Cat in the Bag: Install Snow Leopard on the HP Mini

20 09 2009
This installation method uses NetbookBootMaker. With Chameleon 2.0-RC2 already available, you might be asking why NetbookBootMaker? True, NetbookBootMaker is primarily made for the Dell Mini hackintosh but it works fine in my setup and offers noob-friendly tools as well such as ExtraUpdate – more on that later.
So, let’s get this rollin’! πŸ˜€
1. Create a bootable Snow Leopard USB/External HDD installer
What you need : a hackintosh/real Mac, Snow Leopard Retail DVD.dmg image, USB/External HDD (at least 8 gb), NetbookBootMaker
With your drive (USB/External HDD) plugged in, launch Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities ) and format it. Let’s assume we’d named the USB/HDD partition as “DVD Snow Leo”.
Note: I normally use GUID & Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
Still in Disk Utility, click on the Restore tab. Drag the Snow Leo image (“Mac OS X Install DVD”) into the Source field. Then drag “DVD Snow Leo” into the Destination: field. Click on the Restore button and wait until the process completes. Quit Disk Utility.
Note: If the Snow Leo Retail DVD image is not listed at the left pane, simply drag the image there from a Finder window, or Click on the Image… button beside the Source field to navigate to the image’s location in your hard drive.
Launch NetbookBootMaker. Select “DVD Snow Leo” as target drive from the dropdown menu. Click on Prepare Boot Drive and wait till the patching finishes. Quit NetbookBootMaker.
In a Finder window, Shift+Cmd+G to access /Volumes/DVD Snow Leo/System/Installation/Packages. You should see 3 “OSInstall” files: OSInstall.mpkg, OSInstall.pkg, OSInstall.pkg.orig.
Delete OSInstall.pkg. Rename OSInstall.pkg.orig, taking out the “.orig” extension so it becomes “OSInstall.pkg”. You’ve made your
Note: NetbookBootMaker altered the default OSInstall.pkg file so, basically, what we’re doing here is just restoring the default OSInstall.pkg.
2. Install Mac OS X Snow Leopard onto the HP Mini
What you need: Snow Leo USB Installer (that you’ve just created in part 1), HP Mini (this is tested on the 1000)
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 into the Installer Program.
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 “Mac HD”. Quit Disk Utility.
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 Quick Time Player 7, but it’s all up to you.
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: Installation won’t stall anymore because of what we did a while ago with the OSInstall files.
3. Post-install tweaks
What you need: NetbookBootMaker, GeneralExtensions kext bundle
When the HP Mini restarts and with the USB Installer still plugged in, press F9 to boot with the USB installer once more. But before Darwin loads the Snow Leopard Installer Program again, press any key to interrupt the bootloader. Arrow up/down to choose Mac HD and hit Enter.
Note: We just used the USB Installer’s bootloader (which is Chameleon 2.0-RC2) to boot up the internal HDD.
After the Welcome video (yes, you’ll get to see it) and configure your user account and other settings in the Setup Assistant. You’ll then be brought into the Snow Leopard Desktop.
Note: There’s noticeable “lag” when you click on Continue at the Do not transfer my information now part in Setup Assistant but it’s just normal as Mac OS X is trying to setup your network (because it’s already recognized the Mini 1000’s Broadcom WiFi module as AirPort). Just go on following this:
> Different Network Setup > My computer does connect to the internet > Continue
Once you’re inside Snow Leopard, launch NetbookBootMaker. Select Mac HD from the dropdown menu and click on Prepare Boot Drive. Quit NetbookBootMaker when patching is finished.
Note: Your Mac HD/internal HDD will already be bootable by now and resolution will already be correct at 1024 x 600, Keyboard & Trackpad, Bluetooth and WiFi working. there are still some tweaking to do; kexts to install to provide support for the Mini’s other hardware – get sound, correct some power/battery related issues.
In a Finder window, Shift+Cmd+G to open the /System/Library/Extensions/. Delete AppleHDA.kext
Note: This is done so that the VoodooHDA kext which will be installed later will work.
After that, Shift+Cmd+G to open the /Extra/ folder. Delete the Themes folder entirely.
Note: Deleting this folder corrects the Apple logo’s image ratio during the Apple bootsplash.
Unzip the GeneralExtensions folder and copy it to /Extra/, replacing the existing GeneralExtensions folder in there.
Launch the ExtraUpdate app inside the /Extra/ – the one with the rubber shoe icon. Click on Update Extensions. Restart.
Note: During the update, the app will mount the ramdisk, so you’ll its icon popping up in your Desktop. You’ll know that the update is completed when this ramdisk is unmounted and the Update Extensions button is no longer recessed.
Congratulations! You’re now runnning Snow Leopard on your MacBook Mini. πŸ˜€
Optional: Use VoodooPS2 instead of ApplePS2
What you need: VoodooPS2Controller-0.98 installer.pkg
In order to maximize your use of the Mini’s Synaptics trackpad, i.e. side-scrolling and tap-clicking, you need to install VoodooPS2Controller instead of the ApplePS2Controller (which is already, working fine so it’s up to you if want to leave it that way).
Unzip and run the VoodooPS2Controller installer package. Tick the checkbox for the Trackpad. Click on Install.
In a Finder window, Shift+Cmd+Go to /System/Library/Extensions/ and copy the VoodooPS2Controller.kext. After copying it, delete the kext from the Extensions folder, authenticating as you go.
Shift+Cmd+G to /Extra/GeneralExtensions/ and paste the VoodooPS2Controller.kext in there. Delete AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext and ApplePS2Controller.kext. Again, authenticate as prompted.
Note: VoodooPS2Controller doesn’t need AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext. As a matter of fact, you’ll most probably get a kernel panic if you keep the Nub kext. ApplePS2Controller’s function will be taken over by VoodooPS2Controller anyway so we can delete it as well.
Shift+Cmd+G again to /Extra/ and launch the UpdateExtra app again. Click on the Update Extensions. Wait for it to finish. Restart to begin using the new kexts.
So you’re on Snow Leopard. You’ll find that pretty much everything works – except for Sleep/Resume and the internal mic.
The VoodooHDA kext used in this guide is not the newer version which supposedly makes the internal mic work. I’ve tried it on my Mini 1001TU but doesn’t work for me, but it might for you. You can download it from the Voodoolabs page and install the PrefPane and replace the kext in your /Extra/GeneralExtensions/ folder, updating the extensions using the ExtraUpdate app.
This ExtraUpdate app is one of the reasons why I chose to go with NetbookBootMaker, that and the fact that with it the installation/customization process is almost an entirely GUI approach – it’s very noob friendly.
As for the Sleep/Resume issue, you may notice that we’ve included the SleepEnabler kext in this method even though it doesn’t work – the Mini “goes to sleep” but it immediately wakes up so technically, it doesn’t get to sleep ever. But at least, that’s better than having to force shutdown/restart the Mini because it’s gone comatose when you accidently close the lid, or forget to configure settings in Sys Pref > Enery Saver to make the Mini insomniac. πŸ˜‰

