Lessons Learned

20 05 2009



MacBook Wind.

MacBook Mini.

That makes two netbooks that I’ve successfully hackintoshed. After countless rounds of installation, reinstallation, tweaking, applying kexts, updating and then some more tweaking, have I truly understood the game?

Perhaps I’d just try to summarize what wisdom I’ve gained from this story and journey into these few guiding rules:

Initial OS X installation:

1) Get a decent broadband connection – this is how you get your hands on installer .iso’s and hackintosh forums and kexts; pretty much the essence of it all.

2) Always keep the ff. peripherals handy: external mouse, keyboard, hard drive – there’s no guarantee that your netbook’s keyboard and trackpad will be supported/recognized by OS X out of the box. As for the hard drive, I prefer creating a bootable installer from an external hard drive as installation is much faster than from DVD. USB flash drives work great too; just be sure to get one with 16 gigs or at the very least, 8 gigs or Mac OS X Leopard just won’t fit in.

3) DVD writer – if this is your first hackintosh, it would be easier to start off by burning the .iso into DVD and boot from that to install OS X.

Updating to 10.5.x (OS X already up and running on the netbook):

1) OSX86 Universal Installer – already contains the OSx86_Essentials kexts, DSDT Patcher, and Chameleon bootloader installer. It’s already got kext install feature but you can get Kext Helper b7 as a separate app.

2) Back up of your kexts, files etc – for reinstallation after the update.

3) External mouse, keyboard – as the update might potentially break your input devices.

What’s Happened to the MacBook Wind?

19 05 2009

These past few weeks, I find myself more and more enamored with the HP Mini 1000 – or my MacBook Mini, spending less and less time with the MacBook Wind (see, I even dropped the possessive adjective “my” there) to devote it instead to my MacBook Mini. Heck I even endure sacrificing my own cells’ well-being by not sleeping during the cell regeneration hours – 10pm – 1am – just to tinker with my (yes, “my”) MacBook Mini.

If there’s anything to prove how hooked I am and committed to my MacBook Mini, the screenshot below suffices:

(from my MacBook Mini; the MacBook Wind is still on 10.5.6 and I don’t know when I’ll bother to update it)

Seduction would aptly describe what happened between the HP Mini 1000 and me. I was just browsing the net, reading stuff about netbooks and then, with one click to enlarge a thumbnail on a website, the next thing I knew, I was carrying a black box with a plastic handle back home containing an HP Mini 1001TU.

At first, I wasn’t ready to completely break it up with the MacBook Wind; the HP Mini was still running Windows XP at that time and OS X Leopard, the one thing my heart truly desires, was something that only the MacBook Wind could give me. But it wasn’t long before I had decent broadband connection at home and completed downloading iDeneb and everything else fell into place.

What I love about my MacBook Mini:
Everything works great:
1) WiFi – is recognized as Airport and as for compatibility, see pic below:

(78.4 KB/sec download rate; not bad)

I was only leeching off of a neighbor’s WiFi network (which wasn’t password protected) and only had 1 bar – if you call it a “bar” – for signal strength.
2) Bluetooth – ok, it wasn’t the Wind’s fault that I got it even without internal BT but it’s a relief that BT’s built in on my MacBook Mini.
3) BT/WiFi switch – I toggle the switch so the blue led turns red and BT & WiFi turn off, I toggle again; the red led turns blue and BT & WiFi turn on again. Cool! I don’t have to reboot the machine just to turn BT/WiFi on again.
4) Sleep/Resume – I close the lid and all turns off – fan stops, BT/WiFi led light goes off, hard drive stops spinning (as indicated by the white led light), leaving only the power led pulsating. And when I open again the lid, everything springs to back to life as well as BT/WiFi. Again, no more reboot blah blah.
5) Ethernet – Works great with the AppleYukon2 kext.
6) Sound – Yes, I’ve sound working on my MacBook Mini without the need of an external USB sound card. Not perfect though – volume adjustment is an enigma at best – but I can watch my fave series and DVD’s now and can even use earphones without having to use Applescripts, thanks to VoodooHDA.

Who wouldn’t swoon over these looks anyway?

I know I would and in my opinion, the HP Mini 1000 can definitely hold its own beside the MacBook Air — the HP Mini with OS X, that is.