Tuesday, December 22, 2009
To update a kext:
cd /path/to/new/kext (put your downloaded kext path here)
cp -R KextName.kext /System/Library/Extensions
next you need to fix permissions so the kext can be executed by OS user (root/system)
chmod -R 755 KextName.kext
chown -R 0:0 KextName.kext (this will set the ownership on files to system user (root))
rm /System/Library/Extensions.mkext (this will reset all kext caching done by OSX)
Another way with GUI is to use the Kext Utility, by downloading this and using it, it will fix kext automatically. If you want to install kext, you can drag the kext onto the program directly, the program will install and update the Extensions.mkext file.
Monday, December 21, 2009
These are the settings used to install IPC distro on my Asus w7J.
Wifi (3945): works with new driver for Snowleopard only.
These few links might be useful read for further study (will update)
Basics of Kext and installation of it (drivers for Mac)
Seems like in 10.6.2 there is a problem with the VoodooHDA.kext and NVInject.kext
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
This is what you will need
Computer that can boot with USB thumb drive
USB with 4GB of space, new version only requires a 1 GB drive.
A version of pre build Chromium OS - I will show you where to find it.
Preparation - This instruction will show you how to use a pre build version of the Chromium OS, thus you won't need a linux machine to build it from source. You can start by downloading a pre-build version of the Chromium OS. There is a version online made by Hexxus which is good to go and easy to install on any USB drive. Use the Windows Version or Mac instructions to write that image to your USB drive.
Caution - Major issue with Chromium OS is that the hardware drivers are still in development stage. Therefore it might be hard to get a few hardware to function, most errors reported were sound device or wifi drivers. If there are any keyboard or Mouse problems, try to connect a USB version of it.
Boot up - Chromium requires your computer to be able to boot from USB, and once in the OS, it would ask for a username and password. The default for Hexxus's image is facepunch/facepunch. That is for the initial offline login, if you have internet connection you can try it with your usual gmail login.
Navigator - It is fairly easy to use the chromium OS, as there is only a browser and some simple settings of the machine. Most noticeably is the use of the F8 command. This command shows a translucent version of your keyboard, and the shortcuts available when hitting any of the combination of
Have fun hacking.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
ioreg -l -p IODeviceTree | grep firmware-abi
This command will check if your EFI is 32 bit or 64 bit the EFI can make or break for your 64 bit hardware running in 32 bit. There is a list of not too old Macs not being able to run in 64 bits because they have a dated version of the EFI.
To check if you are running the 64 bit Kernel, Type
in terminal and if your response contains the string x86_64 in the output that means you are in luck.
Monday, December 14, 2009
- A Router with Tomato Firmware installed
- A computer with a LAN card that supports Wake-On-Lan
- Iphone/Ipod Touch or any phone with Wifi and a web browser ( I haven't tested others yet)
Ok, since you have landed on this blog, I assume that you are already familiar with the Tomato firmware. It is a free custom Linux based firmware written especially for most Boardcom chipset based routers. It can easily turn your $30 router to a $300 router if you know how to install it. You can easily search Google to find out if your router supports it, and you can also Google instructions on how to install it. There is a large community on custom firmwares that try to make it do different things everyday. Ok so after you have installed the Tomato firmware, you would automatically notice that tomato supports WOL automatically. Basically it is the use of a network card to turn on the computer when you have access to the network. When you want to turn on a computer, a magic packet is broadcast on the network to reach your target computer. However it is mostly a pain to enable that feature on your computer. I am using Asrock M3A790GXH/128M for this exercise. So here are the steps.
1. Install and configure tomato to work properly
2. Enable WOL on your computer. In my case, you have to goto BIOS and enable "PCI device Power On" in the power menu. This might be different for your setup, but the principle is the same. Try to Google your specific motherboard/LAN card for instructions.
3. Boot into windows/Mac/Linux and note down the Mac address of your network card. Also note the name of the computer you want to turn on, in my case it is "server". Then turn it off.
4.If you have used this computer extensively on your tomato router, it should remember the Mac address of your computer.
5.Now here is the fun part, use your iphone on the same network on your computer and goto the Safari browser. Goto the IP address of the Tomato router and goto the admin menu. In there you can see the WOL option which looks something like below.
