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    Default Retail Snow Leopard 10.6.3 installation guide for nForce chipsets

    since this site has helped me out so much in my OSX86 journey, I thought I would pay back the favor a bit and crunch out a guide. It should work for any Nforce based chipset. My hardware is in my signature, but yours I'm sure will differ.

    Guide for installation with a currently booting 10.5.8 installation:
    what you'll need:
    an existing OSX 10.5.x install. (ideneb or whatever. it HAS to be booted.)
    an nForce chipset
    an AMD processor capable of at least SSE2.
    Snow Leopard 10.6.3 retail DVD (come on be honest and buy it, its only 30 bucks)
    the 10.3.0 Legacy Kernel (downloaded from kexts.com) (to boot 10.6.3)
    the 10.5.0 Legacy Kernel (downloaded from kexts.con) (to boot 10.6.5)
    SuperNForceATA
    The latest version of the Chameleon bootloader (at the time of this writeup, the latest version is RC5 r687)
    Myhack installer (the post installation tool)
    Multibeast (to install the SMBIOS of your choice)
    The OSXUpdate10.6.5 combo update from apple
    An empty SATA hard drive formatted in GPT
    Kext Utility downloaded from kexts.com
    an IDE DVD drive. (snow leopard has issues with nForce and SATA DVD... no idea why. you may be lucky.)

    okay, lets get started...
    1. make sure you're booted into 10.5.x.
    2. Insert your snow leopard dvd and wait until you see the snow leopard installation welcome screen.
    3. click anywhere in the white part of the screen and press CMD+SHIFT+G
    4. Type "/Mac OS X Install DVD/System/Installation/Packages/" into the window that opens up.
    5. Double click the package named :OSInstall.mpkg
    6. set it up to install new on your empty drive. ( make sure you set the partition table to GPT).
    7. Deselect anything extra... fonts, etc. (well, i did.. only thing i kept was rosetta, and i can say that rosetta works GREAT on my hackintosh)
    8. kick back with a cup of coffee (or beer, depending on the time) and let the installation finish. if it asks you to reboot, dont.)
    9. make sure you have permissions enabled so you can make changes on the drive. (some say use terminal, i prefer right clicking the drive and clicking get info, then setting the permissions manually)
    10. install the myhack installer to the drive. install anything you think you may need.
    11. Install the new bootloader to the fresh drive. (customize it and install the preference pane.. it makes life MUCH easier.. trust me)
    12. install the legacykernel 10.3.0 to the fresh drive.
    13. make sure the /extra folder on the fresh drive contains the com.apple.boot.plist, and MAKE SURE that the boot.plist is telling the bootloader to boot using legacy_kernel, and NOT mach_kernel.
    14. use OSX86 tools to install 'superNForceATA to the /System/Library/Extensions/ of the new installation. (if you dont do this, you will get the dreaded 'still waiting for root device', and NO BODY wants that!)
    15. go ahead and reboot, and select the new drive, and boot!
    16. if all is well, you will see the muchos exciting snow leopard intro video. (in my case, graphicsenabler picked up my card and enabled it, and i had mine fully accelerated. i pray you had the same luck)
    17. you should be in your new snow leopard installation. if so, congratulations, almost done. if not, reread the previous steps, and if no luck, PM me, and i will help you.
    18. navigate to your old leopard hard drive, and find the files you downloaded previously.
    19. double click the 10.6.5 combo update and install it. (it will only install onto the root drive, not any other drive). when its done, DO NOT REBOOT.
    20. This step may be unnecessary, but i say better safe than sorry. Reinstall the Myhack installer and the bootloader (RC5 r687). same options as before. dont worry it will just overwrite the files).
    21. Install the 10.5.0 legacy kernel.
    22. as before, make sure your com.apple.boot.plist in the /extra folder is telling your bootloader to boot from the legacy kernel, not the mach_kernel.
    23. drag 'SuperNForceATA' to 'kext utility' and it will install it and repair your permissions. When its done, go ahead and reboot.
    24. if all was done properly, you will be presented with the desktop, fully updated to 10.6.5!!!
    25. Enjoy the Snow Leopard. You may have to set stuff up... DSDT, etc, but that should get you booting at least. I pray that graphicsenabler worked for you like it did for me.

