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EVGA X58 Vanilla Install Guide :: Snow Leopard

Preface First off, I know there are a few other EVGA X58 installation guides out there, but from what I could find, many used methods I'd rather avoid (like installing OSInstall.mpkg to another hard drive or partition) or just not being for Snow Leopard (Snow Leopard's native ability to install from a hard drive changes a lot.) In my experience, using the 'OSInstall.mpkg' method can lead to little problems and annoyances. This guide is completely vanilla (I even believe that there is a vanilla workaround for sound now, too, but I haven't tried it yet.) This guide will split into two paths for a while, depending on what hardware you have available to use. What You'll Need -Another Mac OS X Installation (things will be even easier if you can get your hands on a Mac Pro, but that isn't required.) You may use another vanilla installation, a real mac, or a distribution. -You'll need a disc image of the Snow Leopard install DVD (this can easily be done using Disc Utility. you can just use the original DVD if you're using a real Mac or if you run your bootloader from another flash drive.) -A spare hard drive that you can reformat and install Snow Leopard onto OR a spare external hard drive to make into an install "disc." -This pack of stuff [here] (I put together everything you need into one package Netkas' boot file, Chameleon 2 RC3 r658, and a collection of KEXTs, plists, and utilities. You can update Chameleon and the boot file if you'd like, but I know these work.) NOTE: The DMG only appears to display correctly on a Snow Leopard installation. If you are running another version of OS X, view the reference image here so you know what everything is for. Install Method I: Using a Mac Pro (or any Mac where you can plug your hard drive into the SATA port.) THIS METHOD IS THE MOST RELIABLE. (NOTE: You need an administrator password in order to use sudo command. If you don't have one, set one.) 1a) (Optional if used, use 1b as well) Create a disc image of your Snow Leopard Install DVD. On your Mac: Place your Snow Leopard Install DVD in your drive. Open Disc Utility and choose your DVD. Click 'Create Image' and follow any dialogue boxes. Save the image to a location of your choosing. 1b) Restore your Snow Leopard DVD to an external hard drive. Open Disk Utility and click on your external hard drive. Choose the 'Partition' tab. Choose '1 Partition.' Choose 'Options->GUID Partition Table.' Name

) 10) Press 'Okay' and then 'Install.) 17) Type [code]diskutil list[/code] Write down your flash drive's identifier and its partition identifier. 8) Click 'Customize. Choose the 'Partition' tab. 21) Type [code]sudo cp [/code] and drag the 'boot' file to your terminal window.the drive whatever you want. This name won't be kept when you restore the image. 20) Type [code]sudo dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk2s2[/code] and replace 'rdisk2s2' with whatever your flash drive's partition identifier was.' Choose 'Options->GUID Partition Table. Choose '1 Partition. Press enter. .' 11) Allow Snow Leopard to install.) 16) Open Terminal (Application->Utilities->Terminal. shut down your Mac and remove your Hackintosh's hard drive. 18) Type [code]cd [/code] then drag and drop the i386 folder within your Chameleon folder (which was included in my set of files. Choose '1 Partition. they are available here.') Click 'Partition.' Choose 'Options->GUID Partition Table. choose your Hackintosh's hard drive. 15) Place the files you downloaded from above on your desktop (if you didn't download them.) 19) Type [code]sudo fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk2[/code] and replace 'rdisk2' with whatever your flash drive's identifier was. (i. Check 'Erase Destination' and press 'Restore. then drag your flash drive to the terminal window. 23) Drag my included 'Extra' folder to your flash drive. After the partitioning is complete. 3) Boot from the install disc / hard drive. Enter your password if required.' 9) Select everything but the printer drivers. 14) Plug in your flash drive that you are dedicating to be a first-time bootloader for your Hackintosh. choose the 'Restore' tab. 13) Boot your Mac back up on its own installation. 22) Close Terminal. Open Disk Utility and click on your external hard drive.' Name the drive what you want (I named it 'Macintosh HD. 2) Insert your Hackintosh's hard drive into your Mac. 4) Format your Hackintosh's hard drive. Open Disk Utility and click on your hard drive.' Allow this process to complete. 6) Click 'Continue' on the Mac OS X Installation screen.) You'll need these later. 7) When prompted to choose where to install to. Select your Snow Leopard disk image and drag your external hard drive into the 'Destination' field. disk# and disc#s2 (or s1 if your flash drive doesn't have room for an EFI partition. 12) When it's complete.' 5) Quit Disk Utility. Choose the 'Partition' tab.e. (Unless you don't care to install all the features and such.' Name the drive whatever you want.

