? I’m using a Pentium 4 with HT tecnology, Intel d915gux mobo (a little bit old…) with integrated Intel GMA 915 graphics…
Post your query in the IM New Users Lounge forum..........this way you have more chance of getting the correct help........

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Please can I have the file???
What are your system details and problems........?

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Hello,I've tried all this step below, to install IPC osx86 but still end up "waiting for root device" -Ran darwin with -v -f -x rd=disk0 busratio=20-ran with [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], remove and load IPC osx86 dvd got kernel panic-Harddrive is sata with ACHI mode-Also tried to install iATKOS, but still end up "waiting for root device"So please I needed the file, as is the last step to bypass this "waiting for root device"johnt905@hotmail.comHere is my spec Intel core i3 M370 @ 2.4GHz, 4gram, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 1GB, Realtek sound.

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Hello,I've tried all this step below, to install IPC osx86 but still end up "waiting for root device" -Ran darwin with -v -f -x rd=disk0 busratio=20-ran with [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], remove and load IPC osx86 dvd got kernel panic-Harddrive is sata with ACHI mode-Also tried to install iATKOS, but still end up "waiting for root device"So please I needed the file, as is the last step to bypass this "waiting for root device"johnt905@hotmail.comHere is my spec Intel core i3 M370 @ 2.4GHz, 4gram, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 1GB, Realtek sound.
What is your MOMO brand/model?

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SpecGateway NV5942uIntel i3 370M (Intel 5 series/3400 chipset)ATI Mobility radeon HD 5650Sata AHCI HD
OSx86DeFacto is a USB Flash Drive OSx86 Install DVD Booter optimised for nVidia nForce chipset MOBOs........you should try using [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] + [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url], which are designed for installing Mac OS X on any Intel-based PC...... :angel:

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Can i get the OSx86DeFacto thing. It ll always remain confidential.I have been trying a lot. I tried everything arch=i386 -v -x -F -f -s not working for me.cpus=1 I tried the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] method no success.I get the kernel panic unable to find driver for this platform ACPI then .cpp 1387 thing.Just before that its says Cant find driver for EV0reboot. Stuck here since months no idea what so ever.My signature has all my hardware.

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Can i get the OSx86DeFacto thing. It ll always remain confidential.I have been trying a lot. I tried everything arch=i386 -v -x -F -f -s not working for me.cpus=1 I tried the [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url] method no success.I get the kernel panic unable to find driver for this platform ACPI then .cpp 1387 thing.Just before that its says Cant find driver for EV0reboot. Stuck here since months no idea what so ever.My signature has all my hardware.
Please re-post in either my Snow Leopard Retail Install nForce or Series 7 nForce Leopard topic depend on which version of OS X (Leopard or Snow Leopard) you wnat to install......I can try to help you there......

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Thanks verdant for the reply. Sorry for the late reply. I messed up with my HDD formating a too many timesand had to buy a new one. In between i could not be online.Back to topic, I have been reading a lot and confused with the too many methods available.I am trying to install 10.6 Snow leopard.

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      Despite a successful installation and updating to OS X 10.6.3, MY RECOMMENDATION is to do a full vanilla Snow Leopard Retail OS X Install DVD installation, with the necessary non-vanilla kexts placed, if at all possible, only in /Extra/Extensions/, using my nForce GUIDE to INSTALL Snow Leopard (10.6) on a Series 6 or 7 nForce chipset / Intel Core2 Duo or Quad or newer CPU MOBO, which explains how to do a successful installation of Snow Leopard 10.6 using either a USB flash drive installer method, or my nForceSLBoot132DVD method........

       
       
       
       
       
       
       

    • By verdant
      Thanks for the info, I tried the "easy" solution, get past the "still waiting for root device", but not the error is "unknown SIGSEGV code 0". I am not selecting a specific kernel, booting -v. Any ideas?Thanks
    • By verdant
      I have easily been able to make my x86 "About This Mac" window both accurate in real-time i.e. when I change overclock, speeds the CPU speed in the window changes automatically, and also ONLY IN LEOPARD 'cool looking' as a black 'transparent' window.
       
      NO WARRANTY IS IMPLIED OR GIVEN AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THESE STEPS WILL WORK FOR YOU AS THEY HAVE FOR ME.
       
      This is how:
       
      Step 1. To make the "About This Mac" window black but 'transparent', firstly download the files from
       
      http://aquamac.proboards106.com/index.cgi?...&thread=489
       
      At
       
      http://homepage.mac.com/steve.smedley/.Pub...0This%20Mac.zip
       
      Unzip the downloaded file.
       
      Follow instructions (my additional instructions are in italics) included in the downloaded ZIP file to achieve the black 'transparent' window effect:
       
      Instructions for setting "About This Mac" backgrounds.
       
      1. Navigate to System/LibraryCoreServices/Loginwindow.
       
      2. Right click Loginwindow and click Show package contents.
       
      3. Click Contents/Resorces, then drag "MacOSX.tiff" (Grey/Black Apple MacOSX.tif) onto the desktop to keep as a backup copy, and then right click on the original file within the Resources folder and send to trash. You will have to enter your password to do this.
       
      4. Drag the replacement "MacOSX.tiff" image (from Std MacOS X tiff white Writing) back into the folder you deleted the original from. You will have to enter your password again. This will ensure that the 'Mac OS X' logo is in white rather than black and so visible in the transparent black "About This Mac" window.
       
      5. Also within Resources (within the English.lproj [or your language.lproj] folder within the Resources folder), you will see "About this Mac.nib". Back up your existing file by dragging it onto the desktop to keep as a backup copy and replace with the new one in this folder. This will give the "About this Mac" window the transparent look that matches "Quick Look" in Leopard. This will only work in Leopard.
       