    Installation using a boot cd, AKA no 10.5.x install
    Just like doing things the easy way huh? well, you're in luck.
    things you will need:
    NawCom Mod CD: downloaded from ihackintosh. if its no longer there, google it.
    a RETAIL snow leopard DVD.
    an IDE DVD drive. (NForce has issues with SATA dvd drives... i dont know why. mine does.. you may be lucky.. if i use my SATA dvd-rw with this CD, i get the root device error)
    Myhack installer. (see above.)
    latest chameleon bootloader. (see above)
    legacy kernel 10.5.0. (see above)

    THIS TUTORIAL ASSUMES THAT YOU HAVE BURNED THE NAWCOM MOD CD TO A CD. IF NOT, DOWNLOAD IT AND BURN IT TO A CD USING IMGBURN (WINDOWS) OR TOAST (OSX)

    lets get started.
    1. make sure your SATA DVD drive is disconnected, and the only sata connected is the hard drive you're installing to. the dvd HAS TO BE IDE.
    2. Insert the nawcom CD and boot off it.
    3. when it comes up, replace the cd with your snow leopard DVD, wait about 10 seconds, then press F5 for it to refresh the screen. select the snow leopard DVD and hit Enter.
    4. it will load some info, then instruct you to press any key. press any key.
    5. it will autodetect your chipset, kernel, audio, video, etc. (pretty much making it idiot-proof) but ITS NOT PERFECT.
    6. you should see the OSX install screen. set up the new drive as GPT and customize the install.
    7. as before, deselect anything you dont think you'll need. (you can reinstall anything later on from within OSX)
    8. the important part. in the customize screen, the last option will be 'advanced', or the equivalent. click that.
    9. deselect graphics, and MAKE SURE that the kernel you need is selected. also make sure the chipset you need is selected.. in this case it is SuperNForceATA, or AppleNForceATA, or the equivalent.. you will want to use SuperNForceATA..
    10. if the audio selection autopicked 'voodoohda'... be wary. ive gotten kernel panics from using voodoohda on the laptop i did, yet it worked fine on my AMD, you have been warned. go ahead and install.
    11. if it KPs during install, repeat the process, but after you replace the boot cd with the snow leopard DVD and press F5, type 'maxmem=2048' then press enter.
    12. if all went well, you should be booting into OSX. from here on out, you will be referring to the above tutorial (installing from within leopard), with updating and all the other stuff.

    I encourage you to try graphicsenabler.. its really a great thing. just make sure you type it first at the boot screen, so if it doesnt work for you, (or worse, makes your system unbootable) you can simply reboot and it will boot up.
    Glitches and other weird things

    Only glitch or weird thing ive found is if you boot with a -v flag, you will see bits and pieces of english, mixed in with loads of gibberish. if you have to boot with -s to fix your system.... tsk tsk tsk my heart feels for you, and i hope you can read gibberish.
    Oh, and the SATA DVD drive thing... no idea. its common even on a distro install, so i know its not an issue with the steps in this guide.

    Overall thoughts
    Overall, this is the most stable system I have used. It has not crashed ONCE on me, even with 4GB of ram. I have used it for recording in my buddys home studio (protools, reason5, etc) and have even rendered a 6 minute music video using Final Cut, and it never skipped a beat. (though a XEON MacPro would have sent this thing home crying with its tail between its legs with that rendering)

    If any mistakes are found, or you just want to say thanks, or if you have a suggestion, im all ears.

    i sincerely hope you found this guide useful, and i hope that it worked for you. Thank you to everybody on here who has helped me out, ESPECIALLY RATVN. Happy New Year everybody. Stay Safe.
    -Nick

    Edit number 1: Make sure you specify your multiplier speed, or it will most likely be detected as 100MHz, and slow you down majorly. using the chameleon preference pane in settings, I enabled the busratio setting and put my multiplier number, which is 14, for my processor. the Legacy_Kernel seems to have issues with autodetecting the multiplier and won't do it right, well at least on my system.
    Edit 2 relates to edit 1: take your processor speed (mine is 2.81GHz) and remove the decimal and add a zero so it looks like 2810 and times it by 133, round that number up or down to the nearest 10th, (if its like 20.1247565 or whatever you would round that to 20, and if it was like 20.8467352 it would be 21, EXAMPLE.) that number you rounded off will be your value for the busratio value.

