Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hackintosh Build

Sooo~~ with my MacBook overheating so often at 179ºF and more while running on max RPM, I've decided to build my own hackintosh. The specs rival a MacBook Pro, or whatever. I wanted one that was good and would be reliable for a long time, upgradeable, and good as a hackintosh.


  • Case: LIAN LI PC-A05NB Black Aluminum ATX Mini Tower Computer Case- $89.99. $92.58 after tax and shipping, -$10 w/ coupon code @ NEWEGG
  • Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-H55M-USB3- $109.99 @ AMAZON
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-870- $229.99. $251.26 after tax @ Micro Center
  • RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR- $60. $65 with shipping @ NEWEGG
  • HD: WD Black Caviar 1Tb 7200 RPM SATA- $79.95, $87.35 total with tax @ Central Computers
  • Power Supply: Enermax EG565P-VE 535W (though it may be an EG 465. I didn't really check)- $0, I salvaged this from my other computer Had to return it because my family wants to use my other compy.
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 550w- $60, $65 with tax @ FRY'S ELECTRONICS
  • Optical CD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS- $20.99 @ AMAZON
  • Graphics Card: nVidia quadro 380- $0, I got this from Boyfriend, though I may decide to switch it to my other graphics card from my other computer later on. NOTE: It IS compatible!
  • Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS 258MB- $0, from my other computer.
Zip Ties 100 pack-  $3.99 @ AMAZON
Snow Leopard- $0, borrowed Brother's disk
    In total, it is about $696.18. A lot of the things I bought I got lucky- most of them were on sale. I still need a video card, but I might initially use the onboard graphics with the Mobo or borrow my boyfriend's video card for a while... or take it from my other desktop's build. I took it from my other desktop. I also need an optical drive, but that's $20 or I can also take it from my other desktop as well. I did take my old one from my other desktop, but it's pretty old and still uses Serial ATA cables. So bulky! So I bought the ASUS one (and it will be coming soon in the mail.)

    The main concern I had with the power supply was that the Mobo had an ATX and a 2x4 ATX 12V. Apparently 2x4 is rare or something? But luckily, my power supply had a (4+4)P 12v CPU connector.

    I double checked that all the wires were in the right place and cleaned them up a little bit to make the inside pretty. Turned it on after some apprehension and it worked fine, went into BIOS pretty okay though I did run into a small problem. I couldn't use a USB keyboard, I had to use the PS/2 keyboard (luckily I have both). Enabled USB controllers later on, though my PS/2 mouse doesn't work still. ): I'll figure that out later.

    For installation, I'll used iBoot using instructions from here. I won't be able to start until probably mid next week. I'll update once I have everything done.
    Here is your update:

    Started iBoot. The instructions on the actual website, sucked and the download didn't want to burn on my CD drive. I got the burnable copy on tonymacx86's blog, burned it... The only issue I had found out was that my keyboard worked, but my mouse didn't. Bummer! The mouse wasn't USB, so I had to borrow my sister's little itty bitty USB mouse. The keyboard is also USB. Both work, though the mouse I had to plug back in after reboot or else it wouldn't work.

    Had to restart once- my computer, I think, froze at the initial language setting after iBoot so I had to hard restart. Followed the rest of Tony's instructions. I got stuck after Multibeast's installation-- restarting the computer only gave me the gray apple screen and then a "You need to restart" screen. Sad panda. ): Restarted  a few times. I tried to then boot from iBoot- got a restart again. Tried to do boot order from HD primary and then disk drive secondary. Didn't work. Switched it back, restarted with iBoot in the disk drive but not running and it worked! (Wtf but anyways).

    Installed some more stuff from Multibeast, installed updates EXCEPT 10.6.8. Restarted.... got the error message again to restart my computer. SAD PANDA. ): Verified and repaired Disk Permissions in Disk Utility. Didn't work.

    THE FIX:
    Basically, I have to insert iBoot, then choose my HD from there- iBoot would not work. Kept on getting lots of panics, so at this point I switched my graphics card to a known compatible one. Decided I did something wrong during installation so this is what I did:
    1.) insert iBoot, restart.
    2.) At bootup screen, I took out my iBoot CD and inserted the Mac OSX installer disk.
    3.) Erased the partition that had all of the OSX on it.
    4.) Reinstall Snow Leopard in the HD partition
    5.) After booting, I used Multibeast + 10.6.8's update. With Multibeast, I used this website/guide to help me after I realized that the Kernel Panics were due to drivers not being there with my other graphics card (so... probably, my other graphics card would have worked. Sigh...).
    VOILA! It was fixed. If I knew this beforehand, it would have saved me 3 hours of my life. Oh well.

    I changed my graphics card to the other one that I wasn't using because my GeForce one is loud. I didn't have any problems whatsoever.

    Sound: it initially didn't work in the top port of the case, but the fix was both Multibeast's audio drivers and toggling with the settings in System Preferences. Works! (:

    Wireless Card: I'm planning on doing this later on as well, once I'm finished with my build for wireless connectivity, but that's about $75? If even, so at least if I can keep this build under $800, I'll be happy. Since I'm at home, I can easily use ethernet since the router is in my room.

    Keyboard: I have a few crappy keyboards at home under my bed, so I'll use that for the time being (or, yeah, take it from my desktop at home).  Bought the Logitech Illuminated Ultrathin Keyboard with Backlighting for $42 off of Craigslist and used DoubleCommand for Command to act as Option key and vice versa- basically, the Home/windows key becomes the option/alt key, and the alt key becomes the command key. Yays! (: I fking love this keyboard. You really can't use a Ps/2 keyboard with this mobo, it doesn't work well. USB is your best bet for both mouse and keyboard.

    Screen brightness controls: So after a while, after sitting in the dark, I realized my eyes hurt. I put the brightness on my monitor all the way down- didn't help. Tried downloading sooo many other hackintosh-specific applications that would help- shades, etc. Didn't work! So I went on the App Store and downloaded the free app, Dimmer than Dim. So useful and it totally works.

    I'm still having trouble with this computer and the whole sleeping issue. I tried using SleepEnabler.kext but ohmg I really didn't understand how to use it. Even after installing it (I think?), it didn't work. I'll try later though. I'm uber tired today. ):

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