So I'm working my way through setting up my first Hackintosh and things have been going pretty well. Here is a brief summary of the process I have been through. (I have been using Kalyway 10.5.2)
Install 1: Failure wouldn't boot I did a little research and found that some people had issues with the vanilla kernel.
Install 2: I left out all of the kernels and just did a very basic install. This booted up fine but lacked basic amenities like video drivers.
Install 3: This one started to feel like a real life mac, video drivers working etc. But when installing and updating programs this install would often freeze/crash and I would have to restart.
I decided the issue was the ram problem Kalyway apparently has (that it tends to crash if 4+ gigs of ram are installed). So I tried to install the kext found here:
AppleIntelPIIXATA kext fully working for all ICHx Mobo (All Sata Channels working) - InsanelyMac Forum
I botched the install (in part because my install of Kalyway lacked Kexthelper because I had not known to install it). So now OS X wont boot and I decide to try a 4th install.
Install 4: The first thing I did was to download the kext which supposedly fixes the ram issue. I then used Kexthelper to install the kext I downloaded from the above thread.
Then I went to the extensions folder and deleted AppleViaATA. I then located and deleted Extensions.mkext and deleted this as well. I restarted and did a repair disk permission in Disk Utility. After this I preceded to install all of my programs without a hitch (no crashing, no freezing).
Everything seemed perfect until I tried to load some video files into iMovie and then crash:
I restarted and OSX wouldn't boot this image came up:
I restarted and booted up in safe mode which worked. Restarted again and everything seemed fine (though oddly the desktop background had changed).
Tried to load the videos into iMovie again and this time it froze/crashed:
So this is where I am now if I try to load things into iMovie the system crashes. The first restart will not boot, though the second one loads fine.
What's causing this crashing? Any ideas?
UPDATE: Just removed a gig of ram in order to diagnose the problem, and the system still crashed so I'm kind of back to square one. I suppose that it's possible that I broke OSX with kext install as well. I'm fairly confused at this point which means I could use advice even more .
UPDATE: Have done a 5th fresh install of Kalyway didn't fool around with the kexts at all but I am still un-able to import video (in a large amounts) into iMovie w/o crash.