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10.5.6 on Hackintosh

December 16, 2008 3 comments

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The latest update to Mac OS Leopard is now out, and 10.5.6 looks so far to be working fine on my hackintosh. I installed Leopard using the Chameleon/Boot132 method a while back which allows the use of Software Update for OS upgrades. This time around the update installed just as it would on any other Mac, a couple of restarts and the system was up and running again. Apple have an article listing all the fixes and changes for anyone interested.

As usual, I strongly recommend making a backup before the upgrade, especially for hackintosh users. SuperDuper has been suffering a problem recently on my system so I’m back to using the excellent (and free) Carbon Copy Cloner.

UPDATE While the install was painless the results since have been less than smooth. I expected to copy some kext’s from my backup to get audio and the basics (reboot, sleep etc) working, but even with these the hackintosh would not sleep correctly. Every time I tried waking from sleep the system rebooted, so for now it’s back to to 10.5.5 using Carbon Copy Cloner to restore from the backup.

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Synology Firmware update 0722

September 24, 2008 Leave a comment

For quite a time I have been trying to get SMB shares showing in the Finder sidebar. Nothing I have tried has resulted in a permanent fix so this has become an issue I expect Snow Leopard to resolve. This morning I updated my Synology Diskstation 106e to the latest 0722 firmware and while SMB shares still don’t appear, the Diskstation does. From the release notes:

Enhanced Mac OS Usability: Synology NAS servers will be automatically found by Bonjour protocol, including Finder and Safari browser (Bookmarks > Bonjour)

The image on the left shows the Finder sidebar with the Diskstation detected through Bonjour. I would previously see this icon while connected to a share but as soon as the share was ejected the Diskstation icon dissapeared as well. It’s now permanently there, either a monitor with the infamous Windows BSOD (who says Apple doesn’t have a sense of humour) if using SMB or one like the macpro icon above for AFP. Both methods of access appear to work but SMB was a bit flaky and didn’t always connect, so I’m sticking with AFP for now.

There are a lot of other updates in the new firmware including a new downloadstation so have a look if you own one of these devices. I’m always amazed at the continued support and updates Synology provide for older models so would recommend their NAS units to anyone.

10.5.5 on hackintosh

September 16, 2008 1 comment

My hackintosh is now upgraded to 10.5.5 and all seems to be working well. As shown in the image above, 10.5.5 comes with a new kernel 9.5.0. Video appears to be working fine as well, with Core Image and Quartz Extreme shown as Hardware accelerated and Supported.

As before I tested the 10.5.5 update on my usb test drive before installing on my main partition. The Software Update method fails just as it always has before on my system, so the 10.5.5 package has to be downloaded from Apple.com. Using that will also cause a crash during installation unless I follow netkas’ guide to installing 10.5.2/10.5.3. It works just as well on 10.5.5 and requires a short command in a terminal window to remove a kernel extention as it is installed.

Sleep seems to be working correctly as it has in the past couple of updates, though my SMB shares have still not appeared in the Finder sidebar. Maybe Snow Leopard will fix that one.

UPDATE I hadn’t noticed that my sound output and input were not working after the update, but dropping ALCinject.kext and AppleHDA.kext from my backup drive into kext helper fixed that in 30 seconds and a reboot.

Mac VM software updates

September 4, 2008 Leave a comment

Two updates to report today in the Macintosh VM market. First, VMware Fusion 2.0 sees the release of RC1. Lots of bug fixes in the update, as well as the addition of McAfee VirusScan Plus for Windows. I tried this yesterday and found it easy to install from a menubar option. This is a sensible addition given the risks attached to accessing the internet on an unprotected Windows machine. Other improvements include Spanish and Italian language support, Unity 2 and multiple snapshots. Full details at the Vmware web site.

The other update is Virtualbox, which has today seen the release of version 2. Again, a lot of updates which are listed at the Virtualbox web site. I haven’t had a chance to try this yet, so it’s next on the install list. It’s nice to see the free option progressing well along with the comercial offerings, and I’m wondering how long it will be before Parallels has a big announcent.

iPhone/iPod Firmware 2.0.1 released

August 5, 2008 Leave a comment

Available now through iTunes, the iPhone and iPod Touch 2.0.1 Firmware lists ‘bug fixes’ as its only improvement over the 2.0 initial release. Early reviews say the new firmware feels slightly more responsive. Upgrading a jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch will at the very least remove access to the apps installed either manually or through Cydia. The new software is also reported to update the iPhone 3G baseband, which makes things more complicated for those waiting for a 3G unlock.

I’ve only recently got access again to my favourite iPod ebook reader, textReader, so I’m not willing to upgrade and lose it again. Hopefully the iPhone Dev Team will have their PwnageTool updated soon to cope with 2.0.1.

Security Update 2008-005 released

August 1, 2008 Leave a comment

The latest Apple security update is now avaliable, and has installed fine on my hackintosh. There’s no major changes with this, and the kernel is still version 9.4. As usual be sure to make a backup before installing. For more information on what security fixes are included visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2647

10.5.4 for hackintosh update

July 19, 2008 Leave a comment

Hackintosh installers for 10.5.4 have started to appear in the past few days, ATKOS v4i based on 10.5.4 is out. On the update front there’s a 10.5.4 AMD Combo package. These are available from the usual sources.

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