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  1. And so it’s finally done! I’ve finally managed to get it all working!! To save people pulling their hair out (as I did) this is my guide to getting OSX 10.6.4 installed from the retail DVD using an Asus P5Q Premium & NVidia GTX480 (Gigabyte) Please bear the following in mind before you use this guide as a reference; Whilst this guide has items specific to my hardware, with trial and error (or sound research) you can tweak the elements that best suit your setup. IMORTANT – Keep notes as you go along – it will help you retrace and save huge amount of time! To make things easier I’ve numbered reference sites or file locations. References Ref:1 OSx86 <------------ Lots of useful hardware info and install advice Ref:2 Kexts.com - Hackintosh News <------------ Great resource for drivers and tools Ref:2.1 http://www.kexts.com/view/505-marvell_yukon_88e8056_pre_fixed.html <------------ Network driver Ref:2.2 http://www.kexts.com/view/250-kext_helper_b7.html <------------ Kext install utility Ref:2.3 http://www.kexts.com/view/447-kext_utility_2.4.2_x86-x64_snow_leopard.html <------------ Kext permission and cache utility Ref:3 Mac OS X v10.6.4 Update (Combo) <------------ Easier to update with, still check for updates after installing this Ref:4 aquamac forums - 10.6.4/10.6.5 Fermi Driver Installer. <------------ Great package that combine NVidia drivers & fix.[you will need to register to download] Ref:5 http://www.kexts.com/view/498-efistudio_gtx480.html <------------ I added GTX480 support to this utility and uploaded here Ref:6 nawcom.com is having some hardware upgrades <------------ Simple to use swap disk for use with retail DVD Ref:7 {censored} Blog: iB{censored} + MB{censored}: Install Mac OS X on any Intel-based PC <------------ Several flavours of iB{censored} here, choose most appropriate Ref:8 Show Hidden Files on the Mac <------------ Unhide files utility – donate if you like the application. Ref:9 http://www.{censored}.com/Public/MB{censored}.zip <------------ Contains boot loaders and drivers. Ref:10 myHack Blog Archive myHack Installer 1.1 Released <------------ Contains boot loaders and drivers. Ref:11 Carbon Copy Cloner - Home <------------ Good (free) backup software – please donate if you like the application. Hardware requirements Pretty exhaustive list really, but basically a decent motherboard and cpu with at least 2gig of Ram(more is better). A compatible GFX card and at least one large hard drive. I did read somewhere that you should plug your SATA hard drive(if that’s what you’re installing to) into the very first SATA port on your motherboard – having said that my final system build had two OSX installs and both worked fine considering the second was plugged in to port six! There is a good reference guide here : - See Ref:1 Software requirements Retail DVD Mac OS X – 10.6.2 or above (this guide was based on using this product) Either Nawcom’s BootCD or {censored} iB{censored} (three flavours here at the moment ) – Ref: 6 & 7 Respectively Method Firstly you need to make sure your motherboard’s BIOS is tweaked to be a plain and dull as possible! – You can turn features on later once we get up and running. There’s a good guide on this (iB{censored} based, but pretty much standard settings) here : Ref: 7 Check with your motherboard’s manufacturer on how to access and change settings. Before you change ANYTHING, take notes (or even pictures) at every screen of the original settings you had. The most important change to BIOS is making sure your hard drive controller is configured as AHCI and not IDE (which tends to be the default setting on PC motherboards) So as an example on my Asus P5Q Premium I did the following:- Started up my PC and pressed the Delete (“DEL??) key to enter BIOS On first screen “Main?? I used the down arrow key to select “Storage Configuration?? and pressed enter On the “Storage Configuration?? screen I selected “Configure SATA as?? and changed the setting to “AHCI?? Then pressed the “Esc?? (Escape) key on my keyboard to take me back to the “Main?? screen Next I moved the cursor across to the right and selected the “Advanced?? screen and selected “CPU Configuration?? On the subsequent screen I arrowed down to “Intel ® SpeedStep ™ Tech?? and selected “Disabled?? – just keeping things dull for now Then pressed the “Esc?? (Escape) key on my keyboard to take me back to the “Advanced?? screen and moved the cursor to the right again onto the “Power?? menu On this screen I set “Suspend Mode?? to “S3 only?? and both “ACPI 2.0 Support?? & “ACPI APIC support?? to “Enabled?? Moved cursor to right again to “Boot?? menu and selected “Boot Device Priority?? – changed “1st Boot Device?? to CD/DVD ROM Drive. Pressed “Esc??, then F10 to save my changes to BIOS. Pressed eject on the CD player and inserted my chosen boot CD ready for first boot. DISCONNECT ALL HARD DRIVES AND RAID DEVICES EXCEPT THE DRIVE YOU WANT TO INSTALL TO – first hurdle I fell at [booted to an error prompt asking me to either “Restore From Backup?? or “Restart??] Insert your now lovingly burnt swap CD (burn the ISO file you downloaded from Ref: 6 or 7 to a cd) – I used Nawcom’s as it was Fermi(GTX480) friendly [i’ve asked the iB{censored} developer to tweak his code slightly to get it to work with these cards] Also I liked Nawcom as they bundled some very useful kexts(drivers and patches) into their preboot.dmg and it supports MBR! Once this boots to the selection screen (Nawcom’s version tells you in big caps at the bottom, whilst iB{censored} will boot to Chameleon with {censored} logo at top) eject your swap CD and insert the retail disk. Press F5 to refresh the loader menu and you should now see the retail disk in the menu. Select this and continue to boot. Insert media and boot system (use your BIOS configuration to select the Optical Drive as first boot device!). Wait for a while as things boot up and you’re presented with the installer. Click on your language choice and then the blue arrow in the bottom right corner to continue. You should now see the installer desktop Ok choice for you now! If you’ve already configured your hard drive (this may be the 