6. Click on the target computer with the name "server" or the one with your target computer name. If it is not on the list, then you can enter it manually in the space below.
Wait for your computer to Beep and turn on right in front of you. Now you can turn on your computer from the comfort of your sofa simply because you don't want to walk that extra distance or if you want to brag about it(I know I will) or just because you know that you can. Now image what you can do with DDNS, VPN setup on the tomato, you can go anywhere and turn on your computer with the tip of your finger.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
The basic walk through is to install ubuntu server, setup the web services with LAMP. LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, Mysql and PHP, basically all the free stuff.
This tutorial also goes on to show you how to harden your system by installing a firewall, and hiding some of your information from the public.
Some of the basic stuff such as Sudo are talking about, also how to upload your website, and some of the basics of port forwarding are talked about. Great tutorial for beginners
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Navigate to your Xampp installation directory, then goto the mysql/bin directory, in my case it is
open the file
Then find the line bind-address:127.0.0.1
If it is not there then add it, and replace 127.0.0.1 with the ip address of the computer you want to access the database from. You should now be able to access your mysql server from another computer than other localhost.
Monday, November 23, 2009
UPDATE: On the russian site, it cites support for AMD, ATOM 330, Pentium 4 (D), Celeron CPUs, this is great news.
Also support for Samsung R-560 (R-310, R-610... etc.)
I got this to work on my Asus W7J, installed on a 16GB USB thumb drive. Running 64 Bit EFI Kernel too.
The new version of the assembly for single-layer DVD, which is built on the basis of Retail Snow Leopard 10.6 Update 10.6.2 Safari 4.04. An assembly can be installed on GUID, and at the Mbr. In the assembly immediately included Russian localization.
Extras. information: from the assembly removed all packages with drivers for printers, AdditionalSpeechVoices, other languages
The contents of the folder Customise
- PC EFI 9.4 - boot-9-4 by Netkas
- PC EFI 10.5 - Chameleon 2 RC3 (r658) PC EFI 10.5 by Netkas
- NullCPUPM - blocker (disabler) for IntelCPUPowerManagement
- PlatformUUID - Error 35 fix
- IOATA Kernel Panic fix - 32/64-bit IOATAFamily.kext from Leo 10.5.8 (compiled by Slice)
- EvOreboot - Restart and Shutdown fix
- EvOSpeedStep - Power Management for Core i7
- EvOenabler - ATI video injector
- SMBIOSResolver - only for PC EFI 9.4!!!
- Legacy AHCI - 32/64-bit Legacy kext for Intel AHCI (SATA)
- Legacy ATA - 32/64-bit Legacy kext for Intel ATA (IDE)
- Legacy JMicron ATA - 32/64-bit Legacy kext for JMicron ATA (IDE)
- PS / 2 - kekst interface PS / 2
- Rosetta - support for legacy applications
- ATools - a folder with a set of office utilities and drivers
System requirements: PC with a processor Intel SSSE3 (not to be confused with SSE3!)
Language: English Russian
Tabletka: Not required
Size: 4.71 Gb
Currently not on the bay or the nova.
Download from these links below. Apparently the other sites included were either not available or it is a paying download service.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
1. Get yourself a copy of Ideneb, IPC or iATKOS and burn it to disc.
2. Boot that up in your computer and goto Disk Utilities
3. Make 2 partitions, first Mac Extended, and 2nd partition use a FAT
4. Install OSX into the Mac Extended partition. (I would assume you already know how to do that, for any problems go to insanelymac and search first, if you cannot find what you are looking for ask nicely, they are really helpful.)
5. After your mac is booted and running smoothly, pop in the Windows 7 install Disc and boot with it.
6. Make sure you do not re-partition your drive, format it with NTFS, and click continue.
7. You can find windows 7 loader from google.
8. Download Boot-think(2.3.18 is the newest version at the time of this article) and install the windows version with the .exe and reboot. Make sure you run as administrator.
9. Boot into Windows 7 and goto "Darwin" folder. Once you are in there, goto the "MBR" folder, run "setupMBR.bat" as administrator.
It should already work.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here is a free paper Iphone Ipod stand that you can make yourself at home. Nice and easy huh?
