MacOSX 10.6.3 released

How to update – it’s easy.

Use any disabler for AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext, for example – NullCPUPM.kext, install it to Extra mkext and reboot, of course if you made AppleIntelCPUPM to speedstep your cpu, you can skip this step.

Make backup of your kexts, you might need some.

Remove SleepEnabler.kext if you use it, this is very important step, old sleepenabler + new kernel = panic.

Hit the update button, if you need to edit some kexts AFTER update and BEFORE reboot – download and install update from apple site.

After reboot – re-add your device-ids to kexts where you need it and enjoy.

known issues:

  • readeon 4830/4850 – new framebuffer has same problem as leopard’s – inability to work without dvi2vga dongle in second port, to fix it – use 10.6.2 framebuffer, to do it – make backups of the following kexts before update:ATI4800Controller.kext

    Restore there kexts from backup after update and before reboot, or, if you already rebooted after update – use dvi2vga dongle to get display, and replace those files.

  • Backup AppleHDA.kext before update, you might need the old one after update if sound will not work. alc889a known to work ok with 10.6.3
  • GMA kexts is 32-bit only again

10.6.3 exotic patch pkg, finaly fixed (13:50 GMT, 30 March) – QE CI Exotic cards 10.6.3.pkg

Ok, so first version of pkg was messed up for MacPro+4890 because it had included 10.6.2 FrameBuffer, now it doesn’t have it, so should work fine. A little fix if you installed previous version of pkg and have some visual glitches on osx startup (like colored screen) – fix.pkg


    April 30th, 2010 | 2:08 pm

    Has anyone gotten this to work with the 4850X2 I have all resolutions but now QE/CI.

  2. seppo
    May 1st, 2010 | 7:48 pm
  3. rick_hardslab
    May 2nd, 2010 | 4:16 am

    I have a ATI 4870. After updating, I got a blank screen on startup. The fix was to replace ATI4800Controller.kext
    with the 10.6.2 versions. Thank god for Time Machine.

  4. JimDough
    May 4th, 2010 | 10:51 pm

    ^^^ rick_hardslab’s solution worked for me as well.^^^

    Got a MacPro 3.1 with 4870 and also had a black screen after the update.
    What kinda threw me off was that the 10.6.2 version files got the same date and filesize as the new ones. But it worked so i’m not gonna complain.

  5. HaffiS
    May 8th, 2010 | 12:16 am

    I have installed powercolor 4870×2 i can change the resoulution but mac detect my card as 4890 my mac os freeze in original boot if i open safari or somting another hard aplication…. any idea ? sorry for bad english…

  6. haffis
    May 8th, 2010 | 1:24 pm

    i have powercolor ati 4870×2 but it detect as 4890 in 10.6.3 i have installed this qe ci patch and it always detect as 4890 and my pc will freeze if i turn on safire or do somthing that is hard for graphic… Any idea… Sorry for bad english

  7. haffis
    May 8th, 2010 | 1:55 pm

    sorry for the spam i´ve pressed refresh button 😛

  8. May 13th, 2010 | 12:50 am

    thanks for the hint on sleepEnabler now my snow leopard is working again ^_^ but what actually the sleepEvabler for? do we really need it ?

  9. czanga
    May 22nd, 2010 | 7:16 pm

    My ati 4830 dont work, with 10.6.3 retail + chameleon rc2. I use this pkg-s, but still dont work. :S I get nativ resolution with dvi-vga dongle(1280*1024… etc) , but with dvi cable I got black screen after boot. What can i do now? :S

  10. czanga
    May 22nd, 2010 | 7:18 pm

    I forget, this is an Sapphire Radeon 4830, with 2 dvi, and 1 s-video port, and the motherboard is a gigabyte ep43-ds3.

  11. Imi
    June 1st, 2010 | 9:56 pm

    Hey Srry for bad english

    I hope someone can help me because I search hole google with no results

    I installed a clean snow 10.6.3 from a retail cd.
    I installed some *.kext-files for audio and lan and everything works fine. I installed some *.kext-files from for my ATI 4890 it worked perfect without quartz :(. So I installed ‘QE CI Exotic cards 10.6.3.pkg’ + ‘fix’ to have quartz, again on a new clean install osx. Now if I boot in ‘-v’ mode I hear the sound of the welkcom video of mac but dont get the visuals, only the prompt/terminal (Dont now how you people call it). When I hit a btn it prints/echo some text of some audio thats played on that moment when I hit a btn. When I start normal mode the grey screen stays at the loading icon of mac (sound of welcome video works but no visuals). When I boot ‘-x’ mode he’s stuck at shutdown false or something.

    So I almost there but can’t figured out what the problem is.

