Empire EFI

satisfyBefore I get this thing rolling – I want to tell you one thing. The tone which I’ve written this article may differ , its just to make it sound like a commercial product. I have no intentions of selling it or making profit out of it. This project will remain , free and I’ll be writing a guide on how to make your very own boot-132 disc so that you can pretty much help out the rest !

Introduction – Presenting Empire EFI. The one of the kind boot loader which all. Do take a look at what Empire EFI as to offer. Unlike other tutorials and guides and solutions , you don’t need a hackint0sh or Macintosh running OSX . Its possible to use this disc on a PC running Windows or Linux

As wise Darth Vader used to say (our CEO and Mentor):-

“You do not know the power of the dark side” – Darth Vader

By the way do take a look at our new prelude (thanks apocolipse aka apoc269)


Features Benefits
Chameleon Boot Loader with netkas’ PC_EFI The new Boot Loader allows you boot up to different OSes in different partition and along side with native GUID partition support. Its even capable of supporting PC Graphics Card out of the box (such as NVIDIA and ATI cards) . It even supports DSDT patching allowing you to make your BIOS to behave like a Mac’s EFI without the need to flash your BIOS !
Its Install-n-Forget With the help of myHack installer* , Empire EFI allows users to install latest updates from Apple without worrying much about kernel extensions and such. In an event of mess up , simply use your Empire EFI disc and boot up your partition to get it up and running !
Its Free , & Open Source (plus its community driven) While our rival charge you $50 for a software which they stole and which they encrypt. Empire EFI starves on the policy of Darth Vader of making it free thus allowing more people to learn about the Empire. You could even make your own EFI disc and market it for $50 ! Talk about making money like our rivals ! Our solution is so simple that you’ll have to insert our boot disc for the mantra to work and bam insert your retail Snow Leopard . Plus there aren’t any activation and you could even use it up for ? number of computers ! It doesn’t even contain any kexts from our competitors !*
Learn and play at the same time Our unique boot loader embarks you on the journey of learning more of your computer internals such as learning about device IDs , DSDT patchin – which takes you on to a whole new level. If you’re tired of watching Glee on Fox , you’ll be certainly amazed with the whole journey. now you could do it. We don’t cheat , nor we don’t lie

* – Openhaltrestart.kext is no longer included as from Version 1.03
Not only that. With the power of the dark side , you could save a bunch on building your very own Hackint0sh. Just take a look for yourself , (if you were to choose between Empire EFI and from our competitor)
Our Competitors Offering : USD$49.95 (Limited offer) + USD$ 29.99 (Snow Leopard) = ~USD$ 80
Our Solution : USD0 (for Empire EFI) + USD$ 29.95 = ~USD$ 30.00 (You Save USD$50) (That’s a lot , especially in bad times)
PLUS , WE DON’T USE ANY solutions/drivers from our competitors. Its 100% “organic”
Do take a look at our screenshots if you are still not connivence of our product and for Gods sake , please read everything what I’ve written below

Empire EFI V1.0 - With Cool Vader background. This what makes us to stand out from our competitors

Unlike our competitors , we do not modify and claim that we have written a boot loader. Instead we use open-source boot loaders such as Chameleon and PC_EFI whereby its open source and reliable

Screen shot 2009-10-31 at 3.10.13 PM

Post-Installation packages and how-tos would enable you to get up and Install Snow Leopard. It contains links where you can download kexts from , myHack Installer (which takes care of installing Boot Loader and other things) and not to mention link to download DSDTDE and DPCIMananger for your kext and DSDT needs !

So what are you waiting for. All you have to do is download. The dark side is very strong and now I do sense the force is flowing strong with you. In order for you to test out Empire EFI. Here are the requirements :-

  • Intel Processor with SSSE3 or better (If you are not sure that if your processor is SSSE3 capable , kindly get CPU-Z to check it out) (Examples of SSSE3 capable processors are Intel Core Duo , Core 2 Duo , Intel Core i7 , Core 2 Quad , Intel Atom) (Update : Experimental AMD Support as well)
  • 1GB Minimum RAM
  • Intel Chipset (aka motherboard which uses Intel Chipset) (Intel 945P or better)
  • Knowing your computer internals (such as its chipset , southbridge , northbridge)
  • Knowledge on basic troubleshooting
  • [Added Advantage] Knowledge on ACPI , UNIX and low-end OSX related stuff
  • Patience
  • CD-R/CD-RW to burn Empire EFI !

Keep in mind that what you’re about to do is not something which is easy. Empire EFI would act as a boot loader to help you to install OSX and once you’ve installed OSX. You are on your own. So you’ll have to do tons of homework and research on the Internet before attempting to try Empire EFI. Don’t tell me that I’ve warned you


Darth-Vader-256x256 (Click here to download Empire EFI V1.08 (which includes Normal , Legacy and Experimental Intel P55/Core i5/i7 8xx support)

(Mirror #1 for Empire EFI V.108)

Click Here to download Empire V1.08 (for ATI 48xx series graphics card and nVidia GeForce GTX2xx series along with support for i5/i7 8xx series and P55 chipset)

Scroll down if you’re looking for AMD Version or specially patched version of Empire EFI for your motherboard/chipset/processor

I am also looking for your input for Empire EFI v1.09 , please do contribute

Whats New in – Version 1.08 –

  • All-In-One , it now includes separate ISO for normal version , legacy version (for problematic BIOS) , and a special version for Core i5/Core i7 8XX
  • Added Support (Experimental) for Core i5/Core i7 8XX with Intel P55 Motherboard (this is due to the new 10.2 kernel which includes support for Intel Core i5/i7)
  • Removed support for nForce motherboards , ATI and other non-Intel boards as it was causing a lot of problems on Intel boards
  • Included a newer version of VoodooHDA by Slice from ProjectOSX , so that sound can be enabled out of the box (aka you can get to listen to the startup sound and other things after installing OSX)
  • Added ATILegacy4800.kext from netkas and enabled GraphicsEnabler for ATI 48xx and nvidia gtx 2xx series card (Please use DVI2VGA adapter during installation as DVI may or may not work)
  • Added Support for AMD , ATI , nForce motherboard. AMD users can now rejoice ! (scroll down below for an AMD experimental version by nawcom)

1. Download the package
2. Choose the suitable version (if you are not sure then choose the normal version. However if you have tried the normal version and you have had some issues booting it be sure to try with legacy version. For Intel P55/Core i5 users you would not have a choice but to go with the i5 version)
3. Burn the desired ISO at the slowest speed possible.
4. Reboot your PC and be sure that your DVD/CD ROM is set as the first bootable drive. Empire EFI should boot up (do ignore any errors do you see such as no Preboot.dmg or no ramdisk)
5. If everything goes well , you should see Empire EFI boot Screen. Now eject your disc , wait for 10-20 seconds. Then insert your Snow leopard DVD and then wait for at least 30-60 seconds
6. After that simply hit F5 and let Empire EFI rescan. It should able to detect your Snow Leopard DVD and all you have to do is select it
Note : if you are having issues such as chameleon seeing Snow Leopard DVD as a HDD or unable to detect , scroll down and read the FAQ !
Note #2 – By default Empire EFI would only address 1GB of RAM. This is to prevent memory related issues with system and other things and Empire EFI would disable graphics acceleration in order for you to install the system
Note #3 – (Read This) ATI issues may have “garbaged” display , it seems that for some reason the installer hates direct DVI Output. Some of the users did manage to get DVI2VGA adapter to get it working (others used the other way around VGA2DVI). Some had to connect it via HDMI. It seems that if you’re not using standard ATI 48xx card according to the specifications set by ATI and which Apple follows it strictly , your output may be garbaged. This is because Apple’s “stock driver” only recognises certain output only. I can’t help much on this , because I can’t hack and “inject” drivers on the go. It has to be done after-installation only. This applies to some nvidia cards as well. This is the reason why you get a blank screen. Apple stock drivers are really picked about it , thats why you’ll have to generate a custom EFI
Note #4 – I am going to write a post-installation guide which takes care of how to find drivers , so on and so forth. Stay tuned
“Master….I’ve failed”
Suppose if the newest and greatest version did not work for you , I do offer cooked version and special versions of Empire EFI for certain boards. If the generic version did not work , do try these other flavours. If you’re looking for an older build of Empire EFI , scroll down and grab it directly from my changelog.
Special Cooked Version for Problematic Board (Empire EFI Verison 1.06) – Just like the previous version which is listed down. It uses ISOLinux to boot up the system (which should prevent some weird memory errors and be sure to burn it at the slowest speed possible). This version includes lots of disablers such as SMC , Power Management and other stuff which causes hangs in some system (i.e AppleIntelCPUPowermanagement hang or AppleSMC hang). Use this version only if you have problems booting the CD manually otherwise just stick with regular 1.06 ! (Deprecated)
Special ‘Cooked’ Version for Problematic Board (Empire EFI Version 1.01) (Mirror #1)- A lot of folks are complaining on why it doesn’t work on their board. Some do get the memory allocation error. I’ve cooked a special version of Empire EFI on this problematic boards by using ISOLinux. So if you could get Linux Live CD to boot , there is a high chance that you can get this to boot up as well. Try this version if you’re having problem with the default version !
Special “beta” verision for Intel/nForce Intel/VIA Chipset and Intel ICH9-R/M users (Version 1.04) – If you’re using nForce motherboard you may test this new version out. It has kexts meant for ICH9-R/M users (some variants of it) and it includes the new nForceATA kext from c0rk007hck (Deprecated)
For Intel Core i7/X58 Users
If the default version did not work , then feel free to try the special version for Intel Core i7 users/X58 by aschar. Its known to work for a lot of Intel Core i7 users. Its specially tuned for X58 Motherboards !
Empire EFI for Intel Core i7 and Intel X58 Chipset (V1.04 by aschar) – This version is tuned for X58 Chipset. it contains support for X58 Chipset and you shouldn’t be getting any black screens on your X58 Chipset with Core i7 processors. aschar who is also an i7 user has built this cd (by the way – knows exactly the do and donts of X58 and Core i7) . This version contains special X58 extensions , a guide on how to patch ALC889a codec (which is commonly found on X58 motherboards) and other X58 related stuff. If you do have any issues with this version , do post a comment about it and I’ll forward it to aschar , or you may just go to #snowleopard (irc.osx86.hu) and talk to aschar !
Empire EFI for Intel Core i7 and Intel X58 Chipset (Beta/V1.06 by aschar) – This is a beta version with support for ATI and some other changes for Intel X58 Users. For non-gigabyte X58 chipset boot with -pci0 (to do that , wait for 60 seconds , insert MacOS X DVD , and then hit tab twice and then type -pci0).
NOTE : ATI Radeon 4850 users should use this Empire EFI version for Core i7 even if you are not using Core i7/X58 Chipset. This build has a special fix to enable 4850 to work with it.
Empire EFI for AMD Processors (Experimental/V1.08 by nawcom) – This is an experimental version for AMD processors to enable them to use Retail Snow Leopard installation disk. However keep in mind that if you have more then 4GB of RAM installed , please remove some RAM and be sure to have less then 4GB of RAM otherwise you’ll run into some problems. There are some known issues with Empire EFI for AMD processors.
Empire EFI for AMD Processors #2 (Experimental/V.108) (Mirror)- This is another take on Empire EFI for AMD. INstead of using supernforceata , I am using back the good ol’ nforceata which a lot of users recommended , plus I’ve added couple of more legacy kext. Instead of qoopz’ kernel , its using modbin’s modded kernel for AMD.
Empire EFI for Nvidia GTX 2xx graphics (including GTX 2xxM and GTX 1xx M support) (Experimental/V1.08) – This is an experimental version (including i5 and core i7 , and P55 support) for those who are using GTX 2xx series. It should be working as I’ve included OSX 10.6.2 nvidia drivers kext which has better support for the GTX 2xx series). Its currently hosted on megaupload , don’t ask me for mirrors or where to host them. If you’re willing to mirror it , let me know
Empire EFI for ATI Graphics (48xx series/V 1.08) – This is yet another experimental version by me. What I’ve done is that I’ve included the new ATI kexts from 10.6.2 into the DVD , thus allowing ATI Users to boot up to installer and install it. I’ve tested out this theory and indeed works.
Comments ? Criticism ?
If you have something to say , feel free to post about it in my comments. If you’re seeking for help , feel free to drop by to #snowleopard @ irc.osx86.hu . I do welcome suggestions and even criticism on how I should improvise it . Please do. The empire is counting on you !
If Empire EFI did work for you and if you could run OSX beautifully , consider buying an Apple hardware as I truly think that Apple deserves the money for coming up with such a good hardware and OS which syncs in harmony ! -or- instead donate it to WWF or needy folks in Africa !
The Legal Stuff
I’ve given due credit for almost everyone and whichever tools I’ve used. You may look it up in the read me. All of the tools which I’ve used are Open Source tools meaning that you can obtain the source code and modify it according to your wish and then release it according to AAPL. Anyhow , these are the tools/tutorials which I’ve used to create Empire EFI. I’ve quoted here so that you too can make your own Boot CD
chameleon Boot Loader – The Core of Empire EFI
Boot-132 Method – The way on how Chameleon and other things get loaded
1.If Empire EFI fails (i.e if you were getting errors , instant reboots and other stuff). You should try building your own snow leopard bootable usb boot stick , this is because Empire EFI is not a complete replacement of DIY-Snow-Leopard-Retail-DVD Solution .
If you have a mac (or a hack) (running MacOSX 10.4 or later) , and a 8GB usb stick , you should consider reading this method instead.
If you have Linux installed and 8GB Usb stick , you should consider this method
If you have Windows installed and if you would like to create your own bootcd for your motherboard/usb stick , then you should read up on this method
2.From time to time , newer version of Empire EFI may not work with certain motherboards. You should try using an older version instead of a newer one. This is because a newer ones may contain experimental or new stuff which may not play nice with certain motherboards.
3.If you’re planning to upgrade to 10.6.2 , please read this guide . Its better to backup a couple of things as Apple has removed support for Intel Atom processors from 10.6.2 onwards
4.Plus those who are getting Snow Leopard DVD icon as a HD Icon. Go to your BIOS settings and change SATA operation to IDE (just try toggling between IDE and AHCI). It would eventually detect as a CD-ROM and it should work. There are few issues with certain SATA DVD-ROM Drives !
5. if you’re having display issues i.e blank screen and other graphics related issue. You may have to use another graphics card. Generally GTX series does not work in installation and that goes the same for ATI 48xx users. However there are some number of users who have reported to get it to work with aschar’s cooked version. You may want to give that a shot !
6. If you cant’ read whats written in the white text. Simply hit tab twice and it will take you to a command line interface whereby you could read. You don’t have to strain your eyes for this
If you need more help on fixing BIOS related issues ,scroll down and read on fixing bugs and some problems
The Idea behind Empire EFI
The whole concept was started by Conti , aschar and the great team. A lot of people have underestimated the community thinking that what Py$tar did was right and they didn’t rip anyones project. I wanted to show to the world and those who have doubted the Hackint0sh team that its possible for people to come up with it and to simplify installation. Whlist we don’t offer paid support like pystar , I truly believe that there are lots of information that can be obtained from the community , not to mention that there is no fun when everything is done automagically for you. When you install an OS , there should be a little bit of fun of getting up and running. After all , we want people to learn at the same time. Personally I am getting sick of those distro users, this tries to save up time but again if you have the time its recommended to read on how its done manually !
Empire EFI uses Chameleon’s bootcd and netkas’ PC_EFI extension. Its pure 100% organic , i’ve compiled all the stuff which I’ve used. I’ll be writing a guide soon on how to build your very own Empire disc , so that you too can create your own version and help the community
Fixing Bugs and some Problems
If you’re getting issues such as “Memory allocation error” , please REMOVE all USB disks , pen drives and try again. Try to play with your BIOS settings as well. I can’t help much on this. Do make sure that your BIOS settings is set to something like this. Not all BIOSes do have these options , but try to look around.
Edit : It seems that memory allocation error is caused by certain motherboard and BIOSes. You’ll have no choice but to use a USB installation method in this case. However I’ll look into it !
Set AHCI/RAID/SATA to enabled (or in AHCI mode) , Set HPET to 64-bit , Disable onboard IDE Controller (Don’t Disable this if you have an IDE DVD-ROM Drive) , Disable EIST (Intel SpeedStep) and if possible disable multi-core ! . You may enable them back after installation !
“Waiting for root device” – If you get this error while booting from the DVD it means that OSX does not support your controller (aka your southbridge , or in other words the current sata port). This is because you may be using jMicron or another sata controller. Try changing the sata connection to say another port and try again. It takes bit of trial and error. Some say that SATA port 0 did the trick , others say thats SATA port 1.
Unable to Install OSX in this volume – Go to Disk utitily , select your HDD. Select partitions , select 1 partition and click Options. Then be sure to click GUID. By def
If you’re still having issues , try the vmware method. From here , follow my other guide on how to install Snow Leopard via USB !
Gotta write a complete post-installation guide. If you need help with post-installation , simply check out Post-Installation folder in your Empire EFI CD once you’ve installed OSX. Its located in the Extras Folder !
I need your help and favour !
aschar , the rest of you guys (yes you) and I are working day by day on bug tracking and fixing issues. I know Empire EFI is not a prefect solution yet. Its far from being prefect but I would like you to know that I am working hard (striving for the best) in enabling you to install OSX. The most I could do is to help you install OSX. That far I can help you. Regarding post-installation (i.e after installing OSX) , I cant help you that much , but I would recommend you to do tons of reading and asking around in IRC To get help. PolishOX has this nice idea of having a central wiki , if you do know to setup a wiki and would like to help us , please drop an e-mail. Secondly , I am looking for someone to host my files , its better to have alternative mirrors and stuff. if you do have space and bandwidth that you’re willing to spare , please do drop an e-mail
To the rest of you , who did not get Empire EFI working. Fear not , I’ll try my best to satisfy everyone , but I can’t do that as in order to make someone better off (aka to get their hardware working) , someone else has to suffer :P.
The Reason why it works on certain hardware and why it does not
Okay then its time for me to tell why it works on certain people’s hardware and why it does not on others. By default Apple’s stock drivers only do support a limited number of motherboards , graphics card and things like that. What Empire EFI does is that it acts as a boot loader (thanks to chameleon) which injects drivers directly (without the need of using a patched OSX disc) that enables a variety (again , still limited but more then what apple has originally allowed) to work with. Although this method did seem to get a number of PCs to be a hack. There were quite number of PCs out there which did not work , there could be many reasons to this. One of the common reason (for graphics card) is that the graphics card vendors (i.e ASUS , Gigabyte , Sparkle , HIS) do not follow ATI/NVIDIA’s reference design. What I mean is that suppose if ATI says that for ATI Radeon 4850HD , there must be only two DVI Output , manufactures do not have to follow this as its just a recommendation by ATI. Instead they can tweak it by adding HDMI , VGA , S-Video out and all other connectors. Plus they can tweak the internals a bit to give you over clocking boost and other things. However , the moment they do not follow reference design , its a problem for OSX as Apple closely follows NVIDIA/ATI design recommendations. This explains why you’re getting errors with certain cards. Of course the only way to remedy/rectify this problem is to patch the kexts manually , but remember Empire EFI does not do that due to several reason. Firstly , you’ll be losing the “virginity” (or vanillaness) of the system which enables you to perform upgrades. Secondly , its impossible for me to swap/patch kexts (Drivers) on a read only media (you can’t write or alter the installation media as its read only). I do hope that you understand the reason why sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.
If you need help or if you want to report something use the comments. If you’re more comfortable with message board , then feel free to go here for my unofficial support thread. I would appreciate if you do not ask any sort of questions in InsanelyMac about Empire EFI as your thread would be deleted for an unknown reason (and yeah don’t bother asking them) and do respect their forum R&R
Source Code & Kexts used in Empire EFI
Since I’ve done some minor changes (mostly cosmetic) to Chameleon along side with netkas’ , DigitalDJ and other patches in the community. The chameleon version which is used in Empire EFI could be obtained from here
I’ll also post the kexts which I’ve used in Empire EFI shortly , so all the folks could enjoy it
P.S I would like to know your thoughts and feedback for Empire EFI 1.09 . please click here , read more about it
10/31/2009 – Initial Release (Version 1.0) (Depreciated)
Download 1.0 Mirror #1 *Use this version if yoy have devices such as MSI Wind U100 , netbooks*
10/31/2009 – Minor tweaks and I’ve included Wallpaper and the new Boot Logo from Brice. I’ve also added new Core i7 boot loader with legacy boot loader which uses ISOLInux traditional boot method
11/1/2009 – Updated Intel Core i7 version. Hopefully it boots up this time instead of lock ups. i would recommend Intel i7 users to disable HT and just enable 1 core to get it up and working. Thanks to dgtlchlk for the mirror
11/2/2009 – I think I know why it gives memory allocation error and why it doesn’t work on certain boards. These boards are pretty picky , so I am going to try to use ISOLinux method to load it up first instead of loading on the fly to check if it works. if it doesn’t – I’ll have to find a way to use PC_EFI v9. This could take time !
11/2/2009 #2 – Updated Empire EFI once more again this time (just like the EU versions of Windows , it doesn’t include DSDTSE) as this is to respect Pere’s work and the great work of EvoOSXTeam as he help me out once. So I’ve to play by the rules and respect his decision. To make things easier , a link to EvoOSX blog post containing the download link is included in the DVD. All versions starting from Version 1.03 will not include pystar’s OpenHaltRestart , instead it will be replaced with EvoRestarter and will not include DSDTSE from EvoOSX bundled with it (Click here to download Verison 1.03)
11/4/2009 – Updated Empire EFI to v 1.0.4 This time I’ve included the new patched IOATAFamily and ATA/SATA support via this kext. Thanks to -DuNe- for making the kext. The reason is because I want to follow what people have suggested and hopefully it works with their SATA Issues. Should fix ‘ waiting for root devices’ or ‘no smoking sign’ issues. An i7 version would be out , *hopefully* (Click here to download Version 1.04)
11/7/2009 – Released 1.04 for nForce motherboards (Intel/nForce combination)
11/10/2009 – Released Version 1.05 . It just includes fixes for ATI 48xx users and other ATI users. Hopefully you would able to get to installer and install OSX up. It disables ATI drivers altogether which forces OSX to use 1024×768 for installation purpose. Its possible to fix after post-installation. (Click here to download Version 1.05)
11/10/2009 – Released Version 1.06 – It has support for ATI 4xxx and other ATI cards as well , and not to mention for Intel Mobile graphics. You shouldn’t be seeing black screen/pink screen or grey screen as the new FrameBufferDisabler.kext would disable it automatically. It also has experimental support for Intel Core i7 users on ASUS board. Oh yeah , also released V 1.06 for problematic motherboards too , includes appleinteclpupowermanagement and applesmc disabler and other problematic kexts as well 🙂 (Click here to download version 1.06)
14/10/2009 – Released Version 1.07 – Added support for Asus p5b and p5b-e series and as well as other motherboards which uses nVidia nForce , jMicron SATA , VIA ATA/SATA , ATI SATA/ATA Controllers. (Download Version 1.07) / (Download Version 1.07 [Legacy] )
14/10/2009 – Released Version 1.07R2 – This should be the “fix” for Waiting for root device on certain motherboards (Version 1.07R2) / (Version 1.07R2 [Legacy] )
18/10/2009 – Version 1.08 released – added support for Core i5/i7 8xx , cleaned up the post a bit so that its easier for people to understand :p
19/10/2009 – Added support for those new ATI 48xx series card and GTX 2xx. You shouldn’t be getting any more black screens. However keep in mind that you’ll have to use DVI2VGA (fixed typo)
11/29/2009 – Added support for AMD processors (thanks nawcom). Its now possible for AMD Users to install Retail Snow Leopard !
Note : included a mirror link to media fire , however i am not sure how long mediafire is going to host the files , as it consumes a large amount of traffic. I may have to use bitTorrent if this continues 😛
12/2/2009 – Made a special version for ATI users !
12/3/2009 – Made a special version for nvidia geforce gtx 2xx users and mobility geforce gtx2xx users and 1xx users as well !
12/6/2009 – Added a new version for AMD folks. Hopefully it works for them !

