Hackintosh (No more)

So I bought a Dell Mini 10V (1011):

Hackintoshed Dell Mini 10V
Hackintoshed Dell Mini 10V

Why? For < A$450, I now have a dual booting (with Windows XP) 500GB HDD, 2GB RAM (Yes not alot but suffices), WIFI, BT equipped  portable machine. Brilliant!!  No hassles in install, I literally used the 10.5.8 DVD I had and it installs straight on.

Unlike my other 2 pages, I can say very little that hasn’t been said here.

Update @ 10 March 2011:
So I bought my mother one of these wonders and installed it with Windows7SP and 10.6.6. Ended up “upgrading” my own as well. It’s certain that 10.7(Lion) will not support the Atom processor, so I took the jump and it worked out quite well.

I had to reinstall the whole machine though.

For the process (no upgrade, it’s reinstall only from 10.5.8), see here.
and
To get rid of the Hibernate Image file too old by X seconds, see here.

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And so I found out the hard way that 10.6.8 will not run on a Hackintoshed Dell Mini 10V. I got caught in the infinite reboot loop.

“There is the theory of the moebius. A twist in the fabric of space where time becomes a loop… .”

*sigh*

110711::
The fix of the moebius is straightforward actually. What a great community to be part of.

It’s discussed here.
Summarised by me as: Reboot with recovery=y, run new kernel, re-run NBI *51, fix disk permissions via Disk Utility, Reboot.
All’s honky dory again… .

110712::
3 days ago, I bought myself a HP Mini 311. Apparently, just as Hackintoshable as a Dell Mini 10V BUT WHAT A BEAST OF A NETBOOK!

Is this the end for my Dell?

130101::
So despite lots of trying, the HP Mini 311 was NOT as easy to setup as the Dell. Of particular problem was trying to get it to dual boot and play nice like hibernate when lid close or when trying to set it to sleep.

Over the most reason X’mas holidays, I managed to pick up yet another HP.

A HP Pavilion DM1-4108AU 11.6″ Notebook for A$249.
Its Dual Core AMD E-450 processor allows for 64bit process.
Added 2 X Kingston DDR3 4GB modules for A$38.95 delivered
and pulled the 2.5″ 500GB HDD 5400RPM out of the HP Mini 311.
Made it dual boot 64bit versions of Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10.
And “Bob’s your Uncle”!!

At 11.6″, it’s 0.2″ larger than the HP311 and weightwise its reported to be the same.
Dimensions
HP Mini 311 = 11.4″ (29 cm) (L) x 8.03″ (20.4 cm) (W) x 0.78-1.20″ (2-3 cm) (H), Weight = 1.45kg
HP DM1 = 11.6″ 29.2cm (L) X 21.5cm (W) x 3.2 cm (H), Weight = 1.45kg

All for < A$360 in such a small 11" bundle, I'm over the moon with the purchase. No slouch.
I'm sure the wonder is why? It's NO longer a hackintosh is it??
But it serves a purpose.

So at this point I have:
a. 11" MacBook Air from work which boot camps OS X 10.8.2 and Windows 7. Fully working.
b. 10.1" Dell Mini 10V which dual boots Windows 7 and OS X 10.6.8. Fully Working.
c. 11" HP Pavilion DM1-4108AU 11.6" Notebook which dual boots Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10. Fully working.
d. 11" HP Mini 311 which does ermm… nothing.

Here's what I'm thinking:

Try one more time to get the HP Mini311 to boot OS X 10.6.8, fully working.
Then sell the Dell Mini 10V.
I don't need a dual booting Mac machine anymore since I have the Pavilion. I can run Windows 7 natively and without problem.
The HP Mini's Hardware specs is far better than the Dell Mini.
This way, I reckon I'll then have an OS X machine regardless.

130102::
Here's how I go about testing the HP Mini's appetite to run 10.6.8 on its own.

1. I move the new 330GB HDD from the Pavilion to the Mini. If it works, I will once again shift the 500GB from the Dell Mini 10V to this HP Mini 311 and repeat the procedure, then selling the Dell Mini 10V with the smaller HDD.

