Installation Guides/Gigabyte GA-K8N51PVMT-9 AMD 10.5.3

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This is a guide shows how to install MacOSX 10.5.3 on a Gigabyte GA-K8N51PVMT-9 motherboard.


[edit] Introduction

Written by Matt S. (msmollin)
First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone in the OSx86 community, from the creators of the different distros to the server maintainers to the people willing to post on the forums. You have all made my life so much easier and made what I am about to document possible. Special thanks go to:

-Kalyway & Co. for building the 10.5.2 ISO with such great AMD support

Now, let me apologize. I am not very good with wiki's, so the format of this page is gonna be a little rough. I'm open to people helping smooth the flow out as long as none of the content gets removed though :)

So, onto the good stuff. What I accomplished about 3 hours ago I have never been able to find documented thoroughly on the forums or on these wiki pages. There is another AMD installation guide for 10.5.1, but I found the instructions to be sub-par and the items provided for download to be frustratingly inadequate. So, here's what I have OS X running on (and what I am currently writing this wiki article from):

[edit] Hardware

Manufacturer: Gigabyte
Model: GA-K8N51PVMT-9
Chipset: nForce 430
BIOS Version: F4 05/09/2006
BIOS setup options: Drive-A=None, Floppy 3 Mode Support=Disabled, SATA2 RAID=Disabled, SATA1=Disabled, SATA2=Disabled, Onboard LAN=Disabled, Onboard 1394=Disabled, Onboard Serial=Disabled, Onboard Parallel=Disabled
Audio: Realtek ALC880
LAN: VITESSE 8201 phy (1 GBit)
SATA: 4 SATA 3Gb/s
IDE: 2 IDE connection
VGA: GeForce 6150
Memory: 4 slots of DDR 3200 400 Mhz

Model: AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Speed: 1.8 Ghz
Recognized in System Profiler as: 1 Processor, 1.8 GHz, 1 Core & 512 KB L2 Cache

Type: Single 512 MB module DDR 3200

Video Card
Type: nVidia 8600 GT PCI Express
Memory: 512 MB
Board Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Network Card
Type: Wired Network Card PCI 100Mbs
Manufacturer: Edimax
Model: EN-9130TX
Chipset: Realtek RTL-8139D

Type: IDE 120GB 3.5" HD
Manufacturer: Western Digital
Model: WD 1200BB-DAA1

Type: USB DVD-Writer
Manufacturer: Philips
Model: SPD3400CC

Input Devices
Type: USB Keyboard

Type: USB Mouse

[edit] Updates

I'm going to try to keep this up to date the best I can with fixes and such.

Updates for 4/26/2008:

  • Apologies to anyone who couldn't post questions. The topic seems to have gotten deleted / lost over at insanelymac. I've reposted the new link. Thanks.
  • I created a thread over in the forums found here: Please post any questions / criticisms over there. Thanks :)

  • Set up an issues section
  • Added to the issues section my forcedeth.kext issue i found and a fix
  • Added to the issues section how to fix the rosetta problem i found . .

Updates for 4/31/2008:

  • Well my A8N board is giving me some hassles detecting the IDE Primary and Secondary Masters... it takes forever to stat them, and sometime won't at all. [sigh] When I CAN stat it though, OS X is working nice
  • Ran into a small issue with my keyboard not being detected. The fix so far seems to be moving the keyboard from one USB slot to the other. Anyone else having this issue? I temporarily added that fix until I can work out a final fix.
  • There appears to be some efforts in the community to get the nforce4 SATA controller working in os x from various **nix distros. I will see what i can pull off loading it afterwards. Anyone have any luck in this arena?

[edit] Pre-Requirements

OK, this is the part that took me literally weeks to figure out, and will make your lives so much easier, thus why I'm sharing.
1) First, the Sil3114 driver is shoddy, and the Nforce SATA non-functional, so do yourselves a favor and find a nice cheap IDE drive.
3) Make SURE that your DVD drive is set to the SECONDARY MASTER and that you also set that jumper correctly. Cable select again will not work.
4) Download the Kalyway 10.5.2 AMD / Intel ISO. It's available through the normal channels.
5) Download the forcedeth.kext from here Put it on a USB stick formatted FAT32 (or HFS if you please).