apple. LOOK AROUND THESE FORUMS. install the Realtek driver . This only disadvantage to this is the need to reenter BIOS settings every time you boot into OS X.2 UPDATE DOESN'T WORK. Be sure to disable sleep under the 'Energy Saver' panel in System Preferences. 26) Boot your Hackintosh.aml' from your extra folder. Under 'Power Management Setup' change the setting from 'S1' to 'S3.plist in the 'Extra' folder. Enter the BIOS and set the following settings: Under 'Integrated Peripherals' set the first and last two options to AHCI. Lastly. Also plug in your flash drive. not the flash drive. Except use the disk# from your boot drive.com/index. Press the 'Esc' key repeatedly to access the boot menu.proboards.plist to whatever your resolution settings are. Instructions for doing this can be found here.' Under 'PnP/PCI Configurations' change the setting for default output from 'PCI' to 'PCI Ex' (unless you're using a PCI graphics card.24a) If you aren't using a GeForce GTX 260. you'll need a new EFI string for your com.apple.) Run the 'Kext Utility' application and allow it to complete.Boot. THOUGH. OTHER PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN THIS TO WORK.plist.cgi?board=hack1&action=display&thread=5 09&page=1] 896MB Memory Size: 0x00000038 Paste this EFI String into the device-properties section off your com.pkg that I included to get the Ethernet working. 24b) Change 'Graphics Mode' in com.Boot.) Under 'Frequency/Voltage Control' over clock your RAM and/or CPU if you so choose. Boot from it. 27) Save and exit setup. I'M NOT GOING TO TRY TO RESOLVE THIS UNTIL I HAVE A BACKUP DRIVE TO BACKUP TO. remote 'DSDT. THE 10. your computer will start up. 28) Your computer will restart. When the Chameleon bootloader shows up. Snow Leopard should be fully functioning! (NOTE: Sleep still doesn't work. 24c) Remove arch=i386 if you want a 64-bit kernel. .Boot. 29) Hopefully. your flash drive will appear as a boot choice. (This is the only non-vanilla part of the install. 30) Follow the same instructions that you followed above to install Chameleon and the Netkas boot file and Extra folder onto your flash drive to install it to your boot drive. [http://aquamac.kext.apple. ALSO NOTE THAT WITH THE KEXTs I INCLUDED. I have not tested this yet. 25) Put your Hackintosh's hard drive into your Hackintosh. Reboot (making sure that you are booting to your Snow Leopard drive) and be happy.6. press any key and choose your Snow Leopard drive. 31) Now you can boot without the flash drive plugged in! One last step: Use Technojunkie's 'Kext Helper' application I included to install VoodooHDA. If all goes as planned. If you get kernel panics. Press enter.

Open Disc Utility and choose your DVD.apple.) PART I: This requires a working OS X installation.) 5) Type [code]diskutil list[/code] Write down your install drive's identifier and its partition identifier. SO YOU CAN BORROW ONE OR USE A DISTRIBUTION. . Open Disk Utility and click on your external hard drive. 3) Place the files you downloaded from above on your desktop (if you didn't download them. 10) Close Terminal. 11) Drag my included 'Extra' folder to your flash drive. Enter your password if required. 12b) Change 'Graphics Mode' in com.Boot.) 1) Create a disc image of your Snow Leopard Install DVD. they are available here.apple. Save the image to a location of your choosing. Check 'Erase Destination' and press 'Restore. Press enter.) THE DOWNSIDE IS THAT THE INSTALLER CAN BE VERY UNSTABLE (AT LEAST ON MY SYSTEM. set one.cgi?board=hack1&action=display&thread=5 09&page=1] 896MB Memory Size: 0x00000038 Paste this EFI String into the device-properties section off your com.Boot.proboards.Boot.' Allow this process to complete.plist to whatever your resolution settings are. On your OS X Installation: Place your Snow Leopard Install DVD in your drive. [http://aquamac.' Choose 'Options->GUID Partition Table. Choose '1 Partition. 9) Type [code]sudo cp [/code] and drag the 'boot' file to your terminal window.e.plist. choose the 'Restore' tab.Install Method II: Installing on your Hackintosh PC (booting from the Install Disc. (i.) 7) Type [code]sudo fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk2[/code] and replace 'rdisk2' with whatever your install drive's identifier was. 6) Type [code]cd [/code] then drag and drop the i386 folder within your Chameleon folder (which was included in my set of files. This name won't be kept when you restore the image. Choose the 'Partition' tab.) You'll need these later. Select your Snow Leopard disk image and drag your external hard drive into the 'Destination' field.plist in the 'Extra' folder. Instructions for doing this can be found here. (NOTE: You need an administrator password in order to use sudo command.com/index. 8) Type [code]sudo dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk2s2[/code] and replace 'rdisk2s2' with whatever your install drive's partition identifier was.' Name the drive whatever you want. If you don't have one. 2) Restore your Snow Leopard DVD to an external hard drive.apple.) 4) Open Terminal (Application->Utilities->Terminal. you'll need a new EFI string for your com. then drag your install drive to the terminal window. Click 'Create Image' and follow any dialogue boxes. disk# and disc#s2 (or s1 if your flash drive/hard drive doesn't have an EFI partition. 12a) If you aren't using a GeForce GTX 260.) THIS METHOD DOESN'T REQUIRE A REAL MAC (EXCEPT FOR INITIAL FORMATTING. After the partitioning is complete.