391 thoughts to “Empire EFI”

  1. Thank you to all of Team Hackint0sh for this wonderful release! I am downloading it right now and will give it a try tomorrow.
    Thank you once again. May the force be with you 🙂

  2. Hi, been wondering bout the dfe-boot!
    Is it compatible with i7 & X58 based board?
    Can I use the your DFE-Boot & load the restored Leo/ SL from media such disk or thumb drive?

    1. hi there
      I would love to hear your feedback. Initial tests which I did conduct on i7 were not that well. Do let me know if it did work , otherwise I’ll be coming up with an alternative solution for Intel i7/X58 users. !

  3. Hi
    I have error when boot CD
    Memory allocation error (0x0,0x1c9b20a0)
    Gigabyte EP45-UD3LR
    intel core2 e4300
    memory 2gb
    grapics GF9600 GT 512

  4. Same problem as mr. mario.
    Memory allocation error (0×0,0×1c9b20a0)
    Tried legacy USB disable and no external drives – same error.

  5. I too am having the same error when booting the empire disc. Im using a P35-DS3L board. It works on a abit ip35-e board, but due to lacking ahci i can’t use it. a new release to fix this would be great.

  6. Hi
    Same problem as mr. mario. – error when boot CD :
    no ramdisk config …
    mounting: done
    Memory allocation error (0×0,0×1c9b20a0)
    my PC :
    CPU : Celeron Dual Core E1400 (this CPU works on retail Snow in 64-mode)
    MB : Gigabyte GA-EP41-UD3L
    GeForce 9400GT
    Memory RAM : 2 GB
    Audio: SWEEX SC004 USB 5.1 (out of the box)
    Lan: Realtek 8111D (out of the box)

  7. First: Thanks for your efforts! I look forward to getting this working.
    I have the same error as others:
    gigabyte 965P-DS3
    AHCI enabled
    Latest bios, etc..
    Currently a Windows XP system on first 500gb sati drive. Have brand new, unused 1tb WD drive installed as secondary drive, which I intend to install SL OSX. And have dual boot.
    Still haven’t been able to reliably get AHCI running on WinXP to make the switch easy, but hoped to at least test out SL via your simple tools. Will just change bios settings depending on OS boot desired–not optimal, but livable for a short time.
    Any help on getting past the Mem alloc error would be most helpful.
    Thanks again.

  8. Hi, I have another problem. When preboot is mounted system restarts — any ideas?
    My system is Intel D945GCLF2 with newest bios update, Atom 330, 2.5″ 80 GB HDD (PATA) and LG DVD-RW drive (PATA).

    1. I think i’ve found a solution for the memory allocation error. It appears that Chameleon hates certain system. So I am trying to use the legacy may of making a boot CD to get it all pimped up
      As for Intel Atom , its again either a hit or miss. i am not sure about the desktop series. Give me some room (and some time), I’ll see if i can put up Chameleon v1 (PC_EFI v9) on the dvd to get it up and running. Its known to work for Atoms !

  9. Installation hangs on:
    ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin: :start – waitForService(resourceMatching(appleIntelCPUPowerManagment) timed out
    I’ve googled for a solution, no succes yet
    I have a corei7-Giga GA-EX58-UD3R with a Saphire 4870-1Gb and 6Gb internal ram.
    What i’m a doing wrong? please help!

  10. I have the same problem with this and with rebel efi. My screen goes black and it shows NO SIGNAL message on my Display. But DVD is still loading something when I press ENTER key.
    Intel Core I7 920 2,66 GHz

    1. I am working on a solution for 2 series GTX user and X58 users. At least good to know that it reads and boots. I’ll have to sort out the pci1 bug thingy for X58 users. Give me few days time as I’m pretty busy

  11. visker999 wrote: “Installation hangs on:
    ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin: :start – waitForService(resourceMatching(appleIntelCPUPowerManagment) timed out”
    I have the exact same problem on Asus P5Q (P45 chipset) and MSI 4870 MD1G.
    Google told me it might be the 4870 doing this. I received the same error doing your USB method, as well as the myHack method. If I use Netkas’ 10.3+ boot file with Gfx Enabler I get past it, but it hangs immediately after with a black screen and fuzzy white garbled-ness….

  12. Its great because its free but i prefer Psystar Rebel EFI if i had a money because its more faster and support SATA as IDE mode and its easy to used and most important no Kernel Panic. What i’m trying to say is i don’t think you can make it better than Psystar but you can make it more like Psystar. They steal osx86, steal back from them

  13. Fantastic!
    I was about to give up but now I am SO Close. Here is what i have.
    1 disk – 3 partitions – MBR
    1. System Reserved – added automatically by Windows 7 Ultimate -disk0s1
    2. Windows 7 –disk0s2
    3. OSX Snow – Installed from USB – restored from DMG with OSinstall.pkg(for MBR) and MyHack installer added. It installs perfect. -disk0s3
    I could never get OSX to boot though UNTIL I got your disk and booted from it. It worked great. and I have sound and video perfectly.
    I cannot figure out how to not use the Boot disk and transfer the Chameleon setup to the drive to boot like I am booting from the CD.
    Can you help? Thanks, this is awesome

  14. Your latest update (1.03) broke MSI Wind U100 support. 🙁
    1.01 still works fine, don’t know about 1.02…

  15. Hi
    Same problem as some above. – error when boot CD :
    no ramdisk config …
    mounting: done
    Memory allocation error (0×0,0×1c9b20a0)
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6
    AHCI enabled in Bios
    no legacy USB support
    Intel Quadcore 9450
    4GB Corsair Ram

    1. Guys give me some time , I know there are problems with Empire EFI on certain configuration and in certain version. It will break compatibility with other boards and such. Its because its soo unique for certain boards. I’ll write a guide later and update the information

  16. Im still waiting for the workability on my system as follows :-
    i5 750 Proc….
    DP55KG intel extreme mobo…
    ATI HD4890 2GB DDR3….
    Kingston DDR3 4GB….
    Seagate 1TB HDD….
    LG DVDR….
    Running Windows 7 Build 7600 flawlessly…
    Thanks again and hope to hear from you guys soon! Cheers!!

  17. Hi,
    loading stops with a screen full of corrupted graphics.
    My specs:
    Asus Maximus II Formula (P45)
    Intel Core2Duo E8500
    Sapphire HD4850 Toxic
    Any idea?
    Keep up the great work!

  18. Today i was going to try out this new Empire Efi Since i heard its just like the Rebel Efi.. just the free version.. It says… “Insert MacOS X Installation Disc (Snow Leopard Retail disc (The $29 disc) and not upgrade discs/recovery disc which comes along with a genuine mac)”
    I downloaded this version off of this Thread:

    Is this the $29 one?
    if not Is there anyone on this w-bb forum that has hosted up the $29 version? if not are there any torrents for it? What would the $29 be called?
    When i used the Snow leopard that i have downloaded and burned onto a DVD and i use the Empire Efi this comes up:
    And then after that page it goes it:
    i see that it says “Error” and such…
    Thats why im asking.. Do i have the upgrade version? or a backup version?
    I do see “Snow leopard Pre-release”.. What is that suppose to mean?

    1. I can’t help you with that and plus are you trying to get me into trouble. Don’t ever post those kinds of links here. FYI , its not a genuine disc. It seems to be altered !

  19. Downloaded verion 1.0, burned it to a cd, booted from it, switched to SL install DVD. Afterwards the installation proccess seems to begin until something accures and it freezes on an error code somethin like 0x00000000 (general kernel panic?). I’m using a NEC laptop: C2D T8100 chipset: GM965 2GB ram. Am I doing something wrong or it’s another problem?