29th time you decide to do a clean install….. not bitter honestly!) then skip this step. If this is a clean install then before clicking the tempting “Continue?? button, click on the word “Utilities?? and select “Disk Utility?? from the drop down menu. Once it starts up you’ll see all your drives listed down the left and on the right “Select a disk, volume or image??. Select the hard drive you have chosen for your install and you’ll see the right hand window populates with a number of options. Click on the word “Partition?? and the window changes to show a “Volume Scheme:?? drop down and “Volume Information?? area. Select “1 Partition?? from the “Volume Scheme:?? dropdown – or however many partitions you want obviously. On the right under “Volume Information?? you can now name your install (don’t use spaces as some utilities wont action commands correctly) I used OSX-RETAIL as a name. Format should be Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Below the “Volume Scheme:?? section , which should now show your named partition, you’ll see a “+??, “-“ and “Options?? button. Press the “Options Button??. You’ll see a roll down window asking you to choose a partition scheme – select “Master Boot Record?? by clicking on the circle to the left (THIS IS VITAL) and then click the “OK?? button. You will be taken back to the “Volume Scheme:?? screen and you should now click the “Apply?? button in the bottom right hand corner. A confirmation roll down window will appear and you should click on the “Partition?? button. Once created exit “Disk Utility?? by clicking in the red cross in the top left hand corner of the window. You should now be back at the installer – “Install Mac OS X?? Time to click the “Continue?? button! You should see a Licence agreement screen – digest and enjoy. Done? Good. Click on the “Agree?? button in the bottom right corner of the window. You will flick back to the “Install Mac OS X screen and will be presented with a destination selection choice. Select your destination part ion/drive as named in the step earlier – OSX-RETAIL as per my example – by clicking on the hard drive icon above the name and drive data tag. You’ll see that the installer will display a confirmation message just under the central window confirming your destination, in addition to the big green arrow now pointing at your selected drive. REALLY IMPORTANT STEP – DON NOT PRESS INSTALL YET!!!! – First place so many installs go wrong. Click on the “Customize?? button in the bottom left of the screen. A new roll down window appears, lets deal with each section one at a time. Expand the selection by clicking on the triangle to the immediate left of the word “Printer Support??/small blue square with a “-“ ; this expands the section and presents you with a series of choices – this will be the same for each subsequent section you come to. Remember you want to get this working – bells and whistles can come later. REMOVE ALL SELECTIONS – Essentially un-tick everything here (by clicking on the blue highlighted box with a tick symbol in it) as we need this install to be as plain as possible – unless you’re an advanced user in which case “trial and error?? time! NB – You may find by un-ticking an item, a previously greyed out choice becomes active – un-tick these also. Collapse the selection by clicking on the triangle to the immediate left of the word “Printer Support??/small blue square with a “-“ - this collapses the section – this will be the same for each subsequent section you come to. Continue through “Additional Fonts??, “Language Translations?? (perhaps picking a language of choice). “X11?? & “Rosetta?? can be selected if you wish. “QuickTime 7?? – hmm think there might just be a newer version All done? Click “OK?? button in bottom right of this roll down window. This will take you back to the main “Install Mac OS X?? screen NOW press “Install?? button! Cross fingers The Install The installer will kick off and tell you that there are “About 20 minutes?? to go….. yeah right! The install takes a while so make another coffee or take a short walk and enjoy the real world for about 20 minutes – occasionally it will look like its hung, try moving the mouse cursor around and see the timer magically jump from 14 minutes to 8! Lol NB – You may get a screen appear with a great big yellow triangle(rather than a green circle of success) and the helpful words “Install Failed?? – this is pretty normal for a retail disk install and for now assume all is well unless you can’t get into the OS – see next few steps. The system will ask to restart once completed(whether you get the yellow triangle or the green circle) and you should eject the install media if possible once the screen goes black NOT BEFORE – I find powering the system off before it boots again is the best choice as you can eject the install media and avoid any possible boot hangs etc. Now reinsert your boot cd of choice – mine was Nawcom’s Once you get to the selection screen again, cursor to your newly installed OSX drive – OSX-RETAIL in my example Once its highlighted press enter (or type “–v?? [Darwin syntax for a verbose boot] if you want to see what’s going on) First boot is always a voyage of discovery I find – it takes ages & sometimes it fails – so before you panic …DON’T Just try again this time “-x?? before you press enter in the step above. Hopefully you should now be watching the Apple welcome screen – enjoy, although to be honest after the 20th time it gets really, really dull. All that over you should now be looking at the “Before You Begin?? screen – click “OK?? to start the keyboard identification process. Follow the instruction on screen then click ??Continue?? Select your country of choice and click “Continue?? On the next screen select your keyboard language the click “Continue?? On the next screen “Do You Already Own a Mac??? just click “Continue?? As its unlikely your network adapter has been loaded you’ll see a screen “How Do You Connect??? select “My computer does not connect to the internet?? then click “Continue?? If by some sheer fluke your network adapter is recognised then you’ll see the “Enter Your Apple ID?? screen, in which case just click “Continue?? Again, as its unlikely your network adapter has been loaded you’ll see a screen “Registration Information?? either complete this or select “Continue?? for now, and when the warning pops up click “Continue?? on that also. On the next screen “Create Your Account?? you need to fill in your “Full Name?? (Mr Smith), “Account Name??