Snow Leopard Guide for Mini 1000

September 30, 2009

I have to share that over at there is a wonderfully written and organized guide on how to install Snow Leopard to your Mini (100% vanilla to boot.) If you have a 1000, you gotta check this out!


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.

Compatible Software Updates UPDATED!

September 19, 2009

Did Software Update suprise you with some, well, updates? Check here to see if they are compatible. 😀

All these updates are safe for Mini 110, latest ones at the top:

  • Java for Mac OS X Update 5 version 1.0
  • iTunes version 9.0.1
  • Security Update 2009-005 version 1.0
  • Airport Utility Software Update 2000-002 version 5.4.2
  • Safari version 4.0.3
  • Quicktime version 7.6.4
  • iLife Support version 9.0.3
  • Front Row Update version 2.1.7
  • Remote Desktop Client Update version 3.3.1
  • Mac OS X Update 10.5.8 (see below if you are on 10.5.7 or lower)

All these updates will work with no issues on our netbooks, so don’t be afraid, go ahead and install them 😛 (Extra steps needed for 10.5.8 upgrade, see below.)

UPGRADE TO 10.5.8: So, more and more reports are coming in that the Mac OS X 10.5.8 Update can be installed with no bad effects. I decided to go for it and install it, and it worked great in the end. So, you can go ahead and select the Mac OS X 10.5.8 update in Software Update. After it installs and it reboots, you will notice that your screen resolution is smaller again, WiFi doesn’t work, and other things. Relax! The only thing you need to do is reinstall the kexts that are included in the HP Mini Essentials .zip file.  Here’s how to re-install the kexts, taken from the OS X Install Guide:

Open up OSX86Tools again (HP Mini Essential Files > OSX86Tools_1.0.150 > ) and reinstall all the kexts in the kext folder.

  1. Click on “Install kexts” towards the bottom right.
  2. Find the kexts folder on your flash drive. Select the first one. This time, select all but one kext – Do not install the AppleIntelGMA950 kext. It will disable your screen.
  3. Shift+Click the last one to select all.
  4. After the installer completes, it will ask you to reboot. Go ahead and reboot.