  20. Just wanted to thank you again for your efforts! I have no doubt you’ll be able to solve many of these issues, and I for one want to be sure you have some free time as well, and actually have a chance to enjoy the project!
    Hopefully there will be a stream of great posts about successful installs. If you’re reading this, and are one of them, it’d be great to hear from you here…

  21. /richie : It’s the same screen exacly! Could only be minor diffrences. Forgat to mention how good the this project seems to be, I wanted this kind of option (installing OSX on a pc) a long time ago so thanks for all of your efforts Pradeesh!

  22. I tested the current version of Empire EFI on a Intel D945GCLF Mini-ITX board and wanted to report that it gives a ISOLINUX Image is corrupt error. I have had similar issues with all other Snow Linux Boot-132 disks, yet these same disks will boot with no problems on other systems when tested. The weird thing is that the other referenced EFI software does boot, but immediately has a kernel panic after the snow leopard disk is inserted and the boot process starts to load it. Has anyone figured out how to duplicate the exact method that the other software is using to boot? I am wondering what is different for OSXLINUZ file that is being used has been altered from the original BOOT source code for Netkas’s PC-EFI software.

  23. Hi all,
    And thank you Pradeesh for your work, it will be very usefull for a lot of people !
    I have the same problem as Richie, and i passed it by changing the SATA setting in the BIOS (AHCI->Compatibility)…but now i have another problem, i’m stucked on a gray screen without any messages ;/

  24. This worked fine.
    I did test Rebel EFI, and it worked great. However it didn’t get my onboard soundcard working.
    I made a support ticket to Psystar, and they just gave me alot of jibberish.
    So I decided to test Empire EFI on my rig.
    A bit mor manual “labour” to get it to work. But I am actually way more satisfied with the result now, than I was with Rebel EFI.
    Makes me regret I gave those buggers my hard earned cash. 🙁
    Asus P5LD2 Motherboard
    Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD
    Asus Nvidia 9600GT 512MB
    All I needed to do was run the “myhack”, didn’t have to do any DSDT stuff.
    Went to http://www.kexts.com and got a Kext Utility for SL (64bit) and the 2 kexts needed to
    get my soundcard and graphicscard working.
    (“VoodooHDA” and “Snow Leopard NVEnabler”)
    Great work guys. I’ll definetly recommend Empire EFI to all my Hackintosh friends. 🙂

  25. is there by any chance that snow leopard on my pc with these requirements
    mobo : xfx nforce 650i ultra
    video card : nvidia geforce 8500gt 512mb
    3gb ram
    intel core 2 duo e6420 2.13 ghz

  26. Hey Prasys, update this with the new PIIXATA to support all those ATA users out their =) Just a suggestion but I think it will greatly improve compatibility.

  27. If we install with the SATA compatibility mode in the BIOS, will it be possible to change this setting to AHCI after Snow Leopard installation complete ??
    For exemple by changing the PIIXATA kext ??

    1. @/richie , pirating is worst then that. Plus all of the stuff posted here are open source. You can get the source and stuff like that and I’ve pointed where to obtain them
      @blk and NamNam , I’ll upload the new version with new kext. Test it out and let me know , and thanks for your suggestion. Greatly appreciated
      @elkadraway – I’ll be releasing a special nForce version for nForce users and with ATI CHipset users who are on Intel CPUs
      @slogmo – Thanks !

    1. I’ll try ami , but you can get it through nawcom.com/osx86
      I’ll be updating the guide and not to mention to upload a working version for X58 users !

  28. hi all.
    i have probs with the “Still waiting for root device”-error 🙁
    have both SATA DVD and SATA HD
    Intel 865G Chipset on Asrock 775i65G Board with Core 2 Duo, 1 GB and Gforce 7600 GS
    with REBEL EFI there´s no problem……..

  29. Thanks for 1.04 update now it installs fine, but I have another problem when myHack Installer is installed, when MacOSX boots I get the same NO SIGNAL problem and hard drive is still working something.
    Intel Core I7 920 2,66 GHz

  30. With Empire EFI, after inserting the SL retail DVD, the installation begins then hangs on a gray screen…I saw on Google that it is a graphic card problem. My drivers are not loaded in the bootcd (gma950)

  31. Hello,
    first of all let me say this is a master piece …
    Secondth …
    after installing MacOS Snow Leopard, how to make it bot from the HDD directly without having to use the CD i burned all the time ?
    Thank you …
    Ang God bless you !

  32. My system restarts when Preboot.dmg is mounted and a message afterwards – No ramdisk config found. /-
    Intel – D945GCNL, E4600, SATA HDD, SATA DVD Burner

    1. Intel 865 are not supported , so forget it
      Secondly , Intel GMA 9xx are disabled by default. Make sure you aren’t using i7 version for it
      Thirdly , its normal for it to say ramdisk config not found. IF you’re having issues use legacy version. if that fails , wait till I fix up things. Now i7 version is working , i am working one thing at a time

  33. Got the 1.03 version to boot finally on my Abit IP35, it runs the OXS install fine but could not find any sata drives attached.
    The bios does not sadly have any option to set sata mode to AHCI.
    Will give 1.04 a try now and see.
    Great release thank you.

  34. Thanks for that EFI builds.
    But where is the DL link for lastest 1.0.4 version ?
    Would be fine if you pun an dl link at the beginning with always newest version, so we can find it much easier.

  35. Hi,
    Error when boot CD : with v1 , v1.0, v1.03 and v1.04 (all versions)
    no ramdisk config …
    mounting: done
    Memory allocation error (0×0,0×1c9b20a0)
    PC :
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
    Gigabyte EP31-DS3L Chipset P35/G33/G31 ICH7/R
    DDR2 2 x 1024MB Channels : DUAL and DC Mode : Symmetric
    GF 8500 GT 512 MB DDR2
    How to configure Gigabyte EP31-DS3L to work without memory ERROR. PLS.

    1. Again its related to some USB problem. Try removing all external usb disks and try again. If it fails , then use other methods
      mitchde , sounds to me like more of a kext issue !

  36. I have a good install with EP35 and Nvidia and VoodoHDA audio. I would love to boot without CD but osx is only occasional use. My problem is, after I boot with Empire disk into OSX I have to reassign My Win7 partion to “active” with a 7 recovery cd to let it boot back to Win7 without CD.
    Any Ideas, or does it just have work this way.

  37. Hi
    Thank you very much!!!!!!!
    It works great!!
    Rebel EFI didn’t work for me, but that!!
    Everything except the sleepmode!
    Thank you!

  38. hi i can´t install it on a dell mini 9, in the darthvader screen i never see the osx disc after i put it in my external dvd usb drive….

  39. myHack problem (spinning circle on boot but then no signal message on display, but I can only boot with empire efi. I’ve try with GraphicsEnabler string but it’s not working. Help please

  40. {ironic}
    I´m totally dumb and i really don´t want to contribute to the community. All my posts where i begged for help are answered with “use the search” or “read the manual”. I don´t want to read cause i´m just to lazy to engage myself if i can spend money and buy the product instead. So, could RebelEfi be the final solution for me?
    Nice one prasys! I like the idea (though i visit infi just frequently) of opening peoples eyes.
    Keep your work on!

  41. I’m having the same problem with this as I had with Rebel – Blank screen after a few mins… seems to be a video card issue. I have a 260gtx, is there a work around for this?

  42. @George:
    The myhack (which is the first thing you run after 1st boot into SL, its on the CD and it says you have to run it in the readme.txt) installs a bootloader, and that should make you able to choose OS when booting. No need for the CD.
    I have 2 drives. 1 with Snow Leopard (thanks to Pradeesh) and 1 drive with XP Pro and OSX 10.5.8.
    When I boot the PC, it boots from the SL drive (set it in the BIOS), which has the bootloader installed.
    Then I can choose any of the OS’es I have installed.

  43. Using a lenovo w500. Trying to install on a second hard drive in my optical bay. Tried empire efi v1.01 and 1.04, both did not work. v 1.04 freezes, and v 1.01 gives me a kernel panic about 30 seconds in, so i never get to mac. I tried rebel EFI, same thing. You have any ideas?
    My specs are: (from CPUID)
    Intel Mobile core 2 duo t9600 @ 2.80ghz
    Intel GM45/GM47
    Intel 82801IM (ICH9-M)
    thanks so much,

  44. Hello there,
    Thank you SO much for this piece of software. I installed Snow Leopard onto an external HD, but now I can’t use Empire EFI to boot it. It won’t show up in the list. What can I do?

    1. @Tristan – I’ll look into GeForce 2 series issues
      @Sam – I’ll look into the laptop issue , post a picture where it kernel panics. if its CPU related , it needs DSDT patching. i can’t help much with that. You’ll have to prepare your own special USB stick for your hardware
      @klemenko1 – specs please and more details
      @blah – do you have a mac or PC. Install Boot Think (if you have Windows , its able to detect mac partition and you can boot from it)

  45. I’m having the blank sceen issue on a Lenovo T60 notebook using v1.03. When I move to the $29 OSX disk, it starts to run, I see all the diags scroll by, but when it gets to the point where you get the gray’ish boot screen it just sits there for hours.
    My video is the Intel 945GM chipset..
    Any ideas?

    1. @blah There is a windows installer. You can google it and its at insanelymac , I believe. There is an official support thread over there. You’ll have to install it to your local HDD and boot it from there :P. i am not sure if you could install it to a USB drive.
      @Sam – ATI radeon X2000 series aren’t supported. You’ll have to boot from your DVD and remove the kexts. Thats why it panics. sorry to say that ATI X2000 series and ATI wouldn’t work , we’ll have to wait till its supported !

  46. Thanks pradeesh. Does that mean I just have to wait, or is there some way to remove the kexts and make it work? Sorry i don’t really know much about kexts. If I could do it, how would i boot from DVD and remove the kexts?

  47. Thank you this is great!
    Ill try the latest version later today on my i7 with x58M PC
    Ill keep you posted if i have any issues!
    Good day!

  48. Hi,
    Thank you for your good work.
    I installed iDeneb, just to explore what the Mac world looked like and then decided to purchase Snow Leopard 10.6.
    I was banging my head against a brick wall for days trying to get it installed on my pc, using several hackintosh tutorials……..then I came across Empire EFI!!.
    I got it installed pretty much ok, and then spent some time getting the hardware to work. I was very pleased with the outcome,so I decide to load Windows 7 on the second partition (where I had iDeneb installed previously).
    Problem is now myHack installer is not working as it was before. I have to boot from the disc.
    I have 3 partitions, 1:1gb fat32. 2: 230gb SLeo 3: 230gb Win7.
    I would be very grateful for any help and thanks once again for the great software.

  49. I had previously tried the trial of Rebel EFI with no success. I was surprised to see that Empire EFI actually loaded and started the install process, but now I am at a roadblock.
    Installation is hanging after some command times out.
    *HDTVs as monitors don’t allow for the best up close shots of the entire screen. So I had to split it into two photos*
    Mobo: Asus P5Q Deluxe P45
    GPU: Ati Radeon 4870
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

  50. HP Touchsmart IQ504
    Core 2 Duo-T5750 (M) 2.0 GHz
    Intel Mobile GM965 Express Chipset
    Intel GMA X3100 Video
    I got all the way to a grey screen then it just stayed there, anything I can do?

  51. I have a problem with all versions of Empire EFI. After it boots I insert Snow Leopard installation DVD and then it launches installation but i only get black screen.
    I can tell that installation is launched because when I press Enter key DVD drive starts reading. When I move my mouse I get glitches (color dots moving) on my black screen.
    I think the problem is with my graphics card.
    My hardware specs are:
    ATI Radeon HD 3800
    MB: Gigabyte P35C-DS3R
    Processor: Intel® Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600

  52. why does my screen go garbled right before installation, is that a video issue? I’m using the retail dvd, as far as video goes, I’m using an ati 4670 card…

  53. Ignore my previous comment. I found the explanation in your tutorial:
    “Keep in mind that ATI Radeon pre 48xx series card may not work with Snow Leopard.”

  54. Hello.
    I’m trying to update my D945GCLF2 ATOM with the Empire-EFI, but fails to boot the CD, an error with the Preboot, he says:
    “NO Ramdisc CONFIG”
    and then restarts continuously.
    The bios is set correctly, without Hyperthreading, because now I have 10.5.8
    I would appreciate your help.

  55. I ran in to one error and don’t know where to go from here.
    It booted great, inserted os x retail disk (10.5.4)
    started to load files – white text over a white background 😛
    after about 3 minutes of files loading I got this screen
    hi mem tramps at 0xffe00000
    PAE enabled
    64 bit mode enabled
    Darwin Kernel Version 9.4.0: Mon Jun 9 19:30:53 PDT 2008; root:xnu-1228.5.20~1/release_I386
    standard timeslicing quantum is 10000 us
    vm_page_bootstrap: 251675 free pages and 10469 wired pages
    mig_table_max_displ = 79
    Error: Uncompressed file is not the length recorded.
    Error: couldn’t uncompress plist file from multikext archive entry 0.
    Any idea what this means? (especially the last 2 lines)

  56. After copying my Mac OSX Snow Leopard DVD to my 8gb pen drive through my old 10.5.6 mac osx install, i tried running empire efi booting the pen through it, and im having trouble debugging since the background (the one with darth vader on it :p) doesnt let me see the white letters from verbose/safe mode boot, anyway to disable the background or to change console’s font color? white+white = unreadable :p ty in advance

  57. Pradeesh, thank you for your commitment to this project. I greatly appreciate your dedication and effort. It is not an easy task and being a bit of a dope it wasn’t until I came across your blog that I was able to do a vanilla install of Snow Leopard on my i7 920, Gigabyt X58 Extreme. So far the only obvious thing not working is sound. X Bench scores are just over 200. I have yet to clock the chip.
    Thanks Again

  58. thanks much for this great tool, pradeesh! unfortunately, i can`t get it to boot on my Gigabyte P35-S3 Rev.1.0 MoBo, just after swapping the retail OSX 10.6 DVD in, nothing really happens ever…just the Darth Vader Screen & nothing more…will try the 1.01 Linux Bootloader CD…hopefully it’ll solve this Problem…
    Anyway, nice to kick Psystar’s Ass.. 😉

  59. hey, I’ve got a problem while booting the retail dvd, it stops at this point:
    Warning – com.apple.driver.InternalModemSupport declares no kernel dependencies;
    ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin::start – waitForService(ResourceMatching(AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement)
    AirPort_AthrFusion: Ethernet adress XXXXXXXXXXXX
    IO80211 Controller::dataLinkLayerAttachComplete(); adding AppleEFINVRAM notification
    and stops at this point.
    help, I’ve tryed so many ways and i cant get with it

    1. @ser , whats your GPU
      If the thing hangs at somewhere , most likely your card is not supported. I am looking into GTX 2xx series issue anyway (black screen issue) and ATI issue. I am sorry to say that ATI Radeon X2000/X3000 and all mobility HD series are not supported in Snow Leopard. Don’t ask me. I’ll post updates if there are any breakthroughs (which I highly doubt). So we will just have to wait and see on how it progresses.
      I am looking into Gigabyte and other boards as well. It seems that for these boards , a DSDT is a must. I’ll look for other alternatives and I’ll be uploading a test version for those who are on Nvidia chipset (nForce motherboard)

  60. I’ve got running ati x1550 video card in leopard with no problems and it’s supported.
    the MB is an MSI MS-7502.
    is because is not a Gigabyte the mb?

