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I thought this would be very useful for a whole lot of “MacBook Mini” users out there that might be in need of some free applications. MacHeist is offering anyone and everyone a bunch of their software, with licenses, for free.

The applications include: ShoveBox, WriteRoom, Twitterific, Tinygrab, Hordes of Orcs, and Mariner Write. The first five are free, that simple, and the Mariner Write—a Word alternative for Macs—will be free once they give away 500,000 of the nanoBundles.

What are you waiting for? Go over to Macheist and get your free software!

Atom Processor Support Comes Back or NOT

happy mac Atom Processor Support Comes Back or NOT

Stell has updated his blog post on 10.6.2 update and adds that in the latest 10.6.2 developer seed, the Atom processors that we all adore is supported again.

A happy mac? Well, I hope this remains the situation come public release.
Our beloved Atoms are still not supported or support never really was restored according to stell
Also see Prasys’ video below:

VoodooPS2 or ApplePS2?

So basically we’ve got 2 options so far to enable Trackpad on the Mini:
1. ApplePS2 (Download)
ApplePS2Controller.kext and AppleACPIPS2Nub.kext can be loaded in /Extra/Extensions.
Synaptics Trackpad.prefPane needs to be installed (double click prefPane; it will get installed in System Preferences under “Other”)
com.meklort.ps2.helper.plist needs to be placed in
/Library/LaunchAgents to save your Trackpad settings after reboot.
This is how your System Preferences would look like:

applePS2 Trackpad prefPane Other VoodooPS2 or ApplePS2?

and if you click on the Trackpad prefPane under “Other” category:

applePS2 Trackpad prefPane Other settings VoodooPS2 or ApplePS2?



2. VoodooPS2 (Download)
VoodooPS2Controller.kext and VoodooPS2Trackpad.kext can be loaded from /Extra/Extensions. (After installing kexts and restart, there should now be a Trackpad prefPane icon beside Mouse under Hardware in System Preferences).
VoodooPS2.prefPane to be installed (double click to install in System Preferences under “Other”).

This is how your System Preferences would look like:

voodooPS2 Trackpad prefPane Hardware VoodooPS2 or ApplePS2?
Notice the VoodooPS2 pefPane under Other

If you click on the VoodooPS2 prefPane in “Other”:

voodooPS2 prefPane Other VoodooPS2 or ApplePS2?
The Trackpad prefPane, which can now be found under “Hardware” category, contains almost the same settings, but with a few differences:
voodooPS2 Trackpad prefPane Hardware settings VoodooPS2 or ApplePS2?

Personally, I prefer ApplePS2 since it’s less quirky than VoodooPS2; when I enable dragging option in VoodooPS2, if I tap clic once or left clic on my Dock items, it brings up a context menu instead of launching the app directly, it’s like I did a ctrl-clic or right clic when I obviously did not. But then it’s up to you; whichever your preference is (pun intended) ;)

Leo or Snow Leo?

I’ve been living with Snow Leopard for almost 2 months now and coming from 4 months of Leopard 10.5 (ah, those were good times), how do I find its “fairer” brother?

Aside from the GUI stuff – Dock Exposé, QuickTime X, revamped Icon View with support upto to 512 pixels (you can play a video, flip through a document without opening an app), there are some things that make a hackintosher’s life easier in Snow Leo. So far, I’ve found 2 which have obviously delighted me; I’m blogging them.

1) Screen Capture stores my, well, screen caps with specific names so I’m not left with a bunch of images whose filenames all start with “Picture” – there’s a timestamp which helps identify which is which; you may even no longer need to rename them.

2) Ethernet now works as it should! –  Before, I never could just plug and play; had to make sure the cable is plugged in and the broadband receiver on before I boot up the Mini or it just won’t recognize that there was actually an internet connection. And also once, the Mini sleeps, the connection is cut and no amount of “Network Diagnostics” trick would restore it. Now I can just plug in the line as I’m already logged into my account, fire up Safari (who’ll say I’m not connected to the net but will nonetheless fetch the latest version of my homepage from the web after a second or two) and I’m surfing the web. Nice.

I know I’m blessed with a wonderfully OS X compatible Yukon Marvell Gigabit ethernet all thanks to the Mini 1001TU of course, which runs natively on Snow Leo (no need for LAN9500.kext – nope, I don’t have it loaded in my /Extra/Extensions folder) but this one thing stumps me when I check in System Profiler:

sysprof ethernet en1 Leo or Snow Leo?

