I have tried all kinds of techniques to get a video driver installed on my Asus M50SV. And while I can get a working desktop, none of the drivers installs openGL to the point where the computer is usefull.
The source of this problem is that all the video drivers always present itself to the system with 0MB of VRAM. Even if I see in the info list that it has 512Mb.
Without video ram program like photoshop, iworks, even the dvd player will not launch.
Is there a program that can extend my VRAM and make the graphics driver "real"?
I have tried the 9500 kext files and they give me a 1400x900x32@60Hz dektop, but 0 VRAM.
I have deleted all nVidia kext and used EFI string and I can get a 1024x768 desktop, but 0 VRAM.
You need 10.5.6 for a start off as that is the first incarnation of OSX to support your card or 10.5.5 with the drivers that are downloadable on this site. You do not want to delete any NV kexts at all as that is the best way to stuff your open GL. Leave all the kexts in place you need them!!!! You then have a choice of installing strings OR NVDarwin.kext, NOT BOTH.
What version of OSX are you using, Kalyway, ideneb?
The only version that seems to work with this machine (Asus M50SV) is the iATKOS5 disc. This gives me 10.5.5. But iATKOS5 did not have all those tools that ideneb has, so my most recent build was like this. I installed ideneb 1.3. This produced a machine that would hang on startup. So I installed iATKOS5 on top of that, but did not erase the drive. This gave me a working OSX desktop with sound and LAN internet. Wireless does not seem to work. Then I looked in the Applications folder and found the iDeneb tools.
Another thing, I am using chameleon boot loader. Is this the same as EFI? When I try to install the EFI stuff, it says something like wrong GUID type. What does this mean?
What is the name of the latest 10.5.6 install you would recommend?
Go into Disk Utility and highlight your disk in the left hand pain. Highlight the actual disk where it says Seagate or Maxtor or whatever and at the bottom it will say GUID Partition Table or Master Boot Record. Sounds like you are still on MBR, that's probably why you had the boot problem with ideneb. GUID is better as that is the partition type a real mac uses. To partition a disk as GUID, in disk utility, click Partition along the top, then from the drop down menu, select 1 Partition, then select Options. Here you can select GUID then go on to format your disk. Netkas's EFI will only work with GUID. It's a pain, but I would probably recommend a re-install with GUID. Do you have another Hard disk to re-install to (USB) so you can install without messing up your system so far?
Let me know what your system reports anyway.
I cannot really recommend a particular hacked version of 10.5.6 as I use the Apple combo update, but I wouldn't recommend that unless you really know what you are doing. I dare say you could google a hacked update anyway.
Yup, Master Boot Record as in the way windows disks are formatted. I would not mess around then, as you may end up breaking windows. Until you are satisfied that your install is one you you are happy to clone, I usually work on a separate disk.
I did bite the bullet and completely wipe the internal hard drive on my Asus M50SV. I changed the partition type to GUID and after a couple of failures with the iDeneb 1.3 install I simply checked everything and the dang thing came up. This is the fix for the video drivers I have Quartz Extreme and Open GL now.
However, Windows XP32 will not run side-by-side on a GUID partition. Also GRUB from a Linux install breaks the Mac's ability to boot and also can not boot to XP32.