OS X install not working on my AMD/Nvidia rig (memory controller at fault?)
Motherboard: ASUS M4N68T-M V2
Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965
Video Card: MSI Nvidia GTX460 768MB
RAM: 4GB (2x2GB) Patriot G Series 'Sector 5' DDR3 RAM
System Info screenshot: (The top two "Unknown devices" are my GTX460.)
Just wondering if I can get OS X up and running on this computer. I've tried installing using the Snow Leopard retail DVD and the "OSX86 ModCD". When booting the CD without flags, the install hangs at this. When booting with cpus=1 busratio=17 maxmem=2048 arch=i386 -v, it causes a kernel panic.
I noticed that a common BIOS setting that needs to be changed for OS X to work is to set the SATA mode to IDE, however my BIOS seems to lack an option for that. I did however find settings in the BIOS called "ACPI 2.0 Support" and "ACPI APIC support". They were both set to "Enabled", so I set them to "Disabled", and then the install was freezing at this.
Later, I tried a different approach. I installed OS X to a physical hard drive using a virtual machine (Oracle VirtualBox), and can now boot OS X from VirtualBox. However, if I try to boot the physical hard drive directly, I can get to the bootloader but the system will still not boot. I'm thinking I just need some kexts to install in order to make it bootable by my system, correct?
Note that I have 3 hard drives connected to my system: 2 are SATA drives for Windows, and 1 is an IDE drive that I am using to install OS X on. My CD drive is IDE as well. The CD drive and IDE HDD are both on the same cable, with the CD drive being the slave and the HDD being the master.
I believe it's not recognizing my memory controller. When I run the OS X installer in a virtual machine or on my laptop, text will come up showing the amount of RAM I have and how many modules and the name of the memory controller, etc. However, this never appears on my desktop. Is there a way to get it to recognize my memory controller?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!