That was a sigh of relief actually, after two sleepless nights, several grounding shocks from my cpu, verbal cursing and a shattered ego. But it’s totally worth the pain, as you can see from this screenshot.
Yes, its an OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard growling proudly on my intel desktop. Sleek, streamlined, and stable, so far at least. How? Once I’d be able to retrace my steps in building this rig, I’d write a how-to guide, specifically for my kind of hardware of course.
This Snow Leopard runs on an Core 2 Quad 2.66ghz processor, Asus P5kpl-am epu motherboard, AOC IFW 19″ wide LCD, Sapphire ATI HD 4350 1G RAM (graphics of pain for OSX), 4G of DDR3 RAM, 320G SATA Hard Drive, Sony DVD RW drive, Realtek LAN (OB), Azalia Audio (OB), USB Keyboards and Mouse. The Asus mobo worked flawlessly out of the box as well as the 64 bit procie, with little tweaking. With some kext injections, I was able to get the ATI GPU working on native resolution, no Open GL issues, QI/CE working, transparency working, DVI out working. The Sound and LAN worked out of the box, though I “patched” the audio kexts with the native AppleHDA kexts.
So far I’ve installed iLife, iWorks(trial), Office 2011 for Mac, Photoshop CS 5 and so many other apps. I have yet to encounter a kernel panics (crash) after installing these apps so I presume it’s stable.
I’m already thinking of updating this OS X 10.6.3 to higher versions but i have yet to make sure my build steps are solid enough to repeat it without kernel panic.So I’ll just savor it for the moment.
As I write this, I’m already pondering my “how-to-guide” in installing this version of hackintosh (OX86) including of course the cursing and frustrating trial and error attempts!
To the people, forums, relay chats, guides, google and “the site that shouldn’t be named” who helped me build this hackintosh, thank you all!