(Smith) and “Password?? and hint – use something simple for now as you’ll be typing it a lot! When you’re done press “Continue??. The next screen is “Register With Apple??, choose “Register Later?? and click “Continue?? – you can register now if you like – your choice. Again if by some sheer fluke your network adapter is recognised then you’ll see the screen “Try MobileMe Free??, select “I don’t want to try MobileMe for free right now??, then click “Continue?? On the next screen select your time zone and click “Continue?? If your network adapter was recognised you’ll see a “Thank You?? screen, just click “Go??, otherwise you’ll see the “Don’t Forget to Register?? screen (assuming you said “Register Later??) in the earlier step). In this case click “Done?? Welcome to your OSX install!!! At this stage I installed Carbon Copy (Ref:11) and cloned my install to a spare blank hard drive I had as I needed it as a failsafe for writing this guide What now? Before we make too many changes let’s make this easier by making a few changes to your desktop first. Left click on the word “Finder?? just right of the Apple logo at the top of the screen. Select “Preferences?? – a shortcut to this on a Mac is [Apple key and , key] on PC keyboard it’s [Windows key and ,] Put a tick in the box next to “Hard disks?? in the window that pops up, then click on the close button (red button in top left of the window). Your desktop is now lovingly cluttered with icons (depends on how many hard drives/partitions etc.) Double click your OSX-RETAIL (or whatever you called your install) desktop icon. As you can see there are five folders clearly visible – these are your standard Apple OSX folders and where most installs(Apple specific) will use. Update OSX to 10.4.6 You MUST do this FIRST before installing either MB{censored} (Ref:9) or myHack (Ref:10) If by some fluke you have networking already up and running, you can update automatically by following this guide, if not download the update package from Apple (Ref:3, link above) and follow the instructions after copying to your OSX the install. Click on the Apple logo (top left corner of screen) and select “Software Update?? You’ll see a pop up appear which will take a few minutes to work out what your system needs etc. This will eventually change giving you three choices – select “Show Details?? For now just select “Mac OS X Update?? – clear all the other selections for now as you can download these later. Now click on the blue button (bottom left) “Install 1 Item?? and follow the prompts until the update is installed. DO NOT REBOOT YOUR SYSTEM YET!!!! (even if you used the update package in Ref:3) At this stage I started Carbon Copy (Ref:11) and again cloned my install to another spare blank hard drive I had as I needed it as a failsafe for writing this guide Independent Booting Time to get a little freedom from the boot CD as we really need to get OSX to boot without it, for that we need either MB{censored} (Ref:9) or myHack (Ref:10) Once downloaded (myHack is already on Nawcom’s boot CD by the way – in the “Post-install pkgs?? folder – however this is an older version so download the new one), copy this onto your OSX install and run the application. myHack Method Follow the install’s advice and READ the screens that are presented to you! – full install guide is here Ref:10 Click “Continue?? on the welcome screen. Read the important information then click “Continue?? Read the licence agreement and click “Continue?? On the next screen select your OSX install (OSX-RETAIL in my example) and click “Continue?? Make sure on the next screen you click “Customize?? the install as follows:- Leave all the standard options pre-ticked in myHack 1.1 SELECTED Fermi(GTX4XX) users will note that ??GraphicsEnabler?? is part of this selection. DON’T WORY – this may sound contrary to everything I’ve ever said above Fermi and “GraphicsEnabler?? but we need it installed – don’t worry it only kills if you reboot without fixing things first Select “IOATAFamily.kext?? to add IDE/SATA HD support – very useful in multi boot systems with Windows installs etc. Next click “Install?? Enter your password at the prompt and myHack will install and once completed click on “Close?? STILL DO NOT REBOOT YET!! – Now move onto ??Just Before Installing GFX Drivers??section - skip to “Network & GFX Drivers?? if you know your way around etc. MB{censored} Method MB{censored} – Again follow the install’s advice and READ the screens that are presented to you, and make sure you use “EasyBeast?? if you’re unsure what to do. NB if OSX closes MB{censored} at any stage just relaunch and retrace your steps. Click “Continue?? on the welcome screen. Read the important information then click “Continue?? Read the licence agreement and click “Continue?? and on the pop up click “Agree?? On the next screen select the following by ticking the square box to the left. “EasyBeast?? “System Utilities?? Then click the triangle to the left of “Advanced Options?? – ignore the fact it looks greyed out by the way. Again click on the triangle to the left of “Chameleon?? and select “Chameleon 2.0 RC4 by AsereBLN?? Next click “Continue?? Now click “Install?? Enter your password at the prompt and MB{censored} will install and once completed click on “Close?? STILL DO NOT REBOOT YET!! – Now move onto ??Just Before Installing GFX Drivers??section - skip to “Network & GFX Drivers?? if you know your way around etc. Just Before Installing GFX Drivers Ok you’re itching to reboot but before you do let’s just evaluate a few things. If you now look at the folders on you OSX install (double left click your OSX install icon on the desktop) you will have SIX folders!