Saturday, September 05, 2009
There is a simply way that I started editing code for this is to add code in the display field. Where it is asked to display it in either item view or category view you can inject php code into it to do the things that you want. In this example you can insert the Google map php code into that section thus you can display the google map in either the category view or item view. I am sure there is an easier or neater way to do it, but this is the most straightforward method to get your site working under yootheme zoo and joomla.
Monday, August 10, 2009
The Chinese version of the Ophone reportedly will be out in China as soon as September. The image of the phone had been leaked since a few months ago. China Mobile will be the carrier of choice of this phone, and this will be an Android powered phone. According to sources, China Mobile is willing to give 50% of the price rebate of the phone, and after that rebate, phones will cost RMB $2000, or roughly $300 US dollars.
This phone will carry the usual 800x480 screen, along with 3MP camera. 3.5 inch touch screen, with no physical keyboard.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
What this comes down to is Google stepping over the toes of the telco giants. The phone number is not that important anymore, people tend to use the same service because they have to retain their phone number, be it retaining their friends and family or their customers. AT&T and T-Mobile will not be important anymore. I think the whole industry might start to drift towards calling based on an IP address,email address or an domain name. Soon you will be able to make a call to 10.0.0.1, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if that would be the base, Google will turn into the next Microsoft(if they haven't already), who will be owning you from your email, to your word processor to your cellphone(pretty soon your OS too). I can think of one pretty good outcome that can result from all of this, is that Google will provide cellphone and service to the public for free. And advertisers can pay for all of this. Very much like those futuristic movies that advertise based on
Thursday, August 06, 2009
I will assume that you have a router that is tomato/dd-wrt/openwrt enabled, with a variation of the firmware installed, that way it is very easy to flash to the tomato openvpn enabled firmware. Your best friend to this information is google.
First download the firmware.
you can download the binaries, and the latest update is 1.25vpn3.3 release as of this article.
Then go to your tomato router and flash it with the firmware from the Administration Screen.
Notice that I am already using the OpenVpn Modded Tomato, I have attached that screen so users can really see what they are doing.
After you have loaded the firmware and rebooted the router you will see the VPN Tunneling Option in your menu. What you need now is to download openVpn and generate a key, a good tutorial would be to read the materials in Openvpn's main page.
Click on the VPN tunneling option in your router menu. And you will be presented with the following screen
Then you can select the following
Authorization Mode:Static Key
Ignore advanced and goto keys, and you will reach the following screen
Insert the key with the static key you have generated in your copy of OpenVpn. Remember not to share this key with anyone.
Then you should go to your firewall and forward the port 1195 to your router's IP address. In my case, I forward external UDP port 1195 local port 1195 at my router's IP address which is 192.168.1.1
If you do not have static ip with your ISP, it is easier if you configure a DDNS host. You can join free service in either Dyndns.org or no-ip.com. Then you can connect from anywhere to your
After that you should configure your local config file for openvpn and save the settings to a configuration file, in our example we name it connect.ovpn.
# Use the following to have your client computer send all traffic through your router
# (remote gateway)
remote replace this with your server's address or xxx.dyndns.org
Then place your static key in a file in the same directory as your connect.ovpn, make sure the name of the file is "static.key".
You can now connect to your host by right-clicking on your connect.ovpn and select connect option
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
The recent surge in Mac and Iphone had made me start to pay more attention to Mac. So I have decided to pick this back up (from 15 years ago) by getting myself a computer with Mac in it. I originally started this by trying to install OSX in my new AMD Phenon II by using VMWare. I have tried numerous distrubtion and they all don't seem to boot properly. IPC, Ideneb and leo4all all don't seem to play nice with my VMware and AMD hardware. However, I don't want to shell out for another new Mac, so I assembled back my retired good old Core 2 Duo E6300 with the MP-P6VM-A4 board to give Hackintosh a try. After a few install and reboots, I started to understand that you really have to know all your chipsets on your motherboard to make this thing start properly. It is much like installing Slackware back in the early 80's. Heck installing Slackware was even easier back in the days.
edit:Sound works now by choosing generic AC97 audio. And you don't really need the Voodoo kernel also. So everything works. However one slight hickup is it doesn't boot via USB, so it is kinda a pain to try Snow leopard on it.