  61. this should be in this post Sorry –maybe you delet the other?
    Yo Pradeesh, Word up and big repect!
    Thank you ververy much.
    This was so easy…
    Now Running Snow Leopard
    Having an Asus P5W Dh Delux Mainboard and a Nvidia 7600GT grapic card
    sleep is at the moment not working but got to check the kexts…
    used this Guide:
    Gonna donate via Paypal to YOU right now!
    Greetz from Germany and big hugs to Malaysia – have been there this year and loved it

  62. I got problem when running it as well.
    no ramdisk config …
    mounting: done
    Memory allocation error (0×0,0×16ab1ab0)
    Everyone says they get 1c9b20a0 i got different one though. Same error with 1.4 and 1.3. Might try older version later.
    X800 GTO16 256mb GDDR3 TVO DVI PCI-E
    Seagate ST3250620AS 250GB
    Intel (BX80551PE2666FN) Pentium D 805 Dual Core 64 bit LGA 775 2 x 2.66 GHz 2MB Cache

  63. Hey Prasys, wanted to report that version 1.04 does boot on a Intel D945GCLF 230 atom board 🙂
    After it starts loading the preboot.dmg file it reboots, so I may need to use the kexts that I used for the USB boot device that I created using instructions and software from macinized’s SL Macboot method on the insanelymac forum.
    Could you possibly send me a instruction sheet on how you made the 1.04 version of empire efi. I would like to create a customized Boot-132 CD for the D945GCLF that is similar to the empire efi disk. You can contact me at the email address I used to post this comment. Thank you for any info you can send my way.

  64. Does it also run on some of these x58 mobos:
    – DFI Lanparty UT T3EH8
    – Asus P6T
    – Asus P6T Deluxe V2
    – Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5

  65. Should i dl 1.2 x58 or click the 1.4? It says beta version 1.4 for x58 chipset but when u click it it says its 1.2 and the darth vader pic is 1.4 but doesnt say x58.. which one?!

  66. Well i used the x58 version. It boots to the vader screen, i can run the OSX but all i see is white text on a white background so i cant read anything and then the PC reboots. Any ideas?
    Mobo Gigabyte EX58-UD5
    CPU Intel i7 920
    Ram 6gb corsair DDR3
    Video Ati radeon 4850
    Anyone else with a similar setup?

    1. I’m looking into all the issues which have been said here. Currently , I’ll be uploading a special version for Nvidia , VIA chipset users and as well as a kext for problematic ICH9-R/M users !

  67. Hello. I installed the snow leopard with efi empire, but when I upgrade to version 10.6.1 I have a kernel panic. Can not you update your system from “Software Update”?. Before, I had installed the iATKOS 10.5.7 with voodoo HDA kext sound but now this kext does not work for me.

  68. “Empire EFI only works on Intel Core 2 Duo , Core Duo , Atom , Core Solo , Core 2 Solo , Intel Xeon and Intel Core i7” –> So there is no support for Intel Core 2 Quad?

  69. My system: Mobo EX58-UD5, Core i7 920, 6Gb Ram, GTX 285 and a 320Gb Western Digital hard drive.
    When i press enter to install Snow Leopard, it show some text and the PC reboot. Hope you fix it!

  70. Hello.
    Fisrt of all let me congratulate you on a fine jos.
    Secondth, i want to ask is it possible to move all on my hdd and not having to boot from a cd everytime i want to get inside my Snow Leopard Installlation ?
    Thank you and waiting for an answer …

  71. I’have tried to install :
    mobo: Asus P6T, core i7 920, 6gb ram DDR3, GTX 285
    Leopard Snow installation begins but suddenly the screen goes black, i think due to the graphics card.
    Also in a Toshiba A200-20Y. I can install, no sound, no bluethoot and no wifi (ethernet is right). Not perfect but it’s enough by now, unfortunatelly after 10.6.1 update, keyboard doesn’t works anymore.

  72. Uil, you have to reinstall the keyboard. In reality there had to be installed when you ran MyHack keyboard installer. There is an option that lets you choose the keyboard ApplePS2Controlled. Sorry, no I am speaking very well in English.

  73. I just do not work for me is the sound. My card is ALC862 @ Intel 82801 GBMICH7-M and was doing work with the kext of voodoo in my iATKOS. I worked even headphones. But now there is no way. Install 32/64-bit of voodoo or those that come with the iATKOS. Can you give me an idea?

  74. @Lord:
    VoodooHDA (32-/64-bit) kext worked fine for my ALC882.
    Though only “Line out” works. “Line in/Mic” doesn’t work, but its no big deal for me.

  75. Hi there, First of all I would like to thank you for your great contribution. I tried Rebel EFI when issued, but did not work. Cust support is bad, no real help. BUT – Empire EFI works beautifully! I managed to install the OS X 10.6 on my Q6600 PC with no special pain. Again, many thanks.
    The issues start, however, at the post-installation. I think that this part needs improvement. I connect my PC to the net using wireless (Edimax PCI card), and since it was not identified, I have no net yet. I need to grab a long cable from my router to the PC. I hope it will help with other drivers notably the screen.
    BTW – I did not find a clear link in your post to the latest version of Empire EFI.
    Again, thanks for the good work.

  76. Congrats for your work!
    Everything work fine for me except one thing. The boot on Mac Os 🙂
    My config : A laptop ASUS Z53Jm
    Intel Core 2 Duo 7200
    NVidia GForce 7600
    I tried to install Mac OS on my external HDD (USB). No problem during the install of Mac OS X SL. I see the screen “Installation finished”.
    When the PC reboots, I changed the CD and I put Empire EFI CD. I select Mac OS, I see some text (white on white it’s difficult to see something). I can detect on the black cape of Dark Vador 🙂 multiple lines finishing with “timeout 0”.
    And that’s all… I suppose it’s an USB problem. Do you think it’s possible to correct that?

  77. G’day pradeesh,
    First off… excellent work. Really. I did try rebel EFI on a fujitsu P8010 notebook – and it worked.. no network and other things but it did work..
    I then tried Empire EFI and it blew me away. I installed the “myHack installation first” – then rebooted.. then the screen went all funny with vertical lines of different colours – i.e. like the incorrect screen resolution has been selected.
    The screen on the P8010 only supports “1024×768″ so i tried to use Graphics Mode”=”1024x768x32” at the loader window.
    i don’t seem to be able to boot into Safe mode
    What can i do next?
    Again EXCELLENT work!! really.
    Br Major

  78. a quick follow up:
    my system is a Fujitsu P8010
    Graphics: CardIntel GMA X3100
    12.1″ Crystal View Wide XGA display (1280×800)
    Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (802.11 a/b/g/draft-N)
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SL7100 LV (1.2GHz, 4MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)
    If i boot with: “-s -f -x -v” is seems to go through the boot sequence then stops with
    :/ root#
    Then hangs and no keyboard input accepted.
    Thx again.

  79. Hey Pradeesh,
    very good work. But because I am not able to boot from USB and my laptop HDD is MBR, I had to install it this way:
    1. Convert my external HDD to GPT
    2. Boot with empire EFI to SL Install
    3. Install it on external HDD
    4. Make a DMG image with disk utility on another partition on the external HDD
    5. Restore this image on a partition on my internal HDD
    6. Boot into SL from the restored partition
    The problem is now, that even though I did the post installation stuff, I can only boot into SL with the empire EFI CD. It seems like the installation of the chameleon stuff did not work.
    Can you explain me, how I can solve this issue?
    My hardware
    HDD (MBR):
    1. Partition: 30gb Windows 7, no bootloader
    2. Partition: 80gb Data
    3. Partition: 40gb snowleopard, myhack seemed to install chameleon over here, but it does not boot, screen just stays black – has the /boot flag
    Intel Core2Duo
    Marvell Yukon 8056
    Nvidia GeForce 8400M G
    Asus Mainboard (don’t know which, it was are baritone laptop)
    And, by the way, do you know the issue that when I open a image in “preview” is does not show it. Same in iPhoto, if I double-click on a picture or try to edit the “faces” nothing happens after the click. Seems like there is a problem with the image zoom.
    Kext is: NVidiaInjectGo0.2.0
    Thanks for the great work!

  80. Well, as you have not gotten sound to work with you VoodooHDA 32-64 slogmo. I’ve installed several ways, using the terminal and kext Helper. Repairing permissions, and nothing, still not working. Can you say how you installed you?.

  81. Hi! Nice work. But I have a problem. When I put the Snow Leopard disk into DVD it says: Please wait while the installation is inizialitzed…
    But it doesn’t start and reboot the computer.
    Please help me :S

  82. Maaaan, this doesn’t work on my rig:
    Intel E8400
    ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n
    GIGABYTE HD4850 1GB (2 x DVI)
    320GB HDD running 32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate
    80GB HDD runnning iDeneb 10.5.7
    I tried v1.0.1 and 1.0.4. When I’m about to install SL DVD, shortly afterwards I get this messed up screen, all pixelated, really weird.
    Also, for some reason when I change in BIOS from IDE to AHCI, DVD won’t load nor other HDD’s so I have to use IDE. I disabled Speedstep, but I can’t find where to change to 64-bit.
    Does the screen at install get all messed up because of my graphics card? How do I fix this? I’m running out of install guides. If I could use this EFI bootloader I’ll turn religious.
    Help, anyone?

  83. I am also stuck at “waiting for root device” using 1.4 x58 version
    Core i7 920
    Asus P6t SE
    6gb DDR3 ram
    3 HDS all SATA
    EVGA GTS285 2gb

  84. why are all you guys trashing trashing psystar? i have to be honest, i have tried all versions of empire-efi and nothing has booted my system. however, rebel-efi worked the first time out.
    i would hate to pay for something i could get for free, but it doesn’t seem to have as broad as support as rebel-efi..

  85. I have Albatron PXP35 v1.00
    ICH9/P35 chipset
    Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2 Ghz
    4 GB KingMAX
    WD 250 GB X 2, WD 320 GB x 1
    NVidia 9500 GT 1GB gfx card.
    I tried all the three iso’s 1.04, 1.01, ICH9 test iso all are biving me memory allocation error. please help

  86. Hi, I have a P5KPL-AM motherboard – At least this is what is displayed when I boot up 🙂
    I tried 1.04 and I only see the rotating | / – \ animation but nothing is coming.
    Which version should I use ?

  87. Same as after every update of your EFI: where is the download link to V 1.0.5 ?
    Would be fine you would have an section at the beginning with all links.

  88. > Same as after every update of your EFI: where is the download link to V 1.0.5 ?
    Yeah, I was blind also.
    There is a large image showing Darth Vader’s helmet … Check it out.

  89. Hi there guys, I tried for hours last evening trying to get both the linuxiso and the regular version, neither would boot for me. (memory allocation error)
    The only thing i can get to boot and install is a SNOWosx 3.5, but after install osx locks up on boot.
    I have a very generic setup.
    dfi intel p35 mobo,
    8800gt video
    xeon E3110
    the only real option for me is to use a bootloader and retail disk setup,
    Was version 1.05 just release last night? Nov 10th?
    Thanks for all the work you have done, this seems like the best option out there, IF I COULD ONLY GET IT TO BOOT!, we would be golden,

  90. Just a little update things look promising with new version 1.05!!
    Just burned here at work and tested on my work pc (dell optiplex 745) and it booted right into Darth vader, i hope this will boot my DFI p35 board at home, Crossing my fingers!

  91. I will work Empire EFI to this report
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00 GHz
    Geforce GTX 260
    Motherboard: MSI X48C platinum
    4096 megabytes DDR3 1333MHz

  92. Ok, what the hell is wrong with my setup. It won’t even get the install running with the latest 1.05! It reports that VodooHDA can’t be found or loaded, don’t remember exactly, but it’s making fuss about this VodooHDA and then it stops within 5 seconds of install.
    And still, I can’t use AHCI, even though it’s in my BIOS menu. It won’t start reading from DVD or HDD’s if it’s in AHCI mode.
    I have patched BIOS by Juzzi.
    My specs:
    Intel E8400
    ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n
    GIGABYTE HD4850 1GB (2 x DVI)
    320GB HDD running 32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate
    80GB HDD runnning iDeneb 10.5.7

  93. I played around a bit by pressing -v -f and it stopped at:
    USBF: 0.467 AppleUSBUHCI[0x3c09000]: :start unable to initialize UIM
    Still waiting for root device
    Any ideas?

  94. MY optical drive WILL NOT boot in ACHI mode.. I have to use regular ide/sata to boot and install. i think this is common

  95. Bugzy, did you try unplugging all other drives and make sure you have your taget drive on sata 1?
    ALso try the rd=diskXsX command, (first X drive number, second partition.)

  96. @Deathshead
    Thank you for your suggestion, I’ll try switching my drives. I don’t think I have target drive set as sata 1. Will post back the results.

    1. Thanks for your suggestions guys. I’l leb working on a newer version later for AMD and legacy Intel users as well as for those who are having issues with unsupported hardwares
      Plus I’ve added my mediafire repo whereby you can browse and download older versions and even beta versions of Empire_EFI 😛

  97. Pradeesh THANK YOU for all your hard work! im preying i can get empire to boot on my DFI DK p35 intel board.. thanks again. Im willing to try ANY version to get this to boot!,

  98. @Deathshead
    Switched my target drive to sata 1 and unplugged my other windows 7 drive. No change. It reports that it’s unable to load VoodooHDA kext. Then I reset and tried rd=diskXsX, still nothing, it posts the same unable to load (or find) VoodooHDA kext.
    then I tried with -v -f. It kept on loading, it seemed like it was gonna finally work, but then the screen gets all f….. up, totally corrupt, pixelated, and then it stops.
    I read hundreds of posts from other people having been able to install SL on their asus p5q series boards, but not one has exactly the same p5q3 deluxe board.
    This is really frustrating. Does anyone have any suggestions or some good links?

  99. @Deathshead
    I just wrote a general command in my reply, I did put the corresponding numbers where x’s are. It doesn’t make a bit of difference.

  100. Here are some messages at boot:
    kext org.voodo.driver.VoodooHDA – library kext com.apple.iokit.IOAudioFamily not found.
    can’t load kext org.voodoo.VoodooHDA – failed to resolve library dependancies.
    failed to load kext.org.voodoo.driver.VoodooHDA (error 0xdc00800e).
    USBF: 0.513 AppleUSBUHCI[0x2ea0000]: :start unable to initialize UIM
    Still waiting for root device

  101. Hi, men! I’m Andrea from Italy, I’ve a problem with empire-efi… I’ve a Asus P5QL-e MB, intel E7200 processor, DVDRW sata, Samsung HD320GB, Ati hd4850… now i’m running leopard 10.5.8 correctly… I’ve buyed a 29€ Snow DVD and booted with Epireefi 1.05. When I see Darth I wait about 1 minute, then I eject the cd and I insert the Snow one, but, when I press F5 to refresh the list the EFICD icon is trasformed in HardDisk icon with “snow leopard” title, the dvd spin for two sec, then it stops. If I press again F5 and It remains with HD icon with no title (no dvd spin at all). If I try to press “enter” on swon leopard HD icon (it’s a DVD!) nothing happens… any help will be apreciated. NOTE: the first time i’ve tried with empireefi 1.01 and all was fine (F5= DVD icon) but then installation hangs after few minutes on white lines on screen (maybe 1.01 doesn’t support ati hd48xx)… the all the time I’ve tried again I’ve had the same problem of the “HD icon”.
    (sorry for my english)

  102. Anyone solve the kernel panic error after os x disc is in? it never even reaches the apple screen just gives alot of code and a kernel panic error?

  103. Another great release 1.05.
    in my case – i played more with the screen dimensions and it boots into mac OS [cool]
    clock is working…. but no keyboard or mouse which were active before [and after] the post install myHack
    so… all boots ok – no [visible] errors… but seems to hang once booted [no mouse or keyboard] BUT… clock still working.
    All very cool and closer
    Anyone got any idea?
    Note this is not a netbook but very cool fujitsu notebook [not netbook] with specs in my earlier post.
    Thx again Pradeesh

  104. Ok, I give up… I tried every version posted, I still get the memory allocation errors and even the “cooked” version wont boot, I dont understand its just a DFI intel P35 board…
    Pradeesh, I applaud your work, I wish I could get this going!