This installation method uses NetbookBootMaker. With Chameleon 2.0-RC2 already available, you might be asking why NetbookBootMaker? True, NetbookBootMaker is primarily made for the Dell Mini hackintosh but it works fine in my setup and offers noob-friendly tools as well such as ExtraUpdate – more on that later.

So, let’s get this rollin’! πŸ˜€

Create a bootable Snow Leopard USB/External HDD installer

What you need : a hackintosh/real Mac, Snow Leopard Retail DVD.dmg image, USB/External HDD (at least 8 gb)

Download: > NetbookBootMaker <

  1. With your drive (USB/External HDD) plugged in, launch Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities) and format it. Let’s assume we’d named the USB/HDD partition as “DVD Snow Leo”. Note: I normally use GUID & Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
  2. Still in Disk Utility, click on the Restore tab. Drag the Snow Leo image (“Mac OS X Install DVD”) into the Source field. Then drag “DVD Snow Leo” into the Destination: field. Click on the Restore button and wait until the process completes. Quit Disk Utility. Note: If the Snow Leo Retail DVD image is not listed at the left pane, simply drag the image there from a Finder window, or Click on the Image… button beside the Source field to navigate to the image’s location in your hard drive.
  3. Launch NetbookBootMaker. Select “DVD Snow Leo” as target drive from the dropdown menu. Click on Prepare Boot Drive and wait till the patching finishes. Quit NetbookBootMaker.
  4. In a Finder window, Shift+Cmd+G to access /Volumes/DVD Snow Leo/System/Installation/Packages. You should see (3) three “OSInstall” files in there: OSInstall.mpkg, OSInstall.pkg, OSInstall.pkg.orig.
  5. Delete OSInstall.pkg. Rename OSInstall.pkg.orig, taking out the “.orig” extension so it becomes “OSInstall.pkg”. VoilΓ , you’ve made your own USB Installer. Note: NetbookBootMaker altered the default OSInstall.pkg file so, basically, what we’re doing here is just restoring the default OSInstall.pkg.