Should it really show “en1″? I thought I read somewhere that this exact “en1″ is tantamount to issues with connectivity; i.e. “self-assigned IP and may not be able to connect”

Snow Leo EFI Boot Guide Gets Revamped

hpmini100 snowleo efiboot Snow Leo EFI Boot Guide Gets Revamped

In attempts to hopefully make things simpler, I redid the EFI Boot + Vanilla guide; included a video for the Terminal centric parts.

Please see our Guides page or make the jump here or here.

Enjoy. :D

(This  is another HP Mini 1000 guide; folks with other Mini models, I’m terribly sorry.)

Hackintosh Must Have: Mac OS X Installer USB Hard Drive

InstallerSnowDVD Hackintosh Must Have: Mac OS X Installer USB Hard Drive

Transform a spare (old) external USB hard drive into a bootable Mac OS X Installer that you can use to, of course, install Mac OS X onto your HP Mini and as a booter for when your MacBook Mini won’t boot up.

Read the guide (which is actually for Snow Leopard 10.6)

HP Mini 311: New “It” Guy Among HP Mini Hackintoshes

The minute his mug shots came abound the net, we’ve been smitten by him.

We’ve drooled at him.

Fantasized about him.

Wondered which method would work on him: Vanilla/Retail or hacked distro? Leopard or Snow Leopard?

 HP Mini 311: New It Guy Among HP Mini Hackintoshes

Okay, so that sentence before this one relieves you who are reading this post. Well, Mr. HP Mini 311 is good hackintosh candidate.

Some dudes (or dudettes) have been lucky enough to get their paws on this promising HP Mini version and have gotten OS X installed:

InsanelyMac

My HPMini

It certainly appears that the much coveted graphics prowess which Ion bundle (Atom N280 + ION LE) promises to deliver works fine under OS X:

from superviza @ insanelymac

Wooo Hooo !!!
I got 1366 x 768 working !!! (looks amazing)
I used osx86 tools to insert a custom EFI string….
Let me know how you go…

The WiFi card is reportedly the same Broadcom 4315 which we love because the hacked IO80211Family.kext supports that module.

Ok, so that’s about 3 components down (procie, video, wlan) but there remain a lot more stuff like audio, webcam, and that incorrigible internal mic.

On a personal note, this news is definitely good news for me. I adore the make and finish of HP netbooks and since MacBook Wind is at home, sitting at my “mini office” desk as it torrents away while I’m here about 100 plus kilometers away from it, I’ll say it:

MacBook Mini feels way more solid in my hands than MacBook Wind and I’ve never felt it would suddenly fall apart in my own hands as I’ve more than once felt the latter would. ;)

So if push comes to shove and circumstances leave me no choice but to purchase a new netbook, either to satisfy a need or perhaps a want, I hope it’s still an HP.

But then again, if it ain’t hackintoshable. . .oh well.

Mini Love

I love the HP Mini 1000.

But my Mini’s trackpad’s died out on me already. At first I thought it was just some issue with Snow Leopard, specifically the point update releasae (10.6.1). It’s an erratic problem, sometimes the trackpad works as expected and sometimes not. (I’d already tried with bootable Windoze on USB, and it’s the same result)

I’m still waiting for my keyboard replacement, and this trackpad issue came along as another thing to worry about on the side. In a heartbeat I would’ve gotten a new Mini, and it would be the same Mini 1000 because of its compatibility with Mac OS X.
 Mini Love
For most other netbooks, ethernet remains one of, if not the, main bane in terms of hackintoshing. But the HP Mini 1000′s Marvel Yukon 2 ethernet port is even natively supported in Mac OS X Leopard.

WiFi and Bluetooth work seamlessly with the OS, the switch is really a switch, doing its job of toggling on/off these two components. No need for Wireless utilities like I do with the MSI Wind’s RealTek WiFi module.

In short, I couldn’t wish for more.

But it seems this relationship is destined to be short-lived. I do not think I’ll get a new HP Mini 1000.

No.

Not when I’m eyeing the HP Mini 311.

I just hope it’s as compatible and will live to my darling Mini 1000′s traits that I dearly love and adore.

LeMaurien19

Obsessed

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 msiwind.net

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

 Obsessed

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LeMaurien19

New HP Mini’s Coming Soon?

According to articles at Liliputing and MyHPMini, there might be new HP Mini models in the makings…the HP Mini 210 and 311, as well as Compaq 210 and 311. Its not for sure if there will be new models, but chances are very good.

Little information is actually know right now and nothing will be official until it comes from HP themselves…

The real question is: what will the “insides” be like and how will that affect installing Mac OS X? Will it be easier to install? Will it even install?

HP/Compaq Mini's 210 and 311 appear on upcoming models list

HP/Compaq Mini's 210 and 311 appear on upcoming models list