Bad Kitty!

13 07 2009

That’s why I always prefer dogs. Haha.

I was able to download Snow Leopard Beta (the one distributed at the WWDC 2009) and tried my luck on the Mini. Followed this thread and this website – though not to a tee exactly as there were differences in hardware and I was practically stumbling to find my way in the dark.

Win XP was obliterated again from the second partition – 12 GB all in all –  in no time and replaced with Snow Leopard. I ran the OSInstall.mpkg from the .cdr image from within Leopard 10.5.7. It installed fine. But that was that.

Turns out Snowy is one unruly kitty. No, make that one choosy and unruly kitty as it purportedly works ok on the MSI Wind but gives me nothing but KP’s (Kernel Panics) from the very start.


I was even happy to click OK on the license agreement for the seed (see below)

Oh well…this is just the beginning anyway; I still have lots of researching and reading and lurking around forums and websites to do.

This isn’t the time to lose all hope … yet.

And by the way dual-booting the Mini with Leopard vs. Leopard doesn’t seem to work at all – my one and a half month old 10.5.7 installation was bricked by Snowy too – oh that snobbish cat is really getting on my canine-loving nerves now! 😉 That said, I’m on yet another new 10.5.7 install 😀


11 07 2009

Now I don’t exactly know if that’s how you write the word to describe a computer that’s not secure. But I do  know that’s how one girl I know felt after watching Transformes: Revenge of the Fallen (does Megan Fox really have to wear real skimpy shorts while drawing on the motor bike and do her lips need to be in perpetual pout, even when in the desert and Decepticons were trying to kill her and Shia Labeouf’s characters? Hahaha)

These days, my MacBook Mini’s becoming well integrated with my daily computing experience. That is, I find less and less things to tweak with it – aside from that (a) audio and (b) mic functionality which is still (a) imperfect and (b) not working at all even with VoodooHDA already installed.OpenHaltRestart.kext seems to be acting up still as it occurs sometimes that MacBook Mini fails to complete the Restart process.

All in all, I think I’m reaching a plateau here. I’ve just done the fan tweak and so far so good – no major catastrophes whatsoever and congratulations to me by the way: it’s been a month and a half since the last time I did a “wipe-out, reinstall” on MacBook Mini – the longest period I’ve gotten so far with the same installation! Hurray! I’d have gladly credited it all to a substantially improving emotional quotient, leveraging mainly on patience but I’d have to admit that it’s just that work has been busy lately.

So what am I posting about this time?

I’ve finally figured out how to enable password required on wake up.

I’m addicted to Asian dramas and my mom who’s always snooping around in my room (she’s weird like that and sometimes I wish she were more like Charlie, Bella’s dad in the Twilight series – yes, I read and watch that stuff too so pooh pooh the girly me all you want, it’s ok coz it’s the truth anyway) has started to tease me about watching my fave Taiwanese drama title for the Nth time. So I cannot, for the life of me, let her know that I’ve changed my desktop background to match what I’m currently watching on – I’d die of humiliation. I gotta make sure she gets no inkling of what lurks behind the screen when she opens up MacBook Mini I’ve put to sleep on my study desk – yes, she’d go the extra mile of actually opening up my computer.

1) Fire up System Preferences > Security > General tab and tick the first checkbox “Require pasword to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver”. You may have to authenticate first by clicking open the padlock icon at the bottom of the pane.

2) A dialogue sheet will appear asking you if you want to disable autologin if you have it enabled.

3) Logout first and then log back into your account before it’ll actually work. I don’t why but that’s how it is.

Also, this won’t work anymore once you reboot: you’ll have to go b ack to Sys Pref and repeat the process all over again. Untick and tick again the checbox for the “Password reguired” option and then, same thing, logout and log back in again before putting the MacBook Mini to sleep for this to work.

For now this is fine for me as I don’t switch off the Mini anyway and just put it to sleep most of the time when I’m done using it.

Oh and I should probably go see Dr. Phil; maybe he can do the Marshmallow Test on me and prescribe some sessions because I’m waiting on a new kitty: 16h 40min


5 07 2009

Edit: (Some clarifications from posta74)

“Just some clarifications:

– the fan spin gently as you noticed, but you will find also that when the temperature goes too up (rarely), it will run on higher rpm to chill down the Mini again.

– my video res is 1024×576 (HP Mini 2140SD), however the Apple boot logo results not altered as I’ve modified it with photoshop.”

Before you say “What the &*&(!*^*)!!”, let me tell you this has nothing to do Asian metrosexual-boybands-who-have-to-review-English-grammar-seriously or  frou-frou-girlbands-who-look-like-fish-vendors-without-makeup.

This is about the HP Mini 1000’s fan. Do you ever wonder why the Mini gets a little too hot to the touch after using it for quite a while? I know I do. Although it doesn’t get seriously hot – not so much as to practically let you use it as a hot plate to swish up eggs on for your own version of a techie breakfast in bed – but it does get worrying at times. Specially when you’re in a perpetually hot and humid country like I’m in, you continually worry about letting your precious Mini’s innards bake itself in the heat.

The HP Mini’s fan apparently doesn’t work in OS X 10.5.7, according to the myhpmini forums. There’s something about the AppleACPIPlatform.kext that’s gone amiss, albeit it’s got lots to do with the system changes caused by the update. The forumer who posted the fix, posta74, did a retail Leo install on his 2140 and he’s got sleep working as well. See vid below:

Now I must say I’m really envious of his MacBook Mini version –

it seems HD (1366 x 768) as the Apple boot logo’s in no way distorted and squashed.

At first, I didn’t pay much attention to this fan issue as we’re running on different hardwares anyway – 2140 and 1000 have their differences plus he’s on retail Leo and I’m on iDeneb. But then again, I thought I could try; bobbypotluck, who’s also got a Mini similar to mine, seems to have tried it and so I’m givin’ it a shot.

I’m off to fangirling 😉

1) Download posta74’s modified AppleACPIPlatform.kext.

2) Go to /System/Library/Extensions and backup and delete the ff. kexts:

– AppleACPIPlatform.kext

– AppleThermal.kext

– AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext

* I didn’t see any AppleThermal.kext nor AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext on /S/L/E (/System/Library/Extensions) folder. I guess it’s because the AppleThermal.kext, you get from running retail Leo but I’m on iDeneb and I’ve already substituted AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext with VoodooPower.kext.

4) Launch your preferred kext installer to apply posta74’s modified kext or, alternatively, you can copy it manually to your /S/L/E folder.I’d color coded (blue) this new kext before I installed it on my system just so that I’d be able to distinguish it from the rest (grey and white – no color coding) who’ve all been long-time residents in my MacBook Mini.

5) Clear caches and you can opt to go the extra mile by repairing permissions via Disk Utility (not a bad idea; it’s always a good thing to be careful) and reboot.

What happened after this little exercise you ask? I don’t know either.

I’m actually watching the most recent episode I’ve downloaded of my fave asian drama on my MacBook Mini. I’ve specifically propped it on top my belly while I lay in bed so I can observe thermal changes as I use it. It still gets a bit warm but I guess that’s only normal. The fan kicked in about 20 minutes into the .rmvb file I’m playing.

And no, there’s no audible confirmation from the fan – I put it up to my ear to listen but can’t hear much if not zilch at all (cause I do hear the hard drive humming quietly). Then I put it up to my nose at last and notice that there’s warm air blowing gently from the fan grill on the Mini’s left side. That’s how I know that the fan’s working.