Install Mac OS X Snow Leopard onto the HP Mini

What you need: Snow Leo USB Installer (that you’ve just created in part one of this guide), HP Mini (this is tested on the 1000)

  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 into the Mac OS X 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: Installation won’t stall anymore because of what we did a while ago with the OSInstall files.

Post-install Tweaks/Configs

Download: > NetbookBootMaker <, > GeneralExtensions kext bundle <, > About This Mac.pkg <

  1. When the HP Mini restarts and with the USB Installer still plugged in, press F9 to boot with the USB installer once more. But before Darwin loads the Snow Leopard Installer Program again, press any key to interrupt the bootloader. Arrow up/down to choose Macintosh HD and hit Enter. Note: We just used the USB Installer’s bootloader (which is Chameleon 2.0-RC2) to boot up the internal HDD.
  2. After the Welcome video (yes, you’ll get to see it) and configure your user account and other settings in the Setup Assistant. You’ll then be brought into the Snow Leopard Desktop. Note: There’s noticeable “lag” when you click on Continue at the Do not transfer my information now part in Setup Assistant but it’s just normal as Mac OS X is trying to setup your network (because it’s already recognized the Mini 1000’s Broadcom WiFi module as AirPort). Just go on following this: > Different Network Setup > My computer does connect to the internet > Continue
  3. Once you’re inside Snow Leopard, launch NetbookBootMaker. Select Macintosh HD from the dropdown menu and click on Prepare Boot Drive. Quit NetbookBootMaker when patching is finished. Note: Your Macintosh HD/internal HDD will already be bootable by now and resolution will already be correct at 1024 x 600, Keyboard & Trackpad, Bluetooth and WiFi working. there are still some tweaking to do; kexts to install to provide support for the Mini’s other hardware – get sound, correct some power/battery related issues.
  4. In a Finder window, Shift+Cmd+G to open the /System/Library/Extensions/. Delete AppleHDA.kext. Note: This is done so that the VoodooHDA kext which will be installed later will work.
  5. After that, Shift+Cmd+G to open the /Extra/ folder. Delete the Themes folder entirely. Note: Deleting this folder corrects the Apple logo’s image ratio during the Apple bootsplash.
  6. Unzip the GeneralExtensions folder and copy the whole folder to /Extra/, replacing the existing GeneralExtensions folder in there.
  7. Launch the ExtraUpdate app inside the /Extra/ – the one with the rubber shoe icon. Click on Update Extensions. Restart. Note: During the update, the app will mount the ramdisk, so you’ll its icon popping up in your Desktop. You’ll know that the update is completed when this ramdisk is unmounted and the Update Extensions button is no longer recessed.
  8. Unzip and run the AboutThisMac.pkg to correct the CPU and RAM information on the “About This Mac” window. Note: The CPU clock is already properly recognized as well as the amount of ram, so this is purely cosmetic.

Congratulations! You’re now runnning Snow Leopard on your MacBook Mini. πŸ˜€

Optional: Use VoodooPS2Controller instead of ApplePS2Controller

Download: > VoodooPS2Controller-0.98 installer.pkg <

In order to maximize your use of the Mini’s Synaptics trackpad, i.e. side-scrolling and tap-clicking, you need to install VoodooPS2Controller instead of the ApplePS2Controller (which is already, working fine so it’s up to you if want to leave it that way).

  1. Unzip and run the VoodooPS2Controller installer package. Tick the checkbox for the Trackpad. Click on Install.
  2. In a Finder window, Shift+Cmd+G to get to /System/Library/Extensions/ and copy the VoodooPS2Controller.kext. After copying it, delete the kext from the Extensions folder, authenticating as you go.
  3. Shift+Cmd+G to /Extra/GeneralExtensions/ and paste the VoodooPS2Controller.kext in there. Delete AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext and ApplePS2Controller.kext. Again, authenticate as prompted. Note: VoodooPS2Controller doesn’t need AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext. As a matter of fact, you’ll most probably get a kernel panic if you keep the Nub kext. ApplePS2Controller’s function will be taken over by VoodooPS2Controller anyway so we can delete it as well.
  4. Shift+Cmd+G again to /Extra/ and launch the UpdateExtra app again. Click on the Update Extensions. Wait for it to finish. Restart to begin using the new kexts.