– magically you should now see a folder called “Extra?? If you can see this folder the skip to the “I can see it!?? section What happens if I can’t see and “Extra?? folder? If you can’t see (scroll to the bottom of the window as it might just be off screen) then we’ll need to ‘unhide’ these to get at them easily - you can download an application to do this , but that’s too easy right? Ref:8 There are also many other hidden folders by the way (system folders mainly), but specifically the Extra folder and its sub folders are needed in this install guide. To unhide these folders left click on the “Applications?? folder (in the “Dock?? to the bottom right of your desktop) then scroll down until you can see the “Utilities?? folder – there are keyboard shortcuts for all these folders but I need you to understand where everything is on the install, hence the long way round. Open this folder(left click again) and then click on the “Terminal?? icon A new “Terminal?? window will open so click on this and at the prompt type the following: - defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES <------------ This UNHIDES hidden files etc. defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO <------------ This HIDES hidden files etc. To make the command take effect, you need to restart the Finder. - one way to do this is to hold down the Option(Alt on windows keyboard) key, then click and hold on the Finder icon in the Dock(the area at the bottom of the screen with lots of icons on it). When the menu appears, select Relaunch and the Finder will restart. For now just leave the files UNHIDDEN if the “Extra?? folder only appears using this. The screen will go blank briefly then all will return with many more icons etc. Close the “Terminal?? window for now so you’re back at the desktop. You’ll see two additional files on your desktop – don’t do anything with these as they are normally hidden. Now again open your install folder – OSX-RETAIL – wow lots more folders in addition to the almighty “Extra?? folder I can see it! Before we do anything else though, a brief explanation about system folders and how “workarounds?? handle files/locations – skip this section if you know you way around already. The easiest way to explain how these “workarounds?? work is like this: - To satisfy OSX it’s running on a MAC, the basic integrity of OSX 10.6.X is kept intact, however in order to fool things into working “workarounds?? use the “Extra?? folder in preference to the “System?? folder. So basically the system looks to the “Extra?? folder BEFORE the “System?? or “Library?? folders, and loads any relevant file or drivers from there EVEN if they exist in both places. This preserves the integrity of the operating system and also safeguards you against updates that could overwrite any workaround. It’s not a fool proof system but pretty good engineering and enough to get you a decent MAC install. – before you update anything always backup! While we’re talking about folders, and to make the next section easier on my fingers, some naming conventions and their meaning:- NB – There are two Library folders so please take care not to confuse them – there are a few other duplicate named folders but not important for this guide. Root – means I’m talking about the top of your OSX install – so when you double click on your desktop icon (OSX-RETAIL for me) it’s the first folder window that is shown. S/L/E – means I’m talking about the “Extensions?? folder that sits inside the “Library?? folder, and in turn sits inside the “System?? folder – so to get there you open the “System?? (located in the root of your OSX install), then the “Library?? folder contained therein, then lastly the “Extensions?? folder. L/P/SC – means I’m talking about the “SystemConfiguration?? folder that sits inside the “Preferences??, and in turn sits inside the “Library?? folder – so to get there you open the “Library?? (located in the root of your OSX install), then the “Preferences?? folder contained therein, and lastly the “System Configuration?? folder. E/E – means I’m talking about the “Extensions?? folder that sits inside the “Extra?? folder – so to get there you open the “Extra?? folder(located in the root of your OSX install), then the “Extensions?? folder. L/T – means I’m talking about the “Tools?? folder that sits inside the “Library?? folder – so to get there you open the “Library?? folder (located in the root of your OSX install), then the “Tools?? folder. Network & GFX Drivers Time to get some drivers working I think! Failure to follow this next bit carefully will lead to a failure – you’ll end up with an install with a flickering blue screen intermittently showing the desktop – this will really hack you off (been there too many times lol) Network We need to get network up and running (if it’s not already) so make your way to Ref:2 and download the drivers for your specific motherboard (check at Ref:1 for help) – I have an Asus P5Q Premium which needed the driver package I found at Ref:2.1 Depending on whether the driver you download is a package(self-installing) or standalone kext (just the driver) either launch the package and follow the onscreen prompts or use a kext installer (grab one from Ref:2) to essentially copy these to the E/E folder – I do this manually, delete the “Extenions.mkext?? and then run “Kext Utility?? (Ref:2.3 – essential download, copy this to your “Applications?? folder) to repair caches and permissions etc. and it works perfectly. If networking is not restored at this stage don’t worry once we get to the reboot it may well come to life. Just download any drivers on another machine and copy to your OSX desktop for now. Graphics Firstly download the Aquamac 10.6.4/10.6.5 Fermi Driver Installer (GTX4XX card driver package) – (Ref:4, link above) Install the package by following the prompts on screen (basically keep clicking “Continue?? and “Agree??, then “Install??) – The package also contains AppleHDA audio drivers – I chose to customise my install and untick these. DO NOT CLICK ON RESTART Minimise the window and move onto the next step instead – you may find the OS trying to shut windows, just ignore this any reopen/relaunch what you were doing at the time. Next download my custom EFIStudio GTX480 ONLY utility – (Ref:5, link above) Open the “Extra?? folder and locate “com.apple.Boot.plist?? and copy this to your