      6. Repair Permissions with Disk Utility.
       
      7. You must logout & then Log Back in.
       
      8. Open "About This Mac" and view your new image.
       
      Notes:- A copy of the original items are included in the file if you want to go back to the original at any time.
       
      Design by aquamac.
       
      aquamac 2008.
       
       
      Many thanks to aquamac for Step 1!
       
       
      Step 2. Changing "About This Mac" Processor from 2.40 (or whatever your CPU speed is) GHz Unknown to 2.40 (or whatever your CPU speed is) GHz Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q6600 download the file from
       
      http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...c=98775&hl=
       
      and
       
      http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?act...st&id=25451
       
      and simply run the AboutThisMac installer package. Then click on the Apple and highlight "About This Mac" etc. as usual and you should see in white writing on the 'transparent' black background.....
       
      Processor 3.3 GHz Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q6600
       
      BUT with your own specific Q6600 CPU clock speed.....
       
      If you have any problems with the CPU clock speed being reported incorrectly, enter the Terminal and run the command
       
      sysctl -n machdep.cpu.brand_string
       
      Then contact eddie11c via his entries this forum thread
       
      http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?sho...ic=98775&hl
       
      and report what this command throws up in Terminal...
       
      Many thanks to eddie11c for Step 2!
    • By verdant
      All done on an eSATA Hard Drive connected via eSATA ......using a USB keyboard and mouse (NOT PS/2), Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard, Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 G0 CPU running at 3.0GHz, PATA DVDRW, Gigabyte nVidia GeForce 8600GT 256MB graphics card, Netgear GA311 Gigabit LAN PCI card (RealTek 8169S chipset) and Asus SupremeFX audio card (AD1988b audio codec).
       
      NO WARRANTY IS IMPLIED OR GIVEN AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THESE STEPS WILL WORK FOR YOU AS THEY HAVE FOR ME.
       
      THIS GUIDE IS ONLY for INTEL CPUs NOT AMD CPU SYSTEMS AND THE KERNEL AND THE SYSTEM INSTALL SELECTIONS USED IN THE GUIDE ARE FOR AN nFORCE CHIPSET MOBO. CERTAIN SELECTIONS WILL NEED TO BE DIFFERENT FOR AN AMD CPU AND/OR INTEL CHIPSET MOBO.

      For further information on installing OS X on nForce chipset + Intel CPU MOBOs, check out my InsanelyMac Topic threads on Series 7 nForce chipsets and/or Pre-Series7 nForce chipsets, originally here and now here, depending on your nForce chipset.......
       
      Part I - Clean install of iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6 Intel AMD SSE2 SSE3

      Personally I have used both the unpatched iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6 Intel AMD SSE2 SSE3, Public Beta Release.iso file (burned to DVD), and the PPF5 patched iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6 Intel AMD SSE2 SSE3, Public Beta Release.iso file (burned to DVD).
      1. I booted from my USB Flash Drive OSx86 Install DVD Booter.......called "OSx86DeFacto" by pressing F8 at boot-up to bring up the PC BIOS "Boot Menu", then selecting the OSx86DeFacto USB Flash Drive and pressing Enter.
       
      Otherwise, use a PPF1 patched iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6 Intel AMD SSE2 SSE3, Public Beta Release.iso file (burned to DVD) with MD5 checksum of 0c93dea47a999344a3b4303740f623f9 after patching.
       
      Or, a PPF1 patched .iso file patched again with PPF2........MD5 checksum of patched ISO after PPF2 patching: 0fbdc0ed0bed502e026cca9cf42efa2c.
       
      Or, a PPF2 patched .iso file patched again with PPF3........MD5 checksum of patched ISO after PPF3 patching: fb4742db14dcba1892ead2f61b080e4e.
       
      Or, a PPF3 patched .iso file patched again with PPF4........MD5 checksum of patched ISO after PPF4 patching: a702367d23d9b3374df19ace88a9fb08.
       
      Or, a PPF4 patched .iso file patched again with PPF5........MD5 checksum of patched ISO after PPF5 patching: 9ceb2e8daaa182a1071a337ad9b81e3f.
      Or, the iPC OSx86 Universal 10.5.6 Final ISO (aka iPC Beta with PPF5) with MD5 checksum 9ceb2e8daaa182a1071a337ad9b81e3f
      Or, the V1.1 PPF patched iPC OSx86 Universal 10.5.6 Final ISO (aka iPC Beta with PPF5) from ~pcwiz [Developer of iPC OSx86] .......MD5 checksum of patched ISO after V1.1 PPF patching: 723fbe0f7f619e30e4c92c1865450a18.......that adds MeDevil's AppleNForceATATest package for people who are having issues with the default AppleNForceATA package (slashack 64bit modded MeDevil kext)........you really only need to apply it if the default AppleNForceATA does not work for you (Still waiting for root device, found 0 units, etc.)......to the Final Release .iso file.
       
      2. On the OSx86DeFacto Darwin boot loader appearance, press F8 quickly and at the "boot:" prompt, type "-v rd=diskXs2" (without quotes) and with X=5 in my case).
      3. Once the iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6 OS X Installer has loaded, choose the main language and then use Disk Utility to partition the HDD as Master Boot Record (MBR) into the number and size of volumes required, and format the intended OS X install volume as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) giving it a unique name without spaces.
       
      4. If the HDD has been partitioned into more than one volume, select the volume to install to.
       
      My external 750GB HDD is partitioned as MBR into 6 OS X volumes formatted as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled); the first volume has the Darwin PC_EFI v8 bootloader installed using OSx86Tools and is a 10GB OS X Boot volume with Kalyway 10.5.2 installed and "-v cpus=1 maxmem=2048" set in com.apple.Boot.plist.
       