    1. Memory allocation error happens when you have a Motherboard that doesn’t want to take injected kexts and stuff. It happens as some motherboard dislikes it. I can’t do much
      For those who are having issues with ATI cards. I’ll see what I can do with ATI cards , I’ll test it out and hopefully find a way. It seems that according to netkas , 4850 users would need a special kext to get it working. I’ll see if it works
      It works anything > 945 (ICH7 and above)
      bombay, well if $50 works , then go ahead and use it. Rebel EFI is a rip , I’ve solid evidences. Pystar should just release the source code if they think that its legit job.
      P.S Im not charging anything for support and I am doing my best to update everything. So if you paid $50 , go to their site and use their support service to the max. I am here to provide free support for all

  105. Typing from successful first boot, WOOT!!,
    Heres the deal, I reburnt the “cooked” iso, went into bios disabled all legacy USB, EXCEPT for keyboard, (you need it to boot the dvd! if you have a USB KB.)
    booted into Empire efi, ran install, the install got stuck at “23 minutes remaining” for a while,..
    got a little scared, then it looked like the install crashed.. popped the empire dvd back in, booted back up and BOOM!, OSX welcome screen… YESSS!
    Pradeesh, Great work!,
    Now its off to tweaking a bit, i literally just booted this up 2 minutes ago, my onboard NIC is obviously working great, 😉

  106. Rebel EFI vs. Empire EFI
    $50 is cheap for something that works vs. something free that doesn’t. Why does it boot every system I have (Rebel that is) yet Empire claims to be ripped off and it (Empire) does not boot on any system I have?

  107. Okay, so here’s what I’m running:
    Mobo: eVGA x58 Classified 141-BL-E760-A1
    CPU: Intel i7 920 – 2.66GHz
    RAM: Corsair 6GB DDR3 1600MHz
    GPU: MSI GeForce GTX295 1792MB
    I’m using the x58 version of Empire and it just stops at the AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement timing out when trying to boot from the OS X disc.

  108. Thanks for the hint where to find DL link 😉
    I also was blind to look at that below helmet link.
    Perhaps a bit more bigger letters for that 1.0.x Version number for the blinds of us 🙂
    Greate site !

  109. [SOLVED] (partially)
    the problem of HD icon was because of incorrect bios (with 0905 or 1005 modified P5QL-e)
    now with official new bios asus 1104 the installation starts but i get a black screen with white vertical lines (corrupted video)… so the problem now is my HD4850 🙁
    but now with 1104 my 10.5.8 doesn’t start :-((((
    so I’ve to wait a fix for the hd8450 or downgrade bios to 1005 modified to run 10.5.8 :-((((((
    note: rebel-efi starts but i got a stuck with white screen.

  110. New fresh day.. though i would see if these more details specs would assist in someone giving me clues about my systems suitability for SL. i do plan to dual boot this unit with Windows7 as a fallback for those things i cannot do OR is the SL system is broken.
    BTW… we have two MBP in the house… and many [older] windows units.. BUT the kids have gone Mac so thought this might be an option..
    Thx as always.
    Fujitsu Lifebook P8010
    Intel® Centrino® processor technology
    – Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor SL7100 (1.20GHz, 800MHz, 4MB L2 Cache)
    – Mobile Intel® GS965 Express Chipset
    – Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN network connection
    12.1-inch SuperFine Wide XGA TFT, 1280 x 800 pixels (300nits Brightness, 400:1 Contrast Ratio, 45% Colour Gamut)
    Intel Turbo memory:
    1GB DDR2 667MHz
    Max Memory Supported11 – 4GB DDR2 667MHz, Dual-Channel
    Built in Bay:
    Dual Layer DVD Super Multi Writer5
    Hard Disk:
    250GB 5400rpm SATA Drive
    SATA-150 Drive, S.M.A.R.T support, Two Partitions – 50/508, protected by Fujitsu 3D Shock Sensor9
    V2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
    Integrated Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with Intel® Clear Video Technology1 and DVMT7 4.0 delivers low-power, high-performance 2D/3D graphics with Shader Model 3.0, video and display capabilities at a max. shared memory of 384MB
    HighDef Audio
    RealTek ALC262 HD audio codec with dual built-in stereo speakers
    HD Audio-in: External Mic-in, Analog Built-in Microphone
    HD Audio-out: Headphone-out
    Bluetooth® V2.0 + EDR, 1000/100/10Mbps2 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express x 1 and Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN network connection with three antennas. Separate ON/OFF switch for wireless network connection. Built-in 1.3 Mega Pixel camera3.
    PCMCIA Type I/II, Secured Digital/ SDHC

    1. It would work except for wifi , which needs to be replaced. I am not too sure about ethernet , but apart from that everything seems to be good to go. Oh yeah you can’t dual boot. If you plan do dual boot , then you should opt for installing OSX via USB stick , as it would be possible to do MBR installation !

  111. Thanks Pradeesh.
    I had been advised about wifi and have ordered a $14 replacement from Hong Kong.
    Did not know about the dualboot.. as though chameleon would handle this via your excellent installaion.
    i did see mention of a USB process but no link – it is as easy as Empire EFI?
    Can you provide link.
    Thx a tonne – so much to learn and enjoy
    Keep up the excellent work!

    1. @major , since you do have a macintosh computer. It would be bit easier and I’ll be hotlinking it directly. Its Snow leopard prasys tutorial. Just google it up and its on the first link. Its a bit complex procedure but I can assure you that it would work for your PC as you’re tweaking the retail disc to play nice with your notebook as opposed to using generic solution like Empire EFI

  112. Hi Pradeesh!
    I’m really excited about installing Mac OS in my notebook, since I need to start developing iPhone applications as soon as possible. I’ve read the README.txt and this line caught my attention: “Secondly , its recommended that you install it to another HDD (especially if you have Windows or another OS installed) “.
    Since I want to install Mac OS on my notebook, I don’t have another HDD, except for a USB external one. So my questions are the following:
    1. Is it really risky to partition my disk, where I currently have Windows XP installed, in order to try to install Mac OS in a second partition?
    2. To avoid that all my Windows XP data gets erased, will it be possible to install Mac OS on my external USB drive?
    Thank you very much!

  113. Looks like an x58 1.06 came out last night. I’ll try that when I get home.
    1. You can’t have Windows and OSX on the same disc. Windows uses MBR partitioning and OSX uses GUID.
    2. Yeah, you could always do that.

    1. @durianmy , Disable ATA support in your BIOS. There should be something and somewhere to disable ti. If that fails , I’ll see what I can do about it. Maybe re-release a special verison for folks with kernel panic on IOATAFamily 😛
      @JaysFreaky , test it out and let me know
      @Pedro , If I were you. I would do vmware method , since you’re just going to use it to test iPhone apps out and for devel purpose. Its better to run it on vmware or something. It maybe slow but then you dont have to worry about it messing your pc

  114. i still get the blank screen right before the osx installer screen should come and ask for language.
    i7 920
    Asus P6T6 WS Revolution
    Sparkle GTX 260+
    3 x 2GB OCZ 1600mhz
    looks like the graphics-card is not supported by now.
    please help, thanks!

  115. Hi Pradeesh,
    I am trying to install SL on a laptop (Toshiba Tecra M9). The BIOS does not allow the modification of the ATA settings. I did have this laptop running on iDeneb 10.5.8 without any issues. If you would kind enough to create a customize version of your iso, that would be great. Thank you.

  116. Hi,
    First thanks for all the effort you are putting in this project.
    My feedback for the 1.06 version:
    Still no luck with my HD4850 – only white garbage on the screen

  117. @Pradeesh
    Assuming you mean “Installing Snow Leopard for OSX86”?
    I dig purchase a 8gig memory stick on the weekend before finding rebel EFI – for me the idea of Rebel was simply outstanding. [call me lazy but after 15 hours solving IT issues and wiping noses…. i’m struggling..]
    Further reading through various guides suggested that i should be running 32bit system while chameleon would force 62bit.
    would this effect my frozen mouse and keyboard?
    Also – after myHack – should i have LAN adapter / sound available?
    Thxs as always.
    trying #snowleopard also… might see you there..

  118. 1.06 is a no go on my system, like all previous versions, with pretty much the same errors, ending with “still waiting for root device”. Does anyone have a problem with AHCI mode, like when you enable it and the dvd player and hard disks won’t work? In IDE I was able to install iDeneb 10.5.7. Does anyone have any ideas?
    Intel E8400
    ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n
    GIGABYTE HD4850 1GB (2 x DVI)
    320GB HDD running 32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate
    80GB HDD runnning iDeneb 10.5.7

  119. v1.06 of the x58 with -pci0 got me to the GUI screen for install. Installing now. Will update with status. Thanks again. 🙂

  120. Got it all installed. Unless you add -pci0 to the boot.plist, it will just sit at AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement timed out, so be sure to add that string.

  121. Hi, I am very thankful for your hard work!
    I am eager to try your bootloader. The only problem is that I cannot get the empire EFI cd to even boot. It just boots back into window. I can boot from a cd. I have tested that with an ubuntu cd. There versions i have tried are 1.6, 1.3 1.0 and 1.6 (for problematic boards). I dont know why none of them have even booted. I tried instaling osx using rebel efi ( i didnt pay em any money, i just used a trial) and that booted fine, i even installed osx. the only thing that is on the screen is a flashing “_” then it boots into windows.
    My specs are:
    30F7 motherboard Intel G45 chipset
    Intel Core 2 Duo. 2.0 ghz
    3GB of ram
    160gb hd
    Any Ideas? I want to figure out how to be able to boot onto empire efi and then install snow leopard. Thank you.

  122. @JaysFreaky
    Thats not the issue. But thanks for responding. I can confirm that it is not because I use that software to burn other bootable cd’s like rebel efi when i tried it. Any other suggestions?
    like i said it is weird because the rebel efi boot thing worked. so did other bootloaders. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

  123. @Jayskfreaky
    Well you were right! My software decided to change settings without letting me know. It reverted back to original settings (a data cd). Im burning a new cd right now. It should work. Thanks for inadvertently helping me out!

  124. I tried version 1.06 for x58 but it still does not work.
    Giga ex58-ud5, 6Gb DDR3, GTX 285, WD 320Gb.
    After i press enter to install SL, some text appear and the system restart.

  125. Does not work on HP ProBook 4510s. After an insert instal DVD Snow Leopard Retail, system installation stops on “still-waiting-root-device”.
    Please help.

    1. I’ll look into Asus P5K issue. A lot of people are complaining on that. I am not sure why. You guys should sue motherboard vendors anyway :p
      JaysFreaky , glad to know that 1.06 did a good job with your X58 motherboard. Finally a positive feedback
      at times I am also helpless with problematic BIOS , sometimes they get stucked at weird places for odd reasons , this can be only remedied by dsdt patching and/or custom usb installation

  126. Hi Pradeesh,
    First, you made a great job and thanks a lot for that.
    I have a problem with an Asus Striker II Formula
    When I tried 1.01 like a lot of people, I have memory error.
    1.03 and 1.04 the same
    I tried 1.01 special memory patch and it’s ok.
    But now it can’t find the harddrive and block after the firewire detection.
    “still waiting for boot device” (something like that) 3-4 times on the screen.
    Is there a bios parameter i haven’t seen ? or must i wait for a fix ?
    Thanks a lot to all people who will reply

  127. thanks for your effort on this!
    i changed the gtx260+ for a 9800GT.
    now i can load into the installer, but i can´t erase/format drives or start the installation, cause it hangs at the moment i click erase, and if i just try to install it then says “20 minutes remaining” and hangs forever.
    i tried 1.0 up to 1.06 incl. all i7/x58 and beta versions
    i7 920
    asus p6t6 ws revolution
    3 x 2GB DDR3 OCZ
    Sparkle GTX260+ and Sparkle 9800GT
    any idea?

  128. I also got my GTX295 working correctly, so I can confirm the card is supported.
    You realize the myHack Installer is included with Empire-EFI, right?
    I’d run a hard drive scan to make sure your drive isn’t failing.

  129. @jaysfreaky
    i tried 3 different harddrives, i think it´s more a ahci/sata/bridge driver-problem. iatkos_v7 works without a problem.

  130. thanks Pradeesh as always – just love following this board.
    I updated to 1.06 and did full re-install.
    Installed SL then myHack – then added a USB mouse, then changed screen res [1280×765 – prefer 1280×800] and frequency to 75 hz
    After reboot [all nice], SL boots up and while notebook Mouse and kboard did not work.. USB mouse worked.
    I can also confirm there is no LAN option in network, no sound options/devices.
    Is there now an easy way to know what kexts to install to make these devices work?
    Starting to feel more positive and it runs well – thx a heap. Now about that PS2 mouse and kboard. 😉
    Br Mv

  131. Hi,
    First, thank you very much for your work. It’s awesome !!
    But… (there is always a “but”) I have some troubles :
    – My ATI 4670 HD doesn’t want to work except if I add ‘-x “Graphics Mode”=”1280x1024x32” ‘ in the boot line.
    – I have no sound. (integrated card to my P5KPL-CM, but not a problem)
    – My Mhack doesn’t want to access to my network drives (which works on my laptop and on my powerbook under Leopard) do you think it can have a link with the safe mode ?
    I used the 1.05 version.
    I’ll try the 1.06 as soon as possible (tonight maybe) and I’ll keep you informed. 🙂
    Thanks again for your work !!

  132. hello to all can i install leopard or maybe snow leopard in my amd? if it possible how? your files and hacks help me?
    i have
    amd 5200
    motherboard asus m2n-e sli
    ram 2 gb
    nvidia gs 7300
    500gb sata hard drive
    thanks for yout help to everybody

  133. Using v1.06 I get a lockup on boot with corrupted graphics, right at the apple
    logo and spinning wheel, I have the retail DVD.
    I think the main problem is I have an ATI video card, 4850 512mb,
    Here is my system setup
    Motherboard = GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L
    CPU = Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz
    Memory = A-DATA 2 x 2GB DDR2 800
    Video Card = ATI HD 4850 512M, MSI R4850-512M OC
    And all my drives are SATA
    I set the BIOS to what was in the Lifehacker guide, setting SATA to AHCI,
    I have tried the Lifehacker guide and a few at InsanelyMac, nothing has worked
    — I was able to install Kalway, but no sound, and no video acceleration, its what
    I was using to help make the USB installer when I tried the Lifehacker guide.
    Thanks for trying

  134. Good morning folks. I don’t have any Mac. Will I still be able to have an SL on pc? I was reading the other link that durianmy said.
    Taken from the link:
    “You will also need access to a system – either a real MAC or a hackint0sh – that is currently running OS X 10.4 or above (Tiger, Leopard or Snow Leopard) to prepare your USB installation device.”
    Lasly, where can I get SL?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Not the place to ask where to download SL , buy it its only $29
      P.S – To the rest of you problematic Asus boards or with ICH8-R. I think i found out why you’re getting waiting for root device. I just need more testing and once I’ve it , I’ll make a special version

  135. Pradeesh,
    Got it. But will I be able to install SL on my pc if I don’t have any running MAC here? I’m coming from pure Windows o.s. and would like to learn a new o.s.

    1. hi nello,
      yes it would work fine without macs. I should really fix those typos and other grammatical errors. No worries , just burn the disc and try. It should work (hopefully)

  136. Hi
    I’ve got a problem
    i get after the boot a memory allocasion mistake
    My mainboard is a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4
    Intel I7 975
    and DDR3 8GB memory
    so can you help
    me activate AHCI in the Bios
    why there is a problem ??

  137. With 1.01-1.04 as all write here with NVidia GT200 based videocard I also lost video signal after a minute after a change CDs with SL installation DVD.
    But with 1.06, at the same moment now system not losting singnal, now for a couple of seconds screen becomes almost dark, then leds on both my two DVD drives blink and after system reboots. ((
    My config:
    ASUS P5W DH Deluxe i975
    Intel Core2 Duo E8500
    2GB DDR2
    Geforce GTX 295 (two GT200 chips on one board)
    IDE DVD on native IDE channel from Intel ICH7R
    SATA HDD with AHCI mode.

  138. @bugzy
    try changing the order of you drives on the motherboard. try with only your optical drive and a single harddrive… I had a problem not being able to get to the install because my harddrive was in the SATA0 port and my optical was on SATA1, then I switched it, and BLAM! worked.

