Snow Leopard EFI Vanilla – part 2

27 09 2009

Install Snow Leopard onto the HP Mini

1. With the USB installer plugged in, switch on the Mini and press F9 as it starts. You’ll see the boot menu screen. Use the up/down arrow keys to choose your USB Installer from the list and hit the Enter key. Wait until Darwin finish its countdown and boot “Mac OS X Install DVD” partition and get you into the Installer Program.

2. Choose your preferred language etc. On the Menubar, go to Utilities > Disk Utility. Format the Mini’s internal HDD as GUID & Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Let’s assume it’s named as “Macintosh HD”. Quit Disk Utility.

3. Choose Mac HD as the destination partition for installation. You can click on the Customize button at the lower left corner to specify which components you want to install. Note: Normally, I opt to exclude printer drivers, all other languages, X11 to save more hard disk real estate and include Rosetta (for MS Office:Mac, it isn’t Universal binary yet) and QuickTime Player 7, but it’s all up to you.

4. Click on OK, then click on the Install button the start installing Mac OS X on the HP Mini. Walk around, grab some Starbucks, read a book, anything – just don’t try to blow dry your hair anywhere near the HP Mini while it’s installing OS X hahaha . The HP Mini will restart after it’s finished installing.

Note: The Installer program might tell you that the installation failed. Don’t worry about that – it’s just saying the system it has just installed can’t be restarted. But we have an external bootloader made just for that.

To be continued on Part 3



9 responses

28 09 2009
5 10 2009

im getting a kernel panic on boot can anyone help please?

6 10 2009

Gabe, see my posts above (or maybe below!)

6 10 2009

I’m getting a kernal panic too, right at the very start of the process, with my HP Mini (1139NR).

The message remaining on the screen is…

Can’t load kext com.superhai.driver.SMBIOSResolver – link state missing.
Failed to load executable for kext com.superhai.driver.SMBIOSResolver.
Kext com.superhai.driver.SMBIOSResolver failed to load (0xdc000001).
Failed to load kext com.superhai.driver.SMBIOSResolver (error 0xdc000001).
panic(cpu 0 caller 0x2a6ac2): Kernal trap at 0x2fd195f6, type 14=pagedault, registers:

Error code: 0x00000000

Debugger called:
Backtrace (CPU 0), Frame : Return Address (4 potential args on stack)

Kernal Extensions in backtrace (with dependencies):>0x2fd20fff

BSD process name corresponding to current thread: Unknown

Mac OS version:
Not yet set

Kernal version:
Darwin Kernal Version 10.0.0: Fri Jul 31 22:47:34 PDT 2009; root:xnu-1456.1.25~1/RELEASE_I386

Any help greatly appreciated because right now I am totally stuck 😦

Thank you.

6 10 2009

Ok.. I’ve managed to answer my own problem! When rebooting, during the countdown press anykey. Now use the left/right arrow keys to choose your USB drive and then press the down arrow. You will see a list of menu options. Choose “Ignore boot caches”. Now proceed as described in the instructions remembering to choose “Ignore boot caches” when you boot from the USB drive.
However, note that the trackpad will not work, there will be no sound and the keyboard won’t work. You need to plug in a USB mouse. This is fine because this is all you need. You can rename your hard drive from “Untitled” later.
Finally at the end of Step3 when you reboot using the internal hard drive, everything will work… sound, keyboard, mouse, wifi. Awesome!!

(One side note: The only thing so far that does not seem to work is the master volume control. Fn-F8, Fn-F10 and Fn-F11 all display the sound control but the volume does not change).

A huge kudos to the very clever people who made this happen. I can’t believe for <$400 (including $135 for iLife 09 and Snow Leopard and $40 for 2Gb RAM upgrade) that I have an amazing usable Hackintosh!

7 10 2009

Great job! 😀 Congratulations on your MacBook Mini!

9 10 2009

Doesn’t work for me.. something wrong?! Mine is a 700el

7 10 2009

(1) and (2) worked for me, but I can’t see the “Install” button, because the screen resolution is too small (1024×600). Is there any shortcut or better is there a possibility to scroll over the canvas.

I tried to hook up my 24” TFT but my HP mini doesn’t have a video out.

8 10 2009

I found out how to install it on a small screen where you can’t see the “Install” Button:
you need to ht 2 x tab (this selects the Install-Button)
then hit space (this will press the button)

I tried 2 x tab and return to press the button which didn’t worked.

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