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    Default [OSX86] Installing on nForce4?

    Hi y'all,

    I am kind of new to this forum (but not to OSX86, although I am quite a n00b at this ) and I recently have bought a new notebook, it's a Targa but that really doesn't matter ..

    The notebook got a nForce4 chipset (Chipset: C51, Southbridge: MCP51) and I want to install OSX on it. So I tried to boot OSX86 10.4.1 and I got a kernel panic, then I tried 10.4.7 (JaS) and I also got a nice kernel panic.

    I've read of others which cannot seem to get disk utility to work, but I even can't get in the friggin' installer and it's driving me kind of crazy . I also read that SATA is the problem of this and I think my drives are connected with SATA although SIW (System Information for Windows) says its connected through ATA in one window and in the other it says it's connected through IDE-SATA...

    Anyway here are the rest of my specs, maybe that it has another clue why it isn't booting:

    MSI MS-1638X Motherboard (nForce4 410/430?)
    AMD Turion X2 TL-52 processor
    1GB (2x512MB) DDR2 RAM
    Geforce Go 7700 256MB graphic card
    160GB 5400RPM Harddrive @ ATA or SATA port?
    DVD-RW connected @ IDE (?)

    Thanks in advance and I hope my post is according to the rules
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    I am also curious about this. I have also have a nforce4 motherboard with a AM2 Amd CPU. I also ran into the SATA harddrive problem, and unfortunately, the only way I could solve it is by inserting a IDE drive. (I have a desktop)

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    there are already kext for nForce4 user .. I am running OSX on my SATA driver only.
    As I remebered, there are patched 10.4.8 DVD somewhere, go search for it.
    I did patch myself but it fails to boot.
    Since I have my dmg backup image, I just restore it from diskutil.

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    But,, I even can't get into the OSX install, and you could (it seems?)..

    I already searched on Demonoid and thePirate but nothing came up really...

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    Bad news I'm afraid. You're not gonna have much luck booting natively from the DVD. I have a very close configuration to yours (nForce 430, AX2 4200+, GF7600) and could never get the DVD to boot.

    But there's a workaround, and it's kind of a pain.

    Please note this is how I got everything done. For these instructions you need an entire free drive on the ATA bus. I used 10.4.8 JaS. There may be alternative ways to do certain steps, but these worked for me. My machine is a triple-boot -- Vista, Gentoo, and OSX. YMMV.

    You need VMware. VMware Workstation 6 is in beta right now and is a free download from their website.

    Once you're in VMware, create a VM. There are three areas that have required settings.

    For the Guest OS -- Choose Other - FreeBSD, but not a 64-bit variant.
    For CPUs -- Only enable one
    For the disk -- Use a physical disk.

    *Special Note For The Brave* It is possible to partition the disk, so you can use a piece for OSX and free the rest for storage. I needed to free the remaining space on the drive for NTFS. I used Disk Utility in OSX Installer to partition the drive into two partitions. Unfortunately, Windows cannot recognize the partitions. I used fdisk (the linux one) to delete the second partition. Then, Windows could see the partition.

    To install OSX, you can either insert physical media into a drive, or mount the disk using Daemon Tools and point VMware at said disc, but do NOT feed VMware an ISO directly; it will not boot.

    Install OSX; it'll take a while in VMware. Everything should go smoothly though.

    Once it's all set, reboot your machine and point it at the drive -- for me, everything booted right up, and although ethernet doesn't work, both cores of the CPU do as well as video acceleration.

    Phew. Long post. Hope I covered everything. I can't stress enough, this is a very awkward setup to get going, and this is just how I got it done -- I wish you the best of luck, and I will try to help as best I can, but I'm not responsible for a broken machine!


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    Yeah I already read about the Vmware method elsewere, but I was kind of 'scared' to use it because you need to either partition your drive or use a physical (which I don't have )... Maybe I will try it out one day, cause I am in school right now and classes just have started again.. Also I need my laptop day to day.. But then again, in about 2 weeks I have a short holiday again, so then I can try it..

    Thanks anyway!

 

 

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