  139. hi , thank you so much for the new version , the legacy version worked for me , but when i inserted the the retail dvd , I got a black screen , is something else i should do ?
    Mobo: nforce 650i ultra
    graphics card : nvidia geforce 8500 gt
    processor : intel core 2 duo 2.13 ghz e6420
    ram : 5gb
    hardisk : 320 gb , 1tb

    1. Andrea , try the i7 version. I heard reports that it works with 4850 with Intel Core processors. Although its meant for i7 , it would work for 4850 with Intel Core processors. Do give that a shot
      As for the blank screen issue on nVidia boards , I’ll investigate again. v 1.0.7 is the first build to support nForce chipsets anyway. I’ll get down and investigate one of these days to see why it doesn’t work

  140. Hey man, great installer you have made here. I have tried all other methods for SL, including EFi-X 1.1, nothing worked. Tried yours, works perfect first time! Still having alittle trouble getting it to boot without the disc, but I’m working through it. Just wanted to say thanks, and great work!
    P35-DS3R (F13 Bios)
    Q6600 @ 3.0Ghz

  141. ..very much appreciated, pradeesh, your great work! if only you`d add support for the gigabyte P35-DS3, too…i would be eay happy. 🙂
    best wishes & thanks for this great tool.

  142. Working Great with X58 Empire EFI since day one
    MSI X58M Motherboard
    3GB RAM DDR3 1333
    Intel Core i7 2.71
    Nvidia 9500 GT got it working with:
    NVEnabler 64.kext Download it from Kexts.com
    Now im just looking for a GOOD Way to make sound Work, i have made the sound work once but that only happened since i updated to 10.6.2 but then when i restarted the sound went off again, so every time i install SL i do the same thing but then i cannot restore sound after REBOOT, oh and one more thing, how do i make the RAM maxmem=3072 boot like this permanently without typing this every time on chameleon?? any help is appreciated, thank you!

  143. Mthbd: DG31PR
    Proc: Intel 2.5 Core2 QUAD
    Mem: 4GB 800MHz
    Video: nVidia 9400 GT 512MB DVI/VGA PCIE
    HD: WD500GB Green SATA II
    Installs pefect, with Onboard Video disabled, USB Enhanced works, No Sound or Unknown nVidia Display, no higher than 1024×768, which can be done with EFI String, then it works without problems. I can use Voodo for sound and then the on-board sound works. The issue I have is when I do the Post-Install myInstall, it will boot and I love the iHack background, but the USB becomes damaged, no mount, no USB Keyboard or Mouse. Otherwise… GREAT JOB!!!! Just the easy of the installs for Snow Leopard, plus it Updates to 10.6.2 without ANY issues.

  144. oops forgot to include my Audio DEV ID:
    Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:3a3e]
    if anyone has made this one work please let me know!

  145. Will here again,
    And my system setup
    Motherboard = GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L
    CPU = Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz
    Memory = A-DATA 2 x 2GB DDR2 800
    Video Card = ATI HD 4850 512M, MSI R4850-512M OC
    Empire EFI 1.07r2
    stops at AppleRTL8169Ethernet, and I see graphics errors,
    Empire EFI 1.07r2 Legacy
    stops at AppleRTL8169Ethernet, and I see graphics errors
    Empire EFI for Intel Core i7 and Intel X58 Chipset (Beta/V1.06 by aschar)
    stops at graphics errors – white squares, chess board pattern
    If I try the “-pci0” setting they all stop at “still waiting for root device”
    I am most likely giving up till I can save up the money and make a system
    that is more compatible

  146. Where am i supposed to find kext that fits to my computer? is there a website for it or is it only by using google?

  147. g’day prasys
    thanks for all your help. posting from fujitsuX SL
    i looked at your post about creating the usb installer but was worried about the different kext files that i think just dont work on my system. i though ethernet would be easier.. but eventually got pcmcia wifi working with your help. No go on BT which i took for granted also
    Audio was working but after a pfix.. have lost it.
    My thinking was – if i have a group of kext files i know work – can i add then afer installing SL via Empire EFI [i like to keep installing to see changes.. and if any change effect the Fujitsu P8010 😉
    will try this week with a USB install – let me know best guide 😉
    thx as always for your help here and on #snowleopard
    br major

  148. I have an Asus P5B premium Vista Edition , I’m planning to buy a new Grafic card (9800 Gt) to try Empire Efi (now I have a 2600Xt) , Did someone used Empire efi with this mobo , everything should work fine with E-Efi 1.07?

  149. hi , thank you for this awesome bootloader , its really great , with it , i am able to boot and install the retail snow leopard disc but , something happened , i successfully booted the retail dvd and entered to the installation and everything went smoothly so far , and after the installation insert the cd boot ( i am using the leacy version ) and eject it and insert the retail disc and press enter it makes something and then stops at (nforce unit found=0) and its written many times and sometimes it brings the ( waiting for root ) so what should i do ?
    Mobo: nforce 650i ultra
    graphics card : nvidia geforce 8500 gt
    processor : intel core 2 duo 2.13 ghz e6420
    ram : 5gb
    hardisk : 320 gb , 1tb

  150. Hello, Prasys.
    First of all – thanks or the efforts you’ve put into developing empire efi.
    And here’s my question – I’m getting ACPI kernel panic error at the very beginning of the snow leopard installation on two different computers.
    The first one is Asus P5K-E WiFi/E8400/HD4870.. the second is an Asus notebook – F3E (965 chipset/T7100/X3100).
    And since the computers are pretty different I guess I’m making a mistake somewhere. I’ve tested 1.04 and 1.07 releases, disabled speedstep, usb, firewire, played with ACPI BIOS settings… but still no luck.

  151. If you integrate this fix linked below into your Empire EFI somehow, you should be able to fix the black screen problem many people are having with their “GTX 2XX” cards. It worked for me with my GTX 280. I had to first change my graphics card to an old 8800GTS to get the OS installed first (using EFI 1.05).
    Asus Rampage X48
    XFX GTX 280 XXX
    Intel QX9650
    8GB’s RAM
    3ware 9650se

  152. Still looking forward to GTX285 support or how did you get the 295 to work? I am stuck on
    “waiting for root device”

  153. Sorry to post this, but version: 1.06, 1.07R2 and 1.07R2 (Legacy) did NOT work on a:
    Gigabyte UD4P motherboard.
    Intel Core i7 920.
    2GB, 4GB and/or 6GB memory RAM. (CORSAIR Dominator)
    ATI Radeon 300 series – (Old). Neither the nVidia 295 GTX (At least this is known as non-working video card yet), please reply if I’m incorrect on this video card, if the ‘fix’ for it has been released.
    Thanks very much, and please hope to hear good progress on these devices previously mentioned.

  154. To those who get “waiting for root device”.
    Do you have the SATA drive on the correct SATA-port?
    I’ve read a few places that you should have the SL SATA disk on the main SATA (channel 0).
    Correct me if I’m wrong.

  155. anyone succes with P6T SE , I7 920 ,ATI 4870 using Empire EFI disks to boot from retail SL
    I only get grey blocks 4by4 en small dots on my screen

  156. bad news:
    I’ve tryed to run it with the last update and still stops at the same point.
    These are the last lines
    Warning – com.apple.driver.InternalModemSupport declares no kernel dependencies;
    ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin::start –waitForService(ResourceMatching(AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement)
    AirPort_AthrFusion: Ethernet adress XXXXXXXXXXXX
    IO80211 Controller::dataLinkLayerAttachComplete(); adding AppleEFINVRAM notification.
    ATHR: unknown locale 30
    Althoug I’ve tryed in 64 and 32 bits it always happens. its
    My motherboard: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD MS-7502 Fab D
    BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz
    Video Card: ATI X1550 ( works perfectly on Leopard )
    Help please!

  157. using aschars 1.06: Still a screen full of garbarge
    Asus Maximus II Formula (P45)
    Intel Core2Duo E8500
    Sapphire HD4850 Toxic

  158. Asus p6tSE X58
    Core I7 920
    3 SATA HD
    6GB DDR3 Ram
    GTX 285
    Using ver 1.07R2
    “Still waiting for root device”

  159. Gigabyte GA-X48 DS4: Only v1.02 for x58 works. All other versions (legacy too) stops after AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.
    I was able to install osX with v1.02 but after installing myHack it would not boot past myHack logo at boot. I got good help at #snowleopard and installed driver for ati 4870 (LegacyATI4800Controller.kext) and added -pci1 to com.apple.boot.plist and everything booted ok.
    After that i had to install HDAEnabler.kext to get sound working (optical spdif) and IONetworkingFamily.kext to get network working. I tried many different kext’s before i figured out what worked and i also spent alot of time with kext utilitys before i figured out pfix (with help from #snowleopard)
    Right now everything works and i’m a very happy man. I would like to thank all involved in making this possible. Very nice work and much apreciated !!

  160. GA-P35-DS4 rev2.0 f14
    Core 2 Duo e8400
    3 SATA HD
    4GB DDR2 Ram
    ATI 3870
    Optiarc SATA DVD-RW -Image burned to CD-RW with Nero.
    BIOS – Speedstep tried both on or off – everything else as advised.
    (Kalyway 10.5.2 worked, iDeneb 10.5.6 would never load – if that helps in any way)
    Using ver 1.07R2
    “Still waiting for root device”

  161. I got my 295 working by using netkios enabler and adding the efi string to the boot.plist. Simple as pie.

  162. JaysFreaky,
    You do this by modifying this Emprire EFI? Or you install SL with other card, edit files and then only can use GTX 295?

  163. When I get to the first OSX install screen, and can choose language – I can’t use my mouse or keyboard. None of them reacts. Both are connected via USB on my Asus P5W DH Deluxe motherboard.
    Any suggestions what to do?
    And: is it any possibility to install from a USB flash drive, and can I prepare the USB without a Mac?

  164. With all the versions only it(he,she) recognizes me 1 GB of memory(report) RAM. I have 4 installed GB, but not, always 1 GB goes out for me only. Why is it this like that?

  165. Tried X58 1.05 beta version and it hangs on
    ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin: :start – waitForService(resourceMatching(appleIntelCPUPowerManagment) timed out
    Foxconn Bloodrage (X58, ICH10-R)
    6GB RAM
    Core i7 965
    2 SATA HDD
    ATi HD3870

  166. Hi Pradeesh,
    I have a problem with an Asus Striker II Formula
    When I tried 1.01 like a lot of people, I have memory error, 1.03 and 1.04 the same
    I tried 1.01 special memory patch and it’s ok.
    But now it can’t find the harddrive and block after the firewire detection.
    “still waiting for boot device” (something like that) 3-4 times on the screen.
    I tried 1.07 RC2 Legacy and memory errors is ok.
    But now the Dvd stop working after a while. I clearly ear it stop (like there’s no power inside).
    Step by step, things are getting better.

  167. First of all, thanks for your efforts. I’m stuck on “still waiting for root device”, and my DVD drive is an IDE one (sata DVD drives are still not widely spread over here in Argentina), do you think that getting a sata drive would help?
    Motherboard XFX X58i (X58 chipset)
    Core i7 920
    4GB of RAM
    sata 1TB HDD
    Geforce 9600GT

    1. The 1GB memory limit was placed to prevent some motherboards from spitting out errors. Install myhack once you’ve installed OSX and you’ll have your memory back. Its just there to prevent some things from going wrong during installation and post-installation
      Regarding IDE/Waiting for root device support. I’ll look into it , I am recompiling IOATAFamily to be loaded from Empire EFI instead of SNow leopard dvd. It does take some time
      I do admit v1.07 has a lot of bugs on some motherboards , mainly waiting for root device issue. nForce support did break a lot of things and most likely , I’ll be dropping support for non-Intel boards. Folks can however still use this version if they have nForce !

  168. does the IOATAfamily have something to do with non-responding harddisks inside the installer(disk utility)?
    nvidia gt2xx compatibility would be awesome.
    thank you pradeesh!

  169. @Yolanda
    I never had to modify Empire-EFI or swap out video cards. Using the -pci0 boot flag I was able to get into a low resolution GUI where I could then install the NVEnabler and then inject my EFI string into the boot.plist.

  170. Hi there!!
    This project looks very promising, doesn’t look like Psystar will be a ‘competitor’ for much longer though!
    I was wondering if anyone could reccommend a good build for this… I was hoping for a motherboard with support for i5/i7 and ddr3 ram with everything else supported out of the box. The ‘lifehacker build’ looks good for now but it doesnt support ddr3 and i7 for future upgrades. Graphics wise I am thinking a nv 9800/ ati 4850 or something like that.
    In the mean time, Im going to try to get this running on my Dell Vostro 1510, I have a perfect install using hacked kexts so im going to try using this to see how it goes.
    Thanks for all your had work!

  171. If I install myHack on the DG31PR, it sees the memory correctly, (4GB), but it breaks the USB. Before the myHack, it shows USB Enhanced on (2) Ports, after the install of myHack, USB will not allow mounting of devices. Another strange things is that my WD500GB SATA II never shows on the Desktop, it acts like it is invisible. I can manual accesses it and it boots, etc. This is even before I install myHack and before updates, etc, and even after updates, it just never shows. All other devices before myHack install will mount DVD, USB Drives, and USB Sticks, and show the icon, not not the boot OSX. I think I am missing something.

  172. Hi
    Want to say this looks interesting indeed, but only thing that makes empire-efi slow down now is lack of clear compatibility chart.
    All Iam saying that if you do that then more people would try Empire Efi vs
    but its amazing job you done here-keep up the good work

  173. > When I get to the first OSX install screen, and can choose language – I can’t use
    > my mouse or keyboard. None of them reacts. Both are connected via USB on
    > my Asus P5W DH Deluxe motherboard.
    I’ve noticed a similar behaviour on my Gigabyte EP45-DS3L with Apple Mighty Mouse and Apple Aluminium Keyboard.
    The mouse pointer can be moved with the mouse, but clicking doesn’t work.
    But … wait. Just wait long enough. Really long enough.
    After eons (felt time, acutally some minutes) clicking DOES work and installation continues.
    (Seen that with EEFI 1.05 and both SL and SL Server).

  174. Hi
    Does anyone can help me for the right bootdisk to start SL retaildisc
    I got “Still waiting for root device”
    P6TSE / I7 920 / ATI 4870

  175. @JaysFreaky
    You posted, that adding GTX 295 is very easy, but how you add -pci0 flag then installing SL using EmpireEFI? Flag can be added after installing, but it hungs a minute after EFI CD swap with SL DVD at installation. So you didn’t used EFI? or there is some way with EFI to install SL with simple GUI?

  176. Hey Pradeesh, just wanted to say thanks again, I cant seem to get the machine to boot without the disc. I installed my hack, the system boots and goes to a blue screen with mouse, looks like its at the proper resolution. But just stays there, I’ve tried a 7800GT and now a 9800GT, both do the same. I can use the system fine when I boot with the disc. Any idea’s? Thanks!
    sata DVD and HD

  177. well ive been doing my head in trying to get this working so far ive done this much… can someone please help getting this up and running.
    – i have 1 drive, 2 partitions 1st partition has windows 7 on mbr ntfs
    – second partition is fat32 i formated it to journaled but macosx does not pick it up so i cant install on that partition because it says its not a GUID partition.
    – i tried looking for a solution to this problem and i found a post that told me how to change the contents of a mpkg file so that it will allow macosx to install on mbr partition. This did not work for me.
    Can someone please give me better instructions on how to get this running pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  178. Hi
    I have an iMac 27 and an Acer Aspire 1410. The Acer does not have a DVD drive and I can only use a USB stick with the Retail Snow Leopard restored on it for installing.
    Is there a USB version of EmpireEFI I can install on another USB stick to boot the Acer notebook? I tried copying the EmpireEFI iso to the USB stick and it doesnt boot on the notebook.
    Is there an easier way to install from USB?
    Please help!

  179. After installing myhack in my Asus G2S, I continue seeing 1 GB Memory(Report) RAM. But I have 4 installed GB, what can I do? Does someone help me?

