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Hackintosh – The Next Generation Part 2

October 29, 2008 22 comments

Part 1 of this article detailed the hardware used for the install, so I’m now going to detail the steps involved in installing using the Boot132 method. There are some software packages that are useful to have ready to go on a flash drive to ensure they are accessible if your network is not working after a vanilla install.

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Codeweavers offer free software for one day only

October 28, 2008 1 comment

Codeweavers, the company behind the crossover range of software, is offering it’s titles free for one day only. The main web site is down under the massively increased traffic, but the temporary site at down.codeweavers.com is offering one free serial number and fully unlocked builds of their current products. So if you want to run some windows software/games on Mac OSX or Linux this is your lucky day.

Hackintosh – The Next Generation Part 1

October 26, 2008 1 comment

The last few days have been spent experimenting with the newest method of installing Mac OS 10.5 on non-Apple hardware. This is achieved using a boot CD called Boot132. The basic idea is that the CD starts the boot process and loads Darwin and the modified kernel extensions necessary to get Mac OS working with standard PC hardware. Once these are loaded you choose the media you wish to continue booting from, which can be the install DVD or a hard drive. Boot132 can be used on a CD or a USB flash drive, but I used the burn to CD method for simplicity.

My previous installation was from a Kalyway DVD, updated through to 10.5.5 with individual updates. This has worked for several months with a few minor issues, so there wasn’t an urgent need for a fresh install. The main reason was the ability to use software update to install the Mac OS point updates when installing using the Boot132/retail DVD method. I also hoped there would be a fix for the slow USB flash drive write speeds I have been experiencing. The theory is that the closer we can get to a standard Macintosh install, the fewer problem we experience in general use and upgrades. Read more…

Recent Hackintosh advances

October 20, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s been a few months since I built my hackintosh, and it continues to work very well with few problems. In the months since I built it there have been some interesting advances in ease of setup, so I’m taking a look at some of these over the next few days. The ultimate goal of this is to try a fresh installation starting with boot132/chameleon and an unmodified Leopard DVD.

Another of the new tools that greatly simplifies the setup of your new install is osx86tools. The app presents an easy to use graphical interface to the actions that typically require terminal use to achieve. This includes setting permissions for the extensions folder, clearing cache’s, update prebinding, touching the extensions folder, backing up and restoring the kernel/extensions folder, Install multiple kexts to any drive, Installing PC_EFI v8 or Chameleon and adding EFI strings and modifying com.apple.Boot.plist. That’s quite a list and not even everything the program can do. One of the really impressive features is automatic analysis of your system and downloading of drivers and modified kexts to get it all working. Sounds very easy, so this will be getting a good workout when the new install is in place.

News for Friday 17th October

October 17, 2008 Leave a comment

Like a phoenix from the ash, VisualHub is reborn as OSS
The popular video encoding app could live on as an open source project.

NVIDIA spills beans on new 9400 chipset family
Now that Apple has announced its use of the new chipset Nvidia adds the rest of the details.

Windows Vista SP2 will be available before Windows 7
…as long as it isn’t delayed. Vista could also be delayed, so which will arrive first is anyone’s guess.

Top 10 things you didn’t know about the new MacBook
Interesting findings and unmentioned changes to Apple’s new laptop range.

New MacBook Pro’s got game: compelling new gaming benchmarks
Premium laptop finally able to hold it’s head high and be proud of its gaming performance.

News for Wednesday 15th October

October 15, 2008 Leave a comment

Is Apple’s new MacBook Pro a gaming machine?
If the hardware is available will the games come? Unfortunately the Mac will not be considered a serious gaming platform until games are simultaneously released with the Windows version.

A closer look at Apple’s move to NVIDIA chipsets, DisplayPort
Design choices in the latest laptops indicate Apple’s future direction.

Apple’s U.S. Market Share Approaches 10%
The economy may be screwed but Apple continues to defy the global slowdown.

Intel Update: MacBook Airs Get Penryn, MacBooks and Pros Get Montevina Benefits
MacRumors looks at the processors inside Apple’s new range of laptops. Now that Nvidia chipsets are used will this mean a wider range of compatible motherboards for hackintosh builders?