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Hi everyone, another jaded efi-er here to join the fold. First post.

I guess it's finally time to give up on Efi-x ever releasing an update that will fix my broken system (it won't boot with both graphics cards installed and hasn't since the end of August when 5.7.15 screwed up my dual GPU rig. 5.7.16 fixed the dual head issue but not dual cards (4 heads)). All relevant info is in my sig. below. And in all honesty, I don't think I can trust ASEM to get their updates out in a timely manner, especially when my machine has now not been able to boot with video cards for around 7 weeks.

Which means it's time to roll up my sleeves and get busy with Chameleon. Which, to honest, I tried to avoid by buying an Efi-x in the first place.

I've seen some great guides for specific motherboards & hardware, but while there seem to be some other great generic guides I don't really know how to even start thinking about getting my specific hardware to boot Snow Leopard with Chameleon (which I should say here is my goal - given that my Efi-x 1.0 will never boot SL but Chameleon will work for me or so I understand).

Are there any guides that moight tell me how to start the process?

Any other info that might help me? I'm technical, I've been taking apart PCs for 20 years and been dealing with Windows for about as long and while DOS command syntax comes easily to me, I haven't had much experience in Terminal. Or with the guts of OSX.

So, any kind souls got any recommendations for me?

Many thanks!

Diz.

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we have the same hardware, except i don't have dual cards. here's a guide that i wrote for another person with the same hardware. good luck and if you have any questions or get stuck, feel free to ask. all the files you need are located in the thread.\

oops, forgot to post a link to the thread.

http://efixusers.com/showthread.php?t=295

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Hi everyone, another jaded efi-er here to join the fold. First post.

I guess it's finally time to give up on Efi-x ever releasing an update that will fix my broken system (it won't boot with both graphics cards installed and hasn't since the end of August when 5.7.15 screwed up my dual GPU rig. 5.7.16 fixed the dual head issue but not dual cards (4 heads)). All relevant info is in my sig. below. And in all honesty, I don't think I can trust ASEM to get their updates out in a timely manner, especially when my machine has now not been able to boot with video cards for around 7 weeks.

Which means it's time to roll up my sleeves and get busy with Chameleon. Which, to honest, I tried to avoid by buying an Efi-x in the first place.

I've seen some great guides for specific motherboards & hardware, but while there seem to be some other great generic guides I don't really know how to even start thinking about getting my specific hardware to boot Snow Leopard with Chameleon (which I should say here is my goal - given that my Efi-x 1.0 will never boot SL but Chameleon will work for me or so I understand).

Are there any guides that moight tell me how to start the process?

Any other info that might help me? I'm technical, I've been taking apart PCs for 20 years and been dealing with Windows for about as long and while DOS command syntax comes easily to me, I haven't had much experience in Terminal. Or with the guts of OSX.

So, any kind souls got any recommendations for me?

Many thanks!

Diz.

Hola,

maybe you will find my guide helpful (aserebln.blogspot.com).

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Thanks for the links guys.

DJSam I've looked through your thread, and I was wondering if there was a more step by step guide that I could follow?

AsereBLN's guide looks amazing but I wasn't sure if I need that level of complexity if you've already got the board up and running?

Thanks all,

Diz

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Thanks for the links guys.

DJSam I've looked through your thread, and I was wondering if there was a more step by step guide that I could follow?

AsereBLN's guide looks amazing but I wasn't sure if I need that level of complexity if you've already got the board up and running?

Thanks all,

Diz

let me try to edit and put them in chronological order

1. Download these files

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2.download bootthink from here http://rapidshare.de/files/48363962/...8_Mac.zip.html

3. the install program for boothink will guide you through. make sure you install to your usb stick not your hard drive.

4. there's a pdf included in the download that tells you where to stick all the files that you downloaded above. here's the basics.

boot files -> Darwin folder root

leo kexts -> Darwin/System/Library/Extensions

sl kexts -> Darwin/System/LibrarySL/Extensions

5. dowload this iso

6. use disk utilities to burn a cd of the iso.

7. set your bios to boot first from usb stick, second from cd, third from hd.

8. leave the usb stick unplugged and put the cd in your drive.

9.it will boot from there, tell you to replace the boot cd with sl dvd.

10. wait till your cd drive light quits blinking.

11. press F5. your sl dvd will show up as a boot option and you use the arrow keys to select it.

12. press enter. from there it's just like a normal install.

13. you won't have full resolution gfx and sound.

14. restart your computer.

15 your bios will be reset to factory defaults and you will have to reset them one last time to the same way you had them set for your efi-x.

16. shutdown and plug in your boothink usb stick and power on.

17. wait for it, wait for it, select your hd from the boothink menu. wait for it, wait for it... you should be in snow leopard.

18. go to system preferences/sound and choose your output device.

19. have a cold beverage and enjoy your new system.

20. write a post and let us know if anything didn't work or that you're a fully satisfied customer. :)

good luck.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to write me a guide, I really appreciate it.

I have a couple of ankle-biters at home so I won't have any chance to try this over the weekend, but will get down to it next week and let you know if I run into any difficulties.

Thanks again, can't wait to try my rig with SL.

A couple of quick questions I have on scanning -

3) Installing Bootthink - I presume that I do this on another Mac but install it to my USB stick and not my hard drive as otherwise it would fry my MacBookPro?

4) These kexts are for when I have finished installing SL? And at what point do I copy them to the hard drive?

5) I tried to download the iso but it says the file is set to private download only (file owner only download) could you change it to public download?

And the bootthink USB pen will have to stay in the back of my system permanently as a boot device or will it write something to the SL hdd that will allow it to boot?

Those are my q's about your kind howto - and also:

I know you don't use dual cards, but I was wondering:

With my Efi-x system (when it worked with 2 cards) I had to make the lower card (peg 2, furthest from the CPU) the primary card in BIOS and the upper card (peg 1) then ran desktops 3 and 4.

I'll reset the system to normal (peg 1 primary) for my SL attempt, and only do it with 1 card - but when I've got that working, I wonder if I should repeat the procedure when trying with both cards, or would it be better to leave it peg 1 primary and try a card in peg2?

Or will I perhaps have to do more to SL than just plug in the card and hope they both work?

Oh, and if I could have the shirt off your back that would be nice..... :-)

Consider yourself bought a virtual pint.

Thanks,

Diz

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