  180. I have also the problem of getting the “timeout 0” error.
    I have a patched Bios in regards of dsdt tables.

  181. Hello. Thanks Pradeesh for the release.
    My hardware specs:
    Gigabyte EX58-UD3R
    Intel Core-i7 920
    SAPPhiRE Vapor=X HD4890 1GB
    6Gb A-Data Ram, 1TB HDD
    At first, I was unsuccessful using the main release, with mem. alloc. error. But after using the i7 version 1.04, it boots into the Vader screen, and starts to load the disc with words scrolling by in the background. However, sometime later still showing the Vader screen, the monitor went black and displayed “No Signal”, and the system reboots. Tried a few times, but it’s the same.
    What’s going on there, and any way out? Please kindly help.

  182. Hi can i just ask, will this work with a hybrid graphics laptop? its a core2duo running 2 gfx cards. (an integrated and a discrete but not at the same time)

  183. tried to boot with -pci0, -pci1 – always stuck on
    ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin: :start – waitForService(resourceMatching(appleIntelCPUPowerManagment) timed out
    and as I can understand installation was runned fine because computer do something with DVD drive when I press Enter key few times. I think it don’t understand my ATi HD3870 card or something like this.

    1. For those who are having problems with ATI and NVIDIA card , try a special version which I’ve uploaded. It should fix problems with your graphics card. Do give it a shot !

  184. I can’t download Empire 1.08, always stuck in the middle. Have tried with all downloader still no luck, even try with Windows Explorer under Windows also no luck. What is the problem? Thanks a lot for help.

  185. Same problem as above, the download of 1.08 stops before it finishes.
    Can you upload to another source / site, rapidshare or something so we can test and enjoy this product? Looking forward to joining the dark side!

  186. I tried 1.08 on Gigabyte EP45-DS3R (9500GT, E7400) (my first attempt of Empire EFI!) and at 3/4 of installation PC restarted. I used Empire to boot Snow from HDD and it worked although I would be more happy if installation finished normally… Anyone else got the same thing, any ideas how to resolve this? thanks …I will try other installation methods (usb “traditional” inst. method).

  187. I have tried Empire 1.08 with EX58-UD3R + ATI Radeon 4870, all is working, only ATI 4870 and sound driver ALC888 still not work. Have tried with a lot of search, patch, edit, etc, all no luck. Anyone can help! Thanks a lot.

  188. Hi. Great work, works like a charm on my PC. But is there any chance to get it working with a eee pc? Prob is that it doesnt recognize the mac os x 10.6 (retail) dvd when you boot from empire efi cd.

  189. I have a Acer M7720: I7 920, ATI HD 4870, 6gb ram, x58-Board, 1tb harddrive
    None of your versions are working, I’ve tried them all!
    It always stops after: Client task not privileged to open IOHIDSystem for mapping memory
    What can i do? Is there a resolution?

  190. I tried the 1.08 and it still gives me corrupt graphics at install. I have Gigabyte HD4850.
    If I just choose the SL retail dvd for install it stops at some point. If I want to get further I have to type -v -f but then I get corrupt graphics, all the time.
    Now I know I’m supposed to use vga2dvi adapter but my graphics card has two dvi’s, no vga. If I use the adapter, which would actually make it a dvi2vga2dvi adapter, would it work then or am I pretty much out of luck because my card has only dvi inputs?

  191. I tried all the legacy versions with different Bios setting, but I always end up getting the message “still waiting for root device”. I am using the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5, the SSD is plugged in the SATA controller and the optical drive is plugged into IDE (is that a conflict?) I’m running out of options, any suggestions on how I should let it work?

  192. Wonderful, Just Now I installed S.L. to my PC with Empire EFI Support, After than I installed Sound Card, & Display Card etc, Every Thing is working fine.
    One thing I want to know about : When I Install Photoshop CS (especially) S.L (Snow Leopard) comes to login screen, Is there any solution or Photoshop CS4 is fix the problem

  193. When I Install Photoshop CS (especially) S.L (Snow Leopard) comes to login screen, Is there any solution or Photoshop CS4 is fix the problem
    Kindly reply …………………

  194. (Click here to download Empire EFI V1.08 (which includes Normal , Legacy and Experimental Intel P55/Core i5/i7 8xx support), this file cannot download, please the link?

  195. tried 1.08 with ATi&Nvidia support. Nothing changes. The last string is
    ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin: :start – waitForService(resourceMatching(appleIntelCPUPowerManagment) timed out
    but I think it’s not important. Important thing that installer runs but not switched to.
    Also I have question – why anyone speaks only about problems on ATi HD48xx?? My card NOT HD48XX but HD3870 and I have problems with installer did not show.

  196. the new version with GTX2XX support don’t work
    i become every time a waiting for reboot device “error”
    so when i reboot nothing changes

  197. I tried the versions 1.08, but I still got the message “still waiting for root device”.
    My motherboard is ASUS P5W DH DELUXE, and my hard drive plug in SATA-1.
    Any suggestions can I make it work?

  198. @Dennis
    I also have P5W DH Deluxe board, where you get this message, because my config stops after a minute after CD swap via GTX bug. So I think, I don’t have “still waiting…”, my SATA HDD on AHCI mode turned on in BIOS, my DVD drive is IDE and connected to native IDE channel from Intel ICH7R chipset. Try the same. BIOS latest 3001.

  199. Hi all,
    Does anyone else have problems with the blog with Firefox? On mine is screws up all the text..

  200. Empire EFI 1.08 regular version didn’t work either on my XFX X58i Motherboard, still getting “waiting for root device” error. Thenks for the efforts, I’ll keep trying whatever version that comes next!

  201. GA-EP35-DS3 (ICH9 2923), SATA only, AHCI native, no IDE, EMPIRE V 1.0.8
    DVD Snow Leo boots really far, but then (i think mid of verbose mode boot)
    i get AppleAHCI Kernel Panic.
    Not the usual “waiting for root” some got. I see you injected AHCIPort for my device (2923).
    So AHCI works but why KPs ? Does i nead also an modified IOAHCIFamily in the preboot.dmg ?

  202. (Click here to download Empire EFI V1.08 (which includes Normal , Legacy and Experimental Intel P55/Core i5/i7 8xx support), the link cannot download

  203. max wrote: None of your versions are working, I’ve tried them all!
    It always stops after: Client task not privileged to open IOHIDSystem for mapping memory
    I’ve the same problem with 1.08!! what does it means??
    other version graphics artefacts…

    1. @Andrea , its related to your ATI card , your ATI Card is not 100% card which follows ATI prototype/specifications/design reference , you gotta use it with another card first or do USB installation method. This card is really picky and you’ll have to use netkas’ patched package to use it. I mean its really picky !

  204. Will here again,
    And my system setup
    Motherboard = GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L
    CPU = Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz
    Memory = A-DATA 2 x 2GB DDR2 800
    Video Card =Video Card = ATI HD 4830 512M, MSI R4830-T2D512 OC – Was a
    MSI 4850, but I was never able to get it to work,
    Empire EFI 1.07r2
    Worked great, but no sound, video works, but no acceleration,
    and I have tried every method I could find to get OS X to
    recognize the video card and enable acceleration, but it wont,
    I think its because its a non-reference card, – I have a
    GTS 250 on order, crossing fingers that it works fine LOL
    I was able to later get sound working with some patched kexts,
    and used a DSDT found over at efixusers forums, to fix some other
    things, works perfect except the no video acceleration thing

    1. Andrea if you’re reading this mail me – pradeesh at gmail dot com with your DSDT Dump. It could be obtained via linux , if you need help how to extract , just drop me a mail
      To the rest of you folks with download issues , I am running out of bandwidth and I’ll try to reupload
      As for people who are stucked somewhere in the loading process , I’ll see what i can do. without DSDT patching and patching kexts manually things may or may not work for you
      Please bear with me , I am on an old PC so i am not sure how it behaves like in newer PC. I am doing tons of homework and testing on it. I just hope that it works for all. aschar is helping me out for i7 users. Trust me , Big P doesn’t give a shit about all your problems and I am here trying to get it all working for everyone. Its hard , thats like health reform plan in US or having world peace…eventually it would be possible

  205. (Click here to download Empire EFI V1.08 (which includes Normal , Legacy and Experimental Intel P55/Core i5/i7 8xx support), the download does not complete….. thus we get currupted download…….. help any alternative download site

    1. Done. I’ve updated the links again. I’ll be looking into other issues and hopefully I’ll get V1.09 to work nicely with Intel Core i5 processors , thanks to the patches over at Chameleon forum !

  206. After a full day trying lots of different things we eventually realised that a FULL snow leopard install disk is required. We tried using my mates 17″ macbook pro snow leopard disk but this obviously doesn’t have the AHCI drivers on – we were getting a “Mac OSX cannot be installed on this machine” error upon entering the SL install. Anyway – 1 FULL retail disc later and everything went spot on! Thanks!

  207. @Pradeesh:
    Thanx for your support Pradeesh! I’ll send you by email the DSDT dump tonight at 8.00pm (Italian Time)… meanwhile I’ll try whit an “old” GeForce 7300GT 😉

    1. @Dave , grats
      @ Andrea , sure I can take a look on how your BIOS accesses graphics card and at least it would help me to undesrstand more about your PC.
      @Andreas , tried another port ? this is the first time i am hearing a panic on supported device. Be sure to connect your DVD to port 0 (SATA) in motherboard and try again. If it fails , then e-mail me your dsdt.aml. its very hard for me to say why it hangs or what-so-ever , cause each motherboard has different way of accessing the hdd and sometimes OSX does not like it that way
      @the rest of the folks , sorry I get over 5-10 e-mails a day on Empire EFI and I try my best to reply within the same day or at most within 24-48 hours , so if I’ve missed out anything , I truly apologise

  208. Oh My Look at that Awesome Prelude to EmpireEFI video. That apoc guy who made it is super awesome!!!……oh wait thats me!!! (someone likes to toot their own horn…) Good looks brotha keep it real 😉

  209. i too have the roothd (waiting for root device) error on my Computer.
    tried the legacy 1.08 and 1.01 “cooked” version.
    MoBo: Gigabyte GA-EP45C-DS3
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400
    GPU: nVidia GeForce 9500GT, 1GB Ram
    RAM: 4GB DDR3
    and i think the SATA connection is 0. (although i think the computer works on IDE mode somehow :S )
    i don’t have AHCI enabled because my windows xp can’t handle it and i can’t reinstall with the drivers (no floppy drive…) and i managed once to install OSX86 without it.
    any solution?

  210. i tried this and it didn’t work (bsod on startup after turning on AHCI) and also tried the matrix thing and it didn’t work. is this the reason why i get the root device error?

  211. ok i got it to load but it says i can’t install on any partition and i have to go to disc utilities and do GUID something but theres no such thing! i already formatted a partition as OSX Extended (journaled) but it keeps saying that i need to repartition them using the GUID thingy.
    do i need to format ALL my partitions (including the windows partition) to get it working?
    BTW it somehow messed up my windows so i can’t boot without a EmpireEFI cd..

  212. >> Pradeesh
    Thanks i will check that SATA Port 0 for DVD. DSDT should not be an problem, because it isnt loaded (not on .iso , nor on Apple SL DVD).
    No real problem that AHCI-KP because i have installed already 10.5. / 10.6 :), i will stay tuned and follow the future of EFIEmpire.
    Question: Makes it sense to boot an Apple 10.5 DVD or is EFI EMPIRE only for SL DVD?
    🙂 I had to type an captcha with .. KP , does Blog have Ai for knowing my problems 🙂 🙂

  213. Could you also make “Empire MBR”?
    I guess that 90% of newbies (like me) would like to install OsX to laptop that has MBR disk with 3 partitions: 1) windows recovery, 2) windows, 3) data partition that can be used for OsX.
    If you ever need emergency recover for windows, you can’t wipe the whole disk and make it GPT.
    Somehow these bootloaders can’t handle this.

  214. Can you recommend the most compatable mobo for a hackintosh I would like to build one now. I would like the board to be x58 or P45. Im thinking GA-EX58-UD5 for the x58 and GA-EP45-UD3P for P45. Any advice would be great!

    1. @dirtdog – those motherboards would just work great. Get a compatible video card as well
      @toke , I can’t modify the disc and there is no way to do so. Even if I find a way it would be illegal as I dont want to get into trouble by creating something which modifies the file of the disc to get it to work on a MBR partition
      @Tom , select the disk , go to partitions. Select options and be sure to select GUID partition scheme

  215. MBR ist not an thing of the bootloader / EFI. Install on MBR is disabled by Apple in the osistall.mpkg. But you can dit that – surr not possible on rog. Apple DVD, you must burn your own with that changed osisntall.mpgk.

  216. Is there a way to boot your disk image from USB? Cause each time you release new version, i have to burn a new cd.

    1. @Tom , yes
      @Creeda , use CD-RW for that or use usb installation method. If you do USB installation method you dont need to use Empire EFI
      If you want to do dual boot with windows and OSX , you gotta patch OSInstall. The only way to do that is by using USB stick (for starters) 😛

  217. @toke:
    The easiest way would be to buy a 2nd 2,5″ HDD.
    Put in the new one, and install SL with GUID.
    If you some day need Windows, just swap the drives.
    Besides, the added bonus will be more space (up to 1TB, yes WD has 1TB 2,5″ SATA) and faster HDD, since newer disks are getting faster and faster.

  218. i saw the myhack installer installs a bootloader. can’t i install osx and then install on a different partition windows and use the bootloader to boot? or to use EmpireEFI disc to boot them (like i do now with windows since i somehow made it not bootable)?

  219. @ Creeda
    “Is there a way to boot your disk image from USB? Cause each time you release new version, i have to burn a new cd.”
    Use a CD-RW 🙂

  220. hi, I have a core i5 CPU, a nVidia gtx 260 video card and a Gigabyte p55-ud6 motherboard.
    I’ve tried your version which is suposed to be compatible with core i5 and nvidia 2xx, but I can only get to a black screen after verbose. What should I do?

  221. Hi, just wanted to ask before i try this, is there a way to use empire efi boot cd and install snow leopard from a usb drive?

    1. gabba , may work
      jantunes , again I’ve said. If you have issues with this i5 version , try another. if fails , replace your video card and just use an old 7300gt or something !

  222. My Experience with P5W Dh deluxe ,
    With Empire 1.06 , 07 ,08 I get a “waiting for root device” so :
    1) Used Rebel Efi to Install SL
    2) Update (booting every time with Rebel Efi) to 10.6.2
    3) Used MyHack (from Empire Efi 1.08)
    4) Installed kext for USB e IOAHCI (from http://www.kexts.com)
    5) Installed Voooodo.kext for audio (from http://www.kexts.com)
    6) Installed pkg Realtek 8187L from realtek site (for Wi-Fi)
    System is ultra-stable ………………….

  223. Pradeesh,
    efi v0.4 works on my Asus P5k without getting the ‘still waiting for root device’ massage.
    But now i’m getting a new problem. After loading i get a screen with only black and with stripes. My videocard is HD4850.
    Can u help me?

  224. Barry , HD 4850 is well supported by SL , you have to modify the related kext for 4000 series in S/L/E , google for info. I’m bought a new HD4850 for this reason because it’s supported natively by SL( the best supported is Saphire 512). (I’m waiting the postman deliver it to me)
    If you need more help please e_mail [email protected]

  225. Everything is working perfectly,
    How can I Update my Snowleopard 10.6 ?
    Software Update is possible, or any other way to update my Snow Leopard Kindly reply men

  226. always the same problem for me.
    Installation of Mac OS SL is ok on my usb drive. When I boot again with Empire EFI, I see a Mac OS icon. I select it and when I press enter, I see a lot of lines with timeout and that’s all.Frustrating!

  227. Can you please create iso like this
    Released Version 1.05 . It just includes fixes for ATI 48xx users and other ATI users. Hopefully you would able to get to installer and install OSX up. It disables ATI drivers altogether which forces OSX to use 1024×768 for installation purpose. Its possible to fix after post-installation.
    but with i7 support?

