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EFI Boot Guide Parts 3 and 4: The “2-Step” is here

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UPDATE: I’ve updated the “HP Mini Snow” folder download It’s now a bit easier and noob-friendly :)

UPDATE 2: I’ve uploaded a new version of the “HP Mini Snow” folder that fixes a bug where it won’t install a DSDT by default.

UPDATE 3: I know, too many updates. But I just had to say this. I’ve updated “Part 4″ to make it work with 2-Step, and make it a lot simpler.

Here we are. I’m sorry this has taken this long, but I’m finally releasing the “2-Step” EFI/100% Vanilla script. Check it out. Basically, after you do the actual Snow Leopard installation, you usually have to type in a bunch of cumbersome, confusing, and easy-to-screw-up commands. Now, all you have to do is download a file, move it, and drag it into terminal. After that there’s only one thing, and it’ll just walk you through that. Trust me, it’s a lot simpler. I’ve been working on it to make it as good as possible, so if you have an comments, criticisms, suggestions, or ideas, feel free to comment. Thanks to LeMaurien19 for proving the kexts, testing the script, and giving some great support. I could never have done this without her. Thanks to the people wo wrote the kexts, including the people who modified the kexts afterwards. They provide indispensable things for us. And, of course, thanks to everyone in the OSx86 community. Good luck!

PS: Sorry if this is really poorly written; I’m writing this at 1:35 AM. I’m going to get some sleep now…

An Ode To VoodooPS2

Well, I was wrong about you,

Poor Mr. VoodooPS2.

Recently my EFI section went wrong,

So I had to do something to make it strong.

I had to redo that partition,

Mucking with plists and permission.

Everything worked except for sleep,

Which just  made me want to weep.

I tried everything possible to get it back,

But nothing would get the mini back on track.

So I though I’d just redo the EFI partition,

Hoping it’d bring it back to working condition.

I did it, but to no avail,

All I could say was: fail.

So then I looked at this useful forum thread,

So the mini could go back to the life it led.

I then uninstalled faithful old ApplePS2,

Which was not an easy thing to do.

I then installed the VoodooPS2 kext,

I dreaded to see what would happen next.

I crossed my fingers and turned shut down the netbook,

I hoped it’d work, I didn’t want to waste the effort it took.

I turned it on and all was well,

VoodooPS2 was really quite swell.

The trackpad’s prefs did need to be reset,

But that’s no biggie- no reason to fret.

I then closed the lid hoping all would be fine,

I saw the lid go down, and the LEDs shine,

I heard it make that tiny little “pop-pop” sound a couple of times,

But I opened the lid and it worked like a charm (I’m running out of rhymes!)

Sleep has some problems, but it’s hard to explain,

So I’ll post a video, no need to hear me complain.

Thanks for reading this whole thing, I really do appreceate that,

I don’t know why I wrote it like this, I’ll just stop and take a nap. :D

PS: I’m fully aware of how much I suck at writing poems or anything that rhymes.

Vanilla Crazy

11383 MEDIUM Vanilla Crazy

Like good ol’ (or should we say, stubborn?) Alice, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole to EFI boot.

What is EFI boot anyhow? Not that I’m assuming those who’re reading this post don’t have a inkling but it’s the question I’d asked myself when I stumbled on the thread over at forums so I’m including it here as a reminder to my own self, actually just a couple of reasons why I’m going EFI:

- It lets me keep my hackintosh kexts separate from my main Mac OS X installation; no need for changing anything in /System/Library/Extensions/ folder. What people call “100% Vanilla”.

- I can update fine without breaking my install. (at least that’s the main thrust of the exercise – a solid as rock installation in terms of stability)

So my MacBook Mini is now 100% Vanilla Snow Leo + EFI boot. But there are still bumps like the all too infamous sleep/hibernate issue that I need to iron out, hopefully with DSDT patching.

All in all, I’m still just scratching the surface with this new method (at least to me) and sometimes my inner noob gets overwhelmed with all the information going on. I hope I survive this one alive to get a how-to guide going in the near future.

For the meantime, I’m all crazy about Vanilla – ice cream and installation variant alike. :D



I got Snow Leopard via dearest torrent just this last weekend; I devoted the next two days trying to cram in this latest cat into my MacBook Mini. This is as close as I could possibly get:

1) Downloaded this package thanks to the guys at

2) Used my hackintoshed MSI Wind: Disk utility > Partition external HDD as GUID > Restore Snow Leo Retail image to GUID partition

3) Install Netbookmaker on it.

4) Rebooted the MSI Wind, hit F11 and chose restore Snow Leo partition to boot from: installed Snow Leo to another partition on the same external HDD (I split it into 2 GUID paritions).

5) Once installation was done, I rebooted the wind, ran the Snow Leo installer (the restored partition, not the installed one) and went to Utilities > Reset password to create a password for the root user. I chose of course the partition on which I’d installed Snow Leo (not the one where I restored the installer DVD on)

6) I unplugged the external HDD from the MSI Wind to connect it to the HP Mini, started the Mini and pressed F9 during startup to boot from the partition where I’d  installed Snow Leo.

It boots alright into Snow Leo!!! :D

And with the correct 1024 x 600 resolution as bonus! But aside from the resolution, keyboard and (sometimes buggy) bluetooth, nothing else works. Here’s a video:

Notes: The external HDD installer I made by restoring the Snow Leo Retail DVD on it and applying Netbookmaker actually boots up fine on the HP Mini. So you ask, why not just use it to install directly on the HP Mini’s internal HDD?

Well, the installation doesn’t finish – I get stuck at “7 minutes left” and when I check Install log, it’s reporting a missing dsdt.aml/something-can’t-remember-anymore that’s missing from the ramdisk (installed on the partition by Netbookmaker). This doesn’t happen on the MSI Wind.

As to why that happens, I’ve no idea. Perhaps I could tinker with the ramdisk and all that Netbookmaker pizzaz but I’m fairly new to this installation method which is pretty neat as it allows for a Vanilla install and it’s a modern hackintosh method.

I’ll be retracing my steps to fine tune this install process. Although admittedly, I’m not ready to give up the MSI Wind to yield a purely HP Mini install process – it’s easier with the MSI Wind hackintosh around.

The main point for now, for me, is to get Snow Leo on the HP Mini’s internal HDD.

Oh and 10.6.1 update is out


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Snow Leopard Unleashed

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The list goes on.

These are Snow Leopard seeds released by Apple to registered developers and which sell like hot cakes on your local favorite torrent sites in the world wide web. They’re what hackintoshing forums (1) (2) (3) all over have been discussing. It’s the reason why many people have opted to stick with 10.5.7 instead of jumping right into 10.5.8 – why bother with it when Snow Leopard’s coming soon?

And now it has come.

The community has been playing with the OS beta for some time now with varying results. Now that we have a stable release, it wouldn’t be a surprise if one of these days, a completely easy to follow Snow Leopard installation how-to guide will be available.

First off, we’ll have to check Captain Jack Sparrow’s bay or the Nova that’s Mini to see if we can get our paws on this newest kitty and scratch its chin. ;)