Compromises and Making Time

28 04 2009

Although this could have been easily made part of my 10.5.6 update post, I feel the need to dedicate one post entirely devoted to this matter.

My MacBook Mini lost the ability to sleep, or rather, its ability to wake up from sleep after I updated to 10.5.6.

Initially, on 10.5.5, the HP Mini would obediently sleep and be summoned from sleep but I couldn’t adjust the brightness of the screen – it was perpetually set to max, thus causing my batt to drain quicker than I would’ve wanted it to. The “Fn” combo keys would work only for volume but not for screen brightness. Weird.

My original motive for updating was to finally be able to adjust brightness to save battery life. But now that my machine interprets sleeping as going comatose – it won’t wake up and would require me to force power it off – I’ve been having doubts on whether doing the update and going through all those trouble only defeated my main purpose or were they worth it?

At the very beginning of this journey of hackintoshing the HP Mini 1001TU, I had a list of stuff that didn’t work which I hoped to get to work along the way. And now looking back, it seems that though I had some points crossed out as “done”, stuff keeps getting added to the list, making it longer somehow.

As you all well know, part of going the hackintosh route is encountering problems along the way; that is a given fact and we can only accept it. But sometimes the going can get so rough.

Like I still haven’t tinkered with ethernet which is about no. 7 in my list – my first concerns being the “basics” – sleep, restart, start, toggle keys…

I installed VoodooHDA which enabled audio on the MacBook Mini and that too still comes with an issue; volume is almost always set maximum and you can’t adjust it from the menulet. You have to access the PCM, Master etc settings from System Preferences if you want to truly adjust the volume. Now I have to find or wait for a resolution so that I’d be able to adjust volume normally. Another “to do” added to the list.

Maybe what I need is time.

Update iDeneb 10.5.5 to 10.5.6

27 04 2009

As I mentioned in my recent post, I’m opting for successfullly updating using the 10.5.6 combo updater and not via software update since I wanted to created an “HP Mini 1001TU Hackintosh Resource” which I plan to burn into a DVD for safekeeping purposes – for the rainy days if they come.

At first I certainly thought the path I’d chosen was the harder one, but as I dived into the experiment, it was even the opposite. If you have read my previous post, you’d notice that there are lots of step and lots of applications/tools involved. What I discovered is that you only need OSX86 Universal Installer and off you can go already.

1) Launch Universal Installer and:
– select your HDD
– select “OSX86_Essentials” from the drop-down menu for “motherboard”
– check option “Apply kext package”
– check option “Install PC_EFI v9 Chameleon Edition 1.0.12

2) Click on the “Instal” button to begin applying the options and reboot.

3) Once back in OS X, enable the root user account by typing the ff. in Terminal:

– “sudo passwd root”
–  enter your admin password when prompted
– type in a new password for the root user
– retype the new password for verification

4) Log out and you should be able to see a new “Others…” option for login. Click on this “Others..” and type “root” as the user name and input the password you’ve just configured.

5) Once you’re logged in the root’s account, navigate to the folder containing the Universal Installer package you’ve downloaded and unpacked to locate the DSDT Patcher inside the “Extras” folder.

6) Run DSDT Patcher. This process should create a file named “dsdt.aml” file in your / folder.

7) Copy the “dsdt.aml” to the root’s home folder and also to your personal user’s home folder too, just in case. (this is one point I think that needs cleaning up, I’d have to experiment more to see where this “dsdt.aml” should really be to avoid too much junk in the house)

8) Run the Mac OS X 10.5.6 Combo Update and reboot when prompted.

The system should be able to boot up fine. In my experience, it rebooted twice before I was able to see my login window again (I hadn’t enabled auto login).

So what stuff breaks after the update?
– resolution is back to 800 x 600, squashed and distorted
– trackpad is broken – red led light and no response from trackpad at all
– keyboard is also broken

So I plugged in my mouse and got ready to log in. But then I’d remember that the keyboard is bricked and so this is the moment where I wished I had enabled auto login for my account so I’d be able to activate virtual keyboard with which to enter my password when I reinstall the PS2Controll kexts.

I was excited and my brain’s circuitry was all jumpered with the adrenaline rush with not encountering a kernel panic as reported by others who attempted this exercise, so I was rather panicky and ready to wipe out and reinstall. But thankfully, presence of mind took over and I recalled I had a usb keyboard hanging around which saved me time and effort.

