I spent the whole day at home on this to make a breakthrough.
I ended up with a working booting system 10.6.3 .
From yesterday I decided I didn't really know enough about things. The Sandy Bridge question nagged at me. I actually began the day looking for a Unix Distrubujtion that I could boot off to get some info. Also trying various Ubuntu Live CDs trouble is they were all too old.
Then I went looking for a live Knoppix CD too see if I could confirm my CPU details.
To feel like I was getting somewhere I setup the little Wireless card from my booting system.
I figured having access to the internet would enable ease access to information and spurn me on.
Eventually I think I found my CPU
BIOS Version 1.35
BIOS Date: 2011-02-01
Embedded Controller Version: 1.14
Machine TYpe Model: 2516 CTO
System Unit Serial Number: R8W4R6Z
System Board Serial: 1ZJJ113Y67Y
Asset Tag Information No Asset Information
CPU Type: Intel (R) Core (TM) i5 CPU M 560
CPU Speed: 2.6GHz
Installed Memory: 8192MB
I still had the mystery of what Bridge my system was using.
It was this post:
That lead me to Speccy and in general encouraged me to think about my hardware.
While following the line of thought that if I could roll myself a custom DSDT then all my problems would go away as all the hardware would be described I stumbled on the DSDT database at
http://www.multibeast.com/ from a screen shot.
I was also trying to find out a whole bunch of IO PCI Errors I was seeing.
The response in that forum opened the box of useful information: Dean Wray Youtube videos
Hackintosh - Basic Overview - YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIOJB3EVHaw
Hackintosh - Basic Intro to Kernel Panics and Hangs - YouTube:
Hackintosh - Basic Intro to Bootloader flags and repair - YouTube:
This inspired me to find once and for all what the hell kind of Bridge I had as all the stuff I had till now inferred that
I needed to know Sandy or Ivy Bridge. Even to know whether I had a sandy Bridge would be good.
I started looking for system information tools.
It was reading this blog entry
That lead me to SystemInfo on the PC and then System Info on the Mac. This would in time lead me to the breakthrough of understanding what bridge I had.
Meanwhile though I learnt alot about architectures from the Wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrandale_(microprocessor) which as it turned out would be my architecture
Ivy Bridge Buyers Guide http://apcmag.com/ivy-bridge-cpu-buyers-guide.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Precision_Event_Timer To answer the BIOS question
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACPI to answer the S3 question.
Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI)
Bus Clock Multiplier.
Just to explain quickly as sometimes these links go away. Take your clock speed in Mhz and divide by 133 then round to the nearest whole number.
Front Side Bus http://www.cpu-world.com/Glossary/F/Front_Side_Bus_(FSB).html
The final breakthrough came when I used this table.http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Intel_HD_Graphics
|Model||Processor architecture||Release date||PCI ID||Execution units|
|HD Graphics||Sandy Bridge||January 2011||8086:0106||6|
|HD Graphics 2000||Sandy Bridge||January 2011||8086:0102||6|
|HD Graphics 3000||Sandy Bridge||January 2011||8086:0116||16|
|HD Graphics 2500||Ivy Bridge||April 2012||8086:016A||6|
|HD Graphics 4000||Ivy Bridge||April 2012||8086:0166||16|
Then with the System Info Utility I used the Hex numbers to conclude once and for all that my bridge was an Arrandale one.
Final Link of the day
A nice boot loader to motivate me when I get the whole thing together:
That's all I realise this page is full of links. I realise some of them may expire. Though you get the idea the more you know about the hardware and things are you are supposed to be changing the more confident you will feeel about selecting options. My recommendation watch the brilliant Brian Wray youtube videos they will inspire you to know what you are doing and then to know your hardware and then to success.
That's all for now.