Running Mac Os X leopard on Cq56-115dx good and bad
Ok so my computer is Compaq cq56-115dx i tried running mac os x leopard 10.5.8. I tried to use the ideneb 10.5.8 lite version of the distro.
windows 7 64bit
Cpu Amd v140 single core @ 2.3 Ghz code name champlain
ram 8 gb of ddr3 1066Mhz
Motherboard hewlett packard model 1604
chipset amd 785 Gx
southbridge amd SB800
bios does not have the famous option for AHCI
in windows 7 format it to fat32 and set it to active the partition of 95 GB
so the first problem i encounter was the famous "still waiting for root device"
solution: what i did is went to bio system configuration boot options and then boot order and made sure that USB CD/DVD ROM DRIVE was first second internal CD/dvd and last the hard-drive. this took away the still waiting for root device
Next in order to fully boot i had to put f8 then the following command -f -x -v if you do not put this then it will never boot into the installation.
so after you put -f -x -v in about 5 min you should see the menu to select language
so select language, use disk utilities to format to mac os extended journal, then select drive and then select customize.
i don't know what really works so i just selected what i thought it would work
vodoo kernel 9.5, vodoo trackpad, and for the ram i selected the 1066 Mhz even though it says ddr2 again i dont know i have ddr3, i left default boot loader.
installation was fast like 10 mins i was surprised how fast it went. i did not select any drivers for sound video or wireless.
after it restarted it gave me a message that i could restart but it restarted by itself , so without taking the dvd i boot it back to dvd, then tried f8 to input -v but it failed to load it gave me still waiting for root device
then i manually shut it down then again boot to dvd did not press f8 just let the countdown finish and press enter it went to the apple logo and booted to mac os x 10.5.8 i was not greeted by the cool mac os video with the big X i was instead greeted by the set up keyboard, so i hit next next apple id information and so on, so finally i was in the mac os x leopard i was really happy, when i click about this mac it said mac pro 2.3 Ghz and it said i had 8 gb of ram. it was reading my ram and cpu, so it was working i was actually using mac os X. so i was able to play around with the operating system so i decided to shutdown.
so i took away the dvd and tried to boot normally the computer and i was very disappointed to see that there was no boot loader and would not boot to anything the screen was just black with a little dash on the top left corner blinking forever. tried again and same deal.
so i decided to put the dvd so i let it boot and let the countdown finish then hit enter then again the apple logo appear and i waited and was able to boot mac os x again working fine, took away the dvd and nothing happen i was able to continue using the mac os x fine. Then i decided to shutdown then turn on and black screen again. so manually shutdown and on again with the dvd inside and was able to boot again.
the point is that i could not boot to mac os x unless i had the dvd inside the Drive. i tried installing a boot loader chameleon 2.0 R3 and installed fine but when i restarted it there was not boot loader just the black screen with the little dash on top corner.
i decided it was not worth it having to do that all the time i was going to take it away, i don't have the windows 7 os dvd i just have the restoration dvds but those did not help to restore the windows boot loader, i tried downloading the recovery disk from neosmart 64bit but that did not work, so what i did is get the windows 7 os dvd for my 32 bit desktop ( i was not sure this was going to work on my 64 bit but it did ) and put it on the drive deleted the partition where the mac os x was and then went back and selected start up fix it took about 3 min....i then it said it was successful and it rebooted automatically and there you go i was able to boot into my windows 7 64 bit without losing information.
in conclusion mac os x worked for me at least with the ideneb but i needed the dvd every time i wanted to get into mac os, it just a real mess and not really worth it. but i will say this that i when i was in mac os x it was working like a champ it was not slow.
if someone has suggestion or possible fixes please share ? :confused:
i am just sharing this if someone was thinking of installing mac os x on cq56-115x get ready to spend a couple of hours