14) Your computer will reboot. your computer will boot into Snow Leopard. Press escape and choose to boot from your install drive. (Unless you don't care to install all the features and such.') Click 'Partition. LOOK AROUND THESE FORUMS.' 26) Hopefully.' Choose 'Options->GUID Partition Table.' Name the drive what you want (I named it 'Macintosh HD. Reboot (making sure that you are booting to your Snow Leopard drive) and be happy. 17) Format your Hackintosh's hard drive. choose your Hackintosh's hard drive. Choose '1 Partition. . Be sure to disable sleep under the 'Energy Saver' panel in System Preferences.) Run the 'Kext Utility' application and allow it to complete. your computer will boot into the Snow Leopard installer.) 23) Press 'Okay' and then 'Install. Open Disk Utility and click on your (internal) hard drive. 16) If all goes well. I'M NOT GOING TO TRY TO RESOLVE THIS UNTIL I HAVE A BACKUP DRIVE TO BACKUP TO.' 24) Allow Snow Leopard to install. 15) At the Chameleon bootloader choose your Snow Leopard drive. press 'Restart. try removing the DSDT. 25) When it's complete. If you get a kernel panic.' 18) Quit Disk Utility. THE 10. not the flash drive. 21) Click 'Customize. Choose the 'Partition' tab. 19) Click 'Continue' on the Mac OS X Installation screen.12c) Remove arch=i386 if you want a 64-bit kernel. 20) When prompted to choose where to install to. Under 'Power Management Setup' change the setting from 'S1' to 'S3. 28) Now you can boot without the flash drive plugged in! One last step: Use Technojunkie's 'Kext Helper' application I included to install VoodooHDA.aml.) Under 'Frequency/Voltage Control' over clock your RAM and/or CPU if you so choose.' Under 'PnP/PCI Configurations' change the setting for default output from 'PCI' to 'PCI Ex' (unless you're using a PCI graphics card. 13) Boot/reboot your Hackintosh and set your BIOS as follows: Under 'Integrated Peripherals' set the first and last two options to AHCI. I have not tested this yet. ALSO NOTE THAT WITH THE KEXTs I INCLUDED. OTHER PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN THIS TO WORK. THOUGH. This will cause you to have to re-enter BIOS setting after every boot into Mac. Except use the disk# from your boot drive. 27) Follow the same instructions that you followed above to install Chameleon and the Netkas boot file and Extra folder onto your flash drive to install it to your boot drive. Lastly.6. (This is the only non-vanilla part of the install.' 22) Select everything but the printer drivers.kext.2 UPDATE DOESN'T WORK. install the Realtek driver .pkg that I included to get the Ethernet working. Snow Leopard should be fully functioning! (NOTE: Sleep still doesn't work.

Special Thanks To Netkas for the boot file. boot from the install disc. Sound doesn't work: Though the included VoodooHDA.apple. Do the same thing again with the 'Extra' folder.) Other kernel panics (i. (In com. If this still doesn't work. reformat your drive and try all the steps over again. Open Disc Utility and select your hard drive and click 'Verify and Repair Permissions. Sometimes deleting program preferences or doing a full reinstall works.. and type [code]setfile -a V [/code] then drag and drop the 'boot' file from the root of your hard drive to the Terminal window.plist.Tip This is for both install methods.com.Boot.' (In com. To give your Hackintosh a more authentic Mac OS X experience: Download Developer Tools from developer. Redo the steps about installing Netkas' boot file and the Chameleon bootloader. or install it from the 'Optional Installs' folder on your Install DVD.Boot.]: Try removing your DSDT.Boot. Press enter. After it's installed.e. open Terminal. repair permissions there. Techno_junkie for the Utilities."): Try booting with the -f -x -v boot flags.' If it still doesn't work.kext should work with the 64-bit kernel. Try adding the 'arch=i386' boot flag to com.aml and/or add to your boot flags 'cpus=1. it might not.apple.) Applications won't install and/or launch: Try repairing your disc permissions. The Chameleon Bootloader Project for their bootloader.plist..apple.apple.) If this fails. Other Questions: Ask them as a response or private message. Enter your password and try the above commands again.plist. when they're resolved I'll add them here. and the entire Hackintosh community for their assistance throughout my experience Hackintoshing my computer. . try typing [code]sudo -s[/code] and pressing enter. If it still doesn't work. Troubleshooting: Kernel Panics and Such System not working? System unstable? Hard drive doesn't show in the boot menu: This is because you didn't format your drive to boot correctly. Panic(cpu # caller [. read up on the specific application. everyone I've gathered kernel extensions from. "You need to restart your computer. and then reboot and repair permissions from within Snow Leopard again. (The folder can still be accessed by pressing cmd+shift+G and typing '/Extra' into the box.

My Systems Specifications For reference.6. 1 Samsung Case (not that it has any affect on running Mac): Antec Twelve Hundred Coming Soon -Videos and screenshots illustrating the method.36GHz RAM: 6GB Corsair DDR3 1600 Hard Drives: 3 SATA hard drives. here is my system: Motherboard: EVGA X58 (E758) Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 3. . 2 Seagate. -Instructions on upgrading to 10.2.