      5. Press Continue and then Customize. Once in the "Customize" menu, select as follows:
       
      iPC OSx86 10.5.6 Base System (installed by default with AppleDecrypt.kext and Disabler.kext)
       
      Language Translations - Optional but not selected by myself
       
      iPC OSx86 10.5.6 Intel AMD SSE2 SSE3

      Kernels - 9.5.0 Voodoo Kernel
       
      Drivers - Video Drivers - NVIDIA - NVdarwin 256MB
      Drivers - Chipset Drivers - AppleNForceATATest nForce Drivers
      Drivers - Audio Drivers - AD1988B
      Drivers - Ethernet Drivers - Realtek R1000
      Drivers - USB Drivers - Patched USB Drivers
       
      Fixes and Patches - Seatbelt.kext 10.5.5 ( must be installed if Voodoo 9.5.0 kernel is installed )
       
      Fixes and Patches - AppleSMBIOS Patch - AppleSMBIOS-27 Rev3 Mac Pro
       
      Applications - Optional but all selected except Marvin's AMD Utility 6. Double check "Customize" choices, click Done, then in Install Summary window, click "Install". When install begins, choose to (or not) skip the DVD verify process.
       
      7. When all processes are killed and DVD drive activity stops and the re-boot "beep" sounds, remove the DVD and boot from the HDD by pressing F8 at boot-up to bring up the PC BIOS "Boot Menu", then selecting the HDD and pressing Enter.
       
      8. On the HDD Darwin boot loader appearance, press F8 quickly and at the "boot:" prompt, type "cpus=1 maxmem=2048 -v -f" if you want to use "Do You Already Own a Mac" window to transfer your information across via options listed, or if not, simply type "-v -f" (without quotes) and wait as verbose booting takes place successfully into the Welcome screen video sequence......
       
      9. At this point iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6 OS X ran fine for me, with "cpus=1 maxmem=2048" since information transferred from another external or internal HDD OS X system, giving full CI & QE 1280 x 1024 @ 60Hz video, Internet access, network file sharing, simple audio playback on iTunes Radio, USB 2.0 device mounting/un-mounting/data transfer, Firewire mounting/un-mounting/data transfer, functioning Sleep mode, shutdown/restart, Darwine,......
       
      NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT:
       
      Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
      Type: Display
      Bus: PCIe
      PCIe Lane Width: x16
      VRAM (Total): 256 MB
      Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
      Device ID: 0x0402
      Revision ID: 0x00a1
      ROM Revision: NVdarwin 1.2.5
      Displays:
      SyncMaster:
      Resolution: 1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz
      Depth: 32-bit Color
      Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
      Main Display: Yes
      Mirror: Off
      Online: Yes
      Quartz Extreme: Supported
      Rotation: Supported
      QuartzGL: Supported
      Display Connector:
      Status: No display connected
      Intel High Definition Audio:
       
      Device ID: 0x104381F2
      Audio ID: 12
      Available Devices:
      Headphone:
      Connection: 1/8 inch Jack
      Line Out:
      Connection: 1/8 inch Jack
      S/P-DIF Out:
      Connection: Optical
      Microphone:
      Connection: 1/8 inch Jack
       
      USB High-Speed Bus:
       
      Host Controller Location: Expansion Slot
      Host Controller Driver: AppleUSBEHCI
      PCI Device ID: 0x036d
      PCI Revision ID: 0x00a2
      PCI Vendor ID: 0x10de
      Bus Number: 0x2b
       
      DataBar USB2.0:
       
      Capacity: 14.94 GB
      Removable Media: Yes
      Detachable Drive: Yes
      BSD Name: disk4
      Product ID: 0xfcf6
      Vendor ID: 0x07ab
      Version: 11.00
      Serial Number: 907708280064
      Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
      Manufacturer: Freecom
      Location ID: 0x2b800000
      Current Available (mA): 500
      Current Required (mA): Unknown (Device has not been configured)
      Mac OS 9 Drivers: No
      Partition Map Type: MBR (Master Boot Record)
      S.M.A.R.T. status: Not Supported
      Volumes:
      FREECOM16:
      Capacity: 14.94 GB
      Available: 8.04 GB
      Writable: Yes
      File System: MS-DOS FAT32
      BSD Name: disk4s1
      Mount Point: /Volumes/FREECOM16
      FireWire Bus:
       
      Maximum Speed: Up to 400 Mb/sec
       
      1394 storage:
       
      Manufacturer: COMBO
      Model: 0x8034
      GUID: 0x1A300000083A1
      Maximum Speed: Up to 400 Mb/sec
      Connection Speed: Up to 400 Mb/sec
      Sub-units:
      1394 storage Unit:
      Unit Software Version: 0x10483
      Unit Spec ID: 0x609E
      Firmware Revision: 0x0
      Product Revision Level: 0.01
      Sub-units:
      1394 storage SBP-LUN:
      Capacity: 37.26 GB
      Removable Media: Yes
      BSD Name: disk6
      Mac OS 9 Drivers: No
      Partition Map Type: MBR (Master Boot Record)
      S.M.A.R.T. status: Not Supported
      Volumes:
      ISO_TRANS:
      Capacity: 37.26 GB
      Writable: Yes
      File System: NTFS
      BSD Name: disk6s1
      Mount Point:
       
      Part II and Part III are only needed if using a PPF1 or PPF2 patched iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6 Intel AMD SSE2 SSE3, Public Beta Release.iso file
       
      Part III is only relevant if you want or need to install eno's latest nForceLAN.kext (0.62.12n), in place of version 0.62.8n installed by iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6 Intel AMD SSE2 SSE3 from PPF3 onwards......

