As promised in my Hackintosh post, here’s a guide for the Asus P5N-7A motherboard. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the install process, but Ufdah over at insanelymac was nice enough to let me borrow some from the original install guide – head over to there if you have any problems here. I’ll also be posting a link to Newegg for all of the parts that were used, as well as some additional upgrades you can make if you have some extra cash lying around. And, as with any tutorial involving hacking, please read through the whole process before attempting to do anything, and be aware that you are proceeding at your own risk (although there shouldn’t be any reason for it not to work) and I am not responsible for any damage to your system. It should also be noted that you will need a working Mac, either Hackintosh or Apple, in order to proceed with this process. If you don’t have one, you can always try one of the pre-hacked copies available at all the typical torrent sites.
Unfortunately, some of the parts are no longer available from Newegg, but I will post them anyway. Check the bottom of this post for upgrades to replace out of stock parts.
Newegg Wish List – link
Motherboard: ASUS P5N7A-VM
CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200, 2.5 GHz
Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 500 GB 7200 RPM
RAM: OCZ Reaper 4 GB (2 x 2GB)
Optical Drive: LG DVD Writer
Case: Apex Slim Case with 275W Power Supply
How To: Asus P5N-7A Hackintosh
1. I’m going to assume you have already assembled your system, and are ready for the OS. Plug your hard drive into your working Mac using any connection method (Internal/External, SATA, USB…I personally used a Thermaltake Dock), and fire up disk utility. We want the drive to be formatted to “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and to have GUID selected under ‘Options’. Partition the drive with a single partition.
2. Install OS X. I used a 10.5.4 copy, but the original guide recommends using the NoPE 10.5.5 copy. Either way, mount the disc image and use Universal OSx86 Installer to perform the installation.
3. Install the 10.5.6 update – I know that 10.5.7 is now released (it was just becoming available when I did my build) but don’t install it yet – we’ll get to it later.
4. Using Universal OSx86 Installer, install the essentials kext package, set the boot delay to 5 seconds, select EFI Chameleon V 1.0.12, and add the three audio kexts that can be downloaded here (this download also includes OSx86 Installer, the video drivers, the DSDT patch needed below, and a program to correct the information displayed in ‘About this Mac’).
5. Copy the DSDT.aml file to the root folder of the new drive.
6. Delete AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext located in
7. Close any running programs, and shut down the computer with the drive still attached. Once the computer is completely powered down, you can remove the drive from the system.
8. Install the drive into your P5N-7A system. If you are using SATA, make sure you plug it into one of the black ports on the motherboard.
9. Configure your BIOS as shown below. The most important things to change are enabling AHCI for the SATA connections and making sure USB Legacy Support is either (1) off or (2) set to full speed. Check the pictures below for detailed screens. When you’re all done, hit F10 to save the BIOS settings.
10. Let the computer reboot. It will boot directly into Leopard – no command line prompts needed. Fill out the weclome/registration information, and you’ll be brought to a clean desktop.
11. Install nvkush for the video card, and restart the computer. Once its rebooted, set the color profile to Adobe RGB. You will now have hardware acceleration in your system profile, although no model number will show up.
12. It’s time to test out how “real” your system is – lets apply the 10.5.7 update directly from Apple. Go to the apple logo in the top left corner, and select “Software Update…” and the 10.5.7 update. Let it install and reboot the system. Audio will probably not work now, but is easily fixed. Download kexthelperb7, and reinstall the 3 audio kext’s from above. Reboot once more and you’ll have your audio working again. Additionally, disable sleep under system preferences as the board is unable to wake up properly.
13. Congratulations, your P5N-7A is running a completely up-to-date, retail Leopard install!
UPDATE: Since I completed this install, Apple has released 10.5.8. However, I no longer have the computer in my possession so I’m unable to test whether the system can handle the update, but it should be able to be applied in the same manner as 10.5.7 above. As a precaution, create a time machine backup or disc image in case the update breaks your system so you can easily restore to the working 10.5.7 state.
If you have some extra cash lying around and want to make a slightly faster system, here are some possible upgrades you may want to consider.
Core 2 Duo E7400 – 2.8 GHz 3 MB L2 Cache, $118.99
Core 2 Duo E7600 – 3.06 GHz 3 MB L2 Cache, $139.99
Core 2 Quad Q8200 – 2.33 GHz 4 MB L2 Cache, $149.99
Core 2 Quad Q8400 – 2.66 GHz 4 MB L2 Cache, $169.99
G.Skill F2-6400CL5Q-8GBPQ – 8 GB (4 x 2 GB) DDR2 800, $124.99
Seagate Barracuda 750 GB – 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache, $74.99
Western Digital 1 TB – 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache, $94.99
G.Skill 128 GB SSD – $277.00 (SSD’s are expensive, but without any moving parts, they offer increased read/write speeds, and don’t face the issues that traditional hard drives do)
In Win IW-BT610T.300BL – mATX Desktop 300W Power Supply, $49.99
hec 7k09 – HTPC 270W Power Supply, $54.99
Apevia X-MASTER-BK/500 – HTPC 500W Power Supply, $69.99
Kensington Slim Blade Media Set – $129.99 (this is the keyboard/mouse set I use personally – it offers both Windows and Apple keys in case you want to dual boot in the future)
Monitor: I know, they’re all Asus – as with the keyboard/mouse recommendation, I have two 22-inchers set up side by side on my hackintosh and love them.
Asus VW195T – 19″ Widescreen Built In Speakers, $119.99
Asus VH202T – 20″ Widescreen Built In Speakers, $129.99
Asus VH222H – 21.5″ Widescreen HDMI Built In Speakers, $159.99
Asus VH242HL – 23.6″ Widescreen HDMI Built In Speakers, $219.99