May 31, 2010

Install OSX on Intel i7 920 and MSI x58

Posted by Knick

I sat down this week and installed OSX on my desktop. Before I forget everything I did I am going to post. I did a LOT of Googling and blog reading before (and while) working on this project. Credit to all the people out there who did the real work for me so all I had to do was find their notes. Below is a step by step of what I did to get OCX working for me, hopefully it can help someone else and if not, I will have it documented if I ever need to reinstall.


Here's a breakdown of my current configuration:

  • i7 920 CPU
  • MSI X58 Platinum Motherboard
  • Corsair 6GB DDR3 1600MHz memory (CMX6GX3M3C1600C7)
  • BFG GeForce 8000GTS 512MB
  • Hitachi 1TB SATA HD
  • IDE Light-on DVD Burner
  • Logitech g-15 Gaming KB
  • Logitech MX-510 Mouse
  • Nostromo n-52e speedpad

Since I had a SATA Hard drive and an IDE DVD drive I was running into lots of issues getting the installer to boot. It kept hanging at "waiting on root device" prompt. This can be resolved in many ways (as found on Google) but I resolved it by using the DVD drive to boot the EFI loader cd, then installing OSX from an image that I placed on a USB thumb drive. If you have a SATA hard drive and a SATA DVD drive I suspect you will not have the same issues and you can simply install from the retail DVD.

Step 1: Download this zip file - MSI X58 SL

Step 2: Burn the LegacyBootCD.iso (found in the Zip) and boot the computer from the DVD/CD drive. You can also burn the remaining files to a second disc to make things easier later in the setup or you can re-download the zip file once you are in OS X to complete Steps 7 and beyond in this guide.

Step 3: Once you reach the boot loader insert your Snow Leopard Retail DVD, wait a few moments and press F5 then use the following parameters "-v cpus=1 busratio=20". If you are confused about the parameters just start typing on your keyboard and you'll see what you type at the bottom of the screen.

Step 4: After a series of screens of black and white text you will reach the OS X setup screen. Continue/Agree until you are presented with the location to install OSX. At this point click Utilities / Disk Utilities. Select your Hard Drive on the left side of the screen (not the partition) -- On the right side of the screen click the Partition Tab. Under Volume Scheme select 1 Partition, give it a name and choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for the format. Click apply and wait for the disk to be unmounted and partitioned. When complete you can close this window and it will return to the Screen to select destination for OS X. Click your hard drive and choose Continue.

Step 5: Wait about 30 minutes for OS X to complete the installation. At the end of the installation it will tell you that OS X was successfully installed and tell you that your computer will restart in 15 seconds. At this time open your DVD/CD drive and insert the LegacyBootCD. Let the computer restart on it's own or restart manually.

Step 6: You will once again reach the Boot Loader screen. Use the same parameters as we did before "-v cpus=1 busratio=20". After a few minutes the computer will start the welcome to OS X screen and have you complete the initial setup of entering your Apple ID / Mobile Me / etc. At this point your wired internet connection is working.

Step 7: If you didn't burn the files in the zip to a disc, download MSI X58 SL again. Inside the Zip file is Kext Helper b7, open it. Then go into the kext folder and drag the contents into Kext Helper, enter your password, and click Easy Install. When it completes DO NOT REBOOT.

Step 8: Open the Legacy Boot CD, go into extra / post-install and run the MyHackInstaller. This will take about 5 minutes to complete, do not end the installer even if it seems like it is taking a bit longer than it should. DO NOT REBOOT.

Step 9: Return to the contents of the zip file and open the VoodooHDA_pref folder. Inside run voodoohelper, when its done close the window. Next run VoodooHDA.prefane -- this will add the Voodoo settings to the System Preferences options (don't worry if it gives you some errors, that's normal). Now open the Kext Helper b7 once again and drag the VoodooHDA.kext file. Enter your password and choose Easy Install (if you closed it earlier).

Step 10: You can now Reboot the machine

Step 11: After rebooting you should have working sound, video, networking, bluetooth, dvd/cd drive. When you are notified of available software updates you can install them. This will leave you with a fully functional version of 10.6.3 and you ready to go.

Special thanks to Prasys' Blog, InsanleyMac Forums and anyone else I failed to mention. Hope you like your new i7 Hackintosh.


May 30, 2010

Install OSX on HP Mini 311

Posted by Knick

I love my HP Mini 311 netbook. It is small, light cheep (free for signing up with Verizon for a year) but i love my Macs more. I decided that it was time to bite the bullet and spend some time getting OSX 10.6.3 on my HP to make it truly my portable of choice.
I bought the following upgrades:

1) I upgraded the RAM from the 1 gig onboard to the max of 3gig. This is totally optional but i wanted to get the best performance i could from the mini.

2) I replaced the stock WIFI card with a replacement Broadcom 4312HMG card that is supported in OSX (the stock card will NOT work in Snow Leopard). WIFI was a must for a netbook so i hit e-bay and picked up the card for just 15 bucks after shipping.

I used a combination of several guides posted below, i would not have been able to do this without those guides and Google to help me out.

Install 10.6

Upgrade to 10.6.3

Flash BIOS and replace WIFI Card

I followed the first and second guides to the letter and they worked perfectly. WIFI was another story all together, it took another day to get the new "fully supported" card working. Small price to pay for the result, a fully functioning 10.6.3 macbook with HDMI out and a lovely 11 inch 1366x788 screen.

Detailed instructions to follow…….


May 29, 2010

Lock your OSX Desktop

Posted by Knick

I love my Mac but there are SOME things i do miss about a PC. Whenever I get up from my desk I lock the screen of my desktop by pressing "Windows L" and decided that I need to be able to do the same on my Mac. After spending about an hour Googling and finding several different ways to accomplish this goal I picked a method that required no 3rd party apps. These are the steps I followed to assign the "lock desktop" function to a keystroke on my Mac.
Open Automator in the Applications folder, and select Service from the screen that appears. At the top of the new Service's actions, in the Service receives drop-down, select no input from the options. Make sure that any application is selected in the second drop-down.

Add the Run Shell Script action (in the Utilities group of actions) to the Service by dragging it to the right. Add the following code:

/System/Library/CoreServices/"Menu Extras"/ -suspend

Save the Service (Automator does not ask you where to save it, just to name it).

Next, open System Preferences and select the Keyboard preference pane. Select the Keyboard Shortcuts tab at the top, then the Services group on the left. The service you created should be near the bottom of the list of Services under the General disclosure triangle.

Double-click on the right side of the entry for the Service you created and assign a keyboard shortcut. This was a bit unintuitive, because the shortcut column is not distinctly visible, so it is not obvious that you can double-click in the assigned shortcut column to add a shortcut.

Exit the keyboard preference pane to give it a try.