    Edit number 2: just upgraded my motherboard from the abit to an asus, with an nForce chipset, and it booted fine. so it looks like this install is transferrable to different computers, as long as nothing drastic is changed. Oh, and I upgraded my memory to 8GB, and while OSX will read all 8GB, if i enable 8GB, it starts freaking out, closing programs, not responding, etc. so i added "maxmem=6144' to my com.apple.boot.plist and its fully stable at 6GB, and its a HUGE improvement.
    Last edited by ozziesironmanoffroad; 04-28-2011 at 04:33 PM. Reason: Left out a tiny but important detail
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    4GB DDR2-800
    eVGA GEFORCE 9800gtx
    500GB Western Digital black SATA
    2x250GB
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    OSX LION 10.7
    Windows 7 64 bit
    Windows 8 dev. Preview 64 bit (SUCKS!!)



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    Hey there, I noticed that we have similar rig

    AMD athlon 64x2 3600+ 1.9Ghz
    Abit NF-M2S
    ATI Radeon 4350

    I just wanna ask if there are any changes you made during bios (pre setup)
    another thing is that, I noticed you didn't mention anything about kext (post setup)

    do you mind telling me which kexts you used for your hackintosh?
    btw, what is flag -v and -s?

    Can i use the 10.6 Mac OSX retail dvd instead of 10.6.3?
    I only have the 10.6 version...
    Are there any differences?
    Last edited by doraemon88; 01-12-2011 at 11:51 AM. Reason: just some minor changes

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    only changes i made are disabling floppy drive (as i have no floppy and the no floppy found so press F1 bugged me) i disabled the 'show ata66 message' or equivalent (it will have ata66 cable message in the option), and kept the suspend type on S3. other that than, no, i didnt touch it.

    i meant the guide as something to get folks going, actually being able to boot into the OS. but since you asked nicely, , i will tell you what kexts i used. its your lucky day. hehe.
    SuperNForceATA.kext
    kxaudiodriver.kext (because im using an ancient sound blaster LIVE! emu10k1 chipped sound card.)
    other than that, nothing. the REQUIRED kexts (nullCPUPowerManagement, Ev0reboot,FakeSMC,IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector,IONET WORKINGFAMILY,LegacyAppleRTC,VoodooPS2Controller) were installed with either the mod cd (autoselected and automatically installed), or the myhack installer, automatically. (installed from leopard).

    the video card (XFX Geforce GT240 1GB DDR5) was automatically picked up by GraphicsEnabler, however, by itself, DVI does NOT work. HDMI and VGA (D-SUB) work by themselves.

    for your video card you probably need to use one of those exotic ATI card packages... Downloads - Kexts.com. though you never know... try enabling graphicsenabler, and you might get lucky.

    -v is a verbose boot, which lets you boot the system watching lines of code. however, on mine, i get gibberish, which is, after looking into it, a common problem with nForce chipsets in OSX.
    -s is single user boot, which greets you with unfriendly looking text (which if used incorrectly, CAN AND WILL destroy your system). it can also save your @$$ if you're like me and dont have a leopard backup drive and make a booboo, which stops your system from booting.

    I dont know if the 10.6 retail will work with the boot CD, but yes you can use it to install from Leopard. I would try for you if I had a 10.6 DVD, but i dont, and i am not about to download one. sorry. (though i dont see why the boot cd wouldnt work with the 10.6 DVD)

    only differences i know of are the 10.6 dvd is just that: 10.6. the 10.6.3 DVD is just that: 10.6 with the 10.6.3 combo update already applied at apple, then put on a DVD, so you install, and dont have to update from 10.6 to the latest version, after installation you are at 10.6.3.

    let me know if you have any more questions
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    4GB DDR2-800
    eVGA GEFORCE 9800gtx
    500GB Western Digital black SATA
    2x250GB
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    OSX LION 10.7
    Windows 7 64 bit
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    ahh! it's good to see that you actually replied here, awesome!

    I successfully installed retail macosx 10.6, but when it restarts after the installation... I couldn't get pass the Apple logo, it just boot straight to grey screen after the logo.

