Archive for December, 2011

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Hey everyone,

I know that if you’ve posted comments recently that I’ve only just gotten back to you. I apologize, I am currently in finals mode at school and have a lot of work to do before the end of the semester. However, I would like to update you guys on some things.

The OS X Lion guide still hasn’t resumed production. I have received a lot of hate emails about it not being done before the school year started for me. It was a personal choice to not continue the guide, and I continue to hold to that stance. This upcoming semester (in the Spring) is going to be harder than this one, so I don’t anticipate me resuming my progress. At the earliest, the guide MIGHT resume production in the summer. For my loyal followers, I appreciate your patience and understanding.

Secondly, if you guys didn’t know, I was formerly the moderator for the Asus Netbook section of the InsanelyMac forums. However, after consulting with some of the admins that I know very well, I was able to be promoted in the forums. I now moderate ALL the netbook sections of forums. Thank you all for your continuous support, because without you, I wouldn’t be in this position.

Finally, I wanted to let you know that I am currently building a new gaming desktop for myself. For those early followers, you’ll remember my first interaction with Hackintosh was with my old gaming desktop, which had an AMD processor and an ATI graphics card (making it hard to get OS X running on). The desktop is about 1/2 built right now, with only the processor and graphics cards waiting to be installed. Specs are as follows:
-Core  i7-2600k
-16gb DDR3-1600
-60GB SSD w/ 1TB 7200rpm Seagate, both SATA III
-Asus Maximus IV Extreme (rev 3) motherboard
-Three EVGA GTX 460 graphics cards (each with 1GB GDDR5 memory)

Once I get this desktop, I will donate a 250gb SATA I drive to see if I can run hackintosh on it, in my very little free time.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for benchmarks on the new desktop coming soon!


USB Stick Pausing at Grey Screen? LOOK HERE

People have been complaining for a while now about their netbooks freezing on the OS X Grey screen when the USB drive is booting the installer program. I figured this out a while back, and answer many questions here (and on the InsanelyMac forums) about this problem.

If you are using OS X Lion (v 10.7) to restore your image file to your USB stick, then you will NOT be able to get this installation to run. When Lion was made, tweaks to Disk Utility (specifically the restoration process for restoring disk images to other places [such as your USB stick/SD card] created problems with hackintosh users all over the place. If you are attempting my guide (or most others for that matter), you need to use a computer with either OS X Leopard (v 10.5) or Snow Leopard (v 10.6). These both have safe versions of disk utility to restore the image file to your USB stick. Lion will NOT WORK.