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    Red face Best destribution for SONY VAIO VGN-AR630E

    Hi All,

    I'm new to this forum and a new convert from PCs (or wannabe) to apple (thanks to the iPhone revolution ), well I guess I'm looking for the 'better experience'.

    I've installed iPC osx86 10.5.6 PPF5 on my Sony VAIO VGN-AR630E which has the following specs..
    Click here for VAIO VGN-AR630E SPECS!
    However, I didn't do any BIOS modifications cause wasn't sure if I needed any for this model (couldn't find this model anywhere in any of the Mac osx86 forums).

    I installed it with various settings such as..

    * kernel 9.5.0 once with it a couple of times without
    * once with X3100 and a couple times without
    * Intel ICHX SATA
    * NVDarwin for 256 and tried nvinject for 256 (both gave the same resolution)
    * once with ALC 262 and others with ALC889 (still no voice)
    * Yukon 88E8056, (still no ethernet connection).
    * Intel ProSet/Wireless 4965 (still no wireless)
    * Patched USB drivers
    * Apple ACPIBatteryManager
    * Apple ACPIPowerSource
    * Power Management Package
    * IOPCIFamily kext Patched
    * PS/2 Mouse fix a second time with keyboard fix
    * Patch DSDT with NewHPET
    * Apple SMBIOS - 27 Rev3 667 MHz (the first time I chose 800 MHz and it didn't boot at all second time 667 as per my memory speed)
    * Chameleon with SMBIOS/DSDT (still I have to boot using the CD and I have to enter the command 'rd=disk1s2' for it to recognise which partition to boot from)
    * All Applications

    So basically I had several problems after I managed to boot from the installed partion..
    1. No connection to ethernet the Yukon 88E8056 didn't work as I have Yukon 88E8055.
    2. No connection to Wireless since I have 4965AGN, not sure if there is a solution for this.
    3. No sound I have Realtek HD Audio but couldn't hear any sound so I think the whole install is somehow corrupt or incompatible with my mother board.
    4. It doesn't recognise that I have a second bootable partition only recognises the Windows 7 Partition and boots Windows 7 only, unless I boot from the DVD then it gives me the option to
    enter a command where I enter a command I found here that is 'rd=disk1s2' where 1 is my second disk (the first disk is 0) and 2 is my second partition on the second disk.
    5. When I get to the Network Connections and try to set it up it shows your current location is "%@" so it doesn't recognise my location and doesn't have any thing enabled no ethernet or wireless or any of the other available options and when I try to add a location the window just hangs until I kill it and after killing it, it cannot be restarted.

    So I'm not sure if I chose the correct hackint0sh image by choosing iPC, are any of the other options available on the net such as iDeneb or kelyway or iAtkos more suitable for my Sony Vaio.

    Finally, sorry to write too much questions and problems in my first topic in this forum.

    Thanks in Advance for all your feedback.

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    I have the same version Sony VAIO without NVidia. I use iDeneb however, and upgraded it to 10.5.7 with iDeneb upgrade dmg kit and then the DVD Writer was recognized and installed.

    You'll need to mod the AppleYukon kext with vendor and device id manually.
    The 4965 is supported by iwidarwin
    The sound card is supported - but I don't remember what I did to get it to work - but you will need to change the vendor and device id of it too

    The rest below is my standard paste

    See - "Read first Before Posting" -

    Read this all the way through - but . . . you need to Google for your answers and do some research instead of relying on and expecting a spoon fed answer. Every machine is different. Visit the link at the bottom of this post.

    Here is a link to generically what is largely supported in IPC 10.5.6 iPC OSx86 10.5.6 Final PPF5 Complete driver list. | OSX86 does support on some of the newer more esoteric NVidia GPU's

    If it is not there in the list above or - it is not supported at this time - so do not cry you want it to be. do not expect someone here to spoon feed you a fix for free. This is a standard paste I use prefaced with a preamble to the question usually. So many people ask the same kind of question - this generic answer fits most all of them.

    First remember someone is sitting at a computer on THEIR time for FREE to answer your question. No one here is getting a salary from Apple. ( I am not - and I am a UNIX engineer) If it is a wild or ridiculous question, or you just keep posting mulitple questions, you'll get noticed and then ignored. If you want some kind of esoteric solution - at first it will be seen as funny and then - at least I will ignore it.

    Second, please realize, the "hackintosh" MAC OS is NOT a commercial software OS product. It is built usually by various individuals - who in their own time put the OS together as a hobby or proof of concept. Trying to upgrade it using ceertain Apple software will lock it up or disable some features. This is not an Apple support line or source, and no one "owes" you anything for FREE support demonstration software. Apple allows this kind of thing - or turns a blind eye so far - because it supports the next product line of computers they might support or retail and helps them refine the use of the UNIX base OS in their business sell legitimate OS software.

    so that said . . . after a successful install, and it does not boot all they way through then f8 at boot, or get to the Darwin prompt, and then . . .

    You need to boot with -s as the command line flag. If it loads that to a command line, you've got likely kext problems. Then try -x -v so you can see where it stops, slows, issues errors or hangs. If you get in that way to a desktop you've got probably video kext problems. These can be LOTS of different problems depending on whose distribution you installed and how old it is. Get the newest one - right now which is 10.5.6. IPC has some issues with laptop keyboards not working after install - IDeneb seems to go better. The Apple retail product in some cases does not have all the support (kexts) for generic machines the hackintosh OS's do - but some distros are not as good as others.

