A couple days ago, I went through the process of installing the Kalyway OSX install on a white box computer. Since then, I’ve tried on a couple more machines, mixing up the hardware a bit, and have been through about 10 install attempts. None of the installs have gone hitchless, although with enough time and effort put in, they were all workable.
Rather than write an essay for each install, I’ll put the tidbits in point form. If anyone else is installing and running into similar issues, hopefully this will help.
- the “bootfix patch” – mentioned in the original article, and originally found here – I had to copy the files to a USB memory stick and follow the instructions on each and every install to get the hard drive booting.
- the never-ending-welcome – during the setup when it asks if you want to transfer your information, freezes, and restarts the sequence…. happens where there’s no driver for the network card. Happened on both the ASUS P5PE-VM and P5B-VM SE. Again, the workaround I found was discovered here.
- during the never-ending-welcome phase, it was often close to impossible to get to the boot options. I needed to get the CD to boot to fix the hard drive booting so that I could boot from the hard drive in single-user mode and do the fix, but the cd would simply pass off the booting to the hard drive (presumably because it always assumed the cd *just* finished installing the files and it was the hard drive’s turn – probably a flag set somewhere), and the hard drive wouldn’t give any opportunity to enter startup options. The fix that happened to work was disabling the hard drive as a boot device in the bios. The CD would then give the countdown and let me boot from it.
- No network drivers to be found for the onboard Gigabit network adapter on the ASUS P5B-VM SE (Alt I believe). Used a D-Link DFE-538TX which worked without needing any additional kexts/drivers; just plugged it in and it was working. It’s a cheap card and I’d probably recommend it if your onboard doesn’t work (as another note, I couldn’t get the 530tx to work in tiger, so i’d stay away from it and just go with the 538 unless you hear the 530 is working for others).
- Audio in (Microphone) did not work on either of the ASUS motherboards I used. Works on the Gigabyte GA-8I915ME-GL however (both mic and output). To get sound output on the ASUS P5B-VM SE, needed to select the Azalia audio option during install (*not* the 883 sound as I originally guessed).
- The ASUS P5B-VM SE was the biggest headache due to the JMicron JMB368 IDE controller. The dvd will *not* boot from an IDE DVD ROM drive hooked up to this motherboard. I ended up disabling the controller in the BIOS and buying a SATA DVD drive. Other options that *may* work are installing on another machine and just swapping the hard drive over, or installing through VMWare.
- The Gigabyte GA-8I915ME-GL was the easiest to install on. Only the boot fix was needed. The only downside of using this motherboard is that it does not support dual-core processors.
As far as the hardware goes, just a few notes:
- All motherboards I used had Intel chipsets. 865, 915, and 965.
- Intel Pentium E2140 dual-core processors were used on the 865 and 965 chipsets with “vanilla” kernels. A Pentium 4 was used with the 915 chipset (no vanilla kernel). MBR was used on all the installs, and EFI was installed as well.
- Variants of the GeForce 6600 were used with all installs. I happen to have a few different 6600/6600GT’s lying around. All worked with the NVinject_desktop option and had CI/QE supported.
Edit: a few more added issues.
- During one of the installs to the ASUS P5B-VM SE using a 250GB SATA hard drive, the hard drive was detected by Disk Utility as only being 128GB. I unplugged the USB memory stick, restarted, and disabled the JMicron controller in the BIOS (no IDE devices were attached at the time anyway). Disk Utility then corrently identified the hard drive’s size.
- Another 128GB hard drive glitch – after the above install, other drives were added – an IDE hard drive & dvd-rom drive (JMicron obviously re-enabled) as well as 2 more SATA drives. The drives were again detected as being only 128GB. Searching through the insanelymac.com forums led me here ( forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=58563&view=findpost&p=600828 – dead link) and here ( forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=44078&view=findpost&p=350480 – dead link). I was able to just drag the AppleGenericPCATA.kext from /System/Library/Extensions to the desktop with the finder (logged in as root). Restarted and the drives were properly detected. If you have the 128GB issue, deleting the AppleGenericPCATA.kext file may fix it for you also – just be sure to back it up so that you can restore it if things go wrong.