You can update from 10.5.6 to 10.5.7 via upgrade pack from tpb, or other major torernt sites. After that you can update via the Mac Software update with no problem.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Re: conversion to dalvik format failed with error 1This came up because I had upgraded the Eclipse ADT from 0.8.0 to 0.9.2, and eclipse is still using the cached 0.8.0 ADT. A simply way to clear this is to start eclipse fresh with the -clean option. Or better yet, uninstall everything and install the ADT again.
Hope this helps.
Monday, May 04, 2009
However there are a few catches,
- You don't need to rush to get the RC. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and we're not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.
- Watch the calendar. The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you'll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You'll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use. (Learn more about installing Windows.)
- Protect your PC and data. Be sure to back up your data and please don't test the RC on your primary home or business PC.
- Tech details/updates: Before installing the RC, please read the Release Notes and Things to Know for important information about the release.
- Keep up with the news. You can keep up with general technical information and news by following the team blog. And, you can get non-technical news, tips, and offers by subscribing to the monthly Exploring Windows newsletter.
- Keep your PC updated: Be sure to turn on automatic updates in Windows Update in case we publish updates for the RC.
- Installation: You can install the Windows 7 RC on a PC running Windows Vista without backing up the PC—but we encourage you to make a backup for safe keeping. If you're running Windows XP or the Windows 7 Beta, you'll need to backup your data, then do a clean installation of the RC, then reinstall your applications and restore your data. If you need to do a backup, please see How to back up your PC for more details and a suggestion for how to backup a PC running Windows 7 Beta or Windows Vista.
Microsoft Download Center - Click here for download
I had always been a fan of upgrading old hardware, and I found this fascinating article today:
Have you ever had the need to boot your laptop in a Starbucks, an airport lounge, or a buddy’s house, but don’t want to go through the agonizing multi-minute procedure of starting up your operating system with all of its managed software and utilities? If you’re a corporate Windows user on the go, chances are your PC might take several minutes to get up and running if you just want to get onto the Internet, GMail, surf, Twitter, FaceBook, instant message, Skype, or what have you. Well, now there’s a solution: Presto.Presto! In ten seconds, you've got an Internet desktop., Apr 2009
You should read the whole article.
Presto is actually an ultra-stripped down Linux that has been optimized to boot on even the oldest PC laptop hardware in a matter of seconds. Unlike other Linux environments that require re-partitioning of your system, Presto actually is stored in the C:\Program Files\Presto directory on your native Windows NTFS file system and installs just like a regular Windows Program.
This actually reminds me of a very similar product, puppy Linux. This is a Linux smaller than 256MB, and the best thing is it loads into the RAM of your computer. What this means is that old system with at least 256MB of ram can run this with ease. One of the main measure stick everyone uses is the boot time of a system. This version of Linux will not impress you in that catergory, the boot process requires you to answer a few question, then it will load itself into the RAM of your computer. However after the boot up process, the speed of the OS is real quick. I am really starting to like this product. I sure recommend you to give it a spin and post comments below.
Monday, February 23, 2009
This article is here: READ
There are a couple of tricks to get Windows 7 Beta working correctly in VirtualBox, and I’m going to show you how to get it done, from start to finish.
I’m going to assume you’ve already downloaded the ISO and gotten your installation key (Get them here before January 24), and burned the ISO to a disk. With VirtualBox you don’t necessarily need to burn the disk, and in fact the steps I’m going to go through here just mounts the ISO to make it available as a disk to the virtual machine.
I’ll be using VirtualBox 2.1.0 on a Windows SP3 host.
First, to make the ISO available to the guest operating system, we’ll need to add it to the media manager.
- Open VirtualBox and click on File, then Virtual Media Manager.
- When the Virtual Media Manager opens, click the CD/DVD Images tab.
- Click the Add button.
- Navigate to the Windows 7 Beta ISO file you downloaded. Choose it and click Open.
- You should now see your ISO listed on the CD/DVD Images tab of the Virtual Media Manager. Click OK.
Ok, now let’s set up the guest virtual machine within VirtualBox.
- In the main VirtualBox window, click the New button.
- Click Next to start the wizard.
- Type a name for your new virtual machine in the Name box. I called mine Windows 7. Choose Microsoft Windows in the Operating System box, and Other Windows in the Version box. Click Next.
