|"...my comptuer is a HP Pavilion a730n, hopfully that helps"|
Not much, apparently.
Your sound chipset is a codec chip - Realtek ALC880.
Realtek doesn't have MAC drivers for it.
HD Audio Codec
HD Audio codecs download - no MAC drivers listed.
In fact Realtek doesn't have MAC drivers for most of their products, except for some of their networking chipsets.
Drivers for OS X for your Realtek RTL8101L network adapter:
HP Software downloads for your model - it's labelled Realtek HD sound - no MAC drivers for anything.
I searched on the web using various words for MAC drivers for Realtek ALC880 but I found absolutely no MAC drivers for it.
I did, however, find one reference for a SoundMax chipset (ADxxxx) that can be gotten to work in the MAC OS by editing a key - that key already had Realtek ALC880 in it -
SO - OS X may support it already - but the onboard sound may not be enabled, or, much less likely, it may be damaged and can't work.
Go into your bios Setup and make sure the onboard sound is enabled. If the key you press to go there is not displayed on the screen as you boot, the key you press is either F1 or F2 on most HP computers - if you're not sure when to press it, press it repeatedly while booting, don't hold down the key.
The key you press should also be in the info for the model on the HP site somewhere.
If it is already enabled, or if it wasn't and you enable it and the OS doesn't detect it, if you want sound, you will probably have to get yourself a PCI MAC compatible sound card (a sound card with a chipset sound drivers are built into the MAC OS for, or MAC drivers are available for it, on the CD that comes with it, and/or on the card maker's or the chipset maker's web site).
Or - see the hackintosh forums??
Specs for your model, and a mboard diagram
Motherboard Description Motherboard: ASUS PTGD1-LA
HP/Compaq name: Grouper-UL8E
- Asus has no support for this model - it is an OEM only model, supplied to HP - there is no support for any PTxxxx model. .
- Asus has zero MAC drivers for similar Socket 775 mboards.
- OEM only mboard manual:
CPU/Processor Socket LGA775
Front Side Bus (FSB) 800 MHz
Chipset Northbridge Intel i915G graphics controller hub (GMCH)
Southbridge Intel ICH6
Serial ATA Two serial ATA (SATA) connectors
Two USB connectors supporting up to four USB 2.0 ports
One IEEE 1394 port (firewire)
- The Intel web site has no MAC drivers for this chipset series, including for the onboard video.
- Does the MAC OS recognize the SATA controller(s), the USB 2.0 controller(s), and the firewire controller(s)?? (All USB 2.0 controllers include support for USB 1.1 - the USB 1.1 controller(s) components are probably auto recognized; in Windows USB 2.0 controllers are labelled differently in Device Manager - e.g. Enhanced )
- Onboard Audio Realtek ALC880 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Onboard LAN Realtek RTL8101L