      Part II - Installation of slashack's AppleNForceATA.kext to give 6GB RAM operation with iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6 Intel AMD SSE2 SSE3, Public Beta Release OS X Installation
      1. Download slashack's AppleNForceATA.kext Driver......unzip file......
       
      2. Install AppleNForce.kext v0.1 using Kext Helper b7.......
       
      3. Reboot with -v -f......
       
      Success.......4 cores and 6GB RAM operational with full CI & QE 1280 x 1024 @ 60Hz video, Internet access, network file sharing, simple audio playback on iTunes Radio, USB 2.0 device mounting/un-mounting/data transfer, Firewire mounting/un-mounting/data transfer, functioning Sleep mode, shutdown/restart, Darwine,......
       
      Hardware Overview:
       
      Model Name: Mac Pro
      Model Identifier: MacPro3,1
      Processor Speed: 3 GHz
      Number Of Processors: 1
      Total Number Of Cores: 4
      L2 Cache: 8 MB
      Memory: 6 GB
      Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz

      Part III - Installation of eno's latest nForceLAN.kext (0.62.13n) to give onboard LAN operation with iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6 Intel AMD SSE2 SSE3, Public Beta Release OS X Installation
       
      1. Download eno's latest nForceLAN.kext onboard LAN driver (0.62.13n) for nForce MOBOs, ........unzip file......
       
      2. Install nForceLAN.kext using Kext Helper b7.......
       
      3. Reboot with -v -f......
       
      Part IV - Making the "About This Mac" Accurate in Real-Time for Your Q6600 CPU Clock Speed and Transparent Black with iPC OSx86 Leopard 10.5.6 Intel AMD SSE2 SSE3, Public Beta Release OS X Installation
      See my blog entry dated Friday 27th June 2008.......


    • By verdant
      Part I - Clean install of Leopard 10.5.2 via Kalyway 10.5.2 DVD
       
      Part II - Clean install of Leopard 10.5.2 via iATKOS v2.0i DVD
      Part III - Clone install of either a Kalyway or iATKOS v2.0i Leopard
      10.5.2 OS installed on an internal HDD
       
      All done on an Internal Hard Drive, or on an External USB 2.0 / eSATA Hard Drive connected via either USB 2.0 or eSATA......using a USB keyboard and mouse (NOT PS/2), Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard, Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 G0 CPU, PATA DVDRW, Gigabyte nVidia GeForce 8600GT 256MBgraphics card, Netgear GA311 Gigabit LAN PCI card (RealTek 8169S chipset) and Asus SupremeFX audio card.
       
      NO WARRANTY IS IMPLIED OR GIVEN AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THESE STEPS WILL WORK FOR YOU AS THEY HAVE FOR ME.
       
      THIS GUIDE IS ONLY for INTEL CPUs NOT AMD CPU SYSTEMS AND THE KERNEL AND THE SYSTEM INSTALL SELECTIONS USED IN THE GUIDE ARE FOR AN nFORCE CHIPSET MOBO. CERTAIN SELECTIONS WILL NEED TO BE DIFFERENT FOR AN INTEL CHIPSET MOBO.
      Part I - Clean install of Leopard 10.5.2 via Kalyway 10.5.2 DVD
      I used the Kalyway 10.5.2 DVD Intel_Amd.iso file (burned to DVD) with MD5 checksum:
       
      MD5 Kalyway 10.5.2 = E03AF401CC9E0BAAB1401199170DDF99
       
      1. Boot from the Kalyway 10.5.2 DVD Intel_Amd Install DVD by pressing F8 at boot-up to bring up the PC BIOS "Boot Menu", then selecting the DVDRW Drive and pressing Enter.
       
      2. On DVD Darwin boot loader appearance, press F8 quickly and at the "boot:" prompt, type "cpus=1 maxmem=2048 -v" (without quotes)
       
      3. Once the Kalyway OS X Installer has loaded, use Disk Utility to partition the HDD as Master Boot Record (MBR) into the number and size of volumes required, and format the intended OS X install volume as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) giving it a unique name without spaces.
       
      4. If you have partitioned your internal or external HDD into more than one volume, select the first volume to install to, otherwise just select the internal or external HDD volume.
       
      5. Press Continue and then Customize. Once in the "Customize" menu, select as follows:
       
      Additional Fonts Y (Choose to suit your requirements)
       
      (Chosen because I may need them in future)
       
      Language Translations N (Choose to suit your requirements)
       
      Kernels -

      kernel_9.2_sleep Y (Default choice)
      kernel_9.2_speedstep N
      kernel_922_kabyl N
      kernel_922_modin N
      kernel_92_nforce N
      kernel_vanilla_92 N Graphics _Drivers -

      Ati_Radeon N
      Nvidia_Geforce -

      NVinject-256 Y (all other NVinject choices N and NATIT_gfnvidia N )
      Intel_GMA N Choose ONE graphics driver to suit your requirements but if you have any video display/graphics driver problems when running the OS X installer and on booting etc., then run the OS X Install DVD again with NO graphics driver chosen initially. See Part II in this blog entry for the steps to take, such as deleting the current nVidia graphics driver and post-installing an nVidia graphics driver using Mysticus C*'s 10.5.2 Graphics Update Installer if you experience problems�.(it should be similar if you use an ATI graphics card but I guess you would be looking for AT*, ATI and Radeon [or related similar name kexts] rather than NV* kexts etc.
       