Final words. . .

So you’re on Snow Leopard. You’ll find that pretty much everything works – except for Sleep/Resume and the internal mic.

The VoodooHDA kext used in this guide is not the newer version which supposedly makes the internal mic work. I’ve tried it on my Mini 1001TU but doesn’t work for me, but it might for you. You can download it from here and install the PrefPane and replace the kext in your /Extra/GeneralExtensions/ folder. Don’t forget to update the extensions using the ExtraUpdate app.

This ExtraUpdate app is one of the reasons why I chose to go with NetbookBootMaker, that and the fact that with it the installation/customization process is almost an entirely GUI approach – it’s very noob friendly.

As for the Sleep/Resume issue, you may notice that we’ve included the SleepEnabler kext in this method even though it doesn’t work – the Mini “goes to sleep” but it immediately wakes up so technically, it doesn’t get to sleep ever. But at least, that’s better than having to force shutdown/restart the Mini because it’s gone comatose when you accidently close the lid, or forget to configure settings in System Preferences > Energy Saver to make the Mini insomniac. πŸ˜‰





Homecoming

20 08 2009

or is it leaving home?

Anyhoo, MacBook Mini has a new home:

click on image to go to the new blog

click on image to go to the new blog





Battery, Battery

14 08 2009

from Slim Battery site

You’ve just successfully installed Mac OS X Leopard on your precious Mini, gotten out alive from a proliferation of how-to-guides all a-jumble that you’d scourged high and low from the world wide web so you’re updated to 10.5.7 or 10.5.8.

And in the pursuit of that ever ellusive happiness, you tweak your MacBook Mini to your tastes and one of the nuisances you take care of aside from the pesky resolution that would almost always break at every update (save those video kexts under “Break In Case of Update” glass), is that equally pesky warning message that tells you that:

“You are now running on reserve power.”

blah blah blah

You’ve just unhooked your MacBook Mini from the mains just a few minutes ago and that 80% charge remaining can in no means be insufficient to run your spanking hackintosh-netbook. No way.

For the longest time, I’ve always opted to disable battery warning messages (System Preferences > Energy Saver – you just dig around there πŸ˜‰ ) and then take out the default battery icon from the Menubar. So off it has always gone to oblivion with a disgruntled poof of cartoonish smoke, never again to be summoned to grace my hackintosh computing view. I’ve always replaced it with Slim Battery.

But because of reasons unfathomable even to myself, I wanna be able to use the default battery menulet (yes, according to Mac OS X Leopard, The Missing Manual, that’s what you call those icons sitting on your Menubar). I find that the iDeneb patches found in /…/system/Installation/Packages/Patches of the iDeneb installer disc extremely interesting.

If you’re on kernel 9.7.0, that is kernel from 10.5.7 (cause you may be on 10.5.8 but using this kernel to get sleep/resume), you can install the iDeneb PowerManagement.pkg patch and forget about Slim Battery altogether.

We may or may not have the same results but it seems to have eliminated that warning message pest. Just apply the package after installing the usual kexts (VoodooPower and VoodooBattery).





Ms. International

9 08 2009

Nope, not joining and the nerve of me to think myself qualified. I’d long accepted the fact that I’m better off being a geek. Why then the title to this new post?

Je suis francophone; French is the language with which I earn my daily bread. Once upon a time, I also spoke Italian with my batchmates in college to gossip about those Filipina version of the “Plastics” in Lindsay Lohan’s Mean Girls. And before you click on that red orb (if you’re on a Mac or hackintosh) or red x (if you’re on, may the forces of mother nature forbid, Windoze), I’m now reluctantly learning Mandarin. Reluctant because I’d never intended to learn that language because of the complexity of Chinese characters and the tone system they use – I’m tone deaf so good luck to me. But because of a certain Taiwanovela, I got the fever and now I’m officially crazed addicted to everything Taiwanese so watching fresh video uploads on youtube.com which are neither subbed nor dubbed in the lingua franca, I’m forced to learn some Chinese and as good fortune could have it (oh my, is that feng shui/Chinese idiom related there?), my brain has actually absorbed the language.

