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Hello Everyone,

 

I really didn't want to be a complete pain in the arse, but I've now reached the end of my tether.

 

Firstly, I'll preface this with the fact that yes, I am new to this and secondly, I'm not great with terminal, so I'll need babyspeak. Thanks.

 

Right,So I have spend the past 12 hours attempting to install Leopard onto my PC! and it hasn't worked! My children are all dead as a result!

 

Here are my complete computer specs that, as far as I can tell are relevant:

  • Intel Core2Duo E6700 2.66GHz
  • 4GB DDR2 800MHz RAM
  • 2x nVidia 8800GTX
  • eVGA 680i SLi Motherboard (from reading around it would appear this is the trouble maker)
  • 80GB Seagate 7200rpm SATA (though this has caused me no problems as I have been able to write to it)

So:

I downloaded Kabyly (or whatever his name is)'s 10.5.2 Leopard DVD after reading that he's the most noob friendly. I read the 10.5.1 step-by-step blog for newbies on your wiki, printed it out and then thought "weyhey let's do this" - whilst taking into account that this was 10.5.2 and thus solved some of the issues in that blog.

The problems:

The main problem I encounter is that my desktop boots up post-install happily, gets to the grey screen when it's loading the OS with the darker grey apple logo, then shows a message in several languages saying you need to reboot your PC. First time I thought no problem, Apple, I love you, and rebooted. Only to be greeted with the same message. About 3,325 attempts later I scream when I am presented with this message.

 

1st time - left everything as default in the setup, merely formatted hdd to HFS+ Journaled whatever - you know, the one you should do, etc blahblah and checked the NVinject 768mb driver install.It did the reboot thing.

 

2nd time, same again, changed nvinject driver to just the nvinject one (no memory specification) - reboot screen.

 

Read online. Read about kernel stuff changing things.to cut a long story short:I can boot with the nforce kernel and the modbin kernel (providing with the modbin kernel I use the cpus=1 variable). The latter I left, and started to hunt for drivers for my 680i mobo.

The second I installed the NVinject.pkg from within leopard, after being told to reboot I was back to square one facing the please reboot screen during the grey apple bootscreen.

 

Clearly I just need to fiddle a bit more to get the configuration sorted, and I was wondering if anyone with an eVGA 680 mobo could help me! A step by step guide from the second I insert the DVD would be the most useful, but obviously takes the most time, so a simple "here's your problem" will also be most welcome!

Thanks in advance,

Ben

 

Update:Trying another combination right now:Vanilla with no drivers.Oh, and I can obviously download another .iso if I have dowloaded the wrong release for my hardware.

 

Update 2: :) IT CAN'T SEE MY HARD DRIVES WTF ARE YOU YOU LEOPARDY NINJA I WANT MY HARD DRIVES. (yes, my bios sees them)

 

Update 3:Ok found my hard drives again. going ahead with vanilla kernel/no drivers install.I feel like I'm in a cave with a long beard talking to my cave paintings.With OS X installing in the background, of course.

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Running two 8800GTX cards will cause problems. Try with one card only. If you still get problems, this will almost certainly be caused by nvinject not having the correct device ID for your video card.

Thank you very much. Rather than removing the whole card (because I am lazy), will unplugging the SLi Bridge do the trick?

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That won't work, as the system will still see two video cards. You would have to remove one of them to ensure NVinject is detecting your card properly. If it does, and you get a display, then you just need to edit nvinject to support both cards.. if possible. Best to post on the nvinject forums as you may need NVcap settings.

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That won't work, as the system will still see two video cards. You would have to remove one of them to ensure NVinject is detecting your card properly. If it does, and you get a display, then you just need to edit nvinject to support both cards.. if possible. Best to post on the nvinject forums as you may need NVcap settings.

 

ok. I'll remove one card.

 

Part 2: Now at the grey loading screen with the f***ing grey apple c**t I get a No Entry Logo in a white box. What does that mean? It's obviously not good news.

 

Thanks for your help so far.

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Ok. At the Darwin boot loader, press any key then enter "-v" without the quotes, then hit enter. This will allow you to see things being loaded, and you should see exactly what is causing Leopard to stop loading. Do you get a kernel panic? If so, just before this is there anything related to Nvidia or something starting with NV ?

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Ok. At the Darwin boot loader, press any key then enter "-v" without the quotes, then hit enter. This will allow you to see things being loaded, and you should see exactly what is causing Leopard to stop loading. Do you get a kernel panic? If so, just before this is there anything related to Nvidia or something starting with NV ?

 

I've decided to attack it from a new angle; I'm going to go the iAtkos route using the nForce guide; it seems to come very close to matching my hardware requirements (well, it deals with nforce), and has an easy-to-follow guide that should be harder to {censored}-up on.

 

If that fails, I'm crawling back to Vista.

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