I need some help please.
My current sys/configuration is: Asus P5E-VM DO (Intel ich9do, Q35 chipset) with AHCI enabled, Intel Q6600 QuadCore, 4GB DDR2 SDRAM dual channel 800Mhz,
HDD1: Sata Intel X25 SSD 40GB, HDD2: Sata Seagate 7200 500GB, DVD-RAM: IDE (LG), GfxCard: GeForce 8400gs, PSU: Zalman ZM550-HP (Active PFC)
Bought retail DVD but didn't work with Boot 132 method. Installed SnowOSx 3.6 on, and upgraded to 10.6.3. Installed Chameleon 2.0 RC4 on the EFI partition.
Patched DSDT. I am using kexts: Ev0reboot, fakesmc, IOATAFamily (with AppleIntelPIIXATA), LegacyAppleAHCIPort, LegacyAppleIntelPIIXATA, LegacyIOAHCIBlockStorage, LegacyJMicronATA, NullCPUPowerManagement
disk0: is GUID partitioned as follows: 1. EFI (209.7MB) 2. JHFS+ (39.7 GB)
disk1: is MBR Partitioned as follows: 1. NTFS (52.1GB) 2. Unknown (312.6MB) 3. NTFS (447.7GB)
SnowLeopard is installed on: disk0s2
WinXP is installed on: disk1s1
Current com.apple.Boot.plist config: Kernel Flags: arch=i386, cpus=1 SMBIOSdefaults: yes, GraphicsEnabler: yes
Problem is: Unless I use the "cpus=1" kernel flag, all hell breaks lose, meaning:
1. FireWire not recognized.
2. if I try to unmount any disk1 partitions it takes forever, saying unmounting:.... and just hanging there
3. disk1 takes a long time to recognize-everytime I access NTFS partitions they get corrupted and they need chkdsk /f afterwards from windows even though they are ReadOnly
4. If I try to use disk utility to make any changes it just hangs
I am assuming there are other problems as well causd by this...
Also, regardless of the cpus setting, the power button does not work. and if I select the power button to cause
computer to go to sleep from energy options, when I press it, it "goes to sleep" but with the fans all working at full speed
and also there is no way to wake it up
my other problem is that I can't use diskutil to convert disk1s2 to HFS+ It gives me an error saying "could not modify partition map (-9986)"
it is importand that disk1s2 is HFS+ so that I can install Chameleon on it and be able to dual boot between disk0 (MacOSX) and disk1 (WinXP)
My question is: should I try to fix those problems one by one while on cpus=4? (all 4 problems mentioned above) Or should I focus
on fixing the cpus problem per se?
can you please suggest a way to make full use of my quad core and not just 1 core?
Amongst many others these are what I tried:
Different kext combinations
I tried Voodoo mach_kernel and just gave me immediately a kernel panic.
I erased AppleHPET and made firewire work but then system became crazy unstable so I had to place it back
Thanks in advance
P.S. A guy on IRC told me that it is a PSU fan problem and that I should change from 12cm to a 8cm-fan-PSU because this somehow messes up with DSDT. What do you guys think