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    Default Completely New to Hackintosh

    Title says it all. I just built a new PC and partitioned the hard drive to run the three most popular operating systems out there: Windows 7 Build 7100, Ubuntu Linux 9.04, and, soon, Macintosh/Hackintosh.

    However, I have absolutely no idea whether my hardware is compatible or which version to use. I'll start with hardware.

    My system specs are:
    ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard (Newegg.com - ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards)
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor (Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops)
    Corsair XMS2 4GB DDR2-800 (PC-6400) DIMM Memory (Micro Center - XMS2 4GB DDR2-800 (PC-6400) DIMM Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules))
    EVGA 512-P3-N963-TR GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card (Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N963-TR GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards)
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives)

    So...yeah, can my hardware run Hackintosh? I know that at the beginning of the installation process, you have to choose the drivers to install before installing. If the drivers on this hardware can work, then I think I'm good.

    Also, I know there are different versions of Hackintosh available (10.4, 10.5, etc.), but I have no idea which one will work with my hardware. Can anyone help in some way or another?

    One last question. Is the Hackintosh 64-bit? Judging by the project name (Hackintosh OSX86), I'm guessing it isn't, but I just want to make sure.



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    Great combo, try with iPC or iAtkos, theres guides for your mobo, google a bit, check the dual boot section to know how to triple boot or just google it ;P
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    I already have Ubuntu Linux and I'm guessing that once I install Hackintosh, the GRUB boot manager on Linux will pick that up.

    I'll check google for guides on Hackintosh and my motherboard, but...what's iPC and iAtkos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klaw117 View Post
    I already have Ubuntu Linux and I'm guessing that once I install Hackintosh, the GRUB boot manager on Linux will pick that up.

    I'll check google for guides on Hackintosh and my motherboard, but...what's iPC and iAtkos?
    iPC and iAtkos are two distributions of OS X intended to be installed on normal (non-Apple) X86 hardware. There are many more and for information, look around this website. All Hackintosh distros are readily available on torrent sites.

    You can also do a retail installation. This uses the standard OS X disk (like you'd use in a Mac) and a Boot-132 disk. There's a guide for it somewhere on the forums and many guides all over the internet.

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    Default Yes though you might have some issues with kext editing lan and audio

    Since you have Windows still on - and I am guessing it is working - you can do kext editing from inside Windows by installing some helper tools to look into the HPS drive. Use Windows EditPadLite free for Download and Download 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 EasyBCD. Its free. It is what you need to be Windows 7 compatible to dual boot - I use it windows 7 - XP and Mac OSx all on the same machine

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. It is basically UNIX/Linux anyway.

    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.

    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 with the right vendor and device id 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.


 

 

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