2. I follow instructions here to at least get 10.6.4 onto the machine.

Step 1

Most things work but, Problems following the install->

a. Mini cannot go to sleep nor hibernate.
b. I also notice when it attempts to, it will keep trying to self wake.
c. Bluetooth will then shit itself following a wake. But strangely if you repeat (sleep/wake cycles) this long enough, BT will come back again. A reboot obviously fixes this.

3. I decide to press on, thinking that this will resolve itself in the coming upgrades.
So I look through the mymacbookmini site to find how LeMaurien19 upgrades to 10.6.5.

It seems prior to going to 10.6.5, she upgrades the HP Mini’s Retail Pack to HPM311DP HF7C.

“Updated 10.6.5 smoothly. Retail Pack 1.0 (even EFI, HF7c) didn’t pose any problem.”

So I do the same following the instructions provided here.

Note!
Before running HF7C:

“Please go to : /Users//Library/PreferencePanes/ to delete any existing VoodooHDA.prefPane BEFORE running the HF7c installer or you’d have audio issues upon reboot – It’s a sloppy measure, but for the life of me, I did all the scripting haduken that I’m capable of and I still have this little bug. Please excuse me.”

I didn’t find any VoodooHDA.prefPane there but my sound works fine at this point

After running HF7C:

“I have 3 GB RAM and I have problems with HF7(c) so I use PC EFI 10.6. – Installer available here. PC EFI should be run AFTER running HF7c installer.”

Both I do with little problem. Machine restarts without any Kernel panics.

* At this point I decide to run Disk Utility to repair any permission problems. I reckon this is the least I can do before pressing on to install 10.6.5

Step 2

At this point our guide LeMaurien19 attempts to remove EFI booting and go to a conventional root “/” boot. But as per her post on 20 Nov 2010, she’s forced to return to EFI booting.

This makes me think, let’s just install 10.6.5 and see what happens.

4. I use the 10.6.5 combo update to achieve this as per her instructions.

It’s alive!

Step 3

At this point everything works on first inspection
* Again I run Disk Utility to Repair Permissions
** And still, the machine is proving to be an insomniac as it will not go to sleep/hibernate.

5. I think to myself onwards and upwards, another 3 steps to go to 10.6.8. So I start googling LeMauriel19’s site for any indication of her update to 10.6.6. It seems 10.6.6 was painless:

“Now to update to 10.6.6, once I’ve booted to my desktop (I used the USB booter to boot up the 311 but chose my internal hard drive instead), I just ran Software Update (Apple menu > Software Update) and rebooted. Up to this point, the USB Installer with Retail Pack 0.9 installed would boot up 10.6.0 up to 10.6.6 with no problems at all.”

With that in mind, I figured, I’ll bite the bullet and run the 10.6.6 Combo update without bothering much about changing the booting method.

Again, thank my lucky stars, the update runs fine and the machine reboots without errors nor panics. The usual suspects of sound, BT and wireless all seemingly work fine.

* Again I run Disk Utility to Repair Permissions
** Still an insomniac!

6. I bit the bullet here and pushed 10.6.7 combo onto the unit.
And what do you know?

7. Now to take some time to address the boot method before moving on.
Following on from the instructions provided by LeMaurien19 here, All steps followed through but there was a problem of replacing: AppleACPIBatteryManager.kext

I installed it again through the kext utility and all seem to be fine.

Also note the reminder on the page:

“I’m sorry, I forgot to mention VoodooHDA.kext

The only “alien” kexts that should be in /S/L/E are the ones included inside the “kexts” folder in the zip file linked in the guide.”

So remember to remove VoodooHDA.kext before rebooting.

* No Longer an insomniac!! Sleep works!

Also:

“In my case, I’m on hibernatemode 0 with secure virtual memory disabled (sleepimage deleted from /var/vm/) I don’t have the blank screen on wake.”

“sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0″ = suspend to RAM only

7.

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