Mac Vs. PC preference

Hey Guys, go to http://www.youtube.com/technotalkblog for my new video on my preference of Mac Vs. PC and Windows vs. OS X!

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Hackintosh 1005HA/1005HAB, etc Part 5-Tips and Tricks for Netbooks

Hey Guys, last post on this topic for now. Since you have everything working, you’re gonna want to learn how to control the volume/brightness.

1) The first thing you have to download is a program called Spark. It is widely used by the Hackintosh community, so I’m sure you guys have heard of it before. You can download it at (http://www.shadowlab.org/Software/spark.php).

2) Once you install it, go to it and select “file from the dropdown menu, new hotkey, and System. In the “shortcut” space, I like to use Control-and the F# keys that correspond with the FN keys from windows. Makes it easier to just look down and see the pictures and know they are for that purpose. Do this for Mute, Volume Down, and Volume Up. When making each of the shortcuts, make sure you check the boxes at the bottom that say “Display Notification Icon” and “Play Feedback when volume is changed”. After you make the shortcuts, click the green button on the bottom of the Spark window, which says “Start Spark Daemon”.

3) As for brightness, since we installed a Brightness kext already, you should be able to use the FN keys like you normally would in windows. Unfortunately, theres no way to make a spark shortcut for these :/

Hope this helps. Comment below with any questions/comments 🙂

Hackintosh 1005HA/1005HAB, etc Part 4-Updating to 10.6.4 and 10.6.5

Ok, so you’ve installed Snow Leopard and its at the right resolution, etc. But I presume you want to be able to update? Ok, this is how you do it.

Right now, you are on 10.6.0. But a lot of programs require you to be on at least 10.6.2. We’re going to get you to 10.6.5. This part is just time consuming, but not terribly difficult.

1) Download the 10.6.4 Combo update. I stress the COMBO UPDATE part. Now, go to the /Macintosh HD/system/library/extentions folder and backup the “AppleIntelGMA950.kext” and the “AppleIntelIntegratedFrameBuffer.kext”. Simply right click them and select copy and paste them onto your desktop.

2) Mount the 10.6.4 update and run it. This will take about 10-20 mins so go pee from those 2 beers, and on your way back, grab a third. Once this is done, DO NOT PRESS THE RESTART BUTTON! Minimize the window because you will need to hit that button later.

3) Plug the USB that has the downloaded folder on it and go the to Mach Kernel 10.6.4 folder. Copy that Kernel file to your desktop.

4) Now open terminal and type the following commands

*sudo -s (and then enter password)
*cd /
*mv mach_kernel mach_kernel_1062
*cp ~/Desktop/mach_kernel_atom /
* mv /mach_kernel_atom mach_kernel
*chown 0:0 mach_kernel
The “*” above are not what you type into terminal, they are just bullet points.

At this point you can restart your computer using the Installer Update window you minimized. If all goes well you will be back in OS X updated to 10.6.4, but with the graphics at the wrong resolution again.

5) Copy the Kexts you have on your desktop back into /system/library/extentions. Also, navigate to the USB that has the downloaded folder on it and go to the Wifi folder, called “IO80211Family.kext”. Copy the wifi kext into the /system/library/extentions folder too.

6) Now run pfix again (located in Macintosh HD). This will take 10-20 mins or even less, depending. After its finished, restart and your graphics AND STOCK WIFI should be working perfectly! Congrats! Now we need to update to 10.6.5

7) In order to update to 10.6.5, you need to download the 10.6.5 COMBO UPDATE! Once you download it, repeat steps 1-6 again, only you’ll find the new Kernel in the “Mach Kernel 10.6.5” this time, and backup the “IO80211Family.kext” in addition to the other 2 graphics kexts from before.

If all goes well, you will now have a 10.6.5 fully functional hackintosh machine. As always, if you have problems, feel free to email me at technotalkblog@me.com or comment on the post you are having trouble with. Enjoy!

Hackintosh 1005HA/1005HAB, etc Part 3-First Boot and Kext Installation

Ok. So you’ve installed Snow Leopard. Now you need to be able to boot from your hard drive instead of that big old piece of junk hanging off your computer. Now you need to be very careful in following these steps. I had to wipe and reinstall about 10 times in the last 2 weeks til I finally stopped being so hasty and took my time.

Ok. So. Shut your computer completely down. Turn it on and hold ESC so you can boot from the USB again. Yes, the usb, not the hard drive. When the Chameleon bootloader appears, select your internal hard drive, not the USB/sd card. At this point, you should be greeted by a setup section for Snow Leopard (if not, follow the same thing, except before hitting enter to go into the internal hard drive, type -v and post what you find is the problem with the bootup process. At this point, fill out all the info, etc etc. If you have another mac, DO NOT TRANSFER ANY DATA! When you select this option, it will take the updated Kernel and everything and you’ll have to restart the entire process once again.

Finally, you will get to the Desktop on Snow Leopard. Congrats, give yourself a pat on the back. The easy part is over. Now slow your mind down, because you need a lot of patience with this part. Use a different USB drive and copy the folder that you downloaded with the myhack_installer_1.1 and all that stuff and copy it onto the NEW USB. Then, plug that into the netbook. What you want to do is run the myhack_installer_1.1 on the netbook again, select the same things, but have it install onto the internal hard drive (not the USB drive). This process will take about 5-15 mins.

Once that is done, go to the Extras folder from that package you downloaded and transfer all that to the /Extras folder in the hard drive (go to the finder, select “Macintosh HD” and go to the extras folder in there). Copy everything into this folder, and replace all the files it asks to replace.