In short I was able to login and reinstall the necessary kexts to render my MacBook Mini acceptable and functional again.

Oh and for some reason, the iDeneb wallpaper and login image came back for a brief moment after I’d updated to 10.5.6 which disappeared again when I rebooted after having reapplied the kexts. Weird….


26 04 2009

I have successfully installed OS X Leopard on my HP Mini 1001TU, thereby making me my very own MacBook Mini. I’ve done some tweaking, well partially at least – the only remaining stuff I had to do was fix ethernet. With the broadcom script step done and over with, I only have to verify if my MacBook Mini will be able to connect via WiFi, which means I’ve to tote the little one to a nearby Starbucks since though I now have decent broadband connection, I’ve yet to get a WiFi router.

Other than that, I’m pretty good to go but one particular aspect still keeps tugging at my heartstrings; I’m on 10.5.5 thanks to iDeneb. And yes, I want to update to 10.5.6.

Like the obedient hackintosher, I did my research first and found that, unlike updating on the Wind which could break PS2 control, video and at times. audio kexts, updating on the Mini 1001TU could potentially result to kernel panics on top of the aforementioned kext issues. This would mean rendering previous efforts in installation and tweaking null and void.

That’s why I’m taking things on a slow walk. So I’m off to prepping my MacBook Mini for its major operation.

1) Make sure you’ve got an Admin account setup. (Just go to system pref and change your current user to Admin)

2) Download Universal Installer and unpack the entire contents of the zip file somewhere in your hard drive – the Applications folder isn’t such a bad idea.

3) Launch Universal Installer. Select your hard drive and on the drop down menu, choose “OSX86_Essentials” as motherboard package. Select “Apply kext package” and “PCI_EFI Cameleon”. Click on the Install button and reboot.

4) Download DSDT Patcher and choose Darwin/Mac OS X. Select HPET option and select your Mac HD. Click Install and reboot.

Now this is where the road forks in two different paths; update to 10.5.6 using Apple Software Update or download 10.5.6 combo update separately to install it.

Personally I prefer going for the latter, that is download 10.5.6 combo update separately. This is because I wanted to be able to recreate the whole installation process up to udpating to 10.5.6 without having the need to be connected to the internet, which is necessary if you’re going for the Apple Software Update route.

Wish me luck

Remote Control For the Hackintosher

22 04 2009

Who said only Macheads – I meant “real” Macheads have all the cool stuff? MacBooks, “real” MacBooks come with an Apple remote control which lets the user control his/her Mac instead of using the keyboard and mouse. Being a mere hackintosher (who doesn’t have enough moolah to buy herself a nice genuine MacBook), I neither dreamed of getting the same feature on my MacBook Wind (MSI Wind notebook/netbook with OS X Leopard installed) and now, on my MacBook Mini (HP Mini 100TU with OS X Leopard as well) – nor even dared to dream.

Last year, I replaced my Moto Ming (Motorola A1200) with the Sony Ericsson w890i because I finally realized, or admitted to myself rather, that it wasn’t easy texting with the touchscreen Ming – puny little itsy bitsy letter squares that make up an equally puny virtual keyboard is not exactly what I’d call convenient. I’m happy with the SE w890i and its loads of features; specifically the “Remote Control” feature wich has always intrigued me right from day 1.

I tried this experiment on my MacBook Wind which didn’t originally come with Bluetooth, but with a BT dongle, I successfully paired my SE w890i with it. This is one example of the ease and simplicity of Mac OS X Leopard; the system automatically recognized the BT dongle connected via one of the USB ports. Even in Windows XP, I had to install drivers and an app that came in a CD with the BT dongle and even with all that extra effort, I hadn’t been able to make it work to the point that I thought the dongle was simply defective. I guess Windows just couldn’t get smarter, huh?

Now with the HP Mini, or MacBook Mini as I fondly call it now, which has an internal BT module as standard config, I was able to pair my cellphone right off the bat; the Bluetooth Assistant helped me configure everything and I was able to browse the contents of the Sony M2 flash memory on my phone to transfer my pics on to the MacBook Mini.

There was one glitch though – I had to make sure I set my phone to “always allow” the Mac, or ahem – hackintosh, to access it. After which, I was able to go use my phone as remote control.