    My conf:

    Mobo: Asus P5QL PRO
    CPU : Quad core Q6600 @ 2.40 ghz
    VGA : XFX 4890 1gb Ram.
    Ram : 4gb dual Channel.

    I looking almost 6 days to run Osx86 10.6.3 on my pc(I started to follow this OSX86 in the days whit 10.4.3 I Think 4 years a go, when the intel CPU started whit mac) this is the only thing that I can’t fix -> “THE F*cking QUARTZ” in 10.6.3
    So if someone can help me it would be very nice.

    thx Imi

    PS: I Think the Quartz work whit this ‘QE CI Exotic cards 10.6.3.pkg’ otherwise he doesn’t plays the mac welcome video/Visual shit.

  12. BlackKnight
    June 11th, 2010 | 6:01 am

    Hello netkas!

    Thanks for the great QE/CI patch for 10.6.3, however, can you give us any details on what is needed to patch to add support for an exotic card like the HD4890? Was trying to get it work in 10.6.4 beta.
    Adding device ID works good for the ATI4800Controller.kext, however, the ATIRadeonX2000.kext causes kernelpanic if loaded with the correct deviceID in the plist.

    Appreciate your advice

  13. Frakke
    June 14th, 2010 | 1:42 pm

    Can someone please help me with my ATI Radeon HD3850 ..
    Really can’t get it work.
    Tried for ages now..

    Please send a mail to me: kiteboy007[at]hotmail[dot]com

  14. metin kahraman
    June 15th, 2010 | 3:57 am

    hi i tried many time to setup mac in my pc but my graphic car is ati mobility hd 2600 do you know any solution for this car any kext please help me

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  16. hk1023
    June 18th, 2010 | 12:56 am

    My notebook is with

    i3-330 CPU
    ATI radeon HD 5470 Vedio Card

    will 10.6.3 with this patch support my computer?

    if any answer please email me, thanks.

  17. June 30th, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    Hello, I have an ATI 4890 and running snow leopard i do not fully understand what you guys are talking about as i am not a real tech head. could someone explain in laymans terms what i am supposed to do step by step. I know its a pain but i am lost and my mac is not functioning correctly. Thanks!

  18. dimon2242
    July 16th, 2010 | 8:52 pm

    Work!!! EAH 4850 512mb!!!
    i install on safe Mode – non kernel panic!!!
    Thanks Netkas!!!!

  19. kocoman
    July 23rd, 2010 | 11:06 pm

    I got :

    Not Found

    The requested URL /10.6.2/ was not found on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

  20. July 27th, 2010 | 11:36 am

    thanks a lot
    Ati HD4860 512M DDR5

  21. medorpg
    August 5th, 2010 | 3:44 pm

    @munki thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you, I really cant tell you how grateful I am really thank you I didnt imagine that my graphics card would work like this thank you again

  22. ahhlok
    August 24th, 2010 | 2:57 am

    Asus eah4850 fully working in 10.6.3/10.6.4 after replace

    from 10.6.2.

    Thanks Netkas !

  23. Taha Hasanin
    August 28th, 2010 | 8:48 pm

    Help Help .. Nvidia Gtx 470 ..
    Contact Me oN Skype : taha.talaat

  24. milad
    March 14th, 2011 | 9:34 am

    Hey guys anyone can help me?
    is this qeci work for hackintosh?
    can someone give me a thread about how to install it from scratch?
    i have an ati 4870 1gb with amd system and i cant seem to work this out…
    any time i tried to install this i get the message that aticontroller4800.kext &atiradeon2000.kext are improperly installed and i have to reinstall them…
    even when i updated to 10.6.5…
    in system profile all i get is this:
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x9440
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Kernel Extension Info: No Kext Loaded
    Resolution: 1024 x 768
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    just one time i used a evoenabler.kext that someone gave me and i got and ati 4870 with 256 mb ram that i dont think it realy installed anything…

  25. xenofor
    March 26th, 2011 | 2:35 pm

    i have the same problem of milad
    i have 10.6.3 with QE CI Exotic cards 10-1.6.3 installed my card is ATI HD4890

    message that aticontroller4800.kext atiradeon2000.kext are improperly installed

    I need help!

  26. macdanny
    July 17th, 2011 | 2:21 am

    I have a dell xps m1330 laptop with nvidia graphics on motherboard and lost my hdmi output after upgrade to 10.6.3 from .2. Should I try this fix even though I don’t have ATI graphics?

  27. mirbramo
    January 12th, 2012 | 9:02 pm

    would someeone be able to help me with sleep issues on my acer aspire one d150? i have 10.6.3 running, but sleep doesn’t work, and the sleepenabler kext doesn’t work either 🙁

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