I now recognize a number of Chinese characters and I need a tool to be able to write in Chinese in forums. At work, where we’re all on black IBM boxes, I use NJStar text editor which is a pretty neat app in that it functions as a dictionary as well. At home, I’m a Mac girl – make that a Hackintosh girl – and as literate as I might seem on Mac OS X with all my blabbing about kexts and kernels and bootloaders and HFS Journaled Extended partition what-not, I’m still in awe at the discovery that Mac OS X actually supports Chinese input natively! No need to hunt down a Mac version of that NJStar text editor cause TextEdit does it brilliantly!

All I need to do is go to System Preferences > International > Input Method tab, and select Traditional Chinese (cause it’s what they use in Taiwan instead of Mainland’s simplified), Pinyin.

Then in the Menulet that will appear, after I’d opened up TextEdit, I just select Chinese from the dropdown menu. . .

And voilΓ !

A toast with my mugfull of Apple fangirl Kool-Aid: Isn’t Mac OS X just totally awesome? πŸ˜€





Update or Downdate (what a word)?

8 08 2009

The “About This Mac” pane tells me it’s 10.5.8 alright. But I’m missing something I never thought would be valuable – sleep/resume.

It appears that 10.5.8’s kernel is the one causing sleep/resume problems, so after several failures (word of caution – do NOT delete Disabler.kext. . .ever); a number of which caused me kernel panics and consequently reinstallation of the whole lot in attempting to recover sleep/resume functionality from MacBook Mini. Here’s what I did:

This is assuming you’re already running Mac OS X on 10.5.7 (VoodooPS2Controller already installed + Patched DSDT + OSx86Essentials applied beforehand).

1) Backed up mach_kernel 9.7.0 (that’s 10.5.7’s kernel). In Terminal:

$ sudo cp /mach_kernel /Volumes/JET/ Β  <Enter>

(Just substitute the path to where you want your 10.5.7 kernel to be copied to)

2) Installed Disabler.kext and dsmos.kext

3) Backed up system.kext and seatbelt.kext. Just go to /System/Library/Extensions and copy these two kexts to a folder or USB drive or anywhere safe.

4) Ran MacOSX10.5.8Update (delta) – this would over write your 10.5.7 kernel in my/.

5) Restart. Back in my desktop,Β launched Terminal:

$ sudo cp /Volumes/JET/mach_kernel / Β <Enter>

(again, it’s up to you to alter the path as appropriate)

6)Via Kext Helper b7 again, installed the usual kexts these and these plus the system.kext and seatbelt.kext I’d backed up earlier. Restarted and now I have everything working, including sleep.

Don’t have those 10.5.7 files anymore? If you’re on the hp mini 1001tu as well (they may work with other models as well, you can try), here are the mach_kernel, system.kext, and seatbelt.kext from my 10.5.7 installation. You can use “ShowAllFiles” which is included in the .zip file so you can easily see mach_kernel (which is invisible) and just drag drop it to your /.

Actually, just replacing kernel 9.8.0 with 9.7.0 would do the trick. However, that gave me problems with mounting USB peripherals – flashdrives and external hard drives to be more precise; they won’t mount unless I plug them in during boot up. Installing 10.5.7’s system.kext and seatbelt.kext resolved this issue for me.

So I’m it is Mac OS X 10.5.8 but I’m using kernel 9.7.0 as well as system and seatbelt kexts from 10.5.7. . . is this an update or a downdate*?

in Terminal, type uname -r to verify kernel version

in Terminal, type uname -r to verify kernel version: 10.5.8 should be 9.8.0, here it's 9.7.0 which is 10.5.7's kernel version

*sorry for the grammar issue there, I would’ve used the words upgrade and update but according to Apple, “update” and “upgrade” are not one and the same word. Updates are incremental support iterations that are downloadable for free from their support sections, i.e. 10.5.x updates to 10.5.1. .2, .3, .4, . . , .8. While 10.0, 10.2,. .., 10.4 upgrade to 10.5.x…okay, that wasn’t so good at all and I may have addled your brains more instead of making stuff clear so just read the article:

Software update, upgrade–what’s the difference?

Oh and I think that new iDisk icon is cute – it’s now blue or blue green like Snow Leopard’s πŸ˜€

yes, I notice little details like that πŸ˜‰





And the Never Ending Saga Continues. . .