desktop by left clicking on it and dragging it to a clear area The purists amongst you will scream at this next bit, probably shouting about “sudo?? this and “sudo?? that. Calm down this works whilst it aint pretty Once copied open the file by right clicking and “Open With?? – choose “TextEdit?? You’ll see a huge amount of pseudo (do the purists like what I did there? Lol) gibberish, we need to add the following lines to the file. Once open scroll to the bottom of the file and you should see a penultimate line starting with </dict>, position your cursor at the beginning of this line and press enter to create a space above it. Cursor up to this blank line and press TAB to insert a space then type:- <key>device-properties</key> PRESS ENTER FOR ANOTHER NEW LINE Press TAB to insert a space then type:- <string></string> Ok let’s just save that for now, so click on the word “File?? on the top menu bar (at the top of the screen) and click on “Save?? Minimise this window. Next extract and launch my version of EFIStudio. A window will pop up and you will see a blue button marked “Add Device?? – click this now. You’ll see a new window open to the right and the bottom portion contains the important string you need. Click on the “Hex String to Clipboard?? Button and then minimise the window. Minimise EFIStudio also. Now go back to your desktop version of “com.apple.Boot.plist?? and maximise it. Ok now the tricky bit Position your cursor between the >< of the line you added earlier (<string>HERE</string>) Now paste your hex string that you just generated into the gap. You should now save the file again. You can now close all files, windows and applications if you like, leaving you with just a desktop and the edited “com.apple.Boot.plist?? file. We need to move this file to the “Extra?? folder located in the root of your OSX install You will be prompted to authenticate and should enter your password when prompted. Ok we now need to fix things to make the OS happy so you need to launch “Disk Utility?? which is located in your “Utilities?? folder (in turn located in “Applications?? folder) Once launched select your OSX install from the list on the left (OSX-RETAIL in my example) Now click on the “Repair Disk Permissions?? button and left the software do its work. The Final Reboot! Ok ready for the big reveal? Eject the boot CD by left clicking and dragging the CD icon to the waste basket or clicking the eject symbol in the top right of the taskbar and selecting the relevant media. Once ejected, click on the Apple logo top left and select “Restart?? and confirm your action in the restart pop up Now cross your fingers and say a little prayer to your respective god/s. Once booted in glorious super high res mode, update and hopefully do not break your install. At this stage I started Carbon Copy (Ref:11) and again cloned my install to yet another spare blank hard drive I had as I needed it as a failsafe for writing this guide Enjoy!
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    Tweaked as noticed potential conflict with 10.6.4. ? Extract and copy to Extra/Extensions folder - repair permissions and rebuild cache ? Cheers, ? Fats.
  3. Hey, Everyone reading this that you should always own a retail legitimate copy of OSX before using a third party distribution and in no way wish to condone any form of piracy. I own several copies of OSX from Tiger > Snow Leopard, and am only using this guide as a way to show people how to get their GTX480's working. In terms of installing from a retail disk - watch this space as I will publish soon. Cheers, Fats.
  4. To save people pulling their hair out (as I did) this is my guide to getting OSX 10.6.4 with Asus P5Q Premium & NVidia GTX480 (Gigabyte) Please bear the following in mind before you use this guide as a reference; Whilst this guide has items specific to my hardware, with trial and error (or sound research) you can tweak the elements that best suit your setup. IMPORTANT – Keep notes as you go along – it will help you retrace and save huge amounts of time! To make things easier I’ve numbered reference sites or file locations. References Ref:1 OSx86<------------ Lots of useful hardware info and install advice Ref:2 Kexts.com - Hackintosh News <------------ Great resource for drivers and tools Ref:3 Mac OS X v10.6.4 Update (Combo) <------------ Easier to update with, still check for updates after installing this Ref:4 http://s155158671.websitehome.co.uk/aquamac%20Fermi%2010.6.5%20Fix.zip <------------ Great package that combine NVidia drivers & fix.[you will need to register to download] - NB looks like if you're on a PC use Firefox or Safari to open this link. Ref:5 http://www.kexts.com/view/498-efistudio_gtx480.html <------------ I added GTX480 support to this utility and uploaded here Hardware requirements Pretty exhaustive list really, but basically a decent motherboard and cpu with at least 2gig of Ram(more is better but max of 4gig for install - you can add more once you're up and running). A compatible GFX card and at least one large hard drive. I did read somewhere that you should plug your SATA hard drive(if that’s what you’re installing to) into the very first SATA port on your motherboard – having said that my final system build had two OSX installs and both worked fine considering the second was plugged in to port six! There is a good reference guide here : - See Ref:1 Method Download an OSX86 distribution and either burn to disk or USB stick – I’m using iAtkos S3 v2. Insert media and boot system (use your BIOS configuration to select the Optical Drive as first boot device!). Wait for a while(go make a coffee/tea) while the things boot up and you’re presented with the installer. Click on your language choice and then the blue arrow in the bottom right corner to continue. You should now see the installer main window/desktop. Ok choice for you now! If you’ve already configured your hard drive (this may be the 29th time you decide to do a clean install….. not bitter honestly!) then skip this step. If this is a clean install then before clicking the tempting “Continue?? button, click on the word “Utilities?? and select “Disk Utility?? from the drop down menu. Once it