      BUT do your own search via Google in InsanelyMac fora and elsewhere to confirm what is required in terms of deleting current ATI graphics driver kexts and post-installing ATI graphics driver kexts if you are running with an ATI graphics card)....
       
      Audio_Drivers N
       
      Choose ONE audio driver to suit your requirements but if you have any audio driver problems when running the OS X installer and on booting etc., then run the OS X Install DVD again with NO audio driver chosen initially.....See Part II in this blog entry for the steps to take, such as post-installing the required audio driver kext using, for example, Kext Helper b7......or OSx86Tools......
       
      Networks_ Drivers - Default choices
       
      (But my onboard LAN does not work with OS X x86; I have a Netgear GA311 PCI card [RealTek 8169S chipset] fitted for Gigabit LAN)
       
      If you have network problems, it could be that your on-board LAN will not work properly under OS X.....the onboard LAN on a MOBO may or may not work - it all depends on the MOBO specs.
       
      See http://sourceforge.net/projects/realtekr1000/ for the R1000, which is an opensource driver for network controllers RTL8168, RTL8111, RTL8169, RTL8101 and some others modification for Mac OSX. It is based on Realtek's driver for Linux but is not supported by Realtek.
       
      Also see http://www.psystar.com/realtek_r1000_driver.html
       
      Psystar have released a modded driver based on R1000 claimed by them to enhance
      the interrupt handling and link detection for these NICS: RTL8168, RTL8111, RTL8169, RTL8101.
       
      If this is the case, get hold of a Realtek chipset based PCI Netwok Card i.e. RTL8168, RTL8111, RTL8169, RTL8101 chipset card....check card specs before buying....depending on the card used it may just work out of the box with the already installed drivers in OS X...
       
      As regards installing a network driver kext (if required post-OS X install), you can use, for example, Kext Helper b7......or OSx86Tools......
       
      Mobo_Chipsets - Default choices
       
      Thirds_Applications � Choose to suit your requirements
      (I chose archives, candybar, changeFinder, colloquy, Growl, kextHelperB7, onyx, pacifist, perian, ppfomatic, stuffitExpander, textmate, vlc, xbench)
       
      SSE2_Jas1048_ACPI_APIC N (Default choice)
       
      Patches -

      Hardcoded_SMBIOS Default choice i.e. Lastnetkassmbios
      boot_with-cpus=1_flag N
      PCGenUSB_Fix N
      Francais_pc_keyboard_layout N
      TimeMachineFix Y
      PowerManagement_bundle N
      Intel Memory Controller N
      AMD_1052_Patches Default N (Default choice) 6. Double check your "Customize" choices, then click "Install". When install begins you may choose to (or not) skip the DVD verify process.
       
      7. When all processes are killed and DVD drive activity stops and the re-boot "beep" sounds, remove the DVD and boot from the Internal HDD or from the External USB 2.0 / eSATA HDD by pressing F8 at boot-up to bring up the PC BIOS "Boot Menu", then selecting the Internal HDD or External HDD (which will be shown as either a SATA drive or USB drive depending on how it has been connected to the PC) and pressing Enter.
       
      8. On the External USB 2.0 / eSATA HDD Darwin boot loader appearance, press F8 quickly and at the "boot:" prompt, type "-v -f" (without quotes) and wait as verbose booting takes place successfully...... but obviously the waiting time is much longer when the External HDD is connected via USB 2.0 than it is when connected via eSATA...... so I choose eSATA for myself....
       
      Having rebooted with -v -f successfully�. In the System Profiler I had
      Chipset Model: Graphics by NVIDIA,
      VRAM (Total): 256 MB
      ROM Revision: NVinject 0.2.1
      plus 1152x870@75Hz resolution 32-bit Color depth with Hardware Accelerated CI and QE Supported�..
       
      9. I then chose 1280x1024@75Hz resolution in Display Preferences and got as usual a blank blue screen ("on-the-fly" resolution switching may not be feasible on LCD or CRT monitors with open source graphics drivers, such as NVinject, NVkush, NATIT and so on?....I have yet to try with a CRT monitor.....if it is, I am not yet aware of how to set it up. See UPDATE below:), so I rebooted with -v -f successfully without any hang-ups�.. In the System Profiler I now had 1280x1024@75Hz resolution 32-bit Color depth and 256MB VRAM with Hardware Accelerated CI and QE Supported�..
       
      UPDATE: To get switchable resolutions on-the-fly, try swapping the monitor DVI or VGA (via VGA-to-DVI adapter) connector to the other DVI port on the GFX card.....this tip, from cyclonefr, has worked for me.
      10. At this point Kalyway (10.5.2) was running fine with Internet access, simple audio playback on iTunes Radio, USB device mounting/un-mounting, network file sharing�..In order to get full audio functions, I ran the Taruga_AD1988b_rev3_Installer package downloaded from http://wiki.taruga.net/tiki-index.php..... or from
      http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?act...st&id=30545
      11. Finally, to avoid any problems with the well known >3 GB RAM problem... ; see this thread by mtotho.....on many motherboards, if you install 4GB or more of RAM in Dual Channel mode, then you may get a kernel panic when the RAM usage exceeds 3GB (I have experienced this issue with 4, 5 and 6GB RAM installed, although in some fora it is suggested that with 6GB or 8GB RAM the issue may disappear.... )
       
      For further information on whether or not this RAM limitation issue may apply to your system, see the TROUBLESHOOTING SECTION at the end of the guide....
      So, I modified the com.apple.Boot.plist file as follows:

      1. Go to the Terminal, and at the $ prompt, type in
      sudo nano /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist

      2. Enter your password when requested. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move the cursor within the Terminal window.
       
