OS X Install Guide


This guide will walk you through installing OS X using iDeneb 1.3. There are other guides that show you how to install using the official Apple Mac OS X Leopard disks, but this guide is not related. With that said, let’s turn your 110 into an ultra-portable hackintosh!

Things You’ll Need:

  • An HP/Compaq Mini 110-series netbook with at least 16GB or more disk space available. Note: make sure BIOS version is version 0.5 or higher.
  • An 8GB or larger flash drive or an external USB DVD drive.
  • A USB mouse (needed until the trackpad kexts are installed.)
  • A copy of iDeneb version 1.3 (not v1.4, 1.5, etc.)
  • The HP Mini OS X Essential Files, found here: Download
  • An additional USB flash drive (optional, but helpful)

The most important thing that you’ll be needing is a copy of iDeneb OS X version 1.3 disk image. For legal reasons I will not supply a direct link to a download location. All I can say is that Google and torrents are your best friend. Just make sure to acquire version 1.3. Steer clear of other versions. With that said, let’s get on with it!

Creating a Bootable iDeneb Installation

If it were only this easy...

If it were only this easy...

There are several ways to go about creating an iDeneb installation, choose the one that is most compatible and easiest for you.

Installing iDeneb onto USB Flash Drive using a Mac

  1. Open up Disk Utility.app in /Applications/Utilities/
  2. Select the drive you will be using in the left-hand pane
  3. Click the “Erase” tab
  4. Under “Volume Format”, then select Mac OS Extended
  5. Click “Erase”
  6. Click the “Restore” tab
  7. Locate your iDeneb image file (.iso) and double-click it, it will open in Disk Utility
  8. In Disk Utility you should now see iDeneb in the left pane with another image under it with the Apple logo next to it
  9. Drag the image to the “Source” location
  10. Drag your USB flash drive you have erased to the “Destination” location
  11. Click “Restore”
  12. Open up UInstaller and select your newly formatted drive
  13. Check the “Install PC_EFI v9 Chameleon Edition 1.0.12” checkbox
  14. Click “Install”
  15. Be sure copy the HP Mini Essentials .zip file onto the flash drive, you’ll need it later on in the installation!
  16. You have now created a bootable iDeneb image.
  17. Insert your flash drive into your Mini, reboot, and press F9 at the HP Logo.
  18. Choose to boot from your USB Flash drive.
  19. Continue to the Installation part of this guide.

Installing iDeneb onto a DVD using a Mac (You’ll need a USB DVD drive if you go this route.)

  1. Find your iDeneb image file (.iso) and double-click on it
  2. Open up Disk Utility.app in /Applications/Utilities/
  3. Click on your iDeneb image on the left pane
  4. Click the “Burn” button on the top of the window
  5. Plug your USB drive/DVD drive into your Mini and reboot it
  6. When the HP logo appears upon restart, quickly press F9
  7. Once to the boot menu, select your USB DVD drive from the list of boot devices
  8. You’ll need that spare flash drive now, or burn another CD with the HP Mini Essentials .zip file on it. You’ll need it later on in the installation.
  9. Continue onto the next part of the guide, “Installation”.

Installing iDeneb onto a DVD using Windows (You’ll need a USB DVD drive if you go this route.)

  1. If you don’t have ISO burning software already, download an ISO burning program. A simple Google search yields a freeware ISO burner: http://www.freeisoburner.com/
  2. Select the iDeneb.iso as the source, or open up the ISO via your current compatable burning software.
  3. Insert a blank DVD into the drive and burn on the slowest burning settings possible. Why? Some users have reported issues when installing using burned copies due to corrupt, missing files, etc. Burning on slow settings reduces these chances.
  4. You’ll need that spare flash drive now, or burn another CD with the HP Mini Essentials .zip file on it. You’ll need it later on in the installation.
  5. Hook up your USB DVD drive to your Mini and put in your iDeneb CD.
  6. Reboot your Mini
  7. Press F9 at the HP logo screen.
  8. Choose to boot from your USB DVD drive.
  9. Continue on to the next part of the guide, “Installation”

Installing iDeneb onto a USB flash stick using Windows

Note: this can be done but it isn’t any faster and much more frustrating. If you don’t have a USB DVD drive for your mini, I recommend purchasing one, or borrowing one and installing OS X. I say this because it is way less frustrating to install iDeneb onto a flash drive using Windows. With that said, here’s instructions how anyways. Also, some flash drives have better luck than others, AKA, a high quality, name brand flash drive will have a better chance of working than a $2 thumb drive in the bargain bin at the convenience store.

