Well, after getting the Blue and White G3 up and running, slowly, I decided we needed to up the ante a bit. So, since I don’t have a couple of grand laying around to purchase a nice Mac I decided to do the next best thing. Load OSX Leopard on one of our existing machines. Waaahahahaha <evil laugh>.

I’m not a nerd! I’m not I’m not I’m not!

With that out of the way let’s get into the adventure. I’m going to take the girl’s computer which is

  • Abit Fatal1ty FN-IN9 Motherboard with nForce chipset
  • Dual core Intel Conroe CPU at 2.66 ghz
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • nVidia GeForce 9500GT video card with 1GB of memory
  • Spare IDE hard drive 500 MB

Not to bad a system. Pretty quick still and runs windows 7 without a hitch. World of Warcraft with maxed out graphics is no problem for this machine.  Here’s what the poor beastie looks like.

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So, now for the OSX. There are several options here. Since the default Leopard and Snow Leopard will only load on specific Apple hardware just loading it won’t work. However there has been a lot of work in the hacker world to make it work. This is what I’m curious about. How easy is it now to actually load OSX. I decided to download the latest version of iATKOS v7 DVD installer from a torrent and then also iPC DVD installer, again from a torrent. I started with the iATKOS because it finished downloading first.

Caveat. I have an actual copy of Leopard, so, even though I’m technically doing wrong, morally I don’t feel so bad. (-:

So, time to get busy.

I insert the CD and boot the system. After a bunch of text, which I took pictures of for fun but won’t show for now, I get to the following set of screens.

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Comment: So far so good.

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Comment: Sweet.

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Comment: The iATKOS splash screen.

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Comment: At the top of the page you have a bunch of options. I decided to see what the installer thought of my system.

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Comment: System information seems good.

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Comment: Sees the video information okay.

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Comment: Here is the hard disk utility. I just deleted everything off of the old disk and created a single “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” file system.  Now, this is where my first failure stemmed from. It turns out that when you use this utility, at least for me, it doesn’t set the partition to “active”. In other words, even though the partition is built, the file system work, blah blah, it will not boot. You need to use a different tool, I used Hiren’s bootcd tools, to set the partition to active. This was the only file system issue.
Here’s what that failure looked like, out of sequence I know.

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Back to the install sequence.

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Now, we need to have a review at this point. If you notice on the bottom left of the screen there is the option to Customize. Guess what we need to do. (-: Seems I forgot to upload those pictures. I’ll add those pictures later.  Basically the customize lets you add specific drivers for your hardware. I added the nForce SATA/IDE Kernel EXTension, or kext, the nVidia driver, and the nForce ethernet driver. This seems pretty straight forward, but as I’ll explain later, not all is so easy.

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Comment: Checking media, I just skipped this.

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Comment: Installing! Yes!

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Comment: Yippeeeee!!!! It’s installed!

Now to reboot and play. Uhm not so fast. I’ll stop here and post the issues next. Even though it installed it wouldn’t run. Here’s a few lessons learned.

  1. nForce style motherboards won’t work with more than 3 GB of RAM. OSX kernel panics. So, once realizing this I removed one stick of memory and got farther.
  2. 2 CPU’s are not supported without a bios update to my fatal1ty motherboard, insert cussing here. Fix is to add the “cpus=1” option during boot. This lets everything boot.
  3. The first partition must be set to “Active” after creating the partition with the utility or the system will not boot.
  4. support for nForce motherboard ethernet adapters sucks. Give up before you try. I’m about 5 hours of work into it and it still doesn’t work.

Now before you think all is bad. I’ll leave this post with the following picture. A picture of an up and running Hackintosh!

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