      3. Type in (without any spaces anywhere)
      maxmem=3072

      between <string> and </string> under <key>Kernel Flags</key>.
       
      4. Move the cursor the Terminal window down until it no longer moves, then press ^O and then Enter, to save the modified com.apple.Boot.plist file.
       
      5. Press ^X to Exit and type "exit" at the $ prompt to log out of the Terminal and then close and quit Terminal. 12. I rebooted with -v and Repaired Permissions, and enjoyed my success in achieving what I set out to do....
       
      IF NOT SEE TROUBLESHOOTING SECTION AT END OF GUIDE......
       
      Part II - Clean install of Leopard 10.5.2 via iATKOS v2.0i DVD
       
      I used the iATKOS v2.0i.iso file (burned to DVD) with MD5 checksum:
       
      MD5 iAtkos 2.0i = f1ad86417c16c1ea873abb8114989d3e
       
      Stage A. Installing 10.5.2 system
       
      1. Boot from the iATKOS v2.0i DVD by pressing F8 at boot-up to bring up the PC BIOS "Boot Menu", then selecting the DVDRW Drive and pressing Enter.
       
      2. When the Darwin Bootloader appears, press F8 quickly and at the "boot:" prompt, type (without quotes) "nforce_core -v", or one of the other possible options (i.e. "nforce -v" for nForce MOBOs with Intel SSE3 CPU; "toh -v" to boot with the ToH 9.2.0 kernel) depending on your motherboard and Intel CPU type, or simply "cpus=1 maxmem=2048 -v" if you are not sure....
       
      3. Partition HDD as MBR and format the intended OS X install volume as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) and give a unique name without spaces using Disk Utility within the iATKOS 2.01 DVD Installer.
       
      4. DVD Installer Selections:
       
      iATKOS v2.0i Main System Y
      Darwin Bootloader Y
      Stock Files N
      Additional Patches -

      Darwin x86 for MBR (Non-EFI) N
      Kernel 9.2.0 ToH N

      nForce kernels -

      Kernel 9.2.0 nForce Core EFI Y
       
      (Install also works with Kernel 9.2.0 ToH but not chosen because my CPU is Intel Core2 Q6600)
       
      Kernel 9.2.0 nForce Core Non-EFI N
      Kernel 9.2.0 nForce Core SSE3 Non-EFI N
      SMBIOS drivers -
      Apple SMBIOS netkas Y
      Apple SMBIOS-27 4rd release iMac N
      Apple SMBIOS-27 4rd release MacBook N
      Remove Thermal kexts Y
      Disk Image Mounter patch N Drivers -

      VGA - N

      System -

      Intel SATA N
      nForce SATA Y
      Intel Speedstep N
      ext2fs N
      NTFS-3G N
      Network N 5. On the required restart by the installer DVD, booting up with -v -f (generally recommended after installation) may fail with a kernel panic depending on your nVidia graphics card model; hence my initially installing without any graphics driver selected (see below) :
       
      Kernel loadable modules in backtrace (with dependencies):
      com.apple.GeForce(5.2.4)@0x7fab3000->0x7fb39fff
      dependency: com.apple.NVDAResman(5.2.4)@0x7f873000
      dependency: com.apple.iokit.IONDRVSupport(1.5)@0x7f865000
      dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOPCIFamily(2.4.1)@0x77a36000
      dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOGraphicsFamily(1.5.1)@0x7f849000
      com.apple.NVDAResman(5.2.4)@0x7f873000->0x7fab2fff
      dependency: com.apple.iokit.IONDRVSupport(1.5)@0x7f865000
      dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOPCIFamily(2.4.1)@0x77a36000
      dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOGraphicsFamily(1.5.1)@0x7f849000
       
      BSD process name corresponding to current thread: kernel_task
       
      Mac OS version:
      9C7010
       
      Kernel version:
      Darwin Kernel Version 9.2.0: Tue Feb 5 16:13:22 PST 2008; root:xnu-1228.3.13~1/RELEASE_I386
       
      This kernel panic points to a GeForce Driver(s) error.... at least for my GeForce 8600GT 256MB graphics card..... even though I had picked no nVidia drivers! Thus the base OS X system drivers could not drive my GeForce 8600GT....
       
      If you have a similar kernel panic do not expect to see the same hexadecimal numbers as in the example above.....
       
      For a solution, see for example : http://osx86.wikidot.com/known-issues#toc1
      QUOTE
       
      com.apple.GeForce; com.apple.NVDAResman Kernel Panic Issue
       
      Issue: System stops on Kernel Panic during boot.
      Solution:This is caused by the GeForce Kexts that are installed by default. The issue is resolved by removing the GeForce kexts at boot, and it can be done as follows:
       
      boot with -s
      mount -uw /
      rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/GeForce.kext
      rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/Ge*.kext
      rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/NV*.kext
      exit
       
      ENDQUOTE
       
      Stage B. Installing nVidia Graphics Driver and Sleep Function
       
      1. So, after rebooting by typing -s at the boot: prompt and waiting for the prompt
      :/ root# to appear (I had to boot -s twice and press Enter after the static cursor appeared to get the prompt; you may not need to), type each of the following lines, followed by Enter and then waiting for :/ root# to re-appear:
       
      mount -uw /
      rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/GeForce.kext
      rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/Ge*.kext
      rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/NV*.kext
       
      followed finally by exit.
       
      "logout" will then appear on screen followed by "Jettisoning kernel linker" and the rest of the verbose booting screen, resulting in successful booting into the OS X Welcome screen and music.....
       