  1. Format your USB flash drive to FAT32 file system. Not sure how? Details here: http://www.ehow.com/how_2006214_format-flash-drive.html
  2. Make your USB drive bootable. There are a few different utilities to do this with. I suggest using the HP USB Boot Utility. Download here: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?swItem=MTX-UNITY-I23839
  3. Download a program called DDMac to burn the iDeneb ISO to the flash drive. Download DDMac here: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?lm3alzzyhm1
  4. Download the .zip file and open DDMac along with the EnglishGUI.png file to know what you’re doing.
  5. a) Select your ISO file.
    b) De-select the box that says “tboot.ini boot.ini” with a bunch of other question marks.
    c) De-select the box that is beside the drop down area where you select your drive.
    d) Select your USB flash drive from the drop down list.
    e) Reselect the box beside the drop down menu again.
    f) Press the button right beside this box and it will start.
  6. Follow the instructions in the English_GUI on the DDMac. It is pretty straightforward. Click the start button, and let it do its thing. DO NOT CLICK ON THE PROGRAM WHILE ITS RUNNING! If you get a message that states your drive is write protected part way through the burn, your USB flash drive is faulty and is not capable of getting the iDeneb ISO burned to it. You’ll need a different flash drive if you want to continue with this method.
  7. Be sure to also add in the HP Mini Essentials .zip file to your flash drive also. You’ll need it later on in the installation.
  8. If your USB flash drive has survived (lol) the burning proccess with DDMac,  insert the USB flash drive into your HP Mini 110 if it wasn’t already and reboot it.
  9. As soon as the HP Logo appears, quickly press F9 to reach the boot menu.
  10. Select your USB Drive to boot from, and if the burn was successful, it should boot into the OS X installation. If not, then you’ll either need to retry burning or move on to a different method of getting iDeneb onto your USB flash drive or move to DVD installation.

The Installation

Note: You will not be able to keep your current install of XP, so be sure you have backed up anything you want saved.

1. After successfully getting your iDeneb install to boot, the installer will now begin. The grey screen with the Apple logo will appear breifly until you are presented with the language selection screen. Select your language and click “Next”. If you have troubles seeing the button, hit Tab on your keyboard, then Space.

2. Go to the top of the screen where it says “Utilities”. From this menu, select “Disk Utility”

3. Click on your Mini’s hard drive in the left pane.

4. Click on the “Erase” tab.

5. Under Volume Format, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

6. Click “Erase”.

If you want to create a dual boot setup, you’ll need to start here in Disk Utility. Follow the guide here: http://osxhpmini.info/multi-booting-guide/

7. After Disk Utility has finished erasing your drive, exit the Disk Utility.

8. Now click “Next” and select your newly erased hard drive as the destination. Keyboard: Tab, Tab, and Space to “click” the “Next” buton.

9. On the next screen, you will see an option at the bottom that reads “Customize”. Click on it. (On the keyboard: first, click the drive, then click somewhere else so that it is highlighted in grey. Then hit Tab three times, then Space.)

10. In the Customize screen, apply the following patches:

a)    Expand “Fix” and select: ACPI, CPU, and Firewire Removal

b)   Under “Patch”, expand “Chipset” and select ICHx Fix

11. You can now continue with the installation. Feel free to add any application that are included with the installer. They are not necessary, they’re there if you want them. While you are waiting for the installer, you can go ahead and Digg this guide if you want to.

12. The install should then proceed. After sitting at the install screen for a while, your computer will automatically reboot. If you let it go, it will tell you migration assistant cannot run due to the screen size and then it will continue to load OS X. You do not want this to happen, So hit Enter as soon as the boot loader appears and starts counting down.

