Can’t Sleep in 10.5.8? We can fix it!

September 21, 2009

Some users (including myself) have experienced the sleep function not working after upgrading to 10.5.8. In my case, the screen, keyboard, and trackpad would all turn off, but the fans and lights would all stay on and running. If you tried to turn it back on, the system would be unresponsive.

The only way to repair this is to revert back to the 10.5.7 kernel. You still get the updates that are applied in 10.5.8, we just need 10.5.7’s kernel back to enable sleep again.You can make sleep/resume work on 10.5.8 by replacing your kernel with 10.5.7’s kernel.

There’s something with Kernel 9.8.0 (10.5.8’s kernel) that breaks sleep. If you’re already on 10.5.8 and using kernel 9.8.0, setting Mac OS X to hibernatemode 0 will brick your install. I did that and the result was that I couldn’t even boot in superuser mode, got stuck at the infamous “MAC framework successfully initialized using 5242 buffer headers and 4096 cluster IO buffer headers“. Once you’ve replaced kernel 9.7.0, you can set hibernatemode to 0 to get rid of that “sleepimage has garbage” error message at boot up and recover the 2GB of hdd space occupied by the sleepimage in your /Private/var/vm folder.

Let’s get started. First of all, download the folowing zip file: and if you do not have these already (you should) the HP Mini Essential Files.

  1. After downloading the .zip, extract the contents to your desktop.
  2. Open the 10.5.7Kernel_system_seatbelt folder.
  3. Open the ShowAllFiles app.
  4. Choose to SHOW all hidden files. Finder will automatically restart.
  5. Back in the 10.5.7Kernel_system_seatbelt folder, you will now see a file called mach_kernel. Move that file directly to your Desktop.
  6. Now we need Termnial. Go to Applications > Utilities >

Type the following into terminal:

     sudo mv /mach_kernel /mach_kernel.patched

That will back up the current kernel as mach_kernel.patched.

Now type:

     sudo cp /Users/YOURUSERNAMEHERE/Desktop/mach_kernel /

to install the new kernel.

Exit Terminal.

Now, we need to go into our HP Mini Essential files (if you haven’t already, go ahead an extract the .zip file to the desktop.)

  1. Open the HP Mini Essential Files folder.
  2. Open the OSX86Tools_.1.0.150 folder.
  3. Open OSX86Tools.
  4. Click “Install Kexts“.
  5. Navigate to your 10.5.7Kernel_system_seatbelt folder from earlier.
  6. Choose the two kexts, “seatbelt.kext” and “System.kext“.
  7. Click “OK” at all the prompts and choose to restart when it asks you to.
  8. After you reboot, open OSX86Tools again, and check off Repair Permissions. Run the selected tasks.
  9. Reboot.

After reboot, your sleep should now be working. It might take a minute for it to sleep, but it should fully go into sleep mode with the blinking power light. I hope this fix works for you, as it did for me.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below. Don’t forget about’s forums. There are plenty of knowledgable people over there willing to help!

A big thanks to LeMaurien19 over at forums for letting me use and his kernel, kexts, and info so that I could create a guide for you guys to use here at He frequently posts at

Got WiFi Woes? Worry no more.

September 21, 2009

It can happen. You turn on your netbook and boot into OS X, and boom. No internet connection?!?! What’s a fellow hackintosher to do? Hop on another computer and look at, of course… Unless you’re looking at this for future reference 😉
I have decided to post this because it has already happened to me for some odd reason, and after playing around for a few times and after numerous reboots, I have found the solution that worked. The kexts need to be reinstalled that make the WiFi adapter become recognized and fuction with Airport.

The following kexts are necessary in making WiFi work:

  • IO80211Family.kext
  • IOUSBFamily.kext
  • LAN9500.kext

It’s either all three or none, trust me. After many reboots and kext installs later, I found that if one is missing, WiFi will not work.

So, these kexts can be found in the HP Mini Essentials .zip file, which can be downloaded here: HP Mini Essential. zip

  1. Extract the contents to your desktop, and open up the HP Mini Essential Files folder.
  2. Open up OSX86Tools, (HP Mini Essential Files > OSX86Tools_1.0.150)
  3. Select “Install Kexts
  4. Navigate to the “Kexts” folder within the HP Mini Essential files folder.
  5. Choose the three kexts listed above to install.
  6. At all the prompts, just hit OK to all except the last prompt when you are asked to reboot. Choose cancel.
  7. After the kexts are installed and you chose to cancel stay in OSX86Tools and check off “Repair Permissions” and click “Run Selected Tasks“.
  8. After it is finished (it will be a litle while) go ahead and reboot.

Install kexts. Your best friend.

This should solve your WiFi troubles. Oh, and before you ask, YES, it is normal for the WiFi light to be “pink”. It’s purely aesthetic. If it really bothers you, all you have to do is put the computer to sleep, and when you wake it again the WiFi light should be blue again.