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As a guide to Hackentosh newcomers wishing to utilize OS X on an nforce3, I have decided to write about my trials of getting my nofrce3 to play nicely with OS X. My system consists of the following:
- AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2.4 GHz
- Gigabyte K8NS with nForce3 250 chipset
- nVidia GeForce 7900 GS OC AGP by eVga
- 2048 mb of DDR 3200
- 2 x 200 GB IDE HDD / 1 x 30 GB IDE HDD / 1 x 74 GB SATA HDD
- Windows Vista x32 Ultimate Edition with SP1
- Kalaway Leopard v10.5.2
After many attempts to get a bootable operating system… here I am!! I am blogging from ScribeFire for Firefox on Mac OS X Leopard 😛
The biggest problem I had faced during installation attempts was due to me having an nforce 3 chipset…. This was solved by useing the VIA SATA kext, along with totally leaving out the nforce package. My setup options were composed of:
- BIOS: disable SATA during install
- AMD Patch 1 + Legacy flag
- All chipsets EXCEPT nforceata
- forcedeth / network
- ac97 / audio
- nvinject 256 / vga
- USB fix
After the initial setup has completed, I re-enabled SATA via the BIOS.
Boom! Worked without needing flags. The only fixes I had to apply were the PS2 controller permissions, as I am useing a PS2 keyboard combined with a usb mouse.
Upon getting used to my new configuration and testing the features for issues, I report the following
- I applied the v10.5.4 Combo Update via Zephyroth’s ASU (AMD Software Update) with full success.
- iCal and Chess are operable via Rosetta emulation (other wise they both crash)
- “Software Update” updates iLife, iTunes, and Quiktime with success and full functionality
- Photoshop CS2 and Lightroom 2 are fully functional
- “About This Mac” works and reports the correct CPU speed
- “System Profiler” fully functions
- My NTFS drives are fully readable / writable via Paragon NTFS