Coming Soon: The Snow Leopard Guide.

September 25, 2009

Yep, you’ve read right! A user by the name of SharkOne has been the adventurous one in terms of venturing into installing Snow Leopard onto our Mini 110’s. He has had great success and is now working on making the peripherals work such as sleep and WiFi. I am trying to help with this project as much as possible, and soon we will have an installation guide for Snow Leopard, EXCLUSIVE to OSXHPMini.info!

We are hoping that the installation can work both ways — to upgrade from a current installation (aka, the installation that you have from following the current guide) as well as installing from a clean slate.

Keep checking back for updates! Also, what do you think the best name for this site is? Vote below:


A few new guides…

September 22, 2009

I have added a few new guides to the site, such as how to update Chameleon bootloader, fixing the sleep issue with the 10.5.8 upgrade, and I have also written my own rendition of how to dual boot OS X and Windows 7 which is on the Multi-Booting Guide page. All the links to the fixes and how-to’s are on the right side, under “IMPORTANT LINKS!”, and the Multi Boot guide link is of course on the top nav bar.

With the news of the new HP Mini 311 coming out, I am curious to see if it will take all the attention off of the 110, and if HP will continue to sell the 110 afterwords. What is your opinion?  Feel free to leave a comment.

I’ll leave you guys with a user-submitted wallpaper from Pete Mayhem: It’s the same swirl design that is on the lid of our Minis. Here’s the link: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2520/3717131813_1e1d63236a_o.jpg to see a preview, just hover your cursor over the link and it will show a preview of the image.
Until next time…


Gaining Popularity!

September 20, 2009

First of all, I just want to thank everyone for visiting my site and I’m hoping my guides have helped you weather you did it from start to finish, or helped you only with a few steps along the way.

Updates: I have added information on the guide on dual booting Windows 7 and OS X. There are unnecessary steps found on the Gears Diary guide that I link to, so I added some tips on how to do it on your Mini.

I’m pleased to say that this site has been getting upwards of 250 unique visitors per day! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to add comments on any of my posts or guides!

Also, if you have your own blog site, forum, OS X tips, or whatever and you would like to become affiliates, I would be more than happy to throw up your site under my Links panel on the right. If you are interested, just add a comment onto this post and I’ll respond as soon as I can.

I have also added a link to the panel, UsingMac.com. There are plenty of tips, tricks, apps, wallpapers, and more over there for your Hackintoshes (or, hey, even real Macs! :D)


Moved the Guide.

September 18, 2009

I moved the guide to it’s own little page on the site, so that I could make posts and updates on the main page (that would be here :P)

Anyways, I launched the site a few days ago, and so far, there has been over 100 users coming through each day, and this site has only been posted on InsanelyMac and over on MyHPMini.com, which is awesome. I hope that the word gets out more, because this guide works, and works GREAT!

I just used this exact guide last night to install iDeneb to my HP Mini, and it worked great! I used my old, tired, noisy (fan is going out) PowerBook G4 to read the directions and load up iDeneb onto the flash drive and everything, and everything installed flawlessly.
I then installed Windows 7 and got it all set up to dual boot with OS X, and it all went well. I’m thinking of doing a guide for that as well.  Time will tell.

Enjoy!


My own HP Mini…

September 17, 2009

I figured I might as well show what I’ve got going on… 🙂

I have an HP Mini 110-1033CL that I ordered straight from HP.com, customized. I ordered it straight from the factory with the following:

My Mini, taken while writing this page.
My Mini running OS X, taken while writing this page.

HP Mini 110 XP
• Black Swirl
• Genuine Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3
• Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor N280 (1.66GHz, 512KB L2, 667Mhz FSB)
• 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)
• 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
• Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with a 5-in-1 Digital Media slot
• 10.1″ diagonal HD LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1366 x 768)
• HP Mini Webcam with HP Imprint Finish (Swirl)
• Wireless-G Card
• Broadcom(R) Crystal HD Enhanced Video accelerator with ArcSoft TotalMedia(TM) Theatre
• HP Color Matching Keyboard
• 3 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
• Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
• HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

Basically, I upgraded to the N280 Atom 1.66GHz processor, upgraded to the Hi-Def 10.1″ display, and added in the Broadcom HD Video Accelerator card. To cut down on cost, I downgraded to the 3-cell battery.

After a few days of playing with it, I was getting real bored of the Windows XP Home OS, so I had planned to install OS X along with Windows 7 and have a powerful netbook capable of both platforms. With that plan in mind, I researched on many hackintosh/windows forums and found that its best to have 2GB of RAM and a flash drive to install it all. With that in mind, I went to Newegg.com and bought a stick of Crucial 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2-667 RAM for increased Mac compatability, and an 8GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drive (I love the Cruzers, they’re bad ass.) I also am using a 4GB SDHC card and dedicated it for ReadyBoost in Windows 7, so everything runs very snappy.

Once all that finally made its way here and the man in brown delivered it, I began the installations. The OS X install went without a hitch thanks to the guide here (what a great plug) and then installed a copy of the Windows 7 RTM. Then followed the guide for dual booting. Went great. I also installed NTFS-3G on the Mac partition to allow me to read/write files on the Windows partition. So that’s where I’m at, and everything runs GREAT! I’ve included a few screenshots below…

The Mini on iDeneb OS X 10.5.7 partition
The Mini on iDeneb OS X 10.5.7 partition
The Mini on the Windows 7 RTM 7600 partition
The Mini on the Windows 7 RTM 7600 partition
Showing the Windows 7 Performance Index scores. Only scored low on the graphics. Using GMABooster greatly improves this.
Showing the Windows 7 Performance Index scores. Only scored low on the graphics. Using GMABooster greatly improves this.