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Quicktime and the stuttering mouse

March 23, 2009 Leave a comment

A few weeks ago I noticed a problem with mouse movement on the hackintosh, where the cursor would jump across the screen as if pausing for a fraction of a second. This only happened when quicktime was active, for example when using iTunes or the Quicktime player. An initial workaround was found at PCwizcomputer and while this worked by replacing a quicktime file it wasn’t a perfect solution.

Browsing for a better fix last week I found the weaksauce12 blog, also at PCwizcomputer. This highlights a problem with AppleUpstreamuserclient.kext. The explanation is that this kernel extention is for DRM use with the Macintosh versions of Nvidia 9400 and 9600 GPU’s. Although I have a 9800GT this appeared to be causing the problem as removing this kext did the trick. Combining this fix with iTunes 8.1 has made music a much better experience on the hackintosh.

Hackintosh HTPC part 3

February 5, 2009 7 comments

In part 2 I detailed the motherboard, processor and ram picked for the HTPC. The plan was to initially use the spare Nvidia 7300GT card and replace this dependant on space available in the final case. I had a spare Tagan 480w PSU and a midi tower case as a temporary home, and the 500Gb hard drive from the hackintosh (replaced with a new 1Tb).

The build was straightforward so I won’t dwell on that. The first choice was how to install Leopard. The 500Gb hard drive had the hackintosh install on it so I chose to boot this first and see what happened. It wasn’t much of a surprise when this started up fine as it had previously been working on an intel chipset motherboard. The only thing that didn’t work was audio, so the next choice was do I keep the install and remove unnecessary software/files or do a fresh install? Read more…

News for Friday 17th October

October 17, 2008 Leave a comment

Like a phoenix from the ash, VisualHub is reborn as OSS
The popular video encoding app could live on as an open source project.

NVIDIA spills beans on new 9400 chipset family
Now that Apple has announced its use of the new chipset Nvidia adds the rest of the details.

Windows Vista SP2 will be available before Windows 7
…as long as it isn’t delayed. Vista could also be delayed, so which will arrive first is anyone’s guess.

Top 10 things you didn’t know about the new MacBook
Interesting findings and unmentioned changes to Apple’s new laptop range.

New MacBook Pro’s got game: compelling new gaming benchmarks
Premium laptop finally able to hold it’s head high and be proud of its gaming performance.

News for Wednesday 15th October

October 15, 2008 Leave a comment

Is Apple’s new MacBook Pro a gaming machine?
If the hardware is available will the games come? Unfortunately the Mac will not be considered a serious gaming platform until games are simultaneously released with the Windows version.

A closer look at Apple’s move to NVIDIA chipsets, DisplayPort
Design choices in the latest laptops indicate Apple’s future direction.

Apple’s U.S. Market Share Approaches 10%
The economy may be screwed but Apple continues to defy the global slowdown.

Intel Update: MacBook Airs Get Penryn, MacBooks and Pros Get Montevina Benefits
MacRumors looks at the processors inside Apple’s new range of laptops. Now that Nvidia chipsets are used will this mean a wider range of compatible motherboards for hackintosh builders?

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