Seeing the mouse pointer dash across the MacBook Mini’s screen and knowing that it was my phone doing that was just exhilirating! 

Of course, like all hackintoshes, some stuff just don’t work 100% – I can’t get my phone to control anything else like play media in iTunes or Front Row. I can only get it to function as a mouse. Either I just haven’t figured it out yet or it just isn’t possible – regardless of which, I’m still happy with my MacBook Mini =)

Oh and don’t you just love the tux?

Look Ma, It’s A Mac Pro!

13 04 2009

For some definitely weird reason, MacTracker thinks the HP Mini 1000 is a 2008 Mac Pro

It Started With A Huge Download and Patience

13 04 2009

Given the netbook addict that I’ve become, it’s no surprise that connecting my MSI Wind (currently running OS X Leopard) to an LCD monitor has become a pretext to justify purchasing the HP Mini 1000.

And given the really sexy and so scrumptuous looks of the Mini 1000, I knew I was gonna try OSX-ify it — the little machine just oozed with chicness and class that my inner nerd-slash-geek was all aglee. There was no way I was gonna let it be defiled (continuously) by Win XP Home that it came with pre-installed; beautiful should mate only with equally beautiful. Simple as that.
But actually bagging the guy didn’t seem as easy as eyeing it as a prospect, (read my futile attempts at my previous site).

In the end, like any solid relationship, one’s gotta go under a bit of hardship to lay the foundation;
It started with a huge download.

First off, I didn’t wanna go the torrent way as I’d never had success with that method, so I opted for the “chopped into bits and pieces” way, hunting down the 36 .rar files iDeneb v1.3 10.5.5 was split into. After 3 days (I wasn’t downloading 24/7; I managed to continue regular sleeping and eating habits and turning off the pc during this time thanks to a pretty speedy net connection), I had the 36 precious bits and pieces of iDeneb sitting in my Downloads folder.

But what to do with those .rar files? I quickly searched for WinRAR and downloaded the Mac version of the app but low and behold, I had no idea what to do with those bizarre looking files staring right back at me. A quick google revealed that WinRAR worked only on terminal which is obviously a no go for someone whose EQ is as low as mine.

I ended up getting RAR expander in the end, installed it, and, crossing my fingers, just followed what the app told me to do: right click on the first .rar to expand. I was then prompted to specify where I wanted to have the resulting expanded file and voilà. Just make sure though that all the volumes, or files, are in the same folder.

I guess I was lucky that I didn’t encounter any problems with the .rar files, none of them turned out to be corrupted in anyway.

That done, I proceeded with creating a bootable iDeneb installer from my external 20 gb hard drive (read the whole story here).

And what did I find out?

iDeneb v1.3 booted obediently on the HP Mini 1000.
It was a lot faster installing from hard drive than from DVD.
It was somehow disappointing.


Well, coming from the MacBook Wind, I was expecting a much better post-installation outcome than what I got with the Mini 1000.

For one, boot up time with OS X on the Mini takes about 1 min 40 secs which is just pitiful compared to the Wind’s 35-40 secs. (this is timing after the 5 sec delay, of course)
I was presented with a practically useless system with the Mini after the installation while the Wind, with msiwindosx86 though at 10.5.4, is functional off the bat at least – resolution, trackpad, and audio.

You might ask what the duckies did I expect from a hackintosh anyway?

This is not a complaint; it’s just that, compared to the MSI Wind or other netbooks out there for that matter, hackintoshing the HP Mini 1000 is still pretty much unchartered frontiers – little resource exists for OS X on this netbook as of the moment.

So you end up with a squashed 800 x 600 resolution, no sound, no ethernet, no WiFi (the menulets displayed can be beguiling, beware) for the first few moments after your ship hits land; but that’s not saying all’s lost.

Patience is indeed a virtue in this particular circumstance – it’ll get you through.

After downloading (repeatedly) and installing (repeatedly) various (and the same) kexts and countless times of wiping out the 30 gb partition I alloted for OS X on my HP Mini 1000 for equally countless reinstallation of iDeneb, I decided to wrap up for this weekend.

I’m leaving my fresh, and hopefully last, iDeneb v1.3 install on my HP Mini 1000, which by the way, I’d christened “MacBook Mini” intact for now untill I did more research on the matter at hand.

So off the to the forums I go until next.