- Next we need to decide how much memory to give to the guest operating system. The minimum requirements for Windows 7 recommend 1 gig of memory. But my host machine has only 2 gig installed, and I didn’t want to give Windows 7 half of that, so I decided to give it only 512MB. Windows 7 was a little sluggish, but usable. Use your own judgment when deciding how much to give your guest operating system. When you’ve adjusted the memory how you like it, click Next.
- Now we need to create a virtual hard drive for the new guest operating system. Click the New button to create one.
- Now click Next, make sure Dynamically expanding storage is selected, then click Next.
- Now we need to choose the location of the virtual disk. The default location is C:\Documents and Settings\username\.VirtualBox\HardDisks, and the default size is 20GB. The minimum suggested hard drive size for Windows 7 is 16GB, so 20GB is plenty to get it installed and mess around with it a little. If the size and location are good for you, click Next.
- Click Finish. This completes the virtual drive creation wizard and returns us to the virtual machine wizard.
- You’ll see the drive we just created listed. Click Next.
- Click Finish. You’re, well, finished!
This gets the virtual machine created with some basic hardware settings.
Most of these settings are fine, but we need to enable the sound and tell it to mount the Windows 7 ISO you downloaded.
- Click on Audio in the right pane. When the window opens, check the Enable Audio box, and choose Windows DirectSound. Click OK.
- Click CD/DVD-ROM in the right pane. Check Mount CD/DVD Drive, then choose ISO Image File. Make sure the ISO we added to the Media Manager is chosen here. Click OK.
These settings will get us up and running with a CD drive and sound. There are a lot of other settings we could have a look at here, and you can go look at those on your own, but this is all we’re going to work with here.
Now our virtual guest machine is finally ready. So now go ahead and Choose Windows 7 in the left pane and click the Start button.
If you’ve installed Windows Vista in the past, the Windows 7 install procedure will look very familiar. If you’ve not installed Vista and have experience only installing Windows XP, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Installing Windows 7 requires very little user interaction.
First, you’ll be asked for language information, then the installation type.
Choose Custom here. On the next screen you should see only one drive and all of it should be unallocated. This is the virtual drive we created earlier. Just click the next button.
Now comes the longest part of the installation, so sit back, enjoy your beverage of choice, and wait. Later on you’ll be asked for your time zone, user name, password, and key. Provide all of those, then in a few minutes you’ll be rewarded with a fish.
When you see this fish, you’re done installing. This is the Windows 7 desktop. Feel free to mess around a little and check things out. After you look around a bit, you’ll no doubt notice that there is no network, no sound, you can’t install the VirtualBox Guest Additions, and your mouse gets trapped in the virtual machine window. Press the right CTRL key to get it out of there.
To solve these problems, we’ll need to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions. But wait! Didn’t I just say we can’t install them? We can install them, but the installer is not compatible with Windows 7, but it IS compatible with Windows XP. So We’ll just run it in compatibility mode.
- If your mouse is currently stuck in the guest window, press the right CTRL key to get it unstuck.
- Now click Devices in the menu bar, and choose Mount CD/DVD-ROM, and then choose CD/DVD-ROM Image.
- This should look familiar. Choose VBoxGuestAdditions.iso, then click the Select button.
- The AutoPlay window should open at this point. Choose to open the folder and view files.
- Right-click the VBoxWindowsAdditions file and choose properties.
- In the Properties window, go to the Compatibility tab.
- Check the Run this program in compatibility mode for: box, then choose Windows XP (Service Pack 2) in the box below it. CLick OK.
- That should put us back at at the screenshot above. Now you can double-click the VBoxWindowsAdditions file to run it.
- Click Yes to allow the changes.
- Click next to begin the installation wizard.
- Click Agree then click Install.
- After a few seconds, you’ll be asked if you want to install the Sun display drivers. Check the box for Always trust software from “Sun Microsystems, Inc.” and click Install.
- After a few more seconds the installation will be finished. Click Finish to restart your virtual machine.
You’ll notice you still don’t have sound or network, but at least you can smoothly move your mouse back and forth between the guest and host operating systems. To get the sound and network working, we’ll need to install the drivers by hand. Don’t worry, it’s not hard at all.
- Click the Windows button in the bottom left of the virtual machine window, then right-click on Computer and choose Properties.
- On the left sidebar of this window, choose Device Manager.
You should see two items under Other Devices, and both should have the yellow exclamation point beside them. They should be the ethernet controller and the multimedia audio controller.