13. Once you’ve hit Enter, you’ll be able to enter a command. Enter “-s” without quotes and hit Enter once again.

14. Wait for all the text to skim by until it stops. Then, type “/sbin/fsck –fy” without quotes and press Enter.

15. Once it says “File System was modified.” Type “/sbin/mount –uw /” without quotes, but with the spaces.

16. Next, type in “passwd root” without quotes. Hit Enter.

17. Now, type in whatever password you’d like, twice; pressing Enter after each time.

18. Then, type ”touch /var/db/.AppleSetupDone” being sure not to forget the . or the Caps. Exclude the quotation marks once again.

19. Now, type “reboot” without quotes and press Enter.

20. Your Mini will now reboot and OS X will load.

Ok, we now have OS X installed on our Mini 110! Mind you, it is still a rough, caveman-like installation. Now we need to install all of the other essentials that will make our Mini Hackintosh run as smooth as, well, a Mac!

Installing Kernel Extensions

Now that OS X has booted, you will now be prompted for a username and a password. User name is “root” without quotes, and the password is whatever you set it to during part 16 above. Now, you should be in OS X. (w00t!)

  1. Click “System Preferences” in your dock. It’s the gray icon and looks like gears in a box.
  2. Click “Accounts”.
  3. To the far left, there is a “+” sign. Click on it.
  4. In the username box, type in whatever you’d like, but DO NOT set a password.
  5. Under “New Account” it should say Standard, but click the drop-down and choose Administrator.
  6. Click “Create Account”. It will prompt you asking if it’s OK to not have a password. Click “OK”.
  7. Under the list of accounts to the left, click “Login Options”.
  8. Under “Automatic Login”, select the new account you just made.
  9. Reboot your Mini.

You should now be in OS X again, but this time you’ll be under the account you just created instead of the “root” account.

Find your HP Mini Essentials .zip file that we have already downloaded and have on our flash drives/CDs (right?) and go ahead and unzip it to your OS X desktop. Inside the HP Mini Essential Files folder, open up the UInstaller folder, and open the UInstaller app.

  1. Select your hard drive under Drives.
  2. Choose Osx86_Essentials as the package to install
  3. Click “Apply kext package”
  4. Click “Install PC_EFI v9 Chameleon Edition 1.0.12”
  5. Click “Install”

Now, let’s go ahead and apply the DST Patcher to get ready to update to 10.5.7. Open up the HP Mini Essential Files folder again, go into DSTPatcherGUI folder, and open up DST Patcher GUI app.

  1. Select “Darwin/Mac OS X”
  2. Select “New HPET Option”
  3. Select “Apply DSDT Patch to:”
  4. Select your hard drive.

Now, let’s get our WiFi and other fun stuff working.  Back in our HP Mini Essential Files folder, go into the OSX86Tools_1.0.150 folder, and open the OSX86Tools app.

  1. In OSX86Tools, click on “Repair Permissions”, then click the button to perform the select action.
  2. Click on “Install kexts” towards the bottom right.
  3. Find the kexts folder on your flash drive. Select the THIRD (excluding AppleGMA950.kext and AppleINtegratedFramebuffer.kext) kext file.
  4. Shift+Click the last one to select all (excluding the two previously mentioned.)
  5. After the installer completes, it will ask you to reboot. Just click “OK” and “Cancel” on any dialog boxes that appear.

Now most of our kexts are installed for your Mini. If you were wondering what kexts are, they are similar to device drivers on Windows, just Mac-style.

Update to Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.5.7

Updated September 21, 2009: There are many people that successfully installed Mac OS X 10.5.8 software update with no issues including myself so I am now recommending that you choose to install 10.5.8 instead of 10.5.7, but I will leave the 10.5.7 route still listed below.

