Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Golden Master (Build 11A511)

Yay, finally a gold master release has been established. Now to get our hands dirty on the newest OS from Apple. I could have attempted to write up a tutorial on how to install Lion on your hackintosh with the beta release, but if you recollect my previous post about Lion, you’ll remember I was testing the beta version out on my macbook pro. Though I was very pleased with the operating system and for a beta release it was very stable, it still had minor annoying glitches and some software conflicts. Considering I use my hackintosh for college, I can’t really afford a half-ass OS on my main machine that wouldn’t work with my chemistry software. Now all that has changed (hopefully). I just got a hand of the Gold Master Build and I am making preperations to my harddrive and machine to have a fresh install of OSX Lion 10.7.

Things to Note about the Gold master and 10.6.8 release:

  •  “Golden Master” refers to the final release version. 11A511 is listed as GM. You will be able to update as Apple releases 10.7.x maintenance builds.
  • There have been speculations about Lion only being installed through an update from Snow leopard 10.6.8. This I will verify in the upcoming posts soon. Just after this hell week subsides in course work.
  • 10.8.0 Darwin kernel with native Sandy Bridge support. This means that going forward, all Sandy Bridge systems can use default iBoot + MultiBeast method. (tonymac’s site)
  • SATA3 6gbps now recognized and functional on Sandy Bridge. (tonymac’s site)
  • Includes drivers for Sandy Bridge Intel HD 2000/3000 Integrated Graphics (No Injector Yet) (tonymac’s site)
  • Includes drivers for AMD 6xxx Graphics cards (tonymac’s site)
  • App Store Update to “Get Ready for Lion” (tonymac’s site 10.6.8)
You can expect a tutorial soon in PDF. Maybe 2-3 weeks or so.
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Getting Readers’ Opinion

5.1/ 7.1/ Optical Audio Out GA-P55-USB3 MOBO

Here is an update regarding the audio out that has been troubling me for a while on this motherboard. The Gigabyte Ga-p55-USB3 rev. 2.0 F9 has a ALC892 codec which has been a pain in the ass to get fully functional with OS X Snow Leopard. So far I had only been able to get audio out with the front panel headphone jack, that too very unclear audio with static and fuzz. The kext used were the suggested as seen on the tutorial from Multi beast. Finally I found a solution while surfing through Tonymac’s blog., god bless him for creating that environment/ forum for the hackintosh community. Here is the link to the forum page that has the Beta version of the installer for ALC892 audio codec which enables 5.1 or 7.1 with optical audio output. I confirm that this installer works very well with this mother board.

Instructions in Installing ALC8892 Codec Drivers and Setting up 5.1/7.1 Audio.

I started with a clean install, so…

1. Do not delete or remove the default AppleHDA kext found in /system/Library/Extentions

2. Keep the defualt kexts from when you have a clean install, open the installer found on the link. Now you have to pick weather you want 5.1 audio out, or 7.1 audio out. Depending on you motherboard, the color coded output ports will guide you in selecting the correct 5.1 audio out driver since there are 2 to choose from. For my setup I selected the first 5.1 configuration option. note: 7.1 has no digital out support yet, only analog.

Beta 5.1/ 7.1 audio ALC8892 installer

3. after the installation of the drivers has been a success, reboot your machine

4. Go to your standard applications folder, then the folder Utilities then the application: Audio MIDI setup.app

you should see something like this:

since I have 5.1 set up, I have 3 analog outputs all with 2 channels supported. I also have 1 digital out which I have selected to be the default output.

5. clock the + (Add) button at the bottom left of the window. Select all analog out puts (should be 3 check boxes) then hit “Configure Speakers”

6. Select the three outputs you had checked previously, and then in the drop down select “5.1 surround”

7. Now your ready for surround sound! You may have to find out which channel is which by individually plugging in headphone jack plug into the Green, Grey, black ports with audio output so you can distinguish which channel is which of the 5.

Hint: Personally, I stick with digital out purely because A: it gives better sound quality. Test this out for yourself, play Dave Matthews Live FLAC recording over analog and compare it over digital on loud. You may jizz in your pants from the awesomeness. B: Mac does really support 5.1 audio output to begin with anyways. A lot of the things you’re going to be playing wasn’t going to be meant for 5.1 surround anyways. Even if you are, I.E. an  encoded .mkv files,  I’d still stick to digital because one wire will carry 5.1 Dolby Digital out if enabled through your video player such  as Boxee or VLC.

Badge Allocation For the Hacker Convention.

Badges for the hacker Convention ToDo list.

Visual Mode Badge: Chris
Oral/Non-Verbal Badge:  Chris
Tangible Object Badge: Mayank
Group Cohesiveness Badge: Stephanie
Rhetorical Awareness Badge: Michael, Mayank

Previous Badges Check List Update.

Mandetory:

  • Rhetorical Awareness  – (COMPLETE)
  • Regular updates – (COMPLETE)
  • Badge Design (COMPLETE)

Elective badges

  • Social Media Integration – Stephanie (COMPLETE)
  • World Awareness -Chris Agular (COMPLETE)
  • Regular Readers- Mayank (COMPLETE)

Artifact:

  • Project proposal – (COMPLETE)
  • Class Themes/ Content Badge- (COMPLETE)
  • Rhetorical Awareness badge – (COMPLETE)
  • Visual Badge: Mayank (april 19)  TO DO make use of professor’s input
  • Written Badge – Chris (April 19) TO DO  make use of professor’s input


