Generally Snow Leopard 10.6.1 works , if you’ve followed my method. All you have to do is run it from Software Updater. Do not worry as it doesn’t update the kernel , the kernel is still version 10.0.0. So those of you who are using modbins patched kernel for AMD/Intel Pentium D/4 , you may still continue to use this update.
According to netkas, you’ll have to edit some of your kexts for ATI 48xx users. Do check it out. As for NVIDIA Users , it seems that Apple has updated graphics drivers and it seems to smoother for me. I’m not sure about you !
Over the time , I’ve been getting tons on questions via e-mail (okay at most is 1 a day) and via IRC on what are kexts and how to identify how they work and what its used for. I’ll briefly explain on what is kernel and what are kernel extensions
Kernel is actually the heart of OS , it basically the one that gets your OSX. So do be friend with the kernel. You can read complete explanation on what is a kernel here (Wikipedia). Now kexts (or also known as Kernel Extensions – thats how it got its name from Kernel + Extensions) , are actually drivers on macOS . Its analogous to linux modules !. I wouldn’t’ say drivers but something to extend the functionality of a kernel , as kernel is very basic. So it takes it to another level. Of course for simplicity sake , one may call it as drivers. However its not the right term. Suffice to say, if you want to playParty poker , use PhotoShop or pretty much anything we take for granted on our computers, you need a kext. They are added power. Read More
It seems that Maxis has also jumped into the whole Wireless Broadband pre-paid thingy. It first started off with Celcom with their whole Prepaid broadband package and then Maxis joined the game. Anyhow , you may ask whats the need of a pre-paid wireless broadband. One may need Prepaid wireless broadband if you plan to go to your kampung (hometown) and you don’t have DSL/Cable access , you’re traveling on the go (i.e from Johor to Penang) , you’re on vacation somewhere in Sarawak and you want to check your e-mail , play couple of facebook games and use Skype ! or you want a Backup Broadband just incase if your streamyx is down. All you’ll be needing is a 3G-enabled phone (or a data card) and a netbook/notebook (or a Desktop if you plan to use it at home). Thats about it. I’m pretty sure that 3G phones do have Bluetooth enabled , and most of the laptops do have Bluetooth built in . Read More
This is a simple how-to check to determine if you have Quartz Extreme (QE) and Core Image (CI). It seems that OSX 10.6 “Snow Leopard” doesn’t state that if you have both of it enabled or not. Prior to this , in order to determine if hardware acceleration was indeed working , one would take a look at System Profiler to check if both Quartz Extreme and Core Image are enabled or not. Apple has removed this functionality in OSX 10.6. Its because , all Intel Macs (yes, including Intel GMA 950) are capable of both Quartz Extreme and Core Image. There is no need to display if both of it is supported or not.
Anyhow it has a major drawback for Hackintosh users , as there is no way to determine if hardware acceleration is indeed working or not. There is no way to tell by looking at system profiler , to check if your injectors such as NVEnabler or your EFI strings are working correctly or not. However , don’t panic and don’t yell around saying that there is no way to check if you have hardware acceleration or not. I’ve included simple steps to determine if hardware acceleration (QE/CI) is working or not
Note : Another thing to note , Apple has removed support for GeForce 5 series graphics card in Snow Leopard and as well as pre ATI X1000 series (i.e X300 , X600 , 9600 , 9550). You may get it to work with Leopard , so do try Leopard instead of Snow Leopard 1st Method
This is the easiest method of all time. All you have to do is run Chess application. Fire it up and play chess. Now if you are able to move the piece . Congraluations , hardware acceleration (QE/CI) is working.
If you aren’t pleased or if you do want to check if it really works. I’ve included other alternative methods. Do continue to read 2nd Method
Check if screensaver works. Its fairly simple to do. All you have to do is go to System preferences and then select Desktop and Screen saves. Select Screen savers tab and do test out a screensaver. If you see a blank screen , it means that your Graphics acceleration is not working ! 3rd Method
Test out Dashboard (Press F12) (or F3 if you’re using Apple Aluminium Slim Keyboard). Drag and drop a widget . If you see a ripple-like effect (or cool effects) when you add a widget. Congratulations everything is working
There are other ways to test as well for instance running DVD Player. Downloading and playing mac games such as Neverball. 4th Method (thanks to iHack)
Try Front Row. If Front Row works , QE/CI is in place , otherwise it wouldn’t work at all !