starts up you’ll see all your drives listed down the left, and on the right “Select a disk, volume or image??. Select the hard drive you have chosen for your install and you’ll see the right hand window populates with a number of options. Click on the word “Partition?? and the window changes to show a “Volume Scheme:?? drop down and “Volume Information?? area. Select “1 Partition?? from the “Volume Scheme:?? dropdown – or however many partitions you want obviously. On the right under “Volume Information?? you can now name your install (don’t use spaces as some utilities wont action commands correctly – iAtkos Tools for example) I used OSX-SNOW as a name. Format should be Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Below the “Volume Scheme:?? section , which should now show your named partition, you’ll see a “+??, “-“ and “Options?? button. Press the “Options" button. You’ll see a roll down window asking you to choose a partition scheme – select “Master Boot Record?? by clicking on the circle to the left (THIS IS VITAL) and then click the “OK?? button. You will be taken back to the “Volume Scheme:?? screen and you should now click the “Apply?? button in the bottom right hand corner. A confirmation roll down window will appear and you should click on the “Partition?? button. Once created exit “Disk Utility?? by clicking in the red cross in the top left hand corner of the window. You should now be back at the installer – “Install Mac OS X?? Time to click the “Continue?? button! As I said earlier I’m using the iAtkos S3 v2 distribution so the next few steps may differ slightly if you’re using a different one. You should see a “Read Me Please..?? screen – do so, digest and enjoy. Done? Good. Click on the “- - >?? button in the bottom right corner of the window. You will briefly flick back to the “Read Me Please..?? screen before automatically being presented with a destination selection choice. Select your destination partion/drive as named in the step earlier (OSX-SNOW as per my example) by clicking on the hard drive icon above the name and drive data tag. You’ll see that the installer will display a confirmation message just under the central window confirming your destination, in addition to the big green arrow now pointing at your selected drive. REALLY IMPORTANT STEP – DON NOT PRESS INSTALL YET!!!! – First place so many installs go wrong. Click on the “Customize?? button in the bottom left of the screen. A new roll down window appears, lets deal with each section one at a time. REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING INSTALL OPTIONS WORKED ON MY SPECIFIC SETUP – you may need to tweak for yours. Bootloader Expand the selection by clicking on the triangle to the immediate left of the word “Bootloader??/small blue square with a “-“ ; this expands the section and presents you with a series of choices – this will be the same for each subsequent section you come to. Remember you want to get this working – bells and whistles can come later. The following choices are specific to my hardware as show above so research your hardware to see which items may work better for you. As I said earlier, there is a good reference guide here – see Ref:1 Select your Bootloader of choice, click on the each one to get a description BUT ONLY SELECT ONE – I chose Chameleon v2 RC5 as I wanted the best chance of getting my GTX480 video card recognised(it didn't but thats not important - lol). Do this by clicking on the small square immediately to the left of your choice. Once selected the box turns blue and shows a tick also. UNTICK ANY OTHER BOOTLOADERS Collapse the selection by clicking on the triangle to the immediate left of the word “Bootloader??/small blue square with a “-“ ; this collapses the section – this will be the same for each subsequent section you come to. Bootloader Options DO NOT ENABLE “Graphics Enabler?? if you have a GTX 480 – boot will hang otherwise! I came across an error on my install [specific to my set up maybe] of “ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin::Start - waitforservice(resourcematching(AppleIntelCPUPower Management) Timed Out??, which I solved by NOT selecting “Graphics Enabler?? on install – it’s only a boot command which we’ll add later once we have the right packages installed first. Choose any options here that you feel you need – just click on the words for a description. Patches Leave as preselected. Drivers Further expand “Main Hardware?? sub section Then further expand “SATA/IDE?? sub, sub section Select “Intel SATA/IDE??, “JMicron SATA/IDE?? & “VIA SATA/IDE?? – I have a raid hence the VIA – you could skip that one obviously Collapse the “SATA/IDE?? sub, sub section. Expand the “Sound?? sub, sub section. Remove the tick by “Voodoo HDA?? - unless you want this in which case untick the "AppleHDA" option. Collapse the “Sound?? sub, sub section. Skip PS/2 – unless you need this obviously (does your setup have a green and purple mouse/keyboard connected? If yes then YOU NEED THIS). Expand the “CPU Power Management?? sub, sub section. Select “Voodoo P-State?? Collapse the “CPU Power Management?? sub, sub section. Collapse the “Main Hardware?? sub section – unless you need items in “Laptop Hardware?? or “NTFS-3G?? Skip “VGA?? sub section if you have a GTX480. Expand “Network?? sub section. Expand “Wired?? sub, sub section. Expand “Marvell?? sub, sub, sub section. Select “Yukon 88E8056?? Collapse the “Drivers?? section – this will close all its sub folders, etc. – you can skip this and just click “OK?? [next step]as it does the same thing Click “OK?? button in bottom right of this roll down window. This will take you back to the main “Install Mac OS X?? screen NOW press “Install?? button! Cross fingers The Install The installer will kick off and tell you that there are “About 18 minutes?? to go….. yeah right! The install takes a while so make another coffee or take a short walk and enjoy the real world for about 18 minutes. The system will ask to restart once completed and you should eject the install media if possible once the screen goes black NOT BEFORE. If not make sure you hit F8(or whatever key it says on the screen) and select your install (OSX-SNOW