Updating to 10.5.8 via Software Update RECOMMENDED METHOD

  1. Connect to your WiFi network. If you don’t know how to, it’s the symbol farthest left at the top right of the screen that looks like a wireless signal.
  2. Go to “System Preferences” from your dock once again.
  3. Select “Software Update”.
  4. Click “Check Now”.
  5. Check the checkbox next to “Mac OS X Update” which is currently 10.5.8. Double check in the update description.
  6. There will be other updates available, and to check which ones are safe, refer to this post: http://osxhpmini.info/2009/09/19/compatible-software-updates/
  7. Click “Install”
  8. Go through all the prompts. It will start to download, then reboot. The download may take a while depending on your internet connection.
  9. Once rebooted, move on to the next part of the guide.

Updating to 10.5.7 via Downloaded 10.5.7 Combo Update (no longer recommended.)

  1. Download the 10.5.7 Combo Update from Apple’s website here: http://support.apple.com/downloads/Mac_OS_X_10_5_7_Combo_Update
  2. Double-click it to mount the disk image.
  3. Run the Updater by double-clicking it.
  4. Go through all the prompts. It will start the installation process. It will reboot twice.

If all went well, you will be in OS X after rebooting itself a few times. Be patient. If not, you’ll be sitting at the Apple boot logo for a while wishing you had followed the guide more closely. If it fails, you will have to do a complete reinstall. Start from Step 1, under “Installation”.

If you are in OS X, congratulations! Time to get out the USB Mouse that was listed under “Things You’ll Need”. Now we need to get your trackpad and keyboard properly installed.

Mouse and Keyboard Fix

  1. Plug in the USB mouse you have and be thankful you listened to the guide and did not set a password for your user account. If you did, you better be plugging in a USB keyboard as well.
  2. First, run the VooDooPS2 Controller package (VoodooPS2Controller-0.98-installer.pkg) found in the HP Mini Essential Files folder.  When prompted, make sure to check that box that says trackpad. Go through all the prompts until it’s installed.
  3. Reboot.

Now that we have a fully working trackpad and keyboard, we need to reinstall all the kexts. Open up OSX86Tools again (HP Mini Essential Files > OSX86Tools_1.0.150 > OSX86Tools.app ) 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.

Now that we have rebooted, again, and we are back into OS X, again, we need to enable Quartz. What is Quartz, you ask? Quartz is an essential part of the graphics system in Mac OS X. Quartz is partially based on the Portable Document Format (PDF) standard, and allows anti-aliasing, rendering, and compositing of PostScript graphics. Quartz also draws the Aqua user interface.

Enabling Quartz

To enable Quartz, open OX86 Tools and click the Enable/Disable Quartz GL button. It will tell you the current status. If disabled, feel free to enable it by clicking the button that says “Enable Quartz GL”.

Fixing the CPU to Allow Dual-Core Processing

If you start Activity Monitor before doing this, you will see that OS X only sees one processor (press the CPU tab below the process list.) To allow it to use the second core, do the following:

  1. Log in as the Administrator. (Log out of your current user, then select “Other” at the login screen and type in username “root” without quotes, and the password you entered for it earlier in the installation.)
  2. Go to Finder and select the drive you installed OS X on and direct yourself to library/preferences/systemconfigration
  3. Select the file “com.apple.boot.plist” without quotes. Right click and Copy the file.
  4. Paste it somewhere else, like the Desktop, as a back up copy.
  5. Open the original “com.apple.boot.plist” file with the text editor (the default program) and select where it says something like “cpu=1 –f” and change the number 1 to the number 2, so that it reads “cpu=2 –f
  6. Save the file, then reboot the Mini. Again.

Now, we can enable Quartz Exteme!

Enable Quartz Extreme (10.5.7 and above)

  1. Download these kexts: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?yohk3zyzwyg and extract the contents of the .zip file to your desktop.
  2. Go into OSX86 Tools (HP Mini Essential Files > OSX86Tools_1.0.150 > OSX86Tools.app ), and select “Install Kexts”.
  3. Browse to your download location, and install all of those kexts.
  4. Once it is done installing, it will ask you to reboot.
  5. To avoid problems, chose “Cancel” and stay in OSX86 Tools.
  6. Go ahead and repair permissions. Be prepared for this to take a while, so don’t get worried if it does. It is normal.
  7. Reboot when the permissions have been repaired.

