Of Trackpads and Other Quirks

14 10 2009

It’s no secret that I’ve had problems with my trackpad – I’d broadcast that little snippet practically in all corners of my cyber existence. Well the good news is make that “I used to have problems with my trackpad“. It’s up and running like its old self again which makes me one happy hackintosher.

Now how did that happen ??

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Time For A New Install Guide

13 10 2009

As much as I’d wanted to be clear, it seems that my EFI guide fails to live to my (and others’) expectations.

I’ll be back with a new one EFI guide, hopefully this one’s less of a pain in the @$$ as the current one.

And while I do that, I think it’s time I cleared up my act and stick to a single site and stop confusing my own already befuddled brain.

My MacBook Mini

Snow Leopard EFI Vanilla – part 3

27 09 2009


A. Initial Snow Leopard boot and user account creation

1. With your external bootloader still plugged in, hit F9 as the Mini starts up, choose your external HDD and press Enter. Chameleon will kick in but before the countdown is over, press any key. Arrow key to choose “Macintosh HD” (where you’ve just installed Snow Leo on your Mini’s internal HDD) and then Enter.

> Now here’s a somewhat tricky part where most of us part ways. If you get through the Setup Assistant fine and configured your user account (normally you’d even see the Welcome video and with audio at that) then jump to part B of this Post-Installation. However, if you get stuck then:

2. Force restart the Mini. F9 and arrow up/down to choose your external HDD and let Chameleon boot again into the the “Mac OS X Install DVD”. Choose your preferred language and once you see the Menu bar, go to Utilities > Reset password. Enter a password for root and remember that password. Quit the Mac OS X Install program and restart the Mini.

3. Again, with your external bootloader still plugged in, hit F9 as the Mini starts up, choose your external HDD and press Enter. Chameleon will kick in but before the countdown is over, press any key. Arrow key to choose “Macintosh HD”. Type in “root” as user name and the password you created earlier, login and configure your user account.

B. Make your HP Mini able to boot Snow Leopard up on its own

1. As you’re logged into Snow Leo with your user account, unzip “SnowLeo_EFIboot” package. Again, we’re assuming it’s been put in / for easier typing in Terminal. Actually, we’re just gonna do what we did a while ago (or a long while ago depending on your experience) with your external HDD to make it bootable, albeit with some changes. But these are very very minor changes.

2. Setup your EFI partition. Launch Terminal:

sudo -s (type in your admin account’s password)

diskutil list

> Remember what we talked about earlier? Your Mini’s HDD will normally be referenced as “/dev/disk0”. Since we’ve formatted it during install as GPT (GUID partition table), you’d see an “EFI /dev/disk0s1” entry before your “Macintosh HD /dev/disk0s2”. This is that very very minor change I was talking about; you’re just gonna be changing all the “/dev/disk1s1” or “/dev/disk2s1” references you used before to “/dev/disk0s1”.

(You’ve done this before, you can definitely do this again. :D)

newfs_hfs -v EFI /dev/disk0s1

mkdir /Volumes/EFI

mount_hfs /dev/disk0s1 /Volumes/EFI

mkdir -p /Volumes/EFI/Extra/Extensions

mkdir /Volumes/EFI/Extra/Themes

cd /SnowLeo_EFIboot/Cham2RC3-r658-bin/i386

fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk0

dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk0s1

cp boot /Volumes/EFI

cd /SnowLeo_EFIboot/Cham2RC3-r658-bin/OptionalExtras

cp -R smbios.plist Themes /Volumes/EFI/Extra

umount -f /Volumes/EFI

rm -rf /Volumes/EFI

cd /SnowLeo_EFIboot/HPMiniKexts


> We used the update-1s1.sh script before, so now we’ll use the default “update.sh” scripts (thanks again to 18seven for this)


cd /SnowLeo_EFIboot/Bootplist


fdisk -e /dev/disk0


f 1




Your MacBook Mini has been Snow Leopardized and is now bootable but we’d want to tweak further; ex. sleep, UUID etc.

To be continued to Part 4

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


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 😉 ) 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 voilà!

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