in my example) from the list and press enter (or type “–v?? [Darwin syntax for a verbose boot] if you want to see what’s going on) – I find powering the system off before it boots again is the best choice as you can eject the install media and avoid any possible boot hangs etc. First boot is always a voyage of discovery I find – it takes ages & sometimes it fails – so before you panic – reboot again as I find it suddenly starts working! Hopefully you should now be watching the Apple welcome screen – enjoy, although to be honest after the 20th (about 50th now lol) time it gets really, really dull. All that over you should now be looking at the Welcome/Country selection screen. Select your country of choice and click “Continue?? On the next screen select your keyboard language the click “Continue?? On the next screen “Do You Already Own a Mac??? just click “Continue?? On the next screen “Enter Your Apple ID?? just click “Continue?? If you don’t/haven’t installed any network drivers you’ll see a screen “How Do You Connect??? select “My computer does not connect to the internet?? then click “Continue?? On the next screen “Registration Information?? just click “Continue?? and when the warning pops up click “Continue?? on that also. On the next screen “Create Your Account?? you need to fill in your “Full Name?? (Mr Smith), “Account Name??(Smith) and “Password?? and hint – use something simple for now as you’ll be typing it in a lot! When you’re done press “Continue??. If you installed network drivers the next screen is “Try MobileMe Free??, select “I don’t want to try MobileMe for free right now??, then click “Continue?? – you won’t see this if you didn’t install network drivers. If you don’t/haven’t installed any network drivers you’ll see a screen “Register With Apple?? select “Register Later??, then click “Continue?? On the next screen select your time zone and click “Continue?? If you don’t/haven’t installed any network drivers on the next and final screen click “Done?? Otherwise you’ll see a “Thank You?? screen, just click “Go?? Screen turns blue with a black pointer for a few minutes(so don’t panic mysterious Apple things are being done in the background here) and you’ll eventually be presented with a screen(low res at this stage) asking you to confirm the keyboard setting. Click “Continue?? Follow the instruction on screen then click “Done?? Welcome to your OSX install!!! What now? Let’s make this easier by making a few changes to your desktop first. Left click on the word “Finder?? just right of the Apple logo at the top of the screen. Select “Preferences?? – a shortcut to this on a Mac is [Apple key and , key] on PC keyboard it’s [Windows key and ,] Put a tick in the box next to “Hard disks?? in the window that pops up, then click on the close button (red button in top left of the window). Your desktop is now lovingly cluttered with icons (depends on how many hard drives/partitions etc.) Before we do anything else though, a brief explanation about system folders and how iAtkos (and probably most distributions) handle files/locations – skip this section if you know you way around already. There are a few areas you need to familiarise yourself with if you’ve never used a MAC before. Double click your OSX-SNOW (or whatever you called your install) desktop icon. As you can see there are four folders clearly visible – these are your standard Apple OSX folders and where most installs(Apple specific) will use. There are also many hidden folders but specifically the Extra folder and its sub folders are needed in this install guide, so we need to “Unhide?? these to get at them, easily. To "Unhide" these folders left click on the “Applications?? folder then scroll down until you can see the “Utilities?? folder – there are keyboard shortcuts for all these folders but I need you to understand where everything is on the install, hence the long way round. Open this folder and then left click on the “Show-hide Files?? icon – the screen will go blank briefly then all will return with many more icons etc. Close the window for now so you’re back at the desktop. You’ll see two additional files on your desktop – don’t do anything with these as they are normally hidden. Now again open your install folder – OSX-SNOW – wow lots more folders! You should now be able to see the “Extra?? folder and its contents. The easiest way to explain how these distribution installs works is like this: - To satisfy OSX it’s running on a MAC, the basic integrity of OSX 10.6.X is kept intact, however in order to fool things into working, distributions(iAtkos, etc.) use the “Extra?? folder in preference to the “System?? folder. So basically the system looks to the “Extra?? folder BEFORE the “System?? or “Library?? folders, and loads any relevant file or drivers from there EVEN if they exist in both places. This preserves the integrity of the operating system and also safeguards you against updates that could overwrite any workaround. It’s not a fool proof system but pretty good engineering and enough to get you a decent MAC install. – before you install any Apple OSX update always backup! Ok, to make the next steps easier on my fingers, some naming conventions and their meaning:- NB – There are two Library folders so please take care not to confuse them – there are a few other duplicate named folders but not important for this guide. Root – means I’m talking about the top of your OSX install – so when you double click on your desktop icon (OSX-SNOW for me) it’s the first folder window that is shown. S/L/E – means I’m talking about the “Extensions?? folder that sits inside the “Library?? folder, and in turn sits inside the “System?? folder – so to get there you open the “System?? (located in the root of your OSX install), then the “Library?? folder contained therein, then lastly the “Extensions?? folder. L/P/SC – means I’m talking about the “SystemConfiguration?? folder that sits inside the “Preferences??, and in turn sits inside the “Library?? folder – so to get there you open the “Library?? (located in the root of your OSX install), then the “Preferences?? folder contained therein, and lastly the “System Configuration?? folder. E/E – means I’m