    Look for what loads and what does not load

    NO ONE can help you right now. You do not say what is wrong, you do not say what you did that does not work and you offer no clues as to your level of expertise as to EXACTLY where you are stumped. You just scream "please help me". Posting that you think you got it working without understanding what you did does not help either. You might now really have it working as it should be.

    If you go to a Medical Doctor and just scream "please help me" and will give no symptoms or clues as to what is going on - even a Doctor cannot help you but begin guessing - and guess what - they get paid to do so - no one here is being paid by you, and still the doctor could end up killing you rather than saving you because you did not tell a critic piece of information - like a severe allergy or something like that which could kill you in his efforts to help you. Computers - especially the OS's of computers are NO DIFFERENT.

    You do not say what is going on. No one is a mind reader here and were not sitting in front of your machine.

    Usually a Kext is likely probably not loading or blocking something - or the kernel panics. That means dies the horrible crash like a aircraft pilot would it the pilot panic'ed in an emergency situation and did not know what to do.

    The kexts are vendor and device ID specific - so if the kext does not have the right vendor and model ID referenced in the kext file - it will fail - or pass up the device anyway. The kexts ARE the drivers - and sometimes you only need to change or add the vendor and device ID.

    You have to figure this out yourself - it is YOUR machine. They are all different as to what is in the unit from the manufacturer, and even if using common device components - the vendor and device ID may be different that what the kext might have in it.

    If you have Windows still on the same machine - and it is working - you can do kext editing from inside windows by installing some helper tools to look into the HPS drive. You can use a Windows Text Editor - Editpad Lite (only one that will work) and Ext2Fsd 0.46 - An open source Ext2 File System Driver for Windows - Softpedia and Catacombae - HFSExplorer (HFS Explorer) to see and get at the Mac files in Windows; OR you can BUY Macdrive. If you are having dual boot problems try installing EasyBCD from inside Windows to boot between the two. Its free.

    This above will only work if you have been smart enough to do a dual boot machine where Windows is on another partition or permanent drive in the same computer. If Windows will not boot use a Vista repair disk or the XP disk to repair the boot sector - then install EasyBCD through Windows and it will see the MAC partition to let you set it up on the boot manager. Google how to get one if you do not have them.

    You can see the vendor and device ID in Windows, and the kext will have a name and you can find the vendor and device ID in the text of the kext info.plist. You can edit this from the Windows side with the editor above - and use no other - they will not work.

    After you get in through safe mode, you can run "diskutils repairpermissions /" (without the quotes) and to fix the changes you made from the Windows side.

    You come in single user with the -s command at the prompt. Do what it says to mount the volume and then

    You do a "sudo -s" first (no quotes)
    cd /System/Library
    chmod -R 755 Extensions /
    touch Extensions /
    diskutil repairpermissions /

    If you had trouble with the registration looping or other things then . . . after that above of mounting the volume make a password for root by typing

    passwd root

    Then when done type

    touch /var/db/.AppleSetupDone


    There are lots of other ways to do this and much more from the -s boot option (single user mode) but it is really getting UNIX specific as to the commands, and if you are there and know nothing anyway - you should probably pay someone, buy a real MAC or just give up - OR get ready for a real extensive learning curve and research on the web.

    You need to do some research on how the MAC OS works. Match your kext families with the missing parts of the OS not loading - change the vendor and device ID's and one at a time - you'll get them working and the boot errors will go away. You can also read the boot errors that went by too fast in the log after you get in to the OS.

    If you have/had IPC 10.5.6 ppf4 or ppf5 you would likely have most of the kexts - but they might not have the right vendor ID and device ID for the unit you are trying to install on.

    It works for both CPUs Intel or AMD. IDeneb 10.5.6. might go more successfully.

    Once installed, you need to boot in safe mode from the Darwin prompt with the -x option. Use -v also so you can see what it is loading and if it does stop in safe mode and where. Then you can try -v -f on another boot to see if it will make it all the way

    The MacOS is at it's core - UNIX - you cannot just lump a question in something and throw it here that is non-descriptive as to tell anyone not at your PC what is TRULY going on, even though I am a UNIX engineer.

    No one can help you if they cannot tell what is really going on - and if you are not ready to learn some UNIX - give up now.

    If you install the right kexts (Kernel EXTensionS) with the right vendor id's applicable the system will load them as it finds the hardware during the boot process. Remember the kext might be there - but have the wrong vendor and device ID - so it will get passed up.

    Read the clues of the boot process yourself and do some research as to what they mean and then if you have a specific question you cannot find on the Internet or in the forums - that someone can identify - post that.

    Of course you can always BUY a real MAC, and then holler "please help me" all you want to Apple Computer Support, and at some point they will tell you the same thing.

    If you install the right kexts (Kernel EXTensionS) with the right vendor id's applicable the system will load them as it finds the hardware during the boot process.

    Read the clues of the boot process yourself and do some research as to what they mean and then if you have a specific question you cannot find on the Internet or in the forums - that someone can identify - post that.

    Visit the Main Page - OSx86 for the best source of simple question info
    Last edited by bobburns; 07-01-2009 at 02:52 AM.



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