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Gigabyte H61N-USB3 - Kernel Panic at various stages of Snow Leopard installation

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Hello all,

I have been a long-time subscriber and reader, but this is my first time posting. You all are a great tool, full of resources and knowledge on the complex art of building a Hackintosh!

I used the following guide from Lifehacker to build my first Hackintosh because I wanted to make the process as easy as possible on my first try. I got the exact hardware listed in the guide.

http://lifehacker.com/5815715/how-to-build-a-hackintosh-mini-for-less-than-600

Hardware:

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3
CPU: Intel Core i3 Processor i3-540 3.06GHz 4MB LGA1156 CPU
GPU: ZOTAC nVidia GeForce GT240 512 MB DDR3 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card
RAM: 2x4GB Corsair PC3-10666 1333Mhz Dual Chanel 240-pin DDR3 Desktop RAM
HDD: Western Digital 1TB SATA III 7200 RPM 32MB Cache Desktop Hard Drive
Case: SilverStone SG05BB-450 ALL Black Plastic/SECC Mini-ITX Computer Case with SFX 450W 80+ Bronze Certified/Single +12V rail Power Supply
DVD Drive: Sony Optiarc 8X SATA DVD+/-RW Slim Drive
Adapter for DVD Drive: SATA Adapter for 13-pin to Standard+Power Slimline SATA Cable

The machine worked flawlessy for almost a year, then started shutting off after ~20 minutes of use for no reason. I initially thought it was an overheating issue, so I purchased and reapplied thermal paste; that did not help the issue. I used it this way a few times but stopped because I didn't want to do permanent damage to any of the hardware. The computer had been sitting idle for almost 6 months when I finally got some money saved up to try and save it, but at this point it would not turn on at all. I thought it could have been a power supply issue, but after replacing that with no success, I decided it had to be the Mobo that was the issue and replaced it.

I replaced the motherboard, CPU, and got a new SSD. The hardware is as follows:

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H61N-USB3 LGA 1155 H61 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
SSD: Crucial M4 128 GB 6gb/s Sata Solid State Drive

I give all of that background info because I am running into issues with the installation of Snow Leopard on the SSD. I am always able to install from the Retail DVD I had from my MacBook Pro, but every time I try to do anything in addition to that, I get various kernel panics. I have tried using the UpdateHelper, but always get a kernel panic on reboot (this also happens after using MultiBeast). I've tried NOT using UpdateHelper and just trying to install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 combo update, but always get a kernel panic early on in that process. I am planning to install Snow Leopard, then upgrade to Lion via the app I purchased from the App Store, and MAYBE upgrade to Mountain Lion at some point in the future. I have completed that process on the previous hard drive, which still works when connected to the machine even though the mobo's DSDT file is different. I have my Zotac video card connected to the monitor with VGA currently, but have tried DVI as well, and the only USB devices attached to the machine are the mouse and keyboard. The only thing I have read but have not tried yet is to remove one stick of RAM for a max of 4 GB during the installation.

I know I have probably left out some important information, so please let me know if there is anything else I can do/provide to expedite the process. I have been without my beloved Hack mini for over 6 months and I'm looking forward to getting it running again.

Thanks in advance for your help!
 
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Hello all,

Hardware:

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H61N-USB3 LGA 1155 H61 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
SSD: Crucial M4 128 GB 6gb/s Sata Solid State Drive

I am always able to install from the Retail DVD I had from my MacBook Pro, but every time I try to do anything in addition to that, I get various kernel panics.

Thanks in advance for your help!

jricica

Two questions - the past is the past - and we only need to know what you have now that you are trying to install to is whats listed above correct - if so place into your signature file plz.

And could you take a photo of the Apple DVD you are using to install from and post that in a link here plz.
 
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My signature has been updated accordingly to reflect all of the hardware that I am currently using, and the link for the image of the DVD that I have been trying to install from is as follows:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/26517443/20120820_232711.jpg

I am also obviously using iBoot, which I burnt onto a blank CD.

Thanks for the speedy reply!

-Jeff
 
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The disc and box both just say 10.6, so I'm guessing that means it's 10.6.0. I installed it just fine with the current iBoot I have on the previous build. Would a different motherboard and processor make the iBoot version change?
 
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Sandy bridge :)

just use iboot legacy to boot up, if you have 10.6.3 you can use iboot, remember sandy bridge wasnt supported yet in 10.6.0
Thanks I'll give that a try! It didn't even occur to me to use an OLDER version of iBoot for support of a NEWER processor.
 