Hackintosh Mini

You’re All Done! Enjoy!

REMEMBER! If Software Update pops up and asks you to install some updates, you can always refer to this site, or more specifically, this page: http://osxhpmini.info/2009/09/19/compatible-software-updates/ to find out which ones are compatible with our netbooks.

UPGRADE TO 10.5.8? HAVING ISSUES WITH SLEEP? Read the fix here: http://osxhpmini.info/2009/09/21/fix-cant-sleep-in-10-5-8-we-can-fix-it/

Having other troubles? Please consider searching or posting on the MyHPMini.com OS X forums (link) for help before commenting on this page for help!!!

This guide was originally written by bobbypotluck at myhpmini.com, then re-written and modified for the HP Mini 110 by newdeal of myhpmini.com. I then reformatted it and rewrote it to improve clarity. All download links should be working.
Keywords: HP Mini 110 OS X, HP Mini 110 Hackintosh Guide, OS X 110 Guide, OSX86 Mini 110, Mini 110-1033CL OS X, Mini 110-1030CA OS X, Mini 110-1030NR OS X, Mini 110-1050CA OS X, HP Mini Costco OS X, OSX86 HP Netbook, HP Netbook Hackintosh
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33 Responses to OS X Install Guide

  1. Mini110-CH says:


    Wonderful work thank you so much!!!!

    I am wondering if you have tried or done any testing with 10.6.1?

    I am hoping that a detailed guide like this may emerge in the near future.

    Thanks again!

    • Bryan says:

      I am continuously searching for reports of people installing it onto our 110’s. So far, it is looking good for the HP MIni 1000’s. After some more reports come in and it seems reliable, I will produce a guide that will provide the same level of reliability as the current OSX86 guide available here.

  2. shay says:

    whoa whoa whoa so wait i dont want to dual boot! i dont know how to shrink and reparition my harddrive it wont let me its all greyed out on windows!!! so do i format windows and wipe my harddrive clean??? i despise windows! and i tried iatkos v7 and ideneb 1.4 ;-( and i got SAM multimedia Read or Write Failed with a bunch of code im using the same hp mini and im using a atapi usb dvd drive to boot from!!! im downloading ideneb 1.3 right now but i just want to know if i have to format my harddrive before i try to boot ideneb!!! because i hate the apple logo with the spinning wheel that doesn’t stop spinning!!!

    • Bryan says:

      Yes, by following my guide, you will end up with a reformatted drive. Before installing iDeneb, you will be formatting your entire drive using Disk Utility. It is all clearly written in the guide. If you do not plan on dual booting, simply ignore the little note between steps 6 and 7 on the “Installation” section of the OS X Installation guide. Good luck, and please comment back if you have any other questions or problems!

  3. shay says:

    um okay well im just impatiently waiting for rar parts 20-30 to finish so i can download 31-36 hopefully all goes well!!! i dread that horrible apple with the spinning wheel!!!

  4. Bryan says:

    rar parts? That sounds sketchy. I would advise looking on ThePirateBay or any other torrent search for an ISO of iDeneb 1.3.

  5. shay says:

    well is it a bad idea to split a iso into parts??? i mean i dont want to sit there for 3 days and wait for a torrent to download even when i have all the settings maxxedd i then find out that the iso had 2 viruses and other stuff on it!!!another reason to love windows right???

  6. shay says:

    let me restate that i dont want to leave my computer on for 3 days and wait for one download when i can wait 3 hours and have it downloaded!!!

  7. shay says:

    BLAH this sucks!!! i get stuck at the apple logo with the spinning wheel AGAIN 😦 and i type -v and get to bsd root disk0s2 major 14 minor 2 and then get SAM multimedia Read or Write failed and BUNCH OF CODE 😦 can someone please please help me i hate windows please someone

  8. Bryan says:

    I would advise downloading the ISO in one full part, it sounds like your install keeps getting corrupted, and it is probably due to downloading iDeneb in parts. For further support, sign up at http://www.myhpmini.com/ forums.

