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    Hi All,

    My first post, so please don't shoot me down!

    I have an Acer Aspire 6920 G35, and would like to know what is the best distribution to use to get a stable system?

    Machine Specs:

    * Manufacturer: Acer
    * Part Number:LX.APD0X.021


    * Platform Technology Intel Centrino
    * Built-in Devices Subwoofer , Stereo speakers , Wireless LAN antenna
    * Embedded Security Fingerprint reader
    * Width 15.2 in
    * Depth 10.8 in
    * Height 1.5 in
    * Weight 7.3 lbs
    * Localization United States
    * Notebook type Mid-size laptops (6-7.5 lbs.)
    * Screen type Widescreen
    * Wireless capabilities IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b


    * Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 / 1.83 GHz
    * Multi-Core processor technology Dual-Core
    * 64-bit processor Yes
    * Data bus speed 667 MHz
    * Chipset type Mobile Intel GM965 Express

    Cache Memory

    * Type L2 cache
    * Cache size 2 MB


    * Installed Size 3 GB / 4 GB (max)
    * Technology DDR2 SDRAM - 667 MHz
    * RAM form factor SO DIMM 200-pin
    * RAM configuration features 1 x 1 GB + 1 x 2 GB

    Environmental Parameters

    * Environmental & energy standards compliance EPA Energy Star

    Storage Controller

    * Storage controller type Serial ATA
    * Storage Controller / Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150


    * Floppy Drive None
    * Hard Drive 320 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
    * Storage Removable None
    * Hard drive type Portable

    Optical Storage

    * Type DVD?RW (?R DL) / DVD-RAM - Integrated
    * CD / DVD read speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD?R) / 6x (DVD?R DL)
    * CD / DVD write speed 16x (CD) / 8x (DVD?R) / 4x (DVD?R DL)
    * CD / DVD rewrite speed 16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)

    Optical Storage (2nd)

    * 2nd optical storage type None

    Card Reader

    * Card reader type 6 in 1 card reader
    * Supported flash memory cards MMCplus , Memory Stick , MultiMediaCard , SD Memory Card , xD-Picture Card , Memory Stick Pro


    * Display Type 16 in TFT active matrix
    * Max Resolution 1366 x 768 ( WXGA )
    * Widescreen Display Yes
    * Color Support 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
    * Features CineCrystal


    * Graphics Processor / Vendor Intel GMA X3100 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0
    * Max Allocated RAM Size 358 MB


    * Audio output type Sound card
    * Audio output compliant standards DirectSound , Dolby Home Theater
    * Audio Input Stereo microphone

    Notebook Camera

    * Camera Type Integrated

    Input Device(s)

    * Input device type CineDash , Keyboard , Touchpad , 4-way scroll button
    * Features Built-in numeric keyboard


    * Modem Fax / modem
    * Max transfer rate 56 Kbps
    * Protocols & Specifications ITU V.92
    * Modem features Wake on Ring


    * Networking Network adapter
    * Networking / Wireless LAN Supported Yes
    * Wireless NIC Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
    * Data link protocol Ethernet , IEEE 802.11a , IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet
    * Networking features Acer SignalUp
    * Networking standards IEEE 802.11a , IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

    Expansion / Connectivity

    * Expansion Slots Total (Free) 2 ( 0 ) x Memory - SO DIMM 200-pin , 1 ( 1 ) x ExpressCard/54
    * Interfaces 1 x Modem - Phone line - RJ-11 , 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 , 1 x Display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) , 1 x Audio - SPDIF output/headphones/line-out - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1 x Microphone - Input - Mini-phone 3.5 mm , 1 x Audio - Line-in - Mini-phone 3.5 mm , 1 x Infrared - IrDA , 4 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A


    * Features Wake on LAN , System password , Hard drive password , Administrator password , Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)


    * Power device form factor External
    * Voltage Required AC 120/230 V


    * Technology 6-cell Lithium ion
    * Installed Qty 1

    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Cheers, Shirwan

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    The lntel 965 is going to be a problem with video. You will probably need to disable the GMA 950 and GMA x3100 kexts and AppleFrameBuffer.kext to get the video to work in 1024 x 768 mode at first.

    The rest is not specific enough to help you further - no one is going to read all of what you posted and help you like you are the only one asking.

    After a successful install and it does not boot all the way then f8 and . . .

    You need to boot with -s. 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.

    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".

    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.

    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. Use Windows Text Editor 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 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 /

    There are 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.

    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.

    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.

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    Last edited by bobburns; 06-22-2009 at 09:33 AM.



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