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    Default Help me create an easy to follow install guide (warning long thread)

    I came from the osx86 forum, but a long time lurker here so I registered today. I'm would like to create a guide for the user who "does not know what they are doing!" I made such a guide here for 10.4.8 (long ago)

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    I'll admit it's nothing complicated and too special, but it did make a lot of people happy.

    Today I have found that installing Snow Leopard is much more complex than older builds. People are referring each other to different iso's, kexts, dead links, non-existing files etc... iBoot 2.0 etc...

    I tried one build today called SnowLeo. I want to know too, does everyone have to use busratio=20 cpus=1? or does it change per person's CPU specs? Anyway, the install did not require any special steps. Simply change a few bios settings, Pop the DVD and Install on a single drive with no extra partitions. Install away and there I go... only... I'm stuck with a black screen. 5870 requires something new... I'm not sure what to do next...

    What would be required for say example the following specs (my specs)
    Rampage III Extreme
    i7 920
    6GB Tracers
    Asus 5870v2 (video)

    All in all, I'm hoping to learn a few things here so I can put together a simple guide on where to find pieces needed for specific setups and how users are supposed to apply them.
    Last edited by izlude; 09-01-2010 at 03:33 AM. Reason: updated

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    Quote Originally Posted by izlude View Post

    I'll admit it's nothing complicated and too special, but it did make a lot of people happy.

    Today I have found that installing Snow Leopard is much more complex than older builds. People are referring each other to different iso's, kexts, dead links, non-existing files etc... iBoot 2.0 etc...

    does everyone have to use busratio=20 cpus=1? Install away and there I go... only... I'm stuck with a black screen. 5870 requires something new.

    specific setups and how users are supposed to apply them.
    Very nice idea that you got there.
    Unfortunately, there are so many PC hardware configuration that a simple specific guide may not apply to all, as you already found out for your hardware.
    While it is nice to post your steps and what you would have done to make OSX installation successfully, you may be the one who would try first to make your hardware a hackintosh.
    One quick answer if you think it's helpful. The busratio and cpus flag is different for many AMD and particularly Intel i-class. Other required/special methods would involve video cards as well.
    So, you need to find out what would be needed for your hardware, and apply it first.

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    Glad you like the idea. After playing around and reading a bit more, I found out I cannot use the SnowLeo build for my specs.

    There is one thing i'm really curious about. How are kext's applied? Before, during or after installation?

    In my case, I'll have to go out and "buy" a retail snow leopard disc. Then i'm supposed to load an ATI iboot and I need to use something called aty_init.kext

    Once I get this working and learn how to apply these lists and fixes I can start contacting other users and help them out. Eventually I can create a resource list of "what you need".

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    Quote Originally Posted by izlude View Post
    There is one thing i'm really curious about. How are kext's applied? Before, during or after installation?

    In my case, I'll have to go out and "buy" a retail snow leopard disc. Then i'm supposed to load an ATI iboot and I need to use something called aty_init.kext
    Here is an idea for you (if you know what to do with installation process and system files/kexts/patches/fixes then there are many ways to make it, even retail DVD installation from a completely different hardware configuration), that could be applicable.
    There MAY be an simplier solution/route than the one you're planning.
    Try to obtain iAtkos S3 V2 10.6.3 Snow Leopard and install it. It's one of the best distro release for i-series CPU, if you think you like the idea. If you get it installed then you just need to check/investigate its configuration to find what files/kexts/patches that are required as the distro release already has done.
    Get back to this post once you have the DVD and I will try to post your best required/needed boot options/flags for your hardware configuration which is required to start the installer.
    The other aspect is i7 CPU won't get fully supported until 10.6.4 SL, so an official updated is needed after installation, and S3 already well prepared not to fail using Apple Updater.
    Last edited by ratvn; 09-01-2010 at 12:01 PM.

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    wouldn't it be easier to just get an efi-x 1.1 that way you bypass all the extras?


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    Default Asus Rampage III Extreme with iATKOS S3 V2

    Quote Originally Posted by ratvn View Post
    Here is an idea for you (if you know what to do with installation process and system files/kexts/patches/fixes then there are many ways to make it, even retail DVD installation from a completely different hardware configuration), that could be applicable.
    There MAY be an simplier solution/route than the one you're planning.
    Try to obtain iAtkos S3 V2 10.6.3 Snow Leopard and install it. It's one of the best distro release for i-series CPU, if you think you like the idea. If you get it installed then you just need to check/investigate its configuration to find what files/kexts/patches that are required as the distro release already has done.
    Get back to this post once you have the DVD and I will try to post your best required/needed boot options/flags for your hardware configuration which is required to start the installer.
    The other aspect is i7 CPU won't get fully supported until 10.6.4 SL, so an official updated is needed after installation, and S3 already well prepared not to fail using Apple Updater.
    Hi I have a very similair setup. The only difference is that I have the ATI Radeon HD 5970.

    My specs are:

    Asus Rampage III Extreme
    Intel i7 950
    XFX ATI Radeon HD 5970
    6GB DDR3 1600 Memory

    I have obtained a copy of the iATKOS S3 Version 2 DVD. Now the problem is that as soon as my PC boots from the iATKOS DVD, and I select to install MAC OS X SL, the screen changes to the Apple logo for about a second and then the PC just reboots.

    Anything I'm missing out in the BIOS? The Rampage III extreme has a very complicated BIOS setup. Not sure what I'm missing.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you very much in advance,

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    I'm currently loading the iAtkos S3 V2 10.6.3 which will take a few hours...

    For our rampage iii extreme boards our procedure goes like this:

    -Allow yourself to have a maximum of 4 GB of RAM.
    -Turn off Hyper Threading, Virtualization and speed step.
    -disable usb 3.0
    -disable firewire
    -turn off the overclocking
    -set the power to s3 only mode.
    -set the IDE to AHCI (not the 6gb one, but the main one)

    I currently have the retail DVD of SL and I'm using iBoot 5000 series. My current issue is that when I choose to boot the DVD I get the apple screen and it shows this symbol

    Otherwise if I choose -v or -s I get a series of errors like "waiting for root device" and "configuration incomplete etc" I'm assuming it's a hard drive error. When I used SnowLeo this didn't happen, however when I used SnowLeo, the video wouldn't display (my card not supported).


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    Ok, I'm not at my PC at the moment, so I cannot try then install. However, I've done some reading on the issue, and as we are using i7 CPUs, we have to specify the busratio of out CPUs before we load the iATKOS installer.

    What CPU do you have? I run the i7 950, which has a busration of 23.

    Would you mind testing the installation with your CPUs busratio

    To do this:

    When booting from DVD, press F8. Go to the cameleon icon and type -v -busratio=23 (replace the 23 with your busratio)

    You can find your busratio here:

    tonymacx86 Forum • View topic - List of ALL Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Processors w/busratios

    Regards

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    Here is the boot option that you can try:

    -x -v busratio=20 (and/or cpus=8)


    For i7 920 busratio=20, for i7 950 busratio=23

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    when i input the busratios and cpus it seemed a lot more friendly. it took longer and showed list after list after list and i confirmed no conflicts of any kind (unlike trying to boot without entering busratio) except at the very end i get that same "still waiting for root device" message.

    i tried the following with these results

    rd=disk0s1

    i now get...
    BSD root: disk0s1, major 14 minor 1
    cannot mount root, error = 19
    Last edited by izlude; 09-04-2010 at 10:19 PM.


 

 
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