- Right-click on Ethernet Controller and choose Update Driver Software.
- Choose Browse my computer for driver software.
- Click the Browse button and choose the drive with the VirtualBox Guest Additions.
Click the OK button, then click Next. After a few seconds the driver will install.
Now that the network driver is installed, we only need to wait a few seconds to install the sound driver. One of the cool (Or scary, depending on how you look at it) things about Windows 7 is that if some piece of hardware needs a driver, Windows 7 will just go out and look for it. In this case, it goes out to the internet, finds a driver for the Intel 82801AA AC’97 Audio Controller and installs it without any interaction from you. Kinda cool, huh?
So that’s it. In a nutshell, to get everything in Windows 7 working correctly in VirtualBox, you need to run the VirtualBox Guest Additions in Windows XP compatibility mode, manually install the network driver from that CD image, then sit back and wait for the sound driver to install.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
This article is from here : READ
I am typing this on a 9-inch, 3G-equipped, almost-pocketable computer, running the best consumer OS money can currently buy. It costs around $400. Do you want one too? Here's how to get yours.
There are a lot of netbooks on which you can install and run OS X, but if you're mindful of the handy comparison chart those lads at Boing Boing Gadgets have compiled, you'll know that the Mini 9 is about as ideal a platform as you'll find for a Hackintosh ultraportable: Everything from wi-fi, sound and the function keys down to the optional integrated mobile broadband card and the SD card reader are supported and work as they should. No hardware compromises at all. It's awesome.
Generally, there are two ways to approach a Hackintosh install: Using a "slipstreamed" OS X installer image that's been modified to install on non-Apple hardware, or using a $129 factory-fresh retail OS X install disk in tandem with a special bootloader that does the necessary tweaking to let the install happen. The former can be easy enough, but it's pretty much illegal since it contains a pirated OS X install disk, and on top of that you'll run into all kinds of problems should you ever want to upgrade your OS or software via Software Update.
By using a retail OS X disk, you stay mostly out of pirate waters, and ensure that once everything's up and running, you'll be as close as is possible to having an actual Mac. Here we're doing that, using a method referred to as the "Type11" install, cooked up by a fellow of the same handle and his colleagues over on the MyDellMini forums, a fantastic resource.
Even though we're using a standard retail-purchased copy of OS X, the disclaimer: Apple does not like Hackintoshing. It violates the OS X EULA, and probably won't make the Dell folks too happy either, should you need to return your hacked Mini 9 for service. So, as always, proceed at your own risk.
On a personal note let me tell you, it's worth it. The Mini 9 is a beautiful OS X machine. So let's get started.
What You'll Need
• Dell Mini 9 With 16GB SSD or higher (8GB SSDs will techincally work, but it will take some fiddling not covered by this guide)
• Retail copy of OS X 10.5.x (NOT an OEM copy that comes with a new Mac)
• A USB flash drive 8GB or higher
• An external USB DVD drive
• The "Type11" Bootloader: DellMiniBoot123v8.01.iso.zip (download link in this forum post)
• Blank CD to burn bootloader image (I actually used version 8.0 of Type11 on my CD-if your boot process with 8.01 is different than what's spelled out in this guide, you can download 8.0 here. Both should work.)
• Windows PC for preparing the flash drive (if DVD drive works fine, this is optional)
Preparing Your Boot Loader
The easiest way to use both the Type11 bootloader (burned to a bootable CD) and your OS X install DVD is via the external USB DVD drive. The catch is, some drives are mysteriously not compatible with installing OS X on the Mini 9. Mine was one of those drives—the bootloader CD would work without a hitch, but it would choke on the OS X install disk every time. Thankfully, it's also possible to run both the bootloader and the OS X install disk off of a USB flash drive. I'm going to spell out my method here, which actually included both approaches, but try an external DVD drive first, and if yours is compatible, your life will be a little easier than mine was. On the other hand, if you don't have an external drive, you can give the USB flash drive method a shot.
The general approach here it to boot from the Type11 bootloader, which allows you install, run and update OS X; once you're up to 10.5.6, you can install a suite of Mini 9 specific drivers so you don't have to rely on the bootloader anymore.