talking about the “Extensions?? folder that sits inside the “Extra?? folder – so to get there you open the “Extra?? folder(located in the root of your OSX install), then the “Extensions?? folder. L/T – means I’m talking about the “Tools?? folder that sits inside the “Library?? folder – so to get there you open the “Library?? folder (located in the root of your OSX install), then the “Tools?? folder. Bells & Whistles Ok first things first, you should update the OSX install to 10.6.4. – either do this manually by following this guide or download the update package from Apple (Ref:3, link above) and follow the instructions after the install. Having said that I had GFX up and running in 10.6.3 without problem, but think its good practice to update first. Click on the Apple logo (top left corner of screen) and select “Software Update?? You’ll see a pop up appear which will take a few minutes to work out what your system needs etc. This will eventually change giving you three choices – select “Show Details?? For now just select “Mac OS X Update?? – clear all the other selections for now as you can download these later. Now click on the blue button (bottom left) “Install 1 Item?? and follow the prompts until the update is installed. Once installed and the system has rebooted, we need to get GFX working. Firstly download the Aquamac 10.6.4/10.6.5 Fermi Driver Installer (GTX4XX card driver package) – (Ref:4, link above) Install the package by following the prompts on screen (basically keep clicking “Continue?? and “Agree??, then “Install??) Reboot Next download my custom EFIStudio GTX480 ONLY utility – (Ref:5, link above) Open the "Extra" folder on the root of your OSX install (was L/P/SC before my edit) and locate “com.apple.Boot.plist?? and copy this to your desktop by left clicking on it and dragging it to a clear area The purists amongst you will scream at this next bit, probably shouting about “sudo?? this and “sudo?? that. Calm down this works whilst it ain't pretty Once copied open the file by right clicking and “Open With?? – choose “TextEdit?? You’ll see a huge amount of pseudo (do the purists like what I did there? Lol) gibberish, we need to add the following lines to the file. Click on the open text document and position your cursor at the end on the line <string><string> and press enter, this creates a new line Next press TAB to insert a space as per the rest of the file and then type this in : - <key>GraphicsEnabler</key> PRESS ENTER FOR ANOTHER NEW LINE (don’t type this in obviously just create another blank line by pressing enter) Next press TAB to insert a space as per the rest of the file and then type this in : - <string>Yes</string> PRESS ENTER FOR ANOTHER NEW LINE Next press TAB to insert a space as per the rest of the file and then type this in : - <string>??Graphics Mode??=??1280x1024x32??</key> Ok let’s just save that for now, so click on the word “File?? on the top menu bar (at the top of the screen) and click on “Save?? Minimise this window. Next extract and launch my version of EFIStudio. A window will pop up and you will see a blue button marked “Add Device?? – click this now. You’ll see a new window open to the right and the bottom portion contains the important string you need. Click on the “Hex String to Clipboard?? Button and then minimise the window. Minimise EFIStudio also. Now go back to your desktop version of “com.apple.Boot.plist?? and maximise it. We now need to add a couple more lines to the file. Scroll to the bottom of the file and you should see a penultimate line starting with </dict>, position your cursor at the beginning of this line and press enter to create a space above it. Cursor up to this blank line and press TAB to insert a space then type:- <key>device-properties</key> PRESS ENTER FOR ANOTHER NEW LINE Press TAB to insert a space then type:- <string></string> Ok now the tricky bit Position your cursor between the >< of the line you just added (<string>HERE</string>) Now paste your hex string that you just generated into the gap. You should now save the file again. You can now close all files, windows and applications if you like, leaving you with just a desktop and the edited “com.apple.Boot.plist?? file. We need to move this file to the “Extra?? folder located in the root of your OSX install You will be prompted to authenticate and should enter your password when asked. Ok we now need to fix things to make the OS happy so you need to launch “Disk Utility?? which is located in your “Utilities?? folder (in turn located in “Applications?? folder) Once launched select your OSX install from the list on the left (OSX-SNOW in my example) Now click on the “Repair Disk Permissions?? button and left the software do its work. Ok ready for the big reveal? Reboot and cross fingers and say a little prayer to your respective god/s. Once booted in glorious super high res mode, update and hopefully do not break your install. Enjoy!
  5. Version 1.0

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    This is a modified version of the great EFIStudio to allow simple creation of EFI string for the nVidia GTX480 only.? Full credit to original author/s.
  6. Hey All, I wonder if anyone can help? I've been trying for a few weeks now to get my GTX480 to work without getting a black screen on install. Has anyone managed this yet? Here's where I I've got to, any help would be really appreciated Bootloader : - AsereBLN_119 Bootloader Option : - NONE Patches: - No changes Drivers Network : - NONE CHOSEN - ONLY WAY TO GET IT TO INSTALL? Straight in to Apple welcome screen and user set up. Carbon copy to blank HD - Called OSX BACKUP Installed Yukon pre fixed kext for network Fixed all permissions / caches etc Reboot Installed 10.6.4 Combi update - without restart Installed FERMI bootloader using my customer bootloader installer Backed up frameworks and kexts Copied in Fermi Kexts and Frameworks Fixed all permissions / caches etc Boot Black Screen Boot "GraphicsMode"="1600x1200x32" - v Black Screen Boot "GraphicsMode"="1600x1200x32" -f - v Black Screen Boot "GraphicsEnabler"="Yes" -f - v Black Screen Boot OSX Backup - have a think ….
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