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Dual monitors with a hackintosh

December 28, 2009 6 comments

For the past few years I’ve used a Dell 2005FPW screen, which although reliable was limited by its 1680 x 1050 resolution. I’m using a full HD video camera and TV so the next step was a HD or better monitor for editing. I wasn’t sure if the 9800GT card in my main hackintosh would need software tweaks to support two monitors but a quick test with a spare 15 inch TV/monitor showed it worked fine. Just to recap, I’m using an EFI string for video card support with the default 9800GTX setting from OSX86Tools.

Next step was to choose a monitor. Since I don’t play a lot of games the main use will be video and photo editing, so I was looking for something with good contrast and black levels as well as reasonable colour accuracy. The target was HD or better resolution and around a 24 inch screen. The most common resolution at this size was 1920×1200 until recently, but these displays are rapidly disappearing to be replaced with 1920×1080 panels. All the comments I found on this give cheaper manufacturing as the reason. Read more…

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10.5.3 issues

June 12, 2008 2 comments

So 10.5.3 has been here for a couple of weeks, the graphics fix is installed and everything is working as well as it did before. Only the problems aren’t fixed. The failure of the Finder sidebar to display local network shares is still present, and as puzzling and irritating as ever. I had a play around with my setup today, which comprises a Macbook, hackintosh and iPod Touch. The Macbook shows the iPod in the Finder sidebar and can connect to it. The Hackintosh doesn’t show the iPod. I went through the network settings of the Macbook and hackintosh to check they were configured the same, and found the Ethernet setting on the Hackintosh were automatically configured. I switched this to manual like the Macbook, and the iPod, Macbook and my Synology server appeared. The Macbook still can’t see the Synology server. From the Hackintosh I connected to all three network shares, but they disappeared from the Finder sidebar when ejected. And don’t come back until I make a change to the network settings that needs applying.

I could understand if this was a hackintosh problem, but the Macbook is just as flaky. Will 10.5.4 fix this, or do we have to wait for 10.6?

The second issue on the hackintosh is the failure of the computer to prompt for a password after the screensaver has run. The option in system preferences is set, but there’s no password prompt. Again, I could understand if this was a hackintosh problem but there are many reports of Macintosh owners suffering the same issue.

There’s also been a new problem on the Macbook, though this has for now disappeared. Selecting a number of images using quick view resulted in flashing of the window components. This seemed worse when viewing an index sheet, especially full screen. I haven’t suffered graphical problems previously on the Macbook so hopefully this was a fluke.