1. Unzip the DellMiniBoot123v8.01.iso and burn it to a CD with Disk Utility or a similar Windows tool (don't just drag the ISO file to a disk). Pop that disk into your external DVD drive, connect it to your Mini 9 and power it on, then press 0 (zero) at startup to bring up the list of bootable devices.
2. Choose CD/DVD from the list, which will bring you into the bootloader. Choose the first option, "Install Retail OS X 10.5" which will bring you to a command prompt that says "boot:"
3. Take out the bootloader disk and pop in your retail OS X install DVD, keeping the PC running. (You can power your external drive off and then on again to make sure everything's kosher.) Press Escape at the boot: prompt to bring up the drive options. The Type11 installer uses hex codes to choose which device you're booting from, which you can assign at any time from the boot prompt by pressing escape: enter "9f" for the external DVD drive or "80" for the primary internal SSD. Here we're booting from the external CD drive, so press escape, Type "9f" then press enter.
4. At this point, the OS X installer will either load or it won't. If it does, great. You can skip to step 12. If not, you'll need to do what I did, and transfer everything to a USB flash drive to install that way.
Preparing a USB Stick Instead Of/In Addition To a Boot CD
This is based on a tutorial found on the MyDellMini forums by "bmaltais"—bigup to him.
5. Open up Disk Utility and partition your USB drive (8GB or larger) into two partitions: one 200MB FAT32 (MS-DOS) partition named "TYPE11" and one with the remainder of the free space formated as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) called OSXDVD.
6. Move to a Windows PC (I know, I know), plug in your USB stick and download Syslinux-this is a utility that will make the FAT32 partition of your USB stick bootable. With the Windows Command Prompt, cd over to the "win32" subdirectory of the Syslinux directory you downloaded and type the following, where "F:" is the drive letter for the TYPE11 partition on your USB stick:
syslinux -ma F:
You won't get any confirmation, but if you receive no error messages, you're good: This copies a single file named ldlinux.sys (invisible in Windows) to the USB drive to make it bootable. Pop it out and go back to your Mac if that's what you're using.
7. Now, unzip the Type11 ISO (instead of burning it to a disk) and copy the whole directory structure to the TYPE11 partition. Do NOT overwrite the "ldlinux.sys" when it asks—you want to keep the one you copied over with Syslinux.
8. To fill up the other partition, insert your OS X install DVD and, in Disk Utility, select it and choose "New Image." Save it to the OSXDVD partition of your USB drive as "live.dmg" with "compressed" as the type and encryption set to "none." This'll take about a half hour to rip the DVD to an image, which should weigh in at around 6.4 GB give or take.
9. After that's done, go to Terminal and copy your mach kernel file to the OSXDVD partition by typing this:
sudo cp /mach_kernel /Volumes/OSXDVD
10. And finally, download this zip file, uncompress it and copy the System and Library folders inside to your OSXDVD partition. This is the last bit of magic needed to make your Mini 9 think it's working with an actual OS X install DVD.
11. On your Mini 9, restart it and enter the BIOS setup by pressing "2"—and make sure legacy support for USB devices is enabled. Now, reboot and select the boot options list by tapping 0 at startup and choose USB Storage. Select the OSXDVD partition to boot from and press Enter. This should load up the familiar Apple and the OS X installer window.
Install OS X
While you're installing and doing initial configuration of OS X, everything will be all warped to 800x600 rather than your Mini's native 1024x600 res. Don't worry, this will be fixed soon enough.
12. The first thing you need to do is format your SSD. Bring up Disk Utility in the installer select it at the highest level possible. Go to "Partition" and make it a single Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) partition. Before hitting Apply, go to Options and select GUID Partition Table. Then hit apply.
13. Now, go back to the Installer, and install OS X to the SSD you just partitioned. You will definitely want to choose to customize your install to save SSD space—I would ditch all the printer drivers and language packs you don't need to save space. If you install with the default options though, don't worry—all can be removed later. The install will take about an hour, so go fix yourself a drink. You may come back to an Install Error message at the very end (I didn't), but if you do, don't worry. It's normal.
14. Once OS X is installed, it's still not ready for use right off the drive. On your first reboot, make sure you boot back into the Type11 bootloader on your CD or flash drive, as your new OS X partition is still not bootable without it.
