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Hi !

I'm new there, i will make a brief HowTo Install Leopard On Asus M2N-SLI + Nvidia 7300GS


Which "distrib" :

- Tiger : 10.4.8 : JaS 10.4.8 Intel + AMD

- Leopard : Zephyroth DVD (Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.1 for AMD SSE2/SSE3 (32bits))


You need a IDE Hard Drive (> 10Go)

You need a IDE DVD reader


1) Get & burn your DVD

2) Boot DVD

3) Formating HD with HFS+ (Mac OS X extended journalised)

4) Install the System

- note : with JaS check NVIDIA or ATI Drivers)

- note : with Zephyroth check NVIDIA Drivers for 8xxx)

5) Reboot

- note : with JaS boot with "-x -v"


6) Install Good graphic drivers :

- get your Card ID from NVinject

- with JaS download NVInject 0.2.1 and Install them using KextHelper

- with Zephyroth download NVInject 0.1.5 for Leo and Install them using KextHelper

- Modify [ GeForce.kext & NVinject.kext : <key>IOPCIMatch</key> => <string>YOUR_CARD_ID ******* KEEP OTHER IDS ******</string> ]

- Modify [ NVDANV50Hal.kext & NVDAResman.kext :<key> IOPCIPrimaryMatch</key> =><string>YOUR_CARD_ID ******* KEEP OTHER IDS ******</string>

- launch terminal log you as root (sudo su) and run : diskutils repairPermissions /

- reboot

[ OPTIONAL IF doesn't works :AND remove or move /System/Library/Extension/GeForce* AND reboot in normal mode and remark step 6]


7) Install Audio drivers :

- You need download AzaliaAudio.pkg

- Open it, and follow instructions

- launch terminal log you as root (sudo su) and run : diskutils repairPermissions /

- reboot with -f option


8) Buy RLT-8139 (6$) ! Nvidia Network adapter doesn't works (for the moment !)


9) Get NForce SATA Controller by MedEvil (MedEvil Driver NForce SATA)


- I have a H@ck1nt0sh absolutly nice.

- Burning DVD works well (Dual Layer too)

- Quartz Extreme, Core Image, Rotation are OK

- Sound works



Sonique - sonique6784

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Dear Friend!


I have ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Mobo, AMD Athlon X2 6000+CPU, 8600GT 512MB VGA.

After instalation JAS 10.4.8 I have rebooted and system has crashed.

I would like to follow Your instructions, I´m new in mac, please I do not

understand how to do this:


5) Reboot

- note : with JaS boot with "-x -v"


What to press after reboot? How to set this option?



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I have installed JAS 10.3.8, after instalation rebooted with -x -v and system had crashed :-(


I just could see to screen telling Reboot Your computer now in BlackNWhite window


My machine:

Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe


Asus 8600GT 512MB Graphics

AMD X2 6000+ CPU


20GB IDE Maxtor HDD



Do You have any suggestion what to do, please?

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M2N-E here; I used Zeph's DVD (rev1) and got it working after making the partition bootable, and using the 640x480 resolution to get past the "Do you already own a Mac" loop.


But... Not a single network card works. They are detected (I see messages like RTL8139 : Hardware Address 00:(etc.) or Intel:




Onboard Nvidia (not detected)

Intel Pro/100V

Intel Pro/1000GT (not detected)

3COM 3C905C-TX-M




(Yes... I have a lot of cards sitting everywhere... :P


So, some are detected but they do not show up in System Preferences - Network


There is one nic there but it always has "network cable unplugged". What am I doing wrong?


It is even there when I have all NICs removed, so it must be some kind of dummy.

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Dear Hagen!you need to do this, to skip "Do you already own a Mac" loop: Solution 1: Importing an account from an existing (Tiger) installation. Solution 2: Booting with the flag "Graphics Mode"="640x480x32". The resulting low screen-resolution prevents the setup screen, thus skipping the "loop". As one is not able to create a new username, only the default "admin" is created. This can be changed later on. Solution 3: Some people reported success with disabling the network card in the bios or disconnecting the cable. Solution 4: Boot using "-s" flag then type -> /sbin/mount -uw / passwd root <- Type any password you want touch /var/db/.AppleSetupDone rebootMy computer Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe with Nvidia 8600GT won´t boot after step 5 in this guide.-x -s cpus=1, none of this flags helped! It hangs with mDNSResponder, but I have found solution:deleting NVDA* and GeFo* kexts system boots, but hangs with screen:there is no keyboard connectedI tried to check if I have ApplePS2 kext in system/library/extensions, but it was ok.I disabled USB in BIOS, but nothing helped. I need to buy USB keyboard.

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Hi, i have a m2n-e sli with an ati radeon hd 2600 xt. installing leopard 10.5.1 for AMD is ok. Just remove gef* and nv* kext rebooting in -x mode. No onboard lan.

The problems are kext for 2600xt. In about 3 months i have tried everything, every guide... but nothing. Do you think is a mobo problem? thanks to who solve my problem!

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Finally I GOT IT !!!


My ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe with AMD X2 6000+, Asus Nvidia 8600GT Silent 512MB, 4GB RAM is working perfectly!



here are the instructions:


-You need IDE HDD and IDE DVD (i tried to install system to new SATA II Samsung HDD, but DISK UTILITY crashed while trying to partition!)



-You need USB KeyBoard and USB Mouse, I WAS not able to install system with PS2!

(copying ApplePS2 kexts HAVE NOT HELPED!!!)


1. boot from DVD, make partition HFS+ journaled, named for example MacHDD


2. install system, check Nvidia support


3. reboot, Eject DVD, start with pressing F8 from HardDisk, enter boot options:

-x -s (single user mode)


4. enter suggested commands (displayed after reboot) to be able to edit filesystem (fsck..., mount -uw ...)


5. cd /Volumes/MacHDD/System/Library/Extensions (MacHDD is name of YOUR partition)


6. rm -r GeFo*

rm -r NVDA*


7. reboot, boot normally from HDD, system should boot to default graphics

(system will ask something about Your USB Keyboard to recognize it)


8. install Nvidia support by Punk92, download from this link:






9. Open System profiler from Applications folder, and find Your Graphics card ID, for example mine was:

Device ID: 0x0402

(Nvidia as vendor is always 0x10de)


10. open Terminal and follow:


cd /Volumes/MacHDD/System/Library/Extensions/


cd GeForce.kext/Contents/


sudo nano Info.plist


find the line with: <key>IOPCIMatch</key>

and edit line below, insert this code there:


<string>0x040210de ******* KEEP OTHER IDS ******</string>


save and quit



the same do with NVinject.kext



than with:








where You must find

<key> IOPCIPrimaryMatch</key>


<string>0x040210de ******* KEEP OTHER IDS ******</string>


save and exit



reboot machine and it should work now ! Set resolution you need!


10. Install Apple azalia audio package, sound works!

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i got the m2n-sli as well and am using a RTL network card as well.

i gave up getting the onbord chip to work, it was to much a hassle :D


where to buy a nic (network interface card)? well, at your computer dealer

i think ;) depends where you are from..


btw: i got a gforce 8600gt running fine but got problems now with new

ati hd 3870 :)(

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I did not read the whole thread. I just want to post some kexts, which run my M2N-SLI Mobo with 10.5.8. Even Onboard- LAN is working now. If you incidently use the Ati Radeon HD 3650 512MB, search for "ATI x2000 source version 53410 plus natit for HD3650.pkg", it´s too big to upload. Kexte_fÃ_r_M2N_SLI__10.5.8.zip

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