May 31, 2010

Install OSX on Intel i7 920 and MSI x58

Posted by Knick

I sat down this week and installed OSX on my desktop. Before I forget everything I did I am going to post. I did a LOT of Googling and blog reading before (and while) working on this project. Credit to all the people out there who did the real work for me so all I had to do was find their notes. Below is a step by step of what I did to get OCX working for me, hopefully it can help someone else and if not, I will have it documented if I ever need to reinstall.


NOTE THIS GUIDE IS NOT FINISHED YET, THIS WILL BE REMOVED WHEN IT IS FINISHED!!!

Here's a breakdown of my current configuration:

  • i7 920 CPU
  • MSI X58 Platinum Motherboard
  • Corsair 6GB DDR3 1600MHz memory (CMX6GX3M3C1600C7)
  • BFG GeForce 8000GTS 512MB
  • Hitachi 1TB SATA HD
  • IDE Light-on DVD Burner
  • Logitech g-15 Gaming KB
  • Logitech MX-510 Mouse
  • Nostromo n-52e speedpad

Since I had a SATA Hard drive and an IDE DVD drive I was running into lots of issues getting the installer to boot. It kept hanging at "waiting on root device" prompt. This can be resolved in many ways (as found on Google) but I resolved it by using the DVD drive to boot the EFI loader cd, then installing OSX from an image that I placed on a USB thumb drive. If you have a SATA hard drive and a SATA DVD drive I suspect you will not have the same issues and you can simply install from the retail DVD.

Step 1: Download this zip file - MSI X58 SL

Step 2: Burn the LegacyBootCD.iso (found in the Zip) and boot the computer from the DVD/CD drive. You can also burn the remaining files to a second disc to make things easier later in the setup or you can re-download the zip file once you are in OS X to complete Steps 7 and beyond in this guide.

Step 3: Once you reach the boot loader insert your Snow Leopard Retail DVD, wait a few moments and press F5 then use the following parameters "-v cpus=1 busratio=20". If you are confused about the parameters just start typing on your keyboard and you'll see what you type at the bottom of the screen.

Step 4: After a series of screens of black and white text you will reach the OS X setup screen. Continue/Agree until you are presented with the location to install OSX. At this point click Utilities / Disk Utilities. Select your Hard Drive on the left side of the screen (not the partition) -- On the right side of the screen click the Partition Tab. Under Volume Scheme select 1 Partition, give it a name and choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for the format. Click apply and wait for the disk to be unmounted and partitioned. When complete you can close this window and it will return to the Screen to select destination for OS X. Click your hard drive and choose Continue.

Step 5: Wait about 30 minutes for OS X to complete the installation. At the end of the installation it will tell you that OS X was successfully installed and tell you that your computer will restart in 15 seconds. At this time open your DVD/CD drive and insert the LegacyBootCD. Let the computer restart on it's own or restart manually.

Step 6: You will once again reach the Boot Loader screen. Use the same parameters as we did before "-v cpus=1 busratio=20". After a few minutes the computer will start the welcome to OS X screen and have you complete the initial setup of entering your Apple ID / Mobile Me / etc. At this point your wired internet connection is working.

Step 7: If you didn't burn the files in the zip to a disc, download MSI X58 SL again. Inside the Zip file is Kext Helper b7, open it. Then go into the kext folder and drag the contents into Kext Helper, enter your password, and click Easy Install. When it completes DO NOT REBOOT.

Step 8: Open the Legacy Boot CD, go into extra / post-install and run the MyHackInstaller. This will take about 5 minutes to complete, do not end the installer even if it seems like it is taking a bit longer than it should. DO NOT REBOOT.

Step 9: Return to the contents of the zip file and open the VoodooHDA_pref folder. Inside run voodoohelper, when its done close the window. Next run VoodooHDA.prefane -- this will add the Voodoo settings to the System Preferences options (don't worry if it gives you some errors, that's normal). Now open the Kext Helper b7 once again and drag the VoodooHDA.kext file. Enter your password and choose Easy Install (if you closed it earlier).

Step 10: You can now Reboot the machine

Step 11: After rebooting you should have working sound, video, networking, bluetooth, dvd/cd drive. When you are notified of available software updates you can install them. This will leave you with a fully functional version of 10.6.3 and you ready to go.

Special thanks to Prasys' Blog, InsanleyMac Forums and anyone else I failed to mention. Hope you like your new i7 Hackintosh.

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