6 08 2009

Edit: Sleep/Resume has been resolved. Read it here.

First off, you can call me Hermione Granger-ish all you want, before taking the 10.5.8 plunge, I did some research, or to be more honest, some googling around πŸ˜‰ and found this interesting website.

NOTE: This is assuming you’ve already a working iDeneb install updated upto 10.5.7 – dsdt patched, OSx86_Essentials kexts applied, and Chameleon RC02. (I haven’t checked how things would go on PCI_EFI Chameleon 1.0.12).

And like any bookworm out there who easily believes what she reads, (1) I obediently backed up my Extensions via Terminal:

$ sudo -rf /System/Library/Extensions /System/Library/Extensions_1057

Afterward, (2) I installed Disabler and dsmos kexts referenced by the aforementioned website via good ol’ Kext Helper b7 but color-coded them first cause I was too lazy to check whether I had these kexts already or not in my current setup, there’s no way I’d miss those red kexts now if ever I’d need to check later πŸ˜€

(3) That done, I didn’t reboot yet but ran the Mac OS X Delta 10.5.8 Updater (Delta because I was running 10.5.7 already, 10.5.6 and lower should get the Combo Updater) I’d downloaded just minutes before from the Apple website which, quite surprisingly, took fairly little time to install at around just 5 minutes or less.

I originally intended to reinstall VoodooPS2Controller just in case but decided at the last minute not to and (4) just hit Restart as Installer completed the update. As expected the first reboot didn’t complete and the Mini restarted and once again I was face to face with Chameleon RC02 (I’ve updated my bootloader to the latest Chameleon, by the way, and am enjoying my OS X Boot Theme which I got from here). Then Darwin said “hi” again. The screen flickered, giving me goosebumps as I thought I’d never get into my beloved Leopard desktop. And the spinning wheel finally sprung into action and after what seemed to be a substantially longer boot time than usual, I first saw nothing but a blue screen. . .and my cursor – whew! Another 5 seconds or so, I was back into my desktop!

But everything was humongous; resolution got bricked as expected.
Perhaps this screenshot could better illustrate what happened after the update:

No BT, WiFi, Resolution 640x480, Color not 32-bit | Has audio, battery

No Bluetooth, WiFi, Resolution 640x480, Color not 32-bit | Has audio, default battery monitor working (right click and open in new tab/window for screenshot's actual size)

It was a comfort to know that screen brightness controls weren’t bricked. As it was nearing midnight already I dimmed the screen to the lowest possible before (5.1) I trudged on, reinstalling my usual kexts via OSx86 Tools and not Kext Helper since unlike the latter (Kext Helper b7 it turns out, also backs up your kexts), OSx86 Tools would create a backup folder of the 10.5.8 kexts it replaced which I wanted to look at after. I started with the system kexts which seems to have restored WiFi and Bluetooth. I had no problems with sound as VoodooHDA still worked after the update.

(5.2) Now for the video kexts. You can opt to reinstall all of the kexts in one go; I just decided to separately install them because (a) they’re already sorted into two different folders in my drive and OSx86 only allows installing 1 folder of kexts at a time and (b) I’m just weird that way. Restarted and bingo!

Bluetooth, WiFi (Airport), Audio, Battery, 1024 x 600 32-bit

Bluetooth, WiFi (Airport), Audio, Battery, 1024 x 600 32-bit (right click and open in new tab/window screenshot in actual size)

There was that nasty “You are running on reserve power” battery warning again and in wanting to screenshot it, I tried to make it pop again by putting MacBook Mini to sleep so I closed the lid and it was late when it dawned upon me that the usual flickering of the white power led and switching off of the fan didn’t happen. I reopened the lid and there were the tell-tale signs of a broken Sleep/Resume that were all too familiar to me by then. I knew I had no choice but to force shutdown the Mini and turn it back on so I plugged in my broadband cable to check if ethernet worked. It did. It does.

No need for Yukon2.kext

No need for Yukon2.kext, just be sure to plug in cable before booting up

Now for a summary. At first I thought I was gonna end up listing down the few stuff that still worked but, as it turned out, I’m now writing what doesn’t work which means the general outcome of this experiment isn’t so bad after all:

1) Sleep/Resume – once you put the Mini to sleep either by closing the lid or pressing fn+f1 combo keys, the screen does switch off but so do the trackpad and, I assume, the keyboard as well, never to be woken up again but by forcing the machine to shutdown and just turn it back on again.

