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    Default Making a Hackintosh out of an HPE-380t Pavilion... BIOS flash needed?

    Hey all! I'm new to Hackintosh. I've never attempted to make one before, but after recently buying a new computer I've decided I'm sick of Windows. I'm not 100% sure my hardware is capable of running OS X. There are some things that are promising, like that the manufacturer of my wireless card (Ralink) puts out OS X drivers, so that's at least one major hump that I shouldn't have to deal with.

    I think the main problem I'm having is that HP has presumably stunted my BIOS in their custom flavor. When trying to follow guides for how to configure my system to get OS X to run, I can't get at necessary settings, particularly some AHCI options for SATA (in my BIOS, the only AHCI option is the SATA mode, opposed to RAID and IDE). So I feel like my system might be able to run OS X if I reflashed the BIOS, but I haven't been able to figure out where I could get one.

    Here's some info about my hardware.
    Board: PEGATRON CORPORATION 2A86 1.04E01
    Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 6.09 07/02/2010

    2.80 gigahertz Intel Core i7 930
    32 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    8192 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (4 total)
    Hyper-threaded (8 total)
    Can anyone steer me toward success or point out that I won't be able to get it running after all? If anyone has experience doing this with an HP system or similar hardware, let me know!
    Last edited by Rantipole; 08-28-2010 at 01:03 AM.



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    Do you have option in BIOS for SATA to AHCI? (As it not quite clear from your post). If so then you just need some good distro releases, as it's easier for starter, and some boot options to start the installer.

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    I was confusing ACPI with AHCI. Yeah, I can set my SATA controller mode to AHCI. That's the only setting for it though; in some tutorials, compatible BIOSes had more options regarding that or ACPI (can't remember which). Mine has nothing about ACPI. I'm guessing ACPI is needed to get OS X to run.

    To try the install, I dumped my 2009 MacBook Pro's Snow Leopard disc to a flash drive and used the magic hack on it. After booting the flash drive, the Snow Leopard install has a kernel panic when I tell it to install OS X.

    Do I need to use an "OSX86" hacked OS X disc? Or a newer copy of Snow Leopard, since mine predates Apple's use of Core i7?
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    Sorry to double post, just need to bump this.

    So I tried OSX86 packages by iAktos and Hazard. iAktos's won't start and Hazard's resets immediately when it starts to show the Apple logo. I also tried making my own disc again with myHack, but that just shows a blinking cursor (both with vanilla and chocolate kernel).

    So I've been trying to figure out what's stopping me... possibilities I've come up with include:

    1. My i7 is not supported by the old kernel on my disc, but myHack's chocolate should've fixed that and the OSX86 builds I tried have newer kernels on them (10.6.2 and 10.6.3).
    2. After doing some more research, it looks like Radeon 5400-series doesn't have any support by the Hackintosh community. But would that really be causing failure so early? I mean, my install disc with the "magic" hack displays just fine before the install kernel panics.
    3. My system's 64-bit. Haven't found any definitive answer as to whether this is a problem...
    4. Lack of ACPI option in my BIOS is killing me. But still, doesn't seem like that'd cause failure this early in the process.

    Does anyone have any pointers? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rantipole View Post
    Sorry to double post, just need to bump this.


    So I've been trying to figure out what's stopping me... possibilities I've come up with include:

    1. My i7 is not supported by the old kernel on my disc, but myHack's chocolate should've fixed that and the OSX86 builds I tried have newer kernels on them (10.6.2 and 10.6.3).
    2. After doing some more research, it looks like Radeon 5400-series doesn't have any support by the Hackintosh community. But would that really be causing failure so early? I mean, my install disc with the "magic" hack displays just fine before the install kernel panics.
    3. My system's 64-bit. Haven't found any definitive answer as to whether this is a problem...
    4. Lack of ACPI option in my BIOS is killing me. But still, doesn't seem like that'd cause failure this early in the process.
    It's good that you're coming up with those. But most of them are not quite correct.
    3. Your system is not really a 64 bit, so don't worry about this.

    As per my post earlier, if you would follow it. What is the iAtkos version/release? Did you use any boot option? The pointers were already given to you.


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    The iAtkos I tried was iATKOS_S3_version2.iso. I couldn't get to any boot options with iAtkos because it froze while showing the spinny character (- / |).

    With Hazard's version I was able to give it a boot option. When I tell it to boot with arch=i386 it resets without showing the Apple logo. And it resets so fast that I can't see what a verbose boot's telling me. On the release notes for Hazard there didn't seem to be any other boot options.

    Do I need to be using something else to boot them or can I just boot from the DVD?

    Edit: And in my BIOS, there isn't anything boot-related available other than boot devices and priority.

    Thanks for the help. Sorry I'm a noob with this.
    Last edited by Rantipole; 09-06-2010 at 03:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rantipole View Post
    The iAtkos I tried was iATKOS_S3_version2.iso. I couldn't get to any boot options with iAtkos because it froze while showing the spinny character (- / |).
    iAtkos should be able to boot to boot option screen option if your burning/download are good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratvn View Post
    iAtkos should be able to boot to boot option screen option if your burning/download are good.
    The MD5 is good, so I burned another disc with verification. Still freezing on the spinner. The ISO burner that's included in the Windows shell should be fine, right?

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    You can try PowerISO.

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    I don't understand why you have to worry so much about the bios. It may be that you would have less problems if you used a retail OSX install disk. According to the OSX86 10.6.0 HCL the Pegatron Truckee motherboard was tested for OSX long ago and found to be a success.

    HCL 10.6.0 - OSx86

    Also, I have traded private messages with others on insanelymac and tonymacosx86 that successfully installed OSX SL on their HP PCs that utilized the Truckee motherboard. I would take a second look at your method. It may be there is a much simpler solution.


 

 

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