Custom Tailor Hackintoshing

18 06 2009

keyboard speaker right

Hackintoshing the HP Mini 1000 is very much like “déjà vu” for me; a lot of the tweaks I did were stuff I’d already done on the MSI Wind hackintosh. And then the last couple of months endless tweaking and one of the consequences thereof is reinstallation/back to zero (in fact, the OS X installation I’m currently running on MacBook Mini is about the 17th reinstallation; it’s been up 2 weeks straight, I hope it lasts – even for a just a whole month at least ^_^*); I’ve gotten a more or less clear idea of how I want my OS X to be:

After reinstallation and update to 10.5.7 (kexts for various hardware applied)
1) Install Slim Battery Monitor – I don’t know why no matter with Voodoo or Apple power/battery management kexts, I get warning messages telling me that battery is running out when I know for a fact that it still at 80% – 90%. So I opt to use Slim Battery Monitor instead and enjoy several pixels saved on the menubar with a neater, slicker-looking icon that’s customizable.

2) Enable Remote Disc – okay, I admit I don’t see myself using this often and I also haven’t tested how it works but it sure does look kewl to see the shiny disc icon sitting along my Finder sidebar. If you’ve updated your hackintosh up at least to 10.5.6 with the 2009 security update, or 10.5.7, you’d only have to run these two commands in Terminal:

$ defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser EnableODiskBrowsing -bool true
$ defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser ODSSupported -bool true

3) Tweak DVD Player – make DVD Player work with an external DVD drive. I’ve posted a how-to for this one on my other blog MacBook Wind (click here to see post).

4) Correct CPU & RAM info – get OSx86 Tools if you still don’t have it installed and set the right info for your MacBook Mini by clicking on “Change About This Mac” button. Modifications take into effect only after logging out.

5) Purge OS X – or slim down OS X which can be broken down into the ff. operations/stages:

a. Prune FontBook – delete all save those required for good functioning of the system. Open Font Book > highlight all fonts > Cmd + Delete – or in the Mini’s case; Alt + Backspace (I haven’t modded my keyboard keys yet)

b. Delete Prefpanes – delete all preference panes that you won’t use in /System/Library/PreferencesPanes/, /Library/PreferencePanes/, and /Users/your-username/Library/PreferencePanes/. Now this one, I admit I skipped this one as there wasn’t a lot of entries in my user’s PreferencesPanes folder and none in the Library and System’s PreferencePanes.

c. Remove additional languages – install Monolingual, remove all languages except for the used by the system in your installation; keyboard layouts; support for PPC architecture since the Mini’s obviously on Intel.

d. Remove printers – if you’re not planning to hook up your MacBook Mini to a printer, then delete printer support in /System/Library/Printers/, /Library/Printers, and /Users/your-username/Library/Printers (all files)

e. Remove unecessary kexts – go to /System/Library/Extensions and delete the kexts in this list. Also delete /System/Library/Extensions/Caches folder as well as the /System/Library/Extensions.mkext file.

(I don’t find Yukon2 kext necessary anymore as ethernet is supported in 10.5.7. You can go ahead delete this kext if you’ve previously applied it)

f. Reduce Applications – you can opt to reduce the number of apps you have in /Applications, retaining only those that you absolutely need and reguarly use as they may take extra time for the system to load. I now keep all my applications in a separate folder and not anymore in the default /Applications folder. I’ve created a new folder /MyApps. iLife 09, iWork 09 and those apps which install by default in the /Applications folder, I don’t touch of course.

e. Run some maintenance jobs – launch Onyx and clean all caches; then repair disc permissions – it’s always smart to repair permissions especially if you’ve been mucking around OS X system files and you have (you’ve deleted kexts and stuff, right?). Delete your Trash and then..

f. Reboot and run console – don’t panic if this reboot takes rather a long long time – no, the purpose of this whole excerise hasn’t been defeated; your system’s just rebuilding its caches to take into account the changes that has happened. After this, run console to check for “little errors” in the boot up process and google to resolve them. Personally, I haven’t done this as the messages in console were cryptic anyhow and seemed lots of work for me and my boot times not that bad already.

g. Control Console – make Console report only serious events as it’ll record every single happening in the entire span of time you’re gonna OS X. To do this, in Terminal type the ff. commands:

$ sudo nano /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.syslogd.plist

count down about 23 lines until you see:

/usr/sbin/syslogd

Add the ff. lines to make it read like this:

/usr/sbin/syslogd
<string>/usr/sbin/syslogd</string>
<string>-c</string>
<string>0</string>
</array>

6) Disable Deep Sleep – get rid of the error message during boot up and reclaim 2 GB of HDD space (or 1 GB or whatever your installed ram is) via the ff. command:

$ sudo pmset -a hibernate hibernatemode 0

reboot then go to /Private/var/vm and delete the sleepimage file.

7) Disable auto syncing time – I find that when this is enabled, it adds a few seconds before I get to my desktop. This is just superficial stuff, you can actually just let it be.

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5 responses

18 07 2009
Kevling

I’ve been reading your blog with interest as I’m thinking of getting the Compaq 702 for my first Hackintosh project.
Your “17th reinstallation” comment has scared me somewhat though. Have the reinstallations been through choice as you’ve been fnding better ways to do things, or through necessity as things just stopped working.
I love the idea of a Hackintosh netbook, but I don’t love the idea of having to continuously install the OS…

18 07 2009
maurien19

It’s just that I’m constantly trying different things; tips and tricks I come across in the forums or other websites related to hackintoshing. So yeah, it’s in part finding better ways to do stuff as you said and in another part, learning as much as I can along the way. The HP MacBook Mini, as I fondly call it, is more of an experiment workhorse for me.
So if your main use for it as a hackintosh isn’t for experimenting, then I don’t see why you’d have to continually reinstall the OS. 😉 My roomie’s Asus1000H has been turned into a hackintosh and it’s been running the same original Leopard install since January this year.
But at any rate, don’t forget that your MacBook Compaq isn’t a real Mac…be not afraid of a little bit more work on certain things.

19 07 2009
Kevling

Thanks for the reassurance! I have no problem with continuously tinkering, I’m just glad to hear that it wasn’t a case of continually reinstalling through OS problems…

9 10 2009
Joe McEnroe

I’ve settled on sticking with 10.5.5 (via iDeneb) for my HP Mini 1000, since I never could get sleep/wake to work properly with 10.5.8 (it sleeps, but never wakes and I had to hard-restart every time). Everything else worked, though, and absolutely everything (including sleep, wifi, BT, ethernet, camera) works fine if I stay back at 10.5.5.

I set up a second HP mini in only an hour the same way, and used many of the space saving tricks you suggest above, too. Great ideas.

I find that the gamma is crazy low on HP Minis, so I always make a new Colorsync profile that’s way darker: the colors and graphics look a lot richer after that, and I get less blinded by the glare.

But the real question: has anyone yet come up with ANY complete process for 10.6 yet? I’ve tried a few but they all seem very half-baked still.

9 10 2009
Joe McEnroe

Also your step (e)… how the heck do you know which kexts are necessary or unnecessary?

My tried and true and working 10.5.5 installation leaves me with, yikes, 273 items in /System/Library/Extensions. But short of trial-and-error and kernel panics, I don’t know which I can safely remove.

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