    I followed your guide properly, except for one.. I couldn't find the Graphics you mentioned under customization. The final option for me was custom.

    edited

    I'm going to try and install again, this time with bare minimum "checks" in the customization menu

    going to take a picture of the combination and see where did it go wrong.


    edited again

    okay, I reinstalled the OS again, this time I can boot into safe mode only. But when I try to restart in safe mode, I'll get stuck in a blue screen

    other than that, it's still the same thing. It boots into the apple logo screen, after that I'll just get stuck with the gray screen.


    edited third time

    I reinstalled for many times already

    but I still get this error

    acpi_smc_platformplugin start waitforservice timed out

    followed by still waiting for root device. I've installed the supernforceata as mentioned, is this the problem you faced last time?

    anyway, I can still boot in using nawcom mod cd though. Otherwise, if i boot in using chameleon, I'll encounter the same problem.


    edited fourth time

    okay! this time I got everything settled, following your guide carefully and it works! I booted in without having to use the bootloader. everything is fine except for a few hiccups.

    my browser freezes whenever i load any flash related contents. this is problem number 1

    so I suspected it's because of my integrated nvidia nforce graphic unit

    hence, I try to plug in my ATI radeon 4350 (note that I took out the GPU before installing Mac OS X)

    now when the system boots, it crashes after loading the apple logo.


    is there any proper procedure to do this?

    Edit again
    say, myHack installer is using an older version of chameleon bootloader
    can I update it by installing the rc5 chameleon bootloader? will it replace the file?
    Last edited by doraemon88; 01-27-2011 at 01:47 AM.

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    Got it to function already!

    thanks to your guide ozzie! haha

    All the steps are the same, except for the graphics card only


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    Quote Originally Posted by doraemon88 View Post
    Got it to function already!

    thanks to your guide ozzie! haha

    All the steps are the same, except for the graphics card only
    Glad to hear it, bro. Enjoy your hackintosh. I am glad that my guide helped you out!. I tried to be as specific as possible.
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    Ozzie! need some help here.

    The system's running fine, I've been having fun with the OS.

    But there's still one minor problem...

    since we have almost the same specs, does your youtube video lag?

    I seem to lag when I play flash videos, regardless of any browsers (mozilla, chrome, safari and etc)

    well, the graphicsenabler recognize my card, QE/CI works

    so I am guessing the video lags because of the processor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doraemon88 View Post
    Ozzie! need some help here.

    The system's running fine, I've been having fun with the OS.

    But there's still one minor problem...

    since we have almost the same specs, does your youtube video lag?

    I seem to lag when I play flash videos, regardless of any browsers (mozilla, chrome, safari and etc)

    well, the graphicsenabler recognize my card, QE/CI works

    so I am guessing the video lags because of the processor?
    Well, I have been fighting that issue too. I have determined its due to Safari, for some reason. Switch to FireFox. On mine, FireFox crashes a lot, but I think thats a Mozilla thing, because we use real Mac Pros at the studio, and FireFox crashes on them too. Heres what I do. Regular browsing I use Safari. For Youtube and streaming video, I use FireFox. Im going out on a limb here and saying its because of the unsupported processor, OR the video card isnt FULLY, 100% supported. because it never lagged using a 7900GS. I have been fighting this issue for a LONG time, and have given up, and learned to deal with it. Haha.

    edit: I will say I downloaded the DIVX player in place of the standard Flash player. maybe try that.
    Last edited by ozziesironmanoffroad; 03-02-2011 at 05:25 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozziesironmanoffroad View Post
    Well, I have been fighting that issue too. I have determined its due to Safari, for some reason. Switch to FireFox. On mine, FireFox crashes a lot, but I think thats a Mozilla thing, because we use real Mac Pros at the studio, and FireFox crashes on them too. Heres what I do. Regular browsing I use Safari. For Youtube and streaming video, I use FireFox. Im going out on a limb here and saying its because of the unsupported processor, OR the video card isnt FULLY, 100% supported. because it never lagged using a 7900GS. I have been fighting this issue for a LONG time, and have given up, and learned to deal with it. Haha.

    edit: I will say I downloaded the DIVX player in place of the standard Flash player. maybe try that.
    I realized that the videos stream smoothly when I first started the comp.
    If I leave it on for too long, it will then start to choke periodically, like every 5-10 seconds.
    Hmm, I guess I'll just have to get used to it huh?

    I downloaded the DivX player already, version 7++
    but I have some problems here, it says DivX could not download video, please check your internet connection
    I am pretty sure that there's nothing wrong in my internet connection
    firewall is turned off, any ideas what is causing it to malfunction?

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    id just go with firefox or camino...
    Intel core 2 quad q6600 2.4ghz
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    4GB DDR2-800
    eVGA GEFORCE 9800gtx
    500GB Western Digital black SATA
    2x250GB
    OSX SNOW LEOPARD 10.6.8
    OSX LION 10.7
    Windows 7 64 bit
    Windows 8 dev. Preview 64 bit (SUCKS!!)


 

 
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