  228. Could it be that the change log contains some, er, bogus dates?
    Before version 1.05, the date is given in the US format (MM-DD-YYYY), then apparently it is swapped to DD-MM-YYYY format, but without swapping the numbers.
    Thus we get the following:
    11-4-2009 (apparently November, fourth)
    14-10-2009 (Er, yes, huh?)

  229. Awesome…you saved me 50$…
    My config.
    Core 2 solo
    4GB RAM,
    Nvidia 9500GT(1GB VRAM)
    This is a 2 yr old configuration and worked flawlessly.Even detected my MS Habu mouse..
    Great Job!!

  230. I am having trouble burning the iso images from the zip file. I am using Nero under windows. I have repeatedly downloaded and tested the zip files and the extracted iso files, but nero always hangs when trying to burn the images. Any idea?

  231. testing this one now
    why isnt empire efi discussed/linked anywhere ?
    do people not approve of it ?
    a list of 100% supported hardware would be cool too
    people DO buy hardware just so it works very well with a hackintosh
    help them to choose the best parts
    you should get a forum for empire efi
    in my opinion its the next step in hackintosh evolution

  232. thnx 4 ur awesome work and ur great effort t to make it easier for us to install Snow Leo
    any way , i have a minor request , i am going to install snow and windows 7 on Dell 1525
    can i run windows 7 on GUID partition table ?
    i will format the HDD to GUID and install snow leo in one partition , then install 7 in another one
    i know it isn’t related to ur topic , but i read lot about it and i found that no one said that it works

  233. I installed SL 10.6 and windows 7 on my hp dv5t:
    1. Boot from Empire EFI and boot into SL Retail.
    2. Format hdd, and create 4 guid partitions, 1 for SL, 1 for W7, 2 for data
    3. Install W7 first.
    4. Install SL, boot by empire efi into SL OS
    5. Install myhack
    6. Can not see chameleon boot loader to choose OS. I must use Empire EFI to boot into W7 or SL.
    What can i do next ?

    1. Regarding dual boot issue , I’ll be writing a proper guide and properly how to do it. As for the rest , I am looking into. I am moving from something easy to something more advanced , so that people will learn. That is what I am planning to do with Empire EFI to make sure people learn what they are doing. OSX86 is not all about shortcuts , but about learning

  234. Hi, when I load Leopard DVD and press Enter, appear a prompt “boot: q”.
    If I press Enter… always the “boot:q”.
    What I have to do?

  235. so, i finally bought a mac pro (don´t be scared apple, empire efi is the best promo you´ll ever have)
    for my second machine, i´m still waiting for a working gtx260+ installation, therefore an empire-efi version, that loads into the installer. maybe 1.09 will do it, thumbs up for pradeesh!

  236. Hello
    Has anyone tried installation with Gigabyte 9800GT 1GB Silent graphig card?
    I am building hackintosh HTPC and that would be perfect card for it….but does it work with empire-efi?
    I would really like to hear if anyone has experience with this card?

  237. hi!
    i just wanted to thank you- i know it’s only a small part of what empire can do, but today it saved my system that wouldn’t boot!
    i remembered your project, ( clever, memorable name 🙂 downloaded and burned the iso on my laptop and it booted my tower straight to the desktop!
    you saved my day!

  238. i got everything up and running smooth with empire efi, but i cant get myhack to boot up snow leopard. i get an endless spinning icon and eventually a circle with a line through it in the center of the screen. so, is there a way to make myhack boot with the same options as empire efi? i cant see what efi is doing behind the vader logo
    Asus p5q se2 w/ mac patched bios
    PNY geforce 9400gt
    snow leopard 10.6
    Empire EFI 1.01
    voodoo sound kext

  239. I always get a grey screen. I understand that is a know problem and that it can be fixed using GMA900 pakage.
    My notebook is an Amilo v3205 (si1520 is indentically) and this the lspci output:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
    01:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
    07:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation PRO/100 VE Network Connection (rev 02)
    07:09.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller
    07:09.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 19)
    07:09.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller (rev 0a)
    07:09.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 05)
    07:09.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev ff)
    it doesn’t have the vga port so I can’t use the two wire trick. Connecting an external monitor won’t resolve the issue.

  240. Installed and am now using OS X 10.6.2. Went flawlessly. Zero hassle. Thank you Pradeesh.
    Dell XPS 435
    Core i7 2.66ghz
    6 gig 1066 mhz RAM
    nVidia 9600 GT

    1. I am looking into it. The reason why i am not updating is because I lack of time and money. Its better for me to focus on my education first rather then spending time on this. It does not mean I’ll abandon this project
      Yes 9800GT would work fine , to the dude who asked me !

  241. Got snow 10.6.1 working (1.08 bootcd) now only need drivers for onboard sound and networkcard.
    P5K-VM & 8600GT256mb & wireless wl138G v2
    Thx for the great work.

  242. Oke found drivers for sound and networkcard…
    So everything is working 😉
    P5K-VM, 3Ghz duocore, Nvidia 8600GT (can play warhammer ;-), bluetooth, Wireless wl138G v2, apple keyboard and mouse.
    Thx great project……

  243. HI, i installed sl in a x58-ud3r with a EN8400GS and graphics works perfect (two monitor, res, etc) but when i ran myhack my screen went to 1024×768 one monitor only.
    I can not make sound works not even after “hacked”
    What can i do?

  244. hi i installed osx snow leopard with empire efi on an external hard drive on my HP dv7 1016 the installation was successful but when i select the hard drive that i installed osx on it doesn’t start it just stays at the empire efi screen

  245. Hey Pradeesh, I’m still having some issues, where I could only boot into 10.6.2 with your disc (latest ver) I think it has to do with the com.apple.boot.plist. When I use the one thats in the preboot.dmg it boots fine without the disc. But the only problem is I’m limited to 1 cpu, and 1024mb of RAM. You have any tips for me?
    P35-DS3R Bios F13
    4GB Ram
    SATA DVD and HD
    patched DSDT.aml
    external usb audio

  246. i installed snow leopard with empire efi on my hp laptop dv7 1016 on a mac compatible external hard drive successfully but when i select the hard drive with osx installed in it on empire efi it puts some text that i cant read and never starts osx. what do i do

  247. Hi I’m planning on getting a Sony vaio and would like to use empire efi on it. Will it work? Here’s the specs. And thanks. Hope I’m not being a bother posting all the specs. But I want to make sure this computer works with Empire EFI. Again, Thank u.
    Processor: Intel® Pentium®
    Processor Speed: 2.1GHz
    Battery Type: 6-cell lithium-ion
    System Bus: 800MHz
    Cache Memory: 1MB on die Level 2
    System Memory: (RAM)4GB
    System Memory: (RAM) Expandable To8GB
    Type of Memory: (RAM)DDR2
    Hard Drive Type: SATA (5400 rpm)
    Computer Hard Drive Size: 320GB
    Optical Drive: Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
    Optical Drive Speeds: Drive speeds not specified
    Digital Media Reader or Slots: Yes, digital media card reader
    Graphics: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
    Video Memory: 1750MB (total available)
    TV Tuner: No
    MPEG: Yes
    Built-in Webcam:Yes
    Modem: None
    Networking: Built-in 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T Gigabit fast Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
    Wireless Networking: Wireless-B+G+N
    S-Video Outputs:None
    PCMCIA Slots: 1 ExpressCard/34
    USB 2.0 Ports: 3
    IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports: 1
    Parallel Ports: None
    Game Ports: None
    Pointing Device: Electrostatic touchpad
    HDMI Output: No
    Operating System Platform: Windows
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

  248. Please pradeesh, add support for ATi HD 3870 Kext *IF* possible within a new Empire EFI. Release. I don’t want 2 trash my ATi Card, it really works flawless with Windoze & Linux.
    Thanks for your help & work.

    1. I would love to add more support , we’ll have to wait for netkas for that – @someone
      As for the person who is having ram , cpu issues. Open your com.apple.boot.plist in /Extra and then remove cpus=1 and mem=1024

  249. I’ve tried every single image linked to from this page, and not a single one will boot for me.
    My machine is an HP Pavilion A6120n – specs here:
    I get the same result with all images – after BIOS stage, blank screen… nothing happens at all, everything is just dead.
    One thought – I have two DVD drives – one ROM and one dual layer RW – and neither came with the system. I’m able to boot with Windows discs on the ROM drive so I assume the EFI images should work as well… though I’ve tried them all in both drives every time just in case.
    BIOS settings are all correct though I’ve also tried every possible combination in case I missed something.
    I would LOVE to get SL working on this machine… any idea why none of the images will boot?

  250. OMG I should never attempt something like this at 2am as I’m falling face down into the keyboard.
    My problems were entirely user error… I’m installing SL off my retail DVD right now and all appears to be working great.
    THANK YOU FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!

  251. Well, I’m not quite out of the woods yet after all.
    SL installed just fine, but my machine won’t boot from the drive. I just get a black screen with a blinking cursor.
    I see mention of some “post installation” steps and I see files in the post install folder on my boot disc, but I would need to boot to OSX in order to run any of them… if it won’t boot, how can I do any of the post install stuff?

  252. i installed snow leopard with empire efi on my hp laptop dv7 1016 on a mac compatible external hard drive successfully but when i select the hard drive with osx installed in it on empire efi it puts some text that i cant read and never starts osx. what do i do
    Here are my specs
    intel core 2 dou P7350 2.00 ghz
    4Gb ram
    nvidia 9600m gt video card
    320 gb internal hd and a 1tb external hd i insalled it on the external
    could it be if i installed it on a internal it would work?

    1. @etcwilliams , its the same thing
      @abbed , try to use an internal drive and it may just work. Its better to use internal HDD. If you want to read what it says I recommend you to hit tab twice and then select your partition. run it in text mode

  253. @pradeesh. How can I tell if the processor is the Exxx series? All it tells me is Intel® Pentium® processor T4300 800MHz frontside bus, 1MB L2 cache and 2.1GHz processor speed.
    Also I’m thinking the graphics card should work,right? Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD

  254. I have to thank you once again..you saved me 50$ again..
    This time i installed it on my HP lappy…Worked flawlessly again..
    even detected the cam..
    Config : HP pavallion dv5
    core 2 duo T6400
    4gb Ram
    nvidia 9600 GT 512 MB.
    320 GB HDD
    Keep up the good work!!!

  255. It feels really horrible when everything works except one! Unfortunately, GTX 260 isn’t supported by the installer (yet) 🙁
    BTW, if I change the com.Apple.boot.plist file in the Empire EFI iso by adding the needed EFI string for my GTX 260, will it work? Pradeesh?

  256. So here’s my situation.
    I can use Empire EFI to boot my Snow Leopard DVD just fine. I had native resolution and everything. I couldn’t install it to a partition on my HDD because it’s MBR, not GUID.
    So my way around that was to restore the install DVD to a 10GB partition on the HDD. Did that, then I installed MacDrive 8 on Windows 7 so that I can copy over the modified OSInstall files. All of that went fine, but now I can’t boot the install partition.
    It’s sitting at “Limiting icmp unreach respons from 307 to 250 packets per second”. It actually took about 4 minutes for that to show up. The previous line is “systemShutdown false”, then the one before that is:
    “Bug: launchctl.c:2325 (23930):2: (dbfd = open(g_job_overrides_db_path, 0_RDONLY | 0_EXLOCK | 0_CREATE, S_IRUSR | S_IWUSR)) !=-2”
    Not sure what to do. I would install it to a external HDD but then there would be no way to boot it, as Empire EFI doesn’t boot USB drives. I actually did the same thing (copying the DVD contents to an external drive via Disk Utility + Restore), and I was able to get into the installer, but I would get a kernel panic in the middle of the installer (after it checks consistency via the log).
    NEW IDEA!! I’ll install it to my external HDD, then ‘restore’ everything to my 30GB partition on my internal HDD. Since the SL DVD boots just fine using Empire EFI, I can install it to the external HDD via GUID. Then I’ll just use the restore function in Disk Utility to copy it all over from the USB drive to the partition. Hopefully this will work!

  257. I have a dmg of snow leopard 10.6 and I also have access to a Mac. I don’t have a dual layer DVD, so I wanted to know if I could just restore the install dvd to a flash drive, then use that with empire EFI somehow.

    1. @Gautam , use my other method. Booting via USB and doing it via USB. You do not need Empire EFI at all
      @Besweet – I would love to hear that from you. Keep me posted , I am in the midst of writing a guide for Hybrid GPT/MBR to get both OSes to play nice
      @Debsurva – I believe GTX 260 support was added in 10.6.2 , however what I would try to do is I’ll try to include the new kext for special nvidia release and hopefully that works. You may try adding EFI strings to it
      @Carl , I don’t know the specs. Again its hard to say if it will work on here. Chipset , motherboard , processors
      @Zack ,it would work fine except for graphics card. At most you can get is resolution switch , no 3d acceleration
      @abbed – i don’t think your bios likes the way how chameleon (empire efi) handles the boot.
      @etcwilliams – the same thing , its a derivative of boot-132

  258. @Pradeesh. So would an Intel Celeron processor 900 with a Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M work better?

    1. @Zack , no anything Intel 4500M is not supported. You’ll have to get a dedicated graphics such as Nvidia Geforce 9400M or 105M or something. As for intel , only Intel GMA 950 and Intel GMA X3100 works. The rest including mobility ATI Radeon series wouldn’t work at all in Snow Leopard

  259. I have been trying to do this thing for 2 months now and yet no sucsess. my specs are
    asus cg series
    nvidia gt 220 graphics card
    8 gb of ram
    intell core 2 quad q8300
    Windows Vista Home Premium (x64
    Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. CG5270 Rev X.0x
    every time i put the empire efi cd in it loads up untill it tells me to put the snow leoprd in. after i put it in about 20 sec. later it tells me to restart my pc. please any suggestion or any help would be great getting soooo maddd lol.

  260. @Pradeesh Perhaps that support has been added in 10.6.2 but that is not gonna help in my case. And editing the com.Apple.boot.plist on empire EFI iso files made the files unbootable! 🙁

  261. AMP:
    I had the same issue. You need to disable the IDE controller in bios. Then Mac installer will not ask you to reboot.
    unfortunately , Mac installer doesn’t like IDE controllers. You have to use a SATA.
    This worked for me, I have one IDE HDD and two SATAs. When i enable IDE HDD , the mac wont boot.
    Check and play around in the bios settings.
    Good luck!!

  262. Mm new 1.08 for GT200 maybe broken, when I swap CDs from Empire EFI boot CD to SL DVD, nothing happened. Checked both normal and legacy editions.

  263. chetan:
    thanks man for the info but i have no idea how to dissable the ide controller in the bios if u could jst tell me how that would be great plz…..

  264. chetan:
    so i sort of switched the ide in my bios to a ahci something lik that and when i put in the snow leaopard cd it shows me all these text n then it freezes up were it says system uptime in nanoseconds then nothing

  265. AMP:
    Try this..
    1. If AHCI, SATA, or RAID controllers are avialble, set them to enabled
    2. If Speed Step is present, set to disabled
    3. If EIST is present, set to disabled
    4. HPET set to 64-Bit Mode
    5. If you have an IDE controller, set to disabled
    Also try this..
    1. Boot the computer into the BIOS settings.
    2. Under the Advanced BIOS Features menu, set:
    o HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability [Enabled]
    o CPU Enhanced Halt [Disabled]
    o CPU Thermal Monitor [Disabled]
    o CPU EIST Function [Disabled]
    3. Under the Integrated Peripherals menu, set:
    o USB Keyboard Function [Enabled]
    o USB Mouse Function [Enabled]
    o Onboard SATA/IDE Device [AHCI]
    4. Under the Power Management Setup menu, set:
    o HPET Mode [64-bit Mode]
    5. Save changes.
    6. Exit BIOS Settings.
    I got this from Psystar..site..might help..
    Good luck..

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