      2. The System Profiler shows under Graphics/Displays, 1024x768 resolution 32-bit Color depth and 32MB VRAM with Software Driven CI and QE Not Supported, and against Kernel Extension Info: No kext loaded
       
      I used Mysticus C*'s 10.5.2 Graphics Update Installer and ran the "10.5.2 Full Gfx Update v1.1.mpkg" file with ONLY the following options selected:
       
      1.0Gfx Update + Latest Macbook (selected by default) Y
       
      Main Kernel & System Drivers � (First folder)
      Netkas - 9.2.0 sleep kernel Y
       
      Main Kernel & System Drivers � (Second folder)
      VGA �
      Nvidia �
      NVinject256MB Y (All other RAM options N)
      And rebooted with -v -f successfully�. In the System Profiler I had
      Chipset Model: Graphics by NVIDIA,
      VRAM (Total): 256 MB
      ROM Revision: NVinject 0.2.1
      plus 1152x870@75Hz resolution 32-bit Color depth with Hardware Accelerated CI and QE Supported�..
       
      I then chose 1280x1024@75Hz resolution in Display Preferences and got as usual a blank blue screen, so I rebooted with -v successfully without any hang-ups�.. In the System Profiler I now had 1280x1024@75Hz resolution 32-bit Color depth and 256MB VRAM with Hardware Accelerated CI and QE Supported�..
       
      UPDATE: To get switchable resolutions on-the-fly, try swapping the monitor DVI or VGA (via VGA-to-DVI adapter) connector to the other DVI port on the GFX card.....this tip, from cyclonefr, has worked for me.
      3. At this point iATKOS v2.0i (10.5.2) was running fine with Internet access, simple audio playback on iTunes Radio, USB device mounting/un-mounting, network file sharing�..In order to get full audio functions, I ran the Taruga_AD1988b_rev3_Installer package�.check out http://wiki.taruga.net/tiki-index.php..... or from
      http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?act...st&id=30545
       
      4. I rebooted with -v with full Intel HDA function restored, both Sleep function and USB device mounting/unmounting working, as well as network sharing �.. I finally Repaired Permissions without any permissions errors remaining�.. a fully working OS X 10.5.2 system��
       
      5. I then modified the com.apple.Boot.plist file (see Part I for reason why....) as follows:

      1. Go to the Terminal, and at the $ prompt, type in
      sudo nano /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist

      2. Enter your password when requested. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move the cursor within the Terminal window.
      3. Type in (without any spaces anywhere)
      maxmem=3072

      between <string> and </string> under <key>Kernel Flags</key>.
      4. Move the cursor the Terminal window down until it no longer moves, then press Ctrl-O (i.e. ^O) and then Enter, to save the modified com.apple.Boot.plist file.
      5. Press Ctrl-X (i.e. ^X) to Exit and type "exit" at the $ prompt to log out of the Terminal and then close and quit Terminal. I then rebooted with -v and Repaired Permissions, and enjoyed my success in achieving what I set out to do....
      IF NOT SEE TROUBLESHOOTING SECTION AT END OF GUIDE......

      Part III - Clone install of either a Kalyway or iATKOS v2.0i Leopard 10.5.2 OS installed on an internal HDD
       
      1. Boot into OS X on the internal HDD, and on Darwin boot loader appearance, press any key quickly and at the "boot:" prompt, type "cpus=1 maxmem=2048 -v" (without quotes).
       
      2. When OS X is up and running, if you do not already have Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1.1 installed, then download it from http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html
      and install it in Applications....Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1.1 will attempt a block-level clone if the target volume is at least as large as the source volume but if not a file-level copy will occur.....
       
      3. Run Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1.1 with "Backup everything" selected under Cloning options: and check the "Erase the target volume" box, then having selected the Source Disk (this can be either a Kalyway Leopard 10.5.2 install or an iATKOS v2.0i Leopard 10.5.2 install) and the Target Disk, press "Clone"....When the cloning operation has completed, click Ok and close Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1.1.
      4. Place the iATKOS v2.0i in the DVDRW drive and boot it by pressing F8 at boot-up to bring up the "Boot Menu", then selecting the DVDRW Drive and pressing Enter.
       
      If you do not possess the iATKOS v2.0i DVD, you can use the iATKOS v1.0ir3 regular version with MD5
       
      MD5 iAtkos 1.0i R3 regular= 3F3D063873469A5357F392D027843C10
       
      or, the iATKOS v1.0i r2 - EqUaTe1 patched DVD downloaded from Internet space.....
       
      When using iATKOS v1.0i R3 regular or iATKOS v1.0i r2 - EqUaTe1, in Step 7. below, you should select ONLY the Darwin EFI bootloader - NOTHING ELSE!

      5. When the Darwin Bootloader appears, press F8 quickly and at the "boot:" prompt, type (without quotes) "cpus=1 maxmem=2048 -v" and press Enter.
       
      6. When the iATKOS 2.01 DVD Installer is running, "Click the button to continue...", then click on "Continue" in the Welcome window, followed by "Agree" in the next opo-up window, and in the Select a Destination window, select the volume you have just cloned OS X onto and press "Continue".
       
      7. In the Install Summary window, press "Customize" and in the Package Name pop-up window, select ONLY Darwin Bootloader - NOTHING ELSE! and press "Done" to return to the Install Summary window, press "Install".
       
      8. Ignore the "Install Failed" message window that will appear after the install has completed, and just click "Restart".
      9. When all processes are killed and DVD drive activity stops and the re-boot "beep" sounds, remove the DVD and boot from the Internal HDD or from the External USB 2.0 / eSATA HDD by pressing F8 at boot-up to bring up the "Boot Menu", then selecting the Internal HDD or External HDD (which will be shown as either a SATA drive or USB drive depending on how it has been connected to the PC) and pressing Enter.
      10. When the Darwin Bootloader appears, press any key quickly and at the "boot:" prompt, type (without quotes) "-v" and press Enter.
       