    • shay says:

      sorry to bust your bubble and all i booted the dvd ideneb perfectly on my freinds laptop dell and his sisters dell laptop and my mom’s computer and my other freinds computer i found out it was my dvd drive and ima burn it to a flash drive but im probably doomed anyway 😦

  9. Dani says:

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for the guide, is fantastic. I have installed ideneb1.3 on my compaq mini but I’m having some problems. The resolution of the screen was 600×400 or something like that, but I fixed it reinstalling the kexts. Now the screen is alright, but the wecam and the mic are not working. I’m trying to update to 10.5.8 and reinstall all the kexts. I hope it works.

    Is someone with the same problem out there?

    Thank u for the guide and for the answers!

    Ah! The brightness controls doesnt work too. The volume keys works fine, but not the brightness… but i dont care about it, its just a minor issue.

    Thanks again 🙂

  10. shay says:

    well especially on the hp mini! i gotta buy a 8gb tomorrow and hopefully i can burn the iso to it using crappy horrible nasty windows 😦 and once i do hello garageband and pwnage tool 🙂 yeah

  11. Bryan says:

    Yes, it will fit on a 8GB flash drive. Good luck.

  12. db says:

    I got stuck at the Apple logo numerous times and was frustrated to no end. When I read up on the subject, another poster had recommended going into Disk Utility and putting a single GUID partition on the flash drive. I then restored the flash drive with the iDeneb ISO and ran through the steps to install. Voila! I moved past the Apple logo and my HP110 runs very well.

  13. David says:

    Hi i have BIOS f .07 what can i do ??

  14. Fred says:

    Thanks for a great guide!

    ..But I’m stuck on step one. Followed your instructions for a flash drive (16gb kingston datatraveler) – but when I select it as boot disc upon startup it just boots up windows as normal. Don’t quite get it. Any tips?

    • Bryan says:

      There is an issue with your flash drive image. What method did you use to install the iDeneb image to your flash drive?

      • Fred says:

        Hey – Thanks for the reply!

        I used the disc utility to first format the drive as Mac OS Extended and then restored it with the iDeneb (1.3) .iso.
        Only thing I can recall is that when I open the iso in the disc utility, only the image file comes up in the left pane – no little apple logo as you describe. Might there be something wrong with the iso itself? It installs fine on the flash drive though – I have the ‘Install Mac OS X’ app at its root.
        And – when using Uinstaller should the “Install PC_EFI v9 Chameleon Edition 1.0.12″ checkbox be the only one checked? This is what I tried.

        Again, thanks for a great site.

  15. Bryan says:

    It sounds like you simply copied the file to the flash drive. That ISO must be corrupt or something, because you should be able to see the image with the Apple icon next to it. Try dragging the file to your desktop, then double-clicking on the file to open it. Then go into Disk Utility. If you still do not see the image with the Apple icon next to it still, then I’m afraid that your iDeneb image is corrupt.

  16. Felippe Montez says:

    I can’t find the file that needs to be changed to get use of the “two processors”.
    I’m logged as administrator, but the folder inside preferences does not exist.

    Maybe I missed any step?

  17. Robert says:

    I get a uuid error if I choose to install pc_efi v9 and also at the beginning of the tutorial when I change the root pw. has anyone experienced this?

  18. Larry says:

    You have a great guide and a great site here. All the info is a great help. I have a HP Mini 1031NR. Everything works except the Mic and Ethernet. Ethernet I am not really worried about because I have the Wifi, but, is there a fix for the Mic? Also I plan to dual boot my Mini like I do with my iMac. I plan to use XP. I have both the restore disks for the Mini from HP and regular XP Home that I put on my iMac. I already have the Mini’s hard drive partitioned as per your instructions. Should I use the restore disks or the regular XP disk?

  19. Bryan says:

    The mic and the speakers do not work together at the same time in OS X, so you can choose to enable the mic or disable sound, or vise-versa. There is a guide here for Dual Booting. I recommend installing XP from a flash drive instead of using a USB disk drive.

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