    • NOTE I tried both the Kalyway and the iATKOS 1.0ir2 CD's. In my opinion, the iATKOS install needs a LOT of polishing before it will be what Kalyway is already at. I do thoroughly enjoy having multiple teams working on something, but the Kalway install is much more streamlined, and for installing on non-Intel hardware, you need all the help you can get. Also, iATKOS doesn't have the nForceATA kexts included, so you get screwed on boot. .

[edit] The Good Stuff (aka how I did it)

Let me give credit where its due, I did utilize a few instructions that is in the 10.5.1 installation how-to for AMD that is linked on this wiki. But I'd have to say 98% of this is my own work. But thank you :)

So, lets get started.

1) Make sure you have everything downloaded that I listed in the pre-requirements.
2) Burn the Kalyway install to a DVD (single layer is all is required).
3) Keep the DVD in the tray, and reboot.
4) Access the BIOS.
5) On the main screen, make sure the IDE drive is primary master and the DVD is secondary master.
6) *OPTIONAL*Disable the Silicon Image Controller under Peripherals (for the sake of faster booting really. OS X won't detect it, so if you wanna leave it on, no biggie. )
7) Enable the AC97 sound if it's not already enabled.
8) Make sure the DVD drive is set to boot first, or else you'll have to pick it from the F8 boot menu
9) Save and Exit.
10) BIOS posts, and the kalyway DVD should load. Press F8 here and type -v to boot in verbose mode.
11) During POST, you'll see a lot of messages that if you've never used an open source OS before, you're probably not going to understand most of it. The important parts are that you see nForceATA get loaded, and that your HD gets loaded. THIS IS THE PART WHERE THE DREADED "still waiting for root device" appears. If you get the error, double check the requirements I set above.
12) Assuming you survive step 11, OS X should load the installer. It takes a decent amount of time, even with a 16x DVD drive, so be patient. Verbose mode helps because stuff actually comes up every so often to show its doing something before the GUI loads up.
13) Click next once you can, and then along the top the menu will load. Click Utilities, then Disk Utility.
14) Disk utility takes a little while to load and stat the available disks. It is here you will partition the drive you wish to install on. Click the Drive (not the indented names. Those are partitions already on the drive) and then click the "Partition" tab that shows in the right hand window.
15) Choose a Partition scheme of 1 Partition, name the drive "Leopard" and choose the Journaled File System (not case-sensitive). Now there will be a button labeled "Options" below the big rectangle representing your drive. Click that.
16) On the resulting window, make sure MBR is checked. I realize Kalyway claims GUID will work, but its only tested on Intel. MBR worked for me, so its what I recommend.
17) Click Ok, then OK on the original screen. It will warn that your going to erase whatever partitions are on the drive, and that one named Leopard will be created. Go ahead and OK that. It will take a second or two.
18) Once that finishes, close Disk Utility.
19) Proceed through the install, selecting the proper disk you just formatted, until you come to where you are about to begin the install, and there is the all important Customize button. Click that.
20) WHEW step 20. Take a breather, grab a drink, the next part requires some focus.
21) The customization screen opens. This is where Kalway distinguishes itself from iATKOS extremely.
a) Kernel: select ONLY the sleepycat kernel (default). If you want to hear about WHY sleepycat, read my kernel talk at the bottom.
b) VGA: I am using a Radeon HD3870. You'll have to dive into the menus, select the one labeled X2000_AND_X3000_HD and the NATIT selection. They're well marked.
c) I selected the forcedeth driver under networking, but it seemed to not install properly (thus for the USB copy).
d) The default sound selections worked for me... make sure both of the AC97 drivers are selected. I'm unsure which one it actually picked up.
e) If you want any of the "free" software, pick what you want.
f) Feel free to not install any of the language translations you won't need. If you like reading Japanese anime/manga though, or have any plans of using iTunes with foreign tag names, keep the translations.
g) AMD Patches: I selected Patch1 and the processor fix. It seems both are required for my motherboard. Your mileage may vary.
22) Click ok, and then click Install. Feel free to skip the DVD check. It takes eons to complete the check. Then wait about 20-40 minutes (depending on your selections) to install OS X.
23) Reboot the machine, remove the DVD from the drive when it POSTS.
24) Use the F8 boot menu to pick you HD, or just let it ride if no other boot devices are installed.
25) The Darwin boot loader should come up. Press a key, and then use -v for verbose just to watch the first boot.
26) With any luck, all will work well, and you will be greeted with the Leopard First-Run nonsense (I really wish they would let you bypass the damn "cute" intro).
27) Run through the registration. It won't have any internet connectivity (unless you got lucky and either the Yukon or the forcedeth drivers actually worked. They didn't in my case)
28) Plug your fancy USB drive in. Copy the forcedeth.kext onto the desktop.
29) Open Terminal
30) Change directory to your desktop (cd Desktop)
31) Issue these 3 commands:
sudo chown -R root:wheel forcedeth.kext
sudo chmod -R 755 forcedeth.kext
sudo kextload forcedeth.kext
32) With any luck, the forcedeth kext will load, and System Preferences will pop up an alert you have an unconfigured network card.
33) Click open, the new window opens, click the "advanced" button, then click "Ethernet" tab.
34) Set Configure: Manually, Speed: Autoselect, MTU: Standard (1500)
35) If you're running DHCP, you should receive an IP. If you're not, you saw where to enter that info.