      11. When the cloned OS X system is booted up and running, then Eject the iATKOS Install DVD, open Disk utility and Repair Permissions, and enjoy another success....
       
      SOME TROUBLESHOOTING.....
      1. If you are running with a SATA HDD and/or a SATA DVDRW you could experience some problems......
      1.1 You may be able to boot the OS X Installer DVD.....maybe even use Disk Utility......but some time later during the install process, the system freezes with you being able to move the mouse about but not select any actions etc..... On the frozen verbose (when the -v boot flag is chosen) boot process screen (white text on black background), you may see as the last error messages before the white block cursor
      "Still waiting for root device"
      "IOATAController blocking bus."
       
      This problem is not limited to nForce chipset MOBOs, as this forum post on installing OS X using iATKOS v1.0i shows:
      Note the MOBO is different with Intel chipsets.....I am not 100% certain of the cause and solution to the problem yet......I would be happy to be enlightened on this......for the benefit of myself and others.....
       
      As Mysticus C* has noted in his excellent nForce chipset + Intel CPU install guide:
      so, this "work around" solution to this "falling asleep" of the DVDRW could have a beneficial effect here too.....I do not know.....but you lose nothing by trying it if you are getting these error messages....
       
      1.2 If, during the boot process, the system freezes, and on the frozen verbose (when the -v boot flag is chosen) boot process screen (white text on black background), you see as the error messages before the white block cursor
      "SAM MEDIA READ / WRITE failed"
      "Still waiting for root device"
      then there is an incompatibility between your SATA DVDRW and the nForceATA driver on the install DVD.....such as a missing DEVICE ID......
       
      Or, if only the following error message appears
      "Still waiting for root device"
      then it means your SATA HDD is not being recognised due to a missing DEVICE ID.....and/or to a similar unknown incompatibility as with the SATA DVDRW.......
       
      These two potential problems are highlighted in the same Mysticus C* guide:
      Solution: I recommend you search, read and ask questions in the relevant InsanelyMac fora and threads (and elsewhere in other OS X x86 fora via google....).....I do hope you find the answers to these SATA related problems for your particular PC system......
       
      2. If you even have difficulty booting from the OS X Installer DVD, then you may have
      (i) A corrupted OS X Installer DVD.....
      Solution: Check that the iso.image MD5 checksum is CORRECT and burn the .iso image SLOWLY (≤ x4)
      (ii) Incorrect BIOS settings for installing and running OS X......
      For this overclocked Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus MOBO, the main working BIOS settings are:
      Primary IDE Master [TSSTcorp CDDVDW]
      SATA 1 [Hitachi HDD]
      SATA 2 [samsung HDD]
      SATA 3 [samsung HDD]
      HDD SMART Monitoing [Enabled]
      ACPI Suspend Type [s3 (STR)]
      ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
      Serial-ATA Controller [Enabled]
      RAID Enabled [Disabled]
      OnChip IDE Channel0 [Enabled]
      IDE DMA transfer access [Enabled]
      IDE Prefetch Mode [Enabled]
      HD Audio [Auto]
      Onboard 1394 [Enabled]
      USB [all options enabled]
      Dual Onboard LAN [still enabled by me because of their use by Vista and Ubuntu - causes me no problems as I use a PCI-NIC for OS X]
      Memory Timing Setting [All AUTO]
      Spread Spectrum Control [All DISABLED] - for maximum performance
      CPU Internal Thermal Control [AUTO]
      Limit CPUID MaxVal [DISABLED]
      Enhanced C1 (C1E) [DISABLED]
      Execute Disable Bit [ENABLED]
      Virtualization Technology [DISABLED] Does not appear to make a difference whether ENABLED or DISABLED.
      Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology [DISABLED]
      LDT Frequency [5x]
      plus the overclocking settings for the FSB and voltages.....see my Overclocking blog entry for these.....
      Solution: Check that you have the correct BIOS settings for your MOBO....for example.....
      Configure SATA as "AHCI" or Serial-ATA Configuration [Enabled]
       
      JMicron SATA / PATA Controller [Disabled].....if JMicron present.....unless it works for you [Enabled].....but JMicron is known to cause problems for some....but JMicron patches for OS X Install DVDs are now appearing......
      JMicron Controller Mode [AHCI]....if present.....
       
      As regards JMicron Controllers, as pointed out by Mysticus C* in his thread here, the RAM limitation of 2GB in Dual Channel Mode (or if you have > 2GB RAM in Dual Channel Mode, setting "maxmem = 3072...[or higher if you can do so and retain stable running of OS X....]" or "maxmem=2048" applies to nForce chipsets and for the JMicron Controller Mode [iDE/SATA]......not when using JMicron Controller Mode [AHCI] with original drivers so 4GB RAM should not be a problem...... Furthermore, mtotho, who states in his thread
      also has this entry
      So the generally agreed RAM limitation issue fix for non-nForce chipset MOBOs is to set "AHCI" mode....but if your BIOS does not offer this, then you should try the "maxmem fix".....
       
      Execute Disable Bit [Enabled]
      ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
      ACPI Suspend Mode [s3] or [s1] or [s1 and S3]
      Unless like myself you have a reason not to, then disable the onboard LAN if it does not work under OS X for you......as is the case with nForce chipset MOBOs......
      Check in Insanelymac forum for further guidance as to which settings are critical or not for your MOBO.....I have put in bold the ones I understand to be important......<
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