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Thanks I'll give that a try! It didn't even occur to me to use an OLDER version of iBoot for support of a NEWER processor.

jricica2

Not sure that you will get better results w the older iBoot CD that Tony has in the downloads section -
the latest iBoot 3.3.0 should work better for you.

Also as you have a sandy bridge CPU I suggest you follow a modified install plan that jester969 has compilied for Sandy Bridge MB and CPU:
you will still need to read and follow the guide in iboot & Multibeast webpage.

You will need to get the dsdt file, the updatehelper, multibeast programs from downloads as well - update helper is a tool for SB CPU's:

Here is jesters install - How to due a sandybridge cpu w compatable hardware OSX hack 10.6.8 build. jester969

Typical installation steps are:
1) iBoot + Disk Utility + install Snow Leopard DVD (perform install via DVD) reboot
2) iBoot + Installed OSX HDD (boot with iBoot and loading OS via newly installed HDD)
3) Run Update Helper and Reboot?
4) iBoot + Installed OSX HDD, run combo update 10.6.8 , DO NOT reboot
5) Run Multibeast and select option which are required to your board. ( Select System Utilities all options)
6) Reboot w/out iBoot

Audio/Ethernet/DSDT

DSDT and BIOS firmware must match to the corresponding number.
 
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Thats because legacy supports unsupported Cpus to that version, like sandy bridge in 10.6.0, in 10.6.3 osx build already supported sandy bridge :)

sanlky - The newest iBoot covers newer CPU's and to install OSX 10.6.0 or .3 the retail DVD you will need to use the boot loader switch to tell iBoot that it has a Sandy Bridge cpu that line switch is
PCIRootUID=0

Apple did not support SB cpu's until they were rolled out in the Mac Book Pro laptops w OSX 10.6.7:

jricica2 - how is it going.... is the patient alive....
 
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OK so I tried the method you posted step by step, and everything worked up until after I installed the combo update; I opened MultiBeast and as I was making my selections, both that installer and the combo update installer "quit unexpectedly" or something of that nature and just disappeared. It asked me if I wanted to reopen it, and I clicked yes, but a blank Finder window is all that appeared. I manually opened MultiBeast and installed that, then manually rebooted, and got a kernel panic before it would even load up to the desktop after that. Could I possibly have the wrong DSDT file? What's the easiest way to verify the version of the firmware?

Again, I appreciate all the help. It will be so nice to have a functioning computer again!
 
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sanlky - The newest iBoot covers newer CPU's and to install OSX 10.6.0 or .3 the retail DVD you will need to use the boot loader switch to tell iBoot that it has a Sandy Bridge cpu that line switch is
PCIRootUID=0

I just re-read your post again, and realized that I haven't been doing anything with the PCIRootUID=0 boot option. Is that something I should be doing? And if so, at what point do I type that?
 
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OK so I tried the method you posted step by step, and everything worked up until after I installed the combo update; I opened MultiBeast and as I was making my selections, both that installer and the combo update installer "quit unexpectedly" or something of that nature and just disappeared. It asked me if I wanted to reopen it, and I clicked yes, but a blank Finder window is all that appeared. I manually opened MultiBeast and installed that, then manually rebooted, and got a kernel panic before it would even load up to the desktop after that. Could I possibly have the wrong DSDT file? What's the easiest way to verify the version of the firmware?

Again, I appreciate all the help. It will be so nice to have a functioning computer again!


jricica2

Its not uncommon to have Multibeast suddenly close down - as to Update closing down I could see that happing from time to time - but as the update completed it installs of kexts and you needing to finish the install of Multibeast - rebooting at that poit was not good - but no matter -
Which command line switchs did you use in the begining ....

What I suggest is that you use command switchs after your initial install and reboot
they would be -v -f PCIRootUID=1
So when you do a reboot during that procedure you will use command switches - once you are done w update and multibeast you use them again - I even used them for several more boots after I though everything was ok ...just be clear.
What we want is you system to boot up w/o a KP and to drop the switchs one by one.

The main one that I use if the -f as this switch tells the OS to not load the cached (previously used files) that it booted up and to get the kext file again fresh (if we have installed new ones then we want this) .

Some links on Command line switches. Something usefull about command line switchs one needs to know !
http://www.ihackintosh.com/2009/05/bootloader-acpi-flags-while-darwin-bootloader/

This is from 2008 some of these have changed but it still a good read,
http://news.metaparadigma.de/osx86-flags-and-parameters-for-darwin-bootloader-104/
 
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