THAT'S IT! You have a fully working OS X installation on an non-Intel platform!! Ok so its missing the SATA drivers and the one network card. The network card issue is fixable, there are drivers. The SATA support is crappy though. In my opinion, that the fault of the manufacturers for making crappy sata controllers. Do some research, get a nice PCI-Express sata controller (I personally like the Areca 1210, but im unsure if its OS X compatible).

--Post Mortem--
OK so you got it all working. But you want the ethernet driver to load automagically. No problem!
1) Open Finder
2) Click on you Hard drive (mine is named Leopard)
3) Double-click System
4) Double-click Library
5) Double-click Extensions
6) Drag and drop the forcedeth.kext into the new extensions window. It will fail to copy.
7) Click the authenticate button in the error window, and type in your password (this basically is the GUI way of doing the sudo cp -R command)
8) You should see the kext copied in. Now reboot, and let the magic happen! .

[edit] Xbench results

Results 70.90
System Info
Xbench Version 1.3
System Version 10.5.3 (9D34)
Physical RAM 512 MB
Model MacPro3,1
Drive Type WDC WD1200BB-00DAA1 WDC WD1200BB-00DAA1
CPU Test 65.45
GCD Loop 100.10 5.28 Mops/sec
Floating Point Basic 74.82 1.78 Gflop/sec
vecLib FFT 38.23 1.26 Gflop/sec
Floating Point Library 86.16 15.00 Mops/sec
Thread Test 61.93
Computation 45.18 915.21 Kops/sec, 4 threads
Lock Contention 98.44 4.23 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
Memory Test 78.24
System 88.37
Allocate 239.85 880.82 Kalloc/sec
Fill 78.16 3800.20 MB/sec
Copy 58.88 1216.21 MB/sec
Stream 70.20
Copy 70.51 1456.34 MB/sec
Scale 68.63 1417.80 MB/sec
Add 70.86 1509.39 MB/sec
Triad 70.84 1515.53 MB/sec
Quartz Graphics Test 129.53
Line 97.63 6.50 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
Rectangle 136.14 40.64 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
Circle 115.23 9.39 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
Bezier 109.02 2.75 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
Text 316.15 19.78 Kchars/sec
OpenGL Graphics Test 75.27
Spinning Squares 75.27 95.48 frames/sec
User Interface Test 102.52
Elements 102.52 470.53 refresh/sec
Disk Test 42.09
Sequential 60.98
Uncached Write 81.00 49.73 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 79.79 45.14 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 52.70 15.42 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 45.99 23.12 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Random 32.13
Uncached Write 11.29 1.20 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 63.65 20.38 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 85.61 0.61 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 117.35 21.77 MB/sec [256K blocks]

[edit] Issues That I've encountered since initial install

  • It would seem that the forcedeth.kext I found initially is rather unstable. It may be an older version than what planetbeing has as current over here Let me know how you make out with those versions / if you got it to install properly on the 10.5.2 distro out of the gate. Thanks2
  • I use Ventrilo while playing World of Warcraft (which works flawlessly on the mac once u fix the rosetta problem for the installer), and it requires you set the option to enable access for assitive devices under Universal Access. This will most likely break your keyboard functionality. Just go and uncheck it and everything will be back to normal
  • My keyboard woes continue. Sometime it won't even stat the damn thing at all. The temporary fix seems to be that you move the USB port from one to another. Post in the thread if you have a better solution and I can add it here once I test it out. . .

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