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Join Date: Jun 2010
[Howto] 10.6.3 Retail DVD with usb DVD drive and NO mac - 06-14-2010, 07:28 AM
So it is now technically day 4 and I can say that after several headaches and little sleep, I am now posting this from my new hackintosh I decided to write this as I found an easy-ish way to install that combines mechdrew's netbookinstaller 3 method and jamesbarnhill's method from "Totally Stuck..." thread. Hopefully if someone is at wits end like I was, maybe this guide could do the trick. Alot of this is copy/paste from mechdrew and jamesbarnhill, but its that way so you dont have to have 20 tabs open in your browser trying to figure out what step is next.
So again, all credit to james and mechdrew who I love for their hard work and who are freaking geniuses to figure all of this stuff out - I just happened to mix and match a few things because nothing else worked.
Just noticed that sound works out of the box too, was just listening to pandora and realized I didnt do anything, it just worked : )
10.6.3 Retail DVD
16GB USB Stick (PNY Attache is what I used)
1 Small USB Stick (Free 1GB from work is what I used)
NetbookCD from mechdrew's guide #3: from here
10.2 mach_kernel from jamesbarnhill here
Some stuff for parted magic covered below via a link
Program to rip .iso - I used Alcohol52%, its free and good for emulating drives too
transmac for burning .iso of 10.6.3 DVD to 16GB flash drive
STEPS and SUCH and SO FORTH
1. Open your favorite CD/DVD recording program, and make a complete copy of the Mac OS X Install DVD to an ISO file. Save the ISO file to the C: drive as macdvd.iso. Make absolutely certain that it copies the entire DVD, not just the 510MB or 1GB Windows part. The resulting file should be somewhere close to 7 GB or a bit more (mine was 8-ish).
2. Go to the C: drive (viewing as a folder) and select Tools > Folder Options… > View and make sure to uncheck the box that says "Hide extensions for know file types" (when this step is done you can go back and reenable this feature if you do not like the file extensions appearing after file names.) Press OK, then rename the macdvd.iso file to macdvd.img. If you get asked about if you are sure you want to change it, press Yes.
3. Plug in 16GB usb drive and go to Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management --> Storage --> Disk Management (local). From here you can select your 16GB drive and format it. The default settings are fine except I chose FAT32 instead of FAT. Once format is done, you can close all of the windows you just opened.
4.Now using transmac, right-click on the large usb drive in the left column --> format --> format with disk image. You'll then select the .img we just saved to C:\ Once it is completed, safely remove the stick.
5. Use your favorite CD burning program to burn the NetbookCD to a CD/DVD
6. Follow the instructions here to get PartedMagic on your small usb (Ive used linux for a long time and the instructions at PartedMagic's site confused the crap out of me so I recommend this alternative process as its only 3 steps ).
7. After following pendrivelinux's wonderful 3 step to make your partedmagic usb, extract the darwin 10.2 kernel linked above in the STUFF section. The result should be a file called "mach_kernel" Copy this file to the new partedmagic usb, making sure you copy it to the root level (or highest level, such as G:\ as opposed to G:\something\something\ ). Once done, safely remove disk.
8. This step can be done using either the soon-to-be-tosh or the windows machiene, or a spare computer you have laying around. We need to copy files from the little usb to the large usb, and the new linux operating system (partedmagic) has the power to do that without giving you all of the "read only file system" bs.
- With the computer off, plug in both large and small usb's to free ports
- Turn on computer and press button for boot options (0 on mini9), select usb device
- Once you have booted, browse to the 16GB usb, and rename mach_kernel to mach_kernel_1063, then paste the one from your PartedMagic disk. Then you can shut down.
9. With the NetbookCD CD/DVD in the usb-DVD-drive, connect it and the large usb to the soon-to-be-tosh (which should be off). On start up, do the boot options thing and select CD/DVD, which should give you a spinning slash mark. Then you should see a gray screen, select 'Mac OS X Install DVD'. It should now boot. Follow the steps and install OS X (use disk utility and format your SSD as HFS+ and GUID, of course, this will over-write EVERYTHING on it).
10. It may install or it may give you an error, and so long as its not 'Could not copy the necessary support files' error, you should be alright. Strangely enough, opposite to james' guide, you can restart now without copying mach_kernels to different places. You can now also remove the large usb. (See note below as to why its okay to skip the kernel changing)
11. Boot the mini back up, again selecting boot options and CD/DVD. At the grey screen now select your internal hard drive to boot from. You should load up and go through the user set up and I've read that if you get a few errors you can do the make an account thing later.
12. Having a wired internet connection is the easiest way to do this part - download the NetbookInstaller 0.8.4 (because its the only one that supports 10.6.3 dvd) here and run it. If a warning prompt shows up asking, "Are you sure you want to open it?" click Open. Select the following options:
-Volume: <your internal drive>
-Install Chameleon 2 NBI bootloader
-Install <your model name> Extensions
-Generate a system specific DSDT.aml file
-<Any other options you would like, the above are necessary.>
Press Install, enter your password and press OK. When installation is complete, close NetbookInstaller and any other programs you may have open and save all work (if necessary) and shut her down.
13. Disconnect the usb-DVD-drive and boot up your new hackintosh.
Note on Step 9: Im thinking its okay to not copy the 10.2 kernel because when I did, I got a kernel panic when I came to step 12 of this guide. Fortunately I had saved the orginial mach_kernel from the DVD as mach_kernel.old so I just did a fancy little
sudo mv ./mach_kernel.old ./mach_kernel
Just ask questions about the process here and Ill clarify what I can...as for super technical stuff, jamesbarnhill and mechdrew are the geniuses
Join Date: Jun 2010
06-17-2010, 03:00 AM
This post here is the guide for using 2 flash drives. It recomends 3, but it also mentions that it can be done with just 2.
Join Date: Apr 2010
06-23-2010, 01:23 PM
Dell Mini 9 <I don't own this anymore> | BIOS: A06 | SL 10.6.3 retail DVD | 1GB RAM | NBI 0.8.4RC1 | BT: √ (Tetany's BT Terminal Mod) |
Audio: √ (Akki's Mini 9 Sound and Mic Fix bundle) | Legacy USB: Off | Sleep: √ | Method: My compiled method | Easier method ]
Join Date: Aug 2010
08-09-2010, 05:50 AM
Thank you for this guide. I was attempting to install my newly purchased OS-X 10.6.3 Disc to my Mini 10v and I could not get past the choosing the Mac Install DVD from the NBI step (kernel panic). I searched the forum for a couple hours before finding the link to this guide, but once here, everything worked great.
I wanted to post the parts where I deviated from instructions, in the hopes it might help someone else.
I did not have an external usb DVD drive, and only two flash drives. One 16gig and one 1gig.
In order to make everything work, I made the large USB Drive using Transmac as you stated, and then did the PartedMagic step as you said to. Once the part where PartedMagic was needed was finished, I used Transmac to write the NetbookCD file you listed above to the 1gig flash drive and then continued, and everything worked perfectly.
Thank you. Now I just have to get my XP Image I made yesterday onto the first partition. (that's the other variation I used, making two partitions instead of one, as explained by mechdrew's second example in his advanced 2 guide.)
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