World Awareness

There exists throughout the web, countless tutorials for building a hackintosh. However, one in particular stood out for its neat design and its effectiveness in outlining the necessary steps for a successful hackintosh. The tutorial can be found at its full url http://lifehacker.com/#!321913/build-a-hackintosh-mac-for-under-800. It begins with a choice of different methods in approaching the tutorial. Some involve complete written instructions listed step-by-step on the page while another method offers a page with step-by-step video clips. Each method does however consist of images which help in showing what steps must be done and can serve as a checkpoint for readers during the process of their respective hackintosh’s. Also, the tutorial takes in consideration if an individual prefers a specific software such as Snow Leopard by offering a separate page listing the required procedure. The main goal of the web page is to obviously help individuals construct a hackintosh. That being said, their audience is centered around mostly “technology savvy” people due to to the expectation that the readers would at least know what software they would plan to use. No matter the methods, the final product is a successful hackintosh as long as the steps in the desired tutorial were followed. Furthermore, the web page, consisting of the tutorial, achieves credibility as a reliable source and builds a relationship with users as their respective hackintosh’s are formed. The tutorial found on the lifehacker.com page is very similar to ours in that they both offer detailed instructions on constructing a hackintosh and give explanations on the materials used for the process.

Most Compatible Video Cards Hackintosh.

EDIT:(OCTOBER 21, 2011) Check out the post for problems with the XFX HD 5770 card. Many people have encountered problems with this card updating to Lion 10.7.x.

I know when I was shopping around for my hardware for the hackintosh build, I was extremely weary about which video card to buy. Obviously the number 1 priority should be given to choosing the most compatible of motherboards, but the number 1 anxiety often falls toward picking the right video card. It’s pretty crucial step for a install that’s easy-peasy-lemon-squeazy, or an install that’s a major migraine that Tylenol can’t even resolve. So here I have decided to provide a list of “better-end” video cards that may help in making your selection.

  1. ATI HD5770 (reference card preferably)
    1. This is the one I used and love it. Check out this article regarding reference cards. This is the reason I haven’t really posted which Vendor to get it from. This card works off the bat pretty well, same series used in the old iMac’s when they were still powered by ATI (now Nvidia).
  2. nVidia 7000 Series (GT’s have shown to have easy installation IE 7600GT, 7300GT, etc.)
    1. Kext associated with the card: natit.kext
  3. nVidia 9800 GT
  4. This card is pretty badass, with 1GB of ram with 2 DVI outputs and runs quietly. This card has known to work with a vanilla install. It can get very tedious, but is known to work well when configured properly. The files and directions you’ll need to make this card work can be found here. You could simplyfy the process by simply using OSx86 Tools to insert your device ID and EFI strings.
  5. nVidia GT240, GT220, GT 250
    1. These are relativly new cards and pretty powerful. Many users have shown to get it to work properly, but I have heard a rumor it runs OSX nativly only in 64 bit and creates a kernel panic in 32 bit. This could be however due to a kernel issue.
    2. To ease installation, Netkas has released fakesms.kext, Silent Natitx86_64 v.1.0.2.
  6. GeForce GTX 285 (1GB)
    1. Known to work out of the box!

Raid array on OSx86 Hackintosh

Checking out what other hackintosh users are up to, I came across a pretty cool article about raiding harddrives on a hackintosh. For those of you who don’t know what a “raid” is, it stands for “r Redundant Array of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks, a category of disk drives that employ two or more drives in combination for allocation of data and performance. This is achieved by combining multiple disk drive components into a logical unit, where data is distributed across the drives in one of several ways called “RAID levels”. RAID disk drives are used frequently on servers but aren’t generally necessary for personal computers. RAID allows you to store the same data redundantly (in multiple paces) in a balance to improve overall performance. There are several types of raid of which you can read about on wikipedia. However, generally in large scale raids and on servers, raided drives are overseen by raid controllers, physical hardware that is a peripheral to the mother board. Apple’s Mac pro RAID card costs $700, if you want you can buy it and put it in your hackintosh, but there is a cheaper way. In mac OSX, there is Disk Utility which puts the load on the CPU to RAID your hard drives together. Now if you have a i7, but only need a, say i3 or i5, feel free to utilize a few codes and scripts and modification to your chameleon boot-loader and give this tutorial a shot!

Badge Allocation and Responsibilities.

Note to Ky:

We allocated responsibilities and badges among our group during class Friday. I was not sure which ones you could commit to and take interest in so I have left out your name on badge applications. Please take the time to review this post and edit in your name where you feel you can dedicate the time and responsibility in completing a/some badge(s). Please let me know or edit in any due dates that seem unreasonable. In conjuring these deadlines, I had in mind 1 whole week and a few days safety period before the convention to have these badges done at the latest.

Blog Badges:

Mandetory:

  • Rhetorical Awareness  – (COMPLETE)
  • Regular updates – (COMPLETE)
  • Badge Design (COMPLETE)

Elective badges

  • Social Media Integration – Stephanie (April 19)
  • World Awareness -Chris Agular (April 19)
  • Regular Readers- (COMPLETE)

Artifact:

  • Project proposal – (COMPLETE)
  • Class Themes/ Content Badge- (COMPLETE)
  • Rhetorical Awareness badge – (COMPLETE)
  • Visual Badge: Mayank (april 19)
  • Written Badge – Chris (April 19)

Tutorial Finished, Hackintosh Updated to 10.6.7

Apple recently released 10.6.7 update for Mac OS X. The good news is that the hackintosh successfully updated without a hitch. For safety precaution, I reinstalled IOUSBfamilyrollback.kext to ensure no kernel panics would occur.

The tutorial is finished now, with links to relevant software, files, databases, and complete with pictures as a visual guide. I hope to have it edited for language and grammar soon. Hope that page helps and feel free to rate it and comment.