In the folder you downloaded, go to the /system/library/extentions folder and copy all the files in there into the same folder on the hard drive (go to “Macintosh HD”, /system/library/extention and paste all the .kext files in there.

Next, go to folder you downloaded and go to the Sound folder. Double click the VoodooHDA.prefPane and install for all users. This will turn out an error. Just click Ok and ignore this.

Finally, navigate to the “Macintosh HD” again and double click the “pfix” terminal code, type your password, and let this run. This can take anywhere from 5-20 mins. When terminal says “Process Complete. Logout”, quit terminal and restart your netbook. This time, you can remove both the installer USB/sd and the other USB.

Stay tuned for Part 4 on how to update to 10.6.4 and 10.6.5

Hackintosh 1005ha/1005hab, etc Part 2-Installing Snow Leopard

Ok, so you’ve created your hackintosh usb/sd card. Great. Now get your USB Keyboard and mouse ready and plug them into your computer. Shut down the netbook, and once you’ve started it, hold the ESC button down, and select your USB drive (or if you’re using your SD card it will say “Media Card” or something to that effect. Select that, and Select your usb/sd card when Chameleon (the bootloader) comes up. It will take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to be greeted by the Snow Leopard Installer, so be patient. Once booted, you will be greeted with a language selection. After selecting your language, click the “Utilities” menu from the top and select “disk utility”. Once open, select your hard drive, go to the “Partition” tab. Where it says “custom” in the drop down menu, select “1 Partition”. Then, go to the lower left corner where it says “options” and click the “GUID Partition Table” part. Then click partition. This wipes all the data off your netbook so make sure you have any OS backed up before this.

After this is done, progress through the installation until you get right before the “Install” button. Click the customize button. Here you want to customize what the disk installs (Fonts, languages, etc). I personally don’t install any printer drivers or languages. What you NEED TO INSTALL is Rosetta. This is a good tool and really necessary for a lot of things within OS X.

Now, go to the fridge and grab another beer. This portion of the install takes from 20-40 mins to finish. At the end, if you get an “Install Failed” screen, just click the restart button, snow leopard DID install.

Stay tuned for Part 3 on what to do for your first boot

Hackintosh-Asus 1005ha/1005hab, etc Part 1-Preparing USB

Hey Guys,

So I’ve been busy with schoolwork, but I have also been trying to do hackintosh for over a year now. I have the Asus 1005hab-blu001x netbook, but this should work with any 1005ha/1005hab and maybe the 1000H/1000HE netbooks.

Things you will need:

1) A mac, or access to a mac with disk utility

2) A retail version of Snow Leopard 10.6

3) A usb (or, preference, an 8gb SD Card)

4) A USB keyboard and mouse)

5) Time…lots of time

6) and Patience too

First step you want to do is get ahold of a RETAIL (and i stress the retail part because you cannot use an OEM version of the disk, since they are specifically tied to the computer you bought it with) version of Snow Leopard (and it has to be the 10.6 version, not the 10.6.2 or 10.6.3 retail disks). Next, you want to make a disk image of the DVD (go to disk utility , select the DVD, and click the “New Image” button at the top to create the image. Save the image where ever you would like.

While your computer is creating the disk image, you want to go ahead and download my hackintosh package (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/15709708/1005HA%28B%29%20Hackintosh%20Pack.zip).

When the disk image has been made, you can eject the DVD and insert either an (at least) 8gb USB drive OR an 8gb SD Card. I like the SD card option because I always keep it in my netbook so I never lose it. If you quit disk utility, go back in and select the usb/sd card and click the erase tab. You have to format the drive as Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

Once the drive has been formatted, then you want to drag the disk image (where ever you put it) to the left bar right below the DVD drive. This will create an icon below everything else for easy access. Go to the partition of the usb/sd card (which is directly under and indented of the main drive. Then go to the “restore” tab. Under the “source” you want to drag that icon of the disk image from the left and place it in the empty white bar. Under destination, you want to select the partition (or the entire) usb/sd card. When thats all set, click the “Restore” button in the lower right corner. This can take up to 30 mins to complete, so go take a bathroom break or get yourself a cold beer.

When you come back, the disk image should be successfully restore to the flash drive. DO NOT EJECT THE FLASH DRIVE. We’re not done with it yet. Go to the folder that you downloaded and select the “myhack_installer_1.1.mpkg”. This requires concentration, because one wrong move, and you can ruin your real mac. Continue through all the license agreements, etc til you get to where it asks you to install the files. Make SURE that you click your usb/sd card. Double and triple check this (I cannot stress it enough. i am not responsible for any damage or lost data to your mac). Click the continue button. Now dont just click the install button. Instead, go the to customize button in the lower left corner of the window. The following things need to be selected, and nothing else: Core (which should automatically be checked and you cant change that), com.apple.Boot.plist, EvOreboot.kext, NullCPUPowerManagement.kext, and SleepEnabler.kext. Thats is. After those are checked, click the “Install” button in the lower left corner and give yourself a 10 minute break.

When you come back, the installer should be all finished and give you a “congratulations” screen. You can now click the “Done” button, which will quit the myhack installer.

Part 2 will tell you how to actually install Snow Leopard onto the netbook, so stay tuned!

New Mac OS X Theme!

HEY GUYS! So college is running me down so its hard to do blog posts. but i wanna know your feedback on this! If you would like a tutorial on how to make your mac look like this, comment below and depending on the feedback, I will share how to do it! Click the picture to get a larger view (opens in new tab/window). Thanks!

Check out the dock (position and look), dock icons, and desktop icons!