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10.6.5 on Hackintosh

Mac OS X 10.6.5 is out, and I have sucessfully installed the update on my main hackintosh with one minor change to my com.apple.Boot.plist. To recap, the important hardware in this hackintosh comprises:

  • Gigabyte Ga-P35-DS3R motherboard
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor
  • 4Gb 667 Mhz DDR2 SDRam
  • Nvidia GeForce 9800GT video card

The 10.6.5 update includes a new Kernel (Darwin 10.5.0) which doesn’t match the current custom SleepEnabler.kext, so will cause a kernel panic during startup. This is easily fixed, as SleepEnabler.kext can be passed an instruction through the com.apple.Boot.plist Kernel Flags section to set its declared version to match the kernel. Here’s my com.apple.Boot.plist from /Extra with the added instruction in red.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC “-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN” “http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd”&gt;
<plist version=”1.0″>
<key>Kernel Flags</key>
<string>arch=i386 pmVersion=21</string>
<key>Graphics Mode</key>

It’s not a disaster if you install the update without changing the pmVersion, as you can enter it as a boot flag through Chameleon or whatever bootloader you are using. It’s still a very good idea to make a bootable backup before installing the update, and remembering to test it. There’s nothing worse than a backup that doesn’t work.

After installing the update I found none of my servers or other computers were appearing in the Finder sidebar, suggesting bonjour was not working. This seems to be because the 10.6.5 installer doesn’t take everything in /Extra into account when rebuilding caches, so either run pfix or the following commands in terminal (sudo su first)

chmod -R 755 /Extra/Extensions
chown -R root:wheel /Extra/Extensions
chmod -R 755 /System/Library/Extensions
chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions
kextcache -a i386 -m /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/Extensions.mkext /System/Library/Extensions /Extra/Extensions
kextcache -a i386 -m /Extra/Extensions.mkext /Extra/Extensions /System/Library/Extensions
chmod 755 /Extra/Extensions.mkext
chown root:wheel /Extra/Extensions.mkext
chmod 755 /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/Extensions.mkext
chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/Extensions.mkext

  1. tuxy
    November 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    What kext did you use for GeForce 9800GT , I’ve got black screen on 10.6.5

  2. bill george
    November 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Yay! Worked for me!

  3. stlnation
    November 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    tried this but still getting kernel panic

    ACPI_SMC_PlatformPlugin::start – wait for service (resource Matching(AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement) timed out

    any ideas?

  4. Hardeep Singh
    November 20, 2010 at 3:58 am

    I’ve just installed it, the system boots fine but no usb devices are working. So it can’t see my USB keyboard, mouse and bluetooth dongle.

  5. amr
    November 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    i was update from 10.6.4 to 10.6.5 i was do your steps just i was 1 step more multibeast too all thing working good i have asus laptop F3se core2du t7300 and ati x2500 its not work as any way
    there 3 things dont work my cam stk11xx and wifi too not work
    but the othere things work without prb my hack was iAtkos-S3.v2 for contact this my mail amr20108at_hotmail.com

  6. November 25, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Haven’t had any USB problems with 10.6.5, but I remember seeing some posts on InsanelyMac.com about USB issues. Try searching there, I think there was a fix mentioned.

  7. Justin Yee
    December 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Hey Basshead, glad i found your site. I’m using the same exact setup as you, and have 10.6 working just fine. But once I update to 10.6.5 using the combo update, i get a kernel panic pointing to dsmos. I’ve tried a numerous amounts of things (multibeast post install) but to no avail. Anyway you can point me in the right direction? Are you using a dsdt.aml? What other files do u have in /Extra? thanks much!

  8. Nikolay
    December 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Hi, I’ve updated my Hackintosh from MAC OS 10.6.2 to 10.6.5. Automatically.

    And I’ve got a problem: cannot connect to the Internet, I think that there is some issues with network card (Ethernet), because I have message that my Ethernet cable is not connected. Though until then it worked without any problem, and now working good under the Windows XP.

    May be you have some thoughts, how can I fix this problem?
    I’ll be very grateful.

    About my technical staff:
    MotherBoard: Gigabyte GA-G41MT-ES2l iG41 S775
    Netcard is integrated in motherboard

  9. March 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Gracias, me ayudo mucho, existos con tu blog.

  10. edwinne
    July 27, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Sir… my laptop specifications is the following:
    Processor Number i3-2310M
    Clock Speed 2.1 GHz
    Intel® Smart Cache 3 MB
    Bus/Core Ratio 21
    DMI 5 GT/s
    Instruction Set 64-bit

    Memory 2 Types DDR3-1066/1333

    Intel® HD Graphics 3000
    Graphics Base Frequency 650 MHz

    is it possible to install mac?
    could you pls suggest what will i do or pls could you refer a link, from which i could follow how to install it?.. tnx

    btw sir.. i have a bootable iboot. extracted the files using poweriso, then adding SMbios.plist to the /extra folder and reburn iboot files, after booting i have a caldera dos mode boot. not chameleon, i do believe that there is something missing,

    before. i have tried to use microsoftcorporation.img to make a bootable xp.

    is there any *.img file to make it boot what it suppose to.

    anybody pls.. HELP!!

    tnx in advance.

  11. Khaled Attia
    November 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    My motherboard is “GA-G41TM-S2P” and I was have the same problem with ethernet

    What I did is download application “Kext Helper” form http://cheetha.net/
    or http://www.mediafire.com/?uc82en69i4v994y

    and download “AtherosL1cEthernet.kext”

    and drag & drop “AtherosL1cEthernet.kext” to “Kext Helper” app
    and restart your mac 🙂

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