This is, however, where a bit of weirdness set in for me. The Type11 partition on my USB disk would NOT recognize my fresh OS X install on the Mini 9 SSD. It just would not boot it. The Type11 boot CD I had made (with version 8.0 of Type11) DID recognize it, however, and booted it just fine. So bear that in mind here—even if you weren't using an external drive before, you still might need one.
15. So now you boot back into the Type11 CD and choose option 1 ("Install Retail OS X 10.5") again, even though you're not installing. This takes you back to the boot prompt. This time, hit Escape, and type the code "80" for your SSD (as opposed to "9f" for the external DVD). Press enter, and then back at the "boot:" prompt, type "-f" with no quotes before hitting enter again to boot. This will load all of OS X's kernel extensions (.kexts) to make sure wi-fi and everything works. OS X should boot, and you'll go through the typical OS X setup process. Notice the webcam and—hopefully—networking are already working!
ONE MORE NOTE: If networking isn't working, don't panic. On my first boot from the SSD, wi-fi didn't work. But after a restart and another boot from the bootloader CD (with the "-f" option) it worked fine. Throughout this process, if anything is screwy, before you panic and start Googling new strategems, simply re-do the last step that failed—it's often that easy.
Free Up Space and Update OS X to 10.5.6
Now that you've booted from the fresh install on the SSD, it's time to update to 10.5.6 (if necessary). After a default install, I only had a gig and change left on my 16GB SSD, so I had to dump some programs I wouldn't need as well as all the printer drivers found at /Library/Printers. There is an app called Monolingual which can also help clear some space by removing unwanted language files and stripping out all legacy PPC code from your universal binaries.
16. Once you've cleared up enough space (if necessary, you'll need around 6GB), go to Software Update and install the 10.5.6 update. This will take a long-ass time too (the SSD, strangely enough, seems to actually be slower on tasks that take tons of reads and writes).
17. After it's done, restart, and boot into the Type11 bootloader one last time. This time you don't have to use the "-f" flag. Once you're booted, go to the DellMini9Utils folder on your Type11 CD or flash drive and run the DellEFI installer. This will load all of the Mini 9 .kexts and drivers as well as a special bootloader to boot your SSD install. Choose the easy install option and just let it do its magic.
18. After it's done, you'll be asked to reboot one final time. You won't need to boot from the Type11 CD this time; you should boot straight off of your SSD like normal, and enter upon your fresh new OS X desktop, now in gloriously correct 1024x600 resolution. Awesome!
Configs, Tweaks and Fun Stuff
You'll notice right away that OS X runs fantastically on the Mini 9. I was really stunned, and you probably will be too. Here are some things to make it even better:
• Follow this tutorial to get your mobile broadband working if your Mini 9 has it. Network preferences should recognize it out of the box.
• If you're especially OCD, you can run the "AboutThisMac.pkg" inside the Type11 utilities folder to change "Unknown Processor" in the About This Mac window to the correct 1.6GHz Atom designation.
• This is a neat trick for fooling pesky oversized windows into shrinking themselves for your small screen.
• I haven't had luck with this, but you can apparently enable some multitouch scrolling action on the Dell's Synaptics touchpad by following these instructions.
So congrats, now you have a 100% functional OS X netbook. I've been using mine for a few days now, and it's quite the machine for basic netbook activities-surfing, IM, email. It connects to my shared AirPort disk and streams my video collection (even high-def files) perfectly, and also backs up wirelessly over Time Machine. The 9-inch screen will make even your lower-res full-screen video look fantastic—YouTube or Hulu, QuickTime trailers and video rips are a pleasure to watch. Watching an episode of something in bed without lugging my 15-incher in with me is really nice.
In addition, I think I may have found the perfect toilet computer. No one wants to fight Windows on the throne. And of course it's amazing for traveling. I'm about to take a trip to Cairo, and I'll be bringing this little guy without a doubt.Resources
Many thanks to everyone at the following sites:
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Download 5.00 M33-6 and download 500.pbp
After that, follow these steps.
1.Unzip the 5.00 M33-6 file and put the EBOOT.PBP into X:/PSP/UPDATE (X is the root of the MemoryStick)
2. Put the 500.PBP also into X:/PSP/GAME/UPDATE folder.
3. And start update from XMB. :smile:
the release notes can be found here
Monday, February 09, 2009
Thanks Wiigator Team.