So, what is this topic all
To put it simple, it's a complement to the forge issue tracker
, when it comes to the topic's theme. I'm sure
everyone agrees that we have better conditions to exchange info here!? It's also a way to centralize "things" and
make sure my sanity gets intact out of this. Experience and learning are always good "excuses" for doing something. The short story:
As some of you folks might have noticed, Chameleon went through some heavy changes lately; mainly,
reworked SMBIOS patcher, reworked and improved ATI/AMD GraphicsEnabler code and last but absolutely
not the least, the merging of the modules system that Meklort been developing for over an year now, just to mention
a few of the most recent ones and with major impact.
Specially important to me are the changes on the ATI/AMD GraphicsEnabler code, since they removed the "alleged"
support that the old code provided to legacy
cards (non HD). Since i follow/use the Modules system practically since
it was born to the public, keeping a separate module for the ATI legacy, based
on what Mek had already created,
is fairly easy.
To cut it short, as a Chameleon "wannabe" collaborator, i couldn't possibly do this and ignore the rest of the GE code,
without getting a guilty conscience, and since it's a good opportunity to learn, i decided to embrace the cause.
The source of what i've done so far, can be found on my branch in the "trunkGraphicsEnablerModules
" folder. Atm,
there's a module for each vendor except in the AMD case, who has 2 (ATi = legacy, AMD = HD).
is to merge the legacy code with the HD one. Whether the modules will stay separated by vendor or
get merged back into just one GE module (as they were and most probable situation) is still to decide.
Meanwhile, as i'm messing with this code and there are a lot of device id
's missing from it, i've been accepting
issues on the forge from people asking for them or simply thinking "this is a bug of some sort". It happens that,
using GraphicsEnabler many times is not the full solution for proper graphics display, as e.g. the laptop owners can
certainly confirm. And this is were i need to draw a line to protect my sanity
I can't possibly try to code, accept issues and still have to point people to solutions for non
or simply teach them how to get a card's subsys id
!! So, to make mine (and your's) life easier, there's this topic.
I will explain what i need from you, how to get it and also provide links to some prominent topics on this matter.
As always, i'll try to give general help, if i have free time and you guys behave properly, and not take other's time
with questions you should ask some were else.
Ok, ok... cut through the crap... so, what do i need to know
to post here?- First
of all, don't ask about OSx86/Hackintosh basics! "Apple terminal basics", "osx86 forums",
"hackintosh bla bla bla", "osx86 bla bla bla", etc... usually produce good results on any search engine.- Next
, whatever the problem you're having, please check first if the device id
of your card is added to chameleon code;
look in the "radeon_cards
" area of the code and see if the device id
is present there (Command+F usually helps).
If not, follow the "missing device id's
" recommendation below. If you use a legacy card, it will not
For the Modules system
, if you know how to create a folder named Modules
folder and copy/paste
the required module into it, your ok
yeah, it's as simple as that. This GE modules have no dependencies on others;
you can just put them in place and give them a ride. Modules are loaded automatically by the booter. Don't
mix modules, e.g. AMDGraphicsEnabler + nVidiaGraphicsEnabler. If you have a dual card situation,
try one at a time. If you get in trouble, use GraphicsEnabler=n
at the boot prompt, to disable the patch.
These modules can be used in conjunction with Resolution.dylib (also has no dependencies on others).
Avoid the ATiGraphicsEnabler.dylib module if you don't
have a legacy
The modules should work as the code "before" so, any different problematic behavior, can be considered "prof of crime".
The jury will decide
Jokes apart, any additional info about the device, even when feeding back success, is welcome; card's Name,
and subsys id
are enough, but if you can add a bit more, it will be helpful.--
For missing device id's
, card's Name
, device id
and subsys id
E.g. this is enough:
AMD Radeon HD 6800M Series, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68A8&SUBSYS_050E1025&REV_00 this
is close to excellent. The more informative you are, the faster we can help and add the device.
Don't forget to check the "Useful links" below.
Note: Why isn't
my card's device id
on the booter's code, you may ask?
Mainly because it was taken the decision of only adding device id's
, known to be
or reported as
working. But, but,...
the device was on the older code??
We have an "excuse" for that too
The new code introduces the use of the subsys id
, to sort
identical device id's
assembled by different OEM manufacturers. Since those are rarely reported
on the PCI db's, or any were else, you get the picture..!? --
For general help
, all you need is patience and respect for the topic's priorities.
Just don't ask dumb questions and someone other than me might feel tempted to help you;
me, i'll simply delete the post!
This topic will reside in the "DevTalk"
area of the forum, only until i reach the goal mentioned above;
if it proves useful, it will then be moved to the "General Discussion" area, otherwise most probably will be closed.--
purposes, Chameleon GraphicsEnabler is not the solution for all the graphics problems you can face and
neither am i! I'm just a noob trying to learn, and give back some of the knowledge and help
i've received from the "community", so far.
Don't post pre-compiled binaries; i'll provide all the binaries you'll need (more on that later). You're welcome
to compile and use the source if you have the knowledge, but keep it to your self, unless you have something
to contribute to the code, be it bug, improvement or new feature.
Topics: ATI Radeon HD6000, HD5000 and HD4000 series support in Chameleon
, Kabyl's topic for testing GE changes. (Collection) ATI Mobility Radeon HD - Tested ATIFramebuffer Solution
, the name says it all. Editing custom personalities for ATI Radeon HDxxx
, don't get fooled by the HDxx.
PCI ID resources: GPU-Z
(AIDA64 now), Windows "Device Manager", lspci command (both Mac & Linux), etc...
to get the card's info. Any other suggestions are welcome.
Developer.AMD/gpu_assets: Sept 2008
, Jan 2009
, July 2010
, June 2011
, etc..., just follow the pattern.***
The PCI ID Repository
, the names say it all.
Hardware dedicated sites:
Think that's enough to keep you busy for a while. Will post more stuff as i go, if needed. Suggestions are welcome.
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