Its been about two weeks since I’ve successfully installed Leopard 10.5.5 on my PC. Since then a new update was released 10.5.6 I’ve tried to update 3 times and failed. I had to restore my system using Time Machine. After the update Leopard refused to boot, I tried booting with the -s flag but it hangs at “Still waiting for root device” It’s something to do with my SATA hard drives. As of now I still haven’t figured out a workaround for this yet.
Save for the unsuccessful update attempts Leopard is working great. I find myself spending all my time on it. I only go back to Windows XP for an occasional gaming sessions now and then.
OK, to the good stuff. The support community at InsanelyMac is a great place to learn new and useful things everyday. One of the things that kept me back from trying new hacks was the complexity in dealing with the terminal (command line) commands. Fortunately the great people at IM saw this and took it upon themselves to create GUI for these complicated processes.
The one tool that I’ve come to regard as the swiss army knife in my hackintosh arsenal is OSx86 Tools Utility http://pcwizcomputer.com/osx86tools/
Almost any tasks/hacks available are covered by this tool. See http://pcwizcomputer.com/osx86tools/ for a more detailed listing of what this tool offered. I mainly use OSX86 Tools to install kexts for my hardware, ie sound, video card.
For sound I use Taruga’s AppleHDA Patcher version 1.20
You can get it at http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?ozgxywmmlm4
See http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=32859&hl=appleHDA+patcher for more info on how to use it.
To install you need to find the codec dump for your soundcard with the correct vendor & device ID, then drop it into the tool and voila you’re done. Don’t forget to install AppleHDA.kext afterward.
For my video card I used EFI studio. NVinject is another viable choice but EFI studio give you more options.
Download this tool at http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?0igkzimqmwj
Using EFI Studio my Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512mb video card was perfectly recognized by Leopard. With NVInject I had some problem with the VRAM being correctly set in the info.plist file. This could be because I don’t know how to edit the file. EFI Studio does this automatically so I prefer it over NVinject.
Another useful tool for updating or RTC for preparation to update to 10.5.6 is the DSDT Patcher by PcWiz
Download it at http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?gmmz2yddyto
For more info go to http://pcwizcomputer.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=150&Itemid=48