2) Fan – it’s gotten hyperactive I guess as it now whirls away with fervent gusto at maximum right from the start and it’s noisy.

I would’ve also listed the battery warning nuissance pop-up alert but that’s easily ignored or resolved by turning off battery warning in System Preferences, taking out the default OS X battery meter from the Menubar (enjoy seeing it vanish in a poof of smoke) and using Slim Battery Monitor instead.

What happened to my 10.5.7’s Extension folder’s back up now? I’m keeping it safe for the meantime as I try to figure out how to resolve the issues mentioned above; the kexts can come quite handy, who knows.

For issue # 1, I’ll have to try the old SleepEnabler kext and/or review VoodooUSBEHCI again for some hints. For issue #2, I’m gonna see how posta74’s fan solution works out on this one.

All of this is actually reminiscent of struggles with previous updates 10.5.6 and 10.5.7, still fresh in my mind – 10.5.8 is dΓ©jΓ  vu. Creepy, I know.

And now I’ve turned another fork in the road – Harry Potter’s lightning scar no longer burns; the King has returned to rule the whole of Middle Earth and even Gollum has found his peace and so has Frodo (though I still doubt he’s come out of the closet yet πŸ˜‰ ) and Luke Skywalker has swung his last light saber – sagas have come to their own grand close yet this hackintoshing journey of mine seems to never end. T_T





August 5, 2009

6 08 2009

While the whole Philippine nation will remember yesterday as one of the most touching events in their history (me included in the “their” there) as they bade farewell to a great woman whose unfailing faith in freedom had fueled minds, fed souls of today who are now enjoying the democracy she helped bring forth, the rest of Apple-dom and Apple fanboys and girls alike will perhaps remember August 5, 2009 as the day that 10.5.8, what may be the last OS X Leopard update before Snow Leopard will be official, was released.

Delta Updater | Combo Updater

While I and my family remained glued to the TV set in the living to pay our respect to this great leader in the only way we could then, my fellow hackintoshers had already downloaded 10.5.8 from Apple’s website and were trying it on their own iterations of MacBook Mini’s each. Thus, when I visited myhpmini.com this morning fresh from grieving my country’s loss of its valuable pillar of society, this was the conversation thread that welcomed me:

> Intel9295
Now, to any HP mini Hackintosh users: DO NOT UPGRADE! This update could break your install. Wait until someone more qualified does it (LeMaurien, we are looking at you) and see’s what it does. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.

Don’t be stupid.

> MrFairladyz Β» Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:40 pm
My wifi wasnt working so i just updated to see what changes. So far, the display resolution issue is back (it only shows 640×480 instead of 1024×576… i think this is only a problem on the 110’s, though.)

I’m re-installing all the kexts now.

edit: okay, i’ve re-installed the kexts. wifi is still not working (i don’t know if it will mess up your wifi, but mine wasn’t working to begin with.) Display and everything else is back to normal. No noticable changes, what was this update for?

> ravic Β» Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:56 am
I was having lot of trouble with Bluetooth PAN, I wonder if this would fix it?
I will wait for some time before attempting to upgrade.

> ConfuzedOne Β» Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:29 am

Don’t be a chicken.. upgrade you fools! πŸ˜› what’s the worse thing that can happen? πŸ˜›

> lukehale Β» Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:32 am

Only post-upgrade issue I have is my sleep fails to function, and I have to restart if I shut the lid :(. That also means bluetooth doesn’t work because to get it working you have to close and reopen the lid. . . which causes it to sleep. . . which fails. Other than that it is working wonderfully. I will get back to you all if I find a solution to the sleep issue πŸ™‚

Based from these results, it’s basically the same conundrum of issues with hardware rendered non-functional by the update; not unlike what’s happened with the other previous updates, 10.5.6 and 10.5.7. Among the issues, it’s Sleep/Resume that’s bothering me the most but I’m not losing hope – if people found solutions for this and a lot more others in 10.5.6 and 10.5.7, why not in 10.5.8? I haven’t tried for myself the update yet so I find no reason to just dismiss this hurdle as unsurvivable πŸ˜‰

I can’t wait to get